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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.


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


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 :)


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!)


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


I don’t think I have tried this one!


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…


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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drank Ceylon BOP by Starwest
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Guess you can tell you’ve hit the tea-dious dog days of summer when you have bins and baskets of perfectly acceptable and flavorful fancy stuff and you just shrug, say “eh,” and make yourself a cup of plain brown leaf juice.

This was the leaf juice of choice this morning; not unpleasant; just nondescript. Likely a good base for blending, but that would require thinking. It’s too hot to think.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Prompted by a few of you who have done the same thing, there’s now a jar in the kitchen labeled “Junkyard Tea” to contain the not-quite-enough or a-little-too-old scraps of black tea that accumulate when you’re not looking.

The fun of this is that its personality changes regularly, it’s still reasonably drinkable in the a.m., and if it doesn’t taste right…just add something else, and it’ll change again.

At the moment, the jar is a little Keemun-heavy with some sweetness in the background from odd Assams and a Darjeeling or two. Tomorrow…who knows?

Unpredictably yours till then,


I love your name for this! Mine has always been “Franken-Breakfast”!


Your Franken-Breakfast sounds much more scientific and intentionally planned!


Yes, my recent one was and then I added some things to it that had me missing what I started with….. Just go easy on the smokey teas. They absolutely take over. I had to trash some at one point.


Yep—no smokey stuff, no flavored stuff. (Though another jar with fruity and chocolate scraps might be interesting.)


I need to try this! I have some leftovers that are clogging my pantry~


Go for it :)

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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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