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drank Winter Spice by Twinings
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I hurt my back a few days ago, probably by sleeping funny. Maybe that is why I am craving tea for the last few days, to get that bit of comfort.

During the winter I steeped this in hot apple juice for a sort of mulled apple cider. Today I wanted a quick and easy late lunch so I just made it in water.

It is a decent tea but it is nothing compared to Cuppageek’s evening blends like Baked Apple Pie and Spiced Fall Evenings. But it made a nice cuppa to go with a quesadilla.

I did the easy quesadilla where you just put some cheese, fold the sides in and fold the bottom up. Instead of putting it in the oven, in a panini press, or in a pan, I put it in a sandwich cage in my toaster. See how quick and easy?

And if you haven’t tried putting a smidge of Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce in your quesadilla, I highly recommend it. If I am not going for quick and easy, I put sautéed onions and chicken tossed with bbq sauce, but as I said, I am going for quick and easy today!


That quesadilla sounds amazing – I never would have thought to do a BBQ chicken version. I hope your back feels better so soon!


Shae: Thank you! The idea wasn’t original! A restaurant here many years ago sold what they called Southwest Quesadillas. They were delicious and we started making them at home – cheaper than dining out! And really easy to make. We serve them with a mix of salsa and sour cream or homemade yogurt, but I think they may have also offered ranch as a dip for them. I love the Sweet Baby Ray’s in them and sometimes put just a little extra on the side.

When I don’t have any chicken or just want a quick lunch, a quesadilla or even cheese sandwich with a little BBQ sauce hits the spot.


I hate it when I injure something while I’m sleeping. I hope you feel better soon.
And the quesadilla sounds amazing!

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
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I am using the same tea for a grape/muscatel tea for all three passes through the May prompts. So good and delicious grape flavor. The bright grape scents just makes my eyes light up as soon as I smell it.

I am happy to say – and ashamed to admit – that I ordered tea, even though I am trying to reduce my cupboard and even though I just received five teas as gifts. Oof. But Ashman and I need tea to drink in the evenings, so I got the year round decaf version of this during Lupicia’s sale.

Will make a note when it gets here as to whether it compares favorably with this seasonal blend.

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drank Shire Green by Geek + Tea
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I found another geeky tea for my third trip through the May sipdown prompts!

Apparently this tea is no longer available. I have no idea how old it is, but it does not taste like it has suffered from age. This is a bright, somewhat sharp, grassy green tea. It was good with food but not really what I love to just sip on. I will probably be passing this one to someone else who might enjoy it more.

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drank Rose Pouchong by Fortnum & Mason
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3rd Trip Through the May Prompts!

A cupboard staple – I chose this because I realized that I always have a rose tea on hand, whether this one or another. I just ran out of Yume by Lupicia and I have three rose teas still on hand – this one, Rose Scented by Harney, and Valentine’s Tea from Czar Nikolas.

Ashman isn’t a fan of rose in teas, but I love it. This one is a Keemun, not a pouchong, and even the company and distributor could not find out how it got its name. It is clearly labeled Keemun in the ingredients, it looks, smells, and tastes like Keemun, so go figure. Maybe someone thought Pouchong sounded fancy.

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drank Coconut Island by Winterbloom Tea
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A former student of mine went to a shop that had tons of Bellocq tea. I offered to send her samples of some of the ones she didn’t buy and in return she was going to send me a sample of Queen’s Guard. Instead, her sisters showed up today with three full pouches of tea in addition to the sample of Queen’s Guard!

I was torn between trying this or the Raspberry Champagne White but I have been enjoying Tropical Vibes from Cuppageek so I wanted coconut, plus it is partially serving as first dessert because to be honest we have been having at least two desserts or treats a night. Awful, I know.

This was YUMMY. It is so creamy and coconut-y. I know I am going to try it as a latte because it would be amazing that way.

Funny thing – I didn’t smell the leaves until after I had enjoyed several small cups of the tea, and I picked up the same very weird smell that I noticed in another tea not long ago. It doesn’t come through in the taste at all. It must have something to do with the flavoring.

I looked in old notes, and I smelled this same odd smell in Lupicia’s plain Strawberry Black Tea, which tasted great to me and everyone I know who tried it, but had a very off-putting aroma in the dry leaves.

