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I still love this one… It would be even better with lavender!

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drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
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Backlogged again…

My canister of this blend is well past its sell-by date, but it still tastes great! Tiesta wins with the packaging on this, I gotta say.

I normally dislike kiwifruit; I think it’s the texture and the look of it that puts me off, not so much the actual flavor of the fruit. Maybe that’s why I enjoy this blend so much. It’s lightly sweet, and the perfect amount of fruity without being cloying or fake-tasting. I get apple notes as well as kiwi, and the green base has a savory, umami quality to it. The leaves are whole and open beautifully while steeping. Theirs is the only commercial green tea that I can tolerate. The only other green teas I’ve had that I really liked were from Butiki (sob) and Dobra (sob even harder because I moved away from the city where my favorite teashop of theirs is located).

I like this company because they are utilitarian without compromising quality or artistry.

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Backlogged from several days ago—

Tried this one hot by mixing the latte concentrate with milk and heating it in a saucepan on the stove.

It’s not as good as a hot drink. All I got was sugary sweetness. None of the cocoa, espresso, and spice notes that I was getting when I drank it as a cold beverage.

Good to know moving forward!

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Very definitely works. The dry bag smells overwhelmingly like Valerian (which is to say, it smells like dirty socks), so I was a bit apprehensive about drinking a cup of it, but once it is submerged in hot water, the smell goes away and the other herbs take over and make it very sweet, mild, soothing, and enjoyable. And it knocked me out. It worked better than the Valerian capsules I take sometimes. I’m betting that TM uses a superior grade of herbs than the company that makes the capsules.

Flavors: Floral, Mint, Sweet

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drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
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I finally steeped this perfectly. It was magic. It has a mushy, thick mouthfeel, reminiscent of the flesh of a mango. The liquor brews a deep brown with green around the edges of the cup.

It’s very fragrant, floral and fruity. You do need to be careful about oversteeping though because the base is finicky, and it’s also tempting to overleaf because the dry leaf is rolled into little pellets. Trust me, a little goes a long way!

I must remember to try this with honey next time.

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drank Earl Grey Decaf by Bigelow
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Double-bagged with milk for my pre-bedtime cuppa. This is good for a decaf blend. It still gets overpowered by milk though, so you do need to use two bags to get a decent cup. Doesn’t bother me any because it’s very affordable.

Bergamot is nice and bright in this blend, which makes up for the flatness of the decaf base. Bottoms up!

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In a word, disgusting.

In several words, it smelled like Lemon Pledge, and it tasted like water with a hint of tea that might have had bergamot passed over it at some point… The slightest dash of skim milk completely overpowered it and rendered it absolutely worthless. No wonder the store I got this at was hawking it on clearance for $1.50 a box. Normally the pyramid bag blends are far superior to anything else this company produces, but in this case, I’d rather drink the regular orange pekoe swill that they peddle than this witch’s brew of cheap nastiness.

0/10; would not recommend to my worst enemy.

Flavors: Artificial


So I’m guessing you didn’t like this tea? ;)


Ugh, makes me think of a Tea I got at a Sri Lankan shop. It was loose leaf and it wasn’t until later that I found out that it was flavoured. It too tasted like cleaner.


Just so uncalled for :(

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
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I’ve been meaning to try this one for a while now. I have seen enough BBC television show sets and read enough modern British lit to know that this is the working Englishman’s go-to tea. Also, my boyfriend works with a Scot, an Irishman, and several English people and they have all introduced him to it. “It’s the OG tea,” he told me. “You’ll like it.”

I brewed it up this morning in my purple butterfly fine china teacup with a dash of skim milk. I like the uniqueness of the sachets— it’s a pyramid shape made of meshlike paper— ideal for allowing the water to hit the leaves completely.

The tea liquor was a reddish-brown color, which looked delicious mingled with the opaqueness of the milk. It almost looked pink!

It held its own against the milk very well, flavor-wise. It tasted… strong. Like, it tasted like it could bench 450 lbs. Smooth, not astringent, lots of room to add whatever you want to it— milk, sugar, honey, lemon, etc.

Found my new go-to for Builder’s Tea.


Oh yeah, everyone needs a non-fussy strong tea in their life, that’s for sure.


Plus we found it in the English Food section of the store, so I felt all worldly and stuff buying it. :D

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I found this at Shaw’s last night!! I couldn’t believe they had it— I thought sure I was going to have to order it online.

It’s a chai latte concentrate, and it is every bit as amazing as it sounds.

I will admit to having fallen off the wagon lately with my coffee addiction. I started grad school at the end of September, and it’s very different than what I’m used to— online vs traditional classroom setting, APA style vs MLA, and so on. I don’t handle making mistakes and learning curves very well when it comes to school, because for my whole life, that is what I’ve been good at. So I have been procrastinating on assignments and wasting a whole lot of time telling myself that it’s no use and I’m stupid for even doing this, and so I wind up needing coffee to get my butt in gear in the mornings.

My guilt from forsaking tea has been pretty strong, so what a relief that products like this exist! The sweetness from the cane sugar, cinnamon , and cocoa make this a treat, not a staple, but what a treat it is! The espresso and black tea play surprisingly well together, neither overpowering the other, and the cocoa augments the chocolatey notes from the tea and the coffee. Plus, you still get all of the cinnamon-y, gingery, clove-aliciousness that we know and love from chai!

My boyfriend and I made it cold, with skim milk, and we both sucked it down . I’m going to play with it some more and try making it hot next.

I’ll be purchasing this again whenever I feel my spirit getting low!!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coffee, Spices, Sweet, Tea

Chai (not Kai) Mera

One of the most useful things I learned in grad school was how to go into a new field/job/setting and learn the rules “on the fly,” as it were. (Slightly less useful was how to find the free leftovers from department events.) What you’re going through now isn’t “stupidity” or “useless” it’s really good training that will give you an advantage over other students who didn’t have to make that adjustment. Still frustrating, of course, but that’s what the tea is for. Good luck!

Also, I had to read your review and the tea description twice — this is tea with COFFEE in it? Seriously? That sounds amazing and dangerous.


Thank you for the encouraging words :D I’m working full-time while chipping away at this degree one class at a time, so I do need to learn how to not be so hard on myself. You’re so right about learning the rules on the fly!

And yes, tea and coffee mixed! It’s absolutely divine! But yeah, I wouldn’t exceed one serving per day. Haha.

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drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Twinings
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Mmmm, I like this a lot! English breakfast teas tend to be almost floral, which is not a quality I enjoy in black tea (although I adore floral greens) and Scottish breakfast tea is so astringent and malty and tough to take. This strikes a nice balance between the two. Nicely blended, no floral quality, strong and malty without feeling like an assault on the senses. Also takes milk rather nicely — maintained a lovely ambery color and strong flavor even after a splash was added.

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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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