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Last night, I went through my ridiculous tea collection and dug out the boxes of teas that have only five or so servings left, and I put them in a separate box. They are now Priority Teas, meaning that I’m not allowed to buy any new teas until I’ve finished them.

This is one of the Priority Teas.

I know it’s crappy Lipton, but this one really is good. it was nice and light and fruity but not overly sweet, which I definitely appreciated.

Memily

This is an exceptional term and a brilliant way to manage sipdowns. THANK YOU. Setting up my own Priority Tea station this weekend.

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This is the tea that introduced me to longjing, which is now my very favorite type of green tea. Soooo buttery and delicious.

I’ve never really gotten much in the way of “fruityness” from this Tiesta concoction; the base is clearly the dominant part of the blend. But that is A-OK with me, because fruityness can be easily overdone, in my opinion.

I also love that one scoop of leaves can be good for up to three cups of tea.

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drank Earl Grey by Choice Organic Teas
241 tasting notes

I love this EG…

The bergamot tastes almost fresh in this one, and the black tea base is superb. Choice’s bagged teas really are excellent. I left the bag in the water for the whole time and the flavor was perfect the whole time.

Prime!

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drank Egyptian Licorice by Yogi Tea
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Homework lost the battle tonight, due to stress. I’m gonna unwind with a cup of this stuff (I’m hoping it will counterbalance the near pound of cake frosting that I ate straight from the jar today… Oops) and just revisit the assignment tomorrow.

It’s sweet, it’s gentle, it’s warming… Just what I need.

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drank Chai Green by Stash Tea Company
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I’ll echo everyone else on here and say that I had my doubts about this blend at first pass. A chai masala with a green tea base? How could that possibly work? And when I ripped open the packet, I was assailed by an onslaught of cinnamon so powerful that I thought I was going to sneeze.

I decided to make the cup up anyway. YOLO

It’s not bad. It’s a light chai, with an emphasis on the cinnamon and cloves perhaps, but overall, pretty inoffensive. The dragonwell base holds up okay, but I think I still prefer my classic chai masalas with an Assam base instead.

If this tea were a schoolchild, and I its teacher, it would be a B student.

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drank Darjeeling Tea by Twinings
241 tasting notes

The liquor of this tea is gorgeous- amber colored.

Sipping…. It’s very light and fragrant, and I noticed that it needed a longer steep time than most black teas. I like it! It’s very delicate.

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drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Twinings
241 tasting notes

Very smooth black tea. I was surprised- I was expecting it to have much more of a bite of astringency to it. But it played nicely. Of all the UK breakfast teas I’ve tried- English, Scottish, and Irish, I find this to be the best.

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Sipdown! (I know I’m posting this from the Sampler Pack entry, but for some wacky reason, my computer won’t let me get onto the regular, full box entry for CS’s Peppermint. Same tea, different quantity.) I’m drinking the last two bags in the box.

I’m not really sorry to see this one go. It was fine for a plain peppermint tea, and it never mistreated me, but I didn’t love it. The best part about it was that there was a free Celestial Seasonings collectible tin inside the box, which now houses my fair trade peacock feather earrings.

So long, and thanks for all the peppermint, but I’m onto smoother and higher quality peppermint pastures.

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drank Chamomile by Carrington Tea
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Still the best deal going for tea. A dollar for a box of 20 bags? Sold!

Will be restocking as a staple tea. I’m down to my last four cups. It’s everything you’d expect and want in a simple bagged chamomile.

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Hello! I’m an American college student, trying to find my way in the world. I love literature, politics, and tea.

Favorites: black, oolong, and white teas (anything with chocolate, nutty, or spice notes!); pu- erh, yerba mate, chamomile, tulsi.

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

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 for me to really enjoy it.

Dislikes: Plain green teas, rooibos, 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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