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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Harbor Tea & Spice Company Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Mango Ceylon Black Tea'

Tea: 
Harbor Tea & Spice Company Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Mango Ceylon Black Tea'

Purchased on vacation in Juneau, Alaska

OVERVIEW:
This fruity classic flavored tea is light, sweet and intoxicatingly fragrant. Mango & sunflower blossoms are blended with superior Ceylon tea leaves to produce an uplifting cup.

INGREDIENTS:
Ceylon tea leaves, Mango, Marigold petals

Steep: 
2 tsp
212°F
4 min
kati loose tea system 12oz 

Tasting Notes: 
Dry Leaf Smell: fruity, mango, vanilla
Steeped Tea Smell: bakey, astringent, fruity
Flavor: bakey, astringent
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: opaque dark red-brown

Post-Steep Additives: sugar
more fruity

added milk, cut back on astringency

Resteep: 
weak, astringent, hints mango

Rating: 3/4 leaves
Leaf system: 
1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 


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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

DAVIDsTea Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Sweet Potato Pie' Day 2 DAVIDsTea 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar 2022

Tea: 
Day 2

DAVIDsTea Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Sweet Potato Pie' 

DAVIDsTea 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar 2022


Sweet Potato Pie: Black tea, Pecans, Cane sugar, Cinnamon, Butternut squash, Sweet potato, Marshmallows (sugar, corn syrup, modified corn starch, gelatin, sodium hexametaphosphate, artificial flavour, natural flavour, blue 1), Ginger, Nutmeg, Allspice, Natural flavouring.

Steep: 
2 tsp (entire sample)
212°F
3 min
kati loose tea system 12oz 

Tasting Notes: 
Dry Leaf Smell: pecan and cinnamon
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet toasted pecans, hint squash
Flavor: sweet, pecan, cinnamon, hint squash
Liquor: cloudy light orange brown

Resteep: 
5 min
slight sweetness, astringency, a little nutty, not very good, watery, weak
not worth resteeping

  • opening  https://youtu.be/aKKZxATbiY0
  • review https://youtu.be/sFoeI6qR3sU 
  • resteep https://youtu.be/oxahCuFqXY0 
  • TikTok -
  • Rating: 3/4 leaves
    Leaf system: 
    1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
    2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
    3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
    4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 

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    DAVIDsTea Loose Leaf Herbal Tisane 'Cranberry Gingerale' Day 1 DAVIDsTea 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar 2022

    Tea: 
    Day 1

    DAVIDsTea Loose Leaf Herbal Tisane 'Cranberry Gingerale' 

    DAVIDsTea 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar 2022


    Cranberry Gingerale: Apple, Ginger, Hibiscus, Yaupon, Cranberry, Organic sweet flavouring, Natural tart cranberry flavouring.

    Steep: 
    2 tsp (entire sample)
    212°F
    3 min
    kati loose tea system 12oz 

    Tasting Notes: 
    Dry Leaf Smell: ginger, cranberry
    Steeped Tea Smell: fruity ginger
    Flavor: cranberry and ginger
    Aftertaste: tart, herbal, green yerba mate
    Liquor: dark maroon, opaque

    Post-Steep Additives: 
    cinnamon honey
    a more chai like cup of tea

  • https://youtu.be/aKKZxATbiY0
  • TikTok - 
  • https://www.tiktok.com/@circuitswan/video/7174819745223429419
  • https://www.tiktok.com/@circuitswan/video/7174913835638197550
  • Rating: 2/4 leaves
    Leaf system: 
    1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
    2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
    3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
    4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 

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    DAVIDsTea 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar 2022

