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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
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I think that Bamboozled from Davids is the only other bamboo tea that I’ve had. This one seems similar IIRC.
To me it’s mostly lemon grass with a hint of sweetness pineapple. Lemongrass isn’t my favorite and this is just ok for me. I would like this better if the other fruits came through more. Back into the box it goes.

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I don’t know much about yellow tea, so when I found this one in the box I had to try it.
Interesting – it’s not as subtle as white tea, it’s not as grassy as green tea, it’s not as floral/buttery/mineraly as oolong, it’s not black…. it’s definitely unique.
I’m not even sure what this is. It’s a light tea but without all the stuff I don’t normally like about green and green oolongs. Weird… a little fruity. Smooth, gentle, no bitter, no astringent.
I used half the sample that was in the box, and as much as I would like to play with this some more, I’m going to leave the last of it for someone else to experience. I think I like it, but it’s hard to wrap my head around it. I would try more yellow teas if they came my way.

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Lychee can be really good if done well and really bad if not. This one is pretty good. It’s lychee not just some generic fruit, the black base is present without being intrusive. I’m not getting any bitterness or astringency.
All in all I like this one – really nice fruity black tea.

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drank Hunny by Empress Tea House
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This one is honey rooibos. I feel like there is something weird in here – like just a hint of mint in the back. (Could be cross contamination). If that weird wasn’t there I think I would like this. The rooibos is nice and smooth, it’s sweet – nice.


I like the Pooh Bear spelling of Hunny. :)

Cameron B.

Me too, so cute! Think think think… ;)

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drank Baked Apple Pie by Teaopia
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I miss Teaopia. I understand that my tastes have changed, but I have fond memories of Teopia teas – Teavana just doesn’t have the same appeal for me.

This is a nice apple tea. Subtle cinnamon – don’t like apple teas that are overly cinnamon. It’s a little roasty from the oolong, it’s a little nutty, sweet apple, hint of cinnamon and vanilla. I like it.
Now if I could just find some creamy nut oolong…..


I actually have some of that left too, along with Teaopia’s Zen Chai – I can send one or both your way if you’d like. My tastes have changed since I bought them and I need to get rid of some tea before it takes over the entire kitchen. ;)


You have creamy nut oolong?!?!?! I would love you forever !!!!
I will swap anything, pay, whatever you want. :))


Was Teavana formerly known as Teaopia? Or was that another company altogether?


Teaopia was a Canadian tea store chain and Teavana bought them out and took over. Teavana kept a few of their blends of a few months but then stopped. Personally I thought Teopia was WAY better than Teavana, sad when they disappeared….


I found Steepster when I was doing a Google search for a replacement for creamy nut oolong. I LOVED that tea and I’ve never found anything close to it.


Agree about Teopia vs Teavana.


I’d be happy to trade it for something from your cupboard. Please follow me so we can exchange addresses. :)

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I received a sample of this with one of my Mandala orders.
I really shouldn’t be writing anything about this tea. I’m still pretty sick – not sure how true my taster is. I’m just tired of drinking lemon tea, ginger, honey etc. Desperately needed real tea tonight.
This is real tea. I’m finding it really malty, little yeasty (bready), hint of chocolate. It’s doing the trick. I have more and will try it again when I can actually breathe.


i really like this…and they’re good for carrying around with you instead of tea bags.


I… still haven’t tried mine. I really need to get on that.


Neat! I’ve never seen tea like that before.


Now I want some of these…


i’m actually only sad about not being able to get in on Mandala’s tea deal – trying to hold off on more puerh, but no qualms about buying tea…sadly i was on vacation heh

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Theteafairy sent me some of this and wrote on the package – for when you are sick. Well I’m sick. I’ve taken twice the recommended dose of Tylenol cold and sinus. I have a glob of Vicks under my nose and I still feel like I’m suffocating.
I can’t smell anything, I can’t tastes anything – I have no idea if I like this or not. I also don’t think it’s fair to say that the tea isn’t helping – I need more than tea to help this one.
Appreciate the sentiment fairy…..


Oh so sorry you are sick. Can you get fresh ginger. I swear it helps. Feel better!


Thanks – what am I suppose to do with fresh ginger?

Butiki Teas

Dexter, if you grate fresh ginger, I like to boil it in a pot of water for 20 minutes. You can even add a dash of cayenne to open nasal passages. I sometimes steep some plain tea in the ginger water after it is ready. Don’t use sugar if possible. Hope you feel better.


get better soon sweet Dexter


Hope you get better soon.


feel better!


Get better soon!


I have very easy recipe. Slice it thinly put some honey on top and chew it. Even my kids love it this way.


Yikes, be careful with the tylenol! Unlike most over the counter meds, that one is legitimately dangerous if you take more than the recommended amount. Try combining it with ibuprofen or naproxen instead?


Also, feel better soon. :) I always crave green tea with lots of honey when I’m sick.

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Tonight’s tea adventure come courtesy of scribbles – wonderful, caring, generous, amazing tea friend. She sent me a message awhile ago saying something like – “I was browsing through your cupboard and noticed a gaping hole, so I’m sending you some samples that I think you should try.” At the time I had about 300 teas in my cupboard and couldn’t really believe that I had any holes – but as always scibbles was correct…..

This tea, what can I say about this tea. This is everything I love about Yunnan black tea. This is exactly what it should be. It’s sweet – honey, it’s a little malty, it’s a little sweet potato, thre is just a touch of stone fruit hanging around in the back. It’s awesome. I’m not getting the smoke that others have mentioned. The leaves are beautiful – not really tippy, more of a combination of black and gold leaves. I love golden teas, but the black balances this nicely – makes it more tealike. Yep even in my exploded cupboard, there is room for this one.
Thank you scribbles for introducing me to yet another amazing tea.




Haha! :) I wish I was ‘always’ right, but in this case I’m happy I was! Nice photos!

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C.S. Lewis – “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

I needed to update my profile. I joined Steepster 03Mar13. I am just amazed at how much my tastes have changed since then.
When I discovered loose leaf tea about a year and half ago, I didn’t know anything other than my local Davids and Teavana/Teaopia. Stumbling onto Steepster CHANGED EVERYTHING.
Hello, my name is Dex I’m a tea addict.
I’ve been through the “I need to try every single tea out there” phase. I really hope the worst of that has passed. I’ve learned enough to know that I only need to try HALF of all the teas out there. LOL
When I started this journey, I was all about the flavored rooibos and fruity tisanes. Don’t get me wrong there is still room for dessert (chocolate/caramel/nutty) Rooibos teas in my cupboard and I still do enjoy them, BUT I am quickly learning to appreciate the some of the straight teas of the world.
Big bold (but not icky)pu’erh is suddenly my favorite, followed by woody/roasted oolongs. I’m just starting to explore straight black teas, and have found some that I really like.
Generally speaking I’m not into greens at all, only like the occasional green oolong, and white teas are just too mild for my tastes (unless they are fruit flavored). I still enjoy really good fruit tisanes, but am now cold steeping them.
I don’t like floral/herbal blends, and mint anything is not on my preferred list.
I am still exploring new teas, adapting to my changing tastes, understanding more every day how little I really know about tea. Ultimately I would love to find approximately 50 teas that I just “can’t live without” and always have them in my cupboard. That might not be practical, but that what I’m searching for. It’s going to be a fun journey.

All in all, I love this site. I’ve met some wonderful people, and have gotten to try some amazing teas because of them. It really restores your faith in humanity when you get a note saying “oh by the way I sent you some tea”. Wonderful, generous, people here.


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