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drank White Chocolate by Butiki Teas
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One of two things has happened to this tea- either its growing on me, or its mellowing. Its not nearly as floral as I remember, which is nice, though I’m still not getting any of the promised white chocolate flavor. Ah well. Nothing for it.

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
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Friday! Wooo! I have survived another work week. Frabjous day.
I am not inspired, lately, in my tea drinking, and am not quite sure why. I’m still loving my teas, but somehow nothing has been leaping out to insist that I drink it. Perhaps I need an infusion of new teas? Well, I must meet my sipdown goals for that to happen.
With that in mind, a cup of this. It says Autumn on the tin, and to be fair these flavors do mostly speak of fall. But the good fruit flavor is enjoyable in the spring time as well, so I won’t fight this tea.
Now, all those pumpkin teas… I should get working on those….

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99
drank Yume by Lupicia
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Ooof, what a morning. And I understeeped this tea. Bleh!
I had a double shift this morning, and now need to go to the auto parts store, work out, and complete two online work trainings, before going back for the evening shift. Grrr. This is gonna suck.
But! At least I have tea, and I can work on sipdowns!
I underbrewed this today. Sloppy of me, but I wasn’t watching the clock. So its a ghost of its true flavor. Blast.

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73
drank Celebration Tea by Harney & Sons
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I just cannot make up my mind about this one. While I find it has the signature Harney smoothness and sophistication of flavor, I feel like perhaps there are too many competing elements? Hmmm.
I’ve got plenty of sachets left to experiment. Maybe I’ll reach some sort of conclusion.

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77
drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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Oh Eight Candles, you sweet, complex marshmallow tea. I don’t think I’ll ever fool proof you.
Sometimes I get a note of (bleh) coffee, and I’m getting its shadow today, which is too bad. As this was the end of my pouch, I was hoping for extra sweetness. Ah well.
This is a tea that can drive me up the wall, because when its good its very, very good, and when its not, its, well, not. Grr.
And yet I have not been able to resist it, when it waltzes into my cupboard.
Well, in other tea news, this is a Sipdown! Woooo! I am taking a trip to NYC in June, and I want to have a lot of sipdowns under my belt, so that I can visit New York tea shops.
Where should I go, fellow Steepsterites? Where is the best place to get teas in NYC?

Indigobloom

Yep I remember that about this one!! My second order was worse than the first. Ick

Veronica

Harney and Sons and Palais des Thés are both in SoHo. I only go to NYC a couple of times a year, but I inevitably end up at Harney.

Veronica

Oh and Bellocq! I’ve only been there once,but the store is amazingly beautiful, and the teas are outstanding.

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drank Capri by Harney & Sons
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Monday? How is it Monday? Ah well.
I had an exhausting weekend, filled with travel, fencing tournaments, and early starts. It was mostly fun, but now its all over! Boo!
I turn to this one, I find, when I don’t have a lot of energy and need something dependable. Its a rich and layered combination of vanilla and fig, with a seductive hint of lemon, which I really like.
Good stuff, all around.

ashmanra

My daughter SuperAnna was an epee fencer, and my son was a saber fencer. What is your weapon of choice?

Rosehips

I’m a foulest!

Rosehips

Gah, “foil-est.” Darn you autocorrect! Though possibly I’m foulest as well.

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I think, when I finish this tin, I won’t run out and get it again. I feel like a lot of my reviews are “there is nothing wrong with it, but its not magical,” but it holds true here. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing exceptional!
Sometime I’ll have an interesting opinion!

Tabby

I know exactly what you mean. Peet’s Teas are just kinda unremarkable.

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drank Celebration Tea by Harney & Sons
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This was my very first cup of tea this morning.
It another one in my stash that I can’t quite decide on. Some days I like the fruit and pastry blends. It certainly sounds like something I’d like. But something about it stops it from being exceptional, which is too bad.
Still, nothing wrong with it. I’ll certainly have no trouble drinking it.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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I have a precious few moments this morning, so why not brew up a pot of one of my favorites, toast an English muffin with some honey, and take some time. Sigh.
I have no qualms about drinking this, even when I’ve got so many sipdowns to attend too. I’ve got a ton of this. I panicked last fall and bought a pound of it, which is a decision I should regret more than I do. I love this stuff, one of my all time faves, to be sure. It may “feel” more like an autumn tea, but even so. I’m not about to say good to an almond and cranberry cup of loveliness.

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drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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Its the first day I’ve had in a while that I’m not running around like a madwoman, so I can drink one of my fiddly teas.
You know the sort, the teas that need a close eye when you steep them, or delicate brewing. This, for me, is one of them.
I can’t make up my mind on Eight Candles. Its very creamy and sweet, when it behaves itself, but I can’t seem to get it to behave with any consistency.
I’m almost done with this, and, I’m afraid, I’m really looking forward to that. Its gonna be nice to be done with this picky tea.

TeaNTees

I adore this tea! I guess I have been lucky.

Marzipan

Sometimes I really like it and other times I’m more meh. Maybe I just need to be in the mood for it.

Marzipan

(and sprinkles)

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I love tea! I confess that I was a hot chocolate lover for most of my life, but recently a switch has gone off in my brain, and suggested that I might just love tea. And I do!
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