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92

Tea of the morning here. Perhaps this isn’t one to drink early in the morning – but then again why not? :)

It’s nice with a touch of brown sugar and some soymilk!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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61
drank Elderflower & Chamomile by Lupicia
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This came in the Lupicia grab bag. I like chamomile okay but I’ve never had elderflower before. The tea seemed to be very vegetal like corn husks or something, I also found it slightly bitter. Wouldn’t drink this for the taste of it, really but it did seem to be nice and relaxing. Also I was interested about the health benefits of elderflower after I did some research on it, evidently it’s good for allergies.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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Just a note that I cold brewed this yesterday and I’m having some of it this afternoon – it’s pretty good that way!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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59
drank Momoko by Lupicia
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Meh, I know I had tried this one before and I think I liked it better the first time around but now I just think it’s more on the icky side – way too artificial tasting and definitely not in a good way. It also seems kind of drying and tart. I’ll have to try cold brewing it to see if I like it better that way. Or maybe it just needs less steeping time…

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Hmm, I don’t know how they do it because this tea really does taste like a cookie. It reminds me of the Danish butter cookies we used to have around Christmas time. I wish the black tea base was a little stronger here, it seems light to me. I might try steeping this a little longer next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

Have you had brioche from American tea room? I’d love to know if they’re comparable while being different “baked goods”

TeaBrat

No, I have not – sorry

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59
drank Piccolo by Lupicia
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I like rooibos teas more than I used to but not too thrilled with this in particular. It’s too sweet, and otherwise I can’t really taste any berry anything in here. Agree with the reviews that claim it tastes like cough syrup. I wondered if this would be better as a latte… it is indeed more palatable with soymilk added so I guess I will be drinking the rest of it this way. Not a favorite for sure.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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76
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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Tea #3 of the day from the Lupicia grab bag, I’d better stop with caffeine for a while before my head explodes.

I’ve never had this particular green before. Reading over the rest of the reviews I can’t understand some of the really bad ratings because it seems ok to me. My one complaint is the bancha base seems like it got a little on the bitter side (and I did not use boiling water). Might need to try this as a cold brew to see what happens, or I might try giving this a little less steeping time. I am getting pineapple and mango but the flavors are kind of light. Compared to some of Lupicia’s artifical tasting gummy bear teas I don’t really see this as a problem…

I liked this okay but probably wouldn’t buy anymore. Will let everyone know how the cold steep experiment goes. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
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Another tea that came from the Lupicia grab bag…

I’m afraid I’m not such a big fan of this. The muscat is way too sweet and artificial and the jasmine is yucky. It does smell exactly like Juicy fruit gum. Maybe this would be better as an iced tea but I don’t really like it hot.

I still have 9 bags left if anyone wants to swap for it. If you read the reviews a lot of people seemed to like it. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Momo (Peach) by Lupicia
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You know you’re a tea addict when…

I couldn’t resist the $60 grab bag from Lupicia when it came around again. I’ve always wanted one, even though I’m awash in tea at home and at the office.

Anyway this was the one I picked to try first, and review is for the pyramid sachets.

This is a very mild and pleasant tea, some peach teas seem overly artificial to me but this is pretty nice, especially for a bagged tea. Of course I did have a cup of coffee earlier today so perhaps this isn’t the best time to be trying something new. I am sipping on it plain and it doesn’t really need anything. I can’t really place the base tea but I’m wondering if it’s a nilgiri since it seems very mild, or perhaps a ceylon.

It’s more natural tasting than some Lupicia teas I’ve tried which remind me of gummy bears. I will definitely be trying this iced as well…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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93

Tea of the evening here. Since I’m still feeling under the weather I didn’t want to drink anything that would make me feel worse and interfere with my sleep. This is really one of the best decaf teas around, I wish I had the Vanilla Comoro too. I will try to remember to get some the next time I place an order with H&S.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Josie Jade

I am having a cup of the Vanilla Comoro for the first time and it is wonderful. I hope you feel better soon!

TeaBrat

thank you!

Janefan

I didn’t know they did Paris in decaf! I may have to add that to my shopping list.

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

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

Location

San Frandisco

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http://sanfrantea.teatra.de

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