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80
drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
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This really does taste like grapefruit. Citrusy sour and sweet with a tiny hint of bitterness like you’d find when eating the actual thing.

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85
drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
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86
drank Rhubarb Vanilla Ale by Butiki Teas
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Another sad sipdown.

Tangy and fruity, but not overwhelmingly so, with some nice sweetness and a hint of spice from the hops. I get the feeling this would be amazing over ice or when cold brewed.

I think I might have to re-order this one, too, eventually.

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95
drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
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A sad sipdown.

I’ll miss this. Deliciously malty and smooth. Makes mornings easier to work through, coming from a person who is very much not a morning person. I do plan on restocking once I get my tea box further under control, haha.

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83

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I love how the subtle pine blends in beautifully with the buttery green tea base and scent of jasmine. I think I’ve mentioned before that I generally dislike jasmine because I often find it overwhelming for me, but I’m really glad I gave this a try because everything is wonderfully blended.

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100
reviewed Smart Soak by Mandala Tea
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This stuff is unbelievable. I got a sample of it from a Mandala order I placed a while back. Finally thought I’d try it out yesterday evening.

I have one fine mesh tea strainer that I’ve been using on an almost daily basis for the past three or four years. While I wash it regularly, over time it still accumulated a brownish tea-stain patina and while baking powder soaks helped get rid of some of it, it never completely went away.

Then I stuck the strainer in the Smart Soak for about thirty minutes.

The strainer looks brand-new. All those years of tea stains, gone. I’d forgotten how silvery the strainer looked originally.

I’m floored by how effective this stuff is.

Anna

Awesomeness! I don’t have a dishwasher here (that usually solves the problem for me) and I miss my shiny strainers.

Sil

i love this stuff!

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80

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I normally don’t like jasmine in my tea, but the mint really helps balance out the floral aspect. Very calming.

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75

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I was hoping I’d like this as much as I do the Sherlock blend, since this is currant and lapsang while Sherlock is oriental spice and lapsang, but for some reason, I couldn’t really taste the currant. So it pretty much tasted like an okay lapsang souchong. Hm.

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88

A sad sipdown. This was a wonderful morning tea, and I will certainly miss it. A smooth, gentle wake up in the mornings. I have yet to try out the tea that replaced it (I think it’s called Full Steam?) but I do plan on getting a tin once my tea stash has gotten a little more under control.

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77

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Definitely reminiscent of sitting around a campfire in the middle of the woods. This tea doesn’t just capture the smokiness of the fire, but also the smell of the outdoors. I usually associate red rooibos as tasting ‘woodlike’, but that works really well in this tea!

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Update: Have been occupied as of late with graduate program applications. I’ll still be on Steepster, but will mostly be in lurk-mode with the occasional review.

Brewing method is usually Western style for black teas (2-3 minutes at near-boiling), “grandpa style” for shu pu’ers and longjing, and gongfu (with a gaiwan) short steeps for sheng and the occasional shu pu’ers (two 5-second rinses, then 5, 10, 15-second steeps with a gradual increase in steep times to taste). The gaiwan is also used for oolongs though I sometimes use a brew basket if the gaiwan is occupied and I’m taking a break from pu’er.

I enjoy black teas, pu’er, and oolongs (leaning towards aged, cliff/Wuyi, or roasted/dark), depending on my mood. I don’t usually drink green tea but do enjoy a cup every so often.

My rating methods have changed over time and as a result, they’re very inconsistent. I plan to give my rating system an overhaul and will eventually get around to rescaling older ratings.

99 & 100: I will go to almost any lengths to keep this stocked in my cupboard.
90-98: I’m willing to or already do frequently repurchase this when my stock runs low.
80-89: I enjoy this tea, and I may be inclined to get more of it once I run out.
70-79: While this is a good tea, I don’t plan on having it in constant supply in my tea stash.
50-69: This might still be a good tea, but I wouldn’t get it myself.
40-49: Just tolerable enough for me to finish the cup, but I don’t think I’ll be trying it again any time soon.
Below 40: Noping the heck out of this cup/pot.

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