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I cut the water and bumped up the amount of tea this time around to see if I could really concentrate the flavor. Boy, it worked! This legitimately tastes like a hot chocolate with marshmallows. I can even taste a hint of peppermint. It’s just enough. Best cup yet.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Marshmallow, Peppermint

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Eggnog Chai by 52teas
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I missed eggnog season. I thought maybe I would mix up some eggnog creamer for this, but almost all the recipes I found required rum extract (which I don’t have but will most certainly purchase for future me). Even so, this chai was very tasty. I didn’t pick up any eggnog flavor, but the spices were present and the base was very flavorful. I’ve seen a few others drinking this one lately, so I thought I’d pull out my tin for a cup as well. Still quite delicious.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cloves

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Mango Black by Teavana
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I’m getting to the bottom of the bag and it’s starting to taste dusty. There’s a nondescript fruit flavor; I definitely wouldn’t call it mango. It tastes exponentially better with cream added, but I’m glad I’ve only got one cup of this one left. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to get it just right.

Flavors: Dust, Fruity

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

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drank Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate by Teavana
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Working my way through some older teas and came across a stash of Teavana blends. I believe this one has hibiscus but it’s tartness is more like lemonade. I enjoy it both hot and cold, believe it or not. It has a very refreshing flavor.

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Lemon, Tart

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
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I find hibiscus refreshing.

Ducks :)


I don’t typically like hot hibiscus at all, but I do enjoy it cold from time to time.

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drank Youthberry White Tea by Teavana
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I won’t lie, I’ve been putting this one off for a few days. I just have this memory of it being super tart with the hibiscus. I steeped according to the package directions today, only two minutes at 175°, and it’s turned out maybe just a touch light but also juicy with pineapple flavor. There’s a bit of a zest-like flavor as well.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Juicy, Pineapple

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I was craving this last night, so I made a cup this morning. It’s not bad or anything, but I guess my craving just passed? It’s not really doing anything for me today.

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh gosh, this is gross. I made two cups – one for me and one for my husband. He finished his and loved it (said it tasted like french toast), so I gave him the rest of mine. No thank you.

I’ll leave my previous rating in case this tea is just old and yuck. James did like it though…

Flavors: Butter

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Chamomile isn’t my favorite, and that’s pretty much the bulk of this blend. I picked up a hit of mint before steeping, but it’s mostly chamomile in the dry leaf and all chamomile in the cup. I steeped a stronger cup and added some frothed milk which, to me, makes the chamomile more palatable. I don’t remember ever liking this one or being able to taste much else. Certainly not the rose. I think if all three main elements were there – chamomile, mint, and rose – it would be an interesting blend.

Flavors: Chamomile, Mint

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 6 tsp 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 (for me). 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.

50-69: 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.

70-79: 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.

Updated January 2022.


Alabaster, Alabama



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