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Somehow, I bought this tea about two years ago now (possibly shorter, but I think that’s about right), and never opened it. Huh?

As I’m going through all of my teas (yes, ALL of them), I’m making sure I have what I say I have, and removing the ones that have disappeared from my tea cupboard on Steepster. It’s quite the project…. so if I haven’t tried something, and I have it, well, I’m trying it. If I love it, I’ll drink it. If I don’t absolutely LOVE it, I’m passing it along. This tea? Passing it along.

Why? Well, it’s very much a coffee tea – which isn’t a bad thing. I’d call it a mocha tea, really, and it’s quite creamy, nutty, coffee-ish, with some chocolate in there to boot. Nice, yes. Rich and flavorful. If I want coffee though, I’d prefer to drink coffee, if that makes any sense. I guess this technically IS coffee, as there are bits of coffee beans in it. Still, it’s not a “madly in love” tea, so it’s off to the sale box. Woohoo!

Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Creamy, Mocha, Nutty

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
1426 tasting notes

Hm. I used to like this. Now, all I get is faint blergamot. Maybe I need to rinse my cleaned kettle and strainers a bit better, or maybe it just hadn’t aged well.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
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Hell to the no! It smells gross, like a raspberry cleaning solution, and doesn’t taste much better. Bitter and granular, one sip and I’m done.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Liquid Proust

Did you cold or hot steep this?

MissB

Hot steep, couldn’t share that from my phone. I can send it to you if you’d like to play with it – I suspect there’s some contamination in here with strawberries, as I’m having an allergic reaction still.

Southern Boy Teas

If this is the loose tea version, it is very old. Sorry to hear it was no good any more. Our iced tea version of this is one of my all time favorites.

MissB

This is the loose tea version, and it is very old. Didn’t rate it specifically for this reason.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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I don’t think I can mess up this tea. I think I’ve shared more of this tea than I’ve drank it. I’ve also purposely gone to Lupicia in SF when I’m there, just to buy this. Yes, I think I will again, even though I’ll likely be traveling indefinitely very soon… yes, yes I will.

Flavors: Melon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

it was on their website a while back for the first time ever… as an fyi

TeaBrat

feel better soon :)

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drank After Eight by Pluck
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I know I’ve had this, I know I’ve reviewed it, and yet…. nada. I remember as being not so much like an after eight (mint chocolate) and more like, well, rooibos. Dunno any more though, it’s been so long, and I shared it with someone else. Ah well, hope they love it!

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drank Under the Weather by Nanny's Cupboard
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Not sure anyone would drink this other than, well, if they’re under the weather. Which is when I did. Definitely felt better after, although I don’t remember it tasting like much, other than… herbal. A touch sweet.

Handmade in a really tiny tea house in Cranbrook, BC. No internet site, just a phone number, and a ton of awards from local country fairs for her teas and jams.

Flavors: Herbs, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Bellini by Tetley
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Yes, it really does taste like a bellini – minus the booze, and the grenadine. Just don’t oversteep it.. too much hibiscus. It’s junky, but fun.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Orange, Peach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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So… uh…. TMI alert…. this tea does wonders for when Aunt Flo’s visiting, and she’s more than you can handle. New discovery!

Christina / BooksandTea

Interesting! Do you think it was the ginger, the rooibos, or the combination that’s responsible?

MissB

Ginger, definitely the ginger. Same reaction if I have candied ginger.

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
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Had at least five cups of this in the past two days, trying to kick a cold before it settles in. So far, so good! Glad I have more of this, I may need to bring it with me on my next trip.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Grumpy Dinosaur by T-We Tea
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Kind of reminds me of Twining’s Buttermint, but it’s easier to find here. :P Still, not that easy, but, tasty enough and with enough in my cupboard that it’ll do me! Yay…. minty vanilla, who knew I’d love you so much.

Flavors: Candy, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Love these names :)

MissB

I love this company! Their names are amazing.

Sil

need to place an order with them someday if i ever get back to tea control lol. no more travelling for me to tea places! haha

MissB

Every place is a tea place! I’ll send you some of what I have left.

Sil

lol that’s the problem MissB…that’s the problem!

ashmanra

The young man who owns this company went to our church years ago. His family is so nice, and his mom just wrote a book. I think it is called From Wedding Bells to Hand Grenades. It is all about being an army wife. Her name is Nicole Lee if you want to look up the book!

Sil

oh that’s really interesting ash!

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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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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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