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This was part of 52Teas the 12 Days of Tea. I had a cup of it hot in December and I remember not liking it as well as I’d hoped. I decided to try this one iced. Still not my favorite. There is nothing wrong with it. It isn’t bitter or astringent , but I think the flavor profile is better as a hot cup.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea makes a very nice iced tea. It is smooth and almost creamy with not too much mint. I wasn’t sure how it would work but it is great. Makes me glad I have a bunch of it to drink down this summer.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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It has been hot, hot, HOT in my little storage room of an office so I’ve been drinking a lot of iced tea. I had about a tablespoon of this one left so I mixed it with some of What-Cha’s Golden Monkey, dropped in my David’s perfect iced tea pitcher (I think it is probably a liter) and set it in the fridge overnight.

ZOMG.

SOOOOOooo good. Light, mildly sweet without being cloying, smooth, and utterly refreshing. Honestly, the perfect tall and sweaty glass of cold tea. So I was naughty tonight. I ordered another pouch of this from Lupicia. I had told myself -firmly!!- that there would be NO TEA ORDERS until fall. Oops.

But really, it’s only mid-May. I have many months of hot weather to drink down my tea stash. In fact, I’m cold brewing a liter of David’s Santa Secret right now. I am keeping a list of which teas I like iced. So far, the HoneyDew is far and away the top tea iced.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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My goal for the summer is to drink up as much of my tea as I can by September so I can buy more in the fall. Cold brewing—or any method of making iced tea in general—uses more tea. I think I can do it!

I cold brewed a jug of this. I wanted to try a straight black tea iced. It was tasty. I think I prefer a fruity tea iced, but I had no problem drinking the whole 1.5 liters. I did not add any sweetener but it wasn’t bitter. I think this tea is so smooth it’s hard to turn bitter.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Is It Autumn Yet? by 52teas
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I went through my tea stash and transferred it to a new case. Hard to believe I fit it all in a box that is 14″ × 14″ × 8″! While doing that I found a teensy bit of this left, just enough for a cup. It is hot out there today, with winds gusting up to 45 mph. Not exactly autumn tea weather, but I decided to finish this off. I still really like it. A person can’t go wrong with one of the 52Teas rooibos/honeybush blends. I will miss you, autumn tea. But fruity summery blends are high on my list now.

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It was a bit chilly and very windy here today. I made a pot of this. Such an excellent straight black breakfast tea! I always enjoy this one.

I have had a challenging fortnight. I got the flu about two weeks ago, and after four days I felt better. Whew! I thought I got off pretty light that time. Then a few days later my temp climbed again and I started coughing. Badly. Everytime I took a deep breath I felt like I was stabbed in the back. Off to the doc I went on Wednesday and found out it is pneumonia.

Hey, didn’t that JUST happen back in December? Yep. So I have augmentin and some cough syrup and strict orders to REST. I really, really would have loved to, but …

Today I finally had the inspection and handed the keys over to the old apartment. I spent the last three days cleaning, and hauling things down the three flights of stairs to the dumpster and the car. I pushed myself to get everything cleaned, but my energy level just wasn’t there. The oven was cleaned, but not scoured. The windows weren’t washed. I didn’t pull out the fridge or stove to clean behind them. Between $150 and $175 will be deducted from my deposit. Ask me if I care. It’s done.

I’m taking the rest of the weekend to sleep. Knit. Watch TV. And, of course, drink tea. It’s supposed to be quite warm this weekend. MIght be the perfect time to try some teas iced. Good night!

Evol Ving Ness

May this pass quickly and easily. Feel better.

Maddy Barone

Thanks, Evol! Just being done with the apartment makes me feel better already :)

Evol Ving Ness

And goodbye to all that noise and frustration!

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No one has rated this yet???

I’m moving my furniture, books, dishes, etc to the storage unit on Saturday. That is April 14th. And the forecast is for a snow storm. On April 14th. A snow storm. It’s snowing right now. And it is expected to snow and Wednesday and Friday too. Have you seen that meme of a cardinal bundled in a hat and coat, holding holding a cup of coffee as he clings to a snowy branch? He says. “Spring forward? How fricking far did you move it?” That’s how I feel. I don’t even like summer, but I’m wishing for it!

On to the tea. It is yummy. I’m tired from sorting through my stuff, sorting and packing. I wanted something soothing and caffeine free. I dithered between a few different honeybush blends, and settled on this one. Such lovely cardamom, such a nice, warm glow. Traditionally, chai should be black tea with milk, but the chai spice blend here works really well with the honeybush. I accidently let this one steep for 18 minutes and I was afraid it would be bitter. But it wasn’t. I’m glad I got a larger pack of this. I think I’m going to be drinking more of it soon.

Flavors: Cardamon, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

According to my mom’s (b. 1930) and grandpa’s (b. 1894-ish) Missourian weather lore, you can always expect every third winter to be harsher than the previous two. Best I can tell, that’s truer than it ain’t :)

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I have only a few bags of this left. Since I’ve moved home to mom’s I’ve had little tea. But I have found a small narrow glass tea pitcher that will fit in my mini fridge. I’m looking forward to trying it out. But not right now. We’re expecting a few inches (that is to say, 4 to 7 inches) of snow over the weeknd, with possible blizzard conditions on Saturday. So this weekend calls for hot tea. Tonight I wanted something mellow and familiar. So I bewed a cup of this.

Maybe it’s getting a little old. Or maybe I steeped it too long. It had an astringent edge, which ruined the creamy goodness for me. I’m not giving up. I know I’ve loved this in the past. Next time I will cut the steeping time.

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Last night it was 79 degrees in my room and it was 77 when I woke up. I had the blessed window open, so I don’t know why it was so hot. I didn’t sleep much so I got up late for church, feeling slimy with sweat. I ran around all day today packing up stuff at the old place to bring to my room at mom’s. Pretty soon I won’t be able to move in here! My brother gallantly watched me parading in and out with multiple loads, and he never offered to help. Ggrrrrr. Of course, I never asked for help. Maybe he thought I could handle it.

Anyway, a few more loads to bring home and then I get to start packing for putting stuff in storage.

Last night was hotter than blazes but tonight it is comfortable. I decided to have a cup of hot tea. I thought this one was done a while ago, but I was digging around in the tea box for an evening cup and this one floated up to the top. Nummy. I will miss you, delicious tea, but I have lots more to sip down before fall, and I’m sure Anne and Amethyst will come up with more teas to entice me to break my No Tea Buying vow.

52Teas

We’ll definitely try. :)

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I love cats. I love alone time. I love sitting indoors on a cold winter night with a book or my knitting while drinking tea. I don’t have a sense of smell, so many of the more subtle flavors of tea escape me. Two of the things I CAN taste are bitter and sour, so any tea that has even a slightly bitter taste is nasty for me. And what others might perceive as pleasant tartness may be horribly sour for me.

I’m also a writer. I love writing, and a mug of hot tea helps me get through the hours sitting in front of the computer. Although I’m a comparatively new tea drinker, I’m jumping in feet first. Feel free to recommend any teas you think I might enjoy.

100-91 – Wowza! I want to keep this tea in the cupboard all the time.
75-90 – Very nice. It would be good to have this tea on hand from time to time.
60-74 – OK. Wouldn’t keep it in the cupboard, but I would drink it again.
45-59 – If a friend served this I would drink it to be polite, but it’s not really my cuppa.
Lower than 45 – Blech. It was too sour or bitter for my taste. Would not drink it again.

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