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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #6

Second cup of the morning. I’m not the greatest fan of Guayusa, but I do find it helps to give me a bit of a boost on a morning, and I can tolerate it in a flavoured blend. This one is pretty good. The hibiscus hides most of the earthiness, although a little still pokes through. The berries and cream flavour is the thing I really love about this one. If only it were a black base, I think it might have been love. As it stands, I like it, but it probably wouldn’t be one I’d particularly seek out.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #5

It’s probably no surprise that I really like this one, given that it’s blended from two Assams and a Ceylon. They’re my two favourite black tea varieties, after all! Among those, Dinjoye Estate Assam is one of my favouites from Butiki, so it’s a no-brainer, really! I gave 1.5tsp of this one three minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk.

True to form, this one is intensely malty. It’s the kind of sweet, bready deliciousness that’s worth getting up for. I think that’s probably the biggest compliment I can pay a breakfast tea, given that I am totally not a morning person. I can also taste something citrussy playing around in the background, which adds the tiniest hint of bitterness to an otherwise sweet blend. It’s not quite bergamot, I don’t think, but heading in that direction. Orange peel, perhaps. I can feel a repurchase coming on, naughty old me!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #4

Another fabulous black that I’ll miss from my cupboard. Once I’ve finished off a couple more of my Whispering Pines teas, I’m definitely going to place another order. Primarily plain blacks, I think. This one pales a little in comparison to Teavivre’s Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tip, but it’s still pretty good. Fruity, malty, sweet. Genuinely lovely tea!

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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drank Assam #8 by Tealux
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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #3

Finished this one off while watching the end of Wallander on BBC4 last night. It was about 10.15pm, and on reflection I probably shouldn’t have had black tea that late at night. I listened to some Red Hot Chilli Peppers for a while before I went to bed, and then had some pretty disturbing dreams about an ex boyfriend, so I guess the combination wasn’t a great one.

The tea was good, though, so I can’t regret it that much. Fruity, malty, perfection. On balance, I’m pretty sure I still prefer Butiki’s PTA, but this one runs a close second, and would do in a pinch. Another sad farewell.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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This is such a pretty tea. There are loads of rosebuds, and large quantity of lemongrass…I can’t see much in the way of white tea, but maybe I’m just being blind. Either that, or I need to give my bag a shake! It looks beautiful, but the moment I took a sip I knew we weren’t going to be friends. Because, oh my goodness guys, liquorice root! It’s my new nemesis. I’m finding this freshly born hatred a little strange, because I don’t think I’ve ever really minded it until very recently. Now, if it’s in a blend, it’s somehow all I can taste. A little like hibiscus, in that respect.

It’s so artificially sweet, and it sticks around at the back of my throat. Ugh. The second strongest flavour is lemongrass, and the rose is more a scent that floats over the top of the other two flavours. I would like this if it weren’t for the liquorice root. The combination of the lemongrass and rose is quite nice, and I can see a white base suiting this tea well. The problem is, I can’t taste anything except liquorice root. I might investigate the possibility of removing the pieces I can see from my sample bag, and seeing if that improves things. Hopefully it does, or sad to say this isn’t one I’m going to be able to finish. Grumpy face.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #2

This is my current favourite “pie” tea, and I somehