drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
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True test of caffeination will be tonight, I think. I have an exam in the morning, and as is typical of me, I have procrastinated in properly learning the material. So, seriously, Javavana mate, DO NOT FAIL ME NOW. I need a whole lot of energy if I’m going to learn (er, absorb) all this medical jargon before the morning.

So, I’m not as big a fan of the taste of this tea as I remembered – but I will keep the rating the same, because MAN, that was the most awake and focused I have been in a long time. I will have to keep this on hand just to get me through nursing school, if nothing else.

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "


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