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After a glass of Easy Now, this Organic Chamomile with Lavender (also from the Traditional Medicinals “Relaxation Sampler”) seemed almost savory. I found the lavender less hard-hitting than the last time I tried this blend. I must be craving flowers today, as I’ve imbibed jasmine, chamomile, passionflower, and lavender so far!

I feel that these relaxation teas are all quite fresh and full of therapeutic doses of the various components. Chamomile with Lavender is a nice change of pace from a simple chamomile soliflore infusion.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Easy Now by Traditional Medicinals
1017 tasting notes

This stress-relief formula from Traditional Medicinals features passionflower, chamomile, and lavender, along with lots of other stuff. I originally thought that the sweetness was due only to the licorice root, but there is also stevia leaf here. It’s really quite tasty for a functional infusion. Anice blend of flowers and herbs with less sweetness than Tazo Rest (which is more like sugary rose petals).

I decided to brew this bag of Easy Now before the Nighty Night, which packs about twice the soporifics. I wanted to be able to make it through the fourth episode of season six of MI-5. No problem—the show was suspenseful enough anyway!

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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78
drank Jasmine Green by Numi Organic Tea
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I have had some negative experiences with jasmine tea in the past, so I approached Numi Jasmine Green somewhat cautiously. The scent of both the dried leaves and the brewed tea is unmistakeably that of jasmine—it smells very similar to some of my favorite jasmine soliflore perfumes! This made me suspect that the jasmine would be too much for my system to bear.

My worries were for naught! I do not feel sick at all after drinking a large cup of this strongly scented green tea. In fact, I feel rather good. Both the jasmine flowers and the green tea agree with me, and the overall quality is smooth and enjoyable. I wonder which green tea this is? Definitely a good one…

So this is another positive experience from Numi. Perhaps the jasmine teas which made me sick in the past were artificially flavored? Well, the good news is that I am not constitutionally incapable of drinking jasmine green tea, as I had pretty much concluded based on some very negative experiences.

I have had the same problem with oolongs, and now I’m beginning to suspect that I need simply to restrict myself to high-quality, organic offerings when it comes to these two genres…

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Looking to sate my craving for liquid chocolate, I brewed up a small pot of Harney & Sons Florence. The chocolate is definitely the same as is used in the Valentine’s Blend, which I have in the sachet format and which I sometimes find on the weak side. Since I have a tin of loose Florence, I pulled out all the stops and brewed this batch extra strong, with a resultant reddish amber liquor.

The flavor was creamy and delicious, with both the chocolate and the nuts coming through and enhanced by the half and half. Florence is not quite as intense as Nutella, but it’s pretty good for a flavored tea!

Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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60
drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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This blend from Kusmi is more about spices—above all, clove, at least to my palate and nose— than chocolate. In fact, it veers near Constant Comment territory, so strong is the spiciness! The scent of the dried tea is high redolent of chocolate, so I have to confess that I was a bit disappointed with the final brew, which I prepared super-strong, as I prefer my flavored black teas with cream.

The liquor is dark red, and the nerve-impinging clove (though I do own that I am quite sensitive to that note—both in consumables and in perfume), made this a less than fantastic tea experience for me. It was not bad, but it was not the chocolate dream I was looking forward to on this drizzly “we have no spring in Boston” day.

I have a lot more of this tea on hand, so I’ll probably experiment with some mixtures. Perhaps I need to combine this one half and half with the Kusmi straight chocolate-scented tea?

Flavors: Cloves

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Dexter

I would definitely experiment with adding it to just chocolate scented tea. Depending on how strong the spice was and how strong you would prefer it. I agree with starting half and half, then adjust to your tastes. Good luck. :))

sherapop

Thanks, Dexter3657! I am very sensitive to clove, so I need to make adjustments accordingly…

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80

So glad that I picked up two envelopes of this tea at the Teavana holiday sale, as Jade Dragon is a quite decent Mao Feng! I brewed up a big pot today as the weather is cold and drizzly and there is no way that I’m going out. Perfect weather to celebrate the onset of spring with Mao Feng!

As always, the liquor is pale yellow veering green with a slightly vegetal taste and a smooth texture. I could drink another pot of this—and I shall. Second infusion coming up later today!

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I enjoyed another therapeutic dose of looseleaf Harney & Sons Egyptiian Chamomile again tonight. Tasty and effective!

Flavors: Flowers

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74
drank Pogo by Tazo
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Having just imbibed a large mug of Teavana JavaVana Mate, which reminded me of Tazo Pogo, I decided to brew up a mug of Pogo posthaste! It turns out that the similarities are more superficial than deep. The Pogo has a darker, smokier quality, with less cocoa and a good dose of chicory. The roasted mate is the big overlap between the two blends.

I brewed Pogo quite strong today, with the result that the cup with cream looked just like coffee! In fact, it reminded me a bit of French Market coffee with chicory! There was almost a caramel texture to this batch, which reminded me of Golden Monkey—always a good thing!

I do believe that I prefer JavaVana Mate to Pogo, but they are both good and satisfying cold weather comfort drinks and coffee surrogates. I am now very much looking forward to the arrival of my Numi sample set including a few different pu-erh blends…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80
drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
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This blend from Teavana is a pleasant surprise. Why exactly, I’m not sure: assam tea, roasted mate, cocoa and vanilla bits? What’s not to like? I suppose that I did not examine the ingredients list before infusing, and so I simply assumed that this would be yet another of the Teavana foody things—with more food stuff than tea.

Not so. This is a perfectly respectable and even rather tasty savory cocoa black tea blend. I drank my small pot with half and half, and as advertised (they bill it as a coffee substitute) JavaVana Mate did have a lot of heft but also smoothness to it. Reminds me a bit of Tazo Pogo…

Flavors: Cocoa

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80
drank Lu Shan Yun Wu by Tealux
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I brewed up a big pot of Tealux Lu Shan Yun Wu today and drank a glass right after eating soft-boiled eggs, and then again after a bowl of warm green lentils seasoned with sea salt, pepper, herbs and olive oil. Basically I find once again that this is a great meal-ready tea. Very subtle, smooth and thirst quenching. It would go well with sweets, too since there is no real vegetal taste whatsoever.

The liquor is pale yellow veering green, but a bit darker than last time because I used more leaves.

I like it, I do!

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A long-time tea and perfume lover, I have recently begun to explore the intersections between the two at my blog: http://salondeparfum-sherapop.blogspot.com//

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A few words about my ratings. In assessing both teas and perfumes, my evaluation is “all things considered.” Teas do not differ very much in price (relative to perfumes or any luxury items), so I do not usually consider the price when rating a tea.

What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

From 60 to 70 means that the tea is drinkable but I have criticisms of some sort, and I probably would not purchase or repurchase the tea as I can think of obvious alternatives which would be better.

From 70 to 80 is a solid brew which I would purchase again.

From 80 to 90 is good stuff, and I probably need to have some ready at hand in my humble abode.

From 90 to 100 is a tea (or infusion) which I have come to depend on and look forward to imbibing again and again—if possible!

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