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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
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I think… I think I’m slowly changing my mind about hibiscus teas. I like this one, and it’s almost entirely hibiscus. But the sourness works with the tart apple and spice notes.

Maybe I only like it with non-berry fruit flavors.

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drank Winter Spice by Numi Organic Tea
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I really, really dig this one. The sour lime just works. Then again, I’m a huge fan of all things citrus.

It perfectly captures the essence of wintertime— spice with a bite, and of course, white tea to match the white snow. The thing I like about Numi is that their bagged teas taste like loose leaf teas. They just have a magic touch that not many other companies have in their bagged options.

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This one got better after I let it sit for a month. I still don’t taste a lot of bergamot, but the raspberry is tasty enough.

Zhena’s teas look better in the canisters than they actually taste, as a rule.


Haha good rule to follow.

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drank Earl Grey by Unknown
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Boyfriend has several coworkers and managers from the UK at his job, and one of them gave him these Earl Grey teabags from England. I wish I knew the brand—- they’re square and unmarked white filterbags, like the Celestial Seasonings teabags.

Holy God, is it amazing tea though. The base is nice and robust, with hints of cocoa and Assam-like astringency. The bergamot tastes both citrusy and spicy.

Oh yeah, this is the genuine article. He’s had the loose version of it, too, and says that it’s even better.

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drank Kombucha by G.T. Kombucha
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Picked up a bottle of the original kind. I just wanted kombucha all of the sudden.

This didn’t really taste like much. I prefer the Gingerberry kind. Ginger and kombucha were a match made in heaven. This plain kind was okay. It was something healthy to drink, and it wasn’t gross by any stretch. But I think if I’m going to drop the $4 for a single bottle of this stuff, I want it to be more memorable.

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I’ve been wanting to try this one for forever… I finally found it at Shaw’s of all places (along with a fully stocked display of Caramel Apple Dream!)

I’m in love! This tastes EXACTLY like a sugar cookie. I’m on my second cup already. It’s a creamy tea, and it’s sweet and bready and buttery and perfect.

I wish they made this and the Caramel Apple year round, but I suppose if they did, they wouldn’t be as special.


+1 on the Caramel Apple Dream being made available year round.


I have been looking and looking and haven’t seen this one in a single seasonal display, and that makes me sad cause it sounds delicious.


Shaw’s has both! I know that Amazon has them, too.

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Backlogging from yesterday.

This is a pleasant, light, sweet tea. It’s nice because the green tea base is mild, which allows the sweetness of the mint to come forward without forcing it to taste like mouthwash.

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It tasted good, don’t get me wrong. But it was kind of weird to see the oily film on the top after it steeped. I think it was from the chunks of coconut in the dry leaf, but it was still a bit unsettling.

The cocoa nibs make it rich and sweet, almost like hot chocolate. You really don’t need to add sweetener. As for the sea salt, I got a hint of it in the smell. It definitely doesn’t taste salty to me.

The longer you steep it, the better it tastes.

Still not worth the trip and the money, in my opinion. Just glad I got it out of my system for the foreseeable future.


Ech, yeah, oily films kind of ruin things a bit.


Teavana in general is kind of iffy for me. Lol


I wanted so badly to love this one but it just did not work for me.


Agreed! The ingredients just didn’t come together nicely, you know what I mean? Like, all the right things were in it, but there was just no chemistry there.

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Grouchy today.

I figured that I needed a low-maintenance, vanilla flavored, non-caffeinated tea to soothe my nerves, so this was the winner. It’s not fabulous, but it’s something to drink and it has no calories, so it’s saving me from eating my feelings. It’s got a tart edge to it, rounded out by the vanilla, and it’s fruity without being overbearing.

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The first few times I made this one, it didn’t taste like much of anything. Kind of a watery, plain black tea.

I made it again today, mostly because I wanted to get rid of it. I then proceeded to let it get cold because work picked up, and I made an accidental discovery in the process!

This tea is AMAZING when it’s cold. I got notes of honey, nuts, molasses, and chocolate. The flavor just kind of came to life once the heat left. I think it’s a delicate tea, and it needs to be prepared as if it’s a particularly sensitive white tea.

I plan to cold-steep it, or maybe make it iced instead next time. Either way, it’s gonna be delicious.

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Hello! I’m a recent college graduate, trying to find my way in the world. I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me.

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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