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Trying to drink some of this tonight… anti strain still seems like a weird name for a tea in my opinion. Anyway it was a stressful day and after doing some kundalini yoga and meditation I’m just winding down with this. It needs something to temper the licorice but I’m not sure what. Perhaps I’ll try a green or a white tea with it someday.


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Finishing off the rest of this sample today. It tastes a bit better if you use more tea (leaf) but I’m still finding it lacking in flavor/artificial tasting and not sure why it’s curdling my soymilk… oh well! Not going on my shopping list, that’s for sure.

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I’m having some of this tea this morning… unfortunately I haven’t been drinking it quickly enough (forgot about it in the fridge) but it’s still really good! I went to Asha’s tea house in Berkeley recently and definitely plan to go back soon to get some li shan!


I love their tea house. I would go there all the time if I lived in Berkeley!


me tooo!


What a neat tea place…I looked them up on yelp! Good thing I don’t live close to them!! Haha!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
2168 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. I like my morning teas to be kind of strong and hefty! You definitely need some soymilk (or regular milk) with this to temper it a bit. I added some rock sugar too although it doesn’t really need it.

I’d rather be at home making art than working today — what else is new?!

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It’s been a long day, first a whole day of being at work and then drawing class in the evening. I got home kind of late and wanted something relaxing so I thought I’d have a big mug of this. I’m not always in the mood for something so minty but when I am, this tea fits the bill!

Maybe I’ll finish my box off before next Christmas?

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Monday? Is that you already?

Tea of the morning here… I always know I will like this when I steep it up. Today it reminds me of graham crackers dipped in milk. Truly scrumptious!

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Tea of the morning here; dark and luscious – and a real eye opener. I reviewed it a few days ago. It’s so yummy!


mmmm soo delicious. I’ll be sad when my small stash of this is gone haha


I read that as Batman’s Choice. I wonder what he drinks?


I found a shop here in town that has Steven Smith teas and I got excited since folks have been reviewing them on here – but they don’t have any of the ones I want!!! :)


lol yeah williams and sonoma carries a few steven smith teas but never the ones i want either lol


Cavocorax! my sister and i discussed it and we decided that Batman probably drinks a strong Assam. with intense Chinese endurance/healing/magic/somethingerother herbs in it. and it probably tastes like poison. and he doesn’t even wince when he drinks it. cuz he’s The Batman.


@nicole, yeah I had to order these online


@Schmiracles – that’s pretty awesome. I can see that.

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Tea of the morning here, I’ve been on somewhat of an assam kick lately I guess…

I was fortunate to find this is the bulk bin at the Local Whole Foods. I don’t know that I will get any more once it runs out because I have a few other assams to drink now! Still, this is very nice, mellow, almost creamy in flavor. Perfect with a touch of soymilk!

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Decided to get this Arya Estate Ruby to try, I assume this is from 2012 since I don’t think the 2013 sf darjeelings are here yet. I don’t tend to like sf’s as much as ff’s but that doesn’t mean I will ever stop trying. :-P

This brews up to be a lovely medium orange color. This is exceptionally fruity for a sf and even has a bit of sweetness to it. I’m also picking up a bit of rose in the finish, very nice. This is one of the better sf darjeelings I’ve had in a while – it was also good with a touch of rock sugar to help bring the sweetness forward a bit.

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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

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