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After my best friend and I went to the spa today thanks to an anniversary gift from my husband, we had tea at my house. I wanted to give her something unique that she hadn’t tried before.

We made this in a glass pitcher that my son and his girlfriend gave me for Christmas. The leaves are so pretty to watch. After about two minutes I poured our two cups of tea and poured the rest into a fair cup so it wouldn’t oversteep.

Initially the tea tasted like creamed peas, mild and milky. As it cooled, flavors of mild rutabaga and a hint of spinach crept in.

If you add more leaf and more time, you can have a brisk tea with lots of spinach flavor, but I prefer the milder way.

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drank White Ambrosia by White Lion Tea
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I couldn’t leave the spa without having one more tea, and there was only one sachet of this left on the tea cart. I made a cup and split it with my best friend. I am glad I did because this turned out to be one of her favorite flavors.

This white tea just screams COCONUT! It is a rich and creamy coconut, too. I did not taste pineapple very much, and since all we had was the name of the tea we really didn’t know what to look for in it. I thought I tasted almond but I guess that was the vanilla, and when tasted with the coconut gave me that nutty vibe of almond.

The sachets are too expensive at the spa and are not packaged for longevity, plus I think they may not sell very well and therefore get stale. ($17 for I think 12 sachets?)
It would be worth it to order it loose leaf from the company so you know it is fresh and so you can put it in a good tin like it deserves!

It was really great tea and a big hit with my friend, who has been drinking a lot of the coconut green from ZenTeaLife lately.


I’ll have to keep an eye out for this.

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drank Vanilla Dolce by White Lion
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This morning, I used a gift from my hubby that I have had for over a month – a Swedish massage at the spa for me and my best friend! We arrived early and lounged around in our robes drinking fruit-infused water and chatting until time for our massage. Then we came out and lounged some more and drank tea!

This is much fresher made there at the spa than the sachets we bought and brought home last time. I guess their stock for the lounge turns over fast and the sales stock doesn’t. This was rich, rich, RICH vanilla. Very good, but I will not buy the sachets at the price they are selling for when I can get Vanilla Black from Tin Roof Teas so much cheaper and it is every bit as good. The glass jar the sachets come in is cute, but a terrible way to store tea. That cork is not keeping it fresh!

Still, it was an excellent cup of tea to sip on for free…well, built in to the cost of that massage! A great Monday, all in all.

Recommended? For taste, yes. For price, no.

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drank Anji Black by Harney & Sons
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This morning, youngest and I took some time to enjoy a couple of tea samples from Harney and Sons 2015 offerings. She wanted to start with black tea since she had just gotten out of bed. We used a gong fu set and aroma cup set, but we were steeping just over a teaspoon of leaf for four minutes in boiling water. We made four steeps in all.

The package let out a burst of bready aroma as soon a it was opened. It was so fresh. The steeped tea had an amazing scent in the aroma cup – pure sweet potato complete with brown sugar and the barest hint of cinnamon. Maybe even a touch of butter.

The liquor is pale for a black tea. The flavor is not “pale.” I consider this to be a light bodied tea but the flavor is pure and sweet. I do not taste a lot of the classic “tea” flavor with bread and malt as the scent made me think I might. I believe it would be a terrible injustice to add sugar or especially milk to this tea. It doesn’t need it, and I think it would suffer for it, but since I don’t add anything to my tea anyway, perhaps other people would feel differently.

If you could give someone the essence of a holiday sweet potato dish in a cup, this is it. I would compare it to a fine Golden Monkey (and there is none finer than Harney’s) that has had the breadiness reduced and the malt removed.

After trying a cup of it on its own, I had it with one square of a Godiva strawberry truffle bar. The first sip after the chocolate as heavenly, so I know this is going to pair beautifully with sweets and tidbits at tea time!

Subsequent steeps are pale but flavorful.


Love this one! But your review, plus the Harney coupon in my email forced me to buy a pound of Golden Monkey. Yeah, ‘forced’. ;)

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Like the widow’s cruet of oil (for all you Sunday school go-ers) this tea never runs out. I am on my original bag. It calls for double the usual amount of leaf because of all the flower petals. It is dearly loved by the writers’ group folks who meet at my house, and we drink at least one and sometimes two or three large tetsubins of it. It is so floral and sweet. Honestly the color of the tea in the cup is not appealing. It looks a bit like dirty, slightly purple water. But the aroma and taste are lovely like the dry leaf.

I will probably have to repurchase when it does run out or there may be a well-written insurrection.


This sounds very intriguing. I like a well done fig tea sometimes and my mom loves them.

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I love love love Teavivre’s Jasmine teas. I have an order of Peach Jasmine on the way and arriving next week. I think I have tried every single one now.

This has been my go-to Jasmine tea with meals. It lacked the finesse I want for solitary drinking but was perfect with a meal and tasted just as good as my favorites from Teavivre when paired with food.

Last night I had a idea and had my daughter cut the steep time to two minutes in 174F water. She made two steps and combined them, it was fantastic with the meal as always, but afterward was much, much better this way when we were drinking it by itself.

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drank Summit Grey by Summit Tea Company
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I decided to try this again. My daughter was drinking this and she likes it. She said she liked how mild the bergamot is. It seemed to her more like a tea that was badly stored BESIDE an Earl Grey and absorbed some of the aroma, which made it just right for her.

My first sip was okay, but the aftertaste still offends me. The truth is that I don’t like Earl Grey teas that are made with a Ceylon base. In fact, I really only like the ones with a Chinese base, preferably Keemun. The lemony sharp taste of the Ceylon is just too much with sour bergamot, though I like the two elements separately well enough.

If you love Earl Grey “the stronger the better”, then this tea isn’t for you. The former Nina’s Earl that had a Keemun base is still my favorite Earl, with Harney and Son’s Earl Grey Supreme running close behind.

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I love White Christmas and Cherry Almond by Stash, so I expected to like this one a lot. Sadly, it fell far short of our expectations. It was just okay at first but then it began to get bitter. I poured the last two cups out and they were full of sediment. I had used a Beehouse pot with mesh infuser. Perhaps the bitterness will be solved by using the super fine infuser in the Curve ForLife teapot, but that won’t fix the meh factor. Thumbs down for me.


This is why we do not drink teas that aren’t White Christmas.

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drank Asian Pear by Tin Roof Teas
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This needs to be the next sipdown. Three years old is getting up there for a flavored green, but it was still pretty good today. It was the last tea of tea party and even my friend who prefers black tea liked it a lot. I consider pears to have a light flavor, and this tea does, too. They didn’t try to pump it up and make it artificial.

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Another sample sipdown! Ah, this is such a good tea. First it smells malty and then BOOM the fruity aroma hits you. Fujian, but no cocoa or chocolate to this one. It is a great tasting black tea, no milk or sugar needed.


Gyokuro black, wow! Interesting! I’m a huge fan of gyokuro green…I’ll have to try this one! Thanks!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about six years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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