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drank Breakfast Smoothie Honeybush by 52teas
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Onto day two, I again opened this last night and tried to guess what it was. I had completely forgotten about this one and was left wondering, bubblegum tea? Did I miss a bubblegum tea?

Ah yes, breakfast smoothie honeybush! I’d totally take a bubblegum tasting smoothie to be honest.

This time around though drinking it hot does not remind me of bubblegum. It tastes like all the fruits with a bit of creaminess. Mostly orange, then banana, not as much pineapple.

Still tasty though. This reminds me I definitely should go back to this tea. Tasty, tangy, and sweet. And not so bad after all when hot.

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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I keep finding myself writing about the last tea I drank while drinking a new one.

I was trying to resist this tea but I just couldn’t. I don’t like egg nog unless a) it’s filled with alcohol so you can forget the fact that it’s eggs and cream because just in case it’s filled with salmonella, you’ve now got enough alcohol in your system to possibly not be worried or b) it contains no egg or cream like so Delicious’s amazing coconut milk one.

So this tea is already up there in awesomeness, because it is another option and much, much lighter. That’s not to say though that it isn’t filled with flavor. Because it is, it’s so custardy and rich, and amazing. Definitely tastes like eggnog! I’m glad it’s not too spiced because I’ve never been a fan of heavily spiced eggnog.

The base tea is buttery and blends together with the eggnog flavors so well. I was intrigued when Stacy first mentioned on Facebook that it was going to have a green tea base. Honestly I have no idea what would really work with eggnog flavor in a tea but who even cares, this works as it is!

I need to try sweetening it next time. I also tried a second steep but did not enjoy it as much as the first.

Autumn Hearth

I reinfused at 185 for 5 mins and my second steep was awesome!


It is Good!

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drank San Jose by SerendipiTea
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Thanks for this, Missy and Dylan, wherever you guys are~

I like blood oranges, and I like chocolate. This seems like an odd combination though because blood oranges are like oranges on steroids. I don’t really think they match chocolate because they’re both more tart and sweeter than regular old oranges to me.

Not that it mattered, I could hardly taste chocolate in here. For the most part it was like a blood orange creamsicle in tea form.

It might be better to me as an iced tea, though it wasn’t bad hot. Still I have to say it’s pretty cool that a blood orange chocolate tea was ever even attempted, never would have thought of that myself.

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drank Violet by Kusmi Tea
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Thank you for some of this tea, Ellyn! I love love love it.

Violet is probably my favorite floral flavor. This was actually not as strongly flavored as I thought it was going to be. It’s sweet and smooth, and I would not mind having a full tin of this, I have to say. Definitely tastes like violet, but not like jamming a dozen flowers in your face at once.

btw here is my Delta teacup. We’re planning to go back to their museum on one of the days they have their DC-3 open so I am totally gonna get more of these: https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/181857_4183797362221_1149167893_n.jpg

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

Cute cup, and the price is amazing!

Invader Zim

Nice cup!

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drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
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Ahhhh 12 Teas of Christmas, your time has come on such a horrible day.

I like what the White House Spokesman had to say:
‎"I think it’s important on a day like today to view this as I know the president, as a father does and I as a father and others who are parents certainly do, which is to feel enormous sympathy for families that are affected and to do everything we can to support state and local law enforcement and support those who are enduring what appears to be a very tragic event. There is, I’m sure, will be, rather, a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates but I don’t think today is that day."

Anyway. I needed to get that off my chest. I wish so many people would show some respect first or go write their Senators and House Rep without blathering on and on via social media and just do something right without making it about them.

I opened this at midnight and knew what it was immediately after smelling.

I’d never tried it hot since it came out at the perfect time for iced tea, so I thought I’d try that first this morning.

I figure I’ve had a lot of the teas in this box but it will be good to revisit some and hopefully be motivated to get them back out of the cabinet or wherever they are. I haven’t had this one in awhile because I think I’ve more or less been hoarding it.

It’s definitely not as amazing hot as it is iced, at least for me. It still has all the sweet, sugary flavors but I feel like they just pop more when the tea is cold. So I left the mug to cool and am enjoying the sweet, sweet tastes of pink cotton candy.

That’s about it. I can’t think of anything else to say because I’m pretty upset about the news today. I just imagine this tea would be popular with kindergarteners, because what 5 year old doesn’t love cotton candy and it breaks my heart even more. It might be kind of odd to dedicate a cup of tea, but that is how I feel right now. This is sweet just like I imagine every single one of those babies. RIP <3


So very sad. My heart is broken for the kids, the parents… I am still in disbelief. I can’t imagine what the families of those babies must be going through. They were just babies! So young … and to be lost in such a horrific way.

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drank Catuaba by Infussion
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AHHHH I GOT A C IN HEALTH ECONOMICS SO I DON’T NEED TO RETAKE IT. I’m pretty sure I did worse than that but I guess he realized he was terrible so everyone deserves a C. (C- = retake. BLEH)

Anyway I had this last night because I wanted to see if it would make me sleepy. I cannot tell you about the “aphrodisiac uses” but I will tell you about the 1 tbsp in 12 oz of water method of gettin’ sleepy.

