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At the moment, this is my favorite Earl Grey tea. I’ve not tried many others because I’ve had poor experiences with them in the past. Mainly during that time where I thought you just microwaved some water and dipped a tea bag in. I probably should give Earl Grey another try.
Anyhow, I picked this up as a package at the local Christmas Tree Shoppe on markdown, thinking “sure, why not? I can spare $3 on a box of tea bags”. So I honestly am surprised by how much I do enjoy the scent and taste of this. To be fair, the scent is really what I love. The Bergamot is a joy to smell and very relaxing to me.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 9 OZ / 266 ML

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A friend went hiking up Kilamanjaro and took my hiking poles. She returned with a package of Spiced Tea Cardamon from D&J Distributors. No, I didn’t typo that but I would normally write cardamom. It was packaged in a plastic wrapping inside a lovely blue fabric. I emptied the package into an old tea container. The tea leaves are a fine granular type. The wrapper indicates that it is from Subsistence farms in Tanzania Highlands.
The tea brewed up a dark with a strong malt scent. I definitely taste the cardamom with a slight astringent ending. I drank it as is but I think my next cup I will add some honey or sweetened non-dairy “milk”.

Flavors: Cardamom

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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#2021sipdown

I ADORE this tea and was holding off on finishing the package. It was a gift from a Canadian friend. I never would have purchased this because I’ve had bad experiences with Blueberry flavored teas in the past. Now that I’ve seen other notes about drinking it cold, I will be sure to pick up some more on my next buying spree.

The blueberry flavor really comes through without being too overpowering. It reminds me of wild blueberry picking in the sunshine.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Fine and Dandy by Steeped Tea
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Drank the last drop this morning. I’d never considered drinking dandelion teas prior to getting this tea. It was a decent peppermint tea to start the day. There was enough dandelion to balance out the peppermint flavoring. I believe that Sipology no longer carries it.

Flavors: Dandelion, Peppermint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Magic Potion by DAVIDsTEA
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Big disappointment as it didn’t change colors…. well it went from clear to pale yellow/green to slightly yellow/orange. So I guess it did change colors but definitely not as advertised.

The taste was ok but even steeping for a longer period of time, I felt it was a weak tea. In retrospect, I guess I could taste the stevia and a slight berry taste.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Maple Espresso by Trader Joe's
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While I’ve not found a maple tea I enjoy, my Canadian friend dropped off some maple espresso for me. She’s unaware that I also don’t care for coffee. BUT I gave the tea a try twice and nope it’s not for me. Gonna pass on finishing the bags I do have and give it over to my coffee drinking husband. Maybe he’ll enjoy it and I can convert him to tea drinking.

Flavors: Espresso

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I had not heard of this tea maker but a friend had commented on their Facebook page and that led to a conversation which led to her dropping off a surprise tea package for the holidays. Love my tea friends!
I really enjoyed this black tea. Generally I feel black teas need a little sweetener but I always give the tea a chance first. I added nothing to it and enjoyed this one morning before heading to work. I loved the scent of rosemary which is not a herb I would typically associate with a cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank DeTox by Yogi Tea
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In light of all the over indulging I participated in during the month of December, on New Years Day, I pulled out the random very old packet of DeTox tea that had been hanging out lonely in my “medicinal” tea box. Given how I felt after staying up most of NYE and having several cocktails, I don’t think I can give this a fair review but I will say it was “meh”. However, that was my opinion of most everything on Jan 1. I wasn’t wowed by it but at least I had a cup of tea to snuggle with on the couch.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Orange Dreamsicle by Steeped Tea
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A tasty roobios tea that was gifted to me from a friend who over indulged at a tea home sale party. I love the smell of the tea leaves- definitely similar to a orange creamsicle and summer. The tea itself is very fruity and yummy to drink. While I do see the pineapple pieces in it I only taste orange and papaya with the roobios. Packaging says the leaves are good for two brews but I never find that to be true.

Flavors: Fruity, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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