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I am desperate this morning, which means I’ve gone to the office Keurig machine, and brewed up this out of one of those little pot things.
Eh. How the mighty have fallen.
But I really just want something hot and tea like at the moment, and this is both of those things.
Its not particularly good, but I must give credit where its due. Its drinkable without causing flinching, spasms, or even much notice. It just sort of slides down, leaving a vaugly tea-ish flavor in its wake.
At lunchtime I will hunt down better brews.

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drank Gingerbread Cookie by DAVIDsTEA
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In my new tea panic, and my resolution to drink more evening teas, I grabbed this out of the sample bowl.
And, obviously this has been in the sample bowl since last Christmas time, which is highly embarrassing. What took me so long? Especially since I love gingerbread, and just plain ol ginger.
But it turns out my trepidation was correct, because if someone had given this to me blind, and told me to list the ingredients, I would have said Rooibos, and maybe a touch of spice.
And that’s it. No gingerbread flavor to be found. None. I drank it without paying any attention to it, which I’m sure was not its intention, but here we are.
Ah well. Another one out of the sample bowl, and out of my cupboard.

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drank Carol by Lupicia
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And so, er, well, the first batch of the autumnal teas I ordered arrived yesterday. It both filled me with delight, and made me panic a little, as now my cupboard is very, very full indeed.
So, squashing the urge to rip open my tins and burrow into my new teas, I decided that it was the day to finish this off.
So I did.
Goodbye Carol! It was lovely while it lasted.
The autumn flavors call me…..
Sipdown!

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drank Carol by Lupicia
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My new summer-teas sipdown goal is going pretty well, all things considered, but I must stay focused and not get distracted by autumnal teas. Well, not too distracted, anyway.
This is the next on my list of things that are better when its summer, and I’m itching to get out of the cupboard. I have about one cup left, after this one.
Today it brewed up really nicely, the rose and fruit flavors balanced well. I was very pleased with it, as sometimes this can go bitter, if I’m not paying attention when brewing it.
I will be done with this soon, and then some of the most obvious summer teas will be gone from my cupboard! I’m looking forward to that, as well as having a slightly better managed cupboard.
A girl can dream, right?

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I am once again afflicted with Sipdown Fever (brought on by an embarrassing amount of autumnal teas winging their way to me). Plus I’m determined to drink more evening teas!
So last night I had a rummage through my samples bowl, which is now so large that its become a samples pile. After sifting out the likely candidates, I settled on this one. I was feeling adventurous.
Chocolate tea, while a thing I should like, is not exactly my thing. They just never taste right to me, and I’m always disappointed. But, this is chocolate and mint, two favorite flavors in the outside world, and it was caffeine free. But it was a rooibos, a tea base that I have a hit and miss relationship with.
And you know what? After my trepidation that I wouldn’t like it at all, due to rooibos and chocolate, it wasn’t actually bad. I found it a little weak, as I often do with chocolate teas, and the rooibos was perhaps a touch too strong for the base, but it was generally pleasant.
Its the sort of thing that I don’t think I’ll order, but it was nice to try!
And, importantly, a sipdown!

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
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So, in honor of the first day of fall last week, I decided I could order a ton of autumnal favorites, and a few new things to try. So I may have, uh, a lot of tea coming in. Errr….. Whoops?
So it is doubly imperative to start some more serious sipdowns, before I start to twitch.
So, with it being nearly 100 again today, and having just enough of this, I thought it was the perfect time to sip it down, and I was right!
This got bitter as it aged, I’m afraid. But it was still light, and retained a freshness.
But I’m now proud of myself to get rid of it. Sipdown!

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drank Yume by Lupicia
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Its going to be nearly 100 degrees again today. Bleh. So, while I am ready for fall, the weather is not.
But, its a perfect chance to sip down some of my more “springy” teas, which is exactly what I will do.
I love Yume, I really do. I can see how its not exactly everyones thing, but to me its a springy, fun tea, and I love having it in the warmer times of the year.
However, today I have sipped it down, and may that be an omen of cooler weather to come.

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I am going to reserve judgement on this one, as I oversteeped it. The result is a bitter, almost burnt tasting blend.
Sigh. I’ll try again, and report back with more accurate findings.

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The tea of my morning, paired with an English muffin and some lemon curd. That’s a highly recommended way to start a Friday!
What can I say? This was just perfect today, with the notes of honey and stonefruit really singing together. I loved every sip, and was sad that I had to leave for work, instead of brewing up more of this gorgeousness.
In other news, now that it is officially Autumn, I’ve decided its ok to order the fall teas I’ve been longing for. There will be some beloved classics, and a few new ventures, and I am excited for it all!
I’ve still got a lot of “summer” tea, but I’ll work on that pronto. Tea, here I come!

gmathis

Love lemon curd on nearly anything, but I have a jar of pineapple preserves to work through first…

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drank Blue Lady by Culinary Teas
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So I hopped next door again to grab another cup of this. I was desperate for tea and I thought I’d try this again, to refine my thoughts.
Well, I got a non-tea barista. You know the ones, the poor creatures who know that tea is technically on the menu, but are much more prepared to create latte art for you.
So, when I got my cup, I sat for a bit, letting it steep. Or so I thought. When I removed the lid, lo and behold there was not teabag in the cup (they used the paper filters with the leaf in it, before). Just a pale amber liquid. So I’d just been letting my cup cool, with no added steeping benefits.
So it was weaker than I liked today, but still pretty nicely flavored. Maybe I’ll try again at a later date.

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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!
I’m a bit of a novice, but an enthusiastic one, and am happily sipping new varieties all the time.
I love vanilla, fruity, and caramel flavors, and cant wait to try more.

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