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drank Typhoo Gold by Typhoo
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I have been clinging to this unpretentious morning tea like a security blanket over the past two unrelentless, frigid weeks-that-feel-like-months. It needs nothing, asks nothing, doesn’t get unpleasantly stout with neglect, accepts milk without complaining, has no flavor outliers that make you have to think. PG Tips, you’ve got competition.

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drank Cherry Rooibos by TeaMaze
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After two weeks of staring at the same human and feline faces (we haven’t been 100% housebound, but it sure hasn’t been pleasant to go out) and a long, tedious work at home day, I needed a little change, so I broke into this little pouch which had found its way into my Valentine basket.

I like rooibos. I like cherry when it is done properly (which is, unfortunately, rarely). In the case of this blend, the cherry wasn’t cough-syrup cherry, but it wasn’t quite cherry-pie cherry, either. So the mildly fruity cherry butted up against the mildly fruity rooibos and my tired taste buds had a little trouble figuring out which one was which.

I didn’t dislike it and will give it further consideration, along with this perplexer: why is it so hard to make authentically cherry and authentically strawberry teas?

derk

gmathis asking the tough questions!

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drank Spiced Ginger Plum by Tea Forte
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18 below (F) when we got up this morning! After that, the balmy 12 degrees we’re expecting tonight calls for beach party drinks.

But instead, I’m capping off a long day with Spiced Ginger Plum. While we’re still frozen sounds like a good opportunity to knock out all the chai stuff I didn’t get to around Christmas.

It leads with too much hibiscus, but there is something plummy and fruitcakey once you get the hibby out of the way. It might be better sweetened, but I’m near the bottom of the cup and I’m just too (spiced ginger) plumb tired to get up.

Bundle up, y’all.

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drank Roastaroma by Celestial Seasonings
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With apologies to those of you who are farther north and even colder than I am, this kind of weather makes me tired, tense, and anxious. So the last thing I needed, even after stepping out in -22F wind chill to start and run my car for a bit and take a turn at snow sweeping, was a heavy hit of caffeine. But the thing I needed most was something with meat on its bones to warm me up.

This is a good compromise. While it would never fool anyone into thinking it’s coffee, the chicory is dark and just a little sweet; the cinnamon and spice is enough to warm you up and recharge your draining batteries.

teaqueen

I love this one so much

derk

I love your notes, g. You know how to take care of yourself with tea.

gmathis

None of our cats are in a cuddling mood this afternoon. Roastaroma is as close as I could get to a purring hot pad.

Mastress Alita

Something about the snow has my cat a ball of frisk today!

When I bought this condo I was told our monthly HOA went into them providing snow removal. I have yet to see this in action. After trying to clear a walking path in 6"+ packed snow with a house broom to get to the grocery store, I finally bought my own shovel, convinced this “paid snow removal” service is a unicorn. Harumph.

gmathis

Rogue rural redneck here…I’ve never thought very highly of HOA’s, but as hubby and I get older, yard service does sound more and more appealing.

As to the cats…ours have mighty, mighty cabin fever. The kitchen floor is a muddle of pawprints from one-minute “let meow-t, no let me in!” runs and the living room has lost the Battle of the Catnip Mice.

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drank Cinnamon Oolong by TeaMaze
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This Fe-BRRRRR-ary afternoon is making me shamelessly (or deliciously) lazy, depending on how you look at it. Husband helped me defrost and de-ice and wander in to play with my Sunday kids for a bit. Remember playing with the scratch paper in art class that had a black waxy coating over a swirly neon pattern? That was our early arriver activity: my crew scratched out a panda bear, a t-rex looking in the mirror, an arsenal of swords, and a “Julie and the Phantoms” tribute page.

So that made me tired. Yeah, that’s it. All the better to enjoy a cup of tea that deserves your full attention.

This is actually the second steep report. I first reported that it had ground cinnamon mixed in with the tieguanyin (I think) base. Inaccurate. Omit ground cinnamon; insert “little broken hunks of cinnamon stick that you can smell from three feet away while you are steeping.”

The second steep is amost equally as strong as the first, minus the floral lilt of the first steep. Smells good, the steam is lovely in your face.

ashmanra

I remember that paper! I don’t know that I ever got to play with any but I thought it was cool. What a neat activity!

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drank Juicy Lemon by Loyd Tea
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I feel like a cross between a freezer-burnt turkey and a wilted houseplant. We are on Day 4 without even a glimmer of sunshine (thus the houseplant) and a layer of permafrost that makes a four-block run to the post office a daredevil event (thus the frozen turkey). Prognosis is for this lovely pattern to continue well into next week, with temps dipping to the zeroes this weekend.

