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I woke up this morning wanting summer. Not sure if I had some great summery dream or if I’m just tired of being cold (or both), but since summer is still a ways off I thought I’d enjoy a summery tea instead.

When I make this tea I have to baby it because it can turn into a bitter mess really fast, but when I make it properly it’s so nice. The peach flavor is fruity and juicy, and even though I don’t taste the apricot I find that I don’t miss it. This morning I added a touch of milk to my cup and thought about homemade peach ice cream and picnics. I’m not one for picnics on frozen ground, but I will be making a batch of peach ice cream this weekend. Take that, winter. :p

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drank Casablanca Twist by Adagio Teas
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I’m a big fan of mint and of Darjeeling, so I was excited to try this tea. I had several cups of it over the holidays and I always thought that the mint tasted nice, but I wasn’t really picking up on the tea. This morning I paid closer attention while preparing my cup and realized that there is almost no tea in this mix. In fact, you really have to look to find any at all. Really irksome. I actually dumped the entire bag into a bowl so I could see if the tea had settled to the bottom, but no. This is a peppermint herbal sprinkled with a little bit of Darjeeling. So while the mint is tasty, I am disappointed with this tea overall. I’ve also moved this from my tea shelf to my basket of herbals because, really, that’s what this is.

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Caramel marshmallow yumminess. I added a bit more leaf and steeped for thirty seconds longer than usual. It was great. There was so much marshmallow flavor which I helped along with some sugar and milk. Mmmm, dessert in a cup.

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Tea of the morning. I often reach for this tea when I’ve stayed up too late or am having trouble getting my self moving in the morning. Today, however, I just wanted to enjoy the biscuity flavor and fullness of a good Irish breakfast. Still loving this one.

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This was my first cup of the day and a great cup to wake up with. I guessed and used four pearls for my 10 oz. mug. It was a good amount of tea. It brewed into a wonderful dark liquid that smelled like crusty french bread. The taste was rich and malty with lots of chocolate-y notes. Excellent. The second steeping produced a cup the was more mellow and much less malty, but the chocolate notes were a bit deeper. Wow, this tea was a treat!

Thank you Angel at Teavivre for the generous sample! This one is going on my shopping list.


I loved this one too :)

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I still think this taste like apple crisp rather than gingerbread. Other than that one tiny little hiccup this is nice and a great way to wind down before bed.

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drank Key Lime Ceylon by Fusion Teas
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This tea was ok. The lime flavor was there. It didn’t have an artificial or candy-like flavor. The Ceylon base was smooth. There was the bright zing I’d expect to get from a lime flavored tea. But even with all of its good points I felt pretty meh about this cup. I’m thinking it’d be much better iced, but I think this one is going in the swap pile so I can pass it along to someone who’ll love it more than me.

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This is a decent Darjeeling. Lots of fruity notes and some sweetness. A few sips even reminded me of Fruit Loops cereal which was strange. As the tea cools the muscatel flavor comes to the front which is nice, but there is also something just hinting at bitterness at the end of the sip. I did a four minute steep for this cup. Next time I’ll shorten it by 30 seconds to see if that helps.

This isn’t my favorite Darjeeling, but it is a nice one. I’m glad I have more of it so I can play around some and try to find its sweet spot.

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What a unique blend! It seems to hint at so many things and then pull them all together in a truly lovely tea. There’s a light lemon note, some sweetness, a touch of mint, and a bit of smoke. It’s easy to pick out each note, but it’s so much better when I turn my brain off and enjoy the blend of flavors. It does remind me of woods, rivers, and fresh air. In fact, it reminds me of Logan Canyon in Utah. A few times a year my sister and I would wake up early in the morning and hike Mile High Trail so we could watch the sunrise hit the canyon. It was amazing. Back then we brought along a thermos of coffee, but if I could go there now I’d bring this tea. It’d be perfect. Hmmm… I might need to start planning a road trip.


Those sound like beautiful morning hikes!


They were great! There was the most amazing view point at the end of the trail, and in the fall it looked like the hills were on fire because of the red and gold leaves. It really was breath taking.


this stuff is good!

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This tea with honey because my throat currently hates me.


This one is great for a sore throat!


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I hope you feel better soon!!

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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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