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Ginger Peach is very pretty to look at: some pretty blue-ish petals that remind me of cornflowers are scattered in with the black tea. The peach scent is deep—almost apricot. Steeped in the cup, Ginger Peach turns a dark golden brown. The flavor is heavy on the peach, light on the ginger, but altogether pleasantly fruity. Nice hot; should be very enjoyable on ice this summer.

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drank Minty Mint Green Tea by Bentley's
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..and an amendment/addition to this one…still pretty tasty when you get sidetracked and it goes lukewarm on your desk. A good sign it’ll ice down well.

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drank Bedtime Story by Lipton
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Actually needed this for a morning medicinal — woke up jittery and tense and need something to stanch the flow of adrenaline. This was handy and helped; if nothing else, having a hot cup of anything steamy and smell-goody in my hand helps me relax. I’d give it the flavor equivalent of Celestial Seasonings’ Tension tamer.

gmathis

Thank you for the likes, even when my product descriptions are tanking. You’re such an affirming bunch … I needed that this morning!

AmazonV

anyone waking up stressed needs some hearts hugs

~lauren.

Awww, AmazonV, that’s a lovely way to think of ‘em ’hearts hugs’!!! gmathis – hope your day went better after the tea & steepster (I’m seeing your tea note 10 hours later)!

gmathis

Hanging out with my fifth graders at church helped … ten-year-olds are very funny, unique, and borderline profound people! I’ve been sneaking in some “Minute to Win It” games … all with a very intentional teaching purpose, of course … but a hoot to watch them attempt!

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drank Darjeeling Ambootia by Teaopia
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This is a lovely little sample from Jocelyn Rama. Nice toasty color; a bit like flat unsweet sparking grape juice minus the grape, if that makes any sense.

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drank Minty Mint Green Tea by Bentley's
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A reversal of my review of another Bentley’s tea (pomegranate). This one doesn’t smell very impressive—-kind of woody and stemmy, but it’s surprisnig pleasant. Candy cane sort of mint.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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My experience with sencha is very limited, other than I knew it looks like lawn clippings. But the sweet and nutty flavor—really sweet for a green—surprised me. Thanks to Tea Bird for broadening my horizons!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Pomegranate Green by Bentley's
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Co-worker surprised me with a 3-tin pack of Bentley’s green teas; this was my first test run. Nice fruity aroma, but I think I left the bag in too long; the green went bitter on me. C’est la vie…I have 49 more bags to get it right.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Cocoa Creme by Oren's Daily Roast
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Most definitely a coffee analog. Sweet on its own, but will try the next cuppa with some cream. It’s getting the eyes open this morning, for sure!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Pure Green Tea by Twinings
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Light, tasty, and smooth; not heavily green or vegetable-y.

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drank Red Bloom by Adagio Teas
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Pretty to watch it unfold in a glass mug…light without being too jasmine-y floral…was enjoying the whole aesthetic experience in my backyard with a book (Hood by Stephen Lawhead…quite good so far) … and then a bug flew in it and died. Sigh.

Cofftea

I’m ordering the Jasmine ones later this month- they’re the featured tea for the roots campaign!

Garrett

Bug infused tea sounds great!

But on a more serious note… I love blooming teas, I really got into them for a while. I don’t have many anymore though, All I have is some fairy peach green tea that isn’t too nice aesthetically… I enjoy a lot of blooms from Teoposy

gmathis

I’m enough of a farm kid a little, uh, extra protein doesn’t gross me out; it just sort of lost the soothing effect, it being all belly-up and all… :o)

Cofftea

Time go get more Garrett! And support tea farmers!=D

__Morgana__

Awww, the bug just adds to the “nature” no? Lol.

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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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