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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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I’d been saving this for summer, and today I looked up, smacked myself in the forehead, and realized that it was Summer™ and it was time to crack it open.
Ahh, a light, refreshingly juicy melon oolong. For me the trick is having a light steep, or it can get bitter. But today, just lovely!

gmathis

I’m not much of a melon fan, but it sounds perfect for the day.

Kittenna

Everyone’s drinking melon! (Well, maybe not gmathis!)

Kittenna

I agree on the light steep though – I find DavidsTea’s Vanilla Orchid to be the same way. Very easily oversteeped, which ruins it.

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drank Old Glory by The Skirted Soldier
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Its the Fourth of July, so I think it’s only appropriate to have an apple pie tea!
This is pretty nice. I find that apple teas sometimes get a little bitter, but this one does not. It’s mellow, with the apple, a little vanilla and a hint of cinnamon melting into each other. It’s an easy tea to drink, and works well for the day. I think I’ll also really enjoy it in the autumn!

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When I opened the packet of this I swooned. The leaf smells amazing, vanilla and jasmine dancing on the black tea base. Ooooh, this sounds gorgeous.
Brewed up I’m finding it a touch bitter, and I loose the vanilla in my steep. I might try a lighter steep next time, and see if it brings out more of the scrumptious smelling vanilla.

Kittenna

I hope you can coax out the vanilla! This sounds so good.

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I’ve brought this tea with me to be my “at work” black tea. This is going to do really well there.
My criteria for the ideal work blend is a tea that is tasty, bu not too special, so I can sip on it distractedly if need be.
This is a very solid breakfast blend, rich without being overpowering, and I enjoyed it very much.

gmathis

Looking at Skirted Soldier website with great interest—glad you posted!

Rosehips

That is one of the great things about this site, getting to share new tea discoveries!

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Now that I’ve gotten my cupboard down to a reasonable amount, I’ve decided its time to try out some new tea companies. That way I can spend some time on the blends without feeling completly overwhelmed by my cupboard (truly, it is an invisible pressure).
This company rather fell onto my radar accidentally, and I thought- hey, I like tea, and I like supporting female veterans of the military. And the blends sound good! So here we are!
(I have somewhat complex feelings about the military. I wish it was not necessary, I am a pacifist big time, but I also feel that veterans get the short end of the stick, and feel that they should be supported.)
This is an Earl Grey Cream blend, which I tend to like anyway, and this is a very nice one. It smells like pure heaven in the bag, and it brews up to an Earl that is well balanced with it’s vanilla component.
Hurrah new tea!

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drank Ice Wine by Tea Cozy
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I picked this up a couple of weeks ago, thinking it would be a perfect summer tea. Today it brewed up rather bitter, so I’ve got to play with the temp and the steep time.
Grumble.

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I am, apparently, not a very subtle person. I like my flavors to be there, more often than not. So, while I find the flavors of this tea to be pleasant, I wish they were stronger! I wish I had a juicier apricot and a kickier ginger here. I especially like ginger to bite back.
Still, I think this will be enjoyable in the hot months.

gmathis

Wonder what would happen if you added some apple juice or peach nectar before icing it down…

ashmanra

Gmathis: whoa! I had been considering adding some peach syrup to my iced tea, but your comment reminded me that our grocer has pear nectar and such. I bet they would be AWESOME in tea!

gmathis

Random and unrelated — back when I had a baby under my roof, the pediatrician recommended the syrup from a can of “cling peaches in heavy syrup” for baby nausea. Worked wonders, and wasn’t too bad for grown up nausea, too.

Kittenna

@gmathis – that’s quite an interesting remedy!

@Rosehips – you’d think a tea named “triple ginger” would have a pretty kicky ginger, but I guess not…

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drank Hufflepuff by Woodsong Herbs
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So I wrote a long note on Monday about a cool event I went to over the weekend where I got this and a couple other teas, but Steepster ate it. Boo. I’ll re-write it, but not today.
Today I am exsausted. It’s been over 100 degrees for the last few days, and my air conditioner is phoning it in. It never got below 80 degrees in my house last night, and hasn’t for the last couple of nights.
I’m knackered. I am dragging my sorry carcass all around making mewling noises, drinking my own weight in ice water, and considering sticking my head in the freezer.
So I wont write a more intense note today than to say this is a mild black tea, with delicate lemon and vanilla, and it’s very nice today.
Ugh. Summer.

gmathis

My mom used to say, “When it’s cold, you can always pile on another layer. When it’s hot, there are only so many layers to peel off.” Should you care to venture into southwest Missouri, we’re having the coolest June we’ve seen in years. Temps 50’s at night; mid-70’s daytime. The downside is the record WET that’s accompanying the temps. Farmers that generally pray for rain are praying for enough dry days for the wheat to mature and the soybeans to get planted. It’s getting late for both.

ashmanra

Oh! Rosehips! How miserable! Is the a/c broken or is it just too hot for it to keep up? Ditto on what gmathis said about cokd and hot, you can always add a layer but when it is hot there is only so much you can do to cool off. We just had the most insufferable May – the hottest I remember in years, but June has been blissful so far. Lows in the 60’s, highs in the 80’s…unheard of! And cloudy and rainy to boot, so it feels even cooler. I hope you get some relief soon!

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