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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
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Today no toffe, just hot, black tea, with the tiniest hint of nuttiness. I would be more annyoed, but I’m almost asleep, so I’m ok with this being just wake up juice, instead of a properly delightful cup of tea.
Why, S&V, why? Gah.

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Was in dramatic need of tea today, so stopped for a cup of this during lunch.
I’ve had this before, and was stuck by how juicy this tea is. And in a very good way. Its lush and fruity, without seeming like some kind of hot punch. Just what the doctor ordered on this long afternoon.
C’mon, when is Saturday going to get here?

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It rained yesterday! Hooray! And it was a thunderstorm. I love thunderstorms. It all cleared up this morning, but I still felt a little better about the world.
So a lovely, post rain cup of tea was required this morning. This beloved favorite was it.

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drank French Vanilla by Simpson & Vail
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Oof, this was a tough morning section.
I have returned home, before a busy afternoon of errands, to drink tea and have my favorite mid-morning snack, of an english muffin with local honey on it, paired with the tea.
This is what I grabbed today, not so much out of a love of this, but more out of the desire to get rid of it.
Its not bitter, or bad, but I do not get the vanilla in the amount I want. Its the slightest suggestion of aftertaste, rather than a full and flavorful vanilla cup.
Well, a quiet morning before off the races again.


love vanilla blacks as well (and always appreciate a good ‘iteration’ of french vanilla)…do you have any recommendations on any where the vanilla stands up well to the base?


So far Harney and Sons Vanilla Black and Vanilla Comoro are holding the top spots, but the quest is ongoing.


ah, thank you so much! i do have H&S Vanilla Comoro on my shopping list on account of everyone’s rave reviews. plan to purchase a bunch of samples from them soon. i did look at the Vanilla Black on their website as well…sounds delicious!

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drank Pure Mint by Twinings
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My stomach hurts a little this morning. And I’ve got my extra early day, plus a whole lot of work. Bleh.
Save me, pure mint.
This is an especially good bagged tea. A very smooth base, and a noticeable amount of mint. Excelent.
Still, I cant wait till I can get back home and drink a proper pot of tea.


I hope you feel better and get home soon!

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drank Vanilla Rooibos Parfait by Tazo
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A very enthusiastic new fencer has bashed me in the hand, so that hurts.
Its been a long day. There was a point in the afternoon when I would have trampled over my desk for a cup of tea.
So, now, exsausted, hand throbbing, I am drinking this.
I like rooibos in a sachet. It makes the whole rooibos cleanup process that much easier.


Sorry about your hand. :-(


I hope you heal quickly and easily. Feel better soon!

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We are in a drought in my neck of the woods, which is a massive problem, as its farmland around here. But today it smells like there may be rain.
To help encourage the atmosphere, I am drinking this, my favorite winter tea. And, if we are lucky, we shall have some rain around here as well.

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drank Fig and Lavender by Cherie Anne
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One of the teas from my sisters generous Christmas gift was this.
Boy does it ever smell as advertised. Figgy, full of lavender, and warm.
Its pretty good, actually. The lavender is not too soapy, the fig balancing it out and grounding it out, and giving it a nice earthiness to it.
Hopefully my sister has some more of this, as I want to steal a little bit more. Its not an every day or even every week tea, but its nice for a very specific craving and mood.
But for now, a sipdown of this.

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
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I enjoyed this more today than I did the first time I tried it. Very fruity, with an undeniable tropical quality.
I can always tell, with H&S blends, that its good tea. Even if its not my preference,I can tell. Such is the case here. Its good tea, but its not my good tea, if that makes sense.
Still, glad to have tried it!


That makes perfect sense. You appreciate the quality of the tea, but the flavor profile doesn’t match your preference.

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Finishing up my batch of creamy, pepperminty Christmas Tradition. I have enjoyed this silly blend a great deal. Well, I’ll see you again in December, Christmas Tradition!

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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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