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drank Golden Milk by Gnat and Bee
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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
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My pick for National Strawberry Day. Strawberry teas are my very favorite, especially strawberry black teas, but I’m going in with something different today and trying a honeybush I picked up recently. Unfortunately, it doesn’t taste or smell anything like strawberries. Or pie. My first and immediate thought was that it smells like cherry cough syrup. The taste is medicinal as well but with that woodsy note added from the honeybush. Side note – I haven’t decided yet if I actually like honeybush. Most of the blends I’ve tried are from 52Teas, though there was one from Satori that I really enjoyed. It’s like it has this almost stale nutty taste that dominates all the other flavors. Does anyone else experience this or is it just me? Maybe I feel about honeybush the way some others feel about red rooibos (which I do like, by the way). The honeybush is overpowering the other flavors in this cup as well, but since the other flavors are cherry and medicine it’s not such a big deal.

Flavors: Cherry, Drying, Medicinal, Tangy, Wood

195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

I always get a peppery note from honeybush, which can really be clashing depending on the blend.


I really do think it’s the honeybush for me. I don’t know if it’s only the one that 52Teas uses or if it’s honeybush in general, but I’ve definitely had other honeybush blends that were off-putting to me.

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drank White Yarrow by Halifax Hollow
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Flavors: Bitter, Drying, Spicy

Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pineal Tokes by Herbing Legends
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I put too much honey in this one so that’s mostly what I taste. Before steeping, it had a very perfumy fragrance, though not in a negative way. I don’t know if I would call it floral, maybe I would, but it was definitely not spicy like some of the other blends I’ve tried from this company.

Flavors: Perfume

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m hoping one day to find a replacement for my beloved Bedtime Blues from A Quarter to Tea. This one has similar ingredients, but the flavors aren’t quite there. I’m guessing it’s the blueberry I’m missing. It’s still enjoyable, if a little bitter. The ingredient list is interesting too, lots of good stuff in here – chamomile, ashwagandha, mugwort, valerian root, passionflower, wild lettuce, chaga mushroom, peppermint – all the good sleepytime stuff, some adaptogens, and a little mushroom goodness. Having this as a latte, which is my preferred way to drink herbals these days.

Flavors: Bitter

Boiling 8 min or more 6 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tiffany :)

I read this as “guide me to sheep”… but “guide me to sleep” works as well. LOL.


Well, if someone counts sheep to fall asleep then I suppose that could work too! :D

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A gift from Devon Bartholomew in honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day. I had wanted to try this one before buying a full box and Devon kindly offered to send me a bag to sample. I’m glad I did try it first because it’s not really my thing. I don’t taste any caramel, only an artificial apple candy flavor and that familiar dusty quality I always get from hot hibiscus. I’m glad to try it though and mark it off my wishlist. Thanks, Devon!

Flavors: Apple Candy, Artificial, Dust

Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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A Breath of Snow and Ashes
by Diana Gabaldon

Updated October 2020.


Alabaster, Alabama



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