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drank Mt. Kenya Black by JusTea
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I picked this out because it was low hanging fruit – a single serve sample that someone sent me, and it was an easy sipdown. In other words, I wasn’t expecting much.

It’s actually very good! A nice strong black with yummy malty tones. It’s rocking my afternoon.

Normally I keep all of my “day” teas (caffeinated) in a big basket on my kitchen island. I separated them into ones that are easy sipdown candidates, such as samples people have sent, and larger packages. It helps when I don’t have a taste for anything specific to rifle through the sipdown basket. I guess somehow it helps me justify the ridiculous amount of tea coming in. :D


I wish I had more of this one just to add to the teabox!

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drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
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Well I was happy that this was a sip down until I saw that I never added it to my cupboard. Sigh! At least it’s effectively one since it’s gone from my kitchen.

Even steeped for 2 minutes this is so astringent, it makes me want to go drink some water. It’s not bad tasting but my mouth is absolutely pruning up!

Also, my Aroma kettle arrived today and I had a lot of fun boiling water in it. How sad is that? What was the highlight of your day? I boiled water!


Not sad at all! A good kettle is the BEST! Changed my world ;)


When I bought my new kettle, I had a lot of fun boiling water. Not going to deny it. And even more fun when I made my first mug of tea using it.


Oh gosh, my daughter thinks it’s a treat to use my “special-tea” kettle. I still marvel at how beautifully it works, and am so glad that I grabbed it.


every time i boil water in my variable temp kettle im wondering how did i live without it?


I’m feeling the same way, boychik. I just bought a kettle for at work (I’ve had one at home for a while) and it’s been fantastic. I was worried about not getting up and moving around enough because I’ve got water at my desk now, but I’m drinking even more tea, so I’m getting up more to go to the restroom. Hahahha.

carol who

LOL! When I got my Breville, my daughters (ages 32 and35) and I sat there watching the basket go up and down, up and down, up and down automatically ;-D

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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
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I have reviewed this before, but this tea just makes me so happy.


and that’s a good reason enough to write about it for sure


I love this tea. In fact, I think in my last tasting note for this tea I said it made me happy.

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Thanks to Liberteas for adding this to a box at my request.

I am a big Marcus Samuelsson fan, so I was intrigued when I saw his teas at The Fresh Market. Of the four, this was the only one they didn’t have, and the one I wanted to try the most. Go figure.

I love Earl Grey teas. I realize that they aren’t necessary popular here, but they are what set me off on this tea journey. I like the Earl part of this, but the smoky taste is a bit of a turn off. I am enjoying the sips for the most part, but as the cup sits here under my nose, I am not enjoying the aroma, which reminds me of an ash tray.

To be fair, I don’t really like ash or smoke in any form – not burnt marshmallows, not cigarettes, and not the smell your hair gets after going to a smoky bar (and I don’t anymore). So I’m not going to rate this since that’s a personal preference for me.


I love good EG


Same here!

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I had this last night before bed. It was a really nice cup! I wasn’t transported like I was with Elder Grove, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. It was woodsy and earthy, with the tiniest whisper of mint. I am also sort of mesmerized by looking at the Whispering Pines mixes, since they are so different than other herbal blends. So many interesting things in there. Lots of berries – I didn’t recognize them as elderberries since I haven’t had much exposure to those, but there were lots of them in there. Little woodsy pieces, it’s just really interesting to see.

It might have just been the calming properties of the tea, or a coincidence, but I crashed hard right after this. I was OUT.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This is an exceedingly calming cup of tea :)

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drank Raspberry Cream by 52teas
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This was nice, I try to not drink caffeine after 4 pm, but made this at 3:55 so it was legal. :P

Nice raspberry balance, I didn’t get much cream but I still liked it. I think I have about 2 cups left. Thanks to Liberteas for the sample.

In other news, I finished season 1 of a The Returned. I am ready to see season 2! Started Rectify tonight. It’s too early to tell of it will be good but I have heard good things.

So I live in the part of the country where we get about 10 days a year when it is comfortable to open the windows, and I love that. I have a big overstuffed chair, side table, footstool and a 60" TV in the bedroom, where I can relax next to the windows, drink tea and pretend that tomorrow isn’t Monday already. But, first I might have to murder the neighborhood kids that have come out of nowhere to scream their guts out right next to my window. I am turning into the mean old neighbor lady.


Screaming kids and lounging don’t go well together, I’ll give you that.
Never heard of The Returned before reading your posts, is it on Netflix?


Yes, it is in French with English subtitles.


I think neighbors with loud kids prefer for them to live outside where they can destroy the peace :-p


It sure was gorgeous outside yesterday!


Today is too!

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Mom of two practically grown girls, extremely happily married to a man who is amused by my obsession with tea, and company owner who works from home. Life is good.

Likes/dislikes: I love black teas, especially strong/malty ones. I am ok with flavored teas if the base is strong. I like some whites. I really don’t like any tea that tastes “green” – if I wanted to drink something that tastes like green beans, I would cook some green beans. I am not big on green teas or genmaichas. I am learning to like puerhs.

If we are trading, I have a STRONG aversion to coconut, banana and licorice. I love citrus, vanilla and spice. Not a fan of florals.

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