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35

I want to like hibiscus. I want to like it a whole lot. I love steeping it in a clear glass when the water separates into layers of deep pink and clear and it doesn’t mix up until you stir it. I like the idea of tangy. I just don’t love it in my drink. This worked for me, though, because of the cold. I just don’t know if it’d be a go to move for me.

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68

Another tea from a family member’s stash: This was quite a surprise! I don’t particularly love chamomile or vanilla, but this combination sounded interesting. It was sweet (as you might expect), and I liked it more than I like chamomile tea or blacks flavored with vanilla. It makes me want to try their sleepytime tea with vanilla. Good tea!

gmathis

I’ve had it straight before, but I wonder if it’d take a little milk. I’m thinking that would give it a very children’s-tea-party taste.

laurenpressley

Oooh! I now that you mention that, I wonder about it, too!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Their vanilla sleepytime is my favorite sleepytime blend, CS or non-CS. I’m neutral on sleepytime blends usually, but that one I like.

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85

Thoroughly, truly, and utterly enjoyed this tea several times this weekend. I really need to stock up! I am upping my rating a little (from 82) since I find myself craving this. NE

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85

Huh…I might actually have to bump up my rating on this one (maybe) cuz I actually craved this tonight. A full-out tea craving that I wasn’t anticipating.

I messed up the first steep because in my mind I thought “oh it’s an herbal” and steeped it accordingly. It was a bit more bitter, but still very drinkable (and I figured out my mistake). So, I gave a second steep a go which is rare for me ‘n bagged teas. Well, who knew? It’s freakin’ fantastic! I would no longer be able to identify it as “candy cane” but it’s more like a green tea with a minty twist (“with a tweest!”). It’s even cooled to room temp and I like it even more. NE

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

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85

This was part of a gift basket full of decaf/chai bagged teas that my good-intentioned sister-in-law put together for my Xmas gift. Bless her heart for trying (even though she has a local tea shop within 5 minutes of her house ::sigh::).

Anywho, this was the one tea that I was like “hey — this has got potential!” And it does. It’s not knocking my socks off, but it’s a rather pleasant pepperminty tea. In a future note I’ll go into detail of flavor/aroma, but I’m absolutely exhausted after watching Monday Night Football (Geaux Saints!) and need to get some sleep. Overall, thumbs-up on this tea from little ole me, and I’d consider getting more. NE

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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92

Holy crap, is this tasty! I brewed 3 tea bags for 16oz for two people. I added sugar, honey, vanilla paste, and cream. It tasted wonderful naked though, but the additions added increase the sugar cookie taste. I love the aftertaste. This has great flavors, just perfect! I love the background flavor of orange. I love that barley is in it. I am watching my gluten, but it lends such a nice maltyiness to the tea.

Mmm, I could see this being tasty iced, too.

I hope they aren’t sold out at the stores, I will need to pick up some for the rest of winter!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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100

So amazing. I need all of the boxes of this. It tastes just like fresh gingerbread cookies and doesn’t need much in the way of sweetening. I put a tiny bit of honey in. So, so good, and not caffeinated, so I can drink it as late as I please.

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87

As I imbibed this buttery tea bursting with flavorful sugar and memories of warm crisp delights, the mysteries and enigmas of the universe were elucidated for me. There was only light; pure, soft light, as silken as the belly of a fur seal and as healing as the perfumed fountains of Mesopotamian princes of old.

I weep as I drink, I weep for the lamb-like boy I once was, brimming with curiosity and armed with a brave stomach capable of consuming dozens of sugar cookie bites without end.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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100

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Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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100

Delicious. Tastes like hot apple cider. Very fragrant, but in a good way.

Winston H. A. Remmington III

My charming friend, I greatly admire the careful and succinct manner in which you publish your reviews on life’s finest mixture of drinkable liquidity!

Sock Monk

Why thank you Remmington, but I am nowhere near as verbose as you.

