First tea tried from *Dexter3657*’s box of goodies! I was a little flummoxed by “hot water” as a brewing instruction, but hoped it was implying “but not boiling” as I assumed and proceeded with water several minutes off the boil. Whether or not the water was right temperature, the tea came out very tasty! Had never heard of maple tea before Steepster, but as maple syrup is right up there on my list of necessary luxuries, knew I wanted to try one. Odd thing is that this smells almost exactly like Betjeman & Barton’s Luxury tea, but tastes more muted. Which is not a bad thing, as I found the Luxury a bit overpoweringly flavoured. I didn’t send you a sample of that, did I? I’d be very interested to see if you found the similarities I did between the two. Thanks for this & the many other teas yet to be tasted!

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Dexter

Yes you did send me some Luxury!!! When I mailed your box, I didn’t know Luxury was a maple tea. When I did figure that out, I was happy that I did send you some of the Stampede. Great minds think alike. I’ll try Luxury tonight and let you know.

Hallieod

Oh good – that will be interesting! Though the Luxury is billed as maple syrup and candied chestnuts, and I’d really thought the chestnut was more central to the aroma. Now I’m not sure!

Dexter

I like Luxury better than Stampede. I’ll write a tasting note, but it’s so interesting how different ones experiences can be. You thought Luxury was a little overpowering, Stampede more muted. I think Stampede is more “in your face” maple, while Luxury is more balanced with the sweet nutty balancing the maple. This is more subtle to me, but in a good way. Thank you for including. I really like it.

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Dexter

Yes you did send me some Luxury!!! When I mailed your box, I didn’t know Luxury was a maple tea. When I did figure that out, I was happy that I did send you some of the Stampede. Great minds think alike. I’ll try Luxury tonight and let you know.

Hallieod

Oh good – that will be interesting! Though the Luxury is billed as maple syrup and candied chestnuts, and I’d really thought the chestnut was more central to the aroma. Now I’m not sure!

Dexter

I like Luxury better than Stampede. I’ll write a tasting note, but it’s so interesting how different ones experiences can be. You thought Luxury was a little overpowering, Stampede more muted. I think Stampede is more “in your face” maple, while Luxury is more balanced with the sweet nutty balancing the maple. This is more subtle to me, but in a good way. Thank you for including. I really like it.

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I’ve been drinking tea pretty much all my life, allowing for the fact that there probably was no tea in my baby-bottles. I gave it up twice, once when a then-boyfriend sneered at me for being addicted (okay, I was, but I was also stubborn enough to bear a week of the blinding headaches and overwhelming exhaustion that followed cold-turkey withdrawal), and once on my first pregnancy. Neither experience gave me any reason to believe a life without tea is a good life.

Having spent most of my younger days in Ireland, where tea is everywhere, and mostly it’s decent, I whined my way across the States in the 80s and first half of the 90s. Now back in Dublin, and the tea situation is a bit mixed, but there’s the internet to provide what nearby shops don’t!

I started drinking green and white teas as well as my staple black a good few years ago now, but have recently decided I need to LEARN something more about tea than the little I know.

My likes:
- strong black tea blends; some flavoured blacks, such as Earl Grey and a small (but growing) number of other fruit and flower-flavoured ones; and chai. (For some daft reason, I feel like a tea fraud drinking sweet chai at home, though I’ll happily drink it out.)

- Chinese greens (may update this when I’ve learned enough to be more specific); some flavoured greens, especially if they’re made by the fabulous Yumchaa; Genmaicha; getting to like Sencha, as long as it’s not too bitter.

- White tea, pretty much as long as it’s good quality, I like it. Some flavoured ones are nice, though it’s easy to overpower the more delicate taste of white.

- Rooibos, which I know, I know, isn’t properly ‘tea’. (As above for Yumchaa flavoured rooibos – some of my favourites.)

Dislikes:
- Any black tea made by someone who doesn’t know you need BOILING WATER. (See above about the Whining Years.)

- Hibiscus in fruit-flavoured teas. Looks so pretty! Tastes so awful!

I’m working on trying to like Hojicha, which isn’t going too well yet. Jane Pettigrew describes it as “biscuity”, but unless she’s eaten a lot of cigarette-flavoured biscuits in her time, I don’t get it.

- Aniseed in spiced teas. (Just discovered this one for the dislike list today, in an otherwise-tasty chai. Don’t like the tongue-numbing effect.)

Indecisive, despite being opinionated – okay, very opinionated – so may just add notes rather than rating.

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