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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
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Apparently this is on my shopping list, so I must have seen it mentioned before and wanted to try it. Huh. I had no idea so that makes it even better to have now!

Definitely an interesting tea, it does not have the delicate flavor of a white tea at all, but still has some of the floral notes, thanks to the blossoms. I really liked it even better when it cooled off entirely, which of course doesn’t take long today.

The sweet citrus flavor is really nice without being strongly fruity, it’s pretty amazing. I’m glad I finally got to try this even if I had no idea I really wanted to!

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drank Blu Blanc by Blackbird Tea Co.
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I love blueberry flavored teas, blueberry whites definitely take the cake, and this one takes the biggest cake ever, really.

It’s not too strong, and it tastes like actual blueberries rather than being really artificial. There were quite a few blueberries in there too.

Again, another sample where I used the whole thing and I would love to have some more! But I definitely, definitely do not need more tea.

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drank Thé des Poètes by Dammann Freres
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I’m going to have to give this one another try, as I did not enjoy it too much. I may have not steeped it long enough to really get all the flavors and it tasted more like I may have accidentally mistaken potpourri for tea. Okay maybe not that bad like that spiced apple stuff from Teavana.

Not like I didn’t drink it all anyway, but it could have been better. I wasn’t getting much of anything other than the spice and I think maybe the fruit flavors weren’t coming out like they should have and that was the problem to my taste buds.

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drank Constant Companion by Gong Fu Tea Shop
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Ok really trying to catch up on teas now. I’m almost halfway through though, so that’s a plus! If I don’t include that I haven’t drank many of the secondary teas people included in the 12 Teas of Christmas swap haha.

This was really good, and I’m bummed I used it all up, but mostly because it was just the comforting flavor I needed when I drank it. It was like a tea hug. There’s just something about orange spice that feels good when you’re not feeling too well. I had added just a little sugar to it in hopes of giving it maybe some kind of spiced cookie taste which I enjoyed.

It also really reminded me of when we stuck cloves into an orange for Christmas at school. I have no idea why, because I remember making my mom let me make one at home and I FULLY covered that orange and then I think she never wanted me to do it again. But looking it up I found out a) it’s called a pomander and b) if you completely cover the surface of the peel with cloves it can last for months. I WAS THINKING LONG TERM, MOM.


Oh, I love pomanders – we make lots every year and hang all over the house. My fingertips hurt for days, but it smells so, so good – definitely worth it.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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ok time to start on the 12 teas of Christmas swap finally. I’ve had two. I may get to the third day tonight but I’m not sure.

So I actually had this one on Christmas though yeah! or maybe it was the day after. Whatever day it was, a cranberry fell on the floor and before I had a chance to grab it, one of the dogs ate it. This tea is clearly that great.

I think I had this before and I did like it, and it was so good to have it again. Definitely one of those teas you like on a colder morning. It also tastes a bit like apple to me with all the apple pieces for sweetness in there. I do like this one a lot more now that I’ve had it again. But I don’t need more tea…ah.

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drank Mint Majesty by Teavana
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I’ve been drinking this a lot at work because I’ve gotten sick…it started on my birthday yaaaaaaay

This is just a standard blend of peppermint and spearmint. I don’t see it on their site? Offhand I’m not sure if it’s entirely a dupe of Tazo refresh which I may have to drink next.

But yeah if you’ve ever heard of half mint tea, half steamed lemonade/apple juice from Starbucks, I think it’s helped. I kind of want another but I don’t want to go outside.

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drank SBT: Lime Cola by Southern Boy Teas
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Trying out the steepster app! Pretty jazzy. I have a bunch of SBT bags from the zoomdweebies kick starter and more will be coming so time to always have iced tea around! This one was sitting in my living room for some reason so I decided to make it. I sweetened it just a little while it steeped which was just right.

I think I have had this one before but I might be thinking of the Cuba Libre tea haha but this is similar minus the boozy flavor. It’s delicious and refreshing and it doesn’t even matter if it’s cold outside.

Aimee Popovacki

there’s an app!? is it for android or apple?


Apple :(

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drank Dragonfruit Devotion by Teavana
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So now you can get a “free ounce of tea” with a Starbucks reward but this actually means you still have to get a minimum two ounces and pay for one. Whatever. Aren’t you surprised that something involving Teavana wasn’t fully revealed?

I actually had no idea then what to get…not that I knew what I wanted in the first place. So with that on top of my 40% off I decided to go for four ounces of this once I smelled it and saw the ingredients. Hell, it smells so good this girl who was waiting for a prepared cup of tea had to get some too and she wasn’t even directly in the path to have the lid fanned at her!

Most of my glasses anymore are these free beer glasses I keep acquiring somehow. I got two two days in a row. Technically the other one was $12 but it paid for beer and a donation to a non-profit but yeah, they’re the perfect iced tea glasses if you get one that’s more like a pint. This tea just makes way more sense iced and I was having it with dinner, which was homemade pizza, so good choices all around.

I actually don’t think I have ever had a dragonfruit, but I think this tastes more of guava and there is something oddly floral about it. I assume that’s magnolia. I know the floral flavor of rose or jasmine but this was just very different.

I ended up resteeping the same tea and having it iced again and that toned down the floral aspect of the tea while keeping the fruitiness. It was just a bit much in a full glass of tea and I don’t think I could have handled a second.

I think this ended up being like $2 an ounce for me so that’s awesome.


i don’t like fresh dragon fruit. i find it disappointingly dry compared to how exotic it looks. but it’s great in this tea…. and it awesome mixed in with ‘weight to go’ (stupid name) and cold steeped.


