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75
drank Cistus Black by Verdant Tea (Special)
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drank Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo
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This blend is so incredibly fragrant. Both the lavender and the bergamot are powerful here. I read a couple of notes saying that lavender earl greys are pretty common. This is the first of those I’ve experienced so it seems so exciting to me. My first sip was just a small amount of bitterness and there wasn’t as much flavor as the aroma would have you believe, but it was still apparent that this has lavender and bergamot in the cup. I enjoyed it overall, but I do wish there was as much flavor in the taste as there was in the scent.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 195 degrees + 10 minutes

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Lavender

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Get Clean PM by The Republic of Tea
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64
drank Raspberry Pineapple Luau by Teavana
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drank Pure Vanilla by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Coconut Pu-erh by The Republic of Tea
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I noticed a slight artificial note before adding my sweetener this time around. After adding cream and honey, it’s a wonderfully delicious cup.

Flavors: Artificial

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73
drank Caramel Oolong by Della Terra Teas
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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Oh My Darjeeling by Sloane Tea Company
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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!

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, chocolate, bergamot, chai spices, cinnamon, cream, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, stone fruits, coconut, valerian root

Not a fan
Lime, white teas (someone tell me what I’m doing wrong with these!), most green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice

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 who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: 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.

41-70: 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.

Currently reading:

A Breath of Snow and Ashes
by Diana Gabaldon

Me and White Supremacy
by Layla F. Saad

Updated July 2020.

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