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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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Today was weird. I had a strange second interview with the job that I thought I wanted, but after today, I’m not so sure.

I drank this to wake up this morning. It was okay. It was about what I expected- simple black tea. Typically smooth and creamy mouth feel, characteristic of Twinings blends. I’m not about to rush out and buy a box of it though, because I like their Darjeeling and other blends better.

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drank Chamomile by Carrington Tea
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Bye bye, plain, cheap chamomile. Probably at some point, I will end up with another box of this in my tea chest. But for now, I’m having a fling with Twinings Camomile, Honey & Vanilla. Plus, one of the classes I’m currently taking is making me seriously question how they grow, produce, and package this stuff, and sell it for so cheap. I’m officially suspicious.

It’s a nice staple tea to have around, though. Good for blending, good for a simple de-stressor, and just good to fall back on when all else fails.

However, for now, it’s TTFN.

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drank Green Tea Kombucha by Yogi Tea
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Sipdown! I made a pot of this to use up the last three teabags, and I’m planning to drink it cold. That’s how you’re supposed to drink kombucha anyway, isn’t it?

I won’t be restocking this one. I mean, yeah, it tastes good, and it’s a nice cheery cup of fruity and minty happiness, but since purchasing these teabags, I’ve discovered that I prefer real kombucha instead. If I want kombucha, I want the full, vinegary, effervescent experience, not this heavily-disguised green and herbal blend.

Don’t get me wrong- this tea tastes REALLY good. But it isn’t what I need when it’s kombucha I want.

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This. Is. Delicious.

I’m obsessed with vanilla flavored teas now. This is so sweet and fragrant and expertly blended… Oh my God.

New staple. Easily.


Oh, I didn’t know Twinings made this blend as well. We have a chamomile, honey and vanilla one from Celestial Seasonings that we’re quite fond of. :)


It’s such a perfect combination of flavors! Very sweet and mild, but it stays with me in such a nice way. It’s a simple pleasure.

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drank Chai by The Boston Tea Company
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Got an interview for tomorrow for a job that I am very very excited about! Soooo happy and nervous!

Drinking this to calm my nerves a little. It’s nothing special as far as bagged chai masalas with black bases go; a little heavy on the cinnamon, but that doesn’t bother me any. Scratches the itch when you’re a broke and rushed college senior, like me.


Good luck at the interview!


That’s great! I hope it works out!


Thank you guys so much! I’m so excited :D

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drank Darjeeling Tea by Twinings
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I love this stuff. It’s so light and refreshing. I’m getting honey notes this time, and I’m starting to see what they mean by Muskatel grape notes. The grape lingers somewhere in the fragrance of the tea.

This has a little something extra that plain Ceylon lacks.

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drank Fireberry by Tiesta Tea
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Made up a pot of this with the last of my leaves. I’m gonna keep the tin, because I think I can use it to store all of the stray pens and pencils lying around my room.

I probably will eventually restock this. It’s a nice loose leaf herbal, full of nice berries and healthy things. Packed with flavor. All I need is a hint of honey or some of the real maple syrup that I got this weekend, and I’m all set. I’ve been very impressed with Tiesta so far.

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drank Memory Tea by English Tea Shop
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Right, this cements it. Definitely not a fan of blends containing gotu kola. This tea is like drinking from a swimming pool. VERY marine, and the cinnamon was a nice idea in theory, but I’m not getting any of it, because whatever green tea base they used and the gotu kola completely overpower it. Yuck.

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drank Earl Grey Decaf by Bigelow
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Had a cup of this at my friend’s house with two fresh lemon wedges. Not bad. Nice and soothing after a busy day.

Could be the lemon, but I’m not getting all that much bergamot. I’m picky about my EG’s; the bergamot is best when it appears as a twist of citrus, not a perfume bath, and I like it best when it tastes fresh and not metallic. If it’s too light, I feel like I may as well be drinking English Breakfast, and if it’s too strong, it’s just unpleasant.

This blend is just kind of meh. It’s getting the job done, but not exactly setting the world on fire.

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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.


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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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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