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I feel like all I did yesterday was stay at home and drink tea, not that I’m complaining because it’s time to go back to work… :-/

This is one of my favorite teas currently, the tin is slowly disappearing while my other teas languish on the cupboard shelf. Will repurchase more for sure.

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This is a little bit better than I remember it being so I raised the rating slightly. Still I feel the apple flavor is way too artifical tasting and overwhelms everything else.

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I just discovered Kundalini yoga a little while ago and it is changing my life, my lower back pain is getting much better and I feel more energized overall. I suggest giving it a try!

This is my post yoga darjeeling tea. I bought a few samples from Upton to try this year.

I tend to use water that is below boiling for my ff darjeelings because I find this helps to curb any astringency which might be lurking about. I used 2 tsp of tea in my beehouse teapot and I think this is really divine!

The color is a light yellow and the grape aroma is just wafting out of my glass cup. This really packs a flavor punch, is slightly floral but has lots of sweet grape flavor with a minerality essence and a slight astringent finish. I’m not getting a lot of pungency but that could be because of the lower water temperature I was using.

I’d consider buying more of this but I feel guilty about the 2012 FF darjeelings which are still in my cupboard and may never be finished before they go stale… :(

I would recommend checking this out if you’re in the market for a nice darjeeling.

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I will check it out! My lower back has been hurting horribly lately, and getting up and doing yoga is the only thing that makes it subside. It hurts worst when I get up in the mornings.


My back seems to get worse in the evenings after sitting all day in front of a stupid computer at work. grrrr!


Thanks, I will also check it out. I suffered a severe lumbar sprain 5years ago, shovelling after a huge snowstorm. Even with lots of physical training, my back never fully recovered, I still get pain. I recently bought a Pilates reformer, it’s the only thing that has really helped so far.


understand you very well girls, I have a severe sciatica since january and see now a physiotherapist 2 hours per week.hopefully we have tea :)


I’ve been doing Vinyasa since April, and I really love it. I love yoga can be energizing or calming, depending on how you do it.


I mean, “I love HOW yoga…” Silly typogremlins.

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drank Masala Chai by Peet's Coffee & Tea
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I bought this yesterday at Peet’s since I’ve been craving some kind of a masala chai but wanted to resist placing an order over the internet which would mean I’d probably end up buying a bunch of other stuff I don’t really need.

Upon opening the tin I think this is a CTC assam and there’s lots of broken spices in it. The directions on the tin say to steep 8 oz of tea for 5 minutes and then to warm the milk separately and combine the two. I figured I would try it at least once with their recommended instructions.

I used almond milk that I warmed in the microwave. I did taste the chai plain and it was incredibly strong so I know I will not be drinking it that way! Whenever I’ve had chai in Indian restaurants it does seem to be really creamy so it makes sense that you would use a lot of milk to temper it out. I also added some rock sugar and it is pretty good that way.

The spices in this blend are really strong, the cardamom is quite potent but that’s ok since I really like cardamom. The ginger is also quite strong. I can’t believe another taster thought the spices were weak because to me they seem quite potent. Next time I make this I will need to try adding slightly more plant milk and slightly less tea.

This is pretty good but I can see how it would be too strong for a lot of people, especially if they didn’t follow the instructions. It’s pretty good for a foggy day like today and I definitely feel invigorated just drinking this.

Overall it’s pretty good but I think I prefer the chai from Rishi, which I will likely purchase again someday. I’m just trying to avoid placing anymore internet orders for the next month or two while I save up for my vacation to Victoria.

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Victoria, as in Victoria BC? :D


Yaaaaaay! I am so excited for you. Have you visited before? If not, you’re in for a real treat.


No, I’ve never been there, I was in Vancouver a few years ago but this will be my first time in Victoria. I’m so excited!

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drank Shiki Matcha Powder by Maeda-en
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My standard grade matcha I’ve just been putting in smoothies, today it was a banana/mango/pineapple smoothie with almond milk. I don’t think I will ever get used to the taste of commercially made almond milk, it is so much tastier when you just make it yourself at home (but I hardly ever do).


I agree, it tastes soooo much better when home made! but, you don’t get the calcium enrichment that the store version has :(


don’t almonds have calcium in them anyway?

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drank Kashmir Rose by Simpson & Vail
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Tea of the afternoon here… I’ve been feeling under the weather but am trying to rally myself to go to an art gallery walk today.

I love the cardamom here, it really transforms the rose congou into something slightly more elegant. Of course I also really like cardamom. I also have an entire tin of the rose congou from S & V that I’ve hardly touched – I should get working on that!

see previous notes for more info.

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Tea of the evening here, I rather liked this plain but I thought I’d try it with a little almond milk and sugar, the result was yuck. I much prefer it plain. Note to self: buy more soymilk tomorrow.

I wish I was drinking more genmaicha in general but I have so much other stuff to get through. sigh

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drank Ruby Pu'Erh by Nepali Tea Traders
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drank Honeybush Vanilla by Teavana
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This came as a Christmas gift from my brother with 3 other Teavana teas, I am tempted to tell him I don’t need any more tea but it’s hard to pass up tea gifts, isn’t it?

I’m not a big expert on honeybush, I’ve just had a few that came from 52Teas. I think its more appealing than rooibos but it seems to be more rare.

I let this steep for over 6 minutes by accident, my cup came out really dark. The resulting flavor seems to me like carob. It reminds me of Teecino which I don’t really mind. The vanilla is a nice addition here (but not really prominent) and then I ended up adding almond milk which doesn’t seem to be as good for tea as my usual Silk soymilk. It does have a pretty sweet aftertaste which is good for a dessert tea.

It is acceptable but I doubt I’ll be clamoring for more when the current supply runs out. I am inspired to look for some more honeybush teas now, however.

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I’ve had this tea for about a month and keep waiting for a slow day where I’m not busy to really sit and do a proper tea tasting gong fu style. Unfortunately I don’t really have too many of those days lately.

I decided to just try the whole thing Western style so I brewed it up for 2 minutes and it is definitely an intriguing tea this way. I’m getting the mineral notes of a wuyi oolong with cocoa flavors. Also there’s a slight smokiness with the woody/leathery sort of flavors that some other tasters noted. I imagine the latter might be a lot less pronounced if you had shorter steeps. This definitely reminds me of raw chocolate but I’m getting the raisin notes too, especially as the cup cools off. Overall a very intriguing tea with lots of interesting flavor, I would probably order more of this in the future. It’s pretty yummy.

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Terri HarpLady

I usually brew the whole little packet in 8 oz cup for 3 min, 4 min, then 5 min. Love it!


i so want this to come back. nao!


Terri – good to know!
Sil – I didn’t know it was gone!

Terri HarpLady

Sil, I’ll send you one… :)


I actually really just need to drop verdant a line and ask about this tea AND the rewards program. only the gift certificates are up now…and i’m hoping this is a sign of new things to come!


Yeah, I saw that too! I’m hoping it’s a sign, too…


+1 on the hopes that verdant updates its reward catalog

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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


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