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This has become the tea that I bring into work when I can’t think of anything else I want. It’s always satisfying.

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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So comforting and warm. This is far and away one of the best Adagio flavored blacks.


I agree, I’ve enjoyed my sample of this too. My experience with Adagio doesn’t stretch far enough as to whether I think it’s one of their best, but it’s definitely a flavour that suits the tea.

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drank Spearmint by Adagio Teas
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Another tin gone! Woohoo! I’ll be getting a bunch of samples in swaps this week (thanks, everyone!), but I haven’t made a tea purchase since mid-December, which is a big deal for me. This is a nice, soothing tea for Sunday night.


I have this in a huge tin which will need refilling soon believe or not. I drink it all the time and absolutely love it!

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drank MateVana by Teavana
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Today I’m going to use my brand spanking new gym membership for the first time, so I need a little kick to wake me up before I go.

The other big project for the day is planning my itinerary for my trip to Austin next weekend. Zhi Tea’s HQ is on my list (yay!) – anyone have any other places, tea or non-tea-related, to recommend?

Pamela Dean

I’m in San Antonio. Here’s my Austin tea places list (other than Zhi):

The Tea Embassy
900 Rio Grande St. 78701
512-330-9991, Fax 512-480-4202
[email protected]

The Steeping Room
2406 S. 2nd Street 78704
[email protected]
specialty tea shop and tearoom


Tea Embassy is on my list, as well. Hadn’t heard of The Steeping Room. Thanks!

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drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
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Was a long night last night, so I’m feeling kind of zombiefied this morning, and I have to go out in the -15 wind chill to run a bunch of errands. So yeah, I needed this.


EEP. That’s cold.

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Split a pot of this with a friend tonight. Box is half gone, and I didn’t buy a backup. Tears.


I have most of a box that I bought this Dec. Would you like me to send it to you? I am trying to “free my teas” this year and not hang on to tea I won’t drink. I didn’t care for it, so I just kept a few bags to try blending with something else since I do love the scent.


Hah, I’m trying to “free my teas,” as well, but this is an exception since it’s limited edition. Would you be interested in a trade?


Sure! I saw your list of Adagio sampler you’re looking to free: is the White Cucumber still available? I am curious to try it, or the Vanilla Oolong (2nd choice). Send me your address at AUSTENTATIOUS2003 GMAIL COM and I’ll get the SCSR out to you this week.

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I have to be in the mood for it, but when I am, I really like jasmine teas. This is a good basic one. May have oversteeped, though.

Wiseman Tea Co.

I find Jasmine to be the most energizing green tea. I’m not sure why but I always tend to understimate it. I’ll have a cup and toss and turn for hours lol

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I was craving this tea today, though I’m still not entirely sold on it..

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drank Mango by Caribou Coffee
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Stopped by my semi-regular Caribou Coffee this morning. I’ve tried their teas a few time and was NOT impressed; the Irish Breakfast and Jasmine were pretty dreadful. So I decided to go for something new today and it paid off. This was way, way better than the other teas of theirs that I’ve tried, and was actually pretty good in its own right. Not bitter at all, full of juicy sweetness, and not too tart like some mango teas I’ve tried. Kind of want to buy a box.

Also, both of our hot water dispensers are down at work, so I can’t make tea and it’s driving me nuts.


Stage a protest at work. NO TEA, NO PEACE! NO TEA, NO PEACE!


It was going to come to that. Thankfully, one came back up not long after I wrote this. The other is down until sometime next week.

Wiseman Tea Co.

Uh oh you may need to resort to a hot plate on your desk. The caribou by us has a spiced rooibos that is pretty good. I haven’t tried any of the other options though.

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This scared the bejesus out of me when I opened the tin. A friend who summers in Maine got three of these Shaker teas for my birthday in August. I hadn’t opened them until now, because they were all herbals, which I don’t drink a ton of.

The leaves were packed very tightly in the tin, and were almost molded together and very dusty. I thought this might be completely expired or something, but I decided to forge ahead and make a pot.

This is actually really, really tasty. It has a very pure raspberry flavor that’s so refreshing after so many raspberry teas flavored with that chemical, catch-all berry flavor. And a great aftertaste of fresh raspberries.

I may go through this tin very quickly after not opening it for 6 months..


Oooh! This looks interesting and yummy!


Sounds good- their name is cute too!


I was just thinking the same thing rabbysmom!

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I’m (almost) always up for a trade, so comment on a tasting note if you’re interested. I try to keep my cupboard up to date.

I’m a 23 year-old grant writer who loves having a good strong tea by my side as I write. I love The Mountain Goats, cooking, the Steelers, writing, beer, and singing in my office band.



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