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drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
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Why have I been awake for 5 hours and this is my first cup of tea?!?! Feels like a Monday, hopefully copious doses of tea will get me through the day. I want to know your tea dreams!! If you could grab a cup of ANY tea EVER right now, whether it still exists, or doesn’t, or you just made it up…what would it be?

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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Thank you Rachel for the sample of this!! I’m such a big mate fan and was really excited to try this, it’s the first out of the awesome swap with Rachel!

I think I should have used more tea, but even with the little I used, it tastes like hot chocolate to me. I have a really bad cold so I can’t quite smell it and my taste buds are most likely a little skewed. I can clearly taste the roasted mate, which I love, and the chocolate is a milk chocolate flavor, but not so overpowering that I can’t tell it’s a mate.

I’ll have to brew a stronger cup when I’m not sick to rate it fairly, but I like it so far!!

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
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I’m drinking this mixed with Adagio’s caramel, cream, and honeybush vanilla. They were all sample sizes and I mixed the sample sizes together to get more distance out of each one.

The reason I’m drinking this is because I have the flu, and my taste buds don’t work, so I figured it’s a perfect time to sip through the teas I’m not super fond of or just simply don’t drink that often. This is my tea of choice for this right after a nice steaming cup of Theraflu, which is the only thing that got me to my desk at work today.

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I’m not going to log all of the 12 teas of Christmas because my dad’s awesome cat gave me the set under the tree on Christmas day (I know, she rocks). I did really love this one though, definitely my favorite of all 12, so I had another cup last night and left the packet on the counter. This is more a story than a review…

My adorable sweet handsome little boy kitten found his way onto the counter and seemed to be intrigued by this tea. So as I emerged from my cozy spot on the couch watching Fringe to rescue him from the potential dangers of the crockpot, I saw that he had batted the packet off the counter and the contents were spilled all over the floor. I still love him, and I made him snuggle with me as I ordered a full bag of it online afterwards.

I love the spice in this tea, there is definitely some cinnamon and a little nutmeg, the pumpkin is subtle, and the caramel gives it a smooth creamy taste. I’m not sure I really taste the cheesecake part, but it definitely makes the novelty of the tea more fun!!


I love that your Dad’s cat gave you a Christmas gift – it’s like she’s “Santa paws”

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this in a swap recently and was so excited to try it. I admit it, I love Teavana’s CocoCaramel Sea Salt herbal tea, so I had to. The first cup I had I brewed it too long,forgetting it wasn’t also an herbal but it didn’t get too bitter for me. Through both brewings I could taste the caramel, not so much the sea salt. The second time I brewed it I got a little more of the sea salt taste, but I still taste it much more in Teavana’s blend.

As much as I wanted to like this better than Teavana’s, it just didn’t do it enough for me. So thankfully, Teavana has their heavenly sale right now and I got a pound of CocoCaramel Sea Salt for like $15. Funny how they can still make a profit with tea less than $1 an ounce though…hmmmm…

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I haven’t logged lately because I’m not trying new things lately because all my money has gone to Christmas presents!! But I am sipping a delicious cup of this at my desk awaiting the 2 Christmas parties of the day to begin…also going crazy with excitement about my Nook Color that my lovely boyfriend gave my for Christmas and waiting impatiently to go pick out a cover!!

Rich smooth chocolate, spicy warm chili, an incredibly indulgent and uniquely flavored tea.

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I got my first Red Leaf Tea package on Friday, yayy!!! So I first tried this Saturday morning as a hot cup. I smelled the English Toffee sweetness immediately upon opening the bag, but when I brewed it I really couldn’t taste it at all. Luckily, I really enjoy the taste of matcha!

So I had about 3 cups throughout my lazy Christmas movie watching present wrapping day, then on Sunday I threw a tsp into a smoothie of strawberries, almond milk, and maple greek yogurt to drink after a circuit workout. My new favorite breakfast. Not only do I love the natural sweetness and earthy taste of the matcha, but after drinking the smoothie I feel like I’ve just had a really good sleep. I feel refreshed and awake, I feel strong and healthy. I will absolutely continue to order matcha to create a delicious healthy breakfast, and maybe I’ll try a robust flavor too.

Sunday I also brewed this cold in a water bottle to take with me for the day while my boyfriend and I went to buy our stockings. I don’t like it as much cold as I do in the smoothie but what an amazing natural energy boost that doesn’t give me jitters or a crash.

I’m way more impressed than I expected to be.

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I got this as a sample in my Compass order and am just trying it today for the first time. I get no flavor, sweetness, or marshmallow in this at all. Just a basic black tea…however it is a really good basic black tea!! Like TeaEqualsBliss said it brews to a medium dark color; it has a strong taste but not an overly bitter one. I wouldn’t drink this if I were in the mood for a flavored tea but if I needed a caffeine boost and didn’t want any extra flavor (which is rare for me), I’d reach for it.

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Drinking this to wake up right now. I don’t love it but it’s growing in me, I also really value mate in the morning so I’m going to need to stock up on some soon since I’m almost completely out. Suggestions are more than welcome!!


i only have 2 mates and i haven’t even tried them yet. (chocolate rocket & honey bee from Davidstea) i know i sound like a crazy person typing this on a tea fan website, but i’m actually trying to cut down on caffeine, so the mate always makes me nervous. i just make cups of it for my boyfriend instead. :)


Fusion’s Pistachio Lime Mate is the best!!

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I’ve had 3 cups of tea today and only 1 was caffeinated…whoaaa I need a dose!! So I brewed up this sparkly little treat and even though my headache hasn’t subsided, my intense negativity has lessened :p Like everyone else, I’m addicted to this tea. I’m lately loving teas with an AROMA…a whole feeling not just a taste. This is fun and sweet but not sickeningly sweet, and for some reason I’m getting a touch of a coconut smell to it.

If there were a petition to keep this year round, I’d sign it and have my friends who don’t even drink tea sign it too. But I did comment on their facebook page in hopes that the elves will work off season to keep this coming in laaaarge doses.

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I love sweet, decadent, desserty teas the most but I also appreciate a strong refreshing cup of green or white tea. I recently started a matcha smoothie morning, sometimes mate or black tea, then black tea and rooibos throughout the day, and whatever my little heart desires most when I get home from work!

I don’t have a rating system, I just kind of guess. I think I should make a rating system…

85-100 I want this in my cupboard always
75-85 I like it but I’m not rushing out to buy more immediately
60-75 Probably not going to want more than the sample
40-60 I don’t like this tea, I wouldn’t recommend it, and I won’t drink it again
0-40 This wasn’t even worth the sip.

Ok let’s try that for a bit now.



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