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Had this when I woke up, with a T. of honey and a T. of the new Coffeemate “Natural Bliss” Vanilla (which is very good btw, but has a wee bit more sugar than I’m comfortable with…will use sparingly). This is becoming a morning routine, as I love Earl Grey Creme Vanilla.

On a side note: I have allergies, bordering on being ashtmatic at times. One of the reasons for switching from Coke to tea is to be able to incorporate honey into my daily routine (and for calorie reduction overall). It really was helping me avoid medications. This morning was validation for this practice. When I woke up, it was one of those mornings with breathing difficulties (out of breath walking anywhere). Thinking I was doing something wrong (by reading comments here about honey), for the past few days I’ve been trying to switch away from honey to raw sugar, or no sweetener. I have to remember why I’m using it, because after 2 cups of this tea with honey, I’m breathing MUCH better. So there! A tea purist I will probably never be, but time will tell.

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SimplyJenW

Oh, the wonders of local honey! I started that kind of thing last Spring, and had a much better year for allergies, even though they were pretty bad for my kids. Unfortunately, they don’t really like honey. I may have to convince them at some point! BTW, I have a friend that adores this tea!

Cheryl

Local honey is something on my “to find” list, but regular ole store bought works. My biggest allergy is mold/mildew, and this warmer weather is a blessing (no snow) and a curse (mold spores). But I do have pollen allergies too, and they never were a huge problem until I moved to this very-rural area. I joke that I need to be around more asphalt/concrete apparently (city girl at heart). Thanks for the validation that honey does work (glad for you too).

Need to test out other Earl Greys at some point, but this one is working for me. I crave it, and hey, the price is right : )

TeaBrat

I believe my allergies have improved since I started drinking tea.

LiberTEAS

I know that locally harvested, raw honey has helped me significantly with my allergies. I am at the point now where I don’t need it year round, though (when we first moved up here to the Pacific Northwest I did need it year round), but, when things start blooming again, I’ll probably be adding some honey to some of my teas.

Cheryl

p.s. last night I was having a really bad coughing fit. I did turn to medication (Nectadyn and a Hold cough drop, which only worked so-so). I should have brewed a big cup of tea instead. Didn’t realize until this morning that I hadn’t had honey for 2-3 days.

Cheryl

I’m clueless where to turn for local honey, but need to start the hunt. There are a lot of Amish folks nearby, so there is probably hope : )

SimplyJenW

Oh, you will find it! Do you have Farmer’s Market anywhere? (Well, not necessarily now!) Since I am pollen allergic, it really helps me!

Cheryl

Mt. Vernon has a Farmer’s Market in the summer, but I haven’t visited (way too early on a Saturday a.m. for my liking, lol). But yea, that is one possibility. How “local” does it need to be? There are a lot of Amish shops a county north (Holmes). Without snow, navigating the hills/curves shouldn’t be too bad : )

SimplyJenW

Mine comes from about 15 miles away (but north and east of here so that does not help you at all!)….just get the closest to home that you can!

Cheryl

p.s. Jen: Because of your picture (and research on the topic), I decided to order a 24 oz. Curve teapot (for mornings, when I want more of this tea than my IngeniTea can make) and a 15 oz. matching mug. Thanks to Coinstar, who now gives Amazon (and other) gift certificates without any fees (for using Coinstar), my big pile of coins went to good use (ummm, got a 32 oz. IngeniTea too, for cold brewing). Amazon just shipped today (should have soon). Yay!

Cheryl

Have to go south tomorrow (Columbus) but am going to stop in a little deli shop, who sells a lot of Amish foods (baked goods etc) that is nearby and ask. There’s a lot of Amish in this county too, or maybe someone else who makes honey. Will see. Thanks for help : )

Cheryl

Amy: Just tea, not with honey? Any particular type or just in general?
Liber: Thanks for reinforcing my thoughts.

SimplyJenW

You will love that teapot. I use that one a few times every day. When I don’t want quite that much tea or I am testing or I am drinking a good resteeper, I use the mug. Yayyy for Coinstar!

SimplyJenW

Oh…what color? ;)

Cheryl

Turquoise (wish there was a different green choice, but it matches best). I haven’t gotten to a resteeping point yet, but will keep that in mind. I don’t have a dishwasher (boo) so these purchases will keep me down to one dishwashing session a day : )

Steven Cook

i feel compiled to order some of upton’s EGCV but i have never had it before…so it kinda freaks me out.

Steven Cook

compiled…. Compelled sorry

ashmanra

Our little produce markets sell local honey here, so it doesn’t have to be a big farmers market!

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SimplyJenW

Oh, the wonders of local honey! I started that kind of thing last Spring, and had a much better year for allergies, even though they were pretty bad for my kids. Unfortunately, they don’t really like honey. I may have to convince them at some point! BTW, I have a friend that adores this tea!

Cheryl

Local honey is something on my “to find” list, but regular ole store bought works. My biggest allergy is mold/mildew, and this warmer weather is a blessing (no snow) and a curse (mold spores). But I do have pollen allergies too, and they never were a huge problem until I moved to this very-rural area. I joke that I need to be around more asphalt/concrete apparently (city girl at heart). Thanks for the validation that honey does work (glad for you too).

