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drank White Christmas by 52teas
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I’d love to know what the other flavors are in here, but I drank it this morning (with like, french toast meets a bloomin’ onion). I got the coolest hat ever from my boyfriend: http://instagram.com/p/Tqmfe-pa6P/

This is a bit like a candy cane tea to me…maybe with chocolate? Not sure if that’s the tea or a flavor. I was kind of hoping for candy cane white chocolate, aka the best combination ever, but maybe not. It’s pepperminty and creamy, but in that department I definitely have a favorite already there, so this would have to be REALLY AMAZING.

It’s good, but I’m still on the fence if I will get more of it. Maybe. It was really good this morning!


I was disappointed when I opened this up this morning, because it has mint and marshmallow root, therefore making me think of Graveyard Mist. I haven’t tried it yet.




I love the hat. Also, I will mail your swaps soooon.


Same here, did not want to go to the post office before I left.


Is it a kangaroo or a dog?




Awww, super cute!

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drank Peach Fuzz Chai by 52teas
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Merry Christmas!

This is a backlog from yesterday. Since my mom never drinks this, I decided I’d have myself a big cup. But I took a nap while waiting for it to cool, so instead I drank it cold. And it was really good that way…though I think the last time I had it we had it chilled too. It’s fruity and not too spiced, and I may just take it home with me because she’ll never notice it’s gone…


That sounds really interesting

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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Butterbeer! I have given so much of you to people that I have been hoarding you and not drinking much of you. Guess I could get a new bag now right?

I knew this was Butterbeer as soon as I could smell it.

I had it this morning with pancakes, and it was fantastic. It seemed a lot more butterscotch tasting today, with all sorts of other notes of root beer and spice. Very easy sipping today, and I love how it almost tastes effervescent despite it being hot tea.

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drank Black Tea Merlot by Vintage TeaWorks
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I’m not really a fan of Merlot, so while this was a good tea, it didn’t wow me. I definitely got plum and grape from it. I love the purple flower petals, too.

Definitely would have no idea just by drinking this that it has black currant and licorice.

I was able to steep this for 4 minutes with no astringency or bitterness, impressive. It was a very smooth, full bodied tea that went along well with the fruity notes. But it’s just not a wine I go for at all.

So far the Puerh Cabernet has been my favorite, I still have the rooibos pinot noir to try and I do not have any of the green tea one, but maybe I’ll feel compelled to buy it sometime.


I can really see how puerh would lend itself to tasting like cabernet. The one I reviewed today was wine like.I think this is why I prefer shu puerh really, after working in a winery and being around all the ‘stuff’ that goes with it, seems comfortable and natural to me.

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drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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10th day of Christmas~

I decided to give this a shot of cold brewing. Not so sure about it that way, for some reason I was getting notes that reminded me of genmaicha.

It might need a longer steep or I just don’t like it this way. I may have to do a flash chill on it instead. It just didn’t come off sweet like candy.

I need to try it again soon but with a far lower temp too.

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I participated in /r/tea on Reddit’s secret santea swap and got these teas from a shop near the college my parents’ attended, Northern Illinois University! They’re going to the Orange Bowl so this shop made a little gift back with their NIU themed teas and one that’s orange for that, which I think might just be a ginger peach orange white tea renamed. But that’s okay.

So this one is named for their mascot, a husky dog, because get it, Assams are pretty husky teas. Adorable.

This is a pretty tolerable Assam for me to drink w/o any milk, and I didn’t have to wait for it to cool off a lot.

I have plenty of other Assams though that I probably wouldn’t come back to this in the future, even though this shop does sell online and it has the best name for a blend of Assam.

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drank Lemon Cardamom Chun Mee by 52teas
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I’ve been having an evening of baking…I wanted to enjoy this and then I ended up getting started on my mint cheesecake/brownie pie for Christmas. I still got to drink it although I just wasn’t paying too much attention to it.

When I opened the bag, my guess was lemonade. I hadn’t tried this one before so that was exciting, I hadn’t thought much of it when it first came out.

It was really good, very lemony, with just a hint of sweet spice. Still very much like lemonade but with a twist.

I may have it again tomorrow and then decide if I want a pouch, I enjoyed it a lot.

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drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
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Figured I should have this this morning. I was trying to convince my brother last night to have some since the whole wisdom teeth thing has ruined food for a couple days. We got Italian last night and he had to wait for chicken broth and noodles to cook and went around smelling everyone’s dish LOL So last night he was “I want something sweet” and I’m offering him this, a couple other DTT ones I brought, a couple herbals after he said “I don’t think I like tea” and it never worked.

Oh well, he’s missing out cause this made for a great breakfast.

I do like Adagio’s Candy Cane better because it’s more like a straight candy cane. But the addition of chocolate in here is pretty awesome. Back in the day I used to like the chocolate peppermint candy canes but then one year they just started tasting like fake chocolate to me. So this reminds me of them, but way better.

I drank an entire 16 oz mug in no time. It’s not as heavily mint/chocolate as Swiss Mountain, which can taste like mint chocolate frosting amazingness, but the black base is more prominent and it’s a lot lighter, and definitely candylike instead. No need to add anything!

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Ohhh this smells so good. My brother just got his wisdom teeth out today and I’m sure he could drink it, but he wants to just smell it. Creamy and minty, and just sweet enough. I got a decent amount.

As it cools it gets creamier. I really have no idea what else to note other than it’s creamy, minty, and totally awesome.

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My friend picked me up some of these and sent me them. And finally I am trying them.

I used 4 pearls for 12 oz of water, and steeped them for 4 minutes.

The other jasmine black tea I’ve had tasted like candy coated chocolate. I loved it so much. I get the feeling these might be a bit different. Also I’m wondering in the ingredients if that’s a typo and meant to be Yunnan or if it is Hunan.

Anyway yes this one does not have that Cadbury mini eggs taste. It’s much more floral and tastes very much like honey.

I much prefer non-jasmine black pearls, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to try these. I’ve never seen jasmine black pearls ever, so to me it was worth the price to at least try them. But I just feel like I’m losing out on the maltiness and cocoa notes that I like about black pearls because the honey notes are so strong, and combined with jasmine it tastes a lot like honeysuckle.

I will definitely steep them again because maybe there will be less jasmine now, and I’d be curious to try them out in the gaiwan.

But it is nice to drink them and sit here with Tucker. He is laying next to me and snoring.

I was going to steep it again after dinner and my mom wanted to have some! Gasp. So I steeped it a second time of 4 min, and a third of 5. After that the leaves smelled more chocolatey/malty so I was excited this would be better. And indeed it was! Malty, earthy notes finally came out, and the jasmine was far more subtle but still present.

Autumn Hearth

Do you remember where the other jasmine black was from?


Yes, it’s from thepuriTea, I think it’s called Yunnan Black Jasmine or something like that.


This post just makes me want to try them more. I don’t really like Jasmine, but the fact that it is with black tea intriqes me


You should try Zentealife.com’s Phoenix Pearls! They are my absolute favorite!


I have a sample size somewhere at home.

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