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This is one peppery chai blend. Worthy of it’s name for sure. This would be a great blend to cook with, adding a kick to chicken and vegetables. Kind of reminded me of the spices you would get from Tabasco sauce. Enjoyed it but I’m not sure how often I’ll reach for it to to drink as a tea. I have so many ideas on cooking with it. Don’t think it will last long.

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/06/13/game-of-thrones-week-dragons-breath-from-margarets-fine-imports/

Flavors: Pepper

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Almost done reviewing the line of GoT inspired teas from Margaret’s Fine Imports. It has been a fun project.

Today’s tea is an oolong/green tea blend with hints of jasmine. When this delight is still hot, all you really taste was a smooth grassy like tea with the tiniest hints of jasmine. As it cooled, the jasmine really popped. I’m not much of a jasmine fan. I still enjoyed the cup I had.

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/06/12/game-of-thrones-meadows-of-the-vale-from-margarets-fine-imports/

Happy Friday all!

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A floral tea dedicated to House Tyrell and the beautiful Margaret herself. Love that character. Even tho she is a bit manipulative, she isn’t so evil that you hate her. . just yet. I’m curious how her story line will unfold Sunday, if at all.

This tea was a nice white and green tea blend with a floral twist. Not being a floral fan, I did like this one. Maybe I like floral teas more than I thought. The best part of this tea was how nicely the white and green teas mingled together providing this refreshing and soothing taste.

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/06/11/game-of-thrones-high-garden-heaven/

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A wonderful lemon-orange earl grey dedicated to House Stark. Gotta Love GoT!

This earl grey was a treat because it wasn’t heavy on the bergamot oils like other earl greys I have had. There was also this nice lemon finish that I really enjoyed. All in all, another winner from Margaret’s Fine Imports.

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/06/10/game-of-thrones-week-dire-wolf-grey-from-margarets-fine-imports/

TeaNTees

OT but Nichole, did you order the new Graveyard Mist?!?

Nichole

I am right now! I backed the kickstarter campaign and asked for quite a bit of it there but I have to have more. That blend was one of my favs.

TeaNTees

I know, I thought of you immediately when I received the email! …and of course I got some too! Ha ha. :)

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Day 3 of Game of Thrones Week. This one is supposed to represent the Lannisters. I"m not sure if it does that. The Lannisters aren’t exactly a happy family and this tea radiates a bright and colorful flavor when iced.

I would expect a blend for the Lannisters to be more dark like a dark roasted chocolate tea maybe. Iced this tea was amazing. Berry Lemon with a nice hint of a black tea finish. Hot, this tea was muted and bland. This wasn’t my favorite of the GoT lineup I’m trying this week, but it wasn’t awful either. One of those middle of the road sort of teas.

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/06/09/lions-roar-from-margarets-fine-imports/

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Anybody see last night’s Game of Thrones episode?

I don’t know how many times I said the word “No”. Episode 9 historically has always given us a shocker and they have been setting us up for that spefici event, but I was hoping it still wouldn’t happen. Wouldn’t be Game of Thrones without a few moments like that each season.

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/06/08/storms-fury-from-margarets-fine-imports/

While I was yelling at the TV, I was drinking this beauty. I was surprised I liked this one so much. I was honestly expecting a generic citrus flavor, but what I actually got was a bright citrus sunshine flavor that I drank down fast and instantly went to the kitchen to cold brew. The papaya is sweet with the green tea rounding out the blend with a grassy feel. Sunshine in a cup is what I kept thinking.

Flavors: Citrus, Grass, Sweet

Terri HarpLady

I watch GOT religiously, LOL. I’ve read all the books, so it always irritates me a little when they don’t stick to the story, leave out characters, change the timeline, and such, but thus is the way with HBO, and I’ll take what I can get.

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We have Episode 9 tonight of GoT! Woohoo! I can’t wait! In the past, we have had shockers on Episode 9. Ygritte’s death, the Red Wedding, our beloved head of the Stark family literally losing his head. . . In honor of GoT this week, I will be reviewing GoT based teas all week besides my typical Tea of the Day.

Today is Wilding White- a white and green tea with peppermint and lemongrass. Very soothing!

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/06/07/game-of-thrones-week-wildling-white-margarets-fine-imports/

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Love the name! Even though it is a black tea, all I taste is fruity goodness. A fruity melange of flavors balance so that I don’t taste a predominate flavor.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
albertocanfly

Oh how cute!^.^ Who doesn’t love cute tea names!

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Wow! Great tasting oolong with a creamy taste. Such a nice blend! One of my favorites. Will have to stock this.

