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drank Cleanse by Pukka
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After lunch tea here! I got this at the Berkeley Bowl last night which is a huge grocery store in Berkeley. They have a pretty large tea selection but I was looking for something with nettles in it (for allergies) so I picked this one up. I haven’t seen Pukka teas in any other local store. They also had tins by Harney and the Tao of Tea, among others.

Dry teabag smells very licorice-y, which I assume is due to the licorice and fennel. The overall flavor is herbaceous, with a sweet note and a very slight minty element. Due to the fennel and mint element, I believe this will be a decent digestif and I like the flavor. This actually exceeded my expectations. Licorice haters be warned, this is not the tea for you… Looking forward to trying some more organic herbal teas by Pukka.

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If I was a better tea drinker I would be drinking more of the good stuff that I love every day and saving the crappy stuff for an emergency, but somehow I haven’t been doing that! I’ve had this darjeeling since mid-2012 and here it is almost 2014… I feel that I should drink more of my current darjeeling stash before buying any more so I need to make an effort here. Fortunately this won’t be a hardship. ;-)

I was worried it was losing some of its flavor, but this still seems really good to me with loads of tropical fruit and floral essences. See previous notes if interested.

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Doug F

Glad to see the tea holds up. I feel guilty when I’ve had a tea for more than a year.


I’ve had plenty of teas for longer than a year and they seem fine, the ones that seem to go stale quickly are green oolongs & green teas especially senchas


Matcha seems to go stale the fastest in my experience.

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drank Jasmine Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
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This came in the black tea sampler I ordered from the PuriTea, I was dreading this a bit because I’m not really a fan of jasmine in most things. It isn’t something I would have chosen for myself.

This is all gentle chocolate flavor with a bit of caramel. I’m sipping on it this morning plain. This is my second cup, the first cup I tried with almond milk and that ruined the delicate flavor of the tea. (In any case I should stop putting almond milk in my tea because I don’t really like it).

This is a great tea to just sip on plain and I don’t drink too many black teas that way. It has a nice, natural sweetness that is really lovely. I am definitely going to want to pick up a larger size when the mini tin runs out. I can definitely see this being good as an afternoon tea with some coconut macaroons or almond cookies. I’m amazed I have rated a jasmine tea so high… I decided to order the 4 oz. size since they have free shipping for the rest of the year.

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I love this tea. The pairing of the Yunnan and jasmine is so sweet and good.

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drank Chamomile Lemon by Numi Organic Tea
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Backlog. This was an after dinner tea I had after having a nice curried lentil soup. My tummy problems have been a little problematic as of late so I’m back to a diet that has less allergens in it and offending substances, which seems to work for me.

I was thinking this would be nice and soothing but the lemon is quite strong up front, especially in the aroma. After sipping on it for a while I thought it was a nice blend and the lemon wasn’t too overpowering. Still, I’m not sure I would pick this over straight chamomile, especially for a stomachache.

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I haven’t had this tea in ages but today it seems like the perfect after lunch blend. Fennel, peppermint and coriander are all good for digestion and the tulsi seems very relaxing. I think I oversteeped mine a tad because it got very strong but I’m still enjoying it a lot. Love the green bean flavors of the Laoshan.

This was also good with some chia seeds sprinkled in…

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Stay warm!


It was 34 degrees in Berkeley this morning. brrrr

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I thought I was all out of this but I found a little bit left in my stash and decided to brew it up tonight with some plain honeybush — that is a pretty nice combination of ingredients. I wish this tea had a bit more almond flavor and I’m not thinking this will be a repurchase for me ’though I have enjoyed it.

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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This is such a nice dessert tea and is definitely perking me up this afternoon. I have no idea how Stacy created such an authentic tasting eggnog flavor without the use of dairy but I’m so glad. It seems a bit rich and decadent!


Oh my gosh this sounds so amazing! <3


i second that… it’s so good!

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drank Pan Asia by Harney & Sons
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Not terribly impressed with this tea. It has an interesting aroma which I assume is from the Chrysanthemum but the tea itself is light and brothy tasting with a hint of floral. It looks like Chrysanthemum tea has some impressive health benefits but other than that, there isn’t any compelling reason for me to purchase this green any time soon. It’s ok but just not grabbing me.

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drank Gingerbread Black by Simpson & Vail
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This might be an odd choice for the morning time but I woke up today feeling kind of queasy so it’s actually pretty nice right now. I will definitely be getting more of this someday, I love the combination of spices…

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drank Red Robe by thepuriTea
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I believe this is the last sample I got from the puriTea that I have yet to try. I love the fact that the samples come in mini tins instead of plastic bags because I will reuse the tins or they can at least be recycled.

Red robes are one of my favorite teas for the winter time. This is a nice example of a wuyi roasted oolong. I am getting flavors of charcoal, cocoa, raisins and toasted barley. It’s comforting and somehow warming. Not the best RR I have ever had but still really enjoyable with a stone fruit after taste. This would be a great tea to cozy up with on a rainy day with a good book.

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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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