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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
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This is my running-around-trying-to-get-stuff-done tea. It holds up well in a travel mug with the creamy eggnog flavor coming through beautifully. I like the amount of cinnamon and nutmeg added to the blend. It’s just enough to enhance the vanilla flavor while giving the tea a bit of a kick. Plus, this is a perfect tea for this super cold winter’s day. Brrrrr.

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drank Tropical Coconut by Rishi Tea
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This is a yummy coconut oolong. The addition of pineapple makes for a sweet bright note to the creamy, smooth tea. As far as coconut oolongs go, this is a good one.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Pineapple, Smooth

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Cool, it’s hard to find a oolong with both pineapple and coconut.

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning. I had a little pot of this all to myself, and I enjoyed every little sip. This tea has an earthy sweet potato flavor and a light dry hay scent at the beginning of the sip. After a moment the warm caramel notes open up. It’s a darker caramel flavor with a hint of molasses, and it blends well with the sweet potato note. I’m really liking this. As the tea cools there’s a bready note which is nice, but I have to say I enjoy this tea the most before it cools. There are so many wonderfully tasty flavors in those leaves!

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I love this tea


People always say good things about this version. :)


It’s the best version of GM I’ve ever had. I know the quality of a tea can change from season to season, but H&S is consistently good.

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I still love this one. Tonight I tasted a toasty note that I don’t think I noticed in this tea before. I still get lemon and rose as well as the muscatel flavors as the tea cools a bit, but I liked the slightly deeper roast-y toast-y note added to the mix. It works especially well with the sharp wine-like finish.

Basically this tea is amazing.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I did a short steep (2 minutes), and the result was a nice light Keemun that’s full of plum and honey notes. When I say full I mean full. The plum notes were juicy and sweet, and the honey could be tasted throughout the sip but was strongest at the end. It was really, really good!

The deeper notes of grain and malt you can get from a longer steep are nice, but the brightness and fruitiness from a quick steep was delicious, too. I’m starting to think this is one of those teas that’s tough to mess up. No matter what I do to it the flavor is excellent!

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Mmm. This is sweet, minty, creamy, and it has a nice soft vanilla flavor. I definitely like this one. I’m hosting a rather large tea party at the end of the month, and I think this will be a big hit there. The flavors aren’t over the top, but the tea still manages to have a dessert tea vibe about it. I do have to remember to not use boiling water with this one and to overleaf just a bit in order to get the best flavor, but it’s worth it. This tea is yum.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

I love this one!


Me, too! I’m looking forward to sharing it with my friends. I think they’ll like it a lot.

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This tea makes me long for a fireplace. I want to tuck in next to a nice warm fire and sip this dark, rich tea. It has thick malt notes as well as an earthy tobacco flavor and hints of leather. To keep it from getting too dark there are bright fruity notes mixed in, too. It’s robust, warming, and delicious, and it’s perfect for combating the freezing temperature outside.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I drank this for most of last night. It was slightly sweet and had a clean vegetal note that reminded me of really crisp lettuce. There was also a mineral note that I found pleasant, and again, clean with a really fresh finish. I want to say the finish was minty, but I think it was closer to eucalyptus than mint. At any rate, it was very nice, and the tea withstood seven steeps before I felt that it was starting to lose some flavor. I probably could have continued for a few more steeps before the leaves were truly spent.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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I’m taking it easy today and drinking some of my favorite teas. I still have lots of samples to try, but I also have a headache that won’t quit, so sampling new teas wouldn’t be much fun today anyway. However, I must have tea, and my faithful standbys are waiting to meet cup and water. Have I mentioned lately how thankful I am for tea? Love this stuff!

Ah, Earl Grey Cream, such a lovely mix of Ceylon, bergamot, and vanilla. The taste is creamy and full of citrus and vanilla notes, both of which I love. There isn’t an overly perfume-y taste that can often accompany Earl Grey teas. Instead the bergamot is well balanced against the vanilla, and it carries much more of a fruity note than a floral one. That, combined with a super creamy vanilla that has no artificial flavor to it, makes this a complete winner for me.

Happy to have this as my first cup of the day.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m getting a tension headache, and I feel like this tea helps relieve the tension and eases some of the pain. Plus it taste good. Yay tea. Boo headache.


Tension headaches suck. I’m off to physio this afternoon for mine. Feel better :)


I hope the headache goes away soon!


Feel better.


Thanks everyone!

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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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