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tastes exactly like drinking tea after smoking, ending with a full grassy green flavor – quite a taste sensation

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I had a Groupon for Margaret’s Fine Imports, so one day after work I stopped by. It was such a pleasant surprise! The first tea I purchased was Quangzhou Milk Oolong, and it has since become one of my favorites. It produces a very light infusion. I almost thought I hadn’t steeped long enough. I was wrong. It is so delightful on the tongue. It is light, refreshing and creamy! Absolutely delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Finally getting to sample some of the teas I got from Bethany (thank you!!).

First up is Monk’s Blend. My packet wasn’t as fragrant as I was expecting, based on past comments, but I could get the floral overtones. They got stronger as I brewed it up.

I can taste the grenadine, but it almost tastes a little mediciney to me. (And I typically like grenadine). I can taste the vanilla and the cup has a lovely smooth mouthfeel because of it.

Overall, this one really isn’t my thing, but I’m glad I got to try it. Thanks Bethany!

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Also finishing this one from my stash today…it’s more fruity than I remember it…to the nose…and even to the tongue. I think I am going to up the rating on this one, too, but its VERY tasty today!

malomorgen

wow how much tea do you drink daily? :)

TeaEqualsBliss

LOTS!!! :P
At least 6 different ones per day…more likely it’s near 10-12…it’s not shocking if I drink up to 15 on occasion. I don’t really drink store-bought juices or soda much so I have found hot and cold – both I drink all day long…that’s why I always have to have a variety of teas surrounding me! LOL

malomorgen

hope not all 15 are with caffeine ;)

TeaEqualsBliss

Depends! LOL

malomorgen

fun times lol

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Bethany was nice enough to send me some of this…Yes! Bethany!!! I got your package today! Thanks a million! This smells AWESOME prior to steep semi-sweet. After infusion – toasty and sweet as described. You can taste a black tea taste still but with highlights of sweetness, floral, and a little fruit-likeness! I agree with Bethany that the dominant flavor is the Grenadine and that works just fine!

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Looked out the window, saw the 3 inches of snow already on the ground, and the snow falling, and thought about the 7-9 inches to come.. and I needed tea before work. It’s pretty rare that I do that, for logistical reasons. I hate not being able to sit down and enjoy the tea, and I end up running around with it while I’m getting ready.

But I’m glad I did, because this is still super tasty and creamy and grenadine-y. And I was in a markedly good mood when I arrived at work. Coincedence?

S

Oooh, grenadine sounds good right now. Ha, I just read the tea info for Monk’s Blend, and it mentioned both Tibetian AND Franciscan monks enjoying this blend…despite their cultures (and tea-drinking traditions) being entirely different. Somehow I don’t think that story is quite true ;) but it still sounds like a yummy tea!

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Not getting the complexities of this that I did yesterday, probably because I’m now used to having a kettle that gives me water at the proper temperatures for each tea, and now I’m back to using hot water from the dispenser at work. Sad.

takgoti

Aww. Maybe you can convince someone to buy you another utiliTEA for work purposes.

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Mmm, this was so good. You can definitely taste both the grenadine (I’m a sucker for the stuff) and vanilla; the grenadine is more to the forefront, with the vanilla coming in toward the end. It makes the sip creamy and sweet. I’m not sure what black tea is used in this; whatever it is, it is very light and almost difficult to taste. It’s very, very strongly flavored. May have to order more once my 2oz. bag is gone.

takgoti

I love grenadine, too. This sounds nommy.

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Creamy, silky, sweet, and delicious.

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Today was simultaneously terrific and awful. I got word that my organization received a $15,000 grant (from a proposal that I wrote) for a program that is near and dear to my heart. I also got a call from my doctor with some potentially very troubling news.

So to celebrate/pity myself, I brewed up one of my “special teas,” Milk Oolong. It’s not as sweet as I remembered. Definitely more grassy this time, but that’s alright. It’s still smooth as silk and hits the spot.

Cofftea

Oh no! Thank God for good news on horrible days! Drink lots of tea, I’m praying for you:)

wombatgirl

Yay for the first part, and I’m crossing my fingers for you on the second.

JacquelineM

You’re in my thoughts.

S

Take care and drink lots of tea!

takgoti

I second wombatgirl. Sending you some positive brain waves.

teaplz

Hope everything’s okay, Bethany! I’ll be thinking about you!

Angrboda

I hope it turns out okay. :(

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Resteep. The milk and cream flavor is definitely gone, which makes me sad. Tastes more like a regular old green oolong.

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Resteep. Definitely weaker this time, and not quite as creamy. But still really, really good. This one is lodging into my tastebuds. It’s all I could think about as I was drinking that Pu-erh.

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