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This was yesterday’s advent tea. It appears to be chai week!
It’s chai! This advent is really showing me how little I understand chai. It all starts to run together. Ah well. It was warm, slightly spicy, and beyond that I cannot provide in-depth tea analysis.

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drank Rise and Chai by The Tea Spot
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Advent of the day!

This is a very mild chai, almost more a gentle black tea with the lightest dusting of spices. Not what I was expecting from a blend called “Rise and Chai”.
I don’t dislike it, but it’s not left the very strongest impression.

Dustin

Rise and Chai! I’m far too easily amused by tea puns.

gmathis

Yeah, I’m a sucker for clever product names. (Then again, when I’m writing—curriculum and activities for kids—I tend to write the title first and then figure out how make it happen.)

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drank Saigon Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Day three of my little advent calendar is this chai, which is new to me.
As I’ve said before, I feel that I don’t have a very sophisticated chai palate, unable to really taste a lot of the subtle qualities of them, but I generally like it.
This is a nice chai! Rather peppery, which is something I enjoy. It’s a good tea for a cold, wet morning like today.
Om nom! This tea advent is proving to be delightfully fun.

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drank Bohemian Spice by The Tea Spot
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Day two of my tea advent has yielded this blend, which I’ve had before. I remember it as being heavy, and that’s what I got here again as well. I like all the flavor parts separately, but I feel it a bit unbalanced, too bold. But it was fun to try it again, like re-reading a book.

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I’ve always wanted to try a tea advent calendar, and, to my utter delight, my sister made me one! She’s given me a bunch of little tea samples from her own (fabulous) tea cupboard, and I am excited for the month to come.
Day one was this. It’s a pretty decent raspberry tea, not bitter at all, but not quite as juicy as I’d like.
I’ve really got to stick my head in Trader Joes soon and look at their teas.

AJRimmer

They have a nice tea section for sure! I bought a pumpkin rooibos from them years ago, mostly for the cute tin, which I still use to refill with whatever other pumpkin tea I have on hand.

gmathis

Tea that is a thoughtful gift always tastes twice as good!

Dustin

I bought that same pumpkin rooibos for the tin! They used to carry a really nice bagged jasmine that contained little balls of rolled up tea leaves. It was so good!

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I’m starting a habit, apparently. On mornings when I need to be awake and alert early (today), and have not had enough sleep due to the cruel plots of the world (last night), I’m reaching for this.
Fog Cutter is strong, but the lemon note lightens it up and keeps me from falling further into a stupor.

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drank Full Moon Chai by Plum Deluxe
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I don’t have a very sophisticated chai palate, but this is doing the job! Its warming, with a good balance of spices, and thats quite nice on this chilly morning.

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drank Boston by Harney & Sons
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So I have been bonkers busy lately, and my logging has suffered for it. I shall resolve to try much harder in the upcoming months. I do love Steepster!

It seems fitting that my last cup of this, my favorite autumnal tea, should happen on Thanksgiving. For my fellow US Steepsterites, Happy Thanksgiving. For all else, I hope your day is full of warmth and all good things!

For this autumn season, sipdown!

tea-sipper

Happy Thanksgiving!

ashmanra

I need to reorder this one! Thanks for the reminder while the sale is on!

gmathis

Hope all is well. Good selection for the holiday!

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I did not get enough sleep last night, by a long shot. So this morning I am most certainly in a fog, and so I thought I’d try this.
Good choice! A strong breakfast blend. Not so malty or overpowering that you feel like you’ve been whacked in the head, but strong.
Thank goodness. I’m going to need all the help I can get this morning!

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The moment the air had even a hint of crispness, I ordered a lot of tea for Harney and Sons, and am now smugly sitting on a small mountain of teas.
This is a new flavor for them, and I tossed it into the cart excitedly. This tea was voted on to determine who would win, and I really liked the tea that won last year (Victorian London Fog), so I had high hopes for this one.
I like breakfast blends, and one with a touch of maple sounds brilliant.
However….. I cant say I taste any of the maple. Its a decent breakfast blend, but I am lacking that punch of earthy sweetness that I was expecting.
Hmm. Well, I’ll keep trying and see what happens.

AJRimmer

I find that maple teas almost never have enough maple! It’s so sad!

gmathis

Maple teas, properly done, are delicious. Hope you find your sweet spot.

Maddy Barone

I like the Pancake Breakfast tea from 52Teas. I recall the maple was sweet but not cloying.

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