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I took a chance on this tisane because it looked interesting and because I like the combination of ginger and citrus. I used two teaspoons of material for a 355 ml mug and steeped it at 205F for 3.5, 5, and 8 minutes. The ingredients were in fairly big pieces, which made it difficult to get a good balance of flavours.

Upon opening the bag, the lime hits me in the face. The taste, however, is surprisingly mild, with lime, tangy orange and hibiscus, some sweetness from the aloe, and a touch of ginger. The mint is totally absent.

I honestly wish this mule had more of a ginger kick. As is, I won’t have trouble finishing it, but it probably won’t be a repurchase.

Flavors: Ginger, Hibiscus, Lime, Orange, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 355 ML

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65
drank Peach n' Cream by Tealyra
189 tasting notes

Another herbal tisane from Tealyra. My goodness, this is sweet. The nice, if sweet, peachy flavour is a bit overwhelmed by the orange and hibiscus, and the chamomile is barely detectable. I’m also sure there’s sugar or stevia in this blend, though it doesn’t show up on the ingredients list. Delicate spring peach blossoms this is not, although the aftertaste has the fuzzy peach notes I was looking for.

This may make a decent iced tea, but I’m not a fan of it hot.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Orange, Orange Zest, Peach, Rosehips, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 355 ML

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drank Rosy Earl Grey by Tealyra
33 tasting notes

I am begging run-of-the-mill tea blenders to stop adding green teas to black blends. Please. If you want a jasmine flavor, add actual jasmine flowers and not a cheap “jasmine green” that tastes like bubblegum because someone tried flavoring it with essential oils instead of real jasmine. This would be a great inexpensive tea blend if it weren’t for that green tea. There’s just enough of it to overpower the taste of the earl grey and rose petals and give you the oversteeped boiled green tea taste instead (but with a note of bubblegum.) Eugh, I’d put the rest of the bag into the worm bin if there weren’t clearly essential oils in this. Those don’t belong in tea! Leave them out!

Flavors: Bitter, Jasmine

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Lavender Flowers by Tealyra
189 tasting notes

I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, so I bought a bunch of tisanes from Tealyra to avoid having caffeine in the evenings. Finding things I actually want to drink has been difficult, as I’m generally not a fan of licorice or hibiscus and don’t enjoy anything that’s overly sweet. Any tisanes that don’t fall into the above categories seem to contain peppermint, and while I like minty teas, they can get a bit monotonous.

I do, however, love lavender things, and while this tea can be a bit soapy, it definitely delivers on that front. It has a pronounced lavender flavour with some earthy and herbaceous undertones. The fluffy leaves are pretty and I get four to five good steeps.

Judging from my experience with this company so far, Tealyra is a decent place to get herbal tisanes. Where do you buy your herbal and/or decaf teas in Canada?

Flavors: Earth, Herbaceous, Lavender

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 355 ML
tea-sipper

Have you tried Teavivre’s Buckwheat? That’s a different one. Also, Bird and Blend’s Moondrop Dreams?

Leafhopper

Thanks! I’ve heard about Teavivre’s buckwheat tea and might pick up a sample when I order from them again. I’ll have to check out Bird and Blend’s shipping rates to Canada to see if it’s worth looking at their herbals. I don’t even bother going to U.S. vendors’ sites anymore because the shipping is so high. :(

tea-sipper

Bird & Blend is in the UK so shipping is bad for us in the US too. haha. They have a free shipping limit, though it’s higher… I think $90? Or sometimes during a sale they have free shipping, no limit. (Their sales are only in July or Boxing Day though.)

Leafhopper

You Americans are lucky to have so many world-class tea shops! From what I gather, shipping for Bird and Blend varies depending on the amount of tea purchased. I may have to check them out during the July sale if I haven’t given up on decaf teas by then. :)

Mastress Alita

Even I love the selection of tisanes from Tealyra, but being in the US, I have to hit their free shipping threshold when I do get them. They have a pumpkin one I like that has a creamsicle flavor profile, and I love the Lavender Lemon Potion (a lemon lavender tea… the lavender usually doesn’t “pop” quite enough for me so I add just a bit more from my stash of plain lavender buds, but it is an amazingly strong, tart lemon that I really like… but then, I’m the last lover of tart things on Steepster, heh). I’ve been drinking a lot of their chocolate mint rooibos lately, too.

