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Sitting in a warm house while rain is causing some grassy spots to emerge beneath the snow cover. I’m practicing Christmas songs on guitar for church tomorrow, checking Steepster, and sipping a very pleasant tea. Feeling blessed.

Terri HarpLady

My xmas gig season is starting to draw to a close. I’ve gotta see if I can find some scottish xmas tunes, for one of the xmas eve services I’m doing.


From a quick search you aren’t going to find any. If my search is correct Christmas Day was a normal working day in Scotland until the 1960s and even into the 1970s in some areas.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
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The gloom and doom forecast was four to six inches of white stuff. Instead we woke to a light rain. For fear that it could all ice over tonight we decided to head out in the rain for breakfast and mostly for our sanity.

The first cup was meh. About what you expect from bagged tea in a restaurant. The problem is the water. I asked Andy our waiter why the water was sometimes only warm. He said it depends on how many pots of coffee they made – as in the water is just being used to quickly to get hot. He promised the next silver tea pot would be hot. It was, and the second cup was once again the delight I expect.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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Bought a bag of this powder in the Black Friday sale. This is my first attempt using it. I have a Hamilton Beach Freeze Fountain which is an ice shaver. I used a small tray of ice cubes. After shaving the ice, I put it in my blender and added about 10 oz of milk (Yes my den is better equipped than our first kitchen). Then I opened the tea pouch and watched a green powdery fog come out it. My desk is a mess. Took out a half scoop which is a healthy tsp of leaf. Kicked on the blender which created a clay colored (not green) thick foam. Poured into a tall glass and then remembered I did not add sweetener. Had to stir it in with a spoon. Everything mixed well even if I should have reversed the order a bit.

I learned several things –
1. Obviously, Starbucks is not using China green tea powder (as I had hoped) in their green tea frappachino. :(
2. I need to use a little less tea and a lot more sweetener next time.
3. Tea powder is messy and clean up will take a little effort.
4. The ice shaver/blender combo works great. I want to try this with a strong black tea, maybe an Earl Grey.

As for the taste, it is different. Good different – bad different I haven’t decided. I think I’ll add either a touch of vanilla or a little vanilla yogurt and see what happens. Plain it tastes kind of generic green tea with an earthy quality. I drank it all pretty quickly but still don’t know what I think. I do know I have a lot of it and I am not afraid to experiment.



I like mixing my matcha with plain yogurt and sugar = green tea yogurt. I would suggest adding something like coconut milk or cream which would add sweetness as well as “mix” (or almond milk, etc.). Matcha in any kind of homemade fruit smoothie as well. Matcha, milk, ice, fruit, vanilla yogurt and blend. Usually there is enough sweetener in the fruit and yogurt. I look forward to reading about your experiments :)


Vacuum up any remaining dust and proceed back to step one! LOL!


I probably use only 1/2 tsp of matcha powder, milk, and no shaved ice. I add about one tablespoon sugar for a 14 to 16 ounce glass. I froth it with an aerolatte or just shake it up in a cocktail shaker.

Luciana Russo Vichino

I am about to prepare my first matcha. Took it with milk on a trip to Asia and simply loved it!
To have it iced you can also try Darjeeling tea with milk. Add some sugar and enjoy. It tastes great!

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drank Decaffeinated Iced Tea by Lipton
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Last night at mom & dad’s. We were playing cards, when mom suddenly exclaimed, “Oh, I forgot to pour up the tea.”
“Uhm, how long has it been steeping?” I asked.
“Not long, I put it on just before you got here.”

Yeah, we had been there like an hour and a half. Typical glass of mom’s iced tea. Is it any wonder I seldom notice astringency?



Terri HarpLady

Steeped with a mother’s love! :)


Sounds like the tea my grandma used to make. She’d steep it for hours so it’d have more flavor. :)


The funny thing is this doesn’t taste a whole lot different when steeped correctly, but its home.

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drank Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea by Teavivre
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I was glancing through my notes on this one. It seems to be a common theme that I grab this when I haven’t slept well. Guess what? Bed at 11:00 up at 3:00. Thank God and Teavivre for this rich bold cup of malt and cocoa with a hint of smoke. Definitely better than anything on the tea aisle at my grocer and cheaper (even though it is about the same price) because this will re-steep. I bought a bag of Golden Monkey on BF so I guess it will be my replacement wake up after I finish this off next time.

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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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Just got home from my final exam. I decided I needed some comfort that I know I love, don’t have to think about, and almost can’t ruin. Yeah Ahmad tea!

My final was in Solid Works – a 3D modelling program. It was a grueling 3 hour experience. I was comfortable that I would pass but I exceeded my own expectations. Of a possible 240 points, I scored 240! Don’t mean to brag but Woot! You really can teach an old dog new tricks. As I left, some of the others were starting to kick the tables and slam their keyboards. I feel their pain. They should have some tea.


