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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
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I am still not a fan of this but discovered if you mix about 1/3 of this mixture with 2/3 plain rooibos it becomes drinkable. Not sure if I will try to drink it this way in the future since there are a lot better rooibos blends out there (even a few that are in my stash). I have no idea how they got snickerdoodle out of this, to me it tastes more like cinnamon and apples.

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I’ve decided that osmanthus is my favorite floral tea, both jasmine and rose can be too strong and overwhelming but osmanthus is gentle and subtle.

This flower tea came as a free sample from Teavivre and I’m getting around to finally trying it today. Here’s a pic of the flower as it’s opening up:


At first I thought this was a white tea due to the sweetness, but it is in fact a silver needle green tea. The flavor of this is very sweet and light with notes of honey, apricot and peach, a wonderful afternoon tea. Something about it seems slightly hydrating as well. It’s interesting to note that osmanthus has some health benefits also; but I will drink this for the pure pleasure! I might have to get some plain osmanthus someday just to try it.

Thank you Angel, for sharing this beautiful flower tea.

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It’s my fave floral too!! :P

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drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
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Afternoon tea. I am back from the gym and I am sooo sore already, I wonder how I will be feeling tomorrow?

I stopped by Starbucks on my way home for a rare treat — Peppermint Mocha. I was still in the mood for mint when I came home so I decided to brew some of this up. It’s definitely relaxing to have a cup of minty tea when my stomach can deal with it. Good with about 2 drops of stevia. I think my favorite minty tea might still be Candy Cane Lane, perhaps I’ll have some of that later for my wild & crazy Friday night!

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drank Sencha Berry Fig by Tealux
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Thanks to The Cookie Lady for sending me this tea to try. Overall, this is not my favorite kind of sencha, I much prefer the really green, steamed vegetal leaves but it’s still rather nice. A very mild green tea with definite berry essence. I am not getting so much fig, there is a little bit of soft fig taste in the background but it’s not that obvious over the tartness of the berries.

I like fruity senchas and I enjoyed trying this, but with my large Lupicia stash I am pretty well set on flavored senchas for a while. ;)

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Oh, I was happy yesterday to have found a grocery store that sells some MF teas for a lot less money than what I was paying at the snooty french bakery in Hayes Valley! yes!

So this tea… I was not a fan of it the first time I tried it but I had a “to go” cup and I don’t think there was enough leaf in the tea. Now that I am trying it at home, the dry leaf smells very fruity and chocolate-y and the tea itself is really nice. I’m definitely getting the vanilla-caramel sort of notes which are enhanced when I add soymilk to the tea. This is definitely on the hefty side (when you make it properly) but not bitter or overly tannic. I am definitely enjoying it and glad I bought a tin!

Someone is jack hammering outside of my window so it looks like I won’t be lingering around too long to enjoy this… :-/

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

Blocs this one, but American breakfast edged it out by just a little last time I had the two… Lol


Stupid autocorrect blocs = loved


Ah, good to know! I don’t know if they had the American Breakfast but I’ll look into it the next time I am there.




if i recall correctly american breakfast was a little more chocolatey..but i love them both a lot


Nice snag!

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Steepster is acting slow again, so I’m not sure if this tea will make it to the dashboard.I tried “liking” a few people’s notes and they didn’t stick either.

Anyway, it’s been freezing cold in my apartment today and I’ve been trying to drink a lot of warm tea but I don’t need any more caffeine after my 1 pm coffee which still has me kind of wired at almost 9 pm.

I’ve had this tea forever and it’s been lurking in my cupboard where I forgot about it. This is the kind of bergamot tea I actually enjoy since the tea is lightly flavored with bergamot, very subtle and compliments the black tea well. This is good with soymilk and a touch of stevia this evening. I wouldn’t turn down a cup if offered, but it can’t really compare to the decaf Paris by Harney and Sons. This is also in a paper teabag which doesn’t help the flavor. It is a decent cuppa, however.

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drank Pau D' Arco by Alvita
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I am still trying to figure out a way to make this more palatable but it hasn’t been easy. yesterday I was at the herb store and got some plain lemongrass. I tried mixing the two this morning, but it was still too bitter and I ended up needing sweetener. I suppose that might negate the healthy effects of the herb… so I guess my best solution for now is to mix it with licorice root. I have a goal to drink one cup of this a day in addition to Kyolic garlic caps to boost my immune system. It’s vile but I am drinking it anyway!

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drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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Thanks to The Cookie Lady for this sample tea. I liked the pineapple sencha from Den’s Tea and figured this might be good also.

I followed the instructions on the packet: 30 seconds of steeping, 1 tsp. of tea in 4 oz. of water, luckily I do have a little Japanese teapot that is around 4 oz.

I found that this yielded a very light cup of tea, vegetal and creamy with just a bit of green apple flavor. I was hoping for more apple flavor in this one. My second steep was around 30 seconds and now I am getting lots more green tea flavor but almost no apple flavor. I think this is a fairly subtle brew but I think it would be amazing as a cold brew in the summer time! I’d like to try brewing the remainder of my sample at some slightly different parameters before giving this a number rating.

… thanks again, Cookie Lady!

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Tea of the morning here. I don’t drink this that often due to the smoky element, which I really have to be in the mood for. This morning the weather is cold and foggy and this tea is going well with my breakfast (Irish oats + chia + strawberries).

Since the time change I notice I have been sleeping longer hours. I feel like I am hibernating! This is also the time of year when we tend to have lots of fog. It’s a good thing I have a lot of tea :)

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drank Sweet Ginger Plum by Tea Forte
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This tisane came in the “Warming Joy” gift set by Tea Forte. I was a little confused at first because they are now calling this “Spiced Ginger Plum”, although it appears to be the same tea.

This was the one I was looking forward to the least due to the hibiscus in it. It definitely has a plummy smell but I would describe the flavor as a combination of tart and medicine. I really wish I liked hibby a bit more because it’s supposed to be so good for you; nevertheless I am not a fan and will be struggling to finish the cup.

This tea has a “bite” which I’m not sure is the hibiscus, cinnamon, ginger or a combination of the three. A bit of sweetener improved this, but I don’t know what I will do with the rest of these Sweet Ginger Plum samples that came in the set. Any hibiscus fans out there?

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I saw this tea in a store the other day, and was tempted, as I do like hibiscus, but I don’t know how I feel about the coconut. Sometimes I like it, and sometimes I don’t. Is it prominent?


I didn’t taste coconut at all! I still have 3 little packets, I’d be glad to send you a sample if you want to try it. let me know ;)


I would love a sample, thank you! I’ll send you a message with my address.

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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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