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drank Apricot Black Tea by Tea Cozy
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Tea of my morning!
You know, I’m not entirely sure why I bought this. Apricots, in any form, are not really my favorite. I don’t hate them, but if given options, it would be highly unusual for me to pick something apricot.
But every once in a while, apparently, I see something apricot and I am interested.
I picked this up the last time I was in the Tea Cozy shop (which is such a lovely shop, run by lovely people!), and I surprised myself by requesting some of this.
I don’t regret buying this, but it’s not destined to become a favorite or a cupboard staple, but there is nothing wrong with it.
I find it actually more buttery than apricot-y, a bit less fresh on the palate than I expected, but not unpleasant at all.

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Really nice tea that has multiple re-brewings

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank My Oh My Apple Pie by Tea Cozy
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Sipdown!
This was a perfectly lovely black apple tea. I brewed it a touch too weak for my last cup (my down darn fault), but it was still sweet and apple-y and nice.
As I am in the mood for all the apple teas right now, this was well recieved.
I should be getting my next yarn and tea club shipment soon! I cannot wait to see it!

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drank My Oh My Apple Pie by Tea Cozy
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I over steeped this today. Poor tea, it’s not your fault that I was bumbling around in a haze.
The over steep brought out a layer of bitterness from the base, but I didn’t get that in my last cup of this tea, so I can only conclude it’s my fault.
No worries, I will try again!

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drank My Oh My Apple Pie by Tea Cozy
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So I have signed myself up for a yarn and tea club. Every month the local yarn shop and the local tea shop (who are neighbors, and who are one block away from a fabulous used bookstore, making this a very expensive area for me) team up to send some yarn and a new tea to me. I hit “add to cart” so fast I’m surprised my mouse survived.
This was the tea for September, and it smells wonderful. There is apple. There are spices. There are raisins. It smells magnificent.
Each of the times I’ve brewed it so far, it’s brewed up rather paler than it smells. Next cup I’m going to try a bit more leaf, and see where that gets me!

Dustin

What a strange and specific overlap of interests they are marketing to with that team up!

gmathis

Sounds like a danger zone to me!

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drank Tea Cozy Blend by Tea Cozy
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This one of my favorite go to ‘wake me’ up teas. It’s exactly as described, smoky, but not overly smoky, well blended black teas. I love a delicious London Fog on occasion, so thought to to make one from this tea, and it’s AMAZING! I only add cream and honey to my black teas… but I’m glad to have added to this blend! I am totally new to reviewing teas, so hopefully I’ve done it justice.

Flavors: Bergamot, Brown Toast, Earl Grey, Smoked, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp
tea-sipper

Welcome to Steepster!

Terri

Thank you! I am so happy to be here! I LOVE tea! I’m ‘stalking’ so many reviews! hahaaha!

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drank Ice Wine by Tea Cozy
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The bad news- I never did find the magical steep time that would unlock all the delicious flavors I hoped would be in this tea.
The good news- I have now finished it, so do not have to worry about it any more.
Sipdown!

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drank Ice Wine by Tea Cozy
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I picked this up a couple of weeks ago, thinking it would be a perfect summer tea. Today it brewed up rather bitter, so I’ve got to play with the temp and the steep time.
Grumble.

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drank Kyoto Cherry Rose by Tea Cozy
1908 tasting notes

Sip down. Honestly it’s a pretty generic cherry-rose green tea blend very similar (if not the same) to others that I’ve tried. I suspect many places are getting it from the same wholesaler. Still it’s not bad even if there’s nothing original about it as I am a big fan of all things cherry.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Irish Breakfast by Tea Cozy
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I’ve been drinking this more than I’ve been logging it, as its my work morning tea, and there isn’t that much to say about it.
I’m not wild about this blend. I’ve certainly had better breakfast blends. This one was too heavy for me to find truly appealing.
But I am logging it today to say that it is a Sipdown! Whooo! Another one bites the dust in the Sipdown Summer Extravaganza!
Good progress to my goals! Now I’ll have to pick a new blend to bring to work!

Evol Ving Ness

Well done! Thank heavens for work teas. Otherwise, we’d likely be staring at them in the cupboard forever.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Tea Cozy
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I’ve been drinking this while I’m at work, but I’ve not been moved to log my cups of it.
This is a very strong breakfast blend, dark, slightly woody, and with a bitter edge to it. Its not really wowing me, like some breakfast blends have in the past. But! Its doing its job as a work tea well, and we’re nearly through it. Just a cup of two left, and then we have sipdown success in the great summer sipdown project.
But not yet!
I will say this. Its very, very good on days when you are very sleepy. This tea demands to wake you up!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Tea Cozy
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My first drink of the day might have been delicate, but I got to the office and required something strong to get me through the morning.
This tea was the solid shove I needed to get down to brass tacks and get to work.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Tea Cozy
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This tea brewed up to the color of a mahogany chair today- a solid, strong, blunt brew. I drank it down like a lifesaving elixir.
It is going to be a very long day, isn’t it? I am so freaking tired.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Tea Cozy
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So I have clearly had this tea. The bag is open, and its clearly not as new as it could be. I just have not logged it ever.
And, upon this cup, I can see why. Its a basic breakfast blend, a bit strong on the malt, but not overwhelming in any sense of the word. Its sturdy, robust, solid, and fairly basic. Perfect work tea!
It now sits on my desk, to be sipped on during those mornings where getting up seemed to be worthy of some sort of medal. I think it will do very well there.