You have to get a minimum of 2oz to redeem your reward??


yeah. I was discussing this with someone yesterday about how it made sense but now I don’t remember what it was. But it would be nice to at least make that pretty clear instead of going in there thinking it’s going to be completely free and no money will be spent.

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drank Champagne Sangria Punch by Teavana
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I made this this morning but got distracted when surprise maintenance came by! I had to hide my bird. Jeez. I had no idea they were coming. Anyway this wasn’t very good hot so it was good to let it cool off.

Again this is another one of those Teavana teas that smells amazing but just can’t translate into taste. I can’t remember now if I added sugar or not. I want to say I didn’t.

Hot, the full body in the description really showed itself. It was definitely like a heavy red wine, but it just wasn’t enjoyable. Also that might be weird for something that’s supposed to be champagne. The description talks up red wine but there’s nothing beyond a smell in here that really screams champagne. Just something about the sourness of grape and hibiscus did not match hot tea. So I let it cool off. I didn’t add ice, so I think I more or less had it at room temperature.

I have an idea though, maybe just a splash of carbonated water could make it better? I’ll have to try it fully iced that way.


LOL. I have to agree with your review, though I liked it a little bit more…but not enough to want to get it again.

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drank White Chocolate Peppermint by Teavana
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Once my bigger discount kicked in I headed for Teavana to buy a gift and this tea for myself. Of course, I had a salesperson who was just fine with giving me a tin without even asking and overpoured by half an ounce…but then this guy who works there who I actually like is all, uhh did you even show her the 8 oz tin? So instead of spending $17 on 4 oz I spent $24 on 8 oz and got a better looking tin. Jeez. Don’t worry I made it up to her by being super difficult upon checkout. (Not on purpose.)

So I had tasted this there and knew it was sweetened (hahaha never fear I bought my rock sugar at my own job) and obviously being like peppermint bark tea it’s fine by me. I’ve been hit hard by the peppermint chocolate bug…last Wednesday I ate two peppermint brownie cake pops AT WORK but I was there 8 hours so I don’t see a real problem, except for two days later I was eating peppermint bark and buying this. I told my manager about the awesome deal and she’s like why did you buy half a pound of tea at once. PEPPERMINT.

So I was trying to slightly hold off on drinking this but I can’t resist any longer, it has been way too long since my latest peppermint chocolate fix.

I was impressed how it didn’t at all taste like rooibos in store but I’m sure my own sugar tastes don’t match Teavana and at home I get a bit of it with just a couple little rocks but ughhh it actually tastes like white chocolate peppermint bark. I also left the room in the midst of drinking it and came back and it smelled SO GOOD.

I’d love to try this DavidsTea that’s similar but given I paid $3/oz $4.82/oz with shipping on top of that is rather high when I am quite content with this (but curious because cocomint cream was so good). Also yeah having half a pound of this…

I think I need another cup.

Also I can easily overlook the oily surface of this tea given there’s white chocolate pieces and let’s be honest, white chocolate’s pretty much oils…delicious oils.


Yes! Delicious oils! That’s why I was tempted to take advantage of the 30% off and get some myself…


Yeah my 30% off went to 40% off last Friday so it’s hard not to just buy everything up…I went back Monday for two more teas…got like 6 ounces overall and paid $12 between the discount and a Starbucks card reward. And there’s not enough white chocolate peppermint stuff out there.


To be exact because it’s THAT AWESOME I got 4.2 oz of Dragonfruit Devotion and 2 oz of Cacao Mint Black for $12.18


Wow. That’s really awesome! I should activate my Starbucks card… It’s been sitting dormant for about a year now, but I still buy drinks. Doh!

The Cacao Mint sounds interesting, but so far I’ve been happier with the herbals.


Do you find that a lot of the teavana teas have sugar in them? Or is that just me?


Definitely register it! Although if you can wait until after Christmas, do that…I don’t know the full details but they’ll be pushing for people to register the cards they got for Christmas so there might be some good incentive. And the 1 oz of tea at Teavana is good but it was never highlighted that you had to buy another ounce of it.

I know they sweeten everything in the store minus like the monkey picked oolong but a good majority of the teas have something in them that’s already naturally sweet like this one with the licorice or they add something that’s sweet like the white chocolate. The new ones that have come out lately I assume are the product of Starbucks and they’ve all been like that with sweeter ingredients.


Well, I’m already registered – I just haven’t been accumulating points at all. :( So that might not work for me anyway…

And thanks for clarifying. I was wondering. I don’t mind a little bit of sugar, but I AM trying to drink tea as a substitute for binging on sugary foods. :P


Ahh yeah I was having a problem where the one I’m using AND the one that inevitably got me a gold card was not drawing any kind of promotions. Last week I FINALLY got a $1 off food coupon but I never got an email. My other card that I registered to a different account would always get these coupons and probably still does despite the fact it hasn’t had a balance for years. It’s kind of irritating.

It’s probably not that much so you might be okay. I’ll definitely have to try this one without adding anything because it seems like it’d somewhat sweet, but just improved by a little sugar. I know I added maybe 3/4 tsp of rock sugar to that pumpkin spice brulee one and that really changed it, so I wonder if just like a little touch is enough for these two to be just right. Either way with how much you end up with in a teaspoon or two it’s a lot better than the cake pops I can’t stop eating.

Aimee Popovacki

this one is much better than the davids one.. there’s something off about the david’s one.. its kind of too pepperminty, not enough chocolate.. it doesn’t balance so well.

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