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This jar of looseleaf had been so woefully neglected I figured it wouldn’t be good for much but iced tea. First time I’d ever tried sun tea with looseleaf, but it worked pretty well—steep, then strain. Made a nice, deep drink with that wet burlap/grainy flavor typical of Keemuns.

Azzrian’s review of molasses-y Sinjahara yesterday inspired me, so I heated some of the cold brew and added a half-teaspoon of molasses to it. Tasted a little stewed after all the mistreatment, but in a good way. Keemun and molasses are a good pairing if you need a stick-to-your ribby cup.


I’ve not tried molasses in tea before. Sounds interesting.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Celestial Seasonings Sweet Apple Chamomile + a second steep of Shang Tea’s honeysuckle white = one fragrant, sweet cup of fruit-and-flower tastiness. Delicious. Even more so looking at a freshly mowed backyard with a scrappy, perky little cat lounging in the scraps of late afternoon sun.

Couldn’t you just use a month of moments like this?

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drank Honeysuckle White Tea by Shang Tea
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Life lately hasn’t been conducive to lingering, reflective cups of tea or notes about them. After a day in jet-engine adrenaline overdrive, I grabbed this hoping that a cup of something delicate and elegant will help crank down the blood pressure.

I was going to write that the flavor is spot on, but that’s stating the obvious—it is honeysuckle, rather than honeysuckle flavored. The scent is wonderful and I keep wondering where the bees are.


I think my friends and I used to try and eat honeysuckles…so this sounds super good!


I remember squeezing them from the stem up to get the “juice” out of them. It’s very lightly sweet, but the white tea tones it down a little bit.


Sounds delicious! We used to do that with the honeysuckle in the yard as well.

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drank Pink Ceylon by Kandula
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As a lover of teas that whop you upside the head, I probably miss all the lovely subtlety that many of you pick up when you drink delicate stuff.

So there may be something really notable about this that I have breezed right by, even after half a box of the little sachets. It is fun to steep—the color is definitely pinky. And there’s no bitterness or vegetable taste if you steep properly. It is not assertive in the least, which makes it an OK evening tea.

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drank Vanilla Oolong by Adagio Teas
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Surprise—a fraction of a pouch had lodged itself in the bottom of my bits n’ pieces basket. This particular sample is elderly, but hasn’t lost its gentle vanilla sweetness, even on a second steep. Reminds me of one of those little crisp tea cookies. A good Adagio.

At any rate, it’s keeping me warm on what is still a coolish afternoon—upper 50’s and cloudy. But I promised Tazo a cuddle and a pet in the patio glider and he is very purr-sistent when I don’t pay up. You can hear a very cold crowd cheering at the school ball field a couple blocks away.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Tazo Calm + Shang Tea Chrysanthemum = sweet little bouquet to assure me that it IS spring. Really.

The chrysanthemum is thick and silky; the goodies in the Tazo sweeten it a bit; the fresh planty-ness of the chrysanthemum overcomes the annoying sweetness of the licorice. Warm cuppa in my hand; warm laptop on my shivering legs. Everybody’s getting along.

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Today’s tin was orange in honor of the orange-cranberry bread currently in the oven. (I am soon going to run out of things to bake to keep the kitchen warm!) Since it’s a cheapie, tossed two bags in my oversized mug, and instead of strengthening the orange as hoped, it made the cheap green tea base bitter. A little squooze of honey resolved that.

Not my favorite out of the batch, but again, I think it will be a good cheapster Steepster iced IF the weather ever gets warm.

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drank Hampton Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
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Second morning in a row. Big ol’ snowflakes (MAY 4!!) the size of your thumb falling in lazy 3-D on my recently mowed lawn.

We survived the night with space heaters and long johns, baked cinnamon Grands for breakfast, and put on the kettle.

This strong breakfast blend will knock the ice off your ears and probably unclog your drain, too, as stout as I steeped it this morning. With a little milk to take the edge off, it has a dark rye or pumpernickel feel to it.

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Two bags in a single cup. There’s the chocolate, finally!


It always seems like you have to use two bags no matter what brand of tea you are brewing.

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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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