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drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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Eight Candles is a tricky tea. When its good, its very, very good, rich and sweet. But when you don’t get the parameters just right, it falls flat.
I’m afraid to say it fell flat today. Grr.
Next time I get it right, I’ll pay better attention to how long I steeped it.

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Ugh. Thursday morning, the time for me to get up extra early and bump into things around the house, trying to get ready.
I can see the bottom of the tin! Wow, am I really moving through this so quickly?

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drank Vanilla Bean by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Ok,despite my lovely boyfriends budding appreciation (and growing collection) of teas, I still think I should probably carry a little bit around with me, of my own teas. Maybe things that need some serious sipping down, or suchlike?
Theres nothing bad or wrong about Mighty Leaf… but they are just not the company for me. They seem to be lacking some pop!

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
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The sister project to my sipdown mission is to drink the teas that I haven’t yet tried, and are sitting around in my cupboard, looking sad.
Lupicia, in my opinion, are the masters of fruit flavors. They make the crispest, lightest fruit teas of any I’ve tried.
I opened the little mini tin of this, and holy grapes, batman! I can only describe it as Champagne Rose, but with grapes instead of roses. Light, sparkily crisp.
Brewed, I’m getting a touch of bitter, which, to be frank, is probably my fault. I did not watch my steep time too close.
I’ll reserve my ranking for now, and fiddle around with it a bit more.


Lupicia is really good with fruit. Chocolate and nuts have been more iffy…

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drank Rose Royal by Lupicia
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None shall convince me that this is not Champagne Rose, under a different label.
This should annoy me, but I’m willing to give it a pass, as I quite like Champagne Rose, and so I’m not going to fuss about having in my cupboard again, even under an unexpected name.

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My collection of sachets are starting to get disturbingly low. That’s going to be a bit of a problem, as I really like this, and its a seasonal tea!
It would be too simple to say that this is a mint or peppermint tea. Its so much more than that, full of a wonderful layer of lemon, and then a hint of licorice. The most sophisticated mint tea I’ve ever owned.

Maddy Barone

Sounds marvelous.

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This cup of tea can be securely filed under “pleasant”. Nothing too flashy, just a gentle, almost floral vanilla, and a somewhat delicate base. Really nice afternoon cuppa.
Thanks to Ost for letting me try this. I’m enjoying all the samples!

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drank Orange & Ginger by Lupicia
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I used to work a Saturday morning shift, lo these many months ago. I’ve been off that for about a half a year now, which has been nice, but I’m back into the fray. A coworker is having surgery (wanted, and a good thing!), but she’ll have a six week recovery period where she needs to stay off her feet. So in I go!
Ooof, its hard to get used to waking up on a Saturday again. Bleh.
This tea smells a little richer than it brews up, but its still got a nice pop, which helps.
Off I go, to clock in!

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drank Da Hong Pao by Tea At Sea
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Oooh! This brewed up so very rich. It smelled almost charcoal smoky, which is a very nice thing.
The taste is solid, woody, very robust, with, yes, a hint of roasted smoke to it.
I really enjoyed this. Thanks be to Ost who was the giver of the sample!

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I’ve got some time this afternoon to get stuff done, which will be lovely. First thing on the itinerary is tea.
Warm and complex, this is good. It really does have a creamy mouthfeel, and the sensation that nutmeg has been lovingly dusted over the top. Impressive.


That sounds delectable!

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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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