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Thanks to amandastory516 for this sample! I get a lot of dried banana in the flavor, which is quite fun. I also get a desserty flavor underneath. I don’t think it quite accomplishes the fluffernutter vision, but I definitely enjoy it with some milk. I didn’t include any marshmallows in my cup, but it still has some creaminess, which I enjoyed. The rebrew is strong and lovely as well. I’d consider purchasing this one.
Thanks to amandastory516 for sharing this tea! Hot, it tasted like absolutely nothing. I probably should have overleafed it, based on the content of this tea. Cold, the flavor really comes out and tastes pretty good. It definitely captures the sweetness and artificial taste of cotton candy, but it does it in a pleasant way. They could have gone even harder with the flavoring, but I thought they did a good job.
Thanks to amandastory516 for this sample! I removed the marshmallows before steeping, but even so, it tastes pretty sugary and marshmallowy. Really, it doesn’t taste how I remember peeps tasting, but it does taste decent. There’s something artificial in there (which works for peeps) that isn’t 100% enjoyable, but I like it enough. I’m having it with milk, which I think makes it better. The second steep tasted the same as the first.
Yesterday I got my grades and passed everything so I officially passed law school!! Today I woke up and weighed myself and lost about 4 lbs. I am not doing anything in particular – just trying to overall make healthier choices. Then I had a therapy call. Needless to say I was feeling good so I danced and made a cute breakfast and then had to make a tea to go with it. My breakfast was a blueberry cheesecake smoothie bowl and so I grabbed the first blueberry tea I thought of. I then spilled this and made a mess everywhere. I had about 3/4 left in the cup though (you’d think I spilled the whole thing by how flooded my tea counter was) so when I finished I was able to take my breakfast outside and just relax and appreciate the day. Now I’m procrastinating studying again by posting about my breakfast all over Instagram (check it out here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CO3NZHoA4hc/?igshid=1rgop0ebyyb4) and now writing about it (and the tea) here.
The tea is quite nice. A lot of brown sugar and blueberry notes. It’s a little astringent but not overly so and that could be because it’s at an odd Luke warm/cool temperature. Overall it’s nice though and I’m glad I have more to explore.
Shocked that I haven’t written a review of this yet, as I just finished off a 2oz bag. It’s a really nice peppermint tea, but I wouldn’t quite consider it peppermint creme brûlée. It’s a creamy mint, but none of the burnt sugar that I associate with a creme brûlée flavoring.
Flavors: Cream, Peppermint, Vanilla
I’ve been liking this and reaching for it a bit lately. It has a flavor profile that is very similar to some green almond teas I have enjoyed with the almond and coconut, but on a black base. In comparison I think the black base adds something that distracts a bit from the almond. The other cups of this I’ve made had a better flavor and I’m not sure why this one turned out slightly flat, but I’m still enjoying it. One thing I noticed is that it’s really only good for one steep, the second being very flat and dull, so it makes it a little more expensive vs. teas you can get multiple cups out of. I’d almost consider reordering, but I’m not quite there with it.
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I thought I’d tried this one before, but I haven’t written a note for it, so I must be thinking of another tea.
Anyway! I love the concept of this one – three things that I adore! And it’s fairly good, but perhaps a little bland for me. Then again, I have no idea how old this sample is since it was sent to me in a swap.
But the banana, maple, and oat are all there, and all tasting fairly natural. I feel like I get a hint of cinnamon as well? I’m not sure I would order this just because it’s a bit thin-tasting for me. But I enjoyed trying it!
Flavors: Banana, Cinnamon, Maple, Oats, Sweet
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I’m honestly not a fan of Peeps in the first place, but I do like marshmallows, so this should be interesting.
It actually does taste like peeps – sugary with a bit of marshmallow. Maybe a hint of fruit as well? But mostly it’s just sugary and sweet because of all the sugar I saw in the leaf.
It’s not awful, but too sweet for me.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Candy, Caramel, Fruity, Marshmallow, Sugar, Sweet
#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #157 overall / Tea #28 for April
Monday 04/19 — Necessiteas Mayan Hot Cocoa silver tin. This was an older tea from my first (or one of the first) orders I ever made from Necessiteas. This tea used to be the one I’d mixed with DT Nutty Granola Crunch but I used up most of that tea so I’ve been trying to sip last of this the MHC down… used the rest to make a nice flavorful hot & plain 16 oz mug of tea with a splash of milk.
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge
Strange VariaTEA TTB: Tea #1
I can’t remember if VariaTEA has mentioned this before, but the two of us are starting a travelling tea box – no discussion board post yet because I still have to fill my half of the box and we want to coordinate with some instagram tea friends as well, but this is one of the teas that she added that I decided to try!
I’m probably going to try a handful or two before I pass along to the next person, because there are plenty of teas added in that I’ve not tried and am curious about – but I don’t intend on finishing any of them off or removing any entirely. Blends from Necessiteas can be so hard to get ahold of though, so even though this doesn’t seem super up my alley flavour wise I thought I should take advantage of the chance to try it!
It’s actually not bad – I find the black tea a little astringent, and that is something I’ve observed for many of the black blends from Necessiteas, but the ginger is prominent and definitely natural tasting but not spicy and I like all the brown sugar flavours that are coming through along with some warming cinnamon undertones. Plus, it’s sweet but not sugary. I didn’t think to add milk when making the mug, but I think that would have been an excellent way to curb some of the astringency and make the mouthfeel a little fuller and more appealing.
Seems like a pretty solid option for the ginger lovers.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDM27AqJscM
Sipping down this sample from AmandaStory! I added a little sugar in the cup this time and I think it improves things a bit. Makes the marshmallow flavor profile seem more complete. Marshmallow flavor is about all that is going on in this cup. The rice part is totally absent. The base of the tea adds a little depth to the marshmallow flavor, but I would lean more towards this being a peeps tea or a riceless krispie treat tea. Fun to get to experience it, not something I’d buy.
Thanks for the sample, Amandastory!
The flavors in this one are pretty light. I can taste light marshmallow, but not much else. No rice flavor. Any flavor there is doesn’t seem well complimented by the tea base and they seem to be fighting it out and both loosing. Maybe I’ll try a larger serving for my next cup.
Got a sample of this to try from Amandastory! Thanks! :)
Gingerbread indeed! This definitely has that baked ginger flavor in the sip with a little of the ginger heat lingering in the finish. There is a caramel like flavor that is accompanying the ginger. A little sweetness in there from the little sugar crystals that were a pretty visual in the dry tea. This tea tastes pretty smooth. No rough edges or sharpness to the flavor. I like this a lot, but I don’t think I’d go through the hassle of trying to order some since stock on the website is so inconsistent. Wish it were easier!
2021 Sipdown #61:
April Sipdown Alphabet Challenge: “U” Tea
This sample was kindly sent by Amandastory
I’ve been saving the rest of this sample since I knew it was my only U tea option for this challenge. I’m drinking this while planning my 2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge booklist. I’m definitely late in starting but to be honest I wasn’t sure I was going to have time this year to participate.
I’m drinking this hot
This tea is definitely sweet and fruity! The pineapple I can specifically pick out and with the sweetness from the marshmallow, it’s really reminding me of Pineapple Fluff. My grandmother used to make that vintage dessert pretty often growing up. I never was a fan but here in tea form, I am! The rest of the ingredients pretty much just blend together. The ginger adds a slight warmth and some flavor to the cup but it’s almost undetectable. This is one that I would probably repurchase if I ever made an order.
Flavors: Marshmallow, Pineapple, Sweet