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drank St. Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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Someone sent this in a swap a long time ago. The teas got a bit lost during a cleaning when someone put them in a container higher than my short self can see. I plan to knock these out ASAP.

I have wanted to try this because I have read so many reviews of it. A Southern Seaskn carries some Kusmi teas so if I find a true love here it is possible that I can get it without too much trouble.

This one is good, but I don’t know that I need to own it. I enjoyed it tonight. I don’t LOVE bergamot but I don’t hate it either. I do not like it with Ceylon or similarly lemony or citrus bases and this has additional citrus flavors. I really like quality bergamot on a quality Keemun base, so we are doing well there. I thought I caught a whiff of smoke – Keemun or a tiny bit of Lapsang? Nice berry notes, not too strong. Vanilla smooth and very subtle.

Overall, this is good and it was great to try it, but I doubt I will buy more. I can see why it is popular for sure. If I figure who sent it, I will edit to add a shout out!

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I love Teavivre’s jasmine teas. I bought a lot of this one a while back because it is so economical. With food I couldn’t tell this one from the pricier ones but sipping just tea and I preferred the others. Now I am finding that I like this one just as much by itself as paired with food.

Our Fresh Market has a Thursday special called the Little Big Meal Deal and it seems to change each month. Last week it was noodle bowl. You got your choice of Japanese noodle types (I chose buckwheat Soba noodles), meat (steak for me), simmer sauce (Korean for me), a gorgeous tray of lots of different kinds of veggies chopped and ready to stir fry, and cookies. This was served with the original meal and the leftovers. YUMMY!

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I shouldn’t be on computer late at night because I order things. This is one of those things.

A long time ago I tried their tea and liked it, but I said there was no way I would pay that much for their tins. Then I saw one of their tins in person and I seriously want a row of them. They are heavy duty, double lidded, gorgeous additions to your decor.

I bought this particular tea because my best friend loves white tea and she lives Jasmine silver needle and Chamomile Rose by Teavivre. I thought we would share it often, but it turns out that this is too floral for her. That’s okay because we have plenty of teas to drink together, and I do like this one.

Yes, it is super floral. But it is really great. I can also see mixing this with more Jasmine silver needle or with a plain white tea to tone it down for my friend. I do fully understand how this could be too much for some people. It has the strength of Harney’s Rose Scented black tea plus a little extra. If that puts you off, don’t try it.

But this is being written by someone who grew accustomed to Parma Violets and Chowan’s Violet candies!

Sadly, my tin is a little quirky and I really have to press hard to get the great seal that the ones at A Southern Season had. They were almost too hard to open. Even with it not sealing quite as firmly as I would like, it is better sealed than pretty much any other tin I own, and I have several styles of double lidded tins.


Violet candies (and rose-flavoured Turkish delight) are what totally got me accustomed to floral-flavoured things too!


This sounds fabulous!

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This is a mild and mellow black tea. It is a great choice for afternoons and for sipping by itself. It has light body, aromas of honey and sweet potato, and a little grain. The liquor is fairly light for a black tea. Very mild, but with classy flavor to reward you for its subtlety.

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drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
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This was the second tea of tea party. It is very good, but honestly the aroma of the dry leaves is a little off-putting for me. The cherry flavor comes across as medicinal in aroma, but the taste is good. Fortunately, the almond flavor hasn’t faded as that is my favorite part.

This tea is rather old now and we are working hard to sip down the oldest teas. Fortunately, my youngest daughter puts away copious amounts of tea every day and doesn’t mind drinking whatever I am working on a sipdown for, so she always asks what to get rid of and I choose a few things. Of course, we also indulge ourselves with a tea or two that we are hankering for, regardless of how long it has been around.


I am curious what you consider rather old as I am furiously working to drink down my open stash in fear of this. :)


This particular tea is about three years old and I have a number of them that age. With single origin unflavored teas the loss of freshness is more evident than with these flavored blends, but I want to get the older ones out of the way so I can drink the newer, fresher tea. I really need to pare down my cupboard so this won’t be an issue anymore!

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The first tea of tea party today – this was served with a warm Blueberry Upside Down Skillet Cake that my youngest daughter made in my ancient cast iton skillet using blueberries from my friend’s blueberry bushes! We also made home made vanilla ice cream to serve with it.

The tea is smooth and rich, not too strong but resteeps decently. It is great by itself or paired with food, doesn’t need milk and sugar but can handle it if that is how you prefer your tea. The dry leaves are curly and light as a feather with lots of gold mixed in. It looks almost like a Bi Luo Chun, but a black tea. Delicious!


Ohh that sounds lovely!

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
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I drink this one a lot more often than I log it. Super peachy and fruity, a great all around tea and well-liked even by kids, even without sweetener. Even my black tea loving friends like this one. I have bought it three times now – twice from Gurman’s in Dublin, Ireland, and once from Tin Roof Teas who carried it under the name Fuzzy Navel. Alas, they no longer carry it, but Gurman’s does I think and since my daughter and her husband go to Ireland a couple of times a year, I don’t have to sweat getting it. Also, Gurman’s has been great about sending us teas, even ones that I know they carry that are not featured on their website. Go, Gurman’s!

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I seriously like this tea a lot. I had one teaspoon left of my sample, maybe a little more and needed a green tea I could fix in a hurry while multitasking as I was making a stir fry for supper. I put it in my Kamjove pot and steeped very irresponsibly, leaving it for two minutes, then thirty seconds, then who knows how long.

I made five or six steeps, using about a liter of water I had heated and letting all the steeps mix in the pot.

When hubby got home from work, we had a great pot of tea to enjoy with our meal. This one resteeps so well and is so forgiving, and it really isn’t expensive. All those pros make it a real winner for me. Hubby (Ashman) is almost 6’4" and it takes a lot of tea to supply him at a meal. I need good resteepers!

The color of the tea was great even with so many steeps and the flavor went with our meal very well. I kept sipping after supper and the tea just got better as I could taste it unmasked by the food. Great tea, great buy.

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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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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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