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My oldest son came over this morning to help prepare for our thanksgiving dinner tonight. My youngest is at work. The oldest has to work thanksgiving day – stupid black Thursday. Next year it will probably start at Halloween. But I digress. I offered to make tea. My wife wanted Vanilla Bean decaf black tea. My son didn’t care, so I made this one for him and me.

He asked what it was. I read the label as he took a sip. He said, “That will do” as he turned and headed out of the room.

I inwardly sighed. Then it happened.

He stopped in his tracks and went, “Mmmmm, that really has a nice aftertaste. It’s flowery or something.”

Yes! Good tea not wasted!

Second story – a year ago our thanksgiving was stressful. I was losing my job and we were afraid we could lose the house. A year later the house is paid off, we are doing fine, and it looks like I have a part time job! Just enough hours to pay for insurance. That is all I really wanted anyway.

My point, if you are struggling this year and on the verge of giving up – hold on! Tomorrow is another day. A blessed day of thanksgiving to all my Steepster friends.

Lala

Congrats on the new job!

K S

Hilarious – my son just brought the cup back and said he “wanted more of that”.

Thanks Lala

caile

Yay – that’s great!

mrmopar

Blessings back to ya my friend!

TeaVivre

Happy thanksgiving. And I cannot agree with you more that Tomorrow is another day. No matter how bad off, we should hold on, at least there is tea that keep our spirits up.

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drank Wuyi Jin Jun Mei by Life In Teacup
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Remember a few mornings days ago when I needed black tea and couldn’t read the labels? This is the tea I was looking for then in my zombie like state. As much as I needed it, I’m glad I didn’t find it until today so I could enjoy it with my mind and senses in operating order. I think I could almost give up Earl Grey for Fujian black tea and this is a very tasty example.

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I must have just hit the sweet spot with this one. Steep was 3 minutes and the temp was around 195 F. The wet leaf takes on what I often call a beef stew aroma, others call it artichoke. I’ve never had artichoke so I’ll take their word for it. BUT on top of that wonderful green aroma this time I noticed an awesome floral note. I think Amanda called it orange flowers – yes exactly! When I sipped the hot cup my first reaction was beer but not really. Wine but not really. Good definitely. As it cools it becomes closer to the bi luo chun I had this morning but with a strong fruit/floral thing going on. Single Origin Teas says it reminds them of lychee. I have some lychee tea in my possession but have not tried it yet. To me it is almost mango or something. I did lightly sweeten this so maybe that is why all these new flavors are popping out. A truly cool tea that kept me interested the entire cup.

Since I had previously scored this I am going to boost the number a bit because this is very good. Even better than I remembered.

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My morning cup with yesterday’s leaf. Yes I was awake this time and yes it was delicious.

mrmopar

No syrup this time I see!

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drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
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I won’t post every time I have this one for my evening cup – but right now I am still enjoying having found enough on the shelf to get me through the coming year. Love this stuff.

Bonnie

You need to come to celestial seasonings just to stand in the mint room.

seule771

I did view this brand name tea at the grocery store but I did not buy; now I wish I had. I will keep an eye for it; and cherish as you seem to be doing. I am hoping that it is not to syrupy and sweet but more like their peppermint tea or such. Thank you for sharing.

Bonnie

I think it’s like a peppermint stick. BTW the big double door warehouse mint room at Celestial Seasonings (about 45 min.from me) is the best part of their tour. You walk into a blast of mint scent in the extreme.

K S

Seule771 This has a decaf green tea base that adds some color but not a lot of taste, with peppermint (tasty and not overbearing), and a touch off vanilla. It is the vanilla that knocks it out of the park for me. There is no stevia or other sugary things added so you don’t have to add it if you don’t want it.

Bonnie I want to believe that would be awesome rather than taking what little breath I have away. Does it make your eyes burn?

Bonnie

No, your eyes don’t burn. It’s where the mint is stored, not processed. If you inhale you get that cool mint feeling though. What’s cool is how it fills your nose and mouth like a vaporizer but there’s no mist.

Bonnie

Are there flavors you have trouble finding? If so, they’re easy for me to get here close to the factory if you ever need to get some.

K S

Thanks Bonnie, I’ll keep it in mind. So far I am only addicted to this one and sleigh ride. Both are seasonal – I just have to watch for them. If I don’t stumble upon sleigh ride in the next month I have a market that will order it. I also drink Sleepytime extra but it is always available locally.

Suziqzer

Bonnie… I had to go and look to see where the C.Seasonings tours were. Too far for a nice weekend trip for me :( I grew up drinking Sleepytime and now my son loves it. I’ve enjoyed trying other flavors of theirs through the years and it would be fun to see (& smell)their factory & warehouse. If Hubby gets his trip out west that he wants, I might have to ask him to swing by for a tour there!

seule771

Hi all,
I am just reading of the Candycane tea comments. I don’t log in much anymore. I have yet to look for this tea to give it a try. One of you made mentioning of ‘Stevia’ about it not having any; as this is good. I don’t care for Natural Leaf Stevia or such at all. It has an after taste that cannot be undone. I am sorry to say. Another good comment was about the Vanilla contrasting nicely with the peppermint and this is good counterbalance as well.

I must remember to have a look for this tea when next I am in a proper grocery store. ALDI’s does not carry Celestial Seasonings of any kind.

I wish for you all a very happy holiday; and let us be kind to one another. I know I am sensitive and I take things wrongly but there are painful comments/innuendo applied at times here. Or it is all imagine on my part.

We minced of words and not of meat. Happy teas to all and a wonderful New Year.

K S

Happy Teas to you seule771. If you have a Target nearby they often have a selection CS offerings.

gmathis

seuele771, good to see you back. You have been missed! Sweetness and joy to you this Christmas!

