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Last of my packet. Sad to see it go. For Steepies who need a boot-in-the-backside morning tea, this one should go in your permanent library. Cocoa-y, stout, can’t ruin it, even when you’re down to the last of the sample and don’t have quite a whole teaspoon to make a full cup and you close your eyes and grab the first unflavored black tea you can find to round it out (Ahmad Hampton Breakfast) and it’s still wonderful…yeah, I’m awake. Maybe.

K S

I love this one, and I still have some :P

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Early birthday from a friend—looks like flavors “may vary,” so I just added this as a set for easy posting, should anybody else care to. My bundle has mango, raspberry, lemon, orange and peach. The tins are adorable and just scream “kitchen deco.”

I tried the peach green tea with lunch. It is not stellar; but it is not terrible. If you concentrate and set your lips just so, you can get a little peachiness. Plenty of bags to play with—I think this may be a better iced tea IF the weather ever warms up.

But did I mention how cute the tins are?

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drank Holiday Blend by English Tea Shop
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Anybody besides me wondering if we’ll still be in long johns come July? Blustery and chill this morning, giving way to some scraps of cold sun later on—-grabbed this at work because it was handy, and I was freezing. It’s a good steeper when all you have is sloppily microwaved work water. More fruit-vanilla than spice, which is OK by me. I’m going to have to count remaining bags and use them parsimoniously.

Nicole

Too, too cold for April. Had to bring the houseplants back inside yesterday. Sigh. They were so happy being out this past weekend.

Nicole

Oh, and you get a gold star for using “parsimoniously.” Great word.

ashmanra

Slightly sunburned and hot and itchy here from sitting by the chicken run watching the new chickens scratch. (Yes, I am easily entertained.) I was just lamenting that we are now thrust into the hot sticky weather. we just had a thunderstorm. Come on over my way, both of you, and I will fix a pot of tea!

Terri HarpLady

I spent a few hours gardening, & although its a little cool, it will warm back up soon enough! :)

Kittenna

Bleh… I’m headed home to Saskatchewan at the end of the month. They still have absurdly huge amounts of snow. And we’re in the midst of an ice storm in Ontario. :/ I would like spring to arrive soon…

gmathis

Nicole, I am the Queen of Synonyms when it comes to cheapness, just because I’m so good at it :) Chintzy, skinflinty, penurious….

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Ever have one of those days when the whole world seemed about six degrees off plumb? Yeah.

This was a mild antidote for the day that didn’t require thought or coddling. Two bags to the cup if you want to pick up the apple flavor.

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I’m still unable to get my favorite Lemon and Green Tea (San Francisco Herb & Natural Food) that I normally picked up in bulk local indie grocery. Boo.

So as I was rummaging this afternoon, I wondered if this might be a plausible substitute. It isn’t; not straight up, anyway. If you like serious, tart, citrusy lemon, this is exactly what you need. I reached for sweetener almost immediately. One turbinado sugar packet wasn’t quite enough; two was a bit much. But now it more closely resembles the lemon pastry vibe I’m going for.

Second steep edit: Was good. TeaFrog’s flavored green teas hold their flavor the second time around better than any others I’ve tried.

Atacdad

Thought you were going to go for comparison to lemonade :-)

gmathis

That actually may be a little more accurate!

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Found myself in that situation where there’s a little more than needed for one cup, not enough for two, so I dragged out a big mug and made with lots of leaf and a shorter steep (3 1/2 min). Lots of malt and cocoa, less of the raisin-esque character I noted the first time around. I’m thinking this is one of those rare and wonderful breakfast teas you just can’t ruin.

Nicole

I really need to get out next week and get some of this. It gets such good reviews and “malty” definitely puts it in my interest range!

Terri HarpLady

I should add another tin of this to my cupboard, it was pretty nice :)

Sil

heh i should try this one sometime lol

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drank Cocoa Tango by Savoy Tea Company
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This isn’t currently on the Savoy Tea website; it can’t have been that long since we were there…picked this up…uh, in September-ish?

It’s a nice blend of chocolate-orange; more orange than chocolate after a (recommended) monster steep time of 9 minutes. Rich and thick.

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First iced tea of the season necessitated by the first push mow of the season. Got half our big backyard done and I’m limp—vegetation so thick the blade felt like it was caught in wet spaghetti. Welcome to Missouri. There was still snow on the ground last week.

At any rate, this is quick-no steep time whatsoever; in with the cold water and boom! there you go. Root beery goodness. We can find this in local grocery stores; I wonder if it gets scarcer the farther east and west you go.

K S

Had some of this last summer in Indiana. I don’t think there is an real sassafrass in it as I think it is illegal – though we used to cut our own root to use.

yyz

My mom used to make rootbeer from scratch as a kid sadly, she never showed me how. I have never seen Sassafrass Concentrate up here but I bet it is wonderful.

It’s crazy how fast things grow when the season grows into full gear. I worked on a wildlife project in Northern Ontario in University and I remeber thinking the roads were so wide when we first arrived and within a week they would seem to shrink by a third to a half in size as the vegetation started to leaf out.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I got some of this one in the kitchen, Good Stuff!

gmathis

Quick Google and here’s the scoop; the ingredient called safrole is what was considered dangerous, but safrole-free products are on the market; http://www.livestrong.com/article/315279-what-are-the-dangers-of-sassafras-tea/

Anyanka

I’ve purchased it in Maryland, so it’s made it to the Atlantic coast. :)

Thomas Edward(Toad)

The bottle of Pappy’s that I have here is Safrole Free :)

MsWhatsit

Good stuff. I like to keep some on hand, though my husband prefers the actual root.

Ah memories…I had a push mower when I lived near Little Rock, AR a few years back. The back yard was a swamp half the time and I kept joking about needing pontoons for the mower. When I could actually mow, it was a major battle between me and the lawn, usually with me on the losing end…

Atacdad

I remember Sassafrass tea from my childhood…M&D would dig up some roots in the early spring and boil them to make tea. Yummy…who new it was a carcinogen….

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drank Hawaiian Dreams by Della Terra Teas
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What I woke up craving for breakfast was a week on a beach—pick a beach, any beach—with a stack of good books, sunshine guaranteed, and no work, family, or other obligations whatever.

What I settled for was a cup of this lovely tropical tea. Heavy on the coconut, mild on the pineapple, dessert-sweet. This one is well done.

Tea Sipper

Aw, that sounds nice. Books and the beach. :D

gmathis

Doesn’t it, though? I’d take a beach, a deck, a backyard, a hammock, a cabin in the woods, or a hole in a tree if it came with solitude and guilt-free time to read!

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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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