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90
drank Monks Pear by The Art of Tea
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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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90
drank Monks Pear by The Art of Tea
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70
drank Blackberry by The Art of Tea
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70
drank Blackberry by The Art of Tea
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80
drank Mount Wellington by The Art of Tea
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Aaaaand this is lovely and fruity and fresh as a cold brew too. Good.

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80
drank Mount Wellington by The Art of Tea
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A beautiful, light and sweet brew with clear vanilla and fruit hints. I pulled it out for afternoon tea with my friend today, partly due to her flavour profile request and partly due to the fact that Hobart woke up this morning to a mountain absolutely coated in snow. This is definitely the most snow I’ve seen on kunanyi since I moved here two years ago, and a lot of locals are saying it’s the most snow they’ve seen for far more years than that. It’s very exciting for this little ex-Queenslander, though I was restrained and stayed off the roads instead of rushing to the mountain—the pinnacle road is closed due to the heavy snow but I was strongly considering parking and trekking up a bit further to some heavier snow to play in. Having said that, a lot of local roads in and out are closed due to the snowfall and I don’t expect I would have been the only rubbernecker on the road, so I played it sensible and stayed inside. To be honest, it was a LOT warmer inside than out today, too! I think we barely got above zero celcius in apparent temperatures. This is a perfect winter day for me. I wish it was like this more often.

Anyway, tea, yes. I wonder if Art of Tea will consider renaming the tea, based on the dual naming policy that came in for the mountain at the start of the year. I love the word kunanyi and I hope it will overtake the white word in usage, as uluru has done.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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50
drank Snooze Blend by The Art of Tea
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Oh, boo. Picked snooze for my bedtime tea last night, I have three different sleepy herbal teas at my bedside tea station… overkill? Nah. Anyway, I had a bit of an upset tummy last night and I think it decided the hibiscus was a bit too bitter.

Why do people put hibiscus in sleepy teas, anyway? Riddle me this.

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50
drank Snooze Blend by The Art of Tea
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Tucked in bed with a cup of Snooze after venturing out to the T2 Tea Society Mother’s Day event tonight. I was wrong, we didn’t get a random box of T2 tea tonight—there’s a first time for everything! What we DID get was a whole medium tin full of a blend we got to come up with by ourselves, from a small selection of T2’s teas. Overwhelming pressure on a perfecteaonist like me. I’m going to have to add mine as a custom blend on steepster because hey, I’ve got a whole tin of it now…

Also bought one of this month’s limited edition teas because I couldn’t resist that lush box any longer.

Also took a bunch of teas along to swap with a friend and ended up getting more in return than I bargained for. Sipdowns coming up… eek!

But for now, Snooze and then snooze. And then in the morning… snooze.

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50
drank Snooze Blend by The Art of Tea
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Welp, can’t have a sleepy blend without dat chamomile now, can we?

This one’s been in my physical cupboard since December (a Christmas gift from work) and yet somehow I missed it in the Great Steepster Cupboard Own-Up of 2014. I spotted it tonight when I was shuffling things around and decided to unbox it and bring it upstairs to join my bedside tea station.

Yes, I have a bedside tea station.

No, I don’t have a problem.

Anyway, yes. Here’s another tea in my cupboard, bloody bollocksy bum-bums. My sipdowns were going so well! AND I just got four new teas in my new Monstrositea box this morning and that means my Mr Earl box won’t be far behind and I’m going to a T2 Tea Society event tomorrow night where we always get goodies including a free box of tea LIFE IS SO HARD. ALL I WANT IS A NEAR-EMPTY CUPBOARD. WOE.

#firstworldproblems or WHAT

Anyway, goodnight teahearts <3

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87

Thanks to Memily for sending this one to me!

I have been waiting to try this one because it has chocolate in it, which means sugar, which means a big no-no on my diet. I decided that this morning would be a cheat morning and am trying all my black teas from recent swaps with agave in them.

This one is really good! The chocolate is very subtle, but I like that! The black tea base is malty and delicious! I will save this one for my cheat days!

Memily

Hooray, a winner!

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Thanks to memily for sending me an unopened box of this!
My first experience with this tea was not as good as I had hoped. This tea tasted almost exactly like grape expectations, but without the horrible bitterness. I didn’t get any strawberry or champagne. It also tasted kind of dusty or stale. I think next time I will give it a shorter steep and also try it iced at some point.

Memily

Always a bummer when reality doesn’t match expectations :( happens all too frequently for me with reading so many glowing reviews though!

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85

The more I drink this, the more I enjoy it.

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85

Ohhhhhh actually this is pretty delicious with around a half teaspoon of sugar per 12oz and a bit of milk! Milk and sugar strikes again! There’s enough of a difference of taste with the lemon myrtle for this to be interesting, and hopefully enough caffeine to assist in restoring me today. Bumping up the rating a bit because this is a nice black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

By some accident I ended up with only this at work today—I’d had a few more options in my backpack but due to the current sipdown challenge I’d whittled away at them enough and forgotten to take more options this week. It was fine. It didn’t blow my mind but I enjoyed it enough. It was originally a gift from work so I guess it makes sense to be smashing through it at work.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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60
drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
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Trust me to find the ideal way to drink Toasty Nougat just as I finish this stock off. Seriously, one scoop of each has made me feel so much more enthusiastic about BOTH blends—I’m almost inclined to rush out and restock the nudi… but for the sake of the sipdown, I shan’t.

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60
drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
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I don’t know. The more I drink this, the more I don’t particularly care for it. I tried to spruce it up with some ginger and lavender this evening. Am I mad?

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60
drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
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60
drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
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60
drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
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Ooh chald this is pretty darn good. I picked it up for a swap with ashleyelizabeth and figured it made sense to keep some for myself—boy am I glad I did! Freshly brewed this is very rich and chocolatey without tasting sweetened or fake at all. Yum.

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90
drank Winter Spice by The Art of Tea
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This is a really lovely tea, simply black.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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90

I made my partner a cup last night and made another for my morning cuppa for work today for myself. He was blown away by it, which for someone who only a few months ago wouldn’t even try green tea is pretty amazing. He really likes it, especially the vanilla part. He’s happy that he has a lower caffeine option that is perfectly vanilla-y to have at night instead of his Vanilla (black).

And my cup this morning was lovely too!

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