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drank Peppermint Stick by Cuppa Geek
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Inattentively oversteeped at work, so something went a little bitter (not sure which ingredient that would’ve been). Threw in some rock sugar as an antidote.

User failure notwithstanding, this is a nice variation on the candy cane theme. I actually notice the cream first, with the peppermint kicking in from behind.

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Ugh, January. While the snowflakes that are landing on our porch mat are precisely formed six-pointed ice crystals, the wind is just too stinkin’ cold to appreciate them.

Hunkering down for the evening with a cup of this nice custom Adagio blend—decaf black tea, hazelnut, and honeybush; even creamier and more comforting with milk. Wish I could guess the proportions and try to replicate it with pantry tea ingredients. My half-tin is getting old—I’m not seeing this custom blend on the Adagio website any more—but it’s been stored decently and still has some life in it.

Stay warm out there.

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drank Cherry Amour by Tea Forte
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Well, hello there! Long time no steep.

It doesn’t look like this blend is available loose yet; it was an entry in the little pyramid gift box I received for Christmas. (I am in love with the little triangular Tea Forte boxes and refuse to pitch them until I can figure out how to recycle them into a game or craft for my Sunday kids). But I digress.

I approached with great caution, since the ingredients consist largely of two things I don’t like—hibiscus and licorice. Strangely, they cancel each other out, and what is left is a reasonably neutral fruit tea. I am not sure I completely got “cherry” out of it; if I did, it was fruit-cherry and not candy-cherry. Not bad for something I probably wouldn’t have selected on my own.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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This random steeping is actually a review of the bag I steeped it in. Most of my tea buddies have adequate gear that allows me to share unbagged loose leaves. However, once in a while, a DIY paper filter is helpful, either for sharing or for dealing with looseleaf at the office.

I have used the T-Sac brand for years, but they are a little finicky in that the only closure is a flap that isn’t always very secure and can land you with a cup of leaf soup. So, courtesy, of a gift card, I found a drawstring variety at Amazon and bought a bundle: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F5W6TPX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The drawstrings aren’t in a loop, so they can be tied in a hard knot, and the filter material is pretty substantial, which means steep time needs to be increased just a bit. Further research will be required in that area. But all in all, cheap and performs as advertised.

Mastress Alita

These are the kind I use (or at least similar to the kind I use). I don’t like how paper teabags can sometimes make my tea taste like paper or cardboard, so I prefer corn fiber which is what these are typically made of and I’ve never had “taste” issues with them. I also love the drawstring! I use them constantly; usually my “nightly herbal” cuppa I stick in one of these guys and just leave the bag in the cup as I sip, because I like the taste of herbals when they’ve stewed for ages.

Martin Bednář

I bought similar ones, but way too small ones. It is hard to put even teaspoon in! So, I found other ones, which are actually way too big, but it’s good. As it won’t get all wet, it is easy to pick them out from water. On the other hand, they don’t have drawstring.

No affect of taste at all though :)

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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drank Tea Candy by Bali's Best
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Some of my clothes want me to lose some weight. The month of January (lack of light, lack of exercise, lack of serotonin, etc.) doesn’t care whether I do or not. While the two are battling it out, I am hoping these little babies will help stem the 1:30 p.m. “just shut up and give me a three-pack of Zingers” blues.

They were a Christmas present from my son—a three pack of Classic Iced Tea, Citrus Green Tea, and Green Tea Latte. So far, I’ve haven’t ventured further than the Classic, but it does taste exactly like southern sweet tea with simple syrup. I don’t like it in a glass, but in a hard candy, it’s pretty tasty!

Nichole/CuppaGeek

I get the “your kids got all those sour candies for the holidays and you know you want them” blues.

derk

Where did he get these?!

ashmanra

Cool gift!

AJRimmer

I get these from my local international market – they’re good!

gmathis

Available on Amazon.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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I’ll just stick this review in “Random” because my “Premium Classic Black Tea” from TeaMaze is also marked “limited edition” and is nowhere to be found on the website now.

