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Tonight I hit my personal sweet spot with this one. I used an 8 ounce cup, one bag and heavy steaming water. The steep time was about 3 minutes. I added Splenda — come on its sugar cookie! The aroma while steeping was a bit butterscotch but the taste is magical sugar cookie. Yes I will buy some of this. Thanks gmathis for feeding the cookie addiction.



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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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This one again??? Why yes, yes I am. Light citrusy goodness up high and deep slightly bitter green down low. Just the way I like it.

Everyone at band practice seemed to be still wiped from the weekend – of course the heat today didn’t help. This tea was much needed when I got home. Best three cents a cup I’ve found.

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I accidentally agreed to take over upkeep of the church website. So this morning I spent hours just trying to figure out what was going on and trying to download the files to my computer so I can ‘update’ them. I’ll probably eventually start from scratch so I can eliminate half the code. Why didn’t I slowly walk away when they first said he isn’t working right now…

Anyway that kept me distracted until noon. I took a raviolios break. Yes that stuff you ate as a kid. It’s better than I remember, but not great.

This tea, on the other hand, is so good. Caramel and honey. Sweetness and light cocoa. Smooth with a touch of grain. This is medium bodied. It is not big and bold but the flavor doesn’t hide either. I think I need another cup before going back to the coding.

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drank Hoji-cha by Yamamotoyama
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Someone mentioned the other day that they put chocolate mint in their hojicha, so tonight I cut a sprig and a sprig of stevia and had at it. The mint I think I would like if I could figure out the stevia. I couldn’t tell it added anything. How many leaves equals a tsp of sugar? The mint knocked the harsher edges off the roasted tea – not that it necessarily needed it. I’ll work at it but tonight’s cup is just meh.

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drank Coconut Almond by Zenjala Tea Company
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It says I haven’t logged this in seven months. I read my previous reviews. Sorry to repeat myself but I’m going to. Shreds of coconut. Large slivers of almond. The only thing that would improve this is use a Fujian black base instead of sencha. Excellent start to my day.

A couple days ago I switched my OTC allergy medicine to generic Allegra. I can breathe better today but still don’t think I have all of my sense of smell back. It is like someone scooped the middle out of everything I taste. Makes reviews a little more difficult. I am sure some of the more subtle teas I have tasted this spring have suffered for it.


Oh, taste buds on strike is the main cause for BTS (Bland-Tea-Syndrom). The most feared illness among the tea community! Haha, glad your senses are slowly returning :-)

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drank Earl White by Empire Tea Services
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My rear end is dragging the ground. Staying awake a couple more hours is going to be tough. Caffeine to the rescue – but not too much caffeine. This is a year old and was not properly stored. I am pretty sure I have another tin of it around here somewhere. Still smells and tastes awesome. The bergamot is peppery early fading towards orange before catching the white peony late in the sip. Bad storage did not hurt this one at all.

This afternoon was great fun. I was directly in front of the drums. He told me afterwards he was only playing at level 5. By the end all I was hearing from him was white noise. Wouldn’t want to be positioned there if he ever plays at a 10. The bass player trashed his amp. I’m thinking maybe we were kind of loud… but that’s just a guess. hehe. For those of you who don’t get it, playing loud is so much easier, at least to a point. You reach a sweet spot where the guitar comes alive tone-wise and almost seems to play itself. When you go beyond, it just becomes racket. We were getting a little too close towards the end but people were on their feet so…

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Tea of the morning – and I prepared it without making a mess everywhere! Go me! Smooth, malty, and delicious.

I play at church this morning and then our team has a gig this afternoon in town. Should be a lot of fun. I haven’t worshiped with them in a while – actually years! They don’t watch the clock, so I could be there a while – and trust me with this bunch that is a good thing.

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drank Green Tea Decaf by Bigelow
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It is green. It is tea. It is decaf. It’s just meh.

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Last night was the last day of VBS. I have been running sound all week. The music was Kingdom Rock. It was loud and fun. The praise team have already decided we must learn one of the songs for the adults. I spent yesterday afternoon charting out a lead sheet.

Anyway, I got home last night, exhausted, and my legs were hurting so bad I could barely walk. I couldn’t set down in the booth and see the kids, so I stood all week. Fixed a cup of this at bedtime. Legs still throbbing so I had a hard time falling asleep. Next thing I know it is 9:30 a.m. I guess the cup worked. I feel like I was hit by a truck today, but the songs are still bouncing around in my head.


Forget triathlons: VBS is absolutely the most grueling marathon week an adult can endure. (Love it, love it, love it!) Glad you could help this year—-we never have enough men who will step up to the challenge.

And APPLAUSE!!!! for translating kid music into adult worship. Wish I could see the faces of some of your grade schoolers when they hear adults singing their stuff!

(Can’t tell this is a topic near and very dear to my heart, can you?)


I hear you! Our ladies that tried to keep the pre-schoolers rounded up deserve a medal, or crown ;) for their service this year.

We have used a few songs from VBS in the past. This year it is ‘You Gave’, a beautiful song. If you are familiar with Kingdom Rock VBS, we do Soon and Very Soon pretty close to the way it is done in the video. I wish our adults sang it as loud as the kids!

I never went to VBS as a child, so I am getting my chance now. I love the energy and the honest worship of the young ones, especially 1st and 2nd grade. They understand exactly what they are doing.

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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1678 tasting notes

After the tea disasters of the last few mornings, I thought I should grab one I had plenty of, just in case. OK, I’m lying. I totally wanted this one again today. I put this in the database as Earl Grey Green but it is actually called something more like Green Tea with Earl Grey. The Chun Mee is the driving force behind this one. Bergamot adds a nice aroma and a light touch to the cup. It is not overly complex, just comforting.

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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


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