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drank Pear Tree by Autumn Hearth
576 tasting notes

I can’t get enough of this one! It’s so unique, unlike any tea I’ve ever had. I’m on my second cuppa.

This tea is amazing – it’s spicy and earthy at the same time, a rare feat. After brewed, it tastes very similar to how it smells – which I love. (That’s why I can’t stand most coffees. They never taste as nice as they smell!)

Autumn Hearth explains she wanted not a “pear tea” but a “pear tree tea” and kudos to her for thinking outside the box and not saddling us with a pear tea – not that that would be bad or anything. I just applaud her creativity.

This blend includes tropical touches – papaya and pineapple pieces, along with citrus slices – and an amazing assortment of herbal ingredients including holy basil, organic juniper, organic burdock root and elderberry, plus a touch of vanilla. The base tea is a blend of yabao and jasmine green teas. Additional flavors include passion fruit, lemon balm and natural flavoring.

This is such a fragrant cuppa! I’ve really taken my time with this one, as every sip seems like discovering a new flavor wrapped in this tea.

This is a great way to kick off our tea exchange. Thanks Autumn Hearth for a fab blend! :)

Full Review – http://keenteathyme.blogspot.com/2012/12/1-partridge-in-pear-tree-tea.html

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Got a meeting tonight so I needed an extra caffeine fix. Yum. This was perfect!

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I really enjoy the flavor on this one, but it’s not the best Della Terra Tea I’ve ever had. I love the mix of chocolate and chili, and it’s a dark chocolate flavor (my fave) to boot. But there is a slightly artificial flavor taste to it.

(I used to make my own bath salts and soaps for fun and I used an artificial chocolate scent. That’s what it reminds me of.)

Still this is decent and decadent. I’d buy it again.

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The second tea I’ve tried from Della Terra Teas. Again I love marshmallow and sprinkles, so of course I would love this.

As it’s brewing, OMG – it makes my knees weak!

The taste is amazing too – marshmallow-y and total happy. The sugar sprinkles are a nice touch too (of course). Not sure if I like this more than the Cinnamon Crackle but it’s definitely HAPPY!


I need this tea!


I am hoping that this tea is in the 12 days box. I want to open my box! aaaahhhhhhhrgh!


It’s one is on sale 40% today


I can’t wait to get the order I placed today. This one sounds great.

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This is my first official Della Terra Teas tea – and what an awesome inaugural blend! I love anything cinnamon, so of course I would love something called Cinnamon Crackle – complete with every 80’s child’s fave candy, Pop Rocks. ;) This is in-your-face cinnamon, cinnamon to the max – and this is a cupboard staple.

I gulped down one cuppa and could reinfuse for a second time, so even better.

Now I see why all you Steepsterites love Della Terra Teas – great prices but quality tea!

Also, I should note, this is sweet enough on its own (probably because of the candy).

It’s love at first sip. Cinnamon Crackle, I cannot live without you. You complete me.

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My stomach has been killing me lately as a side effect of some treatments, so I opted for this mint tea after a light snack today. Nice on the tummy, and it’s making me a bit more energized to get through the rest of the day, but it won’t keep me up – at least I hope not!


I hope you feel better soon!


Thanks! :)


Peppermint is my favorite thing for when my tummy isn’t happy. Hope you get better and the peppermint helps!

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This is quickly becoming my go-to tea and I am a forever fan of guayusa. Love that it’s energizing without making me all jittery and tweaky. (I think of Tweak from South Park when I say that!) Butiki Teas has a guayusa pack I’ve got to try asap! :)


yes, you must, you must try Good Morning Sunshine the best of Butiki Teas Guayusa blends :D


Good to know! That’s a definite then!

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Still had some left from a free sample, but this is one I’ve got on my order list for later in December. I love oolong and strawberry so it’s no surprise I love this one.
The strawberry flavor is very natural-tasting, no artificial stuff here. YUMS!

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
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Courtesy of Sare – thank you! :) This is my first tea from Lupicia but won’t be my last. I love the blend of jasmine with a hint of grape, just enough so that it’s not artificial. It really is like wine in a cup, and it’s definitely making me feel more mellow. (Placebo effect?) My only hesitation is the smell, as it really does smell like hot wine. I’m not sure I care for that, but I can’t complain too much since it’s true to its name!

It’s also not sweet at all. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I feel like if it was wine, it should be sweet. But since it’s a tea, I appreciate the lack of sweetness. This is one I’ll have to try again in order to properly sort out my feelings.

I did enjoy it, just not sure if I’m in love yet.

EDIT/ADD: I dropped the rating considerably because I ended up dumping it out. I just couldn’t get past the smell. :(

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I’ve been drinking this iced lately, but threw it in my work bag today and enjoyed a hot cuppa. This is a fave – I love gunpowder green tea, and the mint is the perfect compliment. It’s also fabulous iced. I usually add a little extra mint (spearmint) for a sweeter taste when doing the iced tea thing.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Hello fellow tea fans!
I’ve been a tea enthusiast for years but just recently started brewing my own. I’ve created some blends, and enjoy researching about new teas. I combined my love of tea and writing to create a tea-devoted blog, Keen Tea Thyme. I have been writing for most of my life and am a former journalist with a degree in Communications and Social Psychology, and a minor in Writing. Journalism is in my blood, so that means I’m inquisitive by nature, will double-check sources and/or get a second opinion as needed, but also fair and balanced in my reviews. If my reviews seem more positive, energetic and have high ratings, it’s because I love tea. :)

If you are a tea company, I’d love to review some your tea! Free samples are always welcome so I can fully enjoy the freshest selections. I’m also open to tea swaps as I always have too many teas on hand to drink & would love to share with other tea enthusiasts! :)

My Simple Rating Scale (as of Feb. 2011)
>50: I’m NOT a fan. I could barely finish the cup, if I even did. I wouldn’t even recommend this to my worst enemy. Not worth my time nor yours.

51-65: Good aroma, good flavor. Just nothing pops to give the tea that special kick. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

66-79: Yes, finally, tea – unique flavor profiles, great aroma & flavor. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

80-99: These are cupboard essentials – delicious, aromatic and perfect everyday teas. Re-steepable (beyond at least one steeping). Highly recommended, fun for all ages.

100: These are my favorites, the ones I would take with me if stranded on a desert island. Beyond Highly Recommended.

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