It works quickly! It tastes terrible though, at least to me. Very effective, but has the flavor of cedar chips.

I’m not sure if this would taste very good if you tried to sweeten it but ugh, it made me tired but the taste was not worth it. I think I’ll try mixing it with the Schisandra berries I got just to get rid of that bitterness/woodsy flavor. I mean, it is bark so obviously there’s no way to get rid of that.

But it’s definitely a cool herbal tea, especially for falling asleep. And you feel warm and fuzzy first. If chamomile fails you, catuaba is here to back you up.


congratulations on the awesome sparkling C!

Tea Sipper

That is too weird. I just got on steepster to look up the infusion times for the catuaba and since I was only going to use a bit, I was thinking of mixing the Schisandra berries with it! Apparently the catuaba will wake me up with 1-3 grams but will make me sleepy with more of it? That’s odd.


Crazy. I wouldn’t expect the same tea to work as an aphrodisiac and a sleep aide.

The DJBooth

This one is weird I’ve been trying it as well.

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Still meh about this one. I have had it for awhile now but it’s been stored properly and everything. Given my last note from it, I think my tastebuds have just grown out of taste for this one. There’s still enough for a couple cups though, I think it might be interesting in the oatmeal experiment.

It still smells so good, but I just don’t get the sweet flavors that I used to taste. And I know I’m not the only one who was in love with it with the first cup and subsequently didn’t like it after that.

Ohhh earlier this afternoon we went to Delta’s small museum and I picked up a teacup for 50 cents and a box of prepackaged green tea sachets for $1. Seriously the gift shop was just as cool as all the planes and memorabilia. You could buy cups, mugs, plates, utensils, etc from first class. They had vintage posters, postcards, travel brochures, first flight cards, pins, models, stickers. I really want to go back just to buy utensils, they were fifty cents each! But the teacup I am really excited about. I’ll get a picture of it later.

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All right, I just used this to make steel cut oatmeal. I added mint chocolate milk because I honestly have no idea, but it is actually okay. I like the combination of mint and cinnamon, and they’re both coming through. This seriously worked better than I thought. I steeped one bag in 6 oz of water for 3 minutes then cooked the oats in the microwave. I can definitely taste the cinnamon and even the vanilla and it tastes much, much better with more substance like this than it did by itself.

I wouldn’t get this tea again but I’ll definitely use the rest of the bags up this way, maybe with regular milk next time haha, this is about too rich!


I don’t like this tea but if in oatmeal…hum…sounds interesting!

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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Hey maybe I can finally write this note today.

Last night, I decided I was going to conduct a coconut rum Tropicalia experiment. First I put 8 or 9 tsp of the tea in a 2 cup measuring cup, then covered that with about 1 1/2 oz of coconut rum. While the water was boiling, that was soaking, though I don’t think it really mattered. Then I filled the measuring cup with boiling water and left it to cool, so it was super concentrated.

I planned to try it out last night but this whole go to Cartoon Network thing this morning ruined that. IT WAS SO COOL. The parking garage had the Powerpuff Girls all over it, and everyone’s cubicles were filled with toys and cartoon stuff. This was just the floor with the digital/marketing/research people so I’m hoping next week I can help again on the upper floor.

The thing that amused me most is since this was Turner Studios, across the courtyard was TBS. One of the windows over at Cartoon Network had 3 green pigs from Angry Birds in the window. I didn’t realize until we were getting a final tour before leaving that across the way was a red angry bird.

Anyway, back to this. So obviously it isn’t that strongly alcoholic, I was just wanting a little bit more coconut flavor without adding milk because I don’t really care for this with too much creaminess. And since it was super concentrated, I had to water it down too. This stuff gets pretty thick if you make a really concentrated steep, but it’s just so good when you use 2 – 2 1/2 tsp per cup.

It definitely helped to cut down on the sweetness and make it a bit more coconutty compared to the pineapple. I think it might actually be even better if I also added a bit of pineapple juice, which I of course don’t have.

So of course now I’m almost out of it but I think I’ll be okay until spring anyway.

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drank Blueberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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So tomorrow morning I am helping my coffee friend at Cartoon Network!! by taking video of him making them better coffee. I have to wake up soooo early and now I’m all excited to do something useful during my break.

I had this earlier before going off to a yelp holiday party, and I can’t say I’m a big fan. It came out super smoky and not very blueberry tasting. Definitely didn’t get any cream at all.

I don’t remember now what the water temperature was but I think I could drop it, but the steep was only 3 minutes. I’m glad I’ve given a lot of this away in swaps because it’s not my favorite. I’d rather have Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish.


Drop the temp a bit and only steep for like 2-2.5 mins should improve the taste


I agree with Sil… this is a good tea (although I loved the Blueberry Cream Danish also!) but, with the old black tea base, it is a bit more temperamental than the newer base that 52Teas uses… a slightly lower temp for just 2.5 minutes works WONDERS.

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