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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
470 tasting notes

I went to pick up some cream soda from the drugstore, and lo and behold they had a display of the Bigelow seasonal teas! Personally, I like bagged tea. Loose leaf is superior in almost every way but sometimes you just want it to be really simple. And when I’m sick/busy/lazy, bagged tea is what I turn to. So I’ve been on the hunt for these and the Celestial Seasonings ones as well! Oh and the Stash White Christmas if I find it laying around.

This smells SO strongly of eggnog! One of my favorite holiday treats, bu the dairy does make me a bit nauseous. So I love tea substitutes! With milk and sugar this has a really strong eggnog flavor and a mild black tea taste. Super delicious! Without additions it’s not really very strong tasting, but with them it’s great. Like a creamy chai. I think I’ll have no trouble blowing through a box of these this holiday season. Now to find Candy Cane Lane!

gmathis

A favorite of mine, too. Bigelow and Twinings are good, reliable stand-by bagged brands. Allowing for the occasional “that’s just not my flavor” I have found few of either company that I didn’t think was good.

gmathis

…and cream soda! Yum! Haven’t had that in ages!

Alphakitty

Twinnings is definitely my go-to bagged tea company, I adore their Lady Grey and their Lemon & Ginger and Peppermint I absolutely can’t live without when I am sick!

Lynxiebrat

Mmmm Drat…for days been missing A&W’s Cream Soda, the only cream soda that I’ve gotten addicted to. (Well ok I did like New York Seltzer’s Cream Soda alot too.)

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After being held hostage by my post office, my Halloween order from Della Terra is finally here! Of course even thought it’s now the Christmas season I had to try the most Halloween-y of my new teas first.

Probably the best thing about this blend is the color. It’s green! A perfect witch’s brew. In the bag it smells candy-sweet and kind of overwhelmingly fruity, but once brewed up it’s much more mellower. It reminds me of a calmer Mother of Pearl, only a bit more tropical from the passion fruit. I’m only getting a hint of pineapple, with passion fruit/mango as the dominant flavors. The rooibos is wayyy in the background which I really like, no weird medicinal taste with a slight woodiness. A nice fruity tea, and probably a great one to serve to guests just to see how they react to dark green tea!

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I am so behind on tasting notes! I have officially vanquished NaNoWriMo and am currently at 55k, but I’m only finally getting to the third and final arc of my book so my writing is far from over. As such, I’ve been devoting all my writing time to it and not to Steepster, though I have tried to keep up on everyone else’s tasting notes and threads!

I got this in a very generous swap with Dinosara. Raspberry + earl grey? Hell yes, sign me up! In the bag this smells intoxicating, super yummy and fruity. Since I got it I’ve tried it both cold brewed and hot, and I like it equally both ways. Cold brewed the raspberry is very prominent and quite authentic and juicy. Hot it has a rich black base, strong for an EG but I don’t mind it. The bergamont is subdued but nicely citrus-y both ways, and it’s distinctly an Earl Grey. This is definitely a tea I could see adding to my permanent rotation since I don’t have a solid fruity EG—maybe I’ll have to try out some of Ovation’s other blends before I make a decision!

Nik

Congratulations on your NaNoWriMo’ing! =)

Lynxiebrat

Hmm now that sounds very good. I’m kind of back and forth about regular EG, (I like it but the Bergamot is often to strong or too weak.) Plus…I adore raspberry flavored stuff.

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drank Chai Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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NaNoWriMo has made me kind of forget to do things like… eat, or sleep. I get so caught up in writing that I look up and it’s 8:30 and all I’ve had so far is a small bowl of cereal. Considering that I have low blood sugar and not eating in regular intervals makes me very ill, that is not a good combo! So I wander into the kitchen and think man, I want some hot chocolate. Okay it’s not dinner, but I need some sugar!

In college one of the dorm standbys was 1 cup milk + 1 spoonful nutella = the best hot chocolate ever. So I stood there whisking my concoction thinking that it would probably be good with some cinnamon, maybe a little nutmeg. Chai spices, yeah! And then it dawned on me: chai matcha. So yes, I am drinking Chai Matcha Nutella Hot Chocolate right now and it is the greatest thing ever. I think this would probably work with tons of flavors (berry nutella, caramel nutella, cheesecake nutella…) so if you have milk, matcha and nutella you should go do this RIGHT NOW. Well maybe not right now but try it, it’s fantastic.

momo

Um, last week I had cookies and cream frozen yogurt with nutella and now I am really going to need to make this with my cookies and cream matcha!!!

Helena

That sounds quite yummy :D

Nik

Need. Neeeeeed. I’m pretty creative with my random concoctions but I never would have thought of this. I am a Nutella addict, but I guess it wouldn’t have occurred to me that it would melt properly. So awesome, thank you for sharing!

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I have been neglecting my Steepster friends! NaNoWriMo has kind of taken over my life, and every time I think about writing a tasting note my brain goes “noooo, you could use those 200+ words in your book!” I shamefully admit that I haven’t even kept up with everyone else’s tasting notes!

But on the bright side I should hit 36k words tonight—I am actually shooting for about 80k words instead of 50k, which should be enough to wrap up my plot. And then I get to do national novel editing month, haha. Anyway, I’ve been drinking this tea hot and iced kind of nonstop. It’s become my inspiration tea. I grew up on Earl Grey so when I think of ‘tea’ it is the first thing that comes to mind, and this is one of my absolute favorite kinds. Plus, you know, it’s nice to have a tea with a name based on a book when you’re writing!

Invader Zim

Wow, that’s awesome! Keep writing, I’m sure Steepster will still be here when you get back! And Earl Grey, hot :)

Michelle

Is NaNoEdMo a thing? :)

Alphakitty

December is NaNoEdMo! Because when you’re churning out so many words a day it’s bound to get a bit messy haha

gmathis

EdMo-ing hurts!

