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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Even though it doesn’t have any orange flavor, this is my contribution for today’s sipdown challenge – National Creamsicle Day. I do have a Lemon Lavender Creamsicle tea from 52teas that I could have made instead, but it’s a white tea and what I really wanted was a decaf option tonight. Plus, this is one of my favorites. So vanilla it is!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Indonesian Gold by Teavana
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Flavors: Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Floral

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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84
drank Decaf Paris by Harney & Sons
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We’re having breakfast for dinner tonight – fried eggs and buttered toast with grape jelly. My husband also wanted those frozen microwaveable sausage biscuits, so add those to the mix. Yellow mustard for me, please. Having some of this sturdy decaf tea with all the rest. It feels a little like a secret party, just the two of us in the kitchen together and eating breakfast at dusk.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

:) That sounds lovely and homey.

ashmanra

I finally bought this tea! I like it, too, and we love breakfast for supper, especially in cool weather by the fire.

Shae

I missed your comments this past week! gmathis, it was definitely lovely and homey. Breakfast at any other time of the day feels like such a treat, I’m not sure why. ashmanra, breakfast in cool weather by a fire sounds AMAZING. I’ll have to try that one day. I’d love to install a fire pit in the backyard at some point. I’m glad you’re loving this tea too. It’s so nice to have good decaf options later in the day.

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drank Nurture #4 by Verdant Tea (Special)
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My late entry for National Book Lovers Day.

I’m currently reading a book about parenting and childhood trauma. It’s pretty heavy at times, so I’ve been reading it slowly for the past month or so. I was looking through my list of teas to see what might possibly fit for a book like this and came across this one. Perfect. A nurturing tea and a book about parenting.

It does feel nurturing in this moment. It’s smoky and dark, which I love.

Second Steep
10 ounces water + 212 degrees + 21 minutes

Not a bad resteep. Maybe a little light but still flavorful.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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91

Such a favorite! I don’t have much else to add, except to say that I love this tea.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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82
drank Organic Strawberry Tea by St. Dalfour
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James was making himself some tea this morning, so I took the opportunity to ask for a cup of berry black tea while he was standing near the kettle. He picked the very last bag of this strawberry tea, which I love, and made me an extra large mug of it. He added a lot of cream, so it was ultra decadent, but it did take away from some of the strawberry flavor. Still loved it and drank it really quickly though.

Flavors: Strawberry

gmathis

I didn’t know they did a strawberry! I have a semi-permanent stock of St. Dalfour Black Cherry and Golden Peach; snapped up whenever I can find them locally.

Shae

It’s very good! I got a couple of bags in a swap, but I’ve never seen any of the St. Dalfour teas in a store. I don’t see teas on their website either, so I thought maybe they had been discontinued. I hope you’re still able to find your favorites!

gmathis

It’s hit and miss at our health food stores. I’ve had more random luck finding St. Dalfour at the outlet places like Tuesday Morning and Big Lots. (Until recently. Our new Big Lots’ tea selection is terrible.)

Shae

Oh I’ve come across some great finds at TJ Maxx too.

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drank Darjeeling by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
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Oh goodness, this was awful! I’m not sure what I did, maybe (probably) overleafed, but the liquid came out cloudy and had this strange bitter taste. It wasn’t even the bitterness that threw me off, it wasn’t that bad honestly, but it was something about the flavor. Maybe this one’s gone bad, but my other Joseph Wesley teas seem to be holding up well. I’m not really a huge fan of Darjeeling anyway, but this was a different kind of yuck.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96

I really should have used two teaspoons for this instead of just one. :(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73

This has a really unique flavor, but it isn’t coconut. It’s butterscotch! I’m guessing it must be from the rum. Very tasty.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Candy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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, 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.

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