Hubby picked this one—I would have passed it up due to lack of information—but I’m glad he did. There’s no variety mentioned in the packet description and trying to place it is a little bit like leafing through a “Where’s Waldo?” book. The bass notes have some Keemun leather-and-mahogany, but the treble is pure Juicy Fruit Gum, like an oolong. Hmm.

Martin Bednář

Yep, finding a correct data/information is a bit like finding a neeedle in a haystack.

gmathis

Somebody needs to invent a tea thermometer that identifies ingredients rather than temperature. Would you like to tackle that project?

Martin Bednář

Haha, I am logistician, I can deliver it. But inventing is for someone else. It would be awesome, probably possible with mass spectometry, but, ehem, not sure if it would be that easy. And of course, I have no idea how pricey that device would be. And maybe… it would be a huge machine too. I am afraid it won’t be that easy.

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I’m looking at a window full of slow snow—wafting down like little cotton parachutes; the kind that creates very little worry because there won’t be much and the temp is just above freezing. It’s also the kind that makes you lazy because it’s so soothing to watch.

So I’m using that as an excuse to rock in my favorite chair and alternate peeking outside with peeking at old episodes of Northern Exposure. You need to find and watch the episodes with Marilyn and the Flying Guy. They are adorable.

Sitting next to me is a little cup of Caramel Apple Chai. I am picky about my chai. I want the spice to be light enough I can taste the other ingredients. I can. The apple is nicely evident, the spice isn’t obnoxious, and you can coax out the caramel with a little milk and sugar.

ashmanra

That sounds like a wonderful day! I have never seen that show, but I think I have heard of it. I will look for it!

A little envelope may have been sent your way today with a little something for the mister!

gmathis

Northern Exposure—circa 1998-1993; quirky little Alaskan town, Rob Morrow (from Numb3rs) is a young doctor who has agreed to serve as a GP in the outback for four years because his med school tuition was paid by State of Alaska. Think “Twin Peaks,” only kinder, gentler, and funnier.

tea-sipper

oh the little cotton parachutes moved here today. :D

Nichole/CuppaGeek

My husband’s favorite show is Northern Exposure. We binged on all of the seasons a few years ago and were just chatting that once Parker is better, we will binge the show again.

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drank Apricot Amaretto by Tea Forte
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The dry leaves had a nice apricot scent which translated nicely into fruit flavor that lasted throughout the whole cup. The almond/amaretto was secondary, but detectable. That’s OK; I have terrible luck with almond stuff getting bitter, so less was more.

Good for a bedtime that I’m going to have to adjust to accommodate going back to work come Monday.

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drank Oolong by Joy Luck
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The new year arrived with a bang at our house. Lots of them, actually. For those of you who have not had the privilege of weathering a Midwest ice storm, there’s nothing like hearing frozen limbs slam onto your roof and praying that they don’t jab holes in your shingles. Come join us next time! (All appears to be well and the power lines held.)

I had already set this out to drink on New Year’s morning, but a little joy was especially in order after the lousy night’s sleep. Gifted to us by niece and nephew along with some other funny, random Chinese grocery items (smoked eel, anybody?), it was nicely and securely sealed, with big, rolled leaves.

According to my husband, who likes his oolong stewed to the consistency of mud, it “wasn’t toasty enough.” Sleep-deprived impatient steeping probably had something to do with that. However, I liked it just fine—it is does lean toward the wheat-toast flavor category rather than peachy-fruity. Perfectly acceptable second steep.

Martin Bednář

Uhh, happy to hear that everything is fine. Smoked eel sounds okay to me :)

Mastress Alita

I slept terrible last night, too! Greens seem to “wake me up” better than blacks these days, so I’ve been ODing on Japanese greens to get by, ha!

gmathis

Funny how everybody’s body chemistry is different. I must have blood as thick as cake batter because nothing but heavy duty black stuff makes me wakey.

gmathis

Oh, and mate.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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