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Went out for a wonderful dinner tonight. I ate far too much and still came home with enough food for my lunch tomorrow. Oy!

Since I had over indulged I decided to skip dessert and coffee at the restaurant and have this at home instead. It’s a nice Moroccan Mint. I like that the mint doesn’t overwhelm the tea. I do wish there was more smokiness from the gunpowder green, but the tea was still nice without it. For people who want to try Moroccan Mint but don’t like smokey teas this could be a great option.

This isn’t my favorite Moroccan Mint, but it is a good one.

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I have tried this tea twice now, and it just doesn’t work for me. The tea taste both overly sweet and highly astringent. Not a good combination. The second time I had this I ended up with an awful stomach ache. I can’t say that it was from the tea alone, but I know the tea didn’t help.

I can’t see myself drinking this again. If anyone wants it let me know. Otherwise I’ll post it on the swap board later this week.


I’d try it – if you had some left :)


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yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

have you tried blending it with something else you wanted to sweeten up?

Tea Sipper

Yeah, this has been the least impressive of the Ovation teas I’ve tried so far. But the others have been amazing!


yssah – If it was just too sweet I’d try it, but the high astringent factor is a killer. This is just one of those teas I will never love. That’s ok though since there’s plenty more that I do. :)

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So apparently I have a fruit flavored theme going today. Strawberry, blueberry, and now pineapple. This is a decadent tea. The pineapple is as sweet as one would expect after it has baked and caramelized. It’s almost candy sweet but without the fake flavor. The pineapple is definitely the main flavor, but there is also cake. I’m not sure how Della Terra accomplishes the cake-y flavor in their teas, but they do an excellent job. Really, everything about this tea is delightful. I love it! Since this is a decadent tea I’ve added sugar and cream. Oh my word… yes.

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If I were to line up all of my favorite teas there would be a row of black teas and then this little gem. I love the blueberry flavor, and I love the sweet grassy note of the green tea. It’s so light and refreshing. This will definitely be one of my go-to iced teas this summer. For now though I am enjoying it hot with a little sugar added to bring the blueberry flavor out even more. Good stuff.

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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First cup of the morning. The strawberry and vanilla flavors in here are so good. If I have to get out of bed in a cold rainy Tuesday then this is the way to do it.

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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I had a sudden craving for lemon tea, and this is one of my favorites. I thought I could keep it in my travel mug and sip on it throughout the day, but it kept the tea so hot that none of the flavors really came out. I ended up pouring it into one of my ceramic mugs. Once the tea had cooled a tiny tiny bit it was perfect. Lots of lemon, cake, and floral notes. Delicious!

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drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
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I have really enjoyed this tea. Della Terra makes a delicious vanilla mint, and I think their base tea works especially well with this one. This is a tea I can drink anytime of day and have always liked. That said, I was sorta happy to drink the last of this today. Spring is in the air here, and I’m ready to not have mini candy canes, no matter how cute they are, floating in my tea basket. I will, however, be looking for this one next fall/winter!

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This is a nice tea. I’m usually not a chocolate tea fan, but the chocolate and berry flavors are so well balanced, and the base tea robust enough, that I find myself really enjoying this one. I’m glad I grabbed a sample of it from the teabox. This is good stuff!

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Tea #26 from the ‘Here’s Hoping’ teabox.

Peach but no Oolong. It’s really strange. The peach flavor is nice, but then there’s nothing. None of the usual oolong flavors. I had no trouble finishing the cup, but it would have been a much nicer cup had the Oolong decided to make an appearance.

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drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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Tea #25 from the ‘Here’s Hoping’ teabox.

Happy tea! My first sip of this tea and I had to smile. The cotton candy flavor was so spot on that it made me think of summer time and the amusement parks on the boardwalk. I thought I was missing the blueberry, but after the tea cooled a bit it was there. Yummy! It wasn’t long before both of my kids realized I was sipping something delicious and began asking for sips of my tea. Between the three of us my cup was empty in no time. Thankfully the resteep of this was pretty good, so we were all able to enjoy ourselves a while longer. Even my non tea drinking ten year old son gives this tea two thumbs up. This one’s a keeper!

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I have always been curious about tea, but I didn’t give in to a full fledged obsession until 2010. I’ve enjoyed every new discovery, and my garden has loved the mini mountain of tea leaves that’s been added to the soil! Some of my favorite tea companies are:

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

While drinking tea I enjoy indulging in my other passions which include reading (the classics and mysteries), music, gardening, and crochet. I have a small business called the Leaf Street Thread Company, and I’m excited to have many of my handmade items sold at stores in the Philadelphia area.

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.


New Jersey, USA



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