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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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I had this tea last night when I was convincing myself that I do not need to buy another mint tea. And while this one is great it’s a softer mint tea. The spearmint and marshmallow are fully present but very mellow. This is the mint tea I’ll turn to when I need to clam down and relax or just sit and enjoy. I do love it.

I still need a morning mint tea with enough kick to get me out the door on a cold day, so it looks like I’ll be picking up a Moroccan Mint after all.

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drank China Seduction by Design a Tea
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I’ve never been a big fan of pu’erh, but it works amazingly well with the chocolate/rose flavor combination. Both the tea and the chocolate are dark and thick, but the rose flavor lightens everything and adds a wonderful high note to the tea. I can see myself ordering this the next time I place an order with Design a Tea. Really, really nice.

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drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
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Oh, this is really good today. Lots of chocolate but a good amount of spice, too. I added frothed milk and some honey which made it that much nicer. Love a good chai.

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I’m not sure why I like this tea so much in the morning. It seems like an afternoon tea, but I love drinking it at breakfast. I especially love drinking it on days when my main goal is to not leave my house (I hate trying to navigate the parking lots on Black Friday). So today I will enjoy the banana-coconuty-creamy goodness that is this tea while I browse tea sites and possibly buy myself a gift (or two).

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This tea is delicious in its own right, but with a dark chocolate brownie it’s ah-mazing. One of the best tea/food pairings I’ve ever had. The blueberry and nutmeg in the tea somehow made the chocolate in the brownie that much more decadent. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to fall into a sugar coma. ;)

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drank Ice Wine Tea by Design a Tea
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Taking a quick break from the family to say Happy Thanksgiving, Steepster! I hope where ever you are that your day has totally rocked and that you’ve had some amazing tea to drink.

I had a cup of this earlier today while I was trying to simultaneously cook and clean (it turns out that’s really hard to do!). Every time I drink this I’m impressed with how good it is. It’s a great take on iced wine. I’m still loving the pear flavor and the light floral note. Also, this tea smells great. I want my whole house to smell like that all the time.

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drank Blood Orange by Zen Tea
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I had this earlier today, and I have to say I was surprised by how good it was. I mixed it with a little bit of the Zen Tea’s vanilla, and it was divine. Lots of tang and that tongue tingling feeling I sometimes get when eating an orange, but it was mellowed out just enough by the vanilla. Yum.

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drank Organic Darjeeling by Wegmans
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I wrote a note for this, but Steepster ate it. sigh Short version…

This is a very nice tea. Lovely amber color with the smell of dry grass and flowers. The muscatel flavor is faint at first, but it becomes more pronounced as the tea cools. It’s crisp and clean at the finish which I found really refreshing. The second stepping was much like the first with perhaps a bit more of a grapey flavor throughout the sip.

I’m super happy Wegman’s is carrying this! I think this is the tea I’ll serve with dessert at our Thanksgiving meal.

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drank Starry Night by Art of Tea
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I like this tea. It has a strong base tea and a nice vanilla flavor. However, every time I drink it I find myself thinking about Harney and Sons vanilla teas. There’s a depth to the vanilla in H&S teas that this one is missing. I’ll have no problem finishing the rest of this one, but I don’t see myself reordering.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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First tea of the morning. I haven’t had this tea in a couple of months, so having it in my cup again was like coming home. It’s such a delightful blend of the classic Earl Grey and vanilla. The bergamot is strong, but it doesn’t overpower the tea, and the vanilla adds a wonderful creamy note throughout. I was wondering if I’d still be over the moon about this tea while it was brewing, and the answer is yes. This is my perfect EGC.

Another reason I’m happy to have this back in my cup is for the caffeine and the comfort. I’m gearing up for Thanksgiving with my family (cooking and cleaning and baking, oh my!), and I’m also baking pies for friends and working on several special orders that I’ve received. I have never had this many orders to crochet before Christmas, and while I’m thrilled that my business is gaining some momentum I’m also staying incredibly busy. So I think my tea cup will full for the next few weeks!

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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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