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Always delicious, always soothing. I’m getting a lot of vanilla tonight, which is different because normally the honey is more dominant.

In any event, it’s creamy and delightful. I think this is my favorite Twinings blend.

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Typical of these Lipton Pyramid teas, this one is fantastic as an iced tea. The peach and mango are already amazing together, and chilled, this is just the perfect summer evening tea.

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drank Mojitea by Argo Tea
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FACT: I bought this bottled tea today mostly because I wanted the awesome glass bottle that it came in.
ANOTHER FACT: The tea inside the bottle was actually pretty fantastic. Normally, mint tea makes me gag. And bottled tea is much much much too sweet for me. But this one was blended with lime juice and real cane sugar, so it was refreshing and – get this – tasted like real tea. No plastic-y, fake, processed taste. I could have brewed this myself. It wasn’t even that expensive! It turned out to be exactly what I needed on this horridly humid day.

If I’m ever in a pinch and need another quick iced tea fix, I’m going straight for Argo. (Plus, having a collection of these most excellent reusable glass bottles with the screw-tops wouldn’t be a bad thing…)

Flavors: Lime, Mint, Sugarcane

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Mmmmmmm, oh my gosh! This is amazing. Creamy, sweet, dessert-like. Normally I’m prejudiced against decaf blends (the ones I’ve had lose a lot of their flavor in the decaffeination process), but this blows all of that out of the water.

I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that these sachets are not paper, but rather mesh, which allows the water to reach the leaves in a better way.

Very high quality stuff! I even got 2 cups out of 1 sachet. It was sooooo soothing and decadent. I was sad when I finished my Mason jarful.

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Yum yum, summer fruit tea! Normally, I avoid super fruity blends, but I just impulsively decided to try this one today. I’m glad I did! This tea is a perfect example of responsibly used hibiscus. Which is to say, hibiscus is listed in the ingredients, but I didn’t taste it. Thank goodness, because the hibiscus was what made me hesitate initially.

White tea and peach are a match made in heaven, in my opinion. They both have a mildly sweet and floral flavor, which is perfect for July. The mango presents itself during the sip, and the peach echoes in the aftertaste, but neither dominates over the other.

Well done, Lipton.

Flavors: Carrot, Mango, Peach

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drank Gingerberry by GT's Kombucha
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I was craving kombucha today. I think I really just needed something cold, relaxing, and healthy in my life. I love my current job, but it does require a LOT of standing. And the weather has been driving me mad lately. Dry heat, I can handle. Suffocating humidity for days on end, not so much…

But anyway, to the tea. This is my favorite flavor of kombucha that I’ve had so far. I think the tart-sweet blueberry juice and the sharp ginger mix well together, and the acidity of the kombucha itself makes for a very lively and fizzy drink.

The experience of drinking kombucha does take some getting used to, but once you know what to expect, it kind of grows on you (ha). It also has the added benefit of making me sleepy and relaxed. I think it’s the trace amounts of alcohol that the fermentation process leaves behind. Fine by me. It’s good for a healthy treat every now and then.

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drank Bavarian Wild Berry by Lipton
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Sipdown! The last six teabags in this box have been sitting around my cupboard (and my house) for a while now. So I decided to make a nice pitcher of this, iced. Gotta beat the heat AND clear out the tea clutter in my life!

I didn’t love this one hot, but iced, it’s simply divine! Berries taste best cold, to me. I’m getting a very mellow black base and mostly strawberry and raspberry, and possibly even some cranberry and honey notes. I have this theory that Lipton, as an American commercial tea brand, knows that most of their consumers drink their teas iced, and so they craft them to taste good iced.

That said, I won’t be restocking it. I like Lipton’s Vanilla Caramel tea better.

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drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
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I made a bunch of this iced. It’s amazing! Just as good as it is hot, if not better. Sweet, refreshing, creamy, and the perfect mix of vegetal green tea and light fruitiness. Ideal summertime drink.

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Having a mug of this in my Serenity Prayer mug. Because after the absolutely horrid day I had at work, I need it. And it’s much healthier than a beer.

I absolutely love this tea! The vanilla just gives the regular Sleepytime blend a more satisfying and soothing finish.

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drank Vanilla Caramel by Lipton
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These Lipton Pyramid teas are my guilty pleasure. This one is my favorite. The base is fairly astringent, but if you catch it early and ditch the teabag after one or two minutes, it’s actually a really tasty tea. The caramel and vanilla make it creamy and sweet.

Vanilla teas appear to be my weakness. Lol

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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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