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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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Backlogging from yesterday.

I received this in a swap package from Courtney, and I have to say after reading the description of it I was excited to give it a try.

Whoa, this is a sweet tea! No additional sugar needed. Lots of banana flavor which I really like. Surprisingly, I’m liking the chocolate, too. I’ve never been a huge fan of chocolate in teas, but it works with this one. It’s a really fun herbal, and I think it would make a great after dinner dessert tea for a dinner party. Or a kid’s tea party. Or a before bed treat….

Thanks for sharing this one, Courtney!

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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We have been working on some major home renovations for over nine months now, and quite honestly, I’m ready to be done. This weekend I’m hoping to get a lot done, so tonight I’ll be staying up waaaay past my bedtime to do the prep work. Ugh. Since I have to be awake I thought I’d drink my favorite EGC. I almost never drink this tea late in the day, so it does feel a bit like a treat.

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My daughter has perfected the art of sleeping ‘til noon, so when she woke up and asked for breakfast at lunchtime I thought I’d join her. I settled on bacon, toast, homemade fig jam, and this tea. This is such a good Irish Breakfast tea. Robust and strong. Lots of malty notes, but not at all bitter. I added cream and sugar and enjoyed thoroughly.


breakfast is awesome for any and all meals.


Agreed JustJames! Also, homemade fig jam sounds awesome! Do you have a fig tree Veronica?


I don’t, but my grandpa does. He knows I love figs, so he ships them to me every year. Some years I get 2 lbs, and some years I get 10+ lbs. This was a 10+ lb. year. :)


And JustJames you are so very right. Lunch was great!


Awesome! Fresh figs are the best!


my sister has this huge tree covered with them. she chucks them out because she doesn’t like them!!! i love fresh figs… they’re like a buck fifty per in stores right now!!! i may never recover!


Throws them out! … I think my heart stopped for a moment. My grandpa has chefs from New Orleans, which is over an hour away from him, come out and pick figs at his place. Seriously, there’s money to be made in figs. Tell her to look into having someone who owns a stand at the local farmer’s market come out and pick them and then split the profits. Tell her angels cry when figs are thrown away!!! ;)


I feel deprived. I have never had a fig that wasn’t Newton-ed.


oh, i have mentioned it. literally a fortune to be made from that tree! she’s not motivated though. so the birds eat them or they wind up in the compost.

i can’t prove it, but i swear fresh figs hold medicinal value. but i am predominantly irish…. could just be superstition, lol.

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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My morning cup. I can’t see myself ever not loving this tea. It has such a wonderful sweet strawberry flavor and a lovely creaminess from the vanilla. It’s beautifully blended and it can be resteeped. What’s not to love?



Tea Sipper

I almost had this one last night… maybe today!

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drank Ambrosia by Custom-Adagio Teas
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Backlogging from last night. This was my bedtime tea, and I have to say it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite herbals. It starts off as an almost peaches and cream tea, but as it cools the marigold gives a lovely floral note. The apricot also becomes more apparent as the tea cools. So you begin with peaches and cream and end with an apricot floral tea. It’s absolutely enjoyable from the first sip to the last.

Bumped up my rating a bit to reflect my current love for this blend.

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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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