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drank Sweet & Spicy by Good Earth
237 tasting notes

Digging through the tea cabinet and trying to clean out. A friend gifted this one to me in a holiday mug last December. Managed to have a few quiet sips before the rest of the house started their day. I steeped it for a long time as there was a fish tank mishap and then a dog needing attention.
For some reason, I saw the word spicy and couldn’t figure out what the spice could be. When I opened the packet, it was very clear. The cinnamon is the most prevalent scent and flavor. I don’t detect any orange or citrusy flavors. It is quite sweet, definitely no added sweeteners needed.
I did just check out their website. Wonder if the company is struggling. Most of the teas on there are sold out and commentors indicate this has been the case for months.

Flavors: Cinnamon

gmathis

Sorry to hear that. The Sweet & Spicy has been a winter favorite, even among my non-teaist friends, for years.

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drank Dearest Reader by Bees & Teas
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Purchased last Fall at King Richard’s Faire from their new tea pot shaped shop. It seriously was an adorable addition to their market. This one a friend convinced me to pick up. It appears that the shop has expanded their catalogue over the winter and there are tons of literary based teas added.

I followed steeping instructions but I honestly feel that I should have added more tea leaves to the steeper as this mug is too weak for me. Shoving my nose in the bag, it smells very sweet and floral but after steeping for the recommended 3 minutes, the scent is very very faint. The flavors of rose and marshmallow do come through the longer it steeped in the pot but it became more acidic with continued steeping. I think I’ll try another run of this hot later in the week and try it out cold brew as well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I’ve been disappointed lately with the cinnamon teas, I’ve had in my cabinet. Most seem to be light in the cinnamon and needing a boost of “something” to add to the flavor. This one was a contender this morning and while the scent of cinnamon was strong while steeping, sadly, it is not a strong cinnamon while sipping. It’s sweet and also missing the spice flavors that I equate to chai. I am unsure how long this tea bag has been in my cabinet. Perhaps long enough that it lost is spicey edge. Through those disappointments, I will say, I did enjoy this mug. It was great for a rainy spring day and gave a cozy feel. There was an appley taste to it with the sweetness and cinnamon. I didn’t bother to add any milk or honey but did think about it.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Awake by Tazo Tea
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REGENERATIVE ORGANIC AWAKE ENGLISH BREAKFAST is a reformulation of this blend. Guess Tazo rolled it out in 2022, but I only noticed because of the new packaging. I’m not sure how different it is from the original blend, I definitely have had this before the changed it as Tazo is common in many of the restaurants near me.
I’ve been drinking this for the past month and now matter how I steep it, it comes out too bitter so I generally do add some milk and sweetener to adjust. The malt is strong with this. I know it’s pretty caffeinated but I’ve never noticed my body reacting to caffeine. I’m going to try to pay attention this morning. But I have a feeling the sunshine might get me moving more than the tea.

Flavors: Malty

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I don’t like the organic version nearly as much as the original; to me, it isn’t strong enough. But my a.m. caffeine has to bap me over the head with a caveman club.

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drank Salted Caramel Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Day 9 Davids Tea 2023 Advent Calendar

My last sample from the Advent calendar. Its not as good as I seem to remember but it’s not bad. I find it more nutty than caramel. Definite buttery taste and heavy on the salt. The last sip was room temp and actually tasted more caramel than when it was hot.

Flavors: Butter, Nutty, Salty

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drank Guangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Day 11 Davids Tea 2023 Advent Calendar

Down to my last 2 advent calendar samples to note. Milk Oolong is a new term for me, so I Googled to get a bit more educated while sipping. I enjoyed watching this one steep as the leaves really unfurled and filled the infuser. I find this to be very floral and dark with a creamy feel and taste. I did not expect the floral taste initially but based on what I just read on Mr Google, it sounds as if this tea is exactly as it’s supposed to be. I’m enjoying it more with each sip. Might try a second steeping to see how it stands up

Flavors: Floral, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A friend gifted this to me when she was cleaning out her tea cupboard. Today is the last of the container and I am just realizing it’s from Republic of Tea. I only noticed the Stonewall Kitchen packaging. I’ve been drinking this one regularly through the winter in my work mug. Usually I steep it in my travel mug while getting my breakfast together and then wait until it cools some to drink. Today I followed the suggested directions and steeped for about 6 minutes in boiled water.
I’ve enjoyed this throughout winter since it looks like winter has returned today with snow/sleet/rain the tea will have one last sip. Today I’m actually focusing on the flavors. It’s a sweet creamy mint blend. Other reviewers mentioned stevia but I don’t see that in the ingredient listing. I believe the blend was changed to monk fruit to add sweetness. I would definitely purchase again. This appears to be a limited edition so I’ll have to keep my eyes open in the winter for it to come around again.

Flavors: Peppermint, Vanilla, White Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Day 2 Davids Tea 2023 Advent Calendar

I actually have a pouch of this somewhere in my tea cabinet as well and I’m glad because I enjoyed this one. Being “from the north” sweet potato pie is not a common occurrence for meals. Our family sure loves sweet potatoes though.
I steeped for about 5 minutes at 200F. The blend looked interesting with chopped nuts and marshmallow bits. Its definitely sweet as I would expect and has a caramelized sugar taste. Definitely gives off vibes of cozy, warm, and comfort. Next time I drink this, I think I’ll make it as a latte to bump up the dessert factor.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Marshmallow, Pecan, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Ghostly Green by English Tea Shop
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This was in a my Christmas stocking this past December in festive holiday packaging. I remember thinking Ghostly Green was an odd name to add into a Christmas based tea collection but hooray for a tea I’ve not had before.
There is a strong mint flavor with a hint of floral in the back. There’s a bit of creaminess to it as the tea cools.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Green, Mint

ashmanra

Were they going for Ghost of Christmas Past, etc. from A Christmas Carol perhaps?

Jen vB

I was wondering if it was a nod to Dickens.

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Day 3 Davids Tea 2023 Advent Calendar

I have a pretty decent stress headache at the moment. Probably related to a meeting I need to run this evening. I remembered that this tea was hanging out on my “make sure to note this” stack and decided that relaxing with it would be a good idea. Either the tea or the Advil (or both) are helping!

Unsurprisingly, this blend of medicinal tea reminds me of other herbal teas I have used in the past. Like most of them, I don’t love or hate the taste. It’s creamy with minty cool of the mint lingering after each sip. I could see this being a staple in my “wellness” tea tool box.

Flavors: Herbal, Lemongrass, Rooibos, Spearmint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
gmathis

Hope the meeting went well!

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In the early 2000’s, my brother worked for a grocery company that removed items from the shelves and I ended up with a cabinet filled with random tea.

After I finished that cabinet, I started trying new things and exploring the world of tea. Still exploring, still learning, and loving this community.

I tend to take my tea with no additions and quite hot. Though often I find myself having to reheat my mug due to distractions. I’m partial to herbals, white tea, green, and blacks. But I really will try anything once.

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79- 60 Good, but in the friendzone
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