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drank Ambrosia by Custom-Adagio Teas
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I am back from New Orleans and happily, utterly, blissfully exhausted. I had a great time with my parents and sisters, and I really enjoyed celebrating my niece. What I didn’t have while I was down there was hot tea, so it’s nice to get home to my tea cupboard… and family. :)

Since I’m planning on going to bed early tonight I decided an herbal tea would be best. I’m still a big fan of this one. Tonight it’s all peaches and cream. Tasty and incredibly relaxing.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Lariel of Lórien

Glad you like it. :) (That is my blend.)


It’s a great blend! I like it a lot.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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I’m going to New Orleans tomorrow to meet up with family, celebrate my niece who is graduating from high school, and enjoy the long weekend. It should be a lot of fun. Of course, before the fun comes all of the work of packing and making sure the husband and kiddos have everything they need/might need/think-they-need-but-really-don’t before I head off to the airport. With such a crazy day ahead of me I want a few moments of calm before tackling the to-do list.

Nothing is more calming than Zen Tea’s Earl Grey Cream. Nothing. The moment I sip this tea I am in my happy place. Apparently my happy place has a wonderful balance of bergamot and vanilla. Good vanilla, not the cheap stuff. And my happy place has a base tea that is smooth but strong enough to have a presence next to the other flavors. Such an excellent tea, and such a lovely happy place.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

have fun!


Thanks, I plan to. :)


Veronica – are you still interested in the Mostly Un-Flavored TTB? Let me know – we are finalizing our list. Thanks :)

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Tea of the morning. I wish I would’ve made a pot of this instead of a cup. It is absolutely delicious. Very malty with a honey finish. I added a little sugar but skipped the milk. This one is a keeper. I’m thinking I’m going to blow through my sample bag of this in a day or two because – yum.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I definitely am getting a sample of this soon!


It’s a good one. I’m planning on ordering more when I place my next Upton order.

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drank Turmeric Lemon by Rishi
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Yuck. This herbal is a strange mix of sweetness from the licorice, heat from the ginger, and bitterness from the lemon and orange peel. I think what comes off as bitter is supposed to be tart, but the aftertaste is all bitter.


This sounds completely terrifying, hahaha.

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I was getting a swap package together and realized that after sending some of this to kimquat I only had one serving left. Must mean it was meant to be finished off today!

The combination of rice and marshmallow is really good. It’s kind of hard not to smile while I’m drinking it because it does have that Rice Crispy Treat kinda flavor going on. The green tea is there, but my focus is on the toasty rice and marshmallow sweetness. Yum.

As good as this one is I’m not overly sad to see it go. I’m trying to quit hoarding teas, and I can see this tea losing some of its shine if I held on to it too long.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Starry Night by Art of Tea
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It’s been a couple of months since I’ve had this one, and I forget how nice it is. It’s fairly basic. Vanilla and tea. The white tea stars are mostly there for show. They don’t lend much to the tea itself, but they are pretty. My guess is that the black tea is Assam. There is some malt and a thickness that I tend to associate with Assams. The black tea is strong and a good base for the vanilla which is sweet but not at all artificial. Add a touch of milk and sugar, and this is a tea I can easily enjoy.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea of the morning. If I have to wake up and face a Monday then this is the way to do it. My mug is full of coca, malty goodness. Today there’s also an ever so slight woody note and some sweetness with the smoke at the end of the sip.

I love this tea.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A friend gave me some peach ginger iced tea bags as I was leaving her house the other day. I decided to brew them up this morning, and now I’m sitting here with a really nice glass of iced tea. I wish I knew the name of the tea company, but she just left for a two week vacation in Hawaii, so I doubt I find out the name any time soon. :)

The tea has a strong peach/ginger flavor, but the base tea is also really good. There is a woody note and also a bit of grain. Both flavors work well with the fruit and spice. The tea is fairly robust. I think it would be excellent at a barbecue where lots of foods with strong flavors were being served. This is an iced tea that could hold its own against anything that might come off the grill.

Iced 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Summer Rose by Adagio Teas
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Tea Sipper reviewed this tea earlier today, and after reading her positive notes on it I decided it was time to open my own bag of Summer Rose that has been sitting untouched in my cupboard for months now. I ordered it thinking it would help chase away my winter blues, but then I was worried that it would be too rosy. I’m a big chicken that way.

Turns out that this is a really nice tea! The smell is all rose. Strong rose. Once brewed, however, the taste is a nice balance between the base tea and the rose flavor. The base tea is smooth and has a lemon note which makes me think it’s a Ceylon . There is no astringency and no bitterness. The lemon note is light, but it’s undeniably there, and it combines with the rose beautifully. The rose flavor is no where near as strong in taste as it is in smell. In fact, as the tea cools the rose notes become harder to pick up. That was disappointing, but overall I has a very pleasant experience with this tea. It’ll be in high rotation this summer. I may even try it cold brewed.

Thanks Tea Sipper for your great review on this one! :) I’m glad I listened to you and gave it a try.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Very Velvet Oolong by Fusion Teas
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How have I not reviewed this tea? My bag is almost empty, but somehow this is my first time logging this tea.

I really like this one. The strawberry flavor is a tiny bit artificial, but the oolong flavor is great. So incredibly buttery with a slight floral sweetness. It’s light with a nice clean finish. Really, it’s a great spring tea. Subsequent steeps lose the strawberry flavor, but all the great oolong notes remain.

This is one I will reorder, but I’ll get it in a small quantity because it’s not something I’ll reach for during cooler weather.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I’m sold, I will add this to my wishlist now.


It’s a nice one. I have been really impressed with the quality of Fusion’s teas.


I feel like a lot of people have been saying the same thing lately! I’ll look into shipping and stuff when I get back home.

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Single Origin Teas
- 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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