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drank Darjeeling Green Tea by Chamong
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I think of this as a really classic green tea. It’s a light green color with a flowery aroma. The flavor is nutty, almost savory, with a hint of rice. It’s also a bit dry, if that makes sense.

I like to drink this when I’m working because it stays tasty even if you forget to take the teabag out, and it re-steeps well either way. It never gets bitter. It is also nice and energizing. I shared this tea with a co-worker when he was feeling very tired and he said that it picked him right up. I also like this as an iced tea – I brew hot, add honey, leave the teabags in there, and let it cool (first on the counter and then in the fridge).

This is hands-down my favorite tea. I bought a three-pack (totaling 60 bags) on sale in December and I’m down to 8 bags. The only reason I haven’t ordered more is because it distracts me from trying the other teas in my cupboard!

For the record (and the skeptics), I have no affiliation with this company and no one has paid me to write this review.

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I’m generally not a huge fan of Celestial Seasonings, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that I quite like this tea. The instructions say to steep in boiling water for 4-6 minutes. At the 4 minute mark, it was a delightful blend of lemon and sweetness (almost honey-like). At the 10 minute mark, it was overwhelmingly lemony, to the point that I began to regret not taking the teabag out. But surprise! At the 15 minute mark, it reverted to a nice balance of tart and sweet. I like this for an afternoon tea if you’re looking for a little kick but don’t want caffeine.

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I bought this tea to help me sleep (if you’ve seen my other notes, you may have noticed that I have trouble sleeping and turn to a variety of bedtime teas for help). I like chamomile, but this one is just too strong for my taste. I agree with Syaffolee that it has a strong musky scent. I just find it overwhelming. Steeping it for only a couple of minutes helps, but not much. I far prefer the H&S chamomile. It has a much lighter scent and flavor while still making me sleepy.

I used 1 teabag in 16 ounces of boiling water, steeped for 2-3 minutes.

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I followed Bonnie’s suggestion and steeped the tea in 8 ounces of water for 3 minutes. The result was a stronger vanilla flavor and a very mild grassy flavor. Still too creamy for my taste, but much better than it was when I was using more water.

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drank Red Lavender by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I’ve had this tea in my cupboard for about a year. Based on the other reviews, I wonder whether the tea gets better with age. I like the rooibos as a base. It really accentuates the lavender. I do definitely smell the lavender – noticeable without being overwhelming. The smell is very soothing. Between that and the fact that this tea is caffeine free, I find it a good option for a bedtime tea. It’s also great as an iced tea – refreshing and faintly sweet.

I use 1 teabag in 8 ounces of hot water, not quite boiling. I just leave the teabag in the mug. For the iced tea, I use the same proportions and let the tea cool (first on the counter and then in the fridge).


Where is the valley of the gods? We have the Garden of the Gods here in Colorado,but I have never heard of other place.


It’s in southeast Utah, not far from Monument Valley. It’s on Navajo land. http://www.navajonationparks.org/public_html/images/p3.pdf

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drank Navajo Tea by Yanabah Tea
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I picked up a box of this tea at the gift shop when I went to the Valley of the Gods. It is absolutely wonderful, especially at bedtime (it’s caffeine free). The tea is grassy and earthy with a hint of mintiness. Quite soothing. The box recommends steeping for 3-4 minutes and promises a mild taste. I far prefer to let the tea steep longer for a more robust flavor.

I use 1 teabag in 8 ounces of boiling water. I just leave the teabag in the mug while I drink.


You don’t have to go to Navajo country to enjoy this tea! It is available online at http://www.yanabahtea.com

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I typically love Harney & Sons, so I was excited to pick this up on sale. I don’t taste the same things others seem to, though. To me it just tastes creamy and grassy, and not in a way I find especially appealing. The lemongrass is overwhelming and I can’t taste the ginger at all. I want to love it, but even after multiple tries over several days I find this tea disappointing. I would not buy it again.

I used 1 bag in 16 ounces of near boiling water, steeped for about 5 minutes.


Usually the amount of water per serving would be 8oz by American standards. Green tea often is better a little under boiling…so if you were to try again, less heat and less water might produce a better tasting tea. ( not 5 min.) . Take a look at getting on the free tea program from Teavivre that most of us have enjoyed. GO to the website and I think it’s on the right hand side.(free tea for reviewing).


Thanks for the advice!

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This tea is really basic. The green tea and the mint are well balanced. It’s very smooth, but there’s nothing really outstanding about it. It would be a good complement to a very flavorful meal or dessert, or as a palate cleanser. This wouldn’t be my first choice if I want to really savor my tea though.

I used 1 teabag in 16 oz of near boiling water, steeped for 3 minutes per package instructions. This tea does not resteep well – it just turns out extremely weak, no matter how long you let it steep.

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Tangy with a hint of sweetness. This has a very strong ginger flavor, which is great right now because I have a cold, but might be overwhelming if my sense of smell were working properly. I think this is great for colds and probably stomach issues, but I don’t know that I would drink it as an everyday tea.

I used 1 teabag in a 16 oz mug, steeped for about 5 minutes.


I find this one works great when when I have an upset stomach!

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Geek and nerd (shoutout to GeekSteep). Still trying to get a handle on this whole work/life balance while ALSO succeeding at work thing. I have some chronic illnesses that make that harder. Tea is my respite.

Favorite tea types, in order:

Don’t drink:

A sampling of tea shops I like:
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Tea Thoughts
Harney & Sons

RIP Butiki



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