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This totally tastes like spiked eggnog! The black tea base gets bitter easily though…may have to shorten the steep time some more. The flavors are there, but maybe not as strong as I’d like them. The little gingerbread men are super cute, though!!

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Wow, this is a really unique chai! You can see I’m going a little nuts trying all my new teas. Will have to stop soon, or the caffeine is going to make me nuts! Haha! This is really good. The spices in here are wonderful. They blend together well. I think the uniqueness has to do with either the cardamom, black pepper, or may I say nutmeg? The latter isn’t on the ingredients list, but it might be in there. It sounded like another reviewer found that spice as well. This is also a sweet custard-like tea, although it’s not particularly thick in mouthfeel. I think it would be great using the stovetop method…next time! Mmmm. :)

Fjellrev

Haha you’d think by now your body would be desensitized by all the caffeine. I swear it doesn’t do anything for me.

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Okay, my usual steeping parameters for 52teas (3 min at 185 degrees) works for Herbal Infusions as well! Yay! I didn’t get any bitterness and the flavor shone through. This tea smells like cookies, for sure. It tastes lie maple-flavored cookies. I’ve never had a maple-flavored cookie…do they have those in Canada? It probably has something to do with the little maple leaf-shaped sprinkles in the tea. I liked this tea. Can’t say it’s what I expected, but definitely yummy.

yyz

Yes we do! Several companies make them, both as plain and cream filled layer cookies.

Tealizzy

That sounds yummy!

Fjellrev

The maple sandwich cookies are quite common here, for sure.

OMGsrsly

Awesome. :) I’ll have to try 185F for mine as well.

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
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I finally got my Herbal Infusions order! So much new tea to drink! I have to say, Dan was really communicative throughout, which totally made me feel better about the delay.

Anyway, this tea smelled so good. Like vanilla pudding and graham crackers. I decided to try this one first thing this morning. Steeped, it smelled delicious, but I think I oversteeped it, because the flavor was overpowered by the black tea base. I got some vanilla and some graham cracker, but really, the black tea was a bit bitter. I did a 4-minute steep, so I think next time, I’ll have to try it at 3 minutes. This one might also benefit from a lower temperature. Will have to try that out. One thing I think would help is if they added steeping parameters to the bags. Overall though, I think this tea could be great, but I need to find the optimum parameters to bring out the goodness!

VariaTEA

I emailed and called Herbal Infusions a couple of times and haven’t heard back. In fact, I was emailing to let them know (1) they left something out of my order and (2) they sent me duplicates of teas and I wanted to know if I should send them back. I never heard back :(

Also, vanilla pudding and graham crackers sounds awesome so I am sorry the taste didn’t come through.

VariaTEA

Yeah. I am not too worried though as it is a busy time of year and I will reach out to them again once I am back from my vacation.

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drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
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Had a cup of this with some pumpkin fudge….oh yeah! I was so enjoying the fudge, I totally forgot I didn’t finish my cup, so I drank the last 2/3 of it lukewarm. Oh well, still good. This doesn’t really taste like eggnog to me, but it’s definitely a creamy spice tea. I’ve really been into the flavored rooibos teas lately. I think when the weather is cold, I’m more apt to go for something in the evening, and these hit the spot!

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Guess I haven’t logged this one yet. Well, it’s pretty darn good. I can almost imagine eating an almond biscotti while drinking this tea. Since the base is green, it makes it lighter fare, but definitely a delicious afternoon tea.

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
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The Tea Spot will send you a free sample of tea if you sign up with them, so I did it. I was curious about the company, and they’ve been having a bunch of sales, so I thought I’d check them out. What better way than for free! I got this in the mail today, which was kind of a consolation prize for still not receiving my HI orders. And I couldn’t stop myself from opening it right up and trying it! It was definitely bold, and I tasted all three ingredients: black tea, puerh, and chocolate. I’ve not developed a taste for puerh, however, so it threw off the rest of it for me. It is more subtle, since the black tea and chocolate shine through, but alas, I’m not a fan of the woody, leathery puerh. I do think the tea is good quality though, so I will probably try some more of their teas in the future.

Terri HarpLady

I love this one :)

Cavocorax

I do too – Terri got me hooked. :P
I’m not usually into Puerh but this one isn’t strong enough to really bother me.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Taking a little break from my seasonal teas to have a nice big mug of this fabulous tea. Still a favorite! I mean, who doesn’t like a warm creamy, slightly spiced mug of goodness? It’s also helping me wait for my teas from Herbal Infusions. It’s kind of driving me crazy that I still don’t have my orders from BF/CM. Good thing they weren’t gifts! Dan has been pretty good at communicating, but I think it’s now the fault of the good ol’ USPS. Hope I get them today! That would be a nice first Christmas present, wink wink USPS!

Tealizzy

Mail came, no HI. :( But, my free sample from The Tea Spot came, so that’s something!

Cavocorax

I hope they show! I was pretty disappointed when I got up and checked the tracking for my new kettle, and it said delivered, only to realize they meant they’d delivered the tea jail notice and I’d have to wait until the 27th to get my package. Doh

Fingers crossed for you!

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Made a sipdown of this happen by combining the little that was left with Tealux chocolate delight. Pretty good, actually. More chocolatey, which is never a bad thing! I wanted to pick up more of this tea on BF, but they didn’t have any available on the website at that time. It seems to be back, so eventually I’ll probably pick some more up. Peanut butter teas aren’t all that common, and I do love peanut butter! Right now, though, I’m still waiting on two orders from Herbal Infusions, so whenever they show up, I’ll have way more tea than necessary! ;)

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown, and I guess, so long for another year? Kind of sad, really. I bought 2 oz. of this when they started running out and it didn’t last as long as I hoped. I could have enjoyed this all the way until spring, but alas, no more. This one really grew on me. At first, I was bothered that there was so much cinnamon, but with brown sugar, this became a really scrumptious pumpkin pie tea. Well, at least I still have a bunch of Grandma’s pumpkin pie from DTT. Note to self: next year, but more! ;)

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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