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drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
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I’ve had this twice now, first steep yesterday, second steep today. I was feeling adventurous yesterday and decided to break my Matevana morning routine and try this. TeaGIF to me! Absolutely delish with a little brown sugar splenda blend.

I was looking forward to a second steep today but went by the 150% brew time increase that my local tea house recommends and it came out a little bitter. We just bought a milk frother so added some sugar and frothed milk and turned it into a tea latte and it’s pretty yum, but still not as good as yesterday.

Dare I try a third steep or just move on to Earl Grey Creme?

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Italian Dream by Joy's Teaspoon
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Got this as a sample thanks to Naomi at Joy’s Teaspoon. It smells a lot like Teavana’s Tiramisu Treviso but is a little more subtle in terms of taste. Good both with and without sweetener. Perfect dessert cup.

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drank Cocoa Cay by Todd & Holland
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This tea shop is right near me so after discovering Teavana and wanting to explore more tea I headed there. This was the first non-teavana loose tea I bought and I was not dissapointed. Delicate in aroma and flavor, great with a little sugar (total sweet tooth here). I have not tried brewing it since I got my variable temperature kettle and before then I would just put water in a mug, put that mug in the microwave set it for about 2 minutes and hope for the best. I’m sure once I actually have the right temperature it’ll be even better.

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I LOVE this tea! The fragrance is nice and delicate and it tastes amazing, like a little celebration in a cup (I even drank it on NYE in leiu of actual champagne!). I brew according to the directions on the bag and it turns out perfectly. Since I’m a sweetie, I add a little splenda, but not much as the flavor is delicate too and I don’t want to overpower it.

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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This has been my first Earl Grey experience. I was a bit put off by the fragrance at first, as it was a bit too perfumy for me, but I liked the taste. I liked it better with a little splenda in it though. Better on the second steep but I didn’t think I could get a third from it.

Overall pretty yummy but I’ll have to be in the mood for it.

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drank MateVana by Teavana
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This has become my weekday morning brew. I make it in my Teavana perfect teamaker with about 3 heaping tsps and fill the teamaker. First steep is 6 minutes, second is 15. I can get a third out of it but since the instructions I’ve read for resteeping say to increase steep time by 150% each brew, it would require 38 minutes of steeping which just isn’t practical during the week. I do stretch it if the third steep falls on a weekend although then I’m usually exploring other caffienated teas.

I add a little brown sugar splenda blend (have to get the amount just right) to bring out the nutty flavor and sometimes I’ll toss in a splash of almond milk.

Yummy tea, energy, no jitters, and no crash. Works for me.

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I’m Amanda, and I’m new to the world of tea. I got sucked in by a sample at Teavana and have been exploring ever since. I prefer loose tea but will slum it with the occasional, high quality bag.

I live just outside Chicago with my husband and our dog.

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