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Thank you so much Evol! I kept on staring at this for months going “Do I want this herbal? It smells so good…never mind I’m having some chamomile…Well, I should finally try this-oh, look, I need to finish of my green rooibos!…I’m going to get some-crap! High bloodsugar. This might not be a good idea-but the sugar is only in the sprinkles! But flavored tea on a high bloodsugar makes my stomach cramp…”

And finally, I needed an herbal last night. There are only few hours before my last semester begins at Michigan State. Despite technically going back for my student teaching the following year, that will be more like “work”. This will be the year that I will graduate. It’s like being at the last two chapters of a book. Luckily, there will be a few months before the release of the sequel. Unfortunately, this book is about to end and there will be time before the next installment. Let’s hope that character development is more interesting, and that there are less characters written off. Thus the sheer existential stress said that going without caffiene was the better option…never mind I drank a Dan Cong three hours before at 8:00 PM.

The tea was pretty lovely for comfort. More like pancakes and maple syrup than pure cakes, the red rooibos worked pretty well. Then again, I’ve had a vanilla rooibos with rock sugar one time and it tasted like a vanilla flavored and creamed coffee. Red rooibos, you are so elusively woody yet desserty at the same time. I got three solid cups, the thirds lighter. I am going to check it again this morning to see if I can brew one more cup. To think I was watching The Crown on Netflix when I drank this.

Evol Ving Ness

Awesome! Glad you liked it. So you did find the remainder—yay! When I was picking up some of the ones I thought you might like or ones that I thought you needed to try just because, the DTs person helping me asked why I was getting so many in such small amounts, so I told her I had a tea friend across the border who didn’t have a DTs store handy. She loved that. It made her day.

I find rooibos loses the woodiness if you steep it at a lower temperature, like oolong or green for example. Sometimes when I lose my rhythm with this one after the first cup, I just pour water into the leaf and cold steep for the next day. This one also makes a great latte, if you are into that sort of thing.

I don’t always drink this one, but it is nice to have on occasions you crave it.

Daylon R Thomas

I did go through most of the oolongs. The coconut was my favorite of them. :) Monks blend was also interesting (I think you commented on that one). I kept them at home for my home stash and for the winter. I’m taking them all back to school with me to write the rest of the notes out. Luckily, I kept the bags as my little list to see what I have and have not written. :)

I drink tea lattes sometimes, not often. I like do them myself unless I really like the barista if I’m buying it from a cafe. I do like the instant chai packets from India because they usually have the right milk-tea-spice ratio. And they were usually around 80 calories. I like to steam the milk or creamer for I add the tea. Red rooibos makes some really great tea lattes, though I rarely drink them ’cause health nut lol.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, the coconut one is a winner. I look forward to the rest of your notes whenever you get around to it. There are some good ones left when you discover them.

Lattes are currently out for me as I am not drinking milk as per naturopath. Kinda miss it. Not familiar with the instant chai.

Evol Ving Ness

Don’t normally do instant anything. I’ve got my own snob tendencies.

Daylon R Thomas

Instants are hit or misses. I do NOT like instant coffees, but the tea packets I buy from local oriental stores are pretty good.

Evol Ving Ness

Go to know. Any brand names I should look out for?

Daylon R Thomas

Quick Tea was the name that of the chai’s I was talking about. Some people on amazon liked this one and other people really didn’t because it tasted fake to them. For me, it did not taste nearly as fake as the other instant tea mixes I’ve had like the Tazo or the David Rio mixes. Either Gino was the other instant brand that I liked offering jasmine and lavender(black tea) with cream. Probably would go against the not dairy thing though.

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Evol Ving Ness

Awesome! Glad you liked it. So you did find the remainder—yay! When I was picking up some of the ones I thought you might like or ones that I thought you needed to try just because, the DTs person helping me asked why I was getting so many in such small amounts, so I told her I had a tea friend across the border who didn’t have a DTs store handy. She loved that. It made her day.

I find rooibos loses the woodiness if you steep it at a lower temperature, like oolong or green for example. Sometimes when I lose my rhythm with this one after the first cup, I just pour water into the leaf and cold steep for the next day. This one also makes a great latte, if you are into that sort of thing.

I don’t always drink this one, but it is nice to have on occasions you crave it.

Daylon R Thomas

I did go through most of the oolongs. The coconut was my favorite of them. :) Monks blend was also interesting (I think you commented on that one). I kept them at home for my home stash and for the winter. I’m taking them all back to school with me to write the rest of the notes out. Luckily, I kept the bags as my little list to see what I have and have not written. :)

I drink tea lattes sometimes, not often. I like do them myself unless I really like the barista if I’m buying it from a cafe. I do like the instant chai packets from India because they usually have the right milk-tea-spice ratio. And they were usually around 80 calories. I like to steam the milk or creamer for I add the tea. Red rooibos makes some really great tea lattes, though I rarely drink them ’cause health nut lol.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, the coconut one is a winner. I look forward to the rest of your notes whenever you get around to it. There are some good ones left when you discover them.

Lattes are currently out for me as I am not drinking milk as per naturopath. Kinda miss it. Not familiar with the instant chai.

Evol Ving Ness

Don’t normally do instant anything. I’ve got my own snob tendencies.

Daylon R Thomas

Instants are hit or misses. I do NOT like instant coffees, but the tea packets I buy from local oriental stores are pretty good.

Evol Ving Ness

Go to know. Any brand names I should look out for?

Daylon R Thomas

Quick Tea was the name that of the chai’s I was talking about. Some people on amazon liked this one and other people really didn’t because it tasted fake to them. For me, it did not taste nearly as fake as the other instant tea mixes I’ve had like the Tazo or the David Rio mixes. Either Gino was the other instant brand that I liked offering jasmine and lavender(black tea) with cream. Probably would go against the not dairy thing though.

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