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drank Pumpkin Spice by Bigelow
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To quote Calvin: “Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!”
This means that I demand 15 hours of Vivaldi on Spotify and a cup of this with a splash of milk.
Creamy, spicy, sweet, tannic, brisk, seasonally appropriate, and low-maintenance. ’Nuff said.

gmathis

Calvin as in Hobbes? Mercy, I miss that comic strip! Bigelow seasonal goodies like this are a little hard to find around here, so when they are available, I tend to snag them indiscriminately. I believe I have tried and liked this one in the past, for all the reasons you cited above.

teaqueen

@gmathis Yes! Calvin and Hobbes is still one of my very favorite comic strips. I miss it too. This is my favorite caffeinated pumpkin spice offering for sure. It’s not a flavor that I reach for frequently, but sometimes it hits the spot. I hope you’re well.

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This is nice. The ginger has a nice warming effect as it settles into my stomach. Ginger kombucha will never not be my favorite; I think the two things are a match made in heaven!
The fizziness of the kombucha and the very slight alcoholic buzz from the fermentation are all welcome and very relaxing. The spirulina turns it a very pleasing shade of blue.

Flavors: Coconut, Ginger

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85

Well, last night was a complete bleep-show in the U.S., and there really isn’t any end in sight. Anxiety is high, and ability to focus is nil. To make matters worse, I drank too much coffee to combat the too-much-beer-not-enough-water—last-night-bordering-on-migraine brain fog that I woke up with. So, herbal and non-caffeinated beverages are what’s on tap for the rest of today.

I’ve had these teabags for probably 6 years now. It’s obviously weaker in flavor than if they were fresh, but it’s still a very nice vanilla rooibos. The vanilla tastes genuine, like real vanilla bean. It pairs well with the woodsy notes characteristic of rooibos, and is a comforting flavor. Soothing and healthy-feeling. I will probably follow it up with some kind of tulsi later on.

Flavors: Sweet, Vanilla, Wood

gmathis

Haven’t had this one for years, but I remember enjoying it, especially with a little milk.

teaqueen

@gmathis, yes— I dug this one out of the deepest recesses of my tea cabinet!

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74
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
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Using this as my chaser for my iced black coffee this morning, because I have wall-to-wall Zoom meetings until 11 and I need the extra caffeine boost. PG is my favorite way to make a delicious cup of builder’s tea quickly. No frills, no fuss, just the straight dope. Perfect.

Courtney

Hahah chaser. Love that. Good luck on all the Zoom meetings – I feel for you!

gmathis

You are a woman after my own heart. Tea Club Rule #1: NEVER run out of PG Tips. Ever.

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100
drank Pumpkin Spice by Harney & Sons
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Always a delight at this time of year! Buttery, cinnamon-y, warming, earthy. Using rooibos as the base is a stroke of genius because it offers a caffeine-free alternative to the pumpkin spice chai lattes that abound from Sept- Nov. I think the earthy rooibos works better with pumpkin spice mixes than astringent black tea, too. Personal preference.
I got the last tin of these sachets at Target though, so I’m definitely not alone with these feelings!

LuckyMe

Sounds like this would make a great caffeine free PSL. Now I know what to do with the 1 lb bag of rooibos sitting in my cupboard. Thanks for the inspiration!

teaqueen

@LuckyMe Wow, a whole pound of rooibos is a lot! I bet your homemade rooibos PSLs will be delightful :)

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100

I love this! Such an awesome, nutty, stick-to-your-ribs breakfast tea. I brewed it Western-style, in my Kati. It makes me laugh because this is a very American-style offering, for the following reasons—
1.) It’s tea sourced from India, but it’s named after an American city. As with everything else the U.S. has done historically, linguistically, and culturally, it’s FINDERS KEEPERS, I guess.
2.) The packaging simply says that it’s a blend of three different Indian black teas. No mention of which specific varieties of Indian black teas. LOL. Guess they figure (probably accurately) that most American tea drinkers wouldn’t care to know that level of detail. (For whatever it’s worth, this detail-loving American tea drinker definitely gets a small bite of Assam astringency, mellowed out by slight butter, raisin, and cocoa notes from the other two mystery varieties. Whatever tea-blending and characteristic- balancing magic happened here, it’s very delicious and effective.)
3.) It’s robust, hearty, good quality, and packs a punch with caffeine. Basically, it’s everything Americans would want and expect in a morning cuppa, being a nation that famously favors coffee.
4.) It’s very low maintenance, perfect for office settings and city people in a hurry. You don’t need to monitor it particularly closely; it doesn’t become very bitter if you accidentally over-steep it.
5.) I re-steeped the leaves and they yielded a second cup that was just as strong and flavorful as the first steep, so I’m definitely getting my money’s worth, which is another thing Americans value.
All in all, I’d say this is a pretty tight product, and that this company knows very well who their target demographic is.

Flavors: Astringent, Butter, Cocoa, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

We need more tea that fits Standard #4!

Leafhopper

Agreed! Low-maintenance teas are appreciated, especially in the morning.

teaqueen

@gmathis and @leafhopper This one definitely delivers as a breakfast tea! I recommend it without reservation.

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This is a perfectly serviceable EG. Again, nothing offensive, but nothing special either. Bit disappointed with my Sips By box for this month.

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drank Natural Rooibos by Rooibos Rocks
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Just a plain rooibos. Nothing to write home about, but certainly not awful either. Nice bedtime cuppa, and helps with joint pain and inflammation. I liked this company’s Honeybush offering much better.

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100
drank Dark Chocolate by Teeccino
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Ughhhhh, so yummy! It smells like chocolate-covered raisins. Reminds me of going to the candy store as a kid. Slightly bitter, black coffee note on the sip, which transitions seamlessly into a very mellow, very genuine chocolate flavor, just like hot cocoa without the sugar. Stands up well to milk. I love this stuff.

Flavors: Cocoa, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Sweet

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100

Discovering Teeccino has been one of the best parts of 2020 for me. Simple pleasures like a warm cuppa are sometimes what carries me through the week. I’ve raved about this particular blend/ flavor on here before, but I just wanted to add that this is an excellent autumn drink. I want to experiment with making it as a latte.

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Hello! 28, female, American. A total hopeless bookworm— I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in English. I also love dogs, all things that are colored purple, and sarcasm. I work in the Information Technology field at present.

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

Favorite tea types: Black, pu’erh, oolong, kombucha, genmaicha, matcha, rooibos, honeybush (recent change of heart there), and floral greens.

Favorite flavor notes: Roasted, fermented, earthy, floral, nutty, bread-y, umami; dessert-inspired flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and maple.

I’m very picky about chai and spice/ spicy blends as well as fruit-flavored teas; they really need to be done right, IMHO. I’m iffy about mate, as well as herbal teas, although there are a few tisanes that I enjoy (roasted dandelion root, chamomile).

Flat-out dislike: White tea, most unflavored green teas, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint.

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.

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