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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Housewarming by Plum Deluxe
1484 tasting notes

For National Just Because Day.

I love this tea so much! The aroma takes me right back to my childhood. It’s always such a treat.

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla

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

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drank Eden Oolong by Tocha Tea
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There is something about this blend that I do not like. It has an off-putting aroma – maybe it’s the osmanthus flowers? I’m not too familiar with those, so perhaps that’s what’s throwing me off. This is also an older tea, so it could very well be that I’ve let it “age” a little longer than recommended. I’m not sure how long oolong typically keeps, but it also has green tea in the mix so maybe it’s gone off by now. Whatever the reason, I’ve tried this twice now and both times didn’t really care for it. I think I have one or two sachets left, so I’ll finish them off and leave this one behind.

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I enjoyed this one much more than I expected I would! Green teas aren’t always a favorite, but I’ve learned recently that I enjoy Moroccan mint teas. I used sugar in place of honey and liked this quite a lot.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Cha Cha Chai by Cup of Té
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Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Anhui Keemun by Adagio Teas
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An enjoyable tea. Rich, dark chocolate. I have others with similar flavor profiles that I like better so I don’t plan to repurchase, but I’ve enjoyed the sample.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 195 degrees + 20 minutes

Not a bad resteep but it’s a bit weak. Not sure if it’s worth it in the end.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

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

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I wouldn’t compare this to a classic breakfast tea since I really only taste the honeybush. Which is fine, except I was really hoping for a solid nighttime version of a classic breakfast tea. Decaf versions are still the best option for me, I think.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I opened my email this morning and saw that DAVIDsTEA had announced the return of their Pumpkin Chai. Fall is on its way! I still have some of this from way back when, so I decided to have a cup. At least one person on Steepster noted that this has honey notes, so I’m also counting it as my tea for World Honey Bee Day. I did add honey to it as well, so either way it works. I made sure to get a little caramel cube in my cup this time, but the main flavor I taste is still clove. I love a clove-heavy chai, so it’s an enjoyable cup this afternoon.

Flavors: Clove

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Bio

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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