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The moment my feet hit the floor I knew I needed a strong black tea. I got up, went to the fridge, grabbed the milk and chocolate syrup. Poured the milk and realized the chocolate syrup was actually pancake syrup. Another trip to the fridge and as I stirred the milk I realized it was not strong black tea. That kind of morning. Chugged the milk and started looking for the tea. Except I couldn’t read the labels, or at least my brain couldn’t decipher them. Decided on this as it was the first label that I understood. It is a beautiful tea even if it isn’t strong black tea. All that to say thanks Teavivre, the life you saved this morning may have been my own.

Veronica

Lol. I have mornings like that. Usually they happen on a Monday. :)

Hesper June

Sorry, I had to smile…last week I boiled the water, poured it into the tea pot, set the timer, poured a cup, then when I took my first sip…realized I never added the tea!!! I was drinking “steeped” hot water! Oh dear,some mornings I really wish I had a Jeeves to bring me tea

K S

Lol. At least you set the timer on that “steeped” hot water. I’m just not a morning person and apparently neither are you. :)

Hesper June

Actually, I am normally a morning person. But, apparently not that morning…Haha! If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at:)

K S

Other people?…. but that would be wrong (unless you’re at Walmart then it is a survival skill)

Hesper June

Lol! Very true, KS

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drank Earl Grey Rose by RiverTea
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You can see by the picture this is very pretty to look at straight out of the pouch. I am not accustomed to such large petal pieces. It was a bit difficult to know how much leaf to use even though the instructions are clearly printed on the sample.

The dry scent is much stronger on the bergamot than in the cup. There is a nice amount of briskness in the black tea base. While bergamot is the driving force, the base is easily tasted. The rose is a supporting flavor. You don’t have to search for it, at the same time it doesn’t flower up the cup.

I found the interaction between the rose and bergamot unexpectedly delightful. This is not a big bold cup of citrus and flowers. To my tastes it is a gentler cup for a quiet afternoon with a book or a conversation with a friend. As a guy, this is not so girly that I would be embarrassed to serve it.

Oh, and there were several nice touches that personalized my package. The only one I’ll mention at this time is the samples came in resealable pouches. How awesome is that? Sure beats having to resort to the paperclip method I use now for leftover samples.

Hesper June

Earl Grey and Rose? How has this not occurred to me!? I see a new obsession forming for me;)

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Those rose petals are huge! I am going to have to add this to my list to buy for sure, I am such a sucker for teas with rose in it.

yyz

Rose does make a nice edition ti a strong earl grey doesn’t it? I have a Polish Earl Grey with roses hat I adore when I’m in the mood for it.

Roswell Strange

I just got my RiverTea package today, and if you think those are large chunks just wait until I have picks up the Boatsman blend I got! Damn that one has large chunks! Everything feels SO incredibly personalized though, doesn’t it? I’m loving it ^^

K S

As soon as you open the package you know this is yours. I have been trying to stay out of it until I have time to do it justice.

Roswell Strange

Today’s the first day I’ve had off in 14 days – so I’ve been trying tons of the teas I got today. First day in what seems like forever that I haven’t felt rushed :) So I tried one of my five teas today, and it was awesome!

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After sipping two cups of this tea, writing a review on my blog, and then reading Short Soceress’ review on Steepster it is apparent that how you feel about this tea depends. SS describes this as a strong Earl Grey with a hint of vanilla. To me this is a strong cup of vanilla tea with obvious bergamot once you slow down to notice it.

I prepared my first cup with 200F water and a 3 minute steep. It was slightly drying (read moderately+ Dinosara, we all know I like drying tea the same as some people like in burgundy wine) but there was no bitterness or bite. The bergamot is not perfumey or overly citrus. The Nilgiri base is smooth and though I never felt I could single it out I feel it is responsible for making the cup deep and rich.

My second cup was steeped 10 minutes (because I forgot to pour it) with full boiling water. I actually liked the second cup better. Very smooth.

A few comments-
The leaf I feel certain is orthodox produced. The pieces expand far beyond any CTC I have seen.

The packaging I have not encountered before. I thought at first the pouch had a hole in it. It appears there is a vent attached to the back of the pouch to aid removing air after sealing. Pretty cool idea.

I feel the pricing is very fair based on the quality.

mrmopar

MIA again? LOL!

K S

Nope. Green Tea Frapp. Just didn’t post it. :)

mrmopar

Just checking!:) Think I am going to try me one of those things this weekend.

Short Sorceress

I found that with this tea the flavors changed greatly depending on the temperature of water I was using. Just a few degrees lower in temperature and it was like drinking a completely different tea.

K S

I do agree. I try to taste the cup while hot with every new tea but almost always find it to be more flavorful once it begins to cool. I am sure there is a scientific reason that is true but I have never read so.

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drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
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SFTGFOP

you and your obsession!

K S

Two cups of obsession, thank you very much. ;)

tigress_al

This reminds me, I have to find this one again. Probably one of the best bagged teas out there!

K S

It appears our local Target may carry this year round. Just in case I’m wrong I grabbed 2 boxes :)

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drank Special Blend by S&D TEA
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Today was kind of a victory celebration. I turned in the final project for my college course. Yeah! There are a few weeks of class left preparing for the certification test but the class is winding down. So my wife and I did a little Christmas shopping and went to Cheddars for lunch beforehand. The Philly cheese steak was so good. Anyway, even if no one else agrees the iced tea they serve I find to be spectacular. It is brisk as I think any good iced tea should be and it has a roasted flavor similar to that found in a dark oolong.

Oh, and while shopping I found Candy Cane Lane so I grabbed two boxes. They also had an empty spot on the shelf labeled Sleigh Ride – so I’ll be back.

Nicole

Congrats on the final turn in! Good luck on the test!

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