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I’m in love with this tea. It is so rich and flavorful! Today I’m getting a creamy note that I don’t usually get. It makes the tea seem more decadent than usual. Not coconut cream pie, but more like an amazing coconut latte (but with no milk!). This works in my favor since I choose this tea in an attempt to keep me away from all of the sugary goodies that are starting to creep into my house. That’s one of those things I love and hate about the holidays….

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I’m settling in for the night with my book (The Bone People… so good!), an extra blanket, and a mug of yummy vanilla goodness. I keep expecting to get tired of this tea, but it has not happened yet. That’s a good thing. It’s going to be a long cold winter, and I need a good tea to drink late at night that won’t keep me awake ’til the wee hours!

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drank Blueberry Fruit Tea by Teavivre
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Thank you, Teavivre, for this sample!

This is a very nice blueberry tea. Not too tart, but not so sweet that it taste like Kool Aide. I could taste the grape at odd moments which I thought added to the fun of the tea. Definitely enjoyable and something I would try again. Next time I’ll also try it iced.

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Happy day after Thanksgiving, everyone. I woke up this morning, and my stomach rebelled at the very thought of food (note to self: pie at 11pm is a bad idea). After looking in my pantry and seeing this sitting on the shelf I knew it was what I needed. Delicious, tummy soothing wonderfulness. It may be a day late, but I am seriously thankful for this tea – and for tea in general!

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So happy to sit down with a mug of this tea. Spent the better part of the morning cleaning my yard of branches that came down during the hurricane. Thankfully, that was the worst of the damage for us. Anyway, it’s great have a warm cuppa in my hands. The peppermint is perfect. It relaxes and invigorates me at the same time. As far as bagged teas go this is one of my favorites. I’m going to have to stock up on it this year. Last year I threw myself a little pity party when the stores stopped stocking it.


Glad to hear you made it through relatively unscathed! I was thinking of you. Everything was fine here, but I know that others in nearby ‘hoods weren’t so lucky.


Thanks. Glad to hear you are safe as well! Yeah, I’m still surprised by the amount of destruction all around us while incredibly grateful that we are ok.

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drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
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I’ve had quite a few mugs of this tea today. The black currant is nice, but what I really like about this tea is the base tea. It’s strong, smooth and rich. There’s no bitterness. The black currant flavor is nice. It’s not over the top, but it is constantly present.

The more I drink fruit flavored black teas the more I realize I want to taste the fruit, but I don’t want it to drown out the flavor of the tea. Especially when it’s such a good tea.

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A friend of mine who works in Philadelphia picked up some really great teas for me from Premium Steap. This is the first one I tried, and it is delicious. The coconut is heavenly, and it gives a creamy decadence to the tea. Such a treat! The base tea is bold and rich. I’d like to know what tea it is because I think I would like it on its own. The base tea does not get pushed back by the coconut, but rather works with the fruit beautifully to make a complex and very satisfying tea.

This one’s a winner. I might even be willing to pay the toll to cross the bridge and buy more once my current stash is gone. Coming from me that’s a big deal. ;)

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Used the last of my sample this morning. This tea is on the top of my to-order list. Delicious, comforting, wonderful tea!

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Oh, this is lovely. If I pay attention I can pick out the different herbs, but I’d rather jut sip and enjoy. It’s so fragrant, and I like the way the ginger makes it’s presence known after a few sips. This is a tisane I could sip all day long and not tire of. Not a bad idea now that I think of it….

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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Hmmm, so I did not taste gooey butter cake with this tea. Instead, I tasted lemon pound cake. It threw me for a loop at first, but I really, really like it. Every now and then there will be a floral overtone to the sip which is also very nice. I guess that would be the marigold. I like. More of the cake/butter flavors come out as the tea cools. It’s nice, but I think I like it the most when the lemon is a bit more present.

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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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