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drank Shamrock Shenanigans by Cuppa Geek
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May prompts 2 – 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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drank Orange Creamsicle by Cuppa Geek
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Second trip through the May prompts – a soda tea.

I made this extra strong and extra sweet so it was a syrup and added it to cold Perrier. It made a nice enough tea soda but I love it hot and also flat and cold. I think there is only enough for one more big pot. The black tea base is nice and doesn’t get drowned out by the orange and cream flavors. This was a really great tea. I MIGHT be slightly more in live with Jaffa Cakes.

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drank Carol by Lupicia
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Second trip through the May prompts and drinking the same strawberry tea because I think this and the decaf version are all the strawberry I have. And it wasn’t listed in my cupboard? How?

Delicious strawberry flavor, resteeps well, awesome with an everything bagel this morning. Yum!

Shae

Oh I love this one. Is the decaf version pretty close?

ashmanra

It is! I love having a nighttime option of a tea we love!

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drank Sakura Premium by Lupicia
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Although I love many teas, I tend to gravitate toward black teas for western and oolong for gong fu.

But this darjeeling….a gift from Superanna, of course.

This contains salted cherry leaf, thus Sakura in the moniker. It does not taste like cherries, FYI. When I first had their Sakura Vert I fully expected a fruity green tea and it certainly was not.

From the moment the water hit the leaves, I was patting myself on the back for choosing this for breakfast. (Ashman is away at the Woodwright’s School so breakfast is simpler today. I really am not sure how he would react to this one.)

This smells rich and briny or brothy, and how does a tea actually smell thick? But it does.

The golden tea has the characteristic darjeeling astringency but at the same time, a rich and almost oily mouthfeel. Those muscatel darjeeling notes hang in there with the salted cherry leaf and linger linger linger. Breathe deep as you take a slow sip, then swish a moment. And keep enjoying the tea for ten minutes after it is gone.

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drank Capri by Harney & Sons
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I am drinking Capri again on my second journey through the May prompts, but this time to fulfill the lemon tea prompt.

I ordered this for the fig, but I find none. Not hot, not cold, not sweetened, not unsweetened.

It is, however, a brisk and assertive tea with lemon and vanilla. The dry leaf aroma is very enticing and I thought I was getting a silky cup of lemon and vanilla tea, but the actual beverage is less dessert-y and more “goes with dessert”. It went well with blueberry waffle breakfast.

I do like it, it just isn’t figgy.

Skysamurai

I haven’t had a good figgy tea in a while either. The best I had was at a place in Chicago called Eggspereince. They had a small-town shop supply their tea and I wish I had bought more of the stuff cause it was so good. Fig Green was the name of the tea.

ashmanra

I wonder if they ship? I do have Golden Hour which is so fruity good!

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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I bought Cookie for Ashman’s stocking because he is the cookie monster. He love sweets and has a weakness for pink frosting. He proposed within thirty minutes of me giving him a pound cake.

This will be round two May prompts – tea with the flavor of a favorite baked good.

Since yesterday’s tea was too sweet with our breakfast, I tried this one today. Although it is called Cookie, I knew it was the year round version of one of their Christmas teas that isn’t especially sweet. It went well enough with breakfast plain.

It is cloudy and we have a cool breeze and the drizzle is making it feel like comfort food weather. For lunch I made soup and sandwiches and we would often have chocolate milk with this particular lunch, but today I suggested following Lupicia’s suggestion to add milk and following other reviewer’s suggestion to add sugar. We would be getting less sugar in the long run compared to chocolate milk.

I made a big pot and added the milk and sugar before bringing it to the table so we could just pour and not have to adjust every cup.

Ashman LOVED it that way. He said he felt like he was having a really good hot chocolate. There was no chocolate flavor, it was just the vibe. I felt like a spice flavor – hint of cinnamon? – was present this way that I did not detect before. This is probably how I will serve this tea from now on.

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drank Tropical Vibes by Cuppa Geek
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An herbal tea – second time through the May prompts!

I love this so much. I made a lot – a LOT – last night. I sneaked a hot cup, made a large glass unsweetened just for me, and a carafe sweetened for both me and the Ashman. Often, if I love an herbal iced and sweet, I don’t love it hot, but this is an exception.

I was a little worried about whether the coconut would be going off but it isn’t. It is perfectly good. I was tempted to save the last of this for high summer, but I am afraid the coconut will eventually get rancid and then I would be very unhappy to have missed out on one of my favorite herbals blends in history ever. So even though we are swinging between horrifically hot and muggy to cloudy with a slight chill (this morning) I am going to start working on a sipdown of this one and will enjoy every coconutty, fruity sip.

It is so rich, refreshing, and full bodied. Who could ask for anything more?

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
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Lunchtime leftovers of a falafel gyro from yesterday! Prompt number three is for a tea with muscatel notes and I can’t find any darjeeling so I will repeat this one, but iced!

I actually sweetened it and flash chilled it, even though no tea has ever tasted awesome that way to me. Mother was right, iced tea tastes best made a day ahead, and even better two days. At first sip I thought I was going to be heavily disappointed even though I love it so much hot, but as I drank it, it seemed to improve.

It was good flash chilled, it would be much better and would pretty awesome made a day ahead, but would also probably be good flash chilled and unsweetened, because to me it is always the sweetness that makes a flash chill tea not seem balanced. And it is awesome hot and unsweetened in my book!

Shae

I did this today too and I wholeheartedly agree that iced tea is so much better at least a day ahead. I just ended up with a cup of watery mediocrity.

Mastress Alita

I just can’t make “hot tea” and “ice it”… it always tastes “wrong” to me. I have to chill overnight in the fridge, regardless of if I coldbrew or brew-hot-then-chill.

ashmanra

Mastress Alita: I agree 100%!

ashmanra

Shae: Watery mediocrity is a perfect descriptor!

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drank Eleven by Cuppa Geek
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May Prompt 2nd time through! A geeky tea…

I forgot this doesn’t pair well with sweet things because it is so very sweet on its own, and I served it with our breakfast of blueberry waffles with blueberry syrup and whipped cream.
(Ashman is off the rest of the week to do some painting and repairs so I will be cooking more and drinking more tea.)

It is so maple-y and sweet and would have been good with a savory breakfast or on its own, but with what we had, it was not a good pairing and that is all on me. My bad. The tea is light because of the oolong base and really sweet from the cinnamon chips and such.

A better choice would have been Golden Molkabari or Bailin Gongfu Black, but thise wouldn’t fulfilled my prompt! Ha ha!

Shae

That breakfast sounds delicious!

ashmanra

It is our standard Saturday and Sunday breakfast but he gets it several extra days this week since he is off, and he will be going out of town Saturday and missing out on it.

We go through streaks though, and for many months we just had bagels and tea followed by lemon biscotti. Now it is the waffle streak!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Round 2 through the May prompts!

I hope to do three rounds through the May prompts this month. On round 2 I get to note my real cupboard absolute must have – the Queen.

I was up half the night worried about Sam the King of Dogs who seems to be having some gastric distress, and I really needed something to both encourage and comfort this morning. A blend of three Chinese black teas, this is just the ticket with its wisp of smoke and bready flavor.

Veronica

I hope Sam is ok!

ashmanra

Thank you, Veronica! He seems much better today. I am a tired wreck, though! Ha ha!

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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.

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