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Did not sleep well last night. Need a simple, straitforward, uncomplicated cup. Bingo!
Vanilla Almond is an always have for me, as I need a failsafe tea. Something for just such mornings, that I can steep, sip, and forget about, and still enjoy.

Sami Kelsh

Good. insert a nice nap here

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drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
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Ah, this tea. Its certainly a winter tea, but its light enough that I’m comfortable getting away with it right now.
Warm, creamy, with a touch of nutty spice. Very nice.
I’m always a little timid around white tea, but its proven to be very patient and gentle with me.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Its been a very weird day. Hmm. Not bad, exactly, but I’ve got a lot to think about.
I’ve maybe been offered more hours at work? Maybe? Maybe not? Argh.
On the one hand, more hours would be good. The flip side of this is that I’m trying to find a new job, something more in line with my interests, so I’m not sure.
Well, a cup of tea to mull things over.

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Second cup of the morning.
I never picked this up myself, it was a gift from th bf, but he did a good job. I’m not much one for peaches, though I am a devotee of ginger. But this is well balanced an tasty blend.
I like it.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning. Sip sip.
Its bright and clear outside, so this seemed like an excelent tea to have.
Its light and fruity, but I’m beginning to pale a little on it right now. Its not quite as complex or interesting as either Tower of London or Paris.
That said, I still like it. The amount I have now will be great for these spring months.

Sami Kelsh

I remember trying this with my girlfriend at the time in their New York shop. She got this one, I got Paris, and we each preferred the other’s tea so we swapped. Then we had quesadillas at my favourite little quesadilla place. MAN, now I’m all nostalgic for NYC in the winter.

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drank Vanilla by Lupicia
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So I bought both this and La Vanille from Lupicia. What, exactly, is the difference, anyway? I am determined to find out!
I think I may have steeped this too aggressively this morning. I turned on music, and began to dance, instead of paying proper attention to my kettle. Whoops.
But even so, its not coming up bitter.
Its a smooth cup, and I get a toasty note in it, but very little vanilla, it must be said.
Hmm. Pleasant, and I do get a familer note, but what that note is is anyones guess right now.
More experimentation!


I was just looking at lupicia’s website right now, and noticed they have a vanilla and la vanille as well, so I’m glad you’re doing the experiment!

Sami Kelsh

I’m very curious to know the difference between the two!


I will report back when I have data!


enquiring minds want to know…

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The weather around here is going through some crazy cycling. Yesterday it was gorgeous, unbelievable spring weather. Yesterday I wanted a long walk, asparagus and fresh strawberries. (So I had them).
But this morning it is windy and cold, and so I want warm and cozy things.
Enter Winter Solstice!
One of my favorite winter teas, warm, savory, with a delightful note of citrus. But its better in the cold weather, so I’m happy to drink it now.

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Ah, a nice relaxing cup. Just the right thing.
Boy, its been a hectic day, breakneck speed the whole way, and a number of hurdles in the path.
Nothing that a good cup of tea cant help, though. Thank goodness for tea!


Yes, tea IS such an antidote to a hectic day. (Makes me wonder how non-tea drinkers can survive the stress. I mean, how do they cope without tea???)

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drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
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It is my 600th note, I think! Eeep! How time flys when you are drinking tea.
Well, its a sipdown of this soft vanilla cloud. I liked this a lot, even if it wasnt the truest of loves. But I enjoyed it all.
Maybe someday I’ll bring it back in, but for now, more experimentation and exploration are to be done in the world of vanilla teas.

Flavors: Vanilla


Yay! Congrats on the 600 :)

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drank Daruma by Lupicia
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This has been an interesting tea experiment.
A spicy, savory tea, its got a lot of pop. Very complex, layered and nuanced, but its just not the flavor profile for me.
Fun to try, but off it goes!

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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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