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I couldn’t stand not having this one in my collection… It’s just so good. Two of the simplest flavors in the tea world- vanilla and Sleepytime- and it’s just a match made in heaven. I like to drink this throughout the day, and I decided on it today especially because I’m working from home.

I just adore it. It’s sweet and fragrant and soothing and smooth. Do you really need anything more in a bagged tea?

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Backlogging from yesterday…

HORRID customer service at the Teavana store! I drove 40 minutes to get there and was made to feel totally unwelcome. I asked what the base of this one was, and I got “It’s herbal.”

…… Really? I can read, thanks. I’m a college educated woman (in literature, no less!). And when I said “I mean, is it like chamomile or rooibos?” I got “No, it’s a blend of herbs.”

….. smh.

I bought 2 oz of it because it smelled amazing, and let me tell you, it tastes amazing. Like liquid coconut cake. It has a peppery bite to it too, oddly enough. But it works, like Aztec hot chocolate.

Bottom Line: Don’t go to Teavana in person. But it would definitely be worthwhile to order online from them. Product = tasty, attitude as a business = lousy.

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I ain’t drinking this one for fun…. Although surprisingly it tastes pretty good. It’s minty and full of warm spices, like an Italian Christmas cookie. I loaded it with honey because I desperately need this sore throat to pull a Meg Ryan and go into hiding.

It’s not bad. Like all Traditional Medicinal teas that I’ve had, it feels good going down. I hope it supplements the DayQuil. I was lucky enough to get sick on my days off, so hopefully today will be the worst of it.

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Mmmm I love this stuff… It’s vanilla custard-y like dessert, but you can also taste the healthy, herby goodness behind it.

I let it steep forever and suffer no consequences. The RoT really nailed this one.

I get mixed ideas as to what rooibos does. Some swear that it cures insomnia, some say it’s revitalizing and energizing. It’s completely caffeine-free, so I’m deeming it okay to drink before bed. Or anytime, really.

It’s like a nice hot shower, but in beverage form. Does that make sense?

Flavors: Custard, Earth, Herbaceous, Vanilla

Boiling 8 min or more

It [rooibos] definitely helps with my joint pain. I try to drink at least 1 mug of it a day and I can really feel it if I don’t.


I think it’s just generally a good herb to drink for health. Personally, it makes me feel more relaxed than alert, and it certainly feels like good stuff while I’m drinking it.

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drank Almond by Adagio Teas
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I adore almond… So today I skipped the coffee and made a cup of this and added some almond milk to it for good measure.

The results? A delightful, very almond-y, sweet-smelling tea with bitter cocoa notes. Yum yum!

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This tastes herby and it has a peppery bite to it, and then the aftertaste tastes like those Lemonhead candies.

Functional more than pleasurable to drink, to be honest. It will relax you about as well as a small glass of wine— no exaggeration. But it’s not the yummiest thing ever.

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I was blown away by this one! It tastes exactly like a caramel apple. They managed to make it sweet without resorting to stevia (thank God) . The apple tastes genuine, and the caramel dances with it. The hibiscus and cinnamon were interesting choices, but upon sipping it, they work. The hibiscus works with the apple and brings in a tart note to counter the sweetness from the caramel and the cinnamon.

I hope they don’t stop making this one! It’s fabulous. Better than Bigelow’s seasonal Apple Cider flavor.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Cinnamon, Maple, Sweet, Tart

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown! I let this one get too old. I overleafed by about two and half times and the flavor is just about perfect.

As a rule, green tea isn’t my first choice. But I couldn’t resist ginger and strawberry together. It’s really nice, not astringent at all. Stacy is a boss at picking superior bases, and this is a dragonwell base I think. It’s buttery, which pairs awesomely with the sharpness of the strawberry and ginger, kind of like how wine and cheese go together.

So sad that someday in the not-so-distant future, Butiki Teas will be no more. They all have a certain kind of magic quality to them that is unmatched.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Ginger, Strawberry

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
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This is divine! It tastes just like the candy. Caramel in the sip, base brings in some burnt sugar notes, and then salt in the aftertaste. The smell alone makes it worth trying.

Love love love!

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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
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Mmmmmmm this is a nice one. It’s apple cider without the sugar. Bit weird because the liquor is red, but it is still warming and seasonal and nice.

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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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