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drank Chestnut Green Tea by Lupicia
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Oh man, this is one delicious tea. This is another one I wasn’t sure about but it’s a seasonal blend so I wanted to snag it before it’s gone. Chestnut is kind of a finnicky flavor, but once again Lupicia has nailed it.

It actually smells heavily of caramel. It’s like caramel-covered chestnuts! Sweet, dense, and delicious. It is a really nostalgic taste, it reminds me of childhood. The green base goes perfectly and keeps it from being too heavy or sweet. It’s like airy holiday treats in a glass! I am seriously so in love with this tea. It also stands up to tons of infusions: I’ve done one hot brew and two cold brews with the same leaves!

Sil

wow nice that it stands up to infusions!

Awkward Soul

Doh, your tealogs are starting to convince me to stop procrastinating on doing a Lupicia order.

Finn88

Me too…never heard of them and then I read her reviews…

Alphakitty

I really can’t recommend Lupicia enough! If you like well-done fruit flavors they’re totally amazing.

Nik

Mmf-guh. Sounds so good!

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I’ve almost hit 10,000 words on NaNoWriMo and the 3rd day isn’t even over… I’ve decided I need to cut myself off and cool down with some tea reviews! I also can’t sleep, and writing about tea is pretty soothing.

I think this is the tea I meant to order when I got their Jasmin Mandarin last time. Not, you know, exactly—but I thought the Jasmin Mandarin had actual mandarin orange in it and was hoping for a light citrusy green. Sadly it’s just a jasmine tea (which I ended up giving to my mom!) but this is essentially what I was looking for. It’s an oolong not a green tea, but that’s even better! I love oolongs.

In the bag this smells SUPER overpowering, and fake. But I trust Lupicia, and brewed it’s very light. Japanese Tangerines are sweet but also a bit bitter, like marmalade, and that transfers over to the tea. It’s very lightly citrusy, with some floral qualities from the oolong downplaying the “bite.” It’s one of the most refreshing blends I have ever had, and I bet this would be perfect for a hot summer day. It’s good all year round though, since I associate clementines and similar fruits (like tangerine!) with Christmas. I think this would make a really good brine for a nice holiday chicken actually! Mmm, maybe with some cloves.

(Also, is it just me or do the tangerine bits/candies in the photo look like gummy bears?)

Nik

It’s not just you, they totally look like gummy bears! Being very sensitive to bitterness, I’m a bit worried that it wouldn’t be downplayed enough by the floral influence, but jasmine+something orangey is a hard combination to resist. Adding to my shopping list. :D

Mercuryhime

Sounds yummy!

Mercuryhime

Also, wow! 10,000 words in three days!

Angrboda

Wow, you’re doing crazy well!

Azzrian

They TOTALLY look like gummie bears! I think that every time I visit the lupicia site. LOL

Fjellrev

w00t congrats on hitting 10000. :D

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When writing I like to drink complex teas, ones that grab the imagination and put it to work. I think this blend fits the bill more than any other one in my cupboard: Yabao on its own is almost infinitely complex and then you add in floral notes, a bit of berry, creamy vanilla, a pop of citrus. Every sip is like an adventure, and it helps stir my creative juices. One of my absolute favorite teas!

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drank Moonlight Osmanthus by Lupicia
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I am going to keep this one brief since I am NaNoWriMoing! I’ve flung myself head-first into it and am currently at 7,456 words… on day 2. And it’s not even over. I am amazed at myself! I keep double-checking in case I calculated it wrong. But unless Word is telling me terrible lies, yup, almost 7,500 words! Hooray! However, it’s not a “new” project: it’s a book that I’ve been wanting to do for months, so I suppose having the scenes planned out makes the writing part smoother.

Anyway, this tea! I love osmanthus but I’ve only had it with green or oolong tea. So when I saw this at Lupicia it was really what pushed me into a big order. I’ve loved all of my teas so far, so definitely a happy purchase!

This blend is GORGEOUS. The osmanthus flowers are whole and look like little stars in the black “sky” of the tea. I definitely know why it has the name ‘Moonlight Osmanthus’, it’s like nighttime in a cup. The smell is very faint but has that distinct citrusy-floral tang. Interestingly enough, this tastes almost like a green tea. In fact, when my bf tried some he almost didn’t believe me when I told him it was a black blend. It does have some soft malty black quantities, but it’s a very soft and gentle tea. The osmanthus is nicely citrus-y but soft, like… well, moonlight! Such an evocative name for an evocative tea. The interplay of floral and citrus is perfect, and so so delicate. If you like lightly flavored/scented teas this will probably be right up your alley, it’s an elegant and dainty cup.

Sil

Good luck with your writing! You can do it!!!!!

Nik

sigh I’m so not surprised you’re NaNoWriMoing. I love your tasting notes! Congrats on your wonderful progress thus far. =)

Alphakitty

Thank you both! I’ve always been kind of intimidated by NaNo, but now that I am doing it, it’s SO much fun!

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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
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I’ve found that you can make the most delicious cocktail ever with this.

Iced Bangkok + pineapple juice + guava paste + dulce de leche + rum

The guava and dulce need to be room temp so you can mix them together into a syrup. Pour into the Bangkok + pineapple, add a splash of rum, and perfection!

Sil

oh man that sounds soooo good. the cocktail that is lol

Hesper June

Oh my! That sounds delish!

Nik

I am having to bookmark your tasting notes because you keep sharing awesome recipes (please don’t stop). Thank you. :D

Alphakitty

Thank you~ I really like experimenting with tea so I definitely will have more to share!

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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