Big bonus – Ashman loved it and it is available locally. I am pretty sure this White Coconut Creme by Art of Tea.


Tea friends are the best.

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drank Ruby Black Tea by Harney & Sons
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I had this for the third time a couple of days ago. The first two times I drank it, I made it western, and last time gong fu.

I delayed writing a note because it is nothing like my first Ruby 18 or any others I have had since. My first was from A Southern Season. It was supposed to be black tea, but when I steeped it, it was pale yellow. I had even forgotten to time it! I was sure I had done something wrong, as these were my early tea drinking days. In spite of oversteeping, it was marvelous. I kept it on hand as long as they were open and had it in stock.

With excitement I ordered this one (rather expensive as good Ruby 18 can be) using mostly my reward points, and… it is good, but it is not remotely like the one from A Southern Season. It looks like black tea, tastes like black tea. It is good, but it isn’t what I was expecting.

Since I was a little put out at the difference between the old and new Western, I made it gong fu last time and it steeped more times than any regular black tea I have done, not counting ripe puerh. It was good with our dessert, so I will accept it for its positive points and not dwell on the fact that it is not what I expected.

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drank Golden Hour by The Silk Tea Co.
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My final tea of the second pass through the May Sipdown Prompts – a tea with unique or unusual ingredients.

This tea is jam packed full of goodies, but the unique thing about it is that they feature Smoky Assam prominently in the ingredient list and in the description, but it simply isn’t there in taste. The taste is mostly oolong with fruit.

A decadent and delicious tea!

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drank Magnolia Oolong by Tea Ave
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For my second trip through the May prompts I am choosing this one as the tea that reminds me of myself.

Magnolias grow best in the Southeast and I have never lived anywhere else, and seldom traveled out of that realm. In fact, I have lived for over fifty years within walking distance of the hospital where I was born.

That also tells something else I have in common with this tea. We are both a bit older! Not sure of the age on this one but Tea Ave sadly went out of business a while back – before the pandemic, even. And I am old enough to be the mom of nearly everyone on Steepster.

The tea is still very enjoyable, and has lots of flavor, and I will enjoy the one remaining cup very much. Hopefully, I am not yet past my usefulness, too!

I like magnolia flavor very much, and I think this tea was my first exposure to it. It is floral yet I think people who dislike some florals could like this one. I don’t detect anything that could be thought of as bubble bath the way some people feel jasmine can, and I feel badly done jasmine can. It is a lower floral note where I think of jasmine as quite high but soothing. It is less oily and powerful than rose to me, although I love rose.

I think it is a happy medium in the realm of floral flavors in tea.

Although I bought some long ago, this particular pouch was a gift from White Antlers. If you see this, thank you again and we miss you!


Hmm…now you’ve got me wondering if I have a TeaAve sample or two still squirreled away.

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An excellent tea, but my cupboard was too full and it was neglected and is now past its prime. Still tastes nice but isn’t holding a candle to its younger self.

I wanted a jasmine tea to enjoy outside since our three jasmine vines are all blooming right now.

This one is a little more astringent in its old age. The jasmine is much lighter and the peach nearly gone. The small bit that remains will be iced, and I will use my plain Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls for the rest of my rocker time by the vines this week.

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I had a sample of this from 2018 and had no peach flavor at all. Is it normally a pronounced note when the tea is fresh?


The peach is light tom me even when this is fresh. It was pretty much gone today but this is old.

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drank Shamrock Shenanigans by Cuppa Geek
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May sipdown prompts third trip through! – a tea flavored like a favorite baked good.

One of the most decadent desserts we make is Creme de Menthe Brownies. Superanna fell in love with them as a teen and always made them extra minty.

While this tea isn’t as minty as her brownies, it is as sweet and minty as the original recipe because I made a carafe to ice and sweetened it and had the foresight to give it time to chill and meld.

The marshmallows give that frosting vibe and the mint is the absolutely most perfect level for me. I confess to also sneaking a wee bit of it while it was still hot. Best mint black tea I have had.

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about twelve years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

I am also reviewing for Sororitea Sisters now!

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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