Leafhopper

I also had to hit the free shipping threshold, which I think is $60 across North America. I was thinking of getting Lavender Lemon Potion, but was concerned about how the white chocolate chips would taste with the other ingredients. I haven’t had great luck with chocolate teas, so I’m glad to hear their chocolate mint rooibos is good.

Mastress Alita

Even with the white chocolate chips, Lavender Lemon Potion is a very “on the tart side” lemon tea; unless you can’t have sugar at all for health reasons, I personally don’t think they make the tea “too sweet” myself. I’d be more concerned of those that in general can’t stand hibiscus for being “too tart/sour” probably wouldn’t like it. (as I recall, that one does have a touch of hibi in it, too… I’m the last hibi-lover on this site…)

I do see that the ingredients list of their Chocolate Mint Rooibos has changed, so I think they get a different supplier now. My bag is so old… the one I have I absolutely love. I see the ingredients still match Fusion Tea, so they must still be sourcing from the same wholesaler, while Tealyra must have changed wholesalers for that tea. So I can’t vouch for the current Tealyra formula…

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Smells and tastes like you’d expect. Sweet potato scent, classic black tea flavor with little tannic acid and a hint of cinnamon. I wouldn’t buy it for myself given that Golden Monkey tends to taste too much like, well, any half decent black tea at its heart to really ever be special, but I wouldn’t shame anybody else for liking it. Someone moving to loose leaf from grocery store sachets might really appreciate this stuff as a step-up before diving into something weird.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet Potatoes, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This smells like faintly spicy lemons. Also, it consists mainly of cubes. I deeply desired to eat a cube. I fished out a small one and bit down. Oh. My. God. It took all of my willpower not to continue eating the cube. Steeping, it smells precisely like a freshly opened bag of Haribo ‘Fruit Salad’ gummies. Let me be clear: this is not tea. It is barely even a tisane. I didn’t try to appreciate it as any of those, but instead as hot citrus candy juice, and in that category, it could have be stunning. But, it isn’t. This stuff smells so good and tastes so good as dried cubes, but brewed, it’s. . . lackluster. I can’t tell if it needs to have bigger deeper citrus notes or more sugar, but as it stands, it’s reminiscent of lemonade left in the sun. It isn’t transcendent. It should have been. I was worried the minute I poured it- it was so pale. Successive cups, the product of longer steeping in less water, were better, suggesting this would benefit from being boiled twenty minutes in a small volume of water. I would try this again if I got my hands on another sample. It’s got probable merit.

Flavors: Lemon, Sugar

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85
Dry, this smells like honey and something I have trouble placing. It smells like opening something old, if that makes sense. Disturbed fibers and revealed wood. Steaming, the familiar scent of black tea is the main perfume. I have got to remark on the color: it’s peach. Beautiful; I have a small carnelian that’s the same color as this. It’s pretty enough to watch the cup cool. As for the taste, this is a mild black tea. The flavor is full bodied, but not assertive or chewy. It’s slightly earthy, but mellowed by the honey note that remains mostly in the steam but in the liquor too. The aftertaste is very pleasant, mostly honey, not tannic at all. A nice smooth, sweet tea I enjoyed on a snowy afternoon.

Flavors: Cedar, Earth, Hay, Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Taiga Forest by Tealyra
33 tasting notes

This tea makes you question whether or not there is some sort of higher being, because if there was, surely they wouldn’t let you drink whatever this unholy brew is. I barely have words for this. Surely the presence of so many berries and berry leaves would make this a lovely tea, right? Oh no. Nooooo. The bag is filled with eucalyptus leaves and mistletoe and a bunch of pine nuts that are all waiting in the back alley of the initial steep so they can jump out and give you a puffy black eye. The eucalyptus is so finely ground that it escaped my fine strainer and the fugitive dust assaulted my tongue with every torturous sip. I had to pop 4 tums after finishing the cup because my stomach was so queasy that the first dose of 2 did nothing. My expectations weren’t high based on the ingredient list, but I didn’t think it would go down worse than 2 day old sushi that’s been sitting in the back of the crisper drawer.

Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Eucalyptus, Medicinal

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

Hmmm, this is not what I expected from the dry aroma. In the bag, the tea was a lovely toasty pile of stemmy pieces. The almond cookie notes are what inspired me to brew this on a Sunday morning at 7 am. When it was covered in 175F water, though, a very intense roasted buttery corn scent filled the area. It went from the appeal of a dark toasted oolong to hot wet movie theater fare in a heartbeat.
After apprehensively pouring the liquid out of my little teapot and into a big pottery mug, I immediately disposed of my leaves because I didn’t think I could stomach another cup of that stuff after this one. The liquor came out of the spout as a deep amber, and the aroma was slightly more straw-like and less Flavacol-saturated popcorn (a definite relief.) My first instinct after tasting the hot brew was to spit it back into the cup because my taste buds didn’t know what do to with it. (I did not because I had just eaten an apple and didn’t want any of that in my cup with this stuff. I persevered.)
After getting used to it, though? And letting it cool a bit so the steam isn’t punching me in the face with that popcorn aroma? Much better. It’s a very dry, savory tea at the start of the sip and yeasty in the mouth. Lots of freshly baked bread notes. If you’re looking for a tea with natural sweetness, this isn’t it, as it’s purely savory with the exception of what could be a jam note but feels like tomato-y rosehip in the aftertaste. It was easier to finish than I expected and I think that this would hit the spot for anyone who prefers dry, umami teas without any vegetal notes. I can’t fault it for the toastiness simply because I’m used to naturally sweet teas with fruity tones.
Not my personal cup of tea, but it’s well-rounded and worth trying.

Flavors: Brown Toast, Popcorn, Straw, Toasty, Yeast

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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90
drank Nepal Gold Meadow by Tealyra
33 tasting notes

Bought 50g of this for $11 to widen my horizons when it comes to black tea. The liquor is a delightful peachy dark brown, and the aroma is toasty with notes of freshly dried orchard hay. Not a tannic tea by any means, it goes down exceptionally smooth with a dark malty finish. The aftertaste doesn’t linger and I found my cup to be empty before it turned lukewarm, which is a rarity for any tea. I can’t say that it’s the best black I’ve ever had, but it’s likely the smoothest. Very pleasant to sip on a lazy winter afternoon.

Flavors: Hay, Malt, Straw

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Date Shake by Tealyra
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This was a share from VariaTEA and I had a very weird, love hate relationship with it while drinking it. Initially it tasted quite nice; very creamy and vanilla heavy with hints of cinnamon and fruit. However, as it cooled down it almost started to taste a bit salty and like Play-doh!? It was weird so I stopped drinking the cup. I came back to it later when it was completely cooled, and it was better but not as good as it had been hot – more like a vanilla dough/fondant vibe over a shake.

So… not really sure where I land on this one!? It was a strange experience.

tea-sipper

Aw, I miss this one!

tea-sipper

(But it never tasted like play-doh for me. haha)

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68
drank Cherry Fantasy by Tealyra
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I made a teapop and my kettle was on keep warm and all I could think was Sil telling me to drink more tea after I sent her videos of the tea that has spread all over my apartment. So I tried to think of another tea to that would steep at the same temperature that I could grab from my sipdown/focus box (which has becomes boxes and a drawer since my stash is aging so quickly it seems). This tea is one I have had before and just had a serving left to finish.

Last time I had this, it was in a travel mug and I don’t think it tasted like much. This time it had a giant strawberry in the filter – which Roswell Strange and I once discussed how that doesn’t necessarily impart flavor – which I found weird since this is a cherry tea. With that said, and despite my conversation with Roswell, perhaps it is in my head or perhaps it is the fact that this is not in a travel thermos but I am definitely getting a lot of cherry from this cup. Black tea and cherry flavor. Both present and both nice. Neither overwhelms the other which makes for a nice cherry tea.

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68
drank Cherry Fantasy by Tealyra
4757 tasting notes

Thank you Evol Ving Ness for sharing! I made this in a tea thermos to accompany me to my rare early morning class. Alas, this tea either isn’t great to begin with or just can’t hold up to the thermos b/c this tastes like nothing. Will wait to rate at a later date.

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drank Butterscotch Potion by Tealyra
591 tasting notes

Recovering from the Beer Circus and front row madness of a Gogol Bordello show last night, I hadn’t had tea all day. Made a pot for the house tonight.

