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drank Candy Cane Crush by DAVIDsTEA
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A pouch of this accompanied me to work today, where I am nominating it to be the next work tea.
It was really, really mild today, and, curiously, pink! I would not have guessed there was a black tea base in this, if I was blindfolded and given this.
In that case it will be a great work tea, though I do hope I can get my proportions right and release the peppermint goodness that I hope lurks within.

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Polished this off at work today, and it didn’t make an impression.
I’m glad this one is out of the cupboard! Sipdown.

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A moment of “ugh” this morning, when I had finished measuring out my leaf, and then knocked my tin off the table, spilling leaf all over the kitchen floor. Ugh.
I managed to get the tin with a serving or two left in it, but the stuff that hit the floor, well, no. No way I am drinkng floor tea. And at least I’d measured out my breakfast cup.
I like this, but I don’t love this, and I’m not even sure that I like it well enough to bring it back in the end.
But still, I didn’t want to spill it.

Maddy Barone

oh, man, how frustrating!

Indigobloom

I won’t cry over spilled milk. But maybe spilled tea? maybe! blech.

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This is the latest blend I’ve brought to work, and I’ve been brewing up large mugs of the stuff, as I shuffle paperwork.
I think that this is too old. The flavors have faded to nearly nothing, so its a vaguely minty cup of hot water. Not an unpleasant vaguely minty cup of hot water, but still. Not quite tea.
Oh well, it will be finished soon!
I’m gonna leave my rating alone, though. Its not the tea’s fault that I let it get too old.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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You know those mornings, where you are laying in bed, and its the most comfortable place in the world? Yeah, that was me today. It was so warm, so soft, so unbelievably snug, that it was physically painful to get out of it when my alarm ruined the dark and quiet.
But there is always tea! Tea! How I love tea in the mornings. Its a wonderful motivator.
So, today, with enough time to make a pot, I’ve settled on this. If anything could comfort me out of bed, this is it.

gmathis

I have magnetic flannel sheets :)

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
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And I polished this meh blend this morning. It was nice to have at work, but its also nice to have it gone!
Sipdown.

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drank Christmas Cake by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Oh God, why does this smell like pickles today? Why? I don’t even have pickles in the house!
Its, well, I can’t say I’m loving this. Or possibly even liking it. It tastes like a spicy….pickle? Come on, whats with that? Argh!
Eeeeh, this is a first from my cupboard….

Fjellrev

I’ve had spicy blends go vinegary and pickle-like in the past.

Dustin

That is really weird!

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
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I’ve brought this with me to work, and have been drinking a cup of it in the mornings. Never more than a cup, though, as the combination of black and green tea can make me feel a little ill, if I drink too much of it, or if I brew it too strong.
Its never going to be a favorite, but it was given to me by someone who is fantastic, so I’m gonna drink it down.
Not long to go, actually! A cup a day facilitates a sipdown in good time.

gmathis

I have no proof, but I think the blend has changed somewhat since I first drank it years ago. (I have neither aged, nor have my flavor preferences changed, since then. ;)

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drank Long Tailed Rooster by Lupicia
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I should have drunk this yesterday, on actual Lunar New Year! Whoops. I forgot. I will have to drink it today instead.
I am a sucker for the Lupicia holiday/decorated tins. They are just so beautiful, so prettily decorated. I have so many now, and have not managed to think of anything to do with them, once I’m finished with the tea. Hmm, I’ll think of something.
This is a black blend with grape flavoring. I am usually a fan of Lupicia’s fruit flavors, but this blend is a touch bitter today. It may be my steeping thats caused this, so I’m not ready to despair over this yet. I’ll give it more trys.
Happy Lunar New Year!

gmathis

Haven’t had grape tea in a long time. Sounds like it has potential.

Rosehips

I think so too. I’ll pay more attention to the steep next time.

Fjellrev

I’ve had problems in the past with Lupicia’s black blends. They seem to go bitter extremely easily. But great idea enjoying this around this time of the year!

Dustin

The tins are such a useless shape for anything other than tea! I don’t want to put a different tea in them and haven’t found a good use around the house for them either.

Evol Ving Ness

Scented candles maybe?

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drank Long Tailed Rooster by Lupicia
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