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This is still a fave of mine, no matter how many other chais I try. There is something about this spicy, hearty flavor.

It’s lifting my spirit on this gray day…

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OK, what the heck?! This cuppa from the 12 Days of Christmas blend from 52Teas tastes entirely different than the blend from months ago. Did my tastes change?!

Now I taste much more of the vanilla and cream goodness described by other teaists. I also let it steep for the length of the cup so more of that delicious vanilla flavor could be enjoyed.

Previously unrated. Now, highly rated. Bizarre!


Yes! At least I’m not alone with the perception that this is a totally different beast. I liked this a lot more than the original blend.


Agreed! This version is much better! :)

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The more I drink this cuppa, the more I like it! I started my morning off with this as I needed a serious pick-me-up. Winter is the season I dread the most in Maryland as I’m no fan of snow. It’s pretty and all but such a hassle. I’m from southern California, so I’m totally biased.

Anyway… this tea makes a hearty cuppa. I love the cola and cinnamon flavors and the sweetness, which must be caused by the licorice root. I added a Sun Crystals packet because frankly I’m going through sugar withdrawal and my office doesn’t need to be subjected to that reality.

For a bagged tea, this is really decent! :)


This tea has COLA flavor? SWOON! I may have to see if I can find it even though my last attept with Celestial Seasonings holiday teas was less then setller…


I’ll send you some if you want – just PM me your addy and I’ll put in the mail by tomorrow. :) If you like cola flavors, you’ll enjoy this. :)


I’m interested, although I’m not a big licorice fan—I gather it doesn’t overpower the other ingredients? Love cola tea—I can buy it straight up in bulk from local health food store…I may have to play with that and cinnamon together.

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No rating as this is one of my blends.

I really get a kick out of the different interpretations of spicy fruit. This one is pleasant, although not very strong; also you cannot steep a second time – there is no cinnamon flavor left.

I enjoyed this cuppa, but it doesn’t replace Sugar Plum Spice as my favorite holiday tea.

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drank Cashew Turtle by 52teas
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OK, so I’ve been sick again and I got behind in the 12 Days of Christmas. I’m not sure which day this is, but I know it’s not today’s, nor one in the future. I’m going to try to be good about this the rest of the time and follow the instructions like a good gal.

On to the tea.

This smells heavenly – if heaven were made of chocolate and cashews, and I think in my own heaven that would be a floor. This reminds me of the turtles I used to get as a kid visiting in upstate New York, stopping by for our weekly fix at Abbott’s (a custard place), back when I could eat such things.

Steeped for about four minutes, since it’s a black tea, and the liquor is a deep choco-brown.

First sip – and it tastes exactly like it smells! (Of course, since Frank blended it.) I down three more sips; I want to gulp it, but it would scald my throat… I’m allergic to an enzyme in milk chocolate (as well as other dairy products) so normally I can’t indulge. This is a real treat!

This tastes like chocolate and nutty goodness. The only problem? Now I want a “real” turtle. I’ll have to “settle” for a second cuppa.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Sorry to hear that you’re feeling under the weather… I hope you feel better soon!


get well soon :)

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
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Got this in a gift pack (bagged). I enjoyed this yesterday while playing RAGE on my xbox 360. (I’m a huge gamer…I should start a series on what teas go with video games!) I started out the day by playing Alice, then decided I wanted to shoot people instead so I opted for RAGE

Oh, the TEA. Sorry. Easily distracted. ;) This tea is very minty – which I love – and with a name like Candy Cane, it should be. It brews up hearty and strong, and is minty to the last drop.

I think I do like Candy Cane Lane better – but I do tend to enjoy green teas over black teas anyway. Overall, this is a holiday delight – and a must-try for mint fans.

And RAGE is wonderful…


I also am a huge gamer! : ) But living in Ecuador (games not accesible) and being very busy at work and with my puppies has made me have less and less time for games. : ( Thankfully, tea is compatible with mostly anything! : )


Yay for gaming and tea! And for cute little puppies! :)


Woot! I second the gaming and tea drinking! Just this weekend I drank some Bai Mu Dan and played Skyrim. What could be better?


Another Skyrim fan! Yay! :)


I used to drink tea while I gamed, but then I took an arrow to the knee.
Skyrim Tea Buddies yay!!


Hahahahahaahahaahahaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!! DaisyChubb, you are awesome! I wish I had a good comeback, but all I can think of is: “Stop right there, criminal scum! No one breaks the law on my watch!” But that’s Oblivion, not Skyrim. Oh man, really good. I did not see that one coming.

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Grabbed this other day to help combat my winter-sucks-it’s-cold-out-there-I-wanna-stay-in-bed attitude, which increases around the holidays.

For a bagged tea variety, this is really good! I taste the cola and cinnamon, a bit of licorice (I think for sweetness) and I’m feeling more awake and alert.

May have to make this a cupboard essential!

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Please note: this is the bagged variety, not the loose kind!

This is a decent tea for an afternoon pick-me-up, but it’s no Constant Comment (by Bigelow), which is my standard for the orange&spice combo. It’s decent, but nothing special. I believe this was in a sampler pack so it’s not as if I purchased a whole box anyway.

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Are you surprised I’m drinking this? Don’t you know me at all?! ;) I love this blend! No matter how many chais I try and enjoy, I always come back to this one. It’s expensive, but worth it. Love a nice, spicy cuppa. I’m enjoying with my lunch today (a cold-cut sub from Subway). but great anytime.


By the title, this sounded like a confusing blend…I mean two chais blended to one. I like pepper in my chai & liked the description. I don’t know if I’d buy it though, unless I buy one of their cups. I’m not happy with their marketing either.

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Started my AM off with this cuppa. Delish! I really enjoy letting it steep for the length of the cup; the longer you steep, the more the spicy flavors pop. And luckily the oolong tea doesn’t get bitter. This is a new fave!

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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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