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drank Pumpkin Spice Chai by Twinings
552 tasting notes

My fiance has discovered that the quickest way to turn my bad mood into a good mood in the fall and winter is to put a steaming cup of Chai into my hands (and to be honest, he is right). So, when I got curious over this tea in the store he picked it up with this rationale: it is Chai, you are almost out, and even if you don’t love it you will drink it or give it to your mother.

Once again, he isn’t wrong. Luckily, the spices in this one are strong enough that I don’t have to double bag the tea with half a cup of hot water before adding milk. One bag is normally enough to do the trick.

This morning, I goofed a little on the amount of milk. Let’s be honest, I goofed a lot. The cup was more milk than tea, but it was the best cup of Pumpkin Chai I’ve had with this so far! The extra milk brought out the sweetness and creaminess of the pumpkin while having a nice rounded spice finishing aftertaste. It was delicious and complimented my sausage, egg, and spinach breakfast really nicely.

This does make me wonder if I’ve been making this tea all wrong in the first place though. If that much extra milk brought out extra sweetness and creaminess, then I should just pick up a little bit of cream to see if using less of cream instead of milk will bring about the same sort of deal without cooling down the cup to iced tea levels. Luckily I still have about four bags of this left, so I have time to expirament a little and see.

Flavors: Cream, Pumpkin, Spices

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Your boy is a keeper!

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I don’t even want to look and see what year it was when I sat down to write about a tea in Steepster. It was a long time ago and I had stopped drinking my teas for a while. Life happened and I’m in a new apartment with my fiance! He got be a variable temperature kettle (best fiance ever) and I am back to drinking all of my tea!

I process magazines into the library and I remember when I first saw an ad for these teabags. I do drink the bottled Pure Leaf from time to time (not my favorite bottled tea, but it is ok) so when I saw this on the shelf in Giant, I decided to snag a box to see how it was.

I didn’t even notice it was black tea with vanilla until I got it home since I just grabbed the black tea. It smells so good when steeping. All vanilla teas smell good when steeping. I was surprised to see on the box that this is an Assam black tea. I don’t normally see that mentioned on store brand teas. When I do it is normally in a breakfast blend.

I have no sugar in the apartment currently, so I’m trying this plain first to see how it is.

It tastes like a normal vanilla tea. Not quite sweet enough to tell it is vanilla. No smell of vanilla once it is done steeping. A bit astringent after the sip with just a tad bit of something sweet lingering. It might be good iced, but it is winter and I don’t really want cold tea unless I am taking it to work.

With Milk:
I normally have some milk in my morning tea now since I’ve been drinking boxes and boxes of Twinings Chai. I have no idea why I keep thinking that milk will fix all vanilla tea and bring out the vanilla like magic. No vanilla, but the milk makes the tea taste slightly caramel. That is always nice and appreciated in the morning.

Good thing I have a paycheck coming this week. This one would probably taste best with sugar, but other than that it tastes like any other vanilla tea. Slightly disappointing that the tea never tastes how it smells when it is steeping, but overall fine for a cup. Kinda like the bottled tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

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After much reading and research into TeaPop, I decided to try it with this tea. It would have turned out fine and tasty because the chamomile was lightly floral and iced the honey and vanilla took center stage.

But I used club soda….

The horrors of the horrible tasting club soda! I had some on its own to make sure that was what I was tasting and apparently I am one of the people that can taste the difference in club soda and regular seltzer water. This is heightened by the feeling of finding seltzer water this morning that was already in the house. Oh well, I’ll just have to try it again later.

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Hmm, I don’t know why I haven’t tried tea-pop on my own, it just never occurred to me. I have a soda-stream and make my own concoctions all the time – with flavored syrups and rosewater, and things like that. Must try this.


Let me know how it goes for you! I don’t have a David’s Tea in my area so I was really confused when I started reading everything about tea pop.

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I am seriously considering throwing out this tea. I’ve had it for a while and I barely drink it. I think I remember why now. The lavender is way, way too strong and it makes the entire cup taste like lavender perfume. Not pleasant at all.

Flavors: Lavender, Perfume

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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Backlog 1: Drank the rest of this last night, hot with milk and just a little bit of sugar. Super comforting and now I’m down a tin of tea.

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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Thanks to the Tea and Hookah bar, I have been drinking tea for the past two days. Last night and this morning I dragged out my tea chest and made myself some comforting English Breakfast prepared English style with milk and a spoonful of sugar.

I have about one more french press serving in my tin and then I will have drank two tins of this tea. I have a feeling that this will probably end up being a lifelong staple in my tea cabinet.

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy

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drank Smoked Maple by Shanti Tea
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I have been going to a Tea and Hookah bar with my friends and getting a mysterious marshmallow tea. It is so good and creamy and tastes like marshmallows. A perfect relaxing tea for anytime. The trouble is that I didn’t know what type of tea it was.

Well, last time I was there my friend happened to know the worker there and got out of him that the “marshmallow tea” was their smoked maple tea with a touch of vanilla coffee creamer and agave syrup. Obviously I had to find the brand it was and make a tea note of it!

This one is going on my shopping list for sure!

Flavors: Marshmallow


I didn’t see that coming, a smoked tea!

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drank Vanilla Caramel Chai by Tazo
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I am graduating from a strictly herbal tea drinking to having some black tea! Hopefully it means that I’m at least feeling better even if my cough isn’t gone yet. I am coughing less and I am convinced that my cups of chamomile are helping with that because even cough drops weren’t working that well for a while.


Hope you are all better soon!

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I’ve been down with a light cold/cough for a while now, so while I was out shopping for a family dinner I decided to pick up a box of this tea to see if it would help.

This tea is absolutely amazing and I don’t normally like most chamomile! The honey and vanilla gave it a little pop and the chamomile is surprisingly soothing. I don’t know what type of chamomile is in the blend, but I bet I would like this one straight.

I did add a little bit more honey to make it sweeter, but even when it is plain there is a pleasant taste of honey. This is probably going to be my go-to tea for a while. I think I am going to try it cold too.

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So, my mother has some K-cups of this and she was complaining about it being too strong, so I decided to give it a little taste test. The verdict? It is a little strong. Way too strong for her without watering it down some because she likes her tea on the weaker side.

But it makes for an excellent hearty tea with some milk and sugar in it. I could see having this for tea emergencies or weeks when you are far too lazy to make tea. It happens sometimes.

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I like Steepster, but I find that I come and go as I please. I might spend months on here and then disappear for no apparent reason. It depends on how busy my life is.

I have been moving solidly into the loose leaf tea territory lately and loving it. I have a french press I like brewing my teas in and I have all of my teas straight with no additions the first time I try it.

I like to try everything and I am starting to like everything. I love black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea, yerba mate,and honeybush. I’m still not the biggest fan of roobios, but that is probably because I haven’t found the right brand yet.

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