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drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Wegmans
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I thought I missed out on this tea since I didn’t see it on the shelves when I was in Wegman’s during the holidays. Luckily, I popped in today to pick up a couple of items and saw the canister on the shelf with the unflavored black teas. I was so excited that I immediately bought a quarter pound. No regrets.

This tea has a wonderful shortbread almond cookie flavor. I really do adore it. I’m about to drink a nice big mug while I take down my Christmas tree and attempt to get my living room back to some semblance of order. Usually I get the blues once the holidays are past, but this year I’m ready to tuck into winter and just enjoy some quiet and stillness for awhile… with a cup of tea, of course.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I love this – quiet and stillness. I’m trying to do the same. Good luck with your Christmas tree. Mine was a beast!

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I like trying out the herbal teas that come out around the holidays because I get to enjoy some fun Christmas-y flavors and still fall asleep at a decent hour. The chocolate and peppermint flavors in this tea are nice, but the addition of lavender turned this from ‘just ok’ to something I’ve reached for multiple times over the last few weeks.

My full review is here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/12/22/christmas-paris-stash-tea/

I think I’ll even bring a few tea bags of this with me when I go visit my family for Christmas. It’ll be nice for those evenings when I want to stay up and chat and (hopefully) avoid the candy and cookies that will inevitably be out no matter what hour it is. :)

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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Teavana
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A kind friend gave me a bag of these for Christmas. She was so intrigued by them that I invited her over for tea and steeped a nice big pot. She seemed to enjoy it even though she’s more of a coffee drinker. She was surprised by the chocolate-y flavor of the tea and how well it paired with shortbread. Her child like joy over it made my day. Tea and cookies are indeed fabulous together! It was nice to sit and relax with a friend for a little while. Sometimes I get so caught up in the holiday hype that I forget to stop and enjoy the people in my life.


Oh, I love the idea of pairing dragon pearls with shortbread. Sounds fantastic!

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drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
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The cherry, fig, and almond flavors in this tea are downright delicious. I can’t say that this tea reminds me of Christmas, but I like drinking it at this time of year just because of the name. It kinda makes me laugh. The name of the tea brings the holidays to mind. However, cherry and fig are some of my favorite summer fruits, so when I drink this I think of summer. I guess I get the best of both seasons this way!


Yum! I wonder what it would be like cold steeped then, eh?


It’s wonderful cold steeped! I made it several times last summer and loved it.

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This was my morning tea. It’s a lovely tea to begin the day with. I enjoy the sweet potato and slighty nutty notes. It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and really enjoyed this one, so it was nice to rediscover it.

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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I’m super impressed with the re-blend of this tea from the new 52 Teas. I loved the original version, but I think I like this one even more!

The spearmint in this blend is softer and slightly more subdued than earlier versions of this tea. It blends with the vanilla to make a tea I’d choose to sit down and unwind with any day of the week. The base tea is also nice. It’s a little grassy, but mostly it has a bright clean flavor that I associate with good green teas. The combination is so good. I keep thinking this is the kind of tea I’d love to have at a spa after getting a massage. Oh my word, that’d be wonderful.

This one’s a winner. Good job, Anne!

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Another sample sipdown. I was in the mood for a pastry this morning, but I (thankfully) don’t have any in my pantry, and I’m not willing to walk to the bakery today. This tea, with its bready note and almond and cinnamon flavors, will fill in nicely… for now.

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drank Orange and Spice by Bigelow
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It’s one o’clock in the morning, and I can’t turn my brain off. Instead of tossing and turning and keeping my husband awake I thought I’d make myself a cup of tea and try to unwind some. And by unwind I of course mean reading tea reviews and watching YouTube videos until I can’t keep my eyes open. Yeah.

Anyway, this tea… it’s nice. It’s orange and cinnamon, but neither flavor is mind blowing. Then again, given the late hour I don’t think I need my mind blown just now.


It sounds like we were in the same boat last night….. oh thank goodness for strong tea in the morning.

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drank Christmas Wreath by Lupicia
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I’m still trying to finish samples I received this time last year (I know, I know). I’m almost caught up, and I’ve had the chance to enjoy little gems like this along the way. The apple flavor is delicious, and I appreciate how the spices (cinnamon, ginger, and clove – I think) are used to enhance rather than overpower the fruit flavor.

This is definitely a good way to beat back the Monday morning blues.


A year totally just sneaks up on you, eh?


It really does! This year has been crazy for me in the best possible ways, but I still feel like it should be March instead of December. :)


I agree! Or no later than early, early summer. I found my unopened Teavivre teas from last year’s BF sale and it just felt so weird running into them.

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I picked this up at a little tea shop the last time I was in Cape May. I thought it would be nice to have this autumn, and then, of course, I brought it home and forgot about it. Me thinks perhaps I need a better storage/organization system for my teas. But I digress….

This tea is good, but not great. There’s a nice maple flavor, and the base tea has a slight maltiness that’s nice. There was no creamy note as far as I could tell, so I added a touch of milk. The result was a perfectly enjoyable cup, but also an easily forgettable one.

I’m going to try to remember to use up the rest of this tea over the next few months because I think this is a tea that’ll lose its flavor and body if it’s not used in a timely manner. Now if I could just remember to remember!

1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Single Origin Teas
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.


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