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drank Awake English Breakfast by Tazo
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Enjoying my last bag of this. I need the extra caffeine today, but it’s also got me feeling a bit jittery. I won’t be adding this to my wishlist, but I enjoyed what I had.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

This is in my permanent portable emergency lineup, particularly for strength reasons. One of the few I can drink in a hotel room and still actually taste some tea.


It definitely has some strength behind it! I always enjoy this one when we are traveling and stay in hotels (which we haven’t done now in a while).


Ditto. I probably should have said “could,” as in very past tense!

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The aroma is so distinctly vanilla bean, so much so that it’s as if I’d opened a pouch of fresh vanilla beans ready for baking. There’s such a difference between extract (unless it’s good extract) and the whole bean. I love that I get the real deal here. I first tried steeping for three minutes (as the label recommends), but the color was very light so I let it go for an additional two. The wet leaves smell deliciously of malt. The flavor is dark chocolate, almost like a hot cocoa light on the sugar.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 20 minutes

I had to give this one a second steep, even though lately I haven’t had much success with them. This one turned out just fine, probably lighter on the chocolate so that the vanilla comes through.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malt, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pumpkin Butter Cookie by 52teas
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So is this meant to taste like pumpkin butter and cookies or pumpkin and butter cookies? It’s spiced which is just what I wanted this morning. I made it extra strong after reading a couple other notes and I’m glad that I did.

Flavors: Spices

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Two Seasons by teakruthi
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drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
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drank Black Metallic by August Uncommon Tea
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drank Scorpio by Adagio Teas - Duplicate
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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!

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.

50-70: 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.

Updated July 2021.


Alabaster, Alabama



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