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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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Tea #2 of indulging myself. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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This is lovely, creamy, wonderful perfection in a cup. Just what I was looking for!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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What tea is this I’m drinking? I forget. I’m upset. Tea always makes it better, right?

Dexter

Right!!! Hope you are ok…. tea will not solve a problem, but will make you feel better. IMHO – go and dig in your cupboard and find something you really like. Comforting usually helps me. :))

MissB

Great idea! Grabbed something new I knew I’d like, with some knitting and Sherlock.

OMGsrsly

Wow that didn’t work I’m sorry. If you need anything, let me know. I’m stealing my friends car for a grocery run, so I’ll be out and about. :)

keychange

I’m sorry you’re upset, and hope the feeling doesn’t last very long.

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Somehow I mixed this and Della Terra’s Peppermint Bark up together. How? Uh.. I dunno, because they taste quite different from one another.

It smells perfectly of raspberry chocolate in the bag and brewed. Drinking it alone, with zero additions, left me desiring something more though. It’s really, really dry. I get the cacao in here, which adds to the dryness, but this is a bit extreme for me. Some Truvia makes it more creamy, much less dry, and I can taste the raspberry more, especially a few seconds after the sip. My mouth is literally so dry now though, I’m challenged to really enjoy this cup at all. I can also taste the base a lot more than before.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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88
drank Peppermint Bark by Della Terra Teas
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Okay, this one surprised me. I actually thought it was Teajo’s Raspberry Bark (and posted this there), and then realized it wasn’t. How could I mistake the two? Uh…

Smells beautifully of creamy chocolate bark. Really, it’s bang on. The flavors are pretty mild on their own, however I can taste both cocoa and something fruity in the cup with zero additions. Sweetened with a touch of Truvia, the flavors pop into something creamy and sweet. I get less cocoa this way, but it’s still there in the form of a dark, dry cacao flavor. I’m missing almost all of the black base in this iteration, which is just fine with me. Quite lovely!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Hazelnut by Simpson & Vail
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This is a VERY strong-smelling tea. It requires quarantining from my other teas. Just sayin’. ;)

Smells strongly of hazelnut before and after brewing. Flavor-wise, I get strong hazelnut (almost as if I can chew it, it’s so thick) and then the black base – which seems more apparent as it’s cooled. A touch of Truvia makes this taste decadent. I wish I’d grabbed a bit more.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Irish Cream by Tea Desire
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This smells amazing! Glad the bags are sealed well. Irish creamy goodness. Saw very few chocolate drops, which was fine by me.

Steeped, it’s less appealing. There’s a hint of astringency, and bitterness. Truvia perks it up a bit and helps with the bitterness but not the astringency. I’m getting faint irish cream here, and more so when it was piping hot. Need to fiddle I think, perhaps with less of a steep and slightly lower temperature.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I did something wrong with this last night, still unsure as to what exactly. Maybe oversteeped? Was bitter and I had to dump it after a few sips.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec
caile

I have had it go a little bitter if oversteeped, so probably that’s it. I usually steep it for a about a couple minutes, which seems good. Hopefully it will be better next time!

Tabby

This one gets too strong really fast!

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94
drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
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Thankfully, this is one of the rooibos teas that still love me, and I them – likely because it’s mostly green? Dunno. This is just plain delicious. I love it so much, I bought an obscene amount last night… creamy, sweet deliciousness, and I noticed with the slightly lower steeping temperature that I could taste the meringue even more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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88
drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlogged from last night, when Steepster decided to have a little nap in the wee hours of the night. My standard go-to tea when my tummy is upset, which it was last night for unknown reasons. Always yum, if a bit strong on the ginger side. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Now, it’s purge time. Time to gather what’s needed and let go of the rest. Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more. And so, I’m happy to share (anytime!) and will occasionally desire small amounts of tea for swaps, just to try.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, and work (dating columnist and consultant).

No-can-do: lavender, overly floral (French florals, or florals that are creamy rather than, well, floral work well!), sugar, Splenda, all grains.

Love: fruity, dessert, chai, spicy, all types of tea.

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