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Y’all, I’m scared. I am going in for a biopsy tomorrow and I am absolutely terrified. For various reasons, I can’t talk to family/friends/SO about it. So mostly I’m just sitting here trying to keep it together. Tea helps.

I can’t have my caffeinated favorites because it’s so late in the day. Instead, I’m pulling out my favorite non-savory herbals. This one, Della’s Lemon Chiffon, Butiki’s Lavender Chamomile, maybe Verdant’s Campfire Blend… This tea goes down so dang smooth. It comes off as a plain ole mint tea at first, but that honey/white chocolate note sneaks in at the end for a little extra oomph. Yum.

Katiek

Sending vibes for good results and good health.

whatshesaid

Wishing you the best of luck for tomorrow. I hope everything goes well

Memily

Best of luck, Kaylee. Keep those comfort brews coming.

MissB

I’ve had many a biopsy and other such things. I hope yours goes swimmingly, and that all is well and fun, even.

Nicole

Best of luck, Kaylee.

Kaylee

Thanks for the well wishes, folks. MissB, I don’t know if I’d call it fun, but it wasn’t as terrible as I feared. Or at least not nearly as painful :-) Thanks for the reminder that I’m not alone in this.

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
312 tasting notes

I am just plowing through this one today. Usually my travel mug tea lasts most of the morning. Today it lasted maybe an hour, despite my running around. I still love this tea. It’s just maple nutty goodness perfect for a chilly day. <3

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I really hated this one the first time around. The second time, I made the first steep at four minutes instead of two, which made it much more bearable to drink. The first taste is apple, followed quickly by sweet chamomile and honeysuckle. Then there’s the lingering flavor of goji berries on the back end. It’s really well blended, actually. The smell is strange and off-putting though. Like something you’d baste a turkey with. Maybe that’s the frankincense? I have absolutely no idea what frankincense smells like. But the weird savory note actually comes out in the flavor and gets stronger as the tea cools. It’s just not working for me. Happily, I am sending the rest of this off to someone who can enjoy it.

Stephanie

Verdant herbals are SO hit or miss. They make my favorite herbal of all time yet I hate most of the other ones.

Tea Pet

What is your favorite herbal, Stephanie?

Stephanie

Ginger Sage Winter Spa blend!

MissLena

^same as me haha, Ginger Sage is the best EVER.

Kaylee

What amuses me is that I just swapped with both of you for the Ginger Sage :)

Stephanie

High fives all around then!

Tea Pet

Hmm… wow… I have almost all of the ingredients to make my own Ginger Sage Winter Spa blend at home! Let the experiments begin!

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
312 tasting notes

Thanks for sending me some of this Christina!

I was intrigued by this one after reading other people’s posts. Alas, all I’m really getting here is mint. I actually thought it was spearmint, but upon looking at the ingredients list I think what i’m picking up on is the peppermint + eucalyptus. I’m definitely not picking up any citrus here.

This is a tasty mint herbal. It doesn’t strike me as anything special though. It may be especially soothing when one actually has a cold, but I didn’t have the patience to wait. I did try this during a migraine a few days ago and it didn’t really help. So… meh. No rating because I didn’t drink it as ostensibly intended.

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I have had Della Terra’s Upside Down Pineapple Cake. You, my friend, are no Upside Down Pineapple Cake. Nope. You are a sweet, creamy, vanilla blend with a touch of tartness. Now that others have mentioned it, I am also noticing a touch of maple syrup flavor. You have the same mouthfeel as Autumn Leaves. Sort of a sweet, pleasant film that builds on the roof of the mouth. But pineapple? Cherry? Cake? Nope nope nope. Which is both disappointing and just fine. You are delicious. You just have the wrong name. It’s ok. I like you anyway.

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
312 tasting notes

Aah. This tea. It’s my forbidden love. So, so good and yet so, so bad for me. It’s not hurting my stomach so much today, possibly because I ate first. This is seriously delicious. It’s more nutty than creamy this time around. All four steeps are still very much like drinking a rich, indulgent dessert. For better or worse, this is a sad, sad sipdown. Thanks for the sample, Stacy!

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This comes to me courtesy of RogersCK. Thanks for sending me this pleasant and intriguing blend!

This is an orange brew that smells of green grapes. The taste really does remind me of white wine. Admittedly, I am by no means a wine connoisseur. Still, this tastes light, grapey, and almost sparkling. There’s a touch of sweetness during the sip and a gentle tartness at the end.

The apricot that everyone’s talking about comes out for me in the second steep. Juicy, with a more assertively tart finish than earlier. More lemon myrtle than lemon fruit. The third steep tastes about the same, only even juicier. Nom nom nom.

This is my first exposure to Vintage Tea Works. I’m impressed. I look forward to trying more of their teas in the future.

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steep 1: 167f, 3 mins 30 secs
steep 2: 182f, 5 mins
steep 3: 194f, 6 mins

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drank Snore & Peace by Clipper
312 tasting notes

adagio breeze sent this to me at least 6 months ago, but I’m just now getting through the last bag. I really like this blend. I’ve come around on the lemon balm in here. I used to think it was too much, but now I quite enjoy it. It tastes lemon-y without tasting like I could have just squeezed some fresh lemon into the cup for the same effect. Maybe it mellowed out with age? Anyway, bumping the rating a bit. Sad to say, this is a sipdown. Thanks adagio breeze!

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drank Silver Yin Zhen Pearls by Teavana
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RogersCK sent this in my Secret Pumpkin/Turkey package. Thanks!

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I was expecting something sweet, but instead I got a savory, rice- and hay-inflected treat. I got three solid steeps out of this. The last one cooled before I got around to drinking it, so I shoved it in the fridge to see if this tea is any good iced. Turns out, it very much is. The flavor doesn’t change much other than a touch of sweetness coming out that wasn’t there before. It’s very refreshing. I would not restock this, both because of the price and because it’s from Teavana, but I’m glad to have tried it.

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I got this from our swap at the Taste of France Festival, I think from greenteafairy. Thanks!

Alas, I think I let this one sit around too long. It’s beautiful – the dry leaf is interspersed with pink and yellow petals. The smell, both dry and brewed, is pleasantly floral. The floral aspect doesn’t translate much into the actual sip though. Mostly I’m getting a grassy flavor with a dry mouthfeel and just a hint of rose. Pleasant enough, but I don’t think this is at all what the tea was supposed to taste like. Shame. I’m not giving a rating, since it’s not the poor tea’s fault that I callously neglected it.

Hey by the way, another sipdown.

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