Need to test out other Earl Greys at some point, but this one is working for me. I crave it, and hey, the price is right : )

TeaBrat

I believe my allergies have improved since I started drinking tea.

LiberTEAS

I know that locally harvested, raw honey has helped me significantly with my allergies. I am at the point now where I don’t need it year round, though (when we first moved up here to the Pacific Northwest I did need it year round), but, when things start blooming again, I’ll probably be adding some honey to some of my teas.

Cheryl

p.s. last night I was having a really bad coughing fit. I did turn to medication (Nectadyn and a Hold cough drop, which only worked so-so). I should have brewed a big cup of tea instead. Didn’t realize until this morning that I hadn’t had honey for 2-3 days.

Cheryl

I’m clueless where to turn for local honey, but need to start the hunt. There are a lot of Amish folks nearby, so there is probably hope : )

SimplyJenW

Oh, you will find it! Do you have Farmer’s Market anywhere? (Well, not necessarily now!) Since I am pollen allergic, it really helps me!

Cheryl

Mt. Vernon has a Farmer’s Market in the summer, but I haven’t visited (way too early on a Saturday a.m. for my liking, lol). But yea, that is one possibility. How “local” does it need to be? There are a lot of Amish shops a county north (Holmes). Without snow, navigating the hills/curves shouldn’t be too bad : )

SimplyJenW

Mine comes from about 15 miles away (but north and east of here so that does not help you at all!)….just get the closest to home that you can!

Cheryl

p.s. Jen: Because of your picture (and research on the topic), I decided to order a 24 oz. Curve teapot (for mornings, when I want more of this tea than my IngeniTea can make) and a 15 oz. matching mug. Thanks to Coinstar, who now gives Amazon (and other) gift certificates without any fees (for using Coinstar), my big pile of coins went to good use (ummm, got a 32 oz. IngeniTea too, for cold brewing). Amazon just shipped today (should have soon). Yay!

Cheryl

Have to go south tomorrow (Columbus) but am going to stop in a little deli shop, who sells a lot of Amish foods (baked goods etc) that is nearby and ask. There’s a lot of Amish in this county too, or maybe someone else who makes honey. Will see. Thanks for help : )

Cheryl

Amy: Just tea, not with honey? Any particular type or just in general?
Liber: Thanks for reinforcing my thoughts.

SimplyJenW

You will love that teapot. I use that one a few times every day. When I don’t want quite that much tea or I am testing or I am drinking a good resteeper, I use the mug. Yayyy for Coinstar!

SimplyJenW

Oh…what color? ;)

Cheryl

Turquoise (wish there was a different green choice, but it matches best). I haven’t gotten to a resteeping point yet, but will keep that in mind. I don’t have a dishwasher (boo) so these purchases will keep me down to one dishwashing session a day : )

Steven Cook

i feel compiled to order some of upton’s EGCV but i have never had it before…so it kinda freaks me out.

Steven Cook

compiled…. Compelled sorry

ashmanra

Our little produce markets sell local honey here, so it doesn’t have to be a big farmers market!

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Originally started testing teas, to replace a lifelong Coke (Coca-Cola) habit. Now I’m just amazed at all the choices. Still in beginner stage of tea education. Until I get really good at iced/cold tea, the Coke habit remains, but is down to a minimum.

My cupboard here on Steepster was ridiculous, containing each and every sample size that I have been accumulating. It now only contains non-sample size teas. Loose leaf outweighs the bagged teas, but it doesn’t look that way by the list (over 100 samples).

I started my tea journey testing flavored teas. My favorites are chai and mint flavored teas, along with Earl Grey. Also like chocolate, caramel, coconut, almond, vanilla, cinnamon, clove and some others. Most flavors are better with a nice black tea base. The mint ones seem best paired with greens. I’m branching out now to unflavored teas and it is way more overwhelming then the flavored category. Phew.

My (grown) son has decided that he wants to try to find tea that he likes too, so I’ll be passing along the ones I don’t care for to him (with instructions to then pass them on to his sister…evil plot? yes!). So I’ve removed my shopping list from Steepster and moved it to a spreadsheet (swaps are out for now). My shopping list had grown to 197! By going through each one, I was able to split that in half (since many were added in beginning, before I knew what I like/don’t like).

While not swapping, if there’s something in my cupboard that you’d like a sample of, please feel free to ask : )

Ratings (for now):
90s: Must have in personal rotation. Crave it.
80s: Makes me a happy tea drinker. Very good. Unsure of long term relationship.
70s: Like this. Will drink what I have (sample/tin/box), but unsure of whether I’d buy again.
60s: Probably a good tea for what it is. Just not to my personal liking.
50s and below: Do not like…at all. Either poor quality, yuck flavor or … (see tealog).

Old (and still current) obsessions: books, music and fragrances. Hopefully my tea collection stays much more “normal” then those. (too late)

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