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drank Mother's Bouquet by Harney & Sons
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Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Moorish Mint by Samovar
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4 min, 0 sec
LENA

Crack indeed. I love this tea!

Erin

Oooh are you going to the tea lounge?

S

Mmmm tea crack.

Ricky

It lost it’s sweetness on the second steep!

Yep, I’ll be visiting the tea lounge with my piggy bank. I’ll bring a hammer and everything and buy tea with every nickle and dime ;)

Stephanie

lol! tea crack!

AmazonV

my mom has been on a crack pie kick lately, if there is crack pie why not crack tea?

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/11/food/la-fo-crackpierec11-2010feb11

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4 min, 0 sec

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3 min, 0 sec

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Erin

I’m glad I provided you with a kind of emergency tea stash! And I’m glad you liked this!

Rabs

Oh yes — this tea is crazy-sweet on many-a-level :D Good luck with the rest of the move!

LiberTEAS

I don’t offer many people tea because of the very thing that you mentioned. Unless people are actually “in to” tea, they aren’t going to understand or appreciate what you’re offering them. To so many people out there: “tea” = Lipton’s. That’s what they grew up on… that’s what I grew up on. So, they don’t have the palate for something else. I’m not going to suggest that tea lovers possess a more “sophisticated” palate or any other such nonsense, because I don’t think that’s the case. I think it’s just that “we” (that is, tea enthusiasts) happen to be more in tune to the nuances of tea because we happen to love it.

I have some of this tea, but I haven’t yet tried it. I do look forward to trying it though, as I LOVE pineapple upside down cake!

Good luck on the move! I hope it all runs smoothly!

silvermage2000

Nice review ooh I enjoy pineapple in tea. I should of bought some but it sold out my fault for putting off buying some lol.

AmazonV

my friends know i am nuts about tea, and will be forced to guest tea blog if they don’t take lipton! this keeps it to lipton for the people who don’t care, and very excited people who do care

Ricky

@Erin thanks! I just realized I’ve been going through your tea a lot lately, haha.

@Rabs Oh it’s going to take another month or half a month before I’m finally settled. Who knew moving could be so hectic.

@LiberTEAS I think we just need to find the tea that really stands out so we can convert them! I’ve been trying to think of a good tea that could make a lipton lover, go woah, this is amazing!

@silvermage2000 Didn’t they just restock recently!?!? Frank does make some good honeybush teas. The raspberry danish isn’t bad either, a bit lighter. I have to really sit down with that one before I write up a log.

@AmazonV Haha, you know… now that I think about it… perhaps some lapsang souchong is necessary for those lipton lovers.

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Rabs

I was dying to hear how the meet up went! Thank you so much for posting some details of the event, and I’m delighted that y’all had a great time :)

sophistre

It is a more subtle cup, for what it’s worth…which is probably why I like it, given my tastes! I wasn’t sure about the first cup, but the subtle sweetness sort of grew on me…the flavors seem well-paired. I think it does have a sort of mild astringency akin to the astringency you get with dried apples, but not the sort that comes along with bitter tea, like assam, if that makes sense — at least, that’s what I get from my batch.

Rabs

AmazonV: Thanks for the pics and the writeup! I have to admit that I’m sort of disappointed that the overlords weren’t wearing capes or something more “overlordish.” ;)

S

Hehe! And yes, thank you AmazonV for the write up!

JacquelineM

I wish I was able to go! Bad timing w my tree problem. It looked so fun, informative and delicious!

Ricky

@Rabs, yeah it was a small group, but it was cozy. Basically we tried five samplers and had some other teas on the side.

@sophistre, hmmm, I feel like many of Frank’s teas grow on you. The flavors are always so subtle but as you drink it, you get more accustomed to it and the flavors seem to show up more. If I had a choice between an orange or an apple I’d go for the orange. I don’t hate apples, but it wouldn’t be my first choice as a fruit. I think I can see what you mentioned about the apple tartness.

@AmazonV Thanks! =]

@JacquelineM Oh no! Poor tree! I was surprised you weren’t there since you always go to radiance! It was such a nice day too.