Strong butterscotch aroma to the dry leaf that when brewed is stronger smelling than in taste. The brewed tea in general is so mellow and with a light mouthfeel that I though it might be a tisane. It’s pleasant though with modest cinnamon and a tinge of fruity, spicy pink peppercorn, neither of which lingers. Those flavors help to temper the sweetness of the butterscotch aroma. The base white tea is a mix of large broken leaf, stray silver needles and plenty of long stems. It doesn’t really contribute much flavor, maybe light hay. I still like what this blend has to offer. More of a calming evening sipper than what I thought would be a dessert tea. It’s nice this evening now that the hangover of last night’s debauchery has passed and the winds have ushered in the clouds that might bring the first rain of the season.

Thanks, Mastress Alita for the gift. I was waiting for the right time to drink this one. And I got your envelope <3

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Cinnamon, Hay, Peppercorn, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Mastress Alita

Hopefully this time that sencha will end up cat-food free!

derk

Yayay! It will since I got the ole critter off wet food. No more exploding cans.

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What was I thinking? I didn’t want to buy 100g of gyokuro from Yuuki Cha when I placed my order in June so I decided to go with this one from Tealyra when the Father’s Day sale was on. It had some really great reviews on their website.

When I opened the bag and smelled the leaves I never got that fresh deep green aroma I get from a quality gyokuro or shencha. It was a bit faint. They don’t vacuum seal their bags so I assume this would have added to the tea not being as fresh.

This gyokuro was really disappointing. It’s grassy with bitterness even brewed at 60C. I did 4 infusions at 60 and then moved up to 70C. It still stayed grassy, mineral, and faintly bitter throughout. No deep buttery nuttiness, no spinach, hardly any sweetness, no umami, no seaweed. To me, this tea was a waste of my money. Next time I’ll just order the 100g from Yuuki Cha. Even with some of their teas that are not the best, they are way better than this tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Mineral

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 5 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML
LuckyMe

It sucks when a pricey tea fails to live up to its promise. I stopped buying green tea that doesn’t indicate when it was picked…been burned too many times. Anything older than the last harvest isn’t worth it IMO. Btw, Yuuki-Cha does sell gyokuro in 50g packs. I’ve tried a couple of them and they were decent. I’m more of a sencha person though. Gyokuro is a little too umami forward for me.

Ubacat

It’s definitely not your everyday tea but I sometimes get a craving for the deep spinach, sweet, umami taste. Since it’s only an occasional tea, it’s got to be high quality. I didn’t know Yuuki-cha has gyokuro in 50g packs. I’ll have to check that out. Thanks.

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drank Tropical Oasis by Tealyra
4757 tasting notes

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Another tea from Evol Ving Ness. Thank you, Evol! Unfortunately I understeeped this and it tastes like nothing but a weird twinge of berries and cream element that is a bit off.

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drank Aloha Sweet Guava by Tealyra
4757 tasting notes

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Making good work on sipdown this weekend. This one came from Evol Ving Ness. Thank you!

It is actually different than most other fruit tisanes I’ve had. That’s because of the guava which actually comes through. However, guava is a bit of an acquired taste and not one that I’ve personally acquired. So I’m not loving this.

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drank Date Shake by Tealyra
4757 tasting notes

I keep forgetting about my swap with Evol Ving Ness because it is buried under a bunch of other boxes and bags. The bags that Evol used are pretty good so there is not cross contamination but the samples are on the older side. So fingers crossed this has not gone bad and also thank you Evol for the share, even if I have not given it as much attention as I should.

At first sip, nothing appears rancid. There is a lot of sweet and some cinnamon but not much distinct flavor. I guess dates are naturally sweet and this is naturally sweet but there is not a lot going on here. The more I drink, the more date flavor I get but the more sweetness that builds. So this gets a bit cloying. It is different than many other fruit tisanes but different isn’t always great and for me, this is not a favorite. However, I can see it being enjoyed by others.

In other news, yesterday was an interesting day. And by “interesting”, I mean terrible. I had to go in to my doctor’s office to get my blood test results. Since I don’t have vacation days at work, I started working at 7:30 am so I could leave at 3:30 pm to get to my doctor’s appointment at 4:45 pm across town. My concern was the subway getting packed at rush hour given my agoraphobia so I figured best to leave earlier and avoid the rush. However, that meant waking up at 5 am to get to work on time.

