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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
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Just watched the first episode of Downton Abbey, season 4 online, while sipping this tea with some cinnamon bundt cake. Couldn’t ask for a better Monday evening. :)

I think this should become a regular habit!

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I’m slowly sipping a cup of this tea, trying to delay my Sunday chores. ;) It’s quite peppery today, but I think that’s what makes it so unique.

I always have too much to do on Sunday – run, groceries, laundry…and I’m trying to decide whether to hook up our TV so I can watch Downton Abbey tonight. I was so upset about last season, so I don’t know. :P

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
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I will for sure be buying more of this delicious dessert tea!! ;)

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I really really enjoyed this, and just so you know, I have a hard time with herbal teas, since I clearly miss the tea part. This was absolutely delicious! It’s chocolate-y, with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon. Kind of reminds me of a cleaner non-tea version of stormy night by DavidsTea (i.e. no floating sediment)! It also was like a liquid version of brownies or cake…not pure chocolate, but more complex. Yum! Now I’m just sad I only ordered a sample size of it! It was one of those cups where you finish it way too fast, and keep sniffing the empty cup in order to remind yourself of the delicious taste…or maybe I’m the only one who does that!! Haha!

jeweledthumb

Ok, you got me when you compared it to Stormy Night! On the shopping list it goes!!

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So, my mom gave me a few teabags of this when I was over last. Originally, we were thinking to split a tin, since there are like 50 bags in there, but then it took awhile to find it this year, and by then I had bought way too many other pumpkin teas. ;) I had a cup of this using one teabag and it was kind of thin, and then I remembered someone suggesting two teabags, so I went for it. Two teabags in a 16 oz. mug for 3 minutes, with some brown sugar and soy milk = delicious!! Good way to use up the teabags faster too!

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Mmmm, this is really good. I’ve been pretty impressed with Herbal Infusions’ teas, and this one doesn’t disappoint either! I’m not usually into coffee flavored teas, since it’s a bit of a weird crossover, and they usually taste like thin instant coffee. Not the case here! All the flavors in this tea are delicious and blend nicely. It’s kind of a hazelnut, caramel coffee tea. Sweet, nutty, and delicious! Now I’m sad I only ordered a sample size. This could likely be a reorder!

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
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This is so much more delicious today! Yay! 185 degrees for 3 minutes does the trick! No bitterness, just sticky sweet vanilla, caramel, graham cracker. I’m so glad I got it right. I’ll definitely be enjoying the rest of my bag now! :)

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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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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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