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drank Classic India Spice by Yogi Tea
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Tea of the afternoon here, I’m not sure why I haven’t written a note for this but I’m doing it now. :)

When I was on vacation I wasn’t drinking any caffeine after noon and I’m trying to institute that policy back at home, I think I will sleep better as a result.

This is another tea I drank years ago and picked up again recently. It works well as an herbal chai if you add soymilk and a touch of sugar to it. It’s fairly strong on the clove, cinnamon and ginger. For some reason this just tastes like wet paper to me today (yes, it’s in a teabag). I will finish off the box but not sure if it’s worth stocking permanently.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
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I’m back from my travels and am no longer sick so that’s something to be grateful for – Happy New Year everyone!

This is a sample tin I got from the PuriTea. The dry leaf is in the shape coils, I think I’ve had a tea like this before called golden snail.

Package instructions say to steep this between 5 -7 minutes which seems like a lot, but I decided to go for 5 minutes. I got a very dark tea liquor that almost looks like coffee. This is definitely malty with some cocoa and strong tobacco notes in the finish. I can sense a bit of underlying sweetness but I think I would like this better steeped for a shorter amount of time so I will wait to rate it until I’ve had the chance to do that. It did seem to get slightly bitter at the longer temp.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Doug F

I went to look at their site but it looks like they went out of business. Oh well.

TeaBrat

Whoa – I wonder if that’s why they were offering free shipping for all of December? too bad, I liked their stuff!

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drank Ginger by Triple Leaf Tea
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This is my favorite ginger tea because it’s just ginger root in a teabag. I love the spicy-sweet flavor of this one and have never been disappointed in it. This is great for travel and I usually stash a couple of bags at work too. It’s great for any sort of upset stomach ailment. Fortunately I think my illness is mostly over and I’m back on the upswing. I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This was an impulse buy I found today at the health food store. Finally something from the Republic of Tea that I actually like. When steeped for the full 7 minutes it’s very lemony, with a hint of cream and coconut (although no dairy, as far as I can tell). I put some soymilk in mine which made it a little more chiffon-like. I appreciate the green rooibos base here, which seems to go better with the lemon than some red rooibos teas I’ve tried. Hmm… I hope I find somewhere at home to purchase this because it’s yummy. I wish more people were making green rooibos blends, I enjoy them a lot.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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Finally made it to the East Coast, I don’t recommend taking a red eye flight when you’re sick (or flying anywhere for that matter). But I am feeling better. Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it. :)

This is the best tea at my parent’s house currently (I bought it the last time I was here, lol). It’s smooth and rich and perfect with a touch of soymilk and sugar. This is my favorite tea from Twinings and one of my favorite bagged teas for sure. Hope everyone got all the tea they wanted!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Rose Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
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This is a sample tin from the Kusmi afternoons set I got ages ago. I don’t know how fresh this tea is any more but I still like it. If I can’t manage to finish it off in the next few months I might just need to ditch it. Part of the appeal of a rose tea is the aroma, I think. This is incredibly nice when you stick your nose in the cup, but rose teas are just not my favorites somehow, which is why this one has been lingering around. My tea log is about to get incredibly boring as I am off to my parent’s house soon and the tea that they do drink comes from Trader Joe’s (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
JustJames

i have this one… but i’ve been sitting on it, waiting.

boychik

I have it’s one too, regular size tin. I like rose scent a lot. Even soaps and hand creams. This tea sometimes is bitter for me, but now I got Breville variable so have to try it again.

TeaBrat

boychik – I noticed a slight bitterness too, usually that’s a sign I need to try it at a lower temp

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I’ve been drinking echinacea tea a lot in these last few days and now for something different. Feeling better but I don’t envy the people sitting next to me on the airplane tonight since I’m still coughing like crazy.

I’ve had this tea for a while and evidently forgot to rate it until now. When you steep this, it turns a dark red in the cup. This is a nice herbal blend, I get the sage and goji berries for sure. It’s hard to pick out specific flavors in here but the ginger comes to the forefront as well. It’s too soon to tell if this will actually do anything to keep me healthy but the flavor is really nice.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Best with honey…Good for the throat!

TeaBrat

I wish I could just stay at home and drink it!

Bonnie

Hoping you’ll be better and enjoy the trip!

Bonnie

Funny…My son just arrived here from San Francisco today. I’m from San Jose. Both my dad and his mother were born in S.F. (1883 for grandma)

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This is my second mug of this today, don’t know how much it will help but I don’t think it can hurt at this point. :P It sounds like the studies are mixed as to whether echinacea really does anything.

This is nice for an herbal tea, it contains spearmint and lemongrass so the overall effect is pretty minty/citrusy but not overwhelmingly so. I’m thinking it would be a good idea to drink this on a more regular basis during the cold season.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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This is the 2nd half of the holiday sampler from Steven Smith. I woke up this morning and had a pot of Golden monkey and I think that’s all the caffeine I will have today. I thought I was getting over this illness I had but last night I started developing a fever which is not good because I am supposed to get on an airplane tomorrow night.

Anyway this is a nice tisane from Steven Smith, it reminds me a lot of Bonbon from the same company but isn’t as sweet. Mostly what I am getting is mint and licorice, hard to detect any of the other ingredients in here. Pretty nice for an herbal but not something I would bother to stock on a regular basis.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Hang in there, rest, & feel better!

TeaBrat

thanks — ugh

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
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Just woke up from a nap and picked this out of my tea collection because I wanted something with a tiny bit of caffeine in it. It’s a decent fruity/white tea blend and one of the only teas I have that I like with hibiscus in it. Getting a lot of the cherry & apple flavor. Doubt I would get this again but it’s nice right now. Thank goodness I am getting a lot of rest today.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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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!

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