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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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drank Carol by Lupicia
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I have just enough of this left for one more small pot. I will do a back to back test, when that happens, to compare it to my beloved Yume. Simalar flavors, so I’m interested in how they stack up.
Tea was the only thing to get me out of bed. It was a late night, and my bed seemed like the best place in the world, not to mention a strange dream about Cinderella…. My subconcious is a strange beasty.


Bed is often the best place in the world, it’s true.

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This I like. Its a soft and warm cup, and I shall sip.
This is a very exciting review, isnt it? Ha. Well, this is a prefect tea to accompany my evening of doing absolutly nothing.

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drank Vanilla Rooibos Parfait by Tazo
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Vanilla! I sometimes feel like the odd one out, in my love of vanilla. (then I come here and I know that its not true. I’m in good company.) The quest for vanilla perfection continues.
This was a gift, and a beautifully thoughtful gift, and one that I have not been paying specific attention to. Its a perfectly nice rooibos, with a vanilla mellowness to it. The perfect vanilla tea? No, but not a bad cup at all.

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Agressive overleafing and a short steep time give this an almond quality, but not the cookie that I have been hoping for.
This is the first of the Simpson and Vail teas that I’ve managed to sip down, for which I am glad. (ETA- Lies! I sipped down Gingerbread! Gah. Its obviously too early in the morning for me to think)
Sip sip sip.


I love me some aggressive overleafing in the morning, haha!

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I’ve been spoiled after Della Terras Apple Pie tea. This does not measure up, in my opinion. I get a little apple, and some burnt “baked” flavor, but its not impressing me.
The smell, however, is very nice, and I am going to keep playing with the shorter steep times, to try and get what I want.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Another favorite to add to the list today.
This is such a warm cup. That might sound like a silly thing to say about hot tea, but some are just, I don’t know, inherently warmer than others. This is one of those. No matter how deep the chill, this warm vanilla cup will find it and warm it.


Well said!

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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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