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97

Tuesday Mar. 29, 2011
2nd Steep Of the Day
Steeped up some Morning Thunder in the Afternoon
Maté and Bold black tea are both rich in antioxidants,
Making this delicious and Awakening for some Afternoon Reading.
Reading about the James River in Virginia.
Turning the Pages and Steepin The Leaves.
Keep on Steepin

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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97

Thursday Jan. 20, 2011
1st steep of the day
Needed a JUMP Start This Morning so went with the Thunder.
Good Morning Cup as the name indicates.
Bold Black Tea with a Outdoor’ise Flavor.
5 min. steep with Rolling Boiling Water.
Gets the Morning Rolling.
Keep on Steepin

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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97

Tuesday Dec. 21, 2010
1st steep of the day
Needed a Rolling Start so went with the Thunder.
Good Morning Cup as the name indicates.
Bold Black Tea with a Outdoor’ise Flavor.
5 min. steep with Rolling Boiling Water.
Gets the Morning Roaring.
Keep on Steepin

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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54

Finally out of this one. I had to mix it with other teas in order to use up the remaining bags (luckily I had gotten it in a sampler and only had 3 bags). Blah in a teabag…

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54

I love peach and like chamomile, but somehow this tea just didn’t work for me. This is basically a chamomile tea with a hint of peach flavor. It would have been nice if the tea had some tartness, but I couldn’t detect any. Drinkable, but nothing special.

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91

Nice and fruity, just the right amount of tartness. It seemed like I did have to add more sweetener to it than usual (but I do like things sweet). I didn’t really taste the other flavors in it, just raspberry. I can’t wait to try this one mixed with black tea.

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50

I need to quit buying cinnamon flavored herbal teas – apparently I don’t like any of them. This tea was okay, but definitely overwhelming. The cinnamon/sweet taste was strong, but at least you could taste other spicy pumpkin pie type flavors. I prepared with almond milk and no additional sweetener, as it is plenty sweet on its own. Not a tea I would drink again by choice. Giving this one away.

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100

Wednesday Dec. 15, 2010
1st steep of the Day.
Went the Green Grapefruit Way (Celestial Seasoning anyway)
This is some old stock that I had. But Good as NEW
Great dry Leaf Smell, that Gets Better when Wet.
a 6 min. steep with 200’ water
brings the green Grapefruit to the Top.
What a Great way to start the day.
Keep on steepin

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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92

I loved Sleepytime original, but ran out. My husband was kind enough to pick this one up for me, insisting I needed the ‘Extra’ boost.

It’s a good tea, a tad bit medicinal if your not a fan of mint. But the smell is calming, and makes me really want to sleep by just smelling it.

I think it tastes phenomenal with a little squit of honey to sweeten it, only if you require it though.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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81

This is an interesting tasting tea. It kind of reminds me of coffee, even though it tastes nothing like coffee (it also kind of reminds me of Irish Breakfast tea). I forgot I was making the tea and accidentally steeped it for about 15 minutes. I would call the flavor robust, but yet not too strong. Has a pleasant, lingering aftertaste and a nice roasted flavor. I’m not sure if it really energized me, this was my third black tea of the day. Prepared with almond milk and splenda.

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87

Another mug of this, but with some delightful lychee honey for a change! The fruitiness from the honey adds a nice layer of flavor to the mint and really makes the vanilla pop.

Janefan

I will have to try this with (non lychee) honey. Hmm I have some vanilla honey but maybe that would be overkill?

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87

I love, love, love this tea for both the taste and convenience! It is a great lazy drink to just leave in the bag, add sugar/milk, and let it sit around while you sip it through the night. Plus, this green tea does not become bitter no matter how long or hot you steep it. Yum, yum, yum!

Daddyselephant

I managed to find five boxes of this at my local bulk store…you know I stocked up!

KeenTeaThyme

Agreed – this is a fave (along with my love affair for sugar plum spice). :)

Daddyselephant

Oooo, me too, KeenTeaThyme!

Rabs

Totally agree with you! I need to find some around here and stock up for the rest of the year :)

mpierce87

Between this one and Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride, I’m a decaf happy camper. I think I will have to buy a couple more boxes if I see it again this season though.

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