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All the traditional chai spices were there, but pretty weak. May try again and double up the bags.

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Found a lookalike recipe for Starbucks Gingerbread online and actually attempted it yesterday (mind you, this requires measuring flour and “creaming till fluffy” — techniques which are the outer limits of my cooking ability) and this just seemed like the appropriate accompaniment. With a little honey, t’wasn’t bad.

The gingerbread wasn’t an exact copy, but again, t’wasn’t bad, either. It only collapsed a little in the middle.

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drank Buttered Rum Tea by Culinary Teas
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To be truthful, I no longer remember what brand this is - hubby bought it several winters back and it got dumped in a generic tin. Proof that old tea never dies, it just fades away. Now it’s just black tea with a hint of a suggestion of a memory that there might have been some butterscotchy flavor to it. But still…not bad!

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Chamomile pretty much tastes like chamomile with little variation. This one’s good and strong and sweet.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Winter Spice by Argo Tea
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I’m always intrigued by herbal blends that don’t lead with lemon and chamomile. The cocoa and almond in this one is a nice touch.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Trader Joe's
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Used as a base for some of the strongest bulk peppermint leaves I think I’ve ever tasted. Wow (mint fumes making eyes water)! I’m awake now, anyway…

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drank Chamomile Citron by Tea Forte
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Review’s up at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com. Starts something like this:

Many lemon-mint based herbal blends are pretty nondescript. It can be difficult to tell where one ingredient ends and the other begins. On the other hand, the ingredient line-up for Chamomile Citron is like a bunch of feisty schoolkids competing for your attention.

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drank French Vanilla by Hickory Farms
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The one thing about being a tea junkie … you turn into the dumping ground (ahem! recipient!) of all kinds of teas that co-workers and non-teaists don’t drink. In this case, some little packets of gift basket teas that evidently were part of a Hickory Farms goodie assortment.

This isn’t bad; the vanilla flavor is strong enough to counter the fact that the tea itself is a meh no-name black tea. A little creamer next time will probably make it palatable for office use.

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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
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By not overdoing on the dry leaf and keeping steep time on the shortish side, I’m getting both the chocolate and strawberry flavors (which seem to be missing, one or the other, in other reviews). Suddenly I’m craving Russell Stover fruit cream chocolates…

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drank Chinese Oolong by Bigelow
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Bigelow has done a good job of capturing the sweet-n-toasted taste of a traditional oolong in a bag. Convenient for work or travel.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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