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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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Silky and spicy and just plain nice. I’ll be sad when I use up the last of this tea. But that day is not today, especially since it gives out a minimum of 3 steeps per set of leaves (that’s about all I can do before I get bored of it).

Will be enjoying all the steeps of this tea in the library today, packing up more boxes of binders. I did 22 boxes yesterday and hopefully will get a few today. Problematic when I have a few days left on weight restrictions but it seems I’ll be getting a helper who is likely getting laid off in June and needs the overtime while she can get it. :(

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 26 OZ / 768 ML

Wow, 22 boxes! You go!


40 total over 2 days. I was pretty impressed. New weekly personal record.

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drank Berry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Finally getting this one off of my books. I put the remainder of the matcha in my tin into my mug tonight. It’s a bit grainy, I think because I didn’t sift it. It’s still a little berry after sugar is added but otherwise it’s very boring now. So goes old matcha.

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
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Well, I’m still enjoying this tea. Remembered to treat the Adagio iced tea gently (aka not boiling water) so it remained nice and smooth and not at all bitter. Added a bit of sugar because candy canes are supposed to be sweet and it’s come out pretty well this pot.

I’ve spent the last 4+ hours packing up boxes full of binders and recording contents and taping on labels and stuff and it’s been a little tiring so I’m glad I had this tea to make sure I didn’t get too tired because I had a little built in minibreak excuse right in my mug. Now done packing up for the day, more tomorrow I think, so I just need to do a bit more taping and a bit of moving data from the excel spreadsheet to the storage company’s website and I’m good to go home. Will have to pick up my old computer tomorrow since they’ll be closed by the time I get out of here today. 22 boxes is a new daily record for me.

Flavors: Peppermint

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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This tea was surprisingly good to me, considering I don’t think I’ve had these ingredients in combination before or possibly at all. I put a little sugar in it and sweetened, it’s quite tasty. It wet my whistle while I was doing data entry and manual labour in the library stacks. It all needs to be done by the end of May, boxed up and documented, and it’s somewhere around 1000 binders of data. And I just had to look up the spelling on wet because I wasn’t sure that was the correct word. It is. WET my whistle and WHET my appetite.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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Catalogue sample of unknown age. Tastes like it could be half decent if not for the artificial sweetener. I HATE stevia. That’s where the sweet comes from in the title. It sort of overshadows the vague green tea and vaguely tropical flavour. NOT recommended.

Flavors: Artificial

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Yuck. Why can’t they let people sweeten the tea themselves? Stevia is nasty. It’s a sugar alcohol that passes through your system, which is why it has “zero” calories. Things like that kinda give me the heebie jeebies. All-natural or bust, especially in my tea! D:

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Compared to the regular Throat Coat tea from this company, this tastes like it has significantly less liquorice in it. Therefore, I like it better. Throat is still scratchy so time for some soup.


feel better!


I haven’t tried any of the throat coat teas….and less licorice is definitely an improvement on anything.

Feel better!!!!

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I really need to drink this down because it’s so very old but I have a thing against throwing out tea so here we go. I think I put in a bit more matcha this time than usual. Hard to say since I never wrote down how much in previous notes. I know that I did forget to sweeten it before the first steep because it was not at all sweet when I took my first sip. Luckily and surprisingly, it was not bitter and face-making but instead just bland. I should have then put a bit of granulated sugar in my cup instead of rock sugar because getting sugar to dissolve in matcha lattes is really difficult, I’ve found. Alas, I did not and so I wait and stir.

And now it tastes much better, though the distinct cookies and cream flavour is all but gone by now, which is about what I expected. I need to drink down all of my opened matcha, actually. The only one that still tastes like it should is the matchaccino.

For future self reference, used almost 1 tsp of matcha to a few ounces of water and most of a half-pint of milk.

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This came in one of the free catalogues, quite a while ago. I don’t remember which month it was but seeing as the most recent other review is 10 months ago, I thought I should drink it before the coconut goes bad like that tea I had yesterday.

I don’t remember much of this tea because I was in the middle of troubleshooting connectivity issues on this computer for an hour and a half while drinking it but it was toasty and sweet and just nice. Good tea. Can’t comment on the caffeine thing since I’m caffeine insensitive.


coconut is good…hiCAF is kinda scary!


it said it was 140 mg (and I think the extra caffeine came from the powdered green tea ingredient) so it was like maybe a cup and a half of coffee? I think? I really don’t feel caffeine at all so I generally don’t pay much attention to what it is in.

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Apparently I wrote a review on this tea before, but it’s from more than 2 years ago. I did manage to look at it and use the knowledge gained to make the tea today since my throat is still tickley. Thus, I did not use honey in it, but rather just plain sugar. I can put honey in something else later if it’s still bothering me, or drink some more of the yucky tea.

This tea is good but relatively bland. I don’t know if there is anything actually in this tea that is supposed to help the throat or if it was just a snazzy name. (By the by, the name on my package is actually Soothing Chamomile Rosehip Throat Tea but it’s the same tea according to the ingredients I just think NTL likes to rename their teas sometimes).

It doesn’t taste bad per se, it’s just chamomile tea with a few other herbal ingredients thrown in. Chamomile is the dominant flavour.

But at least it’s good for hydration, right? I made a pot of it and put some in my giant cat mug and left some for one of my coworkers if she chooses to drink it. If not, herbal tea is usually fine in the microwave.

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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This is why I should read my own reviews before making and drinking tea. Apparently I disliked this tea the first time and I don’t like it any better the second time. Blech.

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

I am also a flavoured matcha latte fanatic.


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