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drank Climber's High by The Tea Spot
2323 tasting notes

Nothing inspires me to try teas that I’ve been a little afraid to try like sipdown mania. Which is where we find ourselves today.
I am always wary of Yerba Mate, and I still think it won’t be my favorite tea. Its not one I ever buy for myself. But a sample of this came with a Tea Spot order a while ago, and its been totally neglected since I got it.
Well, three teas are standing between me and my black Friday goal, and nothing motivates me like goals to break into the lesser-loved teas.
I am, however, only going to be able to drink one cup of this today, even though the sample pouch easily has enough tea in it for perhaps two more cups.
Yeesh, the caffeine! If I had any more of this, I would vibrate into the stratosphere.
The flavor is a hodge podge of all sorts of things, but my general impression was that it was refreshing. Not as muddy as it could be.
Still. This is not going to become a favorite, that’s for sure.

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drank Twilight Rose by The Tea Spot
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Another tea that had been untasted in my cupboard.
I brewed this last night as I worked on my knitting, and while it was a nice accompaniment, it is not a knock your socks off tea. Not by long shot. I didn’t make a lot of impression, I’m afraid.
Oh well.

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drank Rise and Chai by The Tea Spot
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And that’s a sipdown!
I didn’t hate this, but I never really warmed to it, and am more excited to see it gone than sorry to see it go.
As the goal is to have tea that I’d be sorry to see go, rather than lots of meh teas, this is a welcome sipdown!

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drank Rise and Chai by The Tea Spot
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I am getting very annoyed that I can’t put my finger on why this blend does not work for me. It just never seems to meld in the way that I imagine it should! Argh!

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drank Rise and Chai by The Tea Spot
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Monday! And a Monday after a terrible nights sleep. Its been really horribly windy around here, meaning things went bump in the night all night, waking me up with scrapings against the windows, thuds from the walls, and weird skittering noises across the roof.
Brilliant.
So myself and my sinuses will be drinking a lot of tea today.
I think I hit optimal richness with this one today- a good balance of the hearty pu-erh and the chai. Still not convinced that the combo works, but at least it does not offend.

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drank Rise and Chai by The Tea Spot
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This tea steeped for just a little too long today, but it didn’t do any major harm. It was just more solidly earthy, and the chai was somewhat muted.

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drank Rise and Chai by The Tea Spot
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I am not 100% convinced that the Pu-erh and chai spices really work together, but I can’t figure out what it is that doesn’t work. So I am in limbo with this tea, not sure quite what I think about it.
Its very earthy, but not overwhelmingly so. A solid presence in my morning.
I’m just not sure about the chai!

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drank Rise and Chai by The Tea Spot
2323 tasting notes

Golly, but I am tired. It was very windy a few nights ago, keeping me up with mysterious scraping and thuds from outside, and then I just couldn’t stay asleep last night.
Boo!
Tea, you are my only solution.

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drank Rise and Chai by The Tea Spot
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Ok, my new work tea is this, a puerh and black tea blend with chai spices. Its in sachets, and its a perfect work tea because I am not impressed with it.
Its not dreadful, mind you, but I do not find anything particularly memorable or delicious about it. Its earthy, the Pu-erh I suspect, with an aftertaste of general chai spices, but it will do the job of work tea very nicely.

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Aaaand sipdown!
I actually quite enjoyed my time with this blend. It was refreshing, light, and pleasant. A good companion in the office.
But I each tea sipped down brings a certain amount of relief. I am an inch closer to a manageable cupboard!

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65

This citrus is not nearly boosting enough today. Ugh.

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My part of the world is currently plagued by wildfires. There are none close enough so that I am in any immediate danger, but the smoke is everywhere, and there has been a fine dusting of ash on everything. We are all supposed to stay indoors as much as possible.
Ok then.
My sinuses do not like this air quality, so I am making quite a dent in the work tea collection. Next up is this, which I have decided to put myself in the liking category for.
Its very light, resfreshing, and well balanced!

Evol Ving Ness

Gah! No end to weather woes. Terrible. Sad. Disastrous in many respects.

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I’ve had two cups of this today, to help my flagging energy. I don’t know that it helped, but it didn’t hurt.
The citrus is still stronger than the jasmine, but I think its a pretty decent balance.

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Today the jasmine is at the forefront of each sip. Its a really nice jasmine too, not too aggressively floral. It doesn’t taste like soap, as some very perfume-y teas can.
Lets see if it delivers the promised midday boost.

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One really gets a sense of the jasmine, as I brew this up. Its a delicate, pleasant jasmine, not overly floral or otherwise overwhelming. Nice!
I don’t get any of the citrus in the smell, but it all comes out in the flavor. Its quite citrus-y, almost to the point of drowning out the tea and jasmine.
Hmm. More cups are needed by way of analysis.

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Heavy on the lavender, not so much on the bergamot. It’s a very one-note flavor, with the black tea base overwhelmed by the lavender and flavoring. Couldn’t taste any vanilla at all. I’ll finish what I bought, but won’t repurchase.

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drank Qu Hao Silk by The Tea Spot
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This is a decent enough black tea. I didn’t find anything particularly wonderful or awful about it. I think it would make a great base for a stronger tea blend, but on its own, it’s just okay. Not something I’d order again, but I’ll finish the sample I got.

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drank Earl of Grey by The Tea Spot
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I love this tea on a cold winter’s morning to get me started. It reminds me a lot of a sweet chai which I really enjoy. It’s a little strong for a daily drinker, but excellent as an occasional pick-me-up.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Roasted

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Turmeric Tonic by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

If you are looking for the perfect turmeric tea this is it. This tea is goodness in a cup it has everything in it and all of in organic, ginger root, fennel, sarsaparilla root, turmeric you name it …its in here! And it tastes incredibly warm and soothing! This tonic will aid you in menstrual cramping and dreaded tummy issues. I am adding this tea to my cupboard strictly because of all the health benefits from drinking it and it tastes good.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppercorn, Spices

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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So its mid day I have been up since 6 am done a 40 min cardio, taken the kids to school and currently at work and have already put in 13,000 steps and needed a pick me up. I quickly remember that I took my Shagadelic English Breakfast sample to work today and after all it does say to boost your mojo which is exactly what I needed.

I let this brew for 3 mins as I was anxious for my first sip and boy I was not disappointed. This is a gorgeous blend incredibly smooth taste with a hint of honey and malt with a subtle aftertaste. Oh yeah this is a great cup!

Flavors: Honey, Malt

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl of Grey by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

Oh my I am enjoying this tea this morning. I woke up 6:00 a.m and got my cardio in and am at work enjoying my second big mug full of this tea. The smell has a wonderful vanilla and citrus smell but not over powering or anything the two flavors actually work together. I brewed this up with just one teaspoon of splenda and it was utter perfection. I have been quite pleased with the black and green teas from the tea spot.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Vanilla

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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drank Pumpkin Spice Chai by The Tea Spot
67 tasting notes

I don’t think I like pumpkin chai at all, I have tried Davids Tea pumpkin chai and wasn’t impressed and I tried this one last night and it actually makes me feel sick. Don’t get me wrong I love chai and I love pumpkin but put this together and something wrong happens, I get sickly rotten pumpkin smell. Sorry really didn’t enjoy this one at all!

Flavors: Nutmeg, Pumpkin

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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