    DAVIDsTea 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar 2022

    Teas:
    1. Cranberry Gingerale: Apple, Ginger, Hibiscus, Yaupon, Cranberry, Organic sweet flavouring, Natural tart cranberry flavouring.
    2. Sweet Potato Pie: Black tea, Pecans, Cane sugar, Cinnamon, Butternut squash, Sweet potato, Marshmallows (sugar, corn syrup, modified corn starch, gelatin, sodium hexametaphosphate, artificial flavour, natural flavour, blue 1), Ginger, Nutmeg, Allspice, Natural flavouring.
    3. Headache Halo: Rooibos, Nana mint, Lemongrass, Willow bark, Nettle leaves, Lavender, Passion flower, Vervain leaves, Rose petals, Mallow blossoms.
    4. Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait: Apple, Hibiscus, Raisins, Carrot, Artificial (strawberry, rhubarb) flavouring, Beetroot, Yogurt bits (skim milk yogurt powder, sugar, maltodextrin, modified starch, citric acid), Strawberry, Rhubarb.
    5. Hot Chocolate: Pu'erh tea*, Black tea, Cocoa nibs, Chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla), Chocolate curls (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, chocolate liquor, whey powder, lactose, soy lecithin, vanilla), Cocoa powder, Natural and artificial (chocolate, white chocolate mousse) flavouring, Stevia extract.
    6. Candy Cane Crush: 50% Elephant Approved® black tea, White chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, butter oil, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), Peppermint candy (corn syrup, sugar, peppermint oil, colour (FD&C Red 40)), Snowflake candies (sugar, rice flour, palm and palm kernel oil, corn starch, gum Arabic, cellulose gum, titanium dioxide (colour), confectioner's glaze, carrageenan, soy lecithin, artificial flavour), Cane sugar, Peppermint, Natural (peppermint, vanilla) flavouring.
    7. Orange Spice (Organic): Organic cinnamon, Organic green tea*, Organic orange peel, Organic cloves, Natural (cinnamon, orange) flavouring, Organic chili pepper.
    8. Mother's Little Helper (Organic): Organic peppermint, Organic lemongrass, Organic hibiscus*, Organic rosehips, Organic chamomile, Organic valerian root, Cornflowers, Natural peppermint flavouring.
    9. Salted Caramel Oolong: Oolong tea, Caramel bits (sugar, condensed milk, glucose syrup, whole milk powder), Sugar crystals, Pineapple (pineapple, sugar, citric acid), Carob, Chicory root, Artificial caramel flavouring, Salt.
    10. Brown Sugar Bourbon: Black tea, Brown sugar, Apple, Roasted chicory root, Brittle pieces (sugar, hazelnut), Artificial (vanilla, caramel) flavouring, Pu'erh tea, Caramel pieces (sugar, cocoa butter, caramel powder (whole milk powder, whey powder, sugar, butter, natural flavour), whole milk powder, sunflower lecithin, paprika extract), Cornflower blossoms, Vanilla, Stevia extract.
    11. Calming Chamomile (Organic): Organic chamomile from Croatia.
    12. Christmas Morning Blend: Black tea, Natural vanilla flavouring, White cornflower blossoms, Vanilla.
    13. Forever Frosty: Apple, Candied pineapple (pineapple, sugar), Cinnamon, Almonds, Marshmallow (glucose and fructose syrup, sugar, water, carrageenan, dextrose, corn starch, hydrolyzed rice protein, sodium hexametaphosphate, natural flavouring, beet red, titanium dioxide), Artificial sweet roasted almond and natural orange flavouring, Beetroot, Rock sugar, Coconut, Orange peel, Cloves.
    14. Glitter & Gold: Black tea, Lemon peel, Clove, Gold sugar (sugar, confectioner's glaze, corn syrup, gum Arabic, FD&C Yellow 5 Lake, carnauba wax, FD&C Red 40 Lake, FD&C Blue 2 Lake, FD&C Yellow 6 Lake, hydroxylated soy lecithin), Natural and artificial (vanilla, cinnamon spice) flavouring.
    15. Guangzhou Milk Oolong: Chinese oolong tea from the Fujian province, Natural and artificial milk flavouring.
    16. Jelly Donut: Apple, Rooibos, Raisin, Beetroot, Natural strawberry pastry flavouring, Pink sugar sprinkle (sugar, rice flour, cocoa butter, potato starch, food colouring from fruit and vegetable concentrate), Yellow sugar sprinkle (sugar, rice flour, cocoa butter, potato starch, colouring from iron oxide and hydroxides), Strawberry, Stevia extract.
    17. Peanut Butter Brownie: Black tea, Apple, Cocoa husk, Chocolate chip (sugar, cocoa, soy lecithin), Cocoa bean, Brittle (sugar, hazelnut), Natural (chocolate, sweet blackberry leaf, peanut) flavouring.
    18. Pomegrateful: Apple (apple, citric acid), Pineapple (pineapple, sugar), Hibiscus blossoms, White tea, Natural (pomegranate, cream) flavouring, Pomegranate seeds and blossoms, Rose petals, Stevia extract.
    19. Santa's Secret: Black tea, Peppermint, Artificial (vanilla, cream) flavouring.
    20. Silent Night: Rooibos, Orange peel, Cinnamon, Natural orange flavouring, Clove, Allspice, Valerian, Nutmeg, Natural pumpkin pie flavouring, Red cornflower petal.
    21. Sleigh Ride: Apple (apple, citric acid), Candied pineapple (pineapple, sugar), Hibiscus blossoms, Candied papaya (papaya, sugar), Beetroot, Cinnamon, Artificial (cinnamon, almond, apple) flavouring, Raisins, Coconut rasps, Roasted almonds (almonds, sugar), Popped rice.
    22. S'mores Chai: Pu'erh tea*, Brittle pieces (sugar, hazelnut, invert sugar), Cinnamon, Sugar, Marshmallow (sugar, corn syrup, modified cornstarch, gelatin, sodium hexametaphosphate, natural and artificial flavour, FD&C Blue 1), Chocolate chips (cane sugar, cocoa liquor, cocoa butter), Natural and artificial (chocolate, hazelnut, toasted marshmallow) flavouring.
    23. Sugar Pear Fairy: Apple (apple, citric acid), Rosehip peel, Pear, Sweet blackberry leaf, Fennel, Natural (pear, fig) flavouring, Elderberry, Bean peel, Lemon balm, Raisin, Fig (figs, rice flour), Cinnamon, Rose petal, Nutmeg.
    24. Tinsel Toddy: Candied ginger (sugar, ginger, citric acid), Candied pineapple (pineapple, sugar), Rooibos, Ginger, Apple, Natural (vanilla, caramel, honey, ginger) flavouring, Pink peppercorn, Marigold blossom, Pollen.





