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drank Victorian Rose Tea by Tealuxe
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I stopped by TeaLuxe because I was in the area, and got a few flavored teas. I’ve been drinking this one a lot (occasionally mixed with the creme brulee). It’s a good, simple rose tea. It’s not subtle, but it doesn’t have to be, and it’s pretty tasty.

I’ve realized I’ve been drinking a lot of simple flavored black teas lately. I have a whole bunch of oolong samples to try, but I keep waiting for a day when I have more… mental clarity, instead of one when I’m feeling foggy and overworked. As a result, I’ve mostly been drinking teas that don’t require very much effort. Which, y’know, is okay I guess. But maybe I should drink my oolongs anyway.

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drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
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Tried this the other day, and I think it would have been really tasty if it weren’t for all the stevia. I usually find stevia to be one of the less offensive non-sugar sweeteners, but this tea just had way too much of it! Ick! Definitely not for me.

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Finished the last of this the other day (along with the zhu rong black, which brings me down to 63), and this is yet another reminder to myself to get some more, because I really enjoyed it.

It’s funny reading through the tasting notes, though, because people get a lot of notes from this tea that I just don’t see at all… maybe because I’m not very careful with my steeping, or something. I really like it, though, so it’s not like this is a problem… just a little odd, is all.


I taste weird things in my tea, so I just assume I have an “undeveloped palate” WRT tea. And wine. :)


i got smoke from this the other day which is WAAAAY weird…

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drank Merry Cranberry by DAVIDsTEA
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I told a friend I was drinking this tea and he said “… isn’t mistletoe poisonous?” That was an interesting moment or two. The first link that popped up in google was all “OMG don’t eat any part of it ever you could DIEEE”… but they wouldn’t be allowed to put it in tea if it were deadly, would they? Aaaanyway…

Got a sample of this from Janelle because I was super curious to try it… and it’s pretty tasty! I’m not getting very much anise at all (which is great because I don’t like anise). It smells like cloves and vanilla and craisins, and tastes much the same, but I do get a little green tea and something kinda interesting that must be the mistletoe. Mmm… I’m glad I got the chance to try it. =]

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This tea is beautiful. I got the package today and I was at work, so I spent a couple hours just periodically smelling it and hoping it would taste as good as it smelled… it took me right back to summers camping in the sierra nevada with my family, where I’d sometimes nibble on pine needles just… because.

I expected the taste to be a little more aggressive — pine needles have a bite to them, after all — but instead it’s just fresh and crisp and pretty subtle. It does not disappoint, though. I’ll be enjoying several more (tiny) pots of it tonight…

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The pine needles in here are smooth and buttery because I wildcraft and process them as an oolong to remove the astringency and bite. :) So glad you enjoyed this!

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This is one of those things that got buried in the back of my cabinet so I forgot I had it… For the record: it makes an excellent addition to a banana milkshake. (… I might just start adding it to everything now, just to see how it goes…)

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
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Hi! I’m a linguistics major at a certain infamous east coast tech school, I write, I rock climb, and I have a mild obsession with Diana Wynne Jones.

I’m also Russian, which means I’ve been drinking tea all my life — always loose leaf, and always black. Black teas are still my favorite, but of course I dabble in a bit of everything. I really like ceylon, I recently discovered puer, and I’m having a lot of fun exploring flavored black teas (and making silly fandom blends on adagio…).

My tea cabinet may or may not be accurate at the moment, as I am transitioning between locations…

Rating system (work in progress):
95 – Wow!
85 – My favorites. Cupboard staple material.
75 – Really good. Debating whether to keep it around…
65 – Quite pleasant, but not for me. I probably won’t (re)purchase.
55 – Just okay.



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