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drank Scottish Breakfast by Tea Cozy
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Well, goodness. I just hit fatigue on this tea yesterday, and today was my last cup! I somehow thought I had more of it.
Final thoughts- too strong for me, but not bad in and of its own right. I am glad this is a sipdown, and will not bring this particular specimen back.

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drank Scottish Breakfast by Tea Cozy
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Let this cup mark the point where I officially grew tired of this blend.
Its not dreadful, but its so strong that it can be tricky to deal with. Not a repeat performance, I think.
I am fully ready to have this all sipped down, but I have a few more cups worth.
Well, I shall try and finish it this week, and will feel very accomplished.

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drank Scottish Breakfast by Tea Cozy
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Brewed this a bit too long this morning, making for a very strong cuppa.
Well, I’ll certainly be awake today!

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drank Scottish Breakfast by Tea Cozy
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Its really windy today- like, possibly going to Oz windy. I am holed up and intend to spend as much time as humanly possible inside, drinking tea.
I can manage only one cup of this a day. Not because it is bad, but because it is so strong. Too many cups would leave my throat feeling dry, and probably caffinate me enough to buzz directly into orbit.
But, with a light steep, it is a solid thing for a Monday morning.

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drank Scottish Breakfast by Tea Cozy
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Yep, a very light steep is the key to this tea. Anything more than about three minutes and it turns into something almost unbearably strong.
But, at three or less minutes, its a strong, but not aggressive blend.

Fjellrev

I read that as “as a very light sleep” instead. Only to be consumed at breakfast after a particular quality of sleep haha.

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drank Scottish Breakfast by Tea Cozy
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This tea, which is my current at-work tea, is the antithesis of the Cardamom French Toast. This is a very malty, very strong black tea blend.
I steeped it today as if it was a green tea, and that helped it from being too overpowering, I am glad to say. When brewed too long it turns into a sensation not unlike drinking a mahogany chair.

ashmanra

Hmmmm…I can picture this.

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drank Scottish Breakfast by Tea Cozy
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I needed a new tea to bring to work, and I grabbed this off my counter to fit that bill.
This fits all the criteria- not getting drunk at home, and sort of meh, per my memory, though my notes say I only drunk this once before.
Well, all the more reason to get it gone.
This brews up the color of a mahogany chair, and it rather tastes like one, too. Very dark, a bit bitter, and so, so powerful. The end sensation is rather as if you had been hit over the head by the mahogany chair.
A splash of milk would not go amiss.
Hmm. Very light steep time, next time I brew this.

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drank Scottish Breakfast by Tea Cozy
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Yesterday was the local Scottish Games. I am of Scottish decent, and I always love going. And I love a theme, so I brewed this up.
Whammo. This is quite the breakfast tea. This is going to wake you up weather you like it or not. I added some milk, and it took it beautifully. It was strong enough to shine through with no problems.
I’ve always heard that Scottish Breakfast blends are the strongest Breakfast Blends, and that makes sense to me. And, as a proud Scotswoman, it makes me pleased.
Cue Bagpipes!

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drank Cold Chaser by Tea Cozy
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My boss, who is a very nice person, has been fighting a cold all week. Which is is now my turn to fight.
Damn it all, boss. Keep your germs on your side of the office.
Anyway, I have no idea if this tea helped, but I’ve successfully fended off the cold, and sipped down this tea in the process.
It tasted like wet hay, which is how I know its medicinal.

Evol Ving Ness

This is your boss with the air conditioning fetish, am I right?

Hope you feel better. Cold’s are somehow even more evil when you know they originated with someone else in your circle. Sick people, stay home!

Rosehips

Thats the one! Its a good thing I like working for him, or I would lose my mind.

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drank Cold Chaser by Tea Cozy
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So the dreaded Summer Cold is back with a vengeance! Ugh. Its really not fair to have a cold when its a hundred degrees outside, but what can one do?
Drink tea, thats what one can do!
I had a giant mug of this last night, and tucked off into bed early, and feel better for it this morning. I suspect I will drink more of it today.
It tastes, honestly, like wet hay, but there is a solid part of me that believes good for you things must taste somewhat unpleasant. Otherwise how would they work? I mean really!
But if nothing else it is hot water to help a sore throat, so that is good news.

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