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I did not go into this one with great expectations. The dry teabag smelled revoltingly like cough syrup.

Once steeped, it smelled a lot like raspberry and not a lot like bergamot. But not unpleasantly so.

Sipping… Tastes like cough syrup.

Not impressed with this Zhena’s sampler so far.

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Extremely uninteresting chamomile-based blend. I agree with another reviewer- this tastes like celery. It’s also unsettlingly translucent. I’m glad I only got four bags of it in the sampler from the grocery store, because suffering my way through a whole canister of this would have sucked majorly.

“Italian Chamomile.” Gimme a break. It is CLEARLY just your average bagged Roman chamomile tea.

Side note- Licorice root is apparently a remedy for nausea, but it actually makes me nauseous. Am I weird for that?

Flavors: Flowers, Herbs, Wet Wood

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drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
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My favorite Tiesta blend… I think I reached for it today because it’s full of apples, and because it’s the fall, I have apples on the brain.

I know kiwi is supposed to be a summer fruit, but this tea is good any time of the year. It’s got the same natural sweetness that fruit has, and the green base is superb.


this makes a nice iced tea.

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I mixed Zhena’s Chocolate Chai and Republic of Tea’s Good Hope Vanilla and drank it iced.

These are two high-quality rooibos teas that mix quite well together. It tasted like earthy- spicy dessert. I would do it again, except that I like the vanilla rooibos better by itself.

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Oh, God, this is gross. It tastes like overripe green beans that have been boiled in canned chickpea juice.

I’m only drinking it because it will help irradicate the free radicals that I’m probably full of from stress. But it’s like taking medicine- not enjoyable.

Next time I will try making this at a slightly higher temp- this one is lukewarm- and adding some honey to see if that helps any.

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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
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Found this at Market Basket today! I’m so happy. I love this one.

The hibiscus somehow manages to taste good with the cinnamon and the lemon peel. This tea really does taste like apple cider! Bigelow captured the texture and consistency of it perfectly. It’s sweet without being sugary-sweet.

I can’t wait to drink this more once the leaves have changed color!

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Mixed Saffron Chamomile by Taja Tea with Classic Sleepytime by Celestial Seasonings.

It made two relatively unexciting chamomile-based teas taste really good. The spearmint from the Sleepytime is especially prevalent, and the saffron adds a certain richness that wouldn’t otherwise be noticeable. It’s kind of like a chamomile bouquet of gentle goodness that makes me feel much better about life.

Mmmmmmm, perfect bedtime mix!

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drank Vanilla Caramel by Bigelow
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I like this one, it’s just… not as good as Lipton’s.

Woah, never thought I’d say that about another tea.

This base of this one is much more aggressive than Lipton’s, and it overpowers the vanilla. It ends up tasting a little like burnt kettle corn.

It’s not bad, it’s just more of a savory tea, whereas Lipton’s is more of a dessert tea. (I don’t know about everyone else, but when I reach for a tea with caramel in it, I’m usually looking for a dessert tea, and not so much savory.) Lipton’s apparently has “real caramel” in it, whereas this one just has caramel flavoring, so maybe that’s part of the difference, too.

Overall not bad, but since I like Lipton’s version better, and Lipton’s happens to be less expensive, I know which one I’ll be sticking with in the future.

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Drinking this to compliment my scrambled egg on an English muffin this morning. I enjoy it. It’s bready and rich. Very savory.

Such a strange concept, genmaicha, if you think about it. But somehow it works, and works well.

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drank Darjeeling by Twinings
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I don’t know what everybody means when they say this tea is bitter. I think it’s light and fragrant and fruity. If tea were a wine, this would be it.

I taste grapes and flowers. It’s almost like a white tea in its delicacy and mouthfeel. I only steep it for a few minutes, because that’s all it needs.

Flavors: Flowers, Grapes


I need to try it someday :)


You should! We can bring Darjeeling back to Steepster :D


where did it go? :-P

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Hello! I love literature, politics, handmade jewelry, all things purple, and sarcasm. I work in the Information Technology field at present.

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

Favorites: Black, oolong, rooibos, genmaicha. Vanilla, chocolate, fruity, nutty, bready, roasted, dessert-inspired flavors. Floral greens. Kombucha.

I’m very picky about chai and spice/ spicy blends. I’m also also iffy about mate and herbal teas, although there are a few that I enjoy (roasted dandelion root, chamomile).

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint.

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.


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