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And with that, I’ve finished another sample. I really like the decaf ceylon… it’s nearly like real tea, but I can drink a lot of it! Since I was finishing off the sample, I sweetened it up for an evening of web browsing and reading, and it’s serving me well. So long, decaf ceylon!

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This feels like a formal, girly cup of tea. It’s nice, but more proper than this morning calls for. :)


Tealuxe! I just went there today for the first time. :)


Fun! I hope you liked it! Tealuxe is one of my favorite places, and I always make sure to go a few times when in Boston or Cambridge. Of course, I’m not sure if I’d be quite as enamored if I had one nearby that I could pop into whenever. :)

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Just had a cup of this with soymilk at a local coffee shop/cafe. It was a lovely iced treat for the beginnings of spring!

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drank Monks Blend by Tealuxe
828 tasting notes

I kicked off the morning with this one. As it was steeping, I began to realize I smelled something an awful lot like children’s cough syrup. Oh right… the grenadine! When sipping the really hot tea, I couldn’t get past the smell. Then… I had a granola bar with chocolate chips in it. As I sipped the really warm tea between bites, it became a really good cup of tea! Then, once the bar was gone, it was a bit off again. So, lesson learned: always have chocolate with this tea. That’s a win-win-win for me! :)


Hi Lauren, I have this one at home (through the Metropolitan Tea Company wholesaler). You’re so right – it definitely needs some sort of help to turn it into something great. Either food, or cream & sugar gives it the flavor live it needs. I believe this one is Ceylon based tea, so the Grenadine can easily over-power the taste of the tea if not balanced properly. I like your chocolate add too! Perhaps you can through some chocolate chips with the tea into the pot to make your own mixture so you don’t have to have it with a chocolate granola bar every time. Then again you might not want to forgo the bar! :)


Amyb, good to know!! I’ll have to experiment with cream and sugar in the near future… but the chocolate chips idea sounds fantastic, too. The only problem with that is I’m going to have to wait to get home to try one of these variations! :)

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Around 2:00 today my energy totally faded. So, I had a cup of this. I love it. The toasted rice, the extra green quality, the matcha… it’s comfort in a cup!

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This is the coziest tasting tea in my cupboard. Every sip is part tea, part earl grey, and part comfort. I especially like that though there’s strong flavoring to this tea, it’s still clearly tea. A lovely way to kick off this week!

Update: The baby might love this tea, too, as he’s kicking around a lot more than is typical at this time of day. That, or he hates it. I’m going to go with love, though. :)

Another Update: This tea is best pretty hot. As it cools to the temperature which I normally prefer my tea, it’s a bit bitter.

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Who knows…you may be developing a mini-steepster in utero :o) (Suddenly I’m hearing the Muppet Babies theme song: Steep—-ster Babies, there’s nothing we can’t do; Steep—-ster Babies, put on a pot to brew…)


LOL, fun song! Hopefully he’ll be someone I can share a good cup with. ;)


I’m still working on my high school sophomore; he likes the THEORY of tea drinking, but in practice, we haven’t landed on anything he likes.

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I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


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