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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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Made a 6oz cuppa and put 1TB of Dark Chocolate Creme Breve creamer in it. HOLY CRAP THIS IS CHOCOLATEY! Probably the most chocolatey drink I’ve ever had other than drinking chocolate. The creamer is very heavy on the chocolate and very heavy on the creme… not so much on the dark, which disappoints me. The freakish amount of chocolate cuts the spice down much more than I expected, but it’s still very much there.

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Haha too funny… mom comes home from grocery shopping at Walmart, shows me a bottle (regular, not sample) of this and says “here, this sounded like you’d like this.” Just goes to show how she pays attention to me since I drank the sample right infront of her. Oh well, lol

This definitely doesn’t have enough nutritional value in it as is, so I added a tsp of matcha to it. Let’s see how it goes since there aren’t many ways I like cold matcha…

OK, I’m REALLY glad it doesn’t look as nasty as I expected it to. I think that’s cuz the juice is already very dark purple straight out of the bottle.

The flavor of the juice is so strong I really can’t taste the matcha, but then again I used LeafSpa matcha, I think if I used a stronger flavored matcha like DoMatcha I would… I’ll try that tomorrow.

Tastes really good, but not enough fruit and veggie nutrition in it for me to spend my own money on. I’ll enjoy it since it’s free though:)


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drank Ginseng Green by Adagio Teas
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Made 24oz of this to have w/ lunch (fresh salsa, chips, and watermelon). The ginseng will keep me energized and productive…. I hope lol.

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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Busy day of wedding planning (my best friend’s, not mine)- had this before my day started.

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drank White Tea Brownies by Sanctuary T
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Forgot to log this. Brownie #2 for breakfast w/ chai… I could get used to this.


Oh yum! Now that’s a decadent breakfast!

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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Suggested preperation: 1/2 water, 1/2 Fat Free Smart Balance Milk w/ Plant Sterols

Suggested pairing: White Tea Brownies from Sanctuary T

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank White Tea Brownies by Sanctuary T
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THEY CAME! It’s been sooo cold and windy today, I was going to get mail about 4:30 because I expected these to arrive. But to my surprise, the mail lady brought them right to my door about 3:30. This both saved me a trip out into the wind, and gave Madison a treat! (The mail lady always comes prepared.)

When I opened the box I was greated w/ lots of surprises… a hand written thank you, a sample, and 8 small brownies instead of 3 large ones. I prefer this because there’s automatic better portion control and they last longer… definitely helps justify the price. But the real shocker was the shipping cost! I was charged $2.24 for shipping… but Sanctuary T paid $8.20!… this absolutely justifies the price.

Served it w/ a 16oz mug of 52teas Mayan Chocolate Chai (1/2 water, 1/2 Fat Free Smart Balance milk). LiberTEAS is right. These are SO FUDGEY! It looks like there may be caramel on them, but I’m thinking it’s chocolate as I’m not picking up a caramel flavor. The walnut chunks are fairly large- something I could do w/o… and there is that “different” quality… although I don’t think I could name it as white tea.

Conclusions: SO good! Will definitely be ordering them again. Even auto ship worthy. Love the smaller than expected size, but could do w/o the nuts.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am still sad. Why didn’t I get these…why!?!?

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Matcha OJ this morning in spite of it being INSANELY cold and windy.

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drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
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a 3rd infusion w/ lunch. (hot dog- dang am I getting sick of ‘em). Steeped in 16oz heated water then added 8oz refrigerated water so it wasn’t extremely hot, but it was far from chilled. Still brothy, but less so. Thinner mouth feel.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Apple Matcha by 52teas
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My best friend just got her 3 this weekend and had this while studying for her DPT board certification exam… so I did too!:)

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Tea tastes:
I will ALWAYS pick loose leaf over tea bags. I only drink bagged tea if that’s my only choice or I find a flavor that I can’t find a loose leaf version for. When I do drink bagged; however, I always weigh my bag and am constantly curious as to the weight/flavor ratio- sometimes I am quite surprised by the flavor punch of light bags.

I have a preference for organic and fair trade teas (preferably both), but would never pass up an amzing tea just because it isn’t organic and/or fair trade.

I love savory teas.

I’m currently searching for a chai flavored soy powder or a soy based chai mix (either already mixed or a recipe).

I hardly EVER sweeten my teas. I feel that sweeteners (unless flavored like tea honeys, brown sugar, ice cream topping syrups, flavored coffee syrups, etc) do not add anything to the flavor profile of tea- in fact, I’ve found that they dumb down the flavors.

I NEVER serve my tea over regular iced cubes- I always make tea cubes.

I LOVE cooking w/ tea and making smoothTEAS.

I LOVE tea blending.

I rarely drink herbal teas unless they are mixed with true teas. My favorite herbals to mix with true teas are: spearmint, peppermint, lemongrass, rose hips, and gingeroot.

I can’t stand anything w/ fennel or anise. Hot black teas (except orange pekoe bagged tea that you get when you go out to eat and chai teas) tend to upset my stomach.

I drink matcha daily and love flavoring it. I’m also in a constant search of preflavored matchas.

I’m constantly searching for information on how to prepare tea authentically according to its country of origin.

My Tasting Notes Ratings (edited 8/8/10)
1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

5: I drank the 1st cup but I can’t bring myself to resteep

6: Made it thru the entire set of infusions but I can’t bring myself to tinker w/ the parameters and won’t be making it again.

7-10: Does not taste anything like the ingredients or name suggests (i.e. Adagio’s Sour apple)

11-25: I can taste some of the ingredients, but the flavor is severely lacking

25-49: Teas that I would not consider bad in their flavor profile, but certainly below average

50: Average.

51-69: Teas above averge, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling them “good”.

70-75: Very good, but still room for improvement

76-85: Above average flavor profile

86-90: REALLY good flavors

91-99: Almost PERFECTLY achieves the goal of the ingredients and name of the tea.

100: Abosolutely perfect teas!

Other Interests: GOD! and all things pertaining to Him and His children, my dog Madison, travelling, and coffee.

Favorite Music: ANYTHING Christian. I don’t normally listen to secular music, but I do love jazz and swing.

Favorite Movies: Romantic comedies mostly. My Sister’s Keeper, P.S. I Love You, Fireproof, National Treasure Trilogy (I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE 3rd ONE TO COME OUT!), Night at the Museum 1 & 2, Sister Act 1 & 2, Yes Man, Bruce & Evan Almighty, rarely watch animated movies but LOVE anything 3D.

Favorite Books: THE BIBLE!!! & My Sister’s Keeper

Favorite Quotes: “A sad soul can kill you far quicker than a germ”- John Stienbeck "

Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing”- Aristotle

“You should always carry burdens, but they should never be your own”- me

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ~ Winston Churchill

“Mom was right, ‘because I say so’ is enough- at least when it comes to God.”- me

Favorite Foods: fried calamari, lemon chicken, anything w/ buffalo sauce.

Favorite Places: WA state, Switzerland, Orlando

Places I Want to Visit: Hawaii, Africa

Anything Else: I was born with a birth defect called Spina Bifida which is the failure of the spinal column to close en utero. Because of this I am a parapelegic and use a manual wheelchair.


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