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drank Vanilla by Lupicia
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I find this to be a little unimpressive in the way of a vanilla tea. I mean, there is vanilla, but its so faint that it tastes almost more like…. caramel? coconut? what? than proper vanilla. I was encouraged by the vanilla bean in the blend, but its not holding up.
I will still be doing the comparison between this and La Vanille. I’ll let you know.


it’s difficult to find a good vanilla tea


The quest continues!


Have you tried the vanilla sencha from American tea room?


I have not. I shall have to add that to the list.

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
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I got another sample sachet of this, so I decided to brew it up while I worked around the house this morning.
Its good! Fruity and lush. I might see myself bringing this green into my cupboard sometime in the future. It would be nice to have on hand.
Back to cleaning, and prepping for dinner. I’m going to make a cauliflower quiche with asparagus tonight, taking advantage of the lovely spring temps.

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drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
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Its been such a long time since I had this. It seemed like a great day for it, so I broke it out of tea purgatory, and brewed myself a pot.
Its still good. A light and delicate, not a heavy perfume rose, but a soft and subtle rose tea. Very good for an almost spring morning.

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The last of my Simpon and Vail order from Black Friday. It seemed like a good day to break it open.
In the bag, the dry leaf smells like a candied violet (side note- who was the first person to go, “lets make a candy out of something. I know, that flower! That’ll do.”)
Experience with other S & V teas tells me to brew this short and hot, which is what I did.
The liquid is light and clear, and smells sweet and unspecifically floral.
Its not bad, actually. More violet than rose, I think. And its very, very sweet. No sugar added and it tastes as sweet as two lumps.
I had some trepidation, after my other S&V disapointments, but this is pleasant. And good for this fine spring day.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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Anothr early morning, where it was a great personal struggle to get out of bed.
Let me tell you, tea is worth getting out of bed for, even when you just want to stagger around and bump into things.
Its going to be in the 80’s today. This is utter, utter madness. I already miss my winter wardrobe.
So, a light and springy tea sounds like the right thing.
This marks the end of Alsace. It wont be gone forever, but its time for a Sipdown!


My goodness, 80??? My summer wardrobe is buried somewhere, still feels like I’ll never wear it again!!!


I know! Its actually really bad news around here. We need the cool weather and rain, as this is a farm community. Its trouble when the weather is odd like this.

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Do you all have daylight savings time where you are? Because its kicking my but. Its a week old, but I am still exsausted.
Gosh it was hard to get out of bed, and I stood in my kitchen, blearlily staring at my teas. I was almost unable to pick a tea this morning!
I decided on an old faithful. I’m running out of this, which always makes me sad, but its a cold weather tea, so its probably for the best.
Help me, tea. Its going to be a long and complicated day!


YES, the time change is still making it super hard to get up in the morning…ugh :/


You both too? Ok so I’m not the only one! Wow, I just can’t seem to shake it off.


Indiana went for years without most of us switching to DST. It was great. We switched so politicians could play more golf without having to get up earlier – at least that’s why I think it changed. There has been talk of going back to the old system. Hoping it does.

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This sounds on paper like something I would like, so I got an ounce and today broke into it, brewing up a pot.
In liquid form its a bit tart, with a lot more “extra” flotam and jetsam to it than tea.
Well, not bad, but I’m glad I dont have tons of it.

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drank Rose Darjeeling by Lupicia
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A bold flavored tea meets a bold flavored flower. What will the results be?
Not bad, actually. The Darjeeling and the Rose are fighting a little for dominance in my cup, but its not an unpleasant battle. Its actually almost more of a dance.
But I’ve still got a lot of tinkering to do. Fortunatly, I’ve got a fair bit of this, so I can play around.

Flavors: Flowers

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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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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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