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drank Starry Night by The Tea Place
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I made a trip back to my local(ish) tea house to pick up a few new teas. My main goal was to find some non-hibiscus, non-rooibos herbals, but when I was reading through their tea menu I saw this and knew I had to try it. Vanilla flavored black tea with white tea stars added… cute!

After getting home with my purchases I decided to give this one a try. While I was putting water in the kettle the water temperature issue hit me. If I boil the water I’ll burn the white tea. If I don’t boil the water the black tea will be gross. Sigh. So I took all of the tea stars out of the package and made myself a cup of vanilla black tea. I’ll save the white tea for another day. Two teas for the price of one! What could be better?

The tea is good. Really good. In fact, it’s my new favorite vanilla tea. The Assam brews up very dark and has a full flavor. The vanilla is wonderful. No artificial taste. No weird lingering scent. The two are well blended so it is easy to taste the tea and the vanilla throughout the cup. This tea is simple but so, so good. I could drink this morning, noon, and night and be a happy girl.

I’m curious about the tea stars and will be giving them a try soon. I’ll probably wait until next week when everyone else is out of the house and I can stop and really enjoy them.


Could you perhaps brew the black tea, wait till its cool enough for white, brew white in black tea, and drink?


That’s a good idea. I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks!

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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I am falling more and more in love with this tea. It’s such a wonderful lemon black, and the floral note just puts it over the top. I’m going to be hard pressed to find a lemon flavored tea I love as much as this one, but the next time Frank releases a tea with lemon notes I will be buying! Also, I’m bumping up my rating because I like this more than the first time I reviewed it.

I’m sipping this while listening to the rain fall outside. It’s supposed to turn to ice later tonight, so I’m thinking we’ll be staying put tonight and a good part of tomorrow. Can’t say that this bothers me. Maybe I’ll see how much of my stash I can bust through while we are iced/snowed in. There are definitely worse ways to spend a weekend!

To all the New England Steepsters, be safe! It looks like this storm is going to be a doozy and not something to be taken lightly!

Emily M

Just started snowing here in Upstate NY. Hopefully it won’t be as bad as they say. I plan on drinking as much tea as I can, too! Might as well, if I’m stuck in the house. ;)

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First cup of the morning. I spent way too long looking at my stash this morning. Everything sounded good and nothing sounded good. That ever happen to you? Well, this one eventually won out, and I must say it was a thoroughly enjoyable cup. I’m very careful to not let this one oversteep because I think the marshmallow and caramel are at their best with a three and a half minute steep. Absolutely delicious!


That was me this morning too! I “settled” for Carrot Cake Oolong (David’s Tea), but I know exactly what you mean. And I know I will be feeling it again at the end of this cuppa.


When this happens with my music I just hit random. I never know what’s coming and if I don’t like it another is coming in 3 or 4 minutes (or 12 – Freebird!). There needs to be a random button on the tea stash.


That’s usually me in the afternoons… I worry what’s going to happen when my stash grows bigger.. lol


@KS – I love the idea of a random button on my tea stash! That wouldn’t just solve my problem, but it would be a lot of fun. :) Also, I keep my playlist on random mostof the time. I find it keeps me from zoning out when I have a big project to finish or need to get housework done. Aerosmith followed by Beethoven is amazing.


@KeenTeaThyme – Getting that feeling at the end of a cup… gah… I hate that. The only thing worse is craving a tea I finished the week before. :)

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I wanted something warm to drink, but I had reached my caffeine limit for the moment, so made myself a cup of this to throw in my travel mug while I was out running errands. It was something to sip and enjoy without feeling that I needed to pay a lot of attention to it. I have to say, I am enjoying this one more than I thought I would.


I had this tea a while back, and I was thinking the same thing. I’m not too keen on blackberry teas (they seem to taste like cough medicine to me), but this one wasn’t half bad.


Good to know. Since there is—at least in my experience—no such thing as a really good black decaf tea, my preference among other decafs is anything fruit flavored that isn’t bitingly tart. (Their pineapple chamomile pyramid bags are nice, too.)

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drank Spiked Eggnog by Compass Teas
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This is another sample from Jackie T. Thank you!

This is the second time I’ve had this tea. The first time I felt like I spent too much time trying to dissect the tea, so I ended up skipping the review. After sitting down with the tea this time I can say that Jackie’s review is spot on. I don’t taste eggnog or rum. There is a good vanilla flavor and a robust, toasty, ever so slightly astringent black tea. While I wish I could taste something that hinted of eggnog I do like this tea. The tea itself is quite delicious, and the vanilla is very well done.

