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Alright, another awesome honeybush from Frank! I LOVE maple glazed donuts – so much it is almost pitiful. However, I really try not to eat them often. This is the perfect substitute for some hot donuts. I’m not noticing much of the custard flavor, but it is maple and pastry all the way. I’ve cold-brewed this and it is decent, but it shines hot with a bit of milk and sugar. Frank totally rocks the honeybush blends!

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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I was a bit apprehensive about this tea due to the addition of licorice root, but being a big fan of Harry Potter I had to order a pouch. Besides, if anyone could make a somewhat strange flavor combo work, it is going to be Frank! This tea is really, really good. I drank some last night while watching a Harry Potter movie and it was a cool experience. I woke up wanting this tea again! I think this pouch is going to go fast. I appreciate that this tea is good for at least 2 infusions also. There is a root beer flavor that is backed up with a buttery taste and texture. I don’t really notice the licorice root or chicory – I think they just add to the general texture and smooth flavor profile. I am loving this!

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Finishing up this box – I don’t think I have another unless it is hiding behind some things in the cupboard so I’ll be decupboarding this one for now. I like this one, but it isn’t my favorite of the CS holiday line – that honor is reserved for the Candy Cane Lane. Anyways, this tea really does smell like fresh baked sugar cookies. The taste isn’t completely spot on, but it is close enough with honey and milk to easily pass as a dessert tea. I’ll definitely buy another box this holiday season!


One thing I liked at the factory was the MINT ROOM! WOW! They have a fun store full of tea pots etc!


That sounds like a really fun experience!


CS tour is on my bucket list!

Scott B

This is a nice herbal option. It’s good to dip an almond crescent or even a graham cracker in. CCL is the best, that’s for sure!

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Yum! Perfectly strong, malty and smooth – made with a tiny bit of honey and milk. Love this in the morning!

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If you love this one, I am pretty sure you will love Anniversary Blend!

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Yeah, I’m drinking this one again. It is really growing on me – I love the creamy, fruity aftertaste. On the shopping list!

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drank Orange U Slim by The Jade Teapot
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Decupboarding this one from a big pitcher of coldbrewed tea with a bit of simple syrup. Although I like this one hot, it really shines when cold.

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It is a sad, sad morning! I’m finishing up my sample of this tea. It is definitely on the shopping list though – it is really great and holds up for several infusions.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Cherry Cheesecake Genmaicha (52teas) and Fruits D’Alsace (Harney)

Coldbrewed with a bit of simple syrup added. It is light because I didn’t really put enough tea for the amount of water but very flavorful. The genmaicha is most noticeable but there is a definite fruity aspect given by the Fruits D’Alsace. Decupboarding both teas!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning – it is perfect on its own but I’m opting for a bit of milk and sugar today. Yum!

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This one must be growing on me – I wanted it again today! Alright, I give in, this will go on the shopping list! Yum, creamy, light, and slightly fruity.

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap



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