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drank Monks Blend Organic by Zen Tea
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I got the pipe taken care of last night, though then this morning a different maintenance person busts in like whoa dude I’m just putting on pants here.

I do not feel good. I didn’t go to class Monday and I don’t think I am today either unless they want me to die on a computer. My throat is killing me. So I’m hoping this tea in the next half hour helps because I don’t have class at all next week. WOOOOO

I wanted to drink this yesterday but I decided I’d rather have more than a pot. I’ve been really into black teas lately, especially discovering Assam, and I already love Darjeeling. And Keemun is tasty, so I welcome Nilgiri into the mix.

This is great without milk. I think milk would ruin it actually. Mellow indeed.

I like how I can almost taste each tea. It smells very much like Darjeeling, and tastes like it at first too, but I get smokiness, maltiness, and honey notes. Honey definitely becomes the strongest, almost with a bit of peach.

Definitely feeling better after finishing the cup of this. I think I’ll make another for my travel mug and get myself to class!

Invader Zim

I hope your throat feels better soon…maybe you could mix in some honey, or just eat a teaspoon of it!


What the heck is happening to us?! We’re becoming tea purists! Yikes! I’m loving the strong black tea’s too!

Invader Zim

Happening? It’s already done happened!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Finishing this…I threw out some less than savory in age/smell teas in the meantime…oh yeah and then found my hot water heater soaked the floor of my pantry. Of course after I get an illicit pet. And before I need to take a shower, but I can probably wash my hair in cold water and be okay for the time being. It looks to just be a pipe leaking so I can catch water in it since I’m hardly ever not here, and then they can come when illicit bird and I are off in Tennessee.

Thankfully it’s still hot enough. That cleanup was a hot mess. I ended up having to take out recycling and trash.

Of course now that this is the end of my sample from Kittenna, I’m starting to like it! I wonder if it’s because I most likely used a far lower water temperature…not that I’m very certain what I did before, but I actually do get apple pie and not just cinnamon apple. There’s just the faintest note that is reminiscent of pie crust, just a little buttery. I’m really liking the apple flavor especially right now.

I wonder also if this has to do with how my tastes have shifted for fall? Apple is perfect right now, when I had it in April not so much.

Okay I want more. Here I am so happy I removed this from my spreadsheet and I keep sipping and sipping and not wanting this to be the last cup I possibly ever have of this tea.

Have a never ending corgi chase gif: http://i.imgur.com/xDDDG.gif


ok, now I really feel dizzy!


I like watching the one in the background to the left…he wants nothing to do with the two running and his face cracks me up…can you tell I’ve watched this a few too many times?


I was looking for a gif for my blog post since I have no time to blog! yoink


thanks momo you the best! Hope your little bird friend gets comfy soon :3


Yeah, I can understand why, it’s kind of hypnotic! I’ve watch again, I see what you mean about the funny face in the background, he’s like the grumpy old dog!


Haha you’re welcome :P He gets very comfy when I sit and talk to him. When they’re really content, they grind their beaks so after I gave him his seeds again and got him to drink some water, he was doing so while I talked to him. SO CUTE.


Haha, illicit bird…

If you want more of this, I can totally sent more…. I have plenty left, and it’s definitely not a favourite :P


*I can totally SEND more. Oops.


Yay! I will take more, because I realized this morning it’s online only so telling my boyfriend to get an ounce would be useless.


I love how much the back corgi leans as he rounds the bend


Yes! I was thinking that about the back corgi, too! I expected him to just tip over at any moment like a motorcycle wiping out. momo, so cute that Seb’s getting more comfortable. =)

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
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I’m surprised this has such a low overall rating. Oh wait I’m not, because I always like things that get average ratings hahaha. I took a gamble and bought 3 oz of this, since it was $3 more over the sample for at least 2 oz more.

Adagio also sent me a sample of the birthday tea since my birthday is coming up. We meet again.

So anyway this one, I can definitely see how people do not like it because it is not up front about its mintiness. But aren’t candy canes like that? That’s what I’ve always liked about them, sweet at first and then the burst of peppermint. Or maybe I have no idea what a candy cane is like anymore, but I like this.

It’s also a bit creamy, I think it might be even better with just a touch of milk but I’m too busy basking in the fact I’m drinking an Adagio flavored tea with nothing in it and enjoying myself.

Definitely like this one better than Candy Cane Lane and Santa’s Secret. Who knew?

In case you are interested in the other accomplishment that happened in this apartment: Sebastian the parakeet actually climbed down to the lid of seeds and ate by himself. So proud.


Oh and if anyone has been wanting to buy from my etsy shop, I have a 10% off code right now of BRUNO. I want to clear out some stuff so I can make more! and the address is blackbearlaboratory.etsy.com


Yay, Sebastian!

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drank Black Gingerbread by Zen Tea
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The final tea of my tasting flight! I wanted something dessertish but one that I could drink without additions. It was between this and a creme brûlée tea. This one had a much better smell, though I almost thought about asking to put them both together.

The dry leaf smelled just like gingerbread cookies, but the taste was a bit lighter than I expected. It was still really good, because I’m not even typically a gingerbread fan. It was not super gingery. It was definitely more cookie-like in flavor because of the malty black base.

I was tempted to buy it but I had my eye on another tea that I didn’t try to take home.

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drank Red Berries White Tea by Zen Tea
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Second tea of my tasting! I have the black berries version of this, which is black currant. This one I swear tasted like red currants, but they’re not even in here, unless they’re in the “red berry flavor.” But I think cherry and cranberry is a nice, different combination from the usual red berry types.

It was sweet and a bit tart, I just wish I knew what was in the flavoring, because I really do think it must involve red currants. I could taste cranberry too.

