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If you know of me on Steepster, you know this is my go-to cuppa. Just got a fresh batch in so I’m lovin’ it even more. And I really need it today too…else I will pull out my hair Patty Williams-style (that’s a Young and Restless reference, for anyone who doesn’t know…)

Please see other notes. This is one of my faves and one I have not yet been able to replicate!

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I gotta cut back on caffeine later in the day – doctor’s orders! So I grabbed a couple of these from my mom. This is a decent find – for a bagged variety. I taste a spicy vanilla flavor. It’s smooth and bold, but not as peppy – which is good. I wouldn’t recommend first thing in the AM when you need your heart pumping but as a mid-afternoon wind-down, opt for this one.


Ah – I know the feeling!


Bigelow has long been my go-to for a decent bagged tea. Don’t think I’ve ever had anything (taking personal flavor dislikes into account) that wasn’t good.

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I really do enjoy this blend. No rating as it’s my own, but I loved how well Adagio blends it. Cherry, chocolate and creamy vanilla are a perfect treat as I get cracking on my “super exciting” job. ;)

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I really enjoy this one hot – although it’s great iced and blended with Strawberry Lemonade too. I’m a huge fan of blueberries and this tastes like fresh blueberries – not freeze-dried, petrified or HIBISCUS-ladden berries.

It’s also pretty sweet – and no, folks, I did not put in any sweetener like usual. (GASP) Perhaps the plump berries help with that.

This reminds me of summer and lazy days. Perfect for today’s crappy weather day (it’s rainy and gross).


I like this one iced, too.


Hmmm, like that strawberry lemonade tip!

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drank Wellness by ESP Emporium
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Again, this one has me stumped. The liquor is a gorgeous deep pink color, which to me screams, “HIBISCUS! I AM HIBISCUS!” It’s slightly tart – as though a fresh raspberry is – not in the least hibiscus-y, even after a steeping of over five minutes. I really enjoy this cuppa. I needed something mellow, but this is going to put me to sleep and I won’t make it to 5:30. I’ll need something to pep me up next!

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One of my own blends so no rating

I love this minty, spicy cup. The candy cane black tea with spearmint are the perfect pairing with cinnamon. If you love spices, this is your cuppa. :) If you don’t, well, avoid.

I love how minty and spicy this aroma is as well. Thanks for the perfect blending, Adagio! :)

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drank Fruta Bomba by Teavana
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This is one of those teas that makes it hard for me to frown in Teavana’s general direction. I really enjoy the medley of peach and papaya, with the underlying vegetable green flavor. I enjoy this hot or iced…or lukewarm as I am enjoying it now (had a meeting and walked away without realizing I was leaving this behind). I have yet to taste a tea as tropical and flavorful as this – but I’m always open to suggestions!

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drank Winter Frost by iHeartTeas
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I received this as part of a Christmas present to myself (I deserve it, right?!), in a cute stocking with other selections from Rachel’s Adagio blends.

Immediately opening the sample bag I am transported to San Diego, my early childhood years, making cinnamon and candy cane treats for the tree – and for our bellies. :)

This reminds me of HOME – which is so comforting and wonderful. Another sip and I’m transported to Brockport, NY, home of my beloved grandparents, another spot for holiday happiness.

The vanilla flavor is on the edge of the cinnamon and candy cane flavors – which is perfect. It’s subtle and sweet, rounding out the edges of typical holiday spices.

This is a true gem. I will be ordering more – around the holidays or in the midst of summer when I crave holiday memories.

Yums yums! :)


Brockport!!!!!!! :)
Roots! Roots!!!!


We all deserve it!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I’m so glad you enjoyed this. Can’t wait to hear about the rest.


I love Brockport!! :) And yes, Ellyn, we do! :) I will be enjoying the rest in a bit, Rach. :)

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Love this cinnamon and plum happiness! It’s seasonal and hard to find. Can’t wait for the next holiday season… Or perhaps I’ll jet out to Colorado and visit the flagship store to stock up on fresh boxes!

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This is terrific in the afternoon, to wind down from a stressful morning, or ease into a calming evening. It’s slightly sweet – a hint, as a result of the licorice. If you don’t like licorice, avoid. I love it, so I enjoy. :)


“If you don’t like licorice, avoid.”
Haha.. thanks. You just saved me some money. I know what the Aveda tea tastes like, and I’m not a fan. But, you gave me a pretty good idea of what to expect from this tea :)

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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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Happy Brewing! :)


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