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drank English Teatime by Bigelow
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My tea strainer is gone from the office, whether it was stolen or misplaced I have no idea. :(

Anyway I decided I would have a teabag of this today, it has caffeine it it and that’s good but otherwise it is a fairly unremarkable black tea in every respect.

I guess I will be looking for another tea strainer from home to bring in!

Doug F

I keep buying Chatsford mug infusers and putting them everywhere I would possibly have tea: home, work, my parents’ house. They’ve become like reading glasses.

TeaBrat

they are handy things to have!

Terri HarpLady

What a drag that someone took your strainer!

TeaBrat

Terri, yah. It’s not a big deal but It’s still annoying!

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Backlog. This is 1/4 teas I bought at the San Francisco Green Festival yesterday. I’ve been looking for a good turmeric tea for a while now and the ones I’ve found are really not that interesting. I bought two turmeric teas to try from this company Cardamom and Curry which makes chai and other Indian inspired blends.

First of all I’ve been reading a lot about turmeric and how it is fat soluble so it’s best dissolved with something fatty. I decided to add a bit of coconut oil to this as well as soymilk.

I thought this tisane was really nice. Well, you have to like the taste of turmeric, I suppose I am getting used to it. It is a bit like drinking a liquid curry, but I’m really in it for the health benefits more than the flavor. I like the fact that this was mixed with green rooibos and between that and the cayenne and saffron, this is a very warming spicy drink that made me feel like I had a healthy glow for about an hour after I drank it. Definitely the best turmeric tea blend I’ve ever had but it’s still a bit difficult to get used to.

I want to try all of their blends! If I’m ever in Livermore I will definitely check out their chai bar and shop. I love the fact that they use fresh hand ground spices. I’d say there is a definite quality factor here that I haven’t gotten elsewhere. sooo good!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

That sounds really neat!

TeaBrat

I liked it, but it is definitely not for everyone ;-)

OMGsrsly

I mixed up a turmeric, ginger, lemon and honey tea a couple weeks ago. I’ll have to add some coconut oil. :) It’s just in a jar in the fridge. Heh.

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79
drank Silver Needle by The Tao of Tea
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Sipdown – finally!
I’ve had this for over 2 years, it just needed to go. I ended up mixing it with some chai spices which is kind of a sacrilege, I know… I just can’t seem to get that into white teas although they are healthy, there’s only a few I’ve had that capture my imagination.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Gingerbread Black by Simpson & Vail
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Tea of the morning here. It has been a rare Sunday of domesticity since I got up and made breakfast for the BF and I and then decided I wanted to make some banana bread, yum yum!

So this tea came in my last S&V order but I haven’t tried it until today. I was so sure I would like it that I bought 4 oz. of it.

I accidentally steeped it for 6 minutes because I forgot what I was doing, but it still seems really good to me. The spices are pretty strong here, I am getting a LOT if clove and ginger and cinnamon a bit lesser so. It might be different when I steep it for the recommended time. The tin contains pieces of broken up spice so this is not a "flavored’ Tea only, it’s a bit more like a chai. With all the health benefits of cinnamon, clove and ginger this will be a great one to sip on all winter long. Also smells really good. Maybe I’ll bake some gingerbread soon. ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Sil

…onto th. Shopping list hehe

Nicole

There is banana bread in my oven this afternoon as well! :)

TeaBrat

Nicole – great minds think alike :)

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85

Hmm. Sadly it’s a sipdown for me, I have enjoyed this a lot. I think I need more someday. I guess I am a fan of orange in tea, I never used to be but it seems to be growing on me for some reason. This is the third tea I’ve had today that has an orange element in it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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94

Tea of the afternoon here. A few months ago I fractured a finger and the ligaments are taking forever to heal. I’ve been trying to increase my anti-inflammatory foods and I made a turmeric-ginger salad dressing for lunch as well as some homemade turmeric tea. Green tea is supposed to be good for inflammation too, so I made a nice pot of this and plan to sip on it this afternoon. Hope everyone is having a good day!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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I’m not normally such a big fan of white teas but I bought a large size of this anyway in my ATR order, thinking that I would really like it.

This is a VERY citrusy blend, notes of lemon, grapefruit and orange are all very strong. The white tea seems to just be in the background providing a slightly sweet note. I don’t get a lot of jasmine, which is good because I’m not really a fan of jasmine!

I am finding this really refreshing but thinking it might be more of a summer tea. Anyway I can see I will need to try cold brewing this in the near future. It’s pretty nice if you’re into citrus flavors. I drank mine plain but this would also be good with a touch of sweetener. This is reminiscent of peach blossom by Rishi which I also enjoyed. It definitely has a bit more tartness due to the grapefruit. It’s good to have at least one white tea blend I like. ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Christmas (Rois Mages) by Kusmi Tea
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This was part of a sampler set I got from Kusmi last year and evidently I never logged or rated this tea so here goes!

Tea of the morning. :) Smells like orange and spices in the tin. Leaves are dark, small and slender. I’m not generally a huge fan of orange spice teas, but this isn’t bad. I’m finding it to be a bit thin on flavor but the orange is nice and juicy. I detect a bit of vanilla but it is light on some of the other spices you might expect in a blend like this, such as clove. I tried it both with additions and without and it seemed fine either way, but i just can’t imagine drinking this on a regular basis.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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this is a sipdown for yours truly… it seems like I’ve had this for ages but I know it’s the 2nd or 3rd bag I’ve bought. I really enjoy this with soymilk like a latte. Maybe someday I’ll need to get a milk frother.

On another note I just went to the 52 teas website (it’s been a while) and am glad to see they have a lot more stuff in the “available now” than they used to.

Preparation
Boiling
VariaTEA

The milk frother is definitely one of the greatest purchases I have made…I recommend it. Also I have this on the way so I will keep in mind that it makes a nice latte.

TeaBrat

That’s good to know. Which frother do you have?

VariaTEA

I have the one from David’s. The electric one.

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87

I really like this blend a lot but less is definitely more – I added about half the amount of tea I normally would. Very strong mint flavor!

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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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