521 Tasting Notes


I forgot to log this tea from earlier today. Work totally distracts from the tea drinking experience. Rude.

I remember a lot of sweet syrup. Lightly malty. I was hoping for a roasty chocolate taste, but it was light this time. Not really how I remember it. Hm.

I need sleep.

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Sipdown! And about time.

This was old when I got it and it hasn’t improved with the 2 years I’ve owned it. It no longer tastes of delicate limes. Okay, it does, but only a hint. Mostly vegetal now. Still pretty smooth and enjoyable. I’ve acquired a bit of a sore throat so this hot cup is exactly what I need to feel better. :)

In other news, I just had to toss a quart sized jar of homemade apple sauce due to improper canning. sadness. The next jar we opened was perfectly fine though. Awesome!

aisling of tea

Oh thank God, I’m not the only one with teas that are two years old XD


I buy faster than I can drink. :(

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I wrote a note but it ran away. :(
Basically, the cut up leaf bits brewed up quick. It’s a bit astringent but still smooth and sweet enough to be quite the pleasant cup. Love the deep reddish brown.

For the second steep, I let it sit a long time in the water, then added cream. Mmm, this is good with cream. Seemed like it would be as it had the potential to be strong and very astringent. Best British style tea I’ve had in a while.

Now if only someone in this office would stop spraying air freshener, I’d enjoy this tea a lot more. Ugh. It doesn’t even smell in here or anything. What gives?

Oh, also turns out I’ve had this before. Still good!

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I love the smell of freshly brewed tea. I love the smell of the dry leaves. The warm heavy mug in your hands on a chilly morning. So lovely.

This particular tea is so comforting. Honey and autumn in the smell. Warm syrupy texture. So smooth! Reminds me of sugar in the raw.

Barely any taste lingers after the swallow, but I feel warm throughout now. If only I were home cuddled up with a pup instead of in this sterile office with all the useless politicking. I hate politics. I do really enjoy this tea though.

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Spring is definitely on it’s way! I think I can actually crack open the windows without getting dirty looks from my pups today. :) Okay, they might still give me dirty looks, but they live here for free so they’ll just have to huddle up and deal with it for a little while. They both think my lap is their personal heated bed anyways.

So this tea! Very nice! At first, I thought possibly a bit chocolatey, but it was likely the piece of chocolate I had before taking a sip. Now I"m more inclined to think a light malt on the swallow. A bit of prune. Smooth and sweet. Warm and lovely. Pleasantly drying.

I was a bit surprised by the little bits of dried leaf. I nearly spilled it all getting it out. I suppose, though, that it explains the briskness of this tea.

I don’t know what it is, but something about the smell of this makes me think of having tea in an English garden. I’m not even sure what an English garden looks like. I’m just envisioning myself in a nice summer dress, floppy hat and parasol while sipping tea with greenery all around me. Maybe it’s spring fever, actually.

I am, as always, amazed that one plant can have so many intriguing flavors. Can you get this level of complexity if you cultivated mint extensively?


Awww, love this review, the dogs, the English gardens, so very British!

Lol, my dog also thinks my lap is his own personal heated bed…he thinks he’s a poodle and forgets he weighs 100 pounds…I don’t!!


Aw thanks! I do love my pups even though they insist on drooling on me and pinning me down when they’re cold. :) fortunately for me, they are only 5 lbs each. Easy to shove off. :)

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I’m ashamed to say, I’ve had this tea for a long time and am only opening it now. The moment I smelled this though, I knew I would love it. Such a lovely toasted grain and honey aroma! Or like nectar heavy flowers. I can’t believe this tea isn’t actually full of honey and flowers!
Mmm ambrosia. I don’t think I’ve ever had an oriental beauty I liked so well.
I need to scrub off this chocolate lip balm before sipping next time though. :)

Happy Monday everyone!

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
521 tasting notes

So I’ve been away from Steepster for a bit. I come back and Holy Cow! Everything looks different! I think I like. :)
Anyway, this tea showed up with my monthly Lupicia newsletter. I had been on Whole 30 for the past month, so my diet was restricted to purely nutritious and beneficial foods. No cookies! I really missed sweets on some days. Thankfully, there was always tea. And this tea tastes like cookies! So I opened it up today and OMG it smells like those multi-layered wafer cookies with vanilla frosting in between every layer. Mmmmm…tastes like sweet childhood. :) After a few tasty sips, I added a few splashes of full fat coconut milk. Amazing addition! So creamy and luscious! I do think the caffeine content is rather high in this. I am positively buzzing! I may need to get some of this for those days where I feel like I need a little sweetness in my life.

Now it’s off to make healthy versions of Super Bowl foods. I don’t even like football. The things you do for love…


I had some of this tea yesterday. It is soooo good and comforting! It is going to have to go on my restock list!

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It’s been a cold few days. Pups are very clingy heat leeches lately. :)

THere’s nothing like a hot cup of tea on a cold day. It just warms you from the belly out.
This is a particularly nice green. The first impression is of a savory green. Like toasted soy beans. But there’s also a nice surprising sweet floral finish. I had two pieces of mint chocolate with this tea. very nice combo. :D

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! And I cannot agree with you more that there’s nothing like a hot cup of tea on a cold day.

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

My profile pic features my two lovable puppies, Mr. Snuggles and Sr. Caliente.


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