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drank Mandarin Matcha by 52teas
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205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Rabs

R.I.P. Mandarin Matcha ::bows head for a moment of silence::

Cinoi

Yay! Sorry about the address, I have it correct in the address book…hmmm, oh well, I’m glad it got there and of course that you enjoyed it!!

Ricky

No worries about the address. The mail man delivers so many packages that he knows my name and dropped the package in my mailbox so I didn’t have to hunt for it =]

Cinoi

Haha, good :)

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175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more
Stephanie

Boo to Harney for selling old tea! So I guess all sale teas are old?

Ricky

Shrugs, I mean it’s sealed and everything. I’m assuming on sale means they aren’t going to produce anymore / it’s at the end of it’s life cycle or product cycle. It might just be that Harney’s isn’t as flavorful. For the price I’m not complaining, but I wouldn’t repurchase it again if I had a choice as this one is so much better.

LiberTEAS

Stephanie: Not necessarily. It could also be that they overstocked on a particular tea and using a sale to reduce stock quickly.

Stephanie

Got it! Yeah makes sense. Thanks Liberteas!

I was eyeing that sale on H&S, too. I won’t order it now for myself since it’s so light in flavor. But I guess it would be a good “starter” Jasmine for the milder tea drinker.

LiberTEAS

You know what, I am not a big fan of Teavana for my own set of reasons, but they do have pretty tasty teas. Their peach blooming tea is pretty amazing.

Ricky

Stephanie, I can send you some if you want.

Ohhh, I might have to try that LiterTeas. Peach + flower bloom sounds like a winning combination.

LiberTEAS

They have a couple of other flavors too, I believe. The Peach is what caught my attention most prominently though.

Alicia

That is excellent to hear. Glad you enjoyed it. I love to take these to sea with me as they scare the crud out of my fellow travelers. Some tell me they wont try them on looks alone. Yet they eat the galley food… I wonder. LOL I will have to send you some others before I deploy in the June/July time frame.

Ricky

They won’t try silly flower teas? My co-workers were amazed by it. Then again they love tea as well so that might be why they were so excited to try it. They were looming over the cup the whole time watching the flower bloom unravel. Actually, they were probably excited because they wanted to see what it unraveled into because all I told them was to drop it in a cup of not so hot water. As much as I like surprises, send me a message before you decide to send me more tea as I might be moving soon. Actually I suppose I can message you when I know my new address.

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drank Snow Bunny by Compass Teas
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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Stephanie

Lol! Nasty bunnies!

Veri-Tea

Bad bunnies! Bad! Hee hee hee!

Rabs

I second the lol! Bunny violation! Plus my mind went to Anya from Buffy which is an added bonus :)

SoccerMom

You better hurry up and get rid of the snow bunnies before they get dust bunnies. LOL

Ricky

I know these bunnies are evil! Bunny teas are not to be trusted!!! Luckily it seems Steepster only carries beach and snow bunnies.

AmazonV

hey, leave my bunnies outta this!

Ricky

Your bunny is just as guilty and you know it!

Rabs

::rabbit disapproves:: ;)

AmazonV

lol! man i wish lolbunnies was up right now so i could link that disapproving rabbit

Rabs

lolbunnies? LOL! I only know this one: http://www.disapprovingrabbits.com/

AmazonV

it was like this: http://icanhascheezburger.com/tag/lolbunnies/ but a whole site of them – my bunnies fail to disapprove or cute they just flop

Rabs

Oh teh cute! ::splodes::

Ricky

A year ago a friend of mine showed me the icanhascheezburger link… and I said really? Once again I laugh and go really!?!?

Oh bunnies… I think I have a picture of my friend’s bunny that looks just like that brown one . It was one stinky bunny.

Veri-Tea

Oh lolbunnies…. too cute, I can’t stand it…

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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Alicia

The name alone is pure awesomeness!

Ricky

I know! Back from the seas again?

Alicia

Again but not for long…

TeaEqualsBliss

OH!!!! I dropped THAT in the TTB! LOL – I wondered if anyone tried it!!!!

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Hiya!

I am always up for sharing my tea with others. If you’re interested in something just let me know.

My Ratings
80+ Love it, needs to purchase more!
70-79 Pretty good, would consider another cup
50-69 Not bad, but probably won’t repurchase
< 50 Bleck, I don’t want another cup

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