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drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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67
drank Earl Grey by Tazo
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My mom is turning fifty on Friday, but she had her birthday party last night. Because she is the mature woman, aging gracefully, she rented most of a pub, hired a musician, and dragged half of her friends up on stage at various times to sing or play ukelele with her. There was singing. There were thundermugs. There was the YMCA. There was a conga line while an Indian man sang ‘Guantanamera’.

I don’t drink (mostly) and I had to drive home, so I contented myself with diet Coke until I was on my way to the bathroom and spotted, beside the cupcakes that my sister had rearranged from “HAPPY BIRTHDAY THERESA” into “IT’S A TRAP”, a small tin of this tea and a hot water dispenser! Yes, at the bar, surrounded by loudly carolling drunks, I found tea!

The tin turned out to actually be a repository for a motley collection of tea bags, mostly Red Rose, some Bigelow, some Tim Horton’s. But there was one bag of the Tazo left, so I snagged it and brewed up a cup. My cousin Jo kept stealing sips until she asked, “Why does this taste weird?” “Because it’s Earl Grey.” “Ohhh!”

Okay, the tea: I don’t know what I was expecting from a black from a Tazo, since I’ve only had their herbal blends before. The first thing I noticed was that it brewed up very dark, very quickly, but wasn’t bitter when I finally snagged the bag. The flavour was mild and pleasant, certainly not the best but not the worst. There wasn’t much of an Earl flavour, more like an OP with a back-hint of bergamot. What flavour it did have had good staying power, though; I resteeped the bag three or four times through the night. As an alternative to beer it was just what I wanted, but I won’t seek it out again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

ahahah! kudos to your mom, she knows fun has nothing to do with age! Your story gave me a good laugh, I could just picture the old tea bags at the bar, it just proves to say: tea is all around us!!!

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91
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Boo, we have a lot less of this than I thought we did. Our tin is only half-full! But what a way to go. After the yerba mate mango got me on my feet, this kept be going. Tart zingy lemon and the delicious oolong base. When DT honours their oolongs but not treating them as a blank canvas, they do them really, really well, and this is one of the best.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Yerba Mate Mango by The Tea Haus
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Mmmm. My wife tried this yesterday and was raving about it, so after a too-long day and too-short sleep, I pulled it out of the sample box to kick me into action. I think I was a little too stingy on the leaves, but I wanted to leave enough of our sample so Rita could have another cup.

Yum! I can’t wait to try this again with more leaves. As it was, it reminded me of the fruit-infused greens that don’t try for perfume – a sweet and round taste that isn’t very bold or in-your-face, but still very pleasant. It was a great tea to drink at work. Not too sweet, not too leafy, not too much of anything but delicious. Looking forward to adding this one to the cupboard for sleepy mornings.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m still on the lookout for Republic of Tea’s Honey Ginseng on a store shelf somewhere, but in the meantime I spied this offering from Celestial Seasonings and thought I would give it a try. The lemon is the predominant flavour, but the honey sweetens the acidic bit of the lemon, and the ginseng is working to clear my sinuses. Luckily I can’t taste any of the licorice mentioned on the package. While this wasn’t the tea I was looking for, I’m glad I picked it up; it’ll make a nice caffeinated alternative to NeoCitran or homemade honey lemon tea for a sore throat.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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96
drank Raspberry Earl Grey by Red Leaf Tea
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I’ve been trying to save this tea, since it has been discontinued, but I needed all litre-plus of delicious raspberry bergamotty goodness today. Made the Big Bubba of tea to get me through the last half of work-shift-from-hell.

I still can’t get over how all-around good this tea is. The raspberry doesn’t overwhelm the Earl, but highlights it and enhances it. And the black base is so incredibly rich and full without a trace of bitterness. I ordered the peach Earl from Red Leaf the other day, I’m hoping it’s a similar full fruity Earl.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Horrible, horrible, horrible day at work. Came in to a half-dozen crises in progress, with no support. I felt like screaming and crying for an hour and a half solid. Alpine Punch to the rescue. It was a like a mini-break from madness with every hurried gulp.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Tina S.

sends you massive hugs!

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83
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Third (fourth? Seventh?) cup in two days. Can you burn out on a tea? I hope to god not, because this is wonderful for all my sicky icky.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

I could use some of that…

De

Order from Daaaaviiiiiid wiggles fingers commandingly

TeaBrat

I was there last night checking it out! But peppermint gives me heartburn so none for me… oh well. :(

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83
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Feel like crap. This tea makes me feel less like crap. Yay for this tea.

This review brought to you by my remaining functioning braincells.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tina S.

Not feeling like crap is GOOD!

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92
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Savouring my third cup of this for the evening. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this dry and steep it from the beginning so I can taste all the subtle creamy variations. You know, DT, I was starting to lose faith in you a little. The last few blends have been a little iffy. But you have come back strong with this blend, even if it is light on the actual tea content for the price.

It was creamy and sweet, which seems to be a tea-theme for me today. Reminded me of Check Mate with less of the chocolate flavour, but keeping the sweet coconutty creaminess.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Mmmm. Tea. I have become a believer.

I like oolongs and greens, and dark smoky flavours. And Earl Greys. All the Earl Greys. I have bent my nerd powers to learning as much as I can about tea and tea culture. I have started to ramble about tea.

Tea. Mmmm.

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