When I got to the doctor’s office, my doctor told me that there was something off about my results and she wanted to run more tests. That meant more blood work. I am terrified of needles so my mom came to pick me up from the doctor, assuming I would require more blood work. In the past, I have almost passed out from getting blood drawn and usually had to lie down but the past few times I have been fine so I got my blood drawn sitting up this time. The technician used a butterfly needle like they usually do for me but it took her a while and she had to keep moving the needle around. They took 8 tubes of blood and by the end, I started feeling very not ok. I asked my mom for a lollipop to get some sugars and they finished up the blood work.

That’s when shit hit the fan. I passed out. More than just passed out though. I had a seizure while I was out. So that happened. Thankfully my doctor is not overly concerned about it but its a pretty unsettling feeling. Plus, it meant taking off a day of work which was not my preference but I suppose its a valid response to having a seizure.

Roswell Strange

Glad to hear your doctor isn’t concerned, but that’s super scary!! I hope everything comes back ok! Take it easy!! <3

VariaTEA

I was calm because my whole family freaked out but once they calmed down, I started to freak out.

tea-sipper

Scary stuff! I’m glad you’re okay.

ashmanra

Oh no! You must be terribly sore, i am sorry that haopened to you.

VariaTEA

Turns out my doctor is slightly concerned because I got an email for a neurologist appointment today. Thank you everyone for the concern.

Kittenna

Yikes! I hope everything is ok, and that the seizure can be traced to something easily dealt with (like maybe low blood sugar/having 8 vials of blood taken/having an intense fear of needles?)

I’m also needle-phobic, and have to lie down for any blood draws. Being pregnant and having a c-section involved lots of needles and was very not fun.

Ubacat

Hope you’re okay. I also suffer from low blood sugar but I’ve had nearly 20 vials of blood taken out at a time and been fine (a bit weak but okay). Maybe there’s something else going on. Hope you find out.

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There’s already an entry of this tea under Tealyra’s old name, Tealux, but I bought it from Tealyra, so I am going with that designation.

The leaf appears to be Taiwanese Tieguanyin treated with milk and possibly sweetener and mixed with coconut flakes. The smell out of the bag is soapy, so I have my doubts.

Nonetheless, after the rinse, the coconut comes through and so does the gentle milkiness. Each subsequent steep becomes more floral, moving towards vegetal.

I would prefer a thicker milk thing going on here.

It’s ok. Perhaps it would be better fresher. But it is certainly satisfying the craving after all this talk of mixing milk oolong with genmaicha. Perhaps that is the next step for me.

oh, and I went through about five steeps with this. All but the first one, ie. the rinse, were pretty good.

That said, I need to get busy with this one just in case that soapiness is the harbinger of bad coconut news.

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75
drank Monk's Blend by Tealyra
618 tasting notes

Teabox Tuesday! I grabbed this sample from the Discovery Teabox, so thank you to Skysamurai for organizing and all participants for sharing! I had to run a ton of errands this morning bright and early before work, so by the time I made it to work, this tea was already not as warm as I’d prefer. Still drinkable, though.

This is pretty much a black breakfast sort of tea; I got a lot of malty/toast notes, a bit of a dry autumn leaf flavor, and a bit of a peppery/subtle smoke flavor toward the end of the sip. This is actually a quite nice blend; I often get the autumn leaf taste from darjeelings and I can definitely taste the Keemun in the blend rather distinctly. I just wish I could’ve enjoyed this while it was still properly warm and not sort of luke warm in my thermos. Ah well. Things have just been crazy lately, hense the lack of much tea-goings-on for me of recent.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Malt, Pepper, Smoke, Smooth, Toast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 400 ML
Evol Ving Ness

I quite liked this one too. I’ll have to track the packet down to try it again and log it. Happy to hear that you enjoyed it.

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Steeped this up and it smells great. Waiting for it to cool enough that it is drinkable.

Hmm, this is a tricky fruit tea. One first sip, it tastes a bit perfumed. However, as the flavours gel a bit more with cooling, the tastes strike me as quite natural. That said, it is an
odd combination with fruit, star anise, vanilla, and the tartness of likely rose hips and/or hibiscus which makes the sips a bit uneven.

Finally, it seems to me that the honey flavour used here is remarkably like that of Quarter to Tea, and sometimes I am able to pick it out here. Usually though, the honey flavour hides a bit with the muddle of other prominent tastes battling for position.

All said, a pleasant caffeine free tea though.

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Nothing to add here. I was looking for a black and berry tea to add to another one to tone down the bergamot there. And this one did the trick.

And it’s a sipdown!

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(16 of 2019)

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