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drank Vanilla Peach by Tea Forte
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While this was a gentle and desserty afternooner, neither the peach nor the vanilla was a standout. I didn’t concentrate on it much (I was zoned in on a “25 Words or Less” episode) so inattention may have contributed. I’ve got one more little pyramid to try; we’ll see if conditions improve.

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drank African Autumn by Harney & Sons
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I baked a loaf of cranberry orange bread this afternoon (don’t get excited; it was a mix) and can’t touch it because it’s to serve at work tomorrow—-but it smelled so good, I broke out its tea equivalent.

Previous reviewers don’t give it a lot of love, but I think it’s a nicely balanced triad of rooibos, cranberry, and orange. The berries aren’t tart, the orange isn’t bitter. I drank it outside in the glider watching my new little pot of lemongrass grow. (And once it does, wouldn’t that be a nice addition to this combo?)

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Mercy, you all have been busy drinkers! I am far behind, but I love reading what you write!

If I have not already done so, I hereby nominate CuppaGeek’s Nichole as the Maven of Marshmallow Root. I think she could combine it with spinach and salsa and come up with something I would love.

The marshmallow is an especially nice touch in this ooooh(it’s so good)long blend. It smells like a piece of spice cake, and as I mentioned in a former review, the sarsaparilla adds just a nifty little twist that keeps this from tasting like conventional chai. I had mine with milk this afternoon—and that just added frosting to the cake.

tea-sipper

Making a mental note that Cuppa Geek makes marshmallow root blends!

gmathis

I mentioned it elsewhere yesterday, but her Lemon Swirl is delicious (green tea-lemon-marshmallow).

tea-sipper

Yep, I just added Lemon Swirl to my wishlist today. :D

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There is a lot going on in this blend—oolong, conventional chai spices, marshmallow root and—yep—sarsaparilla. It leads with the sweetness, with a pleasantly spicy, sparkly follow-up—I’m not sure if I really sensed carbonation, or if it was just the root beer flavor dropping hints. I intend to try the next batch with some milk, and expect further positive results.

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drank Berry Lemon Lavender by Cuppa Geek
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All flavors present and accounted for, particularly the lemon and lavender. I added a little sugar, and that plumped up the blackberry flavor very nicely. Definitely a tea party tea. (Wish I had my red hat and a feather boa handy.)

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drank Summer in a Cup by Cuppa Geek
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It is always a treat to find an herbal tea that leads with something other than lemon or mint. Nary a trace of either in this lovely little nightcap. I am learning to love green rooibos, and it makes a very pleasant base for the marshmallows and fruit. None of the fruit flavors stand out individually—-or at least in my small Advent-sized sample—-just gently and pleasantly fruity and sweet. Another review recommend overleafing a bit; I believe I’d agree with that.

ashmanra

I think Youngest said this was kne of her favorites. I like it as iced sweet tea, too!

gmathis

I’ve mentioned before that the downside of tiny samples of multi-ingredient tea is you may not be getting all the goodness in that one tiny spoonful…I can only imagine how a nice, generous glomph of it would be on ice.

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drank Tuscany Pear by Thesaurus Tea
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Tried a sample of this courtesy of Nichole on the first springy afternoon of the season…t-shirts and bare feet were the order of the day Saturday.

The pear was sweet and authentic and not a bit artificial. The rooibos was, well, rooibos-y. But, to my warped flavor interpretation circuits, the flavors never blended. They hit you separately, like oil and water. With that said, it was not a bad tea, drinking it outdoors made it just plain lovely, and your experience may vary.

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drank Glazed Lemon Loaf by Tazo
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So on top of a late night, an early morning, and a “normal” Sunday morning teaching gig (ALL the 11-year-old boys coming off spring break—like teaching Great Dane puppies), we had a special kids service project event culminating in a Nerf battle. I was dragging anchor when I shuffled in the door.

I needed a no-brainer treat and this was what my no-brain needed. The lemon is sweet lemon, not tart, and Tazo has nailed the pastry aspect as well. I’ve never used the word “perfect” in the same sentence with “licorice,” ever, and I won’t now, but it actually accents this blend rather than overpowering it. Even better with feet up, eyes closed, and a Pillsbury Soft Baked Confetti cookie in your hand.

Mastress Alita

A cupboard staple for me!

gmathis

It has nearly replaced Vanilla Comoro as my “I need a cookie and comfort” decaf.

Lexie Aleah

hahaha Nerf Battles are great but so is this tea!

gmathis

The problem with Nerf battles is that you have to bend over and pick up every….single….ammo….round…. When you are no longer 11, that is slightly more challenging.

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drank Pineapple Shaman by Wise Ape Tea
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OK, I brought this to work not only to enjoy, but to freak out my non-teaist work buddies. (“Here! Smell this!” to the same friend who says Constant Comment smells like “a well-greased old lady.”)

That said, I can’t remember trying (and enjoying) a blend this unusual in a long time. Most of the lapsang blends I’ve sampled over the years are far too strong and smoky; in this case, there’s just enough of a hint to accent the pineapple and peppery spices. Currently sold out at Wise Ape, but I hope to see it resurface so you can try some ;)

Michelle

This sounds interesting!

gmathis

I’m not sure what I’d recommend for a food pairing, but it made me ask my husband to grill hamburgers this weekend :)

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