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i freakin love the smell of this tea dry.
i know a bunch of ppl don’t agree but i think i might really like cardamom in my tea.
but … i’m not sure i really like white teas.
interestingly without thinking, i brought 3 white teas and 1 black with me to work today.
the almond and vanilla and cardamom all come through in this cup. subtle, but they are definitely there.

i listened to the Tea Rage podcast as i rode my bike to work today. He talked about the Tea Cellar in DC which i will now plan to visit soon. he also shared this quote:

“I am so fond of tea that I could write a whole dissertation on its virtues. It comforts and enlivens without the risks attendant on spirituous liquors. Gentle herb! Let the florid grape yield to thee. Thy soft influence is a more safe inspirer of social joy.”
― James Boswell


Cardamom: I love it so much. Sometimes, for me, chai is just a delivery system for cardamom…

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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bum bum bum …. the last cup of Chocolate Orange until my recently placed order arrives.
for the time being, this tea is in my top 10. easy.
i made a cup for My Boyfriend the Animator too. and previously he declared that he doesn’t like chocolate teas. but tonight he declared that he likes this one.
i went to the gym tonight. i’ve run maybe 2 times over the past 5 weeks. no wonder i’m so depressed. hopefully tonight’s run will be the start of a solid and steady effort for the next 3 months.


I’ve been scared off by the pu erh but it sounds like I should try this one :)


it’s true i do recommend it! and i love it! and hope you get the chance to taste it at least.

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(i’m forcing myself to drink the 52teas tea that i have left. please tell me if it’s my immature newbie palate that is making me dislike these teas. i’m grumpy today so i’m thinking things like ‘i can’t wait until i drink all of these teas and then don’t buy them again’. i’ve steeped them short, i’ve steeped them non-boiling, i’ve steeped them in small quantities, i’ve steeped them in bigger quantities. i just don’t get it.)


I think some people just don’t dig 52Teas. Maybe just you and me, but at least we agree. There are a couple I really enjoy, but most of the ones I tried (2 dozen or so?) were really finicky and hard to get right. I’ve grown to accept it.


ya, glad i at least have you to validate me! hah
i guess the perfect brew on these teas is a really small window or something, and though i’ve tried to be strict and i’ve tried multiple approaches, i must just always miss it.
thing is, i know i have a lot to learn from the tea world so i do like to question myself.
sometimes peoples responses is that the tea is best with some milk or sugar, but i have this weird rigid stance that a tea should be good plain first and foremost (then adding cream or whatnot is a variation on a theme! a bonus!). maybe that belief will be my ultimate vulnerability and pitfall.
happy sipping!


If you really dislike them, maybe consider putting some up for exchange in the swap thread? As others have said, life is too short for bad tea. Maybe you’ll get something you like instead?

Too bad about the 52 teas. I was putting off them bc of their varied inventory. (what if I love it and they never make more???) but I ended up placing my first order yesterday.

I’m with you that tea should taste good on its own. #TeaSnobSolidarityFistbump :)



(i don’t swap tea on the message boards for some really lame reasons. but basically i don’t have a car cuz i’m a mega city life type and it seems that post offices are getting harder and harder to come by these days, so basically i find the whole project of getting a package to the post office during open hours really annoying. i just know that if i did join a swap it would take me FOREVER to get it into the post. but i can give my sister all my teajects instead. i mean, she got me into tea in the first place! and she loves to try them all.)

i hope you love the 52teas as much as many MANY other tea lovers here do!


I totally agree with you about 52teas. I’ve only found a couple that I liked. Sometimes I feel like I’m taking crazy pills when I read different people’s ratings on the teas.


crazy pills!
gimme some! hah


There are three of us! I definitely don’t mean to hate on 52Teas- I WANT to love them, it just doesn’t quite work out. I actually have that with Red Leaf Matcha too. It’s nice to know that one or two others have similar tastes.

PS – #TeaSnobSolidarityFistbump!!! I WILL occasionally use milk or sugar if I have to, but that’s a bad sign. I also keep drinking bad tea as I can’t stand to toss it and I can’t afford to swap it. Someone once suggested that I shouldn’t rate them if I know I don’t tend to like the company, but my thought is that my opinion is valid even if it’s negative. Especially if I paid for the tea! :D


An afterthought for Cavocorax – I’m pretty confident you’ll like 52Teas – almost all people do. Enjoy it!


you guys are all super cute :)


I tried to like 52 tea’s but don’t. Something always tastes off to me. Ordered 3 times and always the same.


I found a few blends from the 52teas 12 days that I enjoyed, or at least found entertaining, although a good portion of them were definitely not my thing. This particular one was OK for a novelty cup but I dread finishing my tiny package of it.

Ditto that tea should taste good on its own. A lot of these needed soy or dairy, and that rubbed me wrong. For my tastes I find I have to steep them gentle and under the amount or else they rip my tongue off- finicky and an acquired taste. Still good to try a few at least once.

Also, Ciel?


Ciel Phantomhive!


I approve of the picture change.


