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drank Hazelnut Chai by Twinings
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Free sample from Twinnings. This was pleasantly and surprisingly delicious! The chai was much subtler than other chais I’ve tried (and hated), and hazelnet was definitely there. I normally avoid chais because they are too strong and normally are strongly gingered flavored, but I asked for a sample of this thinking chai would be more amenable to me in tea bag form.

I was right! This was super yummy. Light but still flavorful without punching me in the face with the chai flavor. I may need to keep a box of this at my desk.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Yay I can’t wait to try mine.

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You know you need to stop buying tea when you get a new order… only to find you already had some of the same tea in your cupboard. Unopened. I guess there was something about Hawaiian Dreams that just spoke to me.

I way oversteeped this. I didn’t hear the timer go off so I don’t know how long this steeped for. However, it was not bitter at all.

This tea is more coconut than pineapple tasty, though the pineapple is there. This is pretty tasty tea, though I wish it had more pineapple taste. It’s smooth with a very nice creamy texture. I’ll have to try this sweetened later to see if that might bring out more pineapple. I hope so.

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I found a 3.5 oz tin of this at TJ Maxx for $2.99. $2.99. SCORE!

Note to self: gunpowder tea is SOOPER caffeinated. I’m jittery and my heart is racing after two cups. And the second cup was resteeped.

That said, this tea is also incredibly tasty. I don’t normally like green teas but this tea is bold, dark, slightly smoky, slightly dry, and 100% delicious. I love this so much.

I have gotten two steeps from the leaves, and it is still going strong. I can probably get at least another 2-3 steeps in but I think I should stop and let my heart achieve a resting heart rate again first.

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sweeTEApie

I found the same thing at Marshall’s! They also had Keemun black. :)

Debbie

Guess I’ll have to go to Marshall’s this weekend! As if I need more tea…

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I wasn’t expecting too much. I found a box of this at TJ Maxx and decided to give it a try. I really like this. It’s incredibly smooth and the blackberry and jasmine mingle together nicely. I may have to try and find more of this once I’m done with the box.

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drank Blueberry BOO! by Della Terra Teas
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This tea smells divine. The blueberry scent is super strong. This tea is pretty tasty, too, but I can’t tell what, if anything, the chocolate bits bring to the table. I can’t taste them at all.

That’s okay. I love blueberry.

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This is tasty. I definitely can taste the blueberry, and the cinnamon is reminiscent of the crumble topping. The flavor was missing some oomph, though, and was more subtle than what I wanted.

Maybe something to make it a bit creamy? Because I love ice cream or whipped cream on my blueberry crumble.

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Delicious. The green tea base threw me for a bit, because in my head, almond goes with black tea because it’s more desserty and hearty, and green tea should be lighter. But this was very good. The coconut added a creaminess to the tea, and the almond came right through. Lovely. Absolutely love.

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drank Turkish Gold by Capital Teas
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I can’t help comparing this to Sultan’s Delight from American Tea Room. They taste very similar except Capital Teas’ has a green tea base instead of black. This is nice – sweeter than Sultan’s Delight, and lighter too.

I like them both, but think I’m leaning towards ATR’s better, but this is a nice alternative. I think this would be delicious iced.

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On a chilly, overcast day when I had to reluctantly drag my butt out of bed in order to go to work, I reach for an old favorite. This is perfection in a cup. The jasmine is strong yet mellow, and the tea does taste faintly peach-like.

I just wish I had time to finish the mug before I had to run out the door.

However, drinking this chilled after work – still yummy.

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TeaVivre

The most agonizing thing is that we have to leave bed in order to go to work everyday. Drinking tea can keep us awake.

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drank Sweet Matcha Original by Rishi Tea
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I bought a bag of this from the Spice & Tea Exchange in Georgetown. Thankfully, it was Rishi brand. The teas that were the house brand I bought were lackluster, disappointing, and not worth the money. Because this was Rishi, I expected better, and did get better.

This is exactly what the name says it is: sweet matcha. In hindsight, preparing this using sweetened almond milk was probably overkill… my drink was too sweet, in fact. But still delicious. I normally buy the sweetened almond milk but may switch to the unsweetened if I’m going to be adding it to tea (which I am).

I could probably blend your own sweetened matcha easily, and might try myself in the future. I did get some ridiculously cheap matcha (probably low grade given the price) from the Asian market so I can play around a bit without feeling like I’m tossing money down the drain. I’ll see if I can approximate this matcha – it’s that good. And not too badly priced, either. Spice & Tea charged $13 for a 125g pouch.

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I’m a tea-aholic. I’ve always loved tea. It is soothing and warm and comforting. I always had it when we went out to eat as a child so my first association is with rich and delicious food.

As an adult, I’m learning to enjoy tea on its own merits, and bask in its subtleties and varieties. The ritual of making a cup of tea is instantly relaxing.

I prefer oolong and white teas, followed by greens, and then blacks. For the most part I do not like flavored or blended teas, and I never add sugar or cream to tea from the actual tea plant.

I’m slowly learning to appreciate rooibos blends, which I drink for its anti-inflammatory properties.

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