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drank Breakfast Blend by Liber Teas
902 tasting notes

Happy New Year! Here’s to good things happening in 2011.

I’m starting off 2011 with my favorite breakfast blend. I’ve managed to get a fair amount of this in my stash (thanks to LiberTEAS and Meghann!), but I know that all too soon it will be gone. It’s easily a tea I could drink every day and never get tired of. Smooth, gentle, slightly astringent and just the right amount of vanilla. Perfect for gently waking me up and welcoming in the new year.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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So, I’m on my second pot of this, and I’m really not sure what to think. I taste spice, cinnamon mainly, but there’s a hint of cardamom as well. I also taste plum, and there’s just a hint of the hibiscus in the background. I think the fruit flavors would come out more with a longer steep, and I’m tempted to try a 10 minute steep on this, but at 5 minutes the spices are quite strong enough, thank you, and I really don’t want to find out how much stronger they could be. So I’ll hold off on giving a rating for now.

On side note, I think my sickness is coming back. Joy of joys, my nose has been running so much it’s ready for a half marathon.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

Hopefully it is the spices making your nose run and not a repeat cold:( Hope it goes away soon!

Jaime

Sadly, it’s not. I had to cut short a day of shopping with my mom to go pick up some meds and crash at home. I don’t feel bad, really, so I’m hoping it’s limited to the nose and stays there. Thanks, though!

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60
drank Earl of Bengal Tea by Teatulia Teas
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So I’ve actually been drinking this tea a lot over the break…so much so that this is my last pot. I will say that it has improved for me, but not to the point where I’ll be getting more of it. And it’s not been terribly exciting to drink, but does deliver a good caffeine-get-me-awake feeling.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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LiberTEAS sent me a couple of different rooibos blends from this company a while back. I’m just now getting around to having it.

I’m not sure how I feel about the smell of this. I smell apple pie spice, and rooibos. Taste-wise, it’s definitely not a rooibos that I’d recommend. There’s just something that doesn’tsekt well with the other spices. I brewed it for my standard 10 minute steep, it potentially would be better at a lower steep, but can’t say that I’d actually want to try it again.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
MelissaPicoli

I’ve had this and agree with you. I think it goes back to added flavors. Too many and you lose the tea.

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Extended family Christmas fail: my uncle gave my mom (his sister) a tea-for-one set, and gave me a bathrobe. My mom doesn’t drink hot tea. I already have 4 bathrobes (2 of which were presents from said uncle).

So, anyway, Mom and I split the tea (for her to make and have iced), and she’s keeping the tea-for-one pot/cup to display. The tea itself is…well, not as delightful as I would like for a lemon tea to be. The black tea itself isn’t bad, but the lemon flavoring is a bit reminiscent of lemon scented dish soap. Now saying that, it’s more enjoyable than you’d think. Not something that I’d ever pick up again, but I’ll be able to drink it and finish off my half. It’s kind of comforting in a way I can’t describe. I’ll probably drink it when I’m simply thirsty or don’t want to have something that I’ll have to pay attention to.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

My mother loves having lit candles and she thinks that a tealight holder with a lit tealight in the window is all sorts of pretty and cozy and whatnot. I’m sure it is. But I never light candles at home, I don’t have any suitable windows to light them and frankly would be likely to forget I had lit them if I had. At last count I possess 14 tealight holders… I totally understand about the bathrobes. When the time comes to do my birthday wishlist it will have the information of the amount of tealight holders in my possession and a request to not add to the collection on it, I think. I did that with towels once, since it seemed everybody who couldn’t come up with anything got me towels. I’ve still got some that I haven’t even unpacked yet. They’ll come out when it’s time to throw out some old ones.

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95
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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Have had two steeps of the last leaves of this from the 12 teas sampler. Have enjoyed the second steep (5 min) much more for some reason. Seems much creamier and richer this time around. A very delicious blend!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Earl of Bengal Tea by Teatulia Teas
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I’ve actually had a number of pots of this whilst being here at my parents’s place (snow has thawed slightly and I’ll get to go back home tomorrow). I think I’ve finally got this working right. I took the bags out of the cellophane bag, and then left the lid off the container overnight. That strange, musty taste is now gone for the most part, and I can enjoy it much better now. It’s definitely not my favorite Earl, but at least I’ve figured out a way to brew it!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Hibiscus Peach by Octavia Tea
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Finishing off this sampler…it’s an absolutely grand mix of hibiscus, rooibos, and peach. I’ll definitely be getting a big tin of this come summer…it’ll be fantastic iced!!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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This is one of the Numi teas that I picked up at my conference earlier this month. I had several cups of this during it, and really enjoyed it.

It’s very nicely spiced; I can taste the cinnamon and the cloves primarily, and the orange is absolutely delicious. Not much of a white tea taste, but I don’t mind that in this blend. This is a blend that is very forgiving on time/temp, as I had no control over either at the conference and it still turned out delicious. This is a blend that I would definitely invest in…and will keep drinking at conferences.

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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
vanilla_bookworm

I just moved by a grocery store that has an amazing tea selection (compared to anything where I used to live) and they actually carry some Numi teas AND they had this one! May have to pick it up! Have you ever had Bigelow’s Constant Comment tea? Is this one similar to that minus the black tea base?

Jaime

I have had Constant Comment, but only once or twice and I don’t think I made it right. I highly, highly recommend trying this one though…if I see it at the store, I’ll be picking it up for myself. It’s great!

vanilla_bookworm I’ ll def. have to try it soon! Noticed that amazon has Numi teas on sale through the end of Dec.! Just bought some of their Earl Grey (the 3 boxes). Love it!

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My love of tea started in 2001, whilst in an internship in London, England. I shared an office with a lovely man who would make me a cup of tea every morning without asking me if I even wanted it. I drink my tea neat now, because I’ve yet to find the sugar/milk combination that lives up to Pablo’s.

I drink any and all kinds of tea, and love trying new brands/varieties/flavors.

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