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drank Backyard Botanicals by Custom
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Weary, worried day left my neck and back crunkled like a wad of aluminum foil.

Thoughtful husband welcomed me home with a Yankee Candle Macintosh candle already burning and encouragement to sit, stare, drool, and relax. After all of the above, I combined a teaspoon of the no-name cut-leaf green tea Fox Farm sells in bulk and a touch less of the wonderful chocolate mint that k s recently shared. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! I think chocolate mint could make grass clippings taste special. The Hershey-bar goodness that is highly noticeable when you try it solo is muffled by the green tea, but still a wonderfully refreshing, un-crumpling treat.

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This is a first-flush Darjeeling that isn’t on Culinary Teas’ website…can’t vouch too accurately for the age of the unopened package, but probably easily 2 years. It had just been neglected; I don’t reach first for Darjeelings too often.

Score one for proper packaging and reasonable storage…first whiff of the pouch had a delicious tangy/musty scent. (Only in Steepsterland does musty smell good?) Steeped at 5 minutes, it was grape-juicy good, minus the fruit. (Only in Steepsterland would people read that description and get it.)Not too astringent. A welcome change of wake-up pace.

Jason

gmathis: Did you rate this tea and then remove the rating? Trying to figure out if something is happening to people’s ratings….

gmathis

I typically don’t do numeric ratings, I’m too wishy-washy to be consistent. (Truthfully, I can’t remember whether I even noticed the slider bar this morning when I wrote this. Sorry about that.)

Jason

No worries! I was just making sure your rating hadn’t been deleted because some people are seeing something like that.

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drank Focus by Tazo
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Another sipdown yesterday—-busy afternoon decorating a kindergarten room for VBS (Colossal Coaster World—queue forms this morning!) and had a quart chilling in the fridge for when I came home to collapse. The apple half of it is much more pronounced, cold.

Can’t find it anywhere locally now :( May just have to cool my heels till fall for a re-release.

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drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
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One farewell cuppa before this goes in the Junkyard Tea jar. Even as old as it is, the dry cocoa vibe is still there.

Perfect as I watched the ridge of sunlight outlining the last of a renegade bunch of storm clouds that sneaked through early this morning.

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drank Coconut by Adagio Teas
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Seems like every Adagio review cropping up these days is for one of their custom personal-blend fan teas. Some of which are nicely blended; some just plain gimmicky…you can decide which is which.

Adagio coconut is why I was an Adagio fan long before the gimmick market came to be. Smooth black base, sweet coconut, equally good hot and iced; plain ol’ label without a character on it. Score one for simplicity.

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drank Oolong by Unknown
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I may be able to source this one later; a work friend brought it to me and said she’d snap a phone picture of the box. She was disappointed because, and I quote, “I paid $15 for it and it smells like fish and paint thinner.”

(No, it doesn’t.)

Steeped, it has that characteristic, upper-end, fruity oolong fragrance. Nice yellow-orange color. Silky texture. Flavor is on the toasty end of the spectrum. Lick-lippy astringency.

MsWhatsit

I find it astonishing sometimes how much people’s tastes can differ.

gmathis

I’ve mentioned it before—-two people can drink the same tea and come up with (accurate, at least to their tastebuds) descriptions as different as cheese and powdered mouse tails :)

gmathis

Maybe that wasn’t the greatest analogy. Screamer workday has obviously fried my poor frazzled brain.

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Sipdown, easy steep, pleasantly chocolatey—-reminds me of a very “lite” chocolate Zinger. Mate’, do your stuff—-the to-do list has already beaten me today and my eyes aren’t even open.

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drank Nina's Paris by Nina's Paris
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First, many thanks to the really friendly people at Nina’s Paris for the cute Emily Littella sample bags (itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny, tiny). Just perfect for two teaspoonsful.

After reading the description and other reviews, I expected a full frontal Froot Loops assault. Also, based on other reviews, I kept steep time short (2 minutes with another minute-ish re-dump after deciding it wasn’t done yet).

Needed more. I’m getting fruity, especially a wonderfully natural-tasting cherry (so many cherry teas taste like candy flavorings), but it’s very pale and subtle. In this case, the sample size may work against it—not enough to get a good scoop of all the “goodies.” The tea base is good; smooth.

Just enough for one more cup, in which we’ll go longer and stronger in a smaller cup. This has the potential to be superb, just wish I’d had more to play with. (Then again—that’s the point of a sample, eh? To interest you enough to want repeats!)

JustJames

cherry is a picky thing… the last i had tasted like robitussin =0( truly appalling.

ashmanra

I don’t think I have tried this one!

K S

I tasted mainly orange and peach. Strawberry came later as the cup cooled and cherry was last to be detected. My notes say it was a subtle cup. Lots of layers but more of a quiet cup.

Nina's Tea USA

hummmmm Ruth you ll received this one tuesday or wednesday…

ashmanra

Oh boy! Thank you, Nina’s! I would have posted earlier but the update wouldn’t let me! I will be looking for it tomorrow in the mail!

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Another hot-weather, no-brains-required, lawn-mowing buddy. My favorite regular root beer is Barq’s … this is Barq’s without the bite. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

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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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