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I went into Teavana looking for the Swiss Vervaine, and I managed to snag the last pound of it that my store had. Success! I’m really sad to see that one go – I can see why it might not have sold well, but it was definitely my go-to sick tea. I wanted to smell the CocoCaramel Sea Salt, because it just sounded so weird, but they were all out of that one for the holidays, so the associate asked if I wanted to smell this one instead. Sure, why not.

It smelled good, so I got 2oz of it and took it home. I finally got around to brewing it – and there’s hibiscus.

I don’t smell it, I don’t really taste it, but in a blend that is so almondy and caramelly, it’s downright bizarre that the drink is pink. On top of that, I had a feeling that this would be best with milk, so now it looks like Pepto-Bismol. If I don’t look at the tea while I drink it, it tastes good. But I just can’t get past the pink liquor. It’s like green ketchup. I can’t do it.

Edit I was lazy and didn’t actually look at the ingredients… Turns out its not The Hib at all. It makes sense. It’s beetroot pieces. Still weirdly pink though.

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It took me years to learn to like salsa verde for the very same reason!


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It certainly sounds interesting, though.


I love Swiss Vervaine and I too was sorry to see it go! I’m glad I stocked up. I’ve made THIS tea several times and it’s not always pink; I guess it depends on what bits of stuff end up in the brew. I really do like it, though. I have taken it to cat shows and now a few friends are hooked on it. There’s a new one for spring, BERRY Almond Amaretti. I’ll try that one too, eventually.

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drank Christmas Tea by The Art of Tea
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This came in my swap box from TassieTeaGirl! Everything she sent me is so unique – I never really thought about American flavors v. Australian flavors. It’s delicious. I love how it’s a Christmas tea that isn’t especially spicy. Instead, it’s really warm and almondy. The black tea is smooth. I didn’t try it with milk or sugar, but I think it would be really creamy and desserty that way! Resteeps well.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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I had my first cup of this one yesterday too, it’s so tasty! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it!

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Another delicious sample from Azzrian!

Rainy days are oolong days. This one is deliciously sweet, but still tastes natural and oolongy :)

Brewed Western style, 2tsp/16ish ounces.

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I’m glad I’m not the only who feels Rainy Days are Oolong days, I was just looking out at the rain trying to decide which tea to have, this one is a great rainy day Oolong, I think I’ll have some now myself. Thanks Azzrian for sharing this tea with both of us :)

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I really like this one. I’m stocking up before they discontinue it. It’s good with honey for a sick day :)


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Really good: creamy and sweet and a little bit floral. I’m really sad to see the end of the bag – I still have a few more steeps left, but still.


pretty sure i’ve got a bag in my ‘trade box’ if you ever have a hankering for it in the new year heh


Ha, I’ll keep you in mind :)

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drank Golden Imperial Lotus by Teavana
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Creamy and heady.

It’s been a hard week.

It’s a good tea.

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drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
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This came in a holiday sample box from Azzrian. Thank you Azz!!

It smells so decadently vanilla. The aroma is authentic and strong. I steeped 1tsp/8oz/4minutes. The black base is strong, but the vanilla is really creamy and sweet. A little bit of agave and milk and I’m in heaven. A lovely way to start the day after a late night :)

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This came from Azzrian – thanks so much!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written, since honestly I haven’t been drinking much tea. But I’m back, baby, I’m back.

I’ve been wanting to try Vintage TeaWorks ever since I heard about them, and I was delighted to find a sample of this in the package from Azzrian. Being 19, I can’t really comment on the accurateness of the Chardonnay, but I feel fancy.

I’m always really a little skeptical of flavored teas, because I want to be able to taste the tea itself. Fortunately, I can here. The oolong is rich and kind of dark, and the fruits compliment it incredibly well. It’s definitely a blend of flavors, with the oolong primarily but with a strong supporting cast.


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Really light and sweet. I think I’m going to steep a pitcher of this for my Creative Writing class to try tomorrow. I’ve got to bring some of them over to the Dark Side…

(In other news, we used this tea because of its color to stand in for the whiskey in the show I just did!)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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50/50 ratio of Adagio’s Chocolate Chip to Adagio’s Birthday

Creamy and sweet!


I have both of those teas so I’m going to have to try that.

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Michelle, 19. College student: upstate NY.

I really enjoy tea, British television and theatre. I read a lot, write a lot, dream a lot.


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