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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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So it is raining cats and dogs this morning. My driveway and street are flooded causing all of my plans to be cancelled. Normally this would bother me, but I’ve been running around like crazy for the past several days and could use the break. And with any good break there must be tea!

Since there was no need to wake anyone up I decided to sit on my porch with a cup of this tea and watch the rain. It turned out to be a good choice. I love the taste of the mint and marshmallow together with the sencha flavor peeking through every now and then. So nice. The vanilla and the malt add those extra layers of flavor that turn this tea into something special. Absolutely perfect for a rainy day like today.

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drank SBT: Watermelon by 52teas
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This was a huge hit. I served it with dinner tonight, and everyone loved it. I made the tea early this afternoon, sweetened it with a quarter cup of sugar, and left it in the fridge to cool. When I served it both of my kids told me repeatedly how good it was and that it tasted just like watermelon. It was a nice tea. The taste was all melon. If I really paid attention I could taste the tea itself, but it was better to enjoy the sweet fruitiness. There’s not much left in the pitcher, and I’m sure someone will finish it off soon. So I’ll probably resteep the bag and have another pitcher of watermelon yumminess waiting for my family to enjoy tomorrow. If I’m lucky I might even be able to snag a glass or two myself.

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drank Pirate Tea by Design a Tea
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This was not at all what I was expecting. It was better. I was expecting a spicy chai with a kicky mate taste and a hint of pineapple. The tea turned out to be a sweet chai with the lingering taste of pineapple where all the flavors – the roasted mate, chai spices, pineapple, and vanilla – are so well balanced that I kept sipping it and just savoring the mix of flavors. If you like pineapple flavored teas in any form or fashion I highly recommend this one. It’s excellent.


Ooh, interesting! (I do like pineapple tea additives.)


I’m really surprised more people haven’t tried this one yet. I looked at the tasting notes, and the last entry was three years ago. This tea needs more love. :)

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drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
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I had this tea last summer and really enjoyed it. In fact, I liked it so much that I wrote a note on my calendar to order more this summer. Now that summer is almost over (sob!) I am rushing to do all the summery fun things I’ve been putting off. This is definitely a fun tea.

I decided to ice this one. Once brewed it has the grape-y floral scent of wine. The taste is true to its name – a cold, sweet iced wine. The pear flavor is a nice touch because it keeps the tea from having a slight edge that might otherwise be there. Also, the flavors are very mellow which I like in this tea. A lot of times when I choose to drink a flavored tea I want flavor, but this tea is subtle and I find it a delightful change of pace.

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drank Juicy Blueberry by Zen Tea
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This is an okay herbal. Its generic berry rather than blueberry, and I don’t taste the yogurt flavor at all. The lemongrass adds a nice zing to the tea. I feel that a lot of times lemongrass is overused, but it’s fairly well balanced here. So, rather than juicy blueberry I taste berry-lemon. As herbals go this one’s alright.

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I was considering having this one iced, but I chose to have it hot because I love the smell of it so much. Just having a mug of this sitting on my desk makes the room smell divine. The jasmine and lavender are wonderful together, and even though the scent is unmistakably floral the tea itself can easily be tasted along with the floral notes.

There is only enough leaf left for me to have one more cup of this lovely tea. Yet another reason to make a trip to Premium Steap (Emperor’s Red and Organic Black with Coconut being the other reasons).

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drank Masala Chai by Wegmans
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My morning cup. This is a nice, steady chai. Not overly spicy, and it has a good base tea. A little sugar and milk, and I have a lovely first cup of the day.

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drank Blood Orange by Zen Tea
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Yesterday was insanely busy, and this ended up being my one and only cup of the day. On the plus side, we were able to start putting in the new floor – yay!. It’s great to not have to walk on the subfloor. The rest of the flooring will go in this week, and then I’ll be able to get kitchen counters and a sink. You have no idea how much I miss my kitchen sink!!!

Ok, on to the tea. This is a very citrusy tea. It has the super sweet, highly acidic flavor of a good blood orange paired with a smooth and almost mellow base tea. The combination is very good. I used the last of the sample Zen Tea sent, but I’ve put this on my shopping list and will definitely order some. I’m thinking this will make a fantastic winter tea. Just the bright sunny boost I’ll be looking for on a cold dark morning.

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drank 1st Flush Darjeeling by Unknown
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Another tea I received from a swap. This one came from Artp. A friend of his went to India and came home with tea. How great is that?

I don’t have any information on this tea except that it is a first flush darjeeling. What I can tell you is it’s a beautiful tea. It brews into a coppery colored liquid and has mild floral smell. The taste is initially floral before becoming fruity and sweet. The fruity note reminded me of apples or pears – very crisp with a clear sweetness. There is also a caramel flavor as the tea cools. It’s most noticeable at the end of the sip. There is a bit of astringency, but it’s a darjeeling so it’s to be expected. I like the dryness in combination with the fruity flavors in the tea. It’s funny, but even though this is a first flush it reminds me a lot of autumn.

This one is a winner all the way. Thanks again, Artp!


I wish i had more info on this one, but Chris couldn’t get any. So glad you enjoyed it!

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I have been wanting to try this tea for forever, and thanks to Stephanie now I can. Thank you!!!

So. Much. Marshmallow. This is a good thing. The tea is sweet and creamy yet toasty from the rice. I’m loving the balance between the marshmallow and Genmaicha. There’s definitely a marshmallow treat flavor happening which becomes more apparent as the tea cools a bit. Oh yeah, I can see myself enjoying many cups of this one.


So glad you enjoyed it. I passed it along to the right person :)


Yes, you did. :) I’ve actually hidden it from my kids so I don’t have to share. They have their treats and I have mine. ;-)

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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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