I needed a severe dose of warm and cozy this evening, and this little tea does the trick. The fine print calls it a “Warming Tea.” The ginger takes the lead in doing precisely that, the lemon clears out a gunked up throat, and the rooibos just serves as a holding mechanism for both of them.

Just one more bag left in my little box, and it appears to be distressingly discontinued. I’ll have to ration it juice-diciously.

Martin Bednář

I am pretty sure I have seen it in stores, but can’t recall if recently or now… but quick search didn’t brought any results too, so I guess it is indeed discontinued :(

Maddy Barone

We’re having a cold streak here too. I want spring!

gmathis

Amen, sister! We get four seasons annually, but it’s been several winters since we’ve had such a long, bleak, sub-freezing streak.

Martin Bednář

Today it is suppposed to be coldest day in winter, “down to” -20°C

ashmanra

Not especially cold here, but it feels like we haven’t seen the sun for more than an hour at a time in a month. Rain and clouds and clouds and rain.

tea-sipper

“juice-diciously” hardy har har :D

Martin Bednář

Okay, I woke up in 7 am and checked the temperature — -9°C
Oh well, not a greatest day to wear suit.

Maddy Barone

Here in North Dakota it is expected to be -22F tonight (I thnk that is around -30c) and the windchill tonight wil be -42F (-41c). I hope the car starts tomorrow. Definitely good tea drinking weather! But I think just about the entire US is going to be significantly colder than usual this weekend.

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drank Typhoo Gold by Typhoo
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(Pooh. I’ve tried four times to get an image to stick to the tea description. It’s a box. It says Ty-phoo. It’s gold. How’s that?)

After a couple of un-winters in our little corner of Missouri, we’re due for a week of bona-fide real winter this week (highs by Friday might make 10 F), and I am going to need significant quantities of unleaded fuel at work. The fun started yesterday with improperly unpredicted freezing drizzle that chilled me through and made me weak. And the Tuesday Morning staff looked a little gloomy and lonely. So I bought this box to cheer them up. (That’s the story I am sticking with.)

I regret nothing. The online product pitch mentions African teas, but I would swear the box itself threw “Assam” into the combo, and you know Assam is my magic word. Whatever voodoo Typhoo do, they do it well. No rogue acidity, no bottom-of-of-the-bin bitterness, just one beautiful cup of dark, smooth, slightly bready morning tea.

Cameron B.

Ha ha, I fixed the image. Let me know if a different one is better. :P

gmathis

Bless you! That’s it!

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drank Cinnamon Oolong by TeaMaze
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This one warmed my cold bones all the way down to my toes after having to scrape my windshield in a thick freezing mist. The base tea appears to be a nice large-leafed tieguanyan with a liberal sprinkling of ground cinnamon that reached my nose first the minute hot water hit it. The cinnamon pairs perfectly with the fruity personality of the oolong to create a lovely little cup of mock apple pie.

I don’t care who or who else doesn’t like this one under my roof (see discussion of previous domestic oolong differences of opinion); it’s a lovely treat!

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drank Oolong by Joy Luck
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Aha! We’ve found another one that husband will drink. This didn’t get a good rating the first time, but he and I were both sleep deprived and grumpy (ice storm). This morning’s review, which isn’t nearly as funny as Kiki’s: “Yes. Now that’s roasty tasting. I just don’t do the fancy fruit and flower stuff.”

As for me, I do agree—it’s a decent cuppa, with maybe a little bit of Juicy Fruit uptick at the very end.

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drank Chocolate Rose by Tea Forte
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From the sampler box. There is chocolate (not quite enough for me); there is rose (a little too much for me), but it performs exactly as advertised. Tea Forte recommends it with milk. I recommend it with a Russell Stover chocolate cream. Adds a little elegance to a glumpy afternoon, the highlight of which has been vacuuming cat hair and folding far too many loads of laundry.

Lexie Aleah

Breaking out the Valentines Day chocolate already? haha I’m trying to wait a little longer.

Cameron B.

I made sure to not have mine delivered too early so I wouldn’t eat them… o.o

gmathis

Leftover Christmas in preparation for a new supply next week ;)

ashmanra

I am also finishing Christmas chocolate in preparation for Valentine chocolate! LOL

Cameron B.

Wow, I’m impressed that you have any Christmas chocolate left! I definitely would not… XD

ashmanra

Cameron B.: I bought THREE JARS of the Quality Street assortment from BJs, one bag of Hershey’s assortment (I only ate the Reese’s cuz Kisses cuz jump in a lake), and was gifted a box of See’s and two bags of Lindt truffles. Fortunately, I am not eating these alone.

tea-sipper

I usually have holiday candy leftover from one holiday until the matching holiday shows up the next year. So my Christmas candy will last until next Christmas. :D

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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