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Trying to finish up this sample, looks like I have one cup left after this one!

Still tasty, steeped it for 3 minutes this time around and definitely had no need to add any milk! This is pretty sweet and malty by itself. But sadly not enough to keep me awake, I had to take a nap already (thanks brother’s girlfriend for being a nutcase).

Would I get more of this? Not anytime soon after I added up all my teas and samples. Jeeeeeez.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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6 oz water, 6 oz milk, and a heaping tablespoon of this tea, simmered on the stove for about 10 minutes. Melt that chocolate! Definitely reminiscent of hot chocolate but less like drinking sugar. MUCH better this way than just made with water…it needs a heavier liquid to hold up to all the stuff in here.


I will definitely try your method next time!!!! Thanks for the tip.


this does sound like a great method YUM indeed

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drank Violet by Kusmi Tea
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Tried this with 195* water like Kusmi suggests and I have to say I like it much better with boiling water. It doesn’t have that same violet candy taste to it.

It just feels like the violet isn’t as sweet with the lower temperature, and maybe it’s better for the flavor of the black tea. Everything seems less pronounced this way, at least for me.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Yesssss 200 degrees makes Assam so good. Four minutes and 200 degree water, so sweet and tasty! Every other Assam I’ve had so far, I’ve had to only steep it for 3 minutes, add milk, or wait for it to cool way down. This is life changing.

So this is sweet, and malty, and actually helping me to wake up with its big burst of flavor. I am finishing it then for some reason going to Target, mostly because I got a stamping kit for my nails yesterday and really want to use it…but I only brought one bottle of nail polish with me. Oh well.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

It was 23 here but wind chill was wicked bitter cold. I HATE WINTER!


I was gonna say, “Noooooo! Stay outta the malls!” until I remembered you’re in the US and safe from Boxing Day madness. :)

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drank Cinnamon Crackle by Della Terra Teas
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Ok, now for the first cup I can drink with the use of the kettle!

This is quite a shock to drink at first because the pop rocks make it so sweet. And then once you get used to that, the cinnamon tastes like it’s really spicy!

Not sure if I like it. But I may have made it a bit strong for my tastes, so maybe 1 1/2 tsp would be better than 2 1/2.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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So I got an electric kettle and was curious how it could compare to the kettle on the stove here. It wasn’t much faster…which now makes me feel like it was kind of dumb to get because I have a gas stove at home. Then again, I can set the temperature so I guess that works. Or I can sit in bed and make tea. (I got the Cuisinart kettle because every year since I’ve moved out I seem to be expanding on Cuisinart things…immersion hand blender, food processor, griddler, and this year kettle. None of it has broken so I’ll stick with them!)

So because I was testing boiling water I thought I’d make something, and this seemed fitting. I used two bags because I was going to make a full mug, so roughly 12 oz of tea, and steeped it for only 3 minutes to make up for it.

This is totally undrinkable for me, it’s a nice plum flavor but it’s too sweet, and the aftertaste is not good. My mom was able to tolerate it for a few more sips than I could, so I tried diluting it, getting it more to the right level and while better, it still met the sink drain.

I will give it another chance, maybe 1 bag for the 12 oz and a 4 min steep, and see if that’s tolerable. Otherwise, onto the swapping sled it goes.


I got an electric kettle, too! :D


I use my roommate’s and I like it a lot more than my stovetop, even though it’s just simple. I like how it just shuts itself off, and it seems quicker, but I can’t prove it…

With the holiday Celestial Seasonings tea, I find they make great lattes due to their sweetness.


My electric kettle is only about 10 seconds faster than my stovetop. The great thing about it is being able to set the temp I want and not having to get out a thermometer and check the water, overshoot the temp ad have to let it cool, etc. I love it!


I’ve thought about getting a variable temperature kettle, I just don’t have any room for one more appliance in my kitchen. :)

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drank White Christmas by 52teas
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I’d love to know what the other flavors are in here, but I drank it this morning (with like, french toast meets a bloomin’ onion). I got the coolest hat ever from my boyfriend: http://instagram.com/p/Tqmfe-pa6P/

This is a bit like a candy cane tea to me…maybe with chocolate? Not sure if that’s the tea or a flavor. I was kind of hoping for candy cane white chocolate, aka the best combination ever, but maybe not. It’s pepperminty and creamy, but in that department I definitely have a favorite already there, so this would have to be REALLY AMAZING.

It’s good, but I’m still on the fence if I will get more of it. Maybe. It was really good this morning!


I was disappointed when I opened this up this morning, because it has mint and marshmallow root, therefore making me think of Graveyard Mist. I haven’t tried it yet.




I love the hat. Also, I will mail your swaps soooon.


Same here, did not want to go to the post office before I left.


Is it a kangaroo or a dog?




Awww, super cute!

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drank Peach Fuzz Chai by 52teas
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Merry Christmas!

This is a backlog from yesterday. Since my mom never drinks this, I decided I’d have myself a big cup. But I took a nap while waiting for it to cool, so instead I drank it cold. And it was really good that way…though I think the last time I had it we had it chilled too. It’s fruity and not too spiced, and I may just take it home with me because she’ll never notice it’s gone…


That sounds really interesting

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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Butterbeer! I have given so much of you to people that I have been hoarding you and not drinking much of you. Guess I could get a new bag now right?

I knew this was Butterbeer as soon as I could smell it.

I had it this morning with pancakes, and it was fantastic. It seemed a lot more butterscotch tasting today, with all sorts of other notes of root beer and spice. Very easy sipping today, and I love how it almost tastes effervescent despite it being hot tea.

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drank Black Tea Merlot by Vintage TeaWorks
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I’m not really a fan of Merlot, so while this was a good tea, it didn’t wow me. I definitely got plum and grape from it. I love the purple flower petals, too.

Definitely would have no idea just by drinking this that it has black currant and licorice.

I was able to steep this for 4 minutes with no astringency or bitterness, impressive. It was a very smooth, full bodied tea that went along well with the fruity notes. But it’s just not a wine I go for at all.

So far the Puerh Cabernet has been my favorite, I still have the rooibos pinot noir to try and I do not have any of the green tea one, but maybe I’ll feel compelled to buy it sometime.


I can really see how puerh would lend itself to tasting like cabernet. The one I reviewed today was wine like.I think this is why I prefer shu puerh really, after working in a winery and being around all the ‘stuff’ that goes with it, seems comfortable and natural to me.

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