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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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This has been in my cup all week. I keep trying to talk myself into drinking something else, but all I want is a nice Darjeeling. I’ve found that I like this tea best when it’s steeped for 3 minutes and 45 seconds because I still get the toasty notes, but the floral flavor comes through at the end of the sip. There’s also a decent amount of astringency which is refreshing. It’s sooo good.

The second steeping (full 5 minutes) of the leaves really brings out the muscatel flavor. The toasty, nutty notes are gone and everything is fruit and flowers. Lovely. Getting two wonderfully different cups from one tea bag is such a treat. I’m glad I played with the steeping times. This went from being a so-so tea for me to being a cupboard staple.

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Every time I drink this tea I think of peach orchards and barbecues. The peach orchard I understand because of the woody flavor that combines with the stone fruit. Barbecue? There’s no smokey note. Not even a hint. I have no idea why that pops into my head. Strange.

I know this is not a high quality tea, but there’s something about it that I really enjoy. The fruit flavors (more peach than apricot) and the woody note just work for me. I do wish the base tea was a higher quality, but regardless I’ll keep drinking this. It’s a good one.

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I enjoyed this tea quite a bit. The taste is mostly ginger with a touch of lemon, but there was no heat from the ginger to push this to the “medicinal” side of herbal teas. That said, I’m tempted to buy a box of this to keep on hand in case of colds/sickness. With a touch of honey I think this would be a comforting cup for an itchy throat or other general yuckiness.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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This is such a great fall tea. The cranberry and almond flavors are fantastic, and it is well blended. I like that even though this is a heavily flavored tea it still manages to have a lightness about it. Although I chose this as my morning tea I think it would be absolute perfection in the afternoon with a biscotti. Yep… I’m going to have to give that a try.


I love this one. As you say, perfect Autumn tea.

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Hello, everyone! I’ve been away from Steepster because I quit drinking tea for a bit. Something with the change of seasons really messed up my sleep schedule, so I cut caffeine out altogether. But now that I’m no longer doing the insomniac shuffle I’m happily back to my lovely cuppas. Yay!

This is a nice morning mint tea. It has enough of a kick to get me going, but I also find the mint soothing. The smokiness is pleasing and perfect for this time of year. I do think this has lost some of its flavor, but it’s been almost a year since I bought it. There’s only a tiny bit left, so I’ll try to use it up this week.


Glad you’re back! :)




Keep sipping. How are the leaves doing in your garden?


Incredibly well! I add them directly to my flowerbeds, and my lilies are HUGE. :) For my vegetable garden I add the leaves to my compost pile.

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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.


New Jersey, USA



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