Don’t worry, I agree too. I’ve found a couple that I absolutely love, but most are ultimately meh despite tinkering around with the parameters like mad. But hey, more for the ultimate fans!


yes more for the ultimate fans :)
i guess i did like the Weeping Angel tea they made. and i really don’t think it was fandom influenced either. it was easy to steep, and kinda reminded me of Buttered Rum by DavidsTea. so maybe i’ll order that one again some day. but like you said Incendiare, a couple you love from the catalog can be good enough.

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brewing two cups of tea at the same time.
3 day work week vs a wednesday that feels like a monday.
everything feels old and stiff and stuck.
looking forward to my gym time.
daydreaming about working at a library or a museum.

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
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my Kusmi order arrived!
the russian tasting set and a large tin of caramel.
(my boyfriend is gonna love the russian ones i just know it)
so here i am drinking tea at 11pm!

today is the last day of my holiday vacation.


What’s a Russian Tasting set!?


oh! well… that’s my sloppy short hand is all. it’s described as “ASSORTMENT OF FIVE RUSSIAN BLENDS IN MINI TINS”.


Ohh haha I got really excited for a moment – well still excited. I may have to check that out :)

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drank White Christmas by 52teas
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last day of december.
last sip of this tea.

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drank Banana Dream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s actually earth.
They’re all ghosts.
He’s his own brother.
They’re all clones.


I feel like I should know what you’re talking about…


I know that one! :)


Oh dang do I get loopy at night!!!
The text notifier on my phone is the star trek door bell sound.
The ring tone on my phone is the theme song to ‘The IT Crowd’.
4 seasons of IT crowd are on netflix and you should watch it if you like fun.

we were all sitting around the kitchenroom talking about how some people like to try to figure out twist endings in movies while other people just enjoy the movie undistracted. So I pulled up a scene from season 2 that was all about this behavior. my boyfriend and I reference it regularly during movie talks.

but seriously watch the show from the beginning of the series!!
Goth to Boss!


I love that show!! Totally didn’t connect this to it though. Maybe I need to watch it again.


Would love an IT crowd ringtone—that’s great! People at work don’t understand why I’ll ask “Have you tried turning it off and then on again?” and then collapse into a fit of giggles.


Is it IT or I.T.? It’s on my to watch list, I wonder if it’s on Canadian Netflix..


when you say it outloud you say it The Eye Tee Crowd, but it’s spelled just ‘The IT Crowd’.
it’s all on Netflix here in the states. which makes it fun to recommend cuz a person can have the fun right away!
and not really related at all, but another show i recommend often is ‘Misfits’. if you haven’t heard of it.


I figured it was I.T. There are a tonne of wonderful shows that I wish Netflix Canada would pick up – though then I would probably never stop watching TV. That would be bad, right?


You have to take the good with the bad. At least you have ketchup chips and smarties in Canada if you don’t have the IT Crowd. BTW, spent much of New Years Day watching the IT Crowd thanks to this post :) My facebook status that day: “I have it on good authority that if you type Google into Google, you can break the internet.”


Uniquity, we need to find jobs that allow us to watch TV all day and drink tea :) Ooo and reading too.


@Em – Yes, please! I used to work in an indie bookstore which game me two out of three. Ideally I would be a book reviewer or a book rep – but both of those professions don’t exactly pay well anymore and are quite difficult to get. Perhaps someday!


Look what I found :) http://www.othertees.com/ The IT Crest!!

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
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this tea smells very good.
I had a mega tea tasting with my sister yesterday. I hope to have another one soon.

Since this is almost the last day of the year there is a lot on my To Do list I’d like to get done.
Wish me luck!
Maybe I’ll just throw everything into the garbage and be done.
Do you ever wanna just move to a cabin?
Like leave everything behind and see what it’s like to start from scratch?
I’m not feeling destructive, it’s just what the beginning of a new year will do to my mind.

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one of the christmas teas. i postponed drinking it for a long time because it really doesn’t seem like my thing. i don’t even really like cotton candy in it’s original form. but it was a cute tea. and fun. though it definitely doesn’t fit my winter mood.

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we were drudging through historic Williamsburg. my sister and i had run out of things to say to my dad and his wife a few hours ago. we all had a beer to ease the tension. then my sis and i spotted this place! tired of looking at old buildings? go shopping for tea! the tea wasn’t super top notch or anything, but we could purchase small bags of a nice variety and it was super fun to smell all the tea.

this was a sweet little treat tea. thanks oddree for sharing as ALWAYS!

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i have a cat named House Party 3.

i drink my tea plain.

vegan. fine arts major. bass player. runner. yoga do-er. childfree. scifi fan. e-reader fanatic. knitting newb. ADHD club member (ie; all my exclamation points are for realz!!)

i’m always aspiring to read more books.

i don’t care what you say, chamomile is barfaroony.
i’m so over rooibos.
evil hibiscus is evil.

some tea pictures!

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i only log each tea i taste once.

!!! SWAPPING !!!

ALWAYS interested in reducing my tea stash, so please ask if you want to swap or sample something! even if it’s just one tea.

every tea in my cupboard is swapable! (at least i TRY to keep it up to date)
every tea i have tried is listed in my rated teas.


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