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drank Harvest Apple Spice by Tea Forte
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Could’ve been the sheer pleasure of sitting down after a full-press curriculum writing day and not having to think, but the scent of the both the tea pyramid and the steeped cup was so crisp and delightful, my eyes rolled back in my head.The flavor reminded me of crisp Granny Smith slices, and neither the rooibos nor the spices interfered with the apple-y goodness. Just had one pyramid from a sampler box, and I’m regretting drinking it so quickly.

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Ashmanra sent a little sample of this tea our way, not for me, but for the hubster. Now, you have to remember that his oolong gold standard is bagged supermarket Bigelow Oolong, oversteeped until it can stand up without the cup. Set the pricey stuff in front of him, and he generally fusses because it is too fruity or too flowery.

So I was surprised at his reaction to this one: “I’m getting honey. Or maybe honeysuckle.” And while it wasn’t quite a rave review, he didn’t politely “forget” the cup until it was too cold to be useful. Baby steps.

I got honey, too, but with a little toasted homemade bread underneath. Very gentle, very nice. Looking forward to a rerun cup shortly.

ashmanra

Aw, yaaay! We shall not despise the day of small beginnings! I will have to find something more roasty toasty to send him!

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Really enjoying this one; particularly on those evenings when I’m tired and whiny and want to curl up in a ball instead of being a grown-up. Of the butterfly pea flower blends I’ve tried, this is my favorite. I’m not sure what the flower contributes other than a beautifully comforting color, but the honey granules soften the sharp edges of the lemony, minty stuff and turn the whole blend into a beautiful cup of “unwind.”

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Greatly needed this morning for medicinal purposes. (Bad cat night. We have one that gets bored easily and wants us to wake up and keep her company.) I am generally not a huge fan of mate flavor—too sharp and smoky—but I heartily endorse its wakey, wakey effects. A little milk camouflages it and brings out the tea part of the blend enough for me to get it down.

(While flipping through reviews of Morning Thunder, I found an old one that included a recipe for fake ChocoMate. May have to give that a whirl.)

ashmanra

Sorry you didn’t get a good night’s sleep!

Superanna’s husband gave her a star projector for Christmas – you know, dreamy lights and moving constellations projected in the bedroom to promote relaxation and peaceful slumber. The cats think it is a giant multidot laser pointer, and reacted accordingly. No peaceful slumber was acquired.

gmathis

Minnie watches TV (the 6 a.m. exercise show for senior adults is one of her favorites) and approves my wardrobe choices when I’m laying out what to wear to work. If there is no notable nighttime neighborhood activity to observe in the wee hours, then she just wants to talk.

Mastress Alita

I didn’t sleep well last night either. I heard the cat being a cat, but I don’t think she woke me, I think my budding migraine did. It wasn’t until she decided to slip into bed with me and was purring against my back that I started to drift off again… and then the alarm went off for work. Sigh.

gmathis

No one will ever be able to invent a substitute for purring cat heating pads.

tea-sipper

Ashmanra, sounds like gmathis needs to get one of those star projectors and put it in another room!

ashmanra

Tea-sipper: great idea!

gmathis

:o) Last night’s feline wake-up call was “Mom! Look! Rain!”

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drank Peppermint Stick by Cuppa Geek
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Inattentively oversteeped at work, so something went a little bitter (not sure which ingredient that would’ve been). Threw in some rock sugar as an antidote.

User failure notwithstanding, this is a nice variation on the candy cane theme. I actually notice the cream first, with the peppermint kicking in from behind.

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Ugh, January. While the snowflakes that are landing on our porch mat are precisely formed six-pointed ice crystals, the wind is just too stinkin’ cold to appreciate them.

Hunkering down for the evening with a cup of this nice custom Adagio blend—decaf black tea, hazelnut, and honeybush; even creamier and more comforting with milk. Wish I could guess the proportions and try to replicate it with pantry tea ingredients. My half-tin is getting old—I’m not seeing this custom blend on the Adagio website any more—but it’s been stored decently and still has some life in it.

Stay warm out there.

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drank Cherry Amour by Tea Forte
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Well, hello there! Long time no steep.

It doesn’t look like this blend is available loose yet; it was an entry in the little pyramid gift box I received for Christmas. (I am in love with the little triangular Tea Forte boxes and refuse to pitch them until I can figure out how to recycle them into a game or craft for my Sunday kids). But I digress.

I approached with great caution, since the ingredients consist largely of two things I don’t like—hibiscus and licorice. Strangely, they cancel each other out, and what is left is a reasonably neutral fruit tea. I am not sure I completely got “cherry” out of it; if I did, it was fruit-cherry and not candy-cherry. Not bad for something I probably wouldn’t have selected on my own.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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This random steeping is actually a review of the bag I steeped it in. Most of my tea buddies have adequate gear that allows me to share unbagged loose leaves. However, once in a while, a DIY paper filter is helpful, either for sharing or for dealing with looseleaf at the office.

I have used the T-Sac brand for years, but they are a little finicky in that the only closure is a flap that isn’t always very secure and can land you with a cup of leaf soup. So, courtesy, of a gift card, I found a drawstring variety at Amazon and bought a bundle: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F5W6TPX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The drawstrings aren’t in a loop, so they can be tied in a hard knot, and the filter material is pretty substantial, which means steep time needs to be increased just a bit. Further research will be required in that area. But all in all, cheap and performs as advertised.

Mastress Alita

These are the kind I use (or at least similar to the kind I use). I don’t like how paper teabags can sometimes make my tea taste like paper or cardboard, so I prefer corn fiber which is what these are typically made of and I’ve never had “taste” issues with them. I also love the drawstring! I use them constantly; usually my “nightly herbal” cuppa I stick in one of these guys and just leave the bag in the cup as I sip, because I like the taste of herbals when they’ve stewed for ages.

Martin Bednář

I bought similar ones, but way too small ones. It is hard to put even teaspoon in! So, I found other ones, which are actually way too big, but it’s good. As it won’t get all wet, it is easy to pick them out from water. On the other hand, they don’t have drawstring.

No affect of taste at all though :)

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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drank Tea Candy by Bali's Best
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Some of my clothes want me to lose some weight. The month of January (lack of light, lack of exercise, lack of serotonin, etc.) doesn’t care whether I do or not. While the two are battling it out, I am hoping these little babies will help stem the 1:30 p.m. “just shut up and give me a three-pack of Zingers” blues.

They were a Christmas present from my son—a three pack of Classic Iced Tea, Citrus Green Tea, and Green Tea Latte. So far, I’ve haven’t ventured further than the Classic, but it does taste exactly like southern sweet tea with simple syrup. I don’t like it in a glass, but in a hard candy, it’s pretty tasty!

Nichole/CuppaGeek

I get the “your kids got all those sour candies for the holidays and you know you want them” blues.

derk

Where did he get these?!

ashmanra

Cool gift!

AJRimmer

I get these from my local international market – they’re good!

gmathis

Available on Amazon.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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