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drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
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I got 8 oz of this for $7! Unbelievable.

It’s so beautiful and delicate. I over-leafed (a chronic problem of mine) but it’s still a gorgeous tea. Mangoes have a natural perfumey quality to them from the start, and it just translates so well into tea! The black tea base is strong and nutty, and yet perfectly balanced with the sweet fragrance of the mango and the floralness of the calendula.


Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Mango, Nutty, Perfume

Christina / BooksandTea

You know, I really should try to find more mango-flavoured teas. I still miss the bit of Marquis de Gris (Mango EG) from RiverTea that I tried once…


Well, I can certainly recommend this one! Also, mango EG sounds amazing.

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A friend of mine made me a cup of this at work today (because it’s my birthday!). I love it! It reminds me of the Harney & Sons Green Tea Coconut Thai blend, but better. Mellow, slightly nutty, buttery, pleasant. Perfect for this rainy cloudy day. Yum yum yum. :D

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass


Happy Birthday!


Thank you, guys :D


Happy birthday!



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drank Ginger Kick by Higher Living
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And drinking this one, mostly because I wanted an excuse to get off the freaking phones for one freaking minute at work, but also because it is good for my throat, which is sore from allergies and talking to stupid people nonstop.

If I get “I don’t know, I’m not tech-savvy” one more time after I ask which browser a caller is using…. I shall scream.

Flavors: Cookie, Ginger


ha ha :)


#techsupportprobs lol

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drank Chocolate Mint Rooibos by Téga
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Today has been AWFUL. Rude people, drama with coworkers, phone is ringing off the hook. At least this tea is delicious. A calming, chocolatey, minty-fresh, delicious oasis from the insanity. Prepared and consumed in my “Don’t Tell Me to Keep Calm” mug.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Mint

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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Yum yum, I adore this one. Minty while it’s hot, more chocolatey as it cools. Good without any additions, superior with milk and sugar. Double-bagged it for emphasis.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Mint

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I made this one at work with my tea ball infuser. Then promptly sunk my tea ball, chain and all, into the hot water. No spoon in sight, so I had to dump it into a paper cup and fish the ball out that way. So now I have to drink it from a paper cup instead.

It’s withstood this silliness quite well, despite the odds. Pleasantly sour and sweet, fruity without being cloying. I’m hoping the elderberry will kill the sore throat that I seem to be developing. Ackkkkk.

Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet

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Teabag sipdown continued!

I finally figured out what this one reminds me of— it smells exactly like Apple Jacks cereal.

It gets better and sweeter from the cinnamon the longer you let it steep, but still nothing particularly memorable about it otherwise.

Will not restock.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Popcorn, Sweet, Vanilla, Wheat

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drank Caramel Vanilla by Lipton
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Teabag sipdown!

I do enjoy this one. Will probably restock this summer, because it is M to the A-ZING iced. Cheap, easy, and unexpectedly delicious.

Go Lipton!!

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Kettle Corn, Vanilla

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drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Sipdown! (Backlogged from yesterday)

Pros: Affordable, generous sample size, fairly high quality, nutty, vanilla-y.

Cons: VERY bitter and astringent, easily overdone, base overpowers the flavoring.

Not going to restock.

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drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
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Probably the best blend I’ve encountered from Bigelow. Their herbals are too hibiscus-heavy, and their chais are weak— the astringent black base overpowers them. This one is perfectly balanced and reliable. I like the subtle earth notes and the cleanness of the mint.

That being said, I probably won’t restock it once it’s gone, which after tomorrow, it will be. It was pleasant enough, but not worthy of a permanent status in my cupboard. Onward!

Flavors: Earth, Spearmint


The first time I ever tried this tea I was not impressed at all. The taste reminded me of the smell “eau de gym sock”. I avoided mint tea for the longest time after that, until I tried Moroccan mint a couple of years ago. Loving that, I bought a fresh boxc of Plantation mint to give it another go, and found it to be quite pleasant the second time around. Not an everyday go-to tea, by any means, but nice. I think that initial tea bag wayyyyy back when must of have just been ancient. I probably won’t restock this one, either, but I am glad I tried it again.


Lol “eau de gym sock.” Yeah, unfortunately I mostly end up settling for bagged teas during the week because they’re just easier to make at work. This one was just “tolerable” but decidedly not “fabulous.” I had to double-bag it to get a drinkable cuppa out of it.

Haley Dee

Your evaluation of Bigelow tea’s is spot on! I think Bigelow is generally the bottom of the barrel, haven’t tried this one but I’m weary of mint in general


Me too. Mint is overused.

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Hello! I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field and am currently working toward an MA in English.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me. I also love ginger, citrus, and lemongrass.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re floral.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base and be heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg. Also iffy about mate and herbal teas in general, although chamomile and I are usually on speaking terms.

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.


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