576 Tasting Notes


Well hello new fave tea!

I love the blend of this one, the spicy and the mint blend together romantically and perfectly. The oolong is the perfect backdrop for this romance. Love it!

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This is a sweet treat of a tea! The black tea base is bold but not bitter (always appreciated). The vanilla flavor shines through heavenly. Also great iced! :)

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Old Standby. I’m trying to finish this up so I can buy the Maharaja Chai Oolong blend. I really do enjoy it more than this one, but since this blend has been so good to me over the years I can’t bear to drop the rating. Maybe I will get some of the Maharaja anyway and make a super blend of this with it!

No, that’s crazy town.


i have a little of both. will try to blend them myself :)

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Ugh it’s been one of those weeks. Last week was the flu from hell (along with the six-day migraine). This week? Food poisoning. And migraine, of course. It’s been rough. I’m finally back at work. Folders and projects on my desk seem so foreign. What was that about?! <—me all AM Need a little kick, so I reach for my guayusa. Must try other incarnations of this wonderful tea!


feel better! Hopefully the next week will be wonderful and illness free!


Oh no! Time for some smooth sailing!


Ay-yi-yi! Pace yourself; food poisoning is no fun! (Been there.)


Thanks – and here’s hoping! :)


ICK! I used to think I had food poisoning and found out it was an allergy to…nightshade foods. (My migraines give me flu-like symptoms though which also can feel like food poisoning so it was a long puzzle figuring out what I had!). Keep tabs around your migraines if this happens again. (BRAT) Bread, rice, apple and tea is the easiest on the stomach beginning with rice and tea.


Hope you feel better soon!

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My tastebuds have been so off lately, thanks to a six-day migraine and the longest, weirdest flu bout. I brewed up some Eight Candles but couldn’t finish it – it was too sweet for me today. I know, I know, I said that. Me, little miss addicted to sugar and candy. I couldn’t take it. So I opted for something minty and more plain. This is my tried and true, my go-to flavor. Love me some minty and gunpowder happiness.

This tastes kinda sugary too, which is odd. There is no sugar in it, and I don’t add any sugar to my teas. I rinsed out the mug after the Eight Candles. I guess things are tasting sugary as part of my tastebuds on hiatus? Weird, like I said, weirdo flu bout.

Autumn Hearth

Oh no! Migraine flu combo? Yikes! Hope you feel better soon!


I thought I was going to die – seriously. I actually wished death on myself. I finally have most of the flu part gone, but the migraine is lingering. Unfun. Thanks for the well wishes!


I hope you feel better!


I hope you feel better. The combo of a migraine and flu just made me shudder in fear. Get well soon!


Thanks guys! This flu was totally butt-kicking and not fun. UGH! Tea helps! And if I have to order more to cope, then it’s a health-related expense, right?! ;)


Ugh, migraines are the worst. :/ Hope you’re feeling better! When I get a really bad one I’m pretty sure if someone said “I could end your life right now OR you could suffer like this for 24 more hours” I’d say “yup I lived a good life that’s enough of this pain bye world”

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Backlog: I have just a couple bags left from the 2012 Christmas season. It’s always sad when I run out. I enjoyed one of these while watching my latest guilty pleasure, Amish Mafia. I find it hilarious – especially as someone who studies the “real” mafia. Anyway, this is a delightful cuppa, tastes like Christmas. Perfect for cold nights – and snowy afternoons. I may allow myself another one today when I get home from work, if there is snow again!


I always get a good kick out of that show.

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Tea of the afternoon. Plenty of folks are worried about the potential snow…I just want it to be the weekend so I can sleep!

I love a good gunpowder green and mint. Refreshing and happy. :)

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Still working on my sample-sized bag of this. It really does remind me of these amazing candy cane cookies one of my coworkers from my JCPenney retail days used to make. (Another coworker called them…“orgasmic” LOL) Not sure that I would use that term to describe this tea, but it’s pretty delish anyways!

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I’m torn – is this my fave Della Terra Tea or is Eight Candles?! I can’t decide. Regardless, this is a cupboard essential. If you love cinnamon, this is your tea. I used to be able to stand Bigelow’s Cinnamon Stick, but after having this, I say, “Where is my cinnamon, b**ch!” ;)

The Pop Rocks just make it that much more, well, rockin’!

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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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