So, not what I wanted, but I’ll have no trouble finishing off this sample.

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drank Masala Chai by Wegmans
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I fell asleep last night wondering which tea to make this morning. Yes, that is the kind of wild and crazy life I lead. :) Anyway, my subconscious got it all worked out because as soon as my feet hit the floor I knew I wanted chai. Specifically, this chai. Good black tea with lots of wonderful spices. I added some sugar but no milk. It was perfect.

Instead of running around like a crazy person and grabbing sips of my tea when I could, I sat down and drank my tea. I was a few minutes late getting my daughter up and moving (She can ignore an alarm clock better than anyone I know.), but it was worth it. I had another cup over breakfast, and now I’ve got enough caffeine shooting through my system to get me through my morning chores. Or maybe I’ll ignore the chores and curl up with my book. Doesn’t that sound better?


Totally!! Chores have nothing on book and tea! :)


Book! Book!


Sigh… I ended up doing the chores, but only because my family would have nothing for dinner otherwise, and my daughter needed some stuff for her science project. Tonight, however, it will be me, a book, and a cup of tea!

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Hmm, I’m not feelin’ this one. I was hoping for serious cinnamon flavor, but it’s just not there. In fact, before adding sugar I could barely taste anything at all. After the sugar there is a faint cinnamon taste, and the base tea is there but it’s weak. No vanilla. There wasn’t even the crackle from the pop rocks. I am disappoint.

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I am apparently in a fruity green tea mood today. This is wonderful. The blueberry is sweet but not at all artificial. The green tea has a creamy buttery note that blends so well with the fruit flavor. A 90 second steep is about all these leaves can take. Any longer and the bitterness begins to appear. It does resteep well, which I like.

When I first bought this tea I regretted buying four ounces, but now I can see myself using it in a relatively short amount of time. This is a tea that’s begging to be cold steeped. I’m thinking that will bring the blueberry flavor out even more. I’m also looking forward to comparing this to the Harney and Sons Blueberry Green. A side by side of the two will be fun!


Neat! I can’t wait to see the comparison!

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drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
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I picked up another box of the teabag version of this at my grocery store. I forgot how good this tea is and how much I like it. This tea is flavorful while being subtle. Nothing is over the top or in your face. It’s a very relaxing cup. The sweetness of the pineapple floats just above the clean grassy taste of the green tea. Very enjoyable. Far and away one of my favorite greens.


Once you try their Blueberry Green, you will be hooked! I am pretty sure it is the same base as this one and it is so nicely done! If you can, get a couple sachets at Barnes and Noble to take home and try!


I will! I am always on the look out for a good blueberry tea.

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Thank you Jackie T for this very generous sample!

I have to start by saying that this is one of my daughter’s favorite teas. She moved it into her own tea basket so that other people (like her mother) will keep their tea lovin’ mitts off of it. She even took a cup of this to school to convince her friend that tea is much cooler than coffee. Ah, to be twelve again. So usually I do not drink this tea, but I realized I don’t have a review of it and wanted to remedy that.

This really does taste like an oatmeal raisin cookie! All of the flavors are there: oatmeal, raisin, cinnamon, brown sugar, even a spicy hint of nutmeg. It is delicious and very satisfying when my sweet tooth starts talking to me. This tea also resteeps well. The flavors aren’t as strong, but they’re all still present. I love it when a flavored tea can hold up to a second infusion.

Since this is obviously going to stay on our pantry shelf I will be buying two ounces of it with my next Della Terra order. Maybe then my daughter will willing share it. Maybe.

Jackie T

I just ordered 4 more ounces of this today, I love your mother-daughter tea loving so much too, so this review made me smile!!


Thanks! It is a lot of fun to share tea with her. I think some of our most memorable conversations to date have been during our morning tea time. :)


Oh.. mother and daughter sharing tea passion.. beautiful! My own tea companion is growing up too… She is seven and loves to enjoy Silver Needle and also some dessert rooibos with me. :)


My daughter was twelve when she started begging me to “let’s have good tea.” We started with Harney sachets and moved on to loose leaf. She does not love a wide variety of teas, but she really really has to have the ones she loves!


@Kamyria – I love that she likes Silver Needle. My girl’s taste definitely run towards the dessert trees with some fruity greens thrown in for fun.

@ashmanra – My daughter doesn’t like a wide variety either, but the last time we ran out of one of her teas I had to pinky promise to reorder it. :)

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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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