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drank Seed Harvest by Handmade Tea
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I like savory teas, and that’s just what this tea is. Apparently I also like fennel in tea. Never in a million years would I have thought that, but I like Verdant’s Holy Basil Spa Blend which has a strong fennel note, and this tea has a lot of fennel in it as well. I also like the anise note that’s present here. It’s noticeable but not overwhelming. I do wish the base tea were stronger. I can’t taste the tea at all which is a shame. I think with a better base tea this would be outstanding.

Not something I’d drink everyday, but I can see myself wanting a tea like this every now and then.

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

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Tea of the morning. This is a nice Assam! Plenty of malt and a thick biscuity note. I like it a lot. If this is the Assam JOT uses when blending their Irish Breakfast then I might have to give that tea a try as well. This tea was perfect as a wake up tea. I’m thinking it’d be good iced as well.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Just Organic Tea

It is indeed the Assam we use for the Irish Breakfast. If you like this one, I’m sure you would like it as well!

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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I haven’t had much luck with white teas, but this one is good. The taste is tea and honeydew, and although I don’t get the yogurt flavor there is a smoothness to the tea that could be considered creamy. Not something I’d order for myself, but it is very nice.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I received this tea in the Tea and Yarn swap over on Ravelry, and I’m so glad I did. This is delicious!

The tea is light with a sweet hay and wood note – I want to say it’s cedar wood, but I don’t think that’s it. The muscatel notes are present from start to finish but are also light. Everything seems to float and blend together with no rough notes or sharp astringency. This is a great afternoon tea.

I’m so glad I can add this one to my cupboard. Good stuff.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Summer Fruits by Tavalon Tea
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

It’s an apricot green tea! I love apricots, but finding a good apricot flavor in a tea ain’t easy. Tavalon did a great job with this one. The tea is really juicy, sweet, and taste like a perfectly ripe apricot rather than a jam or jelly. This is a tea that’s begging to be iced, and it’s going on my shopping list so I can do just that.

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

Although I have sent the tea box on its way I do have a few more teas to review. I think I have five or six more teas and then I’m done with traveling tea box posts for a while. :)

I love the smell of the dry leaf, but the wet leaf had a smell that made me crinkle my nose. It went from smelling like grapefruit and citrus flowers to something sharp and bitter. I was worried that I had steeped it incorrectly, but thankfully the taste was all grapefruit and fresh grass. I actually had to move the wet leaves away from me so I could enjoy the tea. The tea itself is lovely. The taste is grapefruit, bright fresh grass, and, as the tea cools, slightly floral.

I can see myself enjoying this tea a lot during the summer. It’s light and really refreshing.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Irish Breakfast by Wegmans
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Tea of the morning. I picked up almost three ounces of this the last time I was at the grocery store because I really like dark, malty, biscuity teas when I first wake up. This tea meets all of those requirements and won’t kill my budget. It’s a win win.

If this tea has a downside it’s that I can only resteep it once. After that it is too watery. On the other hand, by the time I’ve had two mugs of this I’m up and moving, so I’m ok with it not being a tea I can steep again and again.

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I started feeling sick earlier today, so I’ve been drinking this tea as a way of calming my stomach. So far so good. This is no where near my favorite Moroccan Mint tea, but as a medicinal tea I’d be happy to keep some on hand.

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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I’m guessing this is from Kimlovestea. If I’m wrong let me know!

One of the bags in the tea box is labeled Kim’s Homemade Chai. I immediately put it in the pile of teas I wanted to try because I love the idea of homemade chai. Adding all the spices you love, using a heavy hand with some and a light touch with other… just the thought of it makes me smile. I have promised myself that we if ever finish our kitchen renovation (ugh.) that I will spend some time in my kitchen perfecting my own homemade chai. Until then I’m happy to sample lots of different chais including Kim’s.

The first thing I like about this tea is that the base tea is strong and really tasty. It has a kick, and I’m glad I chose this for my morning tea. It’s not a cinnamon heavy chai. I do get some heat at the back of my throat making me think there is ginger in the mix. Nice. I added some honey and milk to my cup, and now I’m just enjoying. It’s a robust, sweet, spicy chai that is hitting all the right notes this morning.

Well done Kim!!!


Always fun when a kitchen-counter blending experiment turns out wonderfully well—makes me feel, well, competent!


Same here. Now I just need kitchen counters! :)

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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

Meh. The vanilla in this is nice and strong, but the base tea seems weak which makes the tea seem watery. I could probably play with the parameters and find something that I enjoy, but since I’m already in love with Zen Tea’s EGC I will just stick with that one.


Too bad about this one~ The name sounds intoxicating

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- 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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