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I need more caffine free desert style teas. I like this one, but more is always a good idea. Any suggestions for sweet evening teas?


I sometimes have harney and sons vanilla comoro. Davids oh canada or birthday cake rooibos blends might be nice as well.


Della Terra does some nice evening blends, I like the ginger snap rooibos and the lemon chiffon.


Agreed—Della Terra excels at desserty stuff.

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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Its in the 90’s today. Its just barely fall. Naturally I decide that this would be the perfect time to try this Christmas tea.
It certainly smells like a holiday fair, all cinnamon and clove-y. Nice smell, very atmosphiric.
Somethings gone a bit wrong in the taste portion of this. I cant make out what the flavor actually is. I get a clove-y after taste, but the subtler flavors hinted in the smell are not there.
Thanks to Josie Jade for sending this my way.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Will I ever get tired of Paris? No, I dont think so.
I just noticed that I’ve whittled my cupboard down enough that it now perfectly matches the number of teas on my wishlist! Wait……. thats not really a good thing, is it? Lol, the desire for tea is a powerful one!

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drank Love by Pukka
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Sipdown. I really do like this. Its quite good, full bodied and flavorful. I can get it fairy easily, so at some point I will welcome it back into my cupboard.

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Double bagged this tonight, to try and coax out a little more flavor. I do get a slightly stronger sense of the cookie with this double bagged, but its still mild and not overwhelming.
Its in no way an offensive tea, but it is underwhelming.


Seem times underwhelming is almost worse…like it couldn’t commit to something… Lol at least that’s how I feel.


I agree. Somehow it does seem worse to be underwhelmed then to have serious feelings about it.

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drank Rose Congou Green by DAVIDsTEA
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This sample is very very rosy. I do like a rose flavored tea. This also has a curious fruity note in it.
I like it! A green tea that mostly suits me. Interesting.

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
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I am always impressed with the smoothness of Harney blends, but this one is just not for me.
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I have been away from my loose leaf and my infusers all weekend, as I was housesitting. This isnt compleatly tragic, as I got a chance to power through some bagged samples that have been inflating my numbers quite a bit, but it was lovely to return to a morning pot of properly steeped tea this morning.
What to pick to herald my return to my teapots? Why, this gorgeous confection of my favorite flavors. Yum! Caramel Vanilla Assam for the win.

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Todays sample sipdown is this sample from Harney & Sons. Green tea and I have a long and somewhat complicated relationship. I keep trying, but they never really wow me. And I am afraid to say that this is no execption. Sorry green tea, you and I are still not quite seeing eye to eye.

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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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