Go you! That is awesome, and you should be proud of yourself. I’d probably be dancing in the streets. :)


Happy “IT’S OVER!” Day!


That’s excellent!


Way to go!!!

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Having this one today. It reminds me a lot of Heritage Honey Oolong from Mountain Tea. That one is from Taiwan. This is Fujian. Very nice cup. I was expecting heavy smoke or roasted notes. Nope. It is fresh and fruity with hints of osmanthus, ginger, and cinnamon, all wrapped in nuts and orchids.

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drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
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Last night’s cup. Anyone surprised? I didn’t think so.

Fixed this just before bedtime. My desktop is behaving badly. Virus and Malware scans aren’t finding anything. So I decided to do a system restore as I sipped this. Bad idea. At about 2:00 am I turned off the monitor and fell asleep. At 6:00 I was back up working on it again. It at least boots now but still running slow. It may be a motherboard problem in which case it will have to wait. I’ll just use my laptop. I have irreplaceable software on it that even if I could find the disks, they won’t run on Win 8.


Peppermint, decaffeinated green tea, orange peel, natural vanilla and mint flavors with other natural flavors, cinnamon, milk thistle, blackberry leaves, roasted carob, roasted chicory and vanilla bean.

That sounds bloody awful


That’s what I used to think, add to it that the box looks to cartoonish to be taken seriously. I avoided Celestial Seasonings for years. I was wrong.


KS, I believe you! I usually avoid tea bags, not cause I’m a tea snob but because they taste awful to me. Except for the classic yellow earl grey from Twinings , and another Canadian brand I know, I just don’t bother buying or trying them anymore.

But I’d love to have more variety around to bring with me when I travel, so much user friendly than loose tea!

I checked them out, they seem to use only all natural ingredients and I like that. Just found a Canadian online store that carries a large variety of Celestial Seasonings. I will probably place an order, but before I do, could you recommend some other flavours that you really enjoy from them?


I have only tried 4.

Candy Cane Lane I am obviously obsessed with as well at Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. Sleigh ride you need to play with time, temp, and water/tea ratio to find your sweet spot. I also recommend adding sweetener – to make it more cookie like.

Sweet Harvest Pumpkin was just OK. I have never had a pumpkin tea that lived up to my expectations. It’s better than most in a bag but the added Stevia kind of doesn’t help.

Sleepytime Extra is a spearmint/chamomile flavored herbal. Normally I hate spearmint. Here it seems to work. I bought this one because it is the only one at my grocer that contains valerian which tends to relax my brain so I can sleep.

One of these days I need to be brave and buy a variety pack just to see if I am missing other simple comfort teas. What I have tried I liked better than Stash. I agree it is hard to beat classic yellow for EG, unless it’s Ahmad ;)


¡muchas gracias! I will keep your suggestions for later, but Well.ca is out of stock on Candy Cane :-( it figures, seems to be very popular! Adding to the shopping list for now.

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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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I am going stark raving mad. I haven’t been out of the house since late last week. My sons dug out our driveway late yesterday but until the ice is off the parking lots. Getting around is way too difficult for me and I am not going to risk it. Tomorrow I am driving to town to see how safe it looks.

In the meantime I brewed one of my simple favorites. I am so happy to have drawers full of amazing teas, but honestly sometimes I just miss a simple cup.


I have never tried an Earl Grey Green really THAT good?
Earl Grey is one of my favorites…♡


This is a tea I have bought for years. Long before I knew anything about Steepster or the bigger world of tea I found bagged Ahmad in a local market. It is generally about the quality of Twinings. I found the loose version at Amazon. I think it was $6 for 500g. It cost somewhere around $9 for shipping. This summer I found the loose leaf at the market where I was originally introduced to Ahmad. It was $10 for over a pound of tea. Is it THAT good? Uhmm. It has 3 ratings sooo maybe just to me. We have history :) Seriously, this is an inexpensive chun mee with a hint of bergamot. It will steep twice. What’s not to like.

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Church was cancelled today because of snow and ice. I got my house pants and a mug of this. Looking forward to many resteeps. Sweet, fresh, smooth, mellow, scent of hay, and maybe the cup wasn’t rinsed well but I am getting a little spicy. This is the last of this one. All the Nature’s Tea Leaf teas have been very good.

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Having a passion for tea and living in rural America is a tough combination. The nearest tea vendor is 65 miles away. Joining Steepster has completely changed the direction of my tea journey.

My Rating System

90-100 Love it enough to keep around
80-90 Like a lot, would drink often
70-80 Above average
50-70 Average – take it or leave it
0-50 I don’t like it and don’t want to like it


Indiana, USA



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