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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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I hope all of my tea drinking friends are getting ready for a nice & relaxing holiday! I am doing ok but already miss my sweetie who went on holiday with his family. Tomorrow I go on my trip back to the east coast.

I’ve had this before but bought another package of it the last time I was at the Lupicia store. In my opinion this tastes like black tea with melted graham crackers mixed in. It’s definitely a nice afternoon/dessert tea and is good with a bit of soymilk and some sugar. I wonder if Santa will bring me tea this year? I asked my family for tea gift certs but I don’t know if they will comply. ;)

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Decaf Paris by Harney & Sons
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I am sad this is all gone now…
It’s one of the best decafs I have. I will likely get more some day but for now, it would be good for me to keep away from Harney and Sons and focus on drinking more of my current stash.

Farewell, Paris Decaf…

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

They seem to do decaf well then. I’ve only tried their Vanilla Comoro and I can see why it’s raved so much.


I like this better than VC, but yes they do decafs better than most, I think :)

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drank Kirara Rice Tea by Lupicia
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Free sample that I got from Lupicia the last time I was at the store. This is a mesh pyramid teabag.

So, it’s a genmaicha… I generally like genmaichas but I can’t say I adore them or crave them very often. This is sweeter than some other varieties I have tried. I am definitely enjoying the savory, nutty flavor of the toasted rice. The green tea is a bit seaweedy and vegetal but overall, fairly mild. This is good stuff! I do have almost a whole package of genmaicha from Maeda-en I need to finish off or pitch it in the New Year… so I won’t be buying any more soon!

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea of the morning here. I’ve actually had this a couple of times but haven’t reviewed it until now. I think Nepal teas are great and so is the Jun Chiyabari estate…

Anyway I steeped this for 3 minutes in my tetsubin. Yes I do brew tea in this thing, I don’t just use it for hot water. This is just such a wonderful tea. It has a lot of the qualities of a darjeeling but no astringency in sight. The thing I am getting the most strongly in the aroma and the flavor is a deep honey flavor that is almost bordering on maple. It’s difficult to believe there is no sugar in here! It leaves a nice sweet and thick aftertaste in your mouth. I am also getting roses and a bit of a grainy flavor, like dark pumpernickel bread. This is a seriously delicious tea, one that is made for sipping on plain. Any sugar or milk/cream would ruin it, I think.

Very happy with this one…

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Kettle Corn by 52teas
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Per the suggestion of Liber teas I ended up steeping this more like a green, I did around 185 degrees for 7 minutes. That brought out the kettle corn flavor some near the end of the cup. But now the mate flavor is so strong it ends up tasting like coffee. Anyway I raised the rating a couple points but wouldn’t repurchase this.

185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Rum raisin biscotti by Tea Forte
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I picked this up as part of Tea Forte’s holiday gift set. The first time I tried it, I thought it was pretty weak but I was following TF’s guidelines to use 10 oz. of tea for a sample. When you use 8 oz. of water instead the teas tend to be more flavorful.

So, this does actually taste a lot like rum, it’s pretty boozy tasting overall. I would say the raisin flavor is also strong and the biscotti is something more in the background. I’m not sure how to rate this overall, it seems fairly true to the name but it isn’t something I would feel the need to have around in my personal stash. If you really want a tea that tastes like rum, this is a lot more authentic than the other one I had, which was Lupicia’s version.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a really interesting tea, although I haven’t always been a fan of camphor in the past. I think my tastes are changing.

This is very dark and sweet shu. The camphor flavor is indeed, very strong in this tea. There is a lingering sweet aftertaste that stays on your palette for a long time after you’ve finished the tea. It has something of an uplifting quality in my opinion. It also has some fruity elements that are reminiscent of cherry. I am tempted to get one of these for myself after I’ve finished off the sample :)

Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

I had a sample of this tea. I thought it was good but I didn’t end up buying it.


I am trying to resist!


Vicks Vapo Rub kind of camphor?

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drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
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I am not feeling well today, so decided I would sip this one down…

It’s definitely one of my favorites from Capital Teas and one that I would buy again (and may, since I am going to Washington DC for the holidays). This is a nice mix of mint with the slightly cocoa black tea base. I find adding soymilk to this makes it nice and creamy. I definitely have enjoyed it!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

Hope you feel better soon!


thanks :)


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sending you well wishes!


Get well soon!


Feel better.


thanks everyone :)

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I am enjoying this lovely shui xian this morning in the rain. It’s been a while since I’ve had this (or any shui xians for that matter).

Compared to a red robe, this is much sweeter with a floral essence. I am getting notes of honey mixed with cinnamon. This has a very pleasant aroma in the up sitting next to me too. This is getting the gong fu treatment from me this morning but it’s also nice as one longer 3 minute steep.

… see previous notes for more details

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Despite the name, this is a nice morning tea for me today. I love the heft that this blend has, with the smoke providing a bit of heft to the mix. It’s surprisingly good with soymilk added. I’m rarely in the mood for a smoky tea but this is a tasty choice when the craving arises…

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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