It was perfectly sweet, but I think I like the black berries one better.


Sounds really yummy!

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drank Karigane by Zen Tea
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I went to Zen Tea to have a tea flight, and I started with this. It’s like gyokuro meets kukicha, and it’s pretty tasty!

I of course at the time accidentally said it was like houjicha, but I meant kukicha. It’s doesn’t taste truly like a gyokuro, it has a bit of grassiness but then it’s a little roasty, it’s very different.

It seemed like a combination of Japanese and Chinese greens in a sense. A bit more subtle, a bit vegetal, and a bit roasted.

I didn’t even know this type of tea existed, and I’m glad I tried it.

Also operation leave Sebastian and see if he eats or even moves was a failure. I had to feed him with a lid again, and then use one of my gaiwan cups to give him water. And you have NO IDEA how cute that was.


This tea sounds really interesting. They do tea flights at one of my local tea shop, but I’ve never done them because they also do unlimited refills which I found a bit more valuable ;)

Rachel Sincere

Awww, poor Sebastian. I hope he settles in soon. Birds can be so sensitive. He sounds like a little cutie though.

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drank Lime Jello Salad Green Tea by 52teas
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I think I’m gonna leave for a couple hours and see how that makes the parakeet feel. He hasn’t budged since I uncovered him this morning. I held seeds to him and he wouldn’t eat them. Arrrgh. I’ll just leave the classical music on and go to the tea shop, haven’t been there in ages.

I made this to go with my lunch. When Publix has top sirloin on sale I always buy some. So I had it on a panini and later I am going to have fajitas! I’m so cold, I had no idea it got down to near freezing this morning because I have no concept of time anymore, so I thought hot tea would go nice with a hot sandwich, and this one is light enough to not mess with my tastebuds while still having flavor.

It’s been awhile since I had it too, but I still really enjoy it. I like lime flavored things, but I rarely ever have any. I think I may only have one other lime flavored tea, and this one is infinitely better because of its additional creaminess. And as I’ve stated in past reviews, it really reminds me of holidays.

I think I like it better hot than iced. I have to drink it a bit more often to really decide.


Aw I hope little Sebastian is ok. That was a good idea to play classical music.


I think he’s still trying to adjust. The problem is I have to take him with me next week to Tennessee, so I’d like him to at least be used to his cage by then. And hopefully there, because my parents have two birds, he’ll hear the obnoxious one and maybe perk up a bit.

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I have no idea why I ordered this. At all. That would also be why I’ve been holding onto it since May.

Nothing about the description of it even vaguely sounds good to me so I REALLY have no idea why I bought it.

I gave it a chance anyway because Upton’s BOP Margaret’s Hope is pretty good. But that’s a broken leaf…according to wikipedia, this is from the lowest level of the fanning grade.

Makes me sound mean and snobby but…tastes like it! I steeped it just for 2 minutes and it tastes like nutmeg mixed with malty dirt. Not a fan.


I might have just ordered that!


Momo, you’re not being snobby, you’re just a good tea connoisseur!


While I’d argue that wikipedia is not always correct, and also that a small CTC or broken leaf does not always indicate that it is a low grade of tea (I’ve had some pretty remarkable small cut or broken leaf teas), if you don’t like what you’re tasting, you don’t like it, and there’s no arguing that. It doesn’t make you a snob. :)

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drank Chocolate Cherry Bomb! by The Tea Spot
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Hello world, I’m your wild girl, I’m your ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!

This is a bit cooler than I wanted it to be, but it’s okay, because I got Sebastian to eat. I figured out he is male, he’s got some recessive parakeet gene where he will have a purple nose! So that’s interesting. I was talking to him about his name and he chirped, finally. But I think he’s actually VERY young so he’s not too sure about himself getting around the cage. So I had to put seeds on a dish and hold it for him, and same with a bit of water.

So this tea, I added a bit of agave and coconut milk creamer because it just seems like this tea calls for it. Indeed, it is like Cherry Garcia ice cream in tea form. I actually kind of wish I skipped the creamer, but it’s still so good. Makes it a bit more like those boxed cherries that are out right around now.

The cherry flavor is awesome too because it does not taste medicinal at all. The chocolate is just enough to not have me calling for more. Or maybe I’m not feeling that much like chocolate…although I guess I am since I picked this out.

In the future I would definitely consider getting a larger amount of this than a sample if I continue to like it this much next time I get around to drinking it.


You are so funny!


hahaha! at first, I wasn’t sure who or what Sebastian was! Until I read the part about the seeds, I thought he was a boy!! Quite funny :-)


I read it as, “I’ve got Sebastian to eat” so I immediately thought of The Little Mermaid. I thought you were having lobster or something. LOL!


Hahaha I named him for my favorite Formula 1 driver, but after saying it so many times I started thinking of The Little Mermaid, which also reminds me of when my boyfriend took me to see Anthony Bourdain a couple years ago.

His daughter was around 5-6 I think, and him and his family were in France. They ordered a big seafood platter, layers and layers of seafood. At the top is a lobster, and she grabs it. She yells, SEBASTIAN! and then tears right into it. He thought she was going to cry and not eat it!



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drank Gunpowder by thepuriTea
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It’s been awhile since I had this one! SimplyJenW sent me some awhile ago and I just got around to trying it again after I had a sample from thepuriTea.

I probably still have that sample somewhere…ugh.

I had the first steep earlier, it was very roasty. It almost tasted like a genmaicha. The second steep has that same roastiness, but with a bit of spearmint now.

I definitely remember this being a bit sweeter…but I still like it. I prefer the houjicha/genmaicha type flavor compared to smokiness.

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