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drank Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons
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This chai blend has some pretty awful reviews on Steepster, but it’s not so bad. The flavor is definitely light though. I received this as a sample with one of my orders, but this isn’t one I would buy myself. There isn’t really anything memorable about it.

Flavors: Cardamom, Tobacco

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

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drank Moroccan Mint by Stash Tea Company
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Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m not having great luck with the Stash teas this week. This one was bland and barely spiced.

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I thought this one was awful, but my husband loved it. To me, the lavender was far too strong and gave it too much of a body wash sort of flavor.

Flavors: Lavender

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drank Sweet & Spicy Pecan Chai by 52teas
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Today is a day for feel-good teas only. It’s our long-term foster kitty’s adoption day, and I’m trying to keep my emotions in check. It’s not an easy feat. The adoption is an absolute perfect match, so I’m really over the moon for our sweet Holly. She’s going to have the very best life. Goodbyes are really hard for me though, so I’m also feeling sad that she’s leaving. She’s been here almost 15 months, our longest foster yet, and I’ll miss her. I wish I could explain to her that this is going to be the best thing that ever happened to her. I wish she could know that she doesn’t have to be scared anymore. That she isn’t being abandoned all over again. I wish I knew how to help her understand. This is the hardest part of fostering for me, but it’s also the part that gives all the rest of it so much meaning. I remember when we adopted each of our cats how excited we were and how much we loved them right away. Seeing that same excitement in each of our adopters’ faces is so very special because I know exactly how they are feeling in that moment. It’s safe to say that today is going to be an emotional day. Please send happy thoughts my way.

I’m starting the day with my absolute favorite. I don’t have much to add that I haven’t already said before. It tastes like strawberry candy. The base is strong and bold, good for a breakfast tea. It’s also wonderful as a resteep. This is a nostalgia tea for me.

Flavors: Candy, Strawberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

I hope the day is far more gentle on both of you than expected. Good on you for fostering and loving little creatures until their forever people come along. <3

Mastress Alita

I have the utmost respect for fosterers, because a) I could never do it as I get far too attached/emotional, and b) I prefer to adopt from rescues/fostering programs because I know they’ve received so much love and care previously.

ashmanra

Oh, Shae! Thank you for fostering, and know that you did a great thing for that kitty and she WILL adjust and be so happy!

We fostered twice, and the first time was Sam (our dog now) and his mom and siblings. It was SO HARD to say goodbye to his brother and sister. It was so hard to pick just one to keep and heartwrenching to let the others go but they have had a good life.

Hugs to you on this difficult day!

AJRimmer

<3 You guys are awesome for fostering! One of my cats was in a shelter for a whole year before I adopted him. I always feel sad when I think about that year, and I wish he could have had an amazing foster family instead!

Shae

Thanks so much for the encouragement, everyone! Everything went well on Sunday (as in I didn’t cry while the adopter was at my house), and I’ve gotten updates every couple of days which really helps. Her first two nights were hard for her, as expected, but she started opening up a bit on Tuesday. Now she’s demanding her snuggles and pets, so I know she’ll be just fine. I still open the curtains each morning and expect to see her in her favorite spot by the window. I miss her, but I know she’s getting so much love right now.

Evol – I can’t say it was gentle but we made it. Thanks for the love. <3

Mastress Alita – I hear a lot of people say they could never foster because they would get too attached, but if that were the case you’d have to count me out! I cried nearly nonstop from Friday to Tuesday. We become invested in our foster kitties. I hear the trick is to immediately go and get another foster, but I haven’t tried that yet. :D

ashmanra – I feel for you! I know it’s so hard, even when you know they are going to happy homes. We love them like they are our own. ((hugs))

AJ – I think about that too. I wish so much that I could have gotten to them sooner, before they had to experience some of the things they did. At least we have them now and know they’ll be loved for the rest of their days. <3

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
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I’ve never really been impressed by this one. It pretty much tastes like their Chocolate blend to me, which isn’t a favorite either. I meant to mix this one with their Rose Scented tea, but I completely forgot until after I made the cup. Just wish I could have picked up on the florals with this one but never did. Dropping the rating just a bit from 70.

Flavors: Chocolate

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I’ve been craving uncomplicated black teas today. I had a lemon tea earlier and now this mint tea. Both were/are just what I wanted.

Flavors: Spearmint

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

This one makes a good office tea.

Rosehips

I second this! One of my favorite office teas. It’s a perfectly uncomplicated tea.

Shae

I agree! One of my coworkers keeps a box of this in her desk. That’s actually how I first heard of it. She gave me a bag to try because it’s one of her favorites.

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drank Lemon Kandy by teakruthi
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I just bought another bag of this from teakruthi so I should probably work on finishing this one before the other comes in. Shouldn’t be a problem – I love it!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 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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