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I am enjoying this one more now than I did before. Not that I ever disliked it.

I’ve had a very busy day. Worked the day job. Then had to run out to the store because I forgot whipping cream last night. I personally can’t stand pumpkin pie, but if I smother it in LOTS of cream I can force it down. Then I completely and thoroughly cleaned the cat box. Whew! That was nasty. Then I had supper before peeling and slicing apples and making pie. Then I cleaned the bathroom, living room and kitchen. Wrote and sent a newsletter. I still need to clean the dining room and wash the good china for tomorrow. But that will have to wait for tomorrow. I’m beat.

Here it is, after 10:30 pm and I’m just now sitting down with a cup of tea. I bet I’m not the only one who is busy. Why I offered to host Thanksgiving I can’t imagine. At least it’s only me, my mom, and two of my brothers. I think I’ll have another cup of this and knit for a half hour before bed.

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This is the last of the three samples that came with my DAVID’s 24 Days of Tea. I’m trying to decide if I like it or not. i’m usually a pretty big fan of spicy teas, but sometimes rooibos tastes off to me. That is the case here.

The scent must be quite strong with this one because I caught a faint whiff of it. I used twenty ounces of water in my small bubble tea pot and the whole sample package, and let it steep for 3.5 minutes. It is a lovely dark color, and as I said, it must have a wonderful scent. At the beginning of the sip I get a warm, cinnamon-y glow on my tongue. However, it is quickly followed by the woody rooibos. That quite ruins it for me. I drank about half of this and decided to pour the rest out.

I am giving this one a recommendation because I think someone who enjoys chair and rooibos would love this tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Wood


I’m actually a huge fan of chairs. I use them for sitting and sometimes to pile used-but-not-dirty clothes on.

But seriously, I can see how someone who dislikes rooibos wouldn’t like this. I’m a fan of this blend, but it is certainly rooibos-heavy.

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drank chocolate zinger by Amitea
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I am not rating this tea now. I had a cup with a friend last night and I did not like it. It was a bit bitter and astringent. However, I may have over leafed it and over-steeped it. So I will try it again another time and see if I like it better. It sure sounmds good.

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drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
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Sad Sip Down!

My friend Robyn from Winnipeg came to stay the weekend (she also stayed Monday night on her way to Minneapolis, but returned on Friday for the entire weekend). We had a couple of different teas, but this one was our wake up breakfast tea. We both agreed it was marvelous. Hearty but smooth, with just enough bite to help us get moving this morning. Not that we did, of course. Move, that is. We lazed around most of the morning, drinking tea, eating raspberries, and perusing our devices for updates from Facebook friends. It was a great morning made even better byu a pot of this tea.


sounds great! always nice to see friends

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On Tuesday morning I thought I might be getting a cold, but it cleared up by lunch. Today around noon I started sneezing violently, blowing my nose, coughing… I guess I didn’t dodge the bullet after all. Dang it.

This tea isn’t a cure, but it is good. A lot of medicinal teas TASTE like medicine. This one kind of does, but not really. It’s actually a tasty tea with plenty of mint. The warm liquid feels pretty good on my throat, and it opens my plugged nose a tish. I’m down to only a little bit of this left, like maybe 20 grams. Maybe my tea pusher will give me some for Christmas.

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A friend from Winnipeg drove down to Fargo and stayed with me last night. She brought a small sample of this with her so we brewed up a small pot. Yum. Really yum. Very minty and creamy. I really enjoyed this one. I’m not sure if I like this one or Santa’s Secret more. I may have to order 50 grams of this.

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This was one of my samples from my David’s order. It sounded so good. I mean, I loooooove shortbread. One of my favorite things. and caramel is also a fave. And I am always looking for a caffeine free evening tea. So when I got this sample I was pretty excited.

I was disappointed. The first thing I noticed was a bit of tartness. It wasn’t a horrible tartness, like what I get with hibiscus, In fact, I kind of liked that. But then came the artificial sweetness. I rushed to grab the packet to read the ingredients. Grrrr. Yep. Stevia. Imagine my curled lip as I snarl the S word.

I don’t know why so many teas have Stevia. If I want my tea to be a bit sweeter, I have rock sugar and honey, and I know how to use them. Don’t get me wrong, as a diabetic I am happy to use stevia on occasion. but not in my tea.

I am glad I got this one as a sample, because it sounded so good I might have been tempted to order some. Now I know better. This might appeal to a lot of tea drinkers who like a sweet/sour flavor to their tea. And if a friend invited me for tea and served this one, I would be able to drink a cup to be polite, but it will never be my first choice.

16 OZ / 473 ML

That is way too bad! I too love shortbread, and caramel teas. Why oh why do they have to ruin a potentially awesome thing, and with stevia.

Evol Ving Ness

Grrrr. Yep. Stevia. Imagine my curled lip as I snarl the S word.

I don’t know why so many teas have Stevia.

I don’t know why so many of their teas have stevia. fyc.

And yes, I know! This could have been a winner.

Evol Ving Ness

I tried a sample at their store the other day and nope.


I just don’t like folks determining how sweet I want my tea, whether it’s stevia, sugar, or otherwise.

Maddy Barone

It sure sounded good. sigh.

Evol Ving Ness

Yep, and there’s the rub.

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I had this one last night after supper. I am still enjoying this one quite a bit. Now that it’s actually cold out (although expected to be quite a bit warmer over the next week or so) I am drinking a lot more tea. I have many friends who turn up their nose at the very idea of drinking tea. I feel sorry for them. How does anyone go through life without enjoying tea??? It must be because the only tea they’ve had has been poor quality bagged tea. Now, if they could try some of the teas that we enjoy, I bet they would change their tune. This one for instance. It’s desserty, mildly sweet, and mellow.

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I received this one as a sample when I ordered my David’s 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar. (I just want to say, I have been a very good girl and NOT opened the tea advent calendar yet!)

I’m always looking for a good tea for a before bed treat. Something light and caffeine free, without hibiscus or chamomile. I know a lot of people love a nice, soothing cup of chamomile tea in the evening, but the flavor doesn’t appeal to me. This one is nice. It certainly fits my criteria, being both light and caffeine free. I may have under leafed it as the color is quite pale. Then again, it is a fruit infusion, so I shouldn’t expect a lot of color. The flavor is mild. I get a bit of minty burst, followed by a nice fruity taste. I will enjoy having the second cup of this sample, but I don’t believe I will order any more. But I’m really glad to have tried it.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I like peppermint tea in the evening when I’m feeling a bit over-full and/or gassy. I usually have Pure Peppermint by Twinings or Peppermint by Stash in the cupboard, but I have only a couple of tea bags left. At the grocery store today I saw a holiday tea display. (yes, I know, it’s not even Halloween yet!) and one of them was this one. They were on sale for only $2.29 for a box. I decided what the heck? and picked one up.

I do like the convenience of bagged teas now and then. Like other peppermint teas I’ve had, this started out as a light greenish yellow, and darkened to brown as it brewed. The description says it has a smooth, creamy taste but to me the flavor seems to be straight peppermint. This may be because my nose is once again not receiving scents. I hope someone else will review this tea and chime in on the flavor. Regardless, I like a nice peppermint tea and this one fits the bill. And the price is great.

Flavors: Peppermint

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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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.


Fargo, ND



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