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I have basically been drinking nothing but chai tea for the past few weeks. I do like this one because of the strong spice. Something is off though. I don’t think the black tea part of it was actually strong enough to stand up to all of the spices. Not my favorite chai, but it is good enough to take over my entire tea drinking experience for a few weeks.

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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I disappeared a little because of the holidays. I finally shared the last of this tea with my fiancee. He thought it was a little strange and was glad that I didn’t have a full tin. I have to agree with him a little since it is a very distinctive flavor.

It was nice while it lasted. Sweet and cakey and lemony as long as you added sugar. The only lemon tea that I have run across that I actually liked.

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This has been my go-to tea for the past couple of days. It is bold enough that it is very comforting and very addictive. Exactly what I needed to replace my hot chocolate addiction. The sad part is that it is what I have been craving for so long that it is the only thing I’m drinking and I have new tea samples to go through.

I basically got my Christmas gift early this year. I am now a proud owner of my very first car! It is a really nice little car and I am excited about it. I feel like this is my first big step into becoming a real adult now.

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drank Earl Grey Decaf by Bigelow
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I ran out of all of my earl grey so I have been out of the Earl for about a month now. I finally broke down and took one of my mom’s bags out of her stash and I’m having it with a splash of milk. There is nothing more amazing right now. I am so glad that this is one of the better bagged earl greys.

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I keep reaching for this tea in the morning. I think I am just wanting something to keep me away from the hot chocolate and this spicy tea is just what I have been wanting. I guess I am going to have to go on a chai tea hunt this winter.

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I got a new round of tea samples from the wonderful Angel at Teavivre. This is the first one from the new set and I decided to actually write down the steeps in my journal before logging them into Steepster. It was fun actually writing down a tea tasting in my neon pink ink.

Steep 1: Brewed for two minutes. The tea smells dark and the liquor is a deep warm brown. The first taste is more earth and then a slightly sweet taste creeps in along the sides of your tongue. I looked at the tea packet and saw that it suggested a lower water temperature than I used so I am going to try a lower water temperature with the next steep and see if that changes things.

Steep 2: Brewed for 2.5 minutes. The liquor is slightly paler, but not by that much. It looks more like a dark topaz. It smells slightly like a sweet potato that has been taken out of the dirt and then quickly sprayed off so that it is clean but bits of earth are still clinging to the skin.

The taste is amazing. A very faint cocoa note that mixes with the previous taste to make an amazing slightly sweet rye bread. The kind that is just out of the oven. The crust is crisp and the crumb (the soft part of the bread) is so soft that it deflates in your mouth and releases a burst of flavor. So delicious.

Steep 3: Brewed for 3.5 minutes. The liquor is a light bronze. The flavor of rye bread is still there but it has a slight sweet potato taste to it now. This steep is a little watery, but I think if I had brewed it for another minute it would have been better. This is the last steep for the night.

Overall, this tastes very different from the full leaf version, but I love that it is so different. It just tastes good and makes me think of a warm kitchen when I was little. My mom doesn’t like rye bread so she never made it, but she did make bread. I can let my imagination fill in that it tasted like this tea and I would be content wherever I was at the moment. Delicious.


after reading this, I made a pot of the last bit I had left of this wonderful tea…on the shopping list it goes!


I have that effect on people when I finally get to try teas. lol. Last time it was for the jasmine silver needle.

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I was getting ready to brew up some of my Jasmine Silver Needle only to find that I must have used it all up already! I must remember to keep track of my teas better and to check how much is in the bag before I get ready to pour water in my pot.

So my eyes turn to my Dragonwell and it was exactly what I wanted. Buttery and grassy with a hint of astringency. Just the thing before I start to move on to my new round of sample teas from Teavivre. Have I mentioned how much I love that they let me sample different types of tea from them?

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I have been craving chai, so I picked up a box of this when my mom and I went shopping this evening. Hot and plain, the scent is wonderfully cinnamon! It smelled like liquid Red Hot candies. Brewed up it didn’t taste like much.

So I did what any person familiar with chai would do, I put a splash of milk in it. The milk brings out the other flavors. The prominent flavor is actually a blend between the allspice and the nutmeg. Cinnamon is still the most aromatic.

This would be lovely in the cool winter mornings which is what I was hoping for. I’m not sure I would pick it up again so I am still on my quest for the perfect chai. It will make me very happy to drink it though.

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drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
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Double strong with milk and it’s gone! That woke me up.

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It is time for the last of this sample. There was a little bit more in the bag than I would normally put in, but it wasn’t enough for two french presses, so I poured in the rest of my sample bag.

Starting at two minutes and going to keep re-steep it until I kill it. So probably six steeps worth of tea. A very good choice for an afternoon tea.

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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.

If you are curious about more than just my tea selection, I am on multiple sites.

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