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    Wednesday, November 9, 2022

    Adagio Teas Loose Leaf Tea 'Monster Mash' - Adagio Teas Wicked Teas Halloween sampler set

    Adagio Teas Wicked Teas Halloween sampler set

    Tea: 
    Adagio Teas Loose Leaf  Tea 'Monster Mash'

    You'll be screaming with delight over our mischievously marvelous Monster Mash! One cup of this brew and you will feel like you've risen from the dead. *Please note that when purchased individually, they do not contain sprinkles.

    High caffeine | Steep at 212° for 3 minutes.

    Ingredients: Blended With Black Tea, Natural Creme Flavor & Natural Caramel Flavor

    Steep: 
    2 tsp
    212°F
    3 min
    Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL 

    Tasting Notes: 
    Dry Leaf Smell: vanilla cream
    Steeped Tea Smell: bakey black, hints vanilla
    Flavor: astringent black tea, hint vanilla at the end
    Aftertaste: astringent
    Liquor: translucent dark orange brown

    Post-Steep Additives: 
    Sugar
    vanilla, toasty black tea

    milk
    doesn't remove astringency

    Comments:
    The packaging has no information about steeping or ingredients so I had to guess (later looked it up online)

    Resteep: 
    4min
    much lighter
    weak and meh but drinkable

    Rating: 2/4 leaves
    Leaf system: 
    1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
    2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
    3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
    4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 


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    Tuesday, November 8, 2022

    Adagio Teas Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Candy Apple Concoction' - Adagio Teas Wicked Teas Halloween sampler set

    Adagio Teas Wicked Teas Halloween sampler set

    Tea: 
    Adagio Teas Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Candy Apple Concoction'

    Who needs to go bobbing for apples when you can steep a sweet cup of our Candy Apple Concoction? A taste reminiscent of the trick-or-treating and carnival favorite, making for a decadent treat. 
    *Please note that when purchased individually, they do not contain sprinkles.

    High caffeine | Steep at 212° for 3 minutes.

    Ingredients: Blended With Black Tea, Apple Pieces, Natural Caramel Apple Flavor, Cinnamon Bark & Natural Vanilla Flavor

    Steep: 
    2 tsp
    212°F
    4 min
    kati loose tea system 12oz 

    Tasting Notes: 
    Dry Leaf Smell: black bakey tea, candy apple
    Steeped Tea Smell: bakey, hint candy apple coating
    Flavor: bakey black tea
    Aftertaste: astringent
    Liquor: dark barely translucent dark orange brown

    Post-Steep Additives: 
    Honey
    slightly more candy apple

    Comments:
    The packaging has no information about steeping or ingredients so I had to guess (later looked it up online)

    Resteep: 
    weak, not worth it

    Attempt 2
    2 minutes and 3 minutes
    still mostly a black tea, not a flavored black, meh

