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drank Kenya Highland Classic by Aroma Tea
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Thanks to * Nicole* for this sample tea.

The leaves are extremely fine as the other tasters have noticed. I was afraid to oversteep this one and the tea did get really dark. There’s a definite pungent/peppery smell and unfortunately a faint bitterness in the aftertaste which I don’t really care for.However, it is better than I thought it would be. I don’t think I can drink it plain though. Some soymilk and coconut sugar helped to mellow it out but then it almost reminds me of a toasted marshmallow. This is a real spoon bender at least from my perspective.

Interesting. Thanks again Nicole!

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Tea of the morning here – I am so grateful it’s Friday!

This is a nice sturdy and flavorful cuppa. I love the maltiness and mellow flavor. Perfect with soymilk and a bit of coconut sugar – it’s cheering me up today :)


Sounds wonderful.

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Only 11 am and I’m already hyperactive – time for some decaf. I like this blend but you can’t really taste the green tea. It’s all mmmmmint!

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drank Sailor's Delight by Capital Teas
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I haven’t had this tea for a while but Capital Teas does some pretty unique blends. I like the combo of black & green tea with the strawberry and papaya, though it is a little difficult to know exactly how long to steep this for. I am finding it slightly tart and refreshing, might need to try doing this one as an iced tea. I should get some more of their blends someday.

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I don’t quite understand why they make green and black tea blends. It’s like knowing in advance your tea can’t be brewed properly, so the only way to go is in between for time and temperature wise but then your green tea is likely to be bitter and the black won’t develop the way it should. Having said that, I’m glad that you seem to have found your sweet spot with it :-)
(the flavouring probably helps to hide whatever flaws there might be )


yeah my strategy with them is to use water that is not quite boiling and it turns out fine, never had a problem with bitterness or flavor.

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Herbal tea of the afternoon – by coincidence the peppermint, ginger and licorice in this blend are a nice tonic for tummy problems… I upped the rating a wee bit today. See previous note if interested.

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Thanks to Indigobloom for the sample here. I’ve been trying to rev up my immune system and have been drinking a lot of herbs. I wanted to try this for a change of place, sounded lovely. It’s odd I can’t find this on their website anymore, was it discontinued?

This is a sachet teabag and brews up to be a light brown in color. As I out my nose to the cup I am getting aromas of toasted marshmallow – weird. The flavor is slightly peachy but in an artificial way and kind of falls flat somehow. I don’t really get cream. I’m not really a fan but maybe we know why it was axed…

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I think it was limited edition. That is so strange that it would taste like that, I wonder if it lost flavour in transit… cuz out of the tin the scent is so strong its almost like perfume, and tastes kindof like juice(in concentration anyhow). Hmmm.


don’t know, maybe it was just my tastebuds!


Everyone is different so who knows. Plus, I have a feeling it doesn’t travel well. A friend just told me that the one she had at her cottage was kinda different from the one we shared at my place.

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No, I’m not sick again but people are coughing and sneezing all around me at the office so I’m trying to stay healthy here. Maybe this tea will kill off some germs.

This is a pretty nice blend if you like the taste of licorice. There’s a lemon note as well but the licorice is pretty overwhelming. Anyway I like it but I’m a licorice fan. It also smells nice. :)

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drank Golden Assam by Sloane Tea Company
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Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing this. I’ve been curious about Sloane Tea for a while due to their beautiful tins.

This is a CTC assam & I much prefer the full leaf variety but I think this will be good for breakfast. It’s quite robust and malty but definitely on the “brisk” side for me when I tried to drink it plain. I needed soymilk to make it more palatable and now it’s a good strong morning tea. It does say brisk and bold on the company website and they weren’t lying… hee hee. I think this will wake me up!

Thanks for sharing!

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LOL yup. Glad to know I’m not the only one who couldn’t handle it without any additives! :)

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This herbal tisane comes from my favorite herb store which is Lhasa Karnak in Berkeley. They have an amazing selection of bulk herbs, aromatherapy oils, tinctures and of course, teas.

I’ve been trying to focus on ditching caffeine late in the day and it’s nice to have a few tisanes around to choose from. I picked this up thinking it would be a nice brew for afternoon and evenings. It contains several relaxing herbs including catnip, scullcap and passionflower. The flavor is quite earthy with some mint tones and brightness. It doesn’t really need sweetener but it was ever so good with a tiny bit. I think I’ll be trying some of their other herbal blends in the near future, this was really good and exceeded my expectations.

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I received a sample of this with a gluten free box I ordered a while ago. It stands to reason that mint is gluten free, but anyway I digress.

This comes in a pyramid sachet and is 100% peppermint. It’s difficult to rate a thing like that, I mean you either like mint or you don’t. I enjoy it after meal times. I would say that I slightly prefer the peppermint tisanes I’ve tried that grow in the Pacific Northwest – both Silk Road teas and Steven Smith have nice ones. This is a nice strong mint though and tastes nice & fresh.

p.s. also resteeps well

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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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