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I’m trying to finish off my jug of this so I can make new tea, White Tiger is up next. This tea is starting to get a bit bitter over time, so I’m also trying to finish it up before it becomes undrinkable.

Still loving it, though!

Preparation
Iced

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drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
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Still trying to recover enough from the Reactine to do…something, anything. I adore this tea, and as soon as the money tree blooms, I need a tin of it. Neeeeeeed.

This is actually a resteep of my wife’s leaves from this morning. I’ve started using filtered water, especially for my resteeps, and that way the flavor isn’t washed out by chlorine. Blegh. So far, so good, might even try for a third!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m caught in a vicious, vicious cycle. I have allergies from heck, to the point that without my Reactine, I literally cannot function. Unfortunately, Reactine makes me so tired, it’s hard to do anything but sit and stare at the wall. So I drink everything I can that offers caffeine, and then I have other caffeine-related troubles.

Except for when I reach for tea. I don’t know if it’s a different kind of caffeine or if it’s more spaced out, but tea doesn’t give me the aches and pains coffee or soda does.

This is likely TMI, but if someone out there has the same issues I do, this is good information to know: I get really painful lumps in my ahem chest area when I have too much caffeine, but I have yet to come across a tea that causes them, whereas coffee makes them appear after only a cup or so.

This is easily one of my favorites, the taste alone is enough to wake me up, and the added buzz (pun intended) might just be enough to get me off of this couch!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
QuiltGuppy

I don’t get lumps, but I do get chest palpitations which are sometimes so severe that I can’t sleep at night. It’s truly frightening. I’ve cut out most black teas, except for one lightly steeped cup sometimes in the morning and that seems to have helped.

Indigobloom

I think this is a mate isn’t it? which means it has Maltiene in it, not caffeine… pretty much caffeine without the jitters. I had to ditch coffee because it was complicating some health issues for me, so when I really needed an alertness jolt, this tea type saved my arse!
on a side note, about the allergies… try quercetin, a natural anti-histamine, and a bio-flavonoid found in many of our foods. Sorry for the lecture, but I figure if what helped me can help others… well I have to share it :)

aisling of tea

Hey, helpful lectures are always welcome! I will definitely look in to that. At this point, I either don’t function because I can’t breathe, or I don’t function because I’m exhausted. There has to be a better way!

The Purrfect Cup

Yes coffee used to cause lumps in my chest area. Started taking evening primrose oil and extra vitamin E and STOPPED drinking coffee. Ok I’ve slipped and had two cups of the stuff in the last three months. Just a suggestion on the vitamins there. Have you tried just taking your allergy meds at night before bed. Mine make me sleepy but they last 12 hours and taking at night I have found helps.

Indigobloom

Good luck, I know what a pain it can be to deal with these issues, they take over your whole life!!!

aisling of tea

Yup, I take mine every night before bed, helps me sleep like a rock ;) But it also makes it very hard to get up in the morning. Thanks for the leads on the vitamins, I’ll take a peek at those too! Every little bit helps!

The Purrfect Cup

I thought the doc that suggested them was a quack, but they actually did work to a point. I still get the pain and the things are still there, I just notice them less.

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drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
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Accidentally had this one iced. I made a cup, and in the process of waiting for it to cool, I fell asleep and took a three hour nap. Oooops. Still delicious, though. I’m going to resteep and hope I don’t fall asleep again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel

Due to receiving two packets of this, I set one aside for iced tea and opened one up right away to try hot. Because I’m difficult that way. I also cooled it down to drinking temp with a frozen slice of watermelon. It was very good, the tea came out a bit bitter to me, but I’m picky about my black teas. I look forward to trying it again, though!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Whoops! Made this one before I left the in-law’s last night and forgot to drink it. Brave warrior that I am, when I found it this morning (still steeping, mind you) I took a sip and was pleasantly surprised! It was still delicious and crazy strong. I love this tea, especially because it works so perfectly in my travel mug.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I keep a little tin of this in the “hidden compartment” of my DT travel mug, and it came in handy yesterday! After a celebratory dinner (to celebrate my residency) we were doing the usual “everyone sit around the table with a cup of tea and chat forever” thing. My inlaws all drink red rose, so I just made a cup of cinnamon chai in my travel mug. Almost everyone commented on how good it smelled, and it tasted even better. I really need to reach for this one more often.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Thanks to the wonderful Indigobloom for sending this my way! We headed over to the in-law’s for dinner yesterday, and I made cup of this in my travel mug to fortify me for our adventure into Red Rose Land. I really, really liked it! I was drinking it hotter than I like to and mixing it with All Dressed chips, so I can’t really say if the taste changed over time, but I did really enjoy it and look forward to giving it a proper tasting. Thanks again!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

aw I’m so glad you like it!! this one smells so yummy, I couldn’t resist buying some :P

aisling of tea

The Tea Emporium, is that local? You are my new tea-store guru now, I hope you know, after the smashing success of Tea Ren.

Indigobloom

LOL I like that we have such similar tastes! Here is the link. I’ve never been but I think there is a location in the Humbertown Shopping Centre. The one I hit is at Bay and King St… but they don’t serve it by the cuppa there :(
http://www.theteaemporium.com/home.php

aisling of tea

I need to get a job ASAP so I can go tea shopping!

Indigobloom

ha, tea shopping will be the end of me… I’ve got so much of it, but I keep inventing excuses to buy more! sheesh, they should ban me from the shop.

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

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