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    Rating: 2/4 leaves
    Leaf system: 
    1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
    2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
    3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
    4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 


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    Sunday, November 6, 2022

    DAVIDsTea Teabag Herbal Tea 'butterscotch chai'

    Tea: 
    DAVIDsTea Teabag Herbal Tea 'butterscotch chai'

    Herbal Tisane  (Tea is technically only from the camellia sinensis plant)

    Steep: 
    212°F
    5 min

    Tasting Notes: 
    Dry Leaf Smell: butterscotch, rooibos
    Steeped Tea Smell: rooibos
    Flavor: rooibos, butterscotch finish
    Body: Light
    Liquor: translucent very light orange yellow

    Comments: thin and watery

    Post-Steep Additives:
     
    sugar
    much more butterscotch, hint chai (cinnamon, ginger)

    Comments:
    two teabags didn't change much

    Resteep: 
    didn't work

    Rating: 2/4 leaves
    Leaf system: 
    1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
    2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
    3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
    4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 


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    DAVIDsTea Teabag Herbal Tea 'monster mash'

    Tea: 
    DAVIDsTea Teabag Herbal Tea 'monster mash'

    Herbal Tisane  (Tea is technically only from the camellia sinensis plant)

    Steep: 
    212°F
    6 min

    Tasting Notes: 
    Dry Leaf Smell: spice, cinnamon, woody, clove
    Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, clove, pumpkin
    Flavor: cinnamon, wood, clove, ginger, sweet
    Body: Medium 
    Aftertaste: clove
    Liquor: translucent dark orange brown

    Comments:
    having just made pumpkin puree from scratch to put in coffee, it does. not have much flavor! so this is mostly pumpkin spice rooibos, and delicious

    Post-Steep Additives: 
    honey
    yumm dessert tea

    Resteep: 
    did not work

    Rating: 3/4 leaves
    Leaf system: 
    1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
    2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
    3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
    4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 


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    Adagio Teas Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Bat Brew' - Adagio Teas Wicked Teas Halloween sampler set

    Adagio Teas Wicked Teas Halloween sampler set

    Tea: 
    Adagio Teas Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Bat Brew'

    Fire burn and cauldron bubble, our Bat Brew you're sure to guzzle! We've taken our Chocolate Chai to a new level by blending it with chocolate chips, resulting in an indulgent sweet treat. One sip and you'll feel like you've just raided the trick-or-treat bag... minus the guilt. 
    *Please note that when purchased individually, they do not contain sprinkles.

    Moderate caffeine | Steep at 212° for 3 minutes.

    Ingredients: Blended With Black Tea, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Cocoa Nibs, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Natural Cinnamon Flavor & Chocolate Chips

    Steep: 
    3 tsp
    500ml
    212°F
    3 min
    kati loose tea system 12oz 

    Tasting Notes: 
    Dry Leaf Smell: spicy, clove, ginger, cardamom
    Steeped Tea Smell: clove, cinnamon
    Flavor: cinnamon clove spice masala chai
    Aftertaste: astringent
    Liquor: translucent dark red brown

    Post-Steep Additives: 
    Sugar, milk
    tasty masala chai...

    Comments:
    The packaging has no information about steeping or ingredients so I had to guess (later looked it up online)

    not getting the chocolate

    Resteep: 
    astringent, OK

    Rating: 2/4 leaves
    Leaf system: 
    1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
    2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
    3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
    4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 


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    Thursday, November 3, 2022

    DAVIDsTea Loose Leaf Herbal Tea 'Forever Nuts'

    Tea: 
    DAVIDsTea Loose Leaf and Teabag Herbal Tea 'Forever Nuts'

    Herbal Tisane  (Tea is technically only from the camellia sinensis plant)

    Steep: 
    212°F
    5 min
    Mesh basket strainer 

    Tasting Notes: 
    Dry Leaf Smell: Roasted sweet nuts reminds me of Renaissance festivals
    Steeped Tea Smell: Sweet roasted nuts
    Flavor: Sweet, hint nutty
    Liquor: Translucent pink ... Red?

    Comments: Sadly never add good as it smells, but still tasty. Good with and without sweetener.

    Resteep: 
    Does not resteep well

    Rating: 3/4 leaves
    Leaf system: 
    1=Bleh! not again if it were free 
    2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options 
    3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out 
    4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing 

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