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A giant mug, with honey.

I tried to go to bed about 7:30 this evening, but ended up getting up about 9:30 because I couldn’t get to sleep. So tired, but no sleeping. Boo!

So now it’s midnight and I’m still up. Hopefully sipping on this delicious herbal will help kickstart the sleepiness. I have flux on my computer, so there is no blue light in my eyes keeping me awake. :)

This tea is delicious, sweet and fruity and medicinal all at once. I like it so much! Definitely something I need to keep stocked, especially since the price is so reasonable. (My other favourite hot herbal is Verdant’s Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend. It’s on the opposite of the reasonable spectrum, but SO amazing in the winter or when I’m feeling under the weather.)

Flavors: Berry, Medicinal, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Oh this is really nice! So glad I grabbed some from the bag I got for Bear with Me. :)

Really gentle, almost candy-like grapefruit. Nice white tea that didn’t go bitter. I added a couple tiny pieces of rock sugar to my mug, so that might have something to do with the “candy”, but IDK. This is a really nice white tea.

Tempted to cold steep the used leaves, but overnight is too long I think. I’ll keep them and see if I manage to cold steep tomorrow. The leaves still smell fantastic, so I think I’d get another cup. :)

(2 heaping tsp, 14 oz water, 160F, 3 minutes, 2 pieces rock sugar.)

Flavors: Candy, Citrus, Floral, Grapefruit

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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drank Blueberry Fruit Tea by Teavivre
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Cold brewed overnight. I only had one packet, but used it to make 1L of iced tea. It was mostly tart hibiscus with a hint of blueberry this morning. Good, but not delicious. I think I’ll stick with Juicy Blueberry from Zen Tea as my blueberry herbal tea. Oh, or the Blueberry Rooibos from SOKO.

Hmm.

Preparation
7 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank St Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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While this was tasty, it isn’t my favourite. I prefer H&S Paris.

1-2 cups left, though! I just need to be motivated enough in the morning (read: not boiling hot) to make a mug or two of hot tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
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One mug left!

Kinda sad to see it go, because I do really like this tea, but after this cup I’m not too sad. You see, it’s starting to taste a little chemical to me. :(

Oh well. Right now it’s still delicious citrus/berry/herbal stuff, even though I can taste the flavouring!

(Made strong and poured over ice to make 16+ oz.)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dexter

Hmmmm – citrus herbal stuff – I might have a couple of those to add to your package…. LOL stash reduction and all that. ;))

OMGsrsly

Maybe I need to go through my spreadsheet and actually add everything to Steepster… that way your cupboard won’t feel so lonely!

Sil

lavender….gross

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Much better with a 12 hour steep. :)

Just a bit spicy, but not overwhelming.

I had coffee again this morning because it was easy. Tea tomorrow, I hope! (It’s too late for what I want to drink tonight, but I’ll put some more cold brews together and maybe have something uncaffeinated tonight.)

Dexter

Citrus, spicy herbal stuff – yep I definitely have some of this style… ;))

OMGsrsly

Noooo!!! Dexter, I’m gonna be at 260 soon! And I still have The BOX.

Dexter

LOL ok – I’ll be nice I promise… really though it’s not the 300 that scares me, it’s the quantity – when you are measuring your tea stash in KGs – that’s just TOO MUCH

OMGsrsly

Ok, ok. ;) Share some samples. I promise to drink more tea than coffee these next couple weeks to make room.

Sil

you guys both do decent sample sizes… allows for a few mugs of tea.

OMGsrsly

That’s the scary part, Sil! :P Good for options, not so good for cupboard size.

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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Cold steeped overnight!

Mostly because this is starting to reach the end of its delicious lifespan and I have a lot I still need to drink (well, a lot for a green tea). Since I keep forgetting to have it hot, I thought I’d try it this way. And it turned out pretty well! Just steeped about 8 hours, 2 tsp in 8oz.

It’s mostly just buttery straight out of the fridge, but as it warms up the flavours emerge. Mostly strawberry with a hint of ginger, and more butter. So tasty! This is seriously one of my favourite greens.

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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Yum yum yum! Since I saw Cavo had this within the last couple days, it inspired me to have some as well.

So good. Toasty roasty chestnuts, with a bit of dryness like you’d get from the peel. Note: NOT bagged chestnuts, but fresh roasted ones like you buy from a stand for a hideous amount of money in the winter.

I really enjoyed this. Yay!

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

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So good. It’s really gentle and root-beer-cream, compared to DavidsTea’s in-your-face root beer and cinnamon.

I’m enjoying it iced tonight. :)

I have so many teas. I know that Dexter just did a cupboard count, and I’m not too far off. So what I did this evening is sort out my puerh and white teas into one container, and my oolongs and greens into another. My black teas are kind of all over, and all my non-caffeinated ones are in yet another container.

Hopefully this organization helps. Hopefully. :)

I also set up 3 teas icing in the fridge. Hopefully one of them is delicious in the morning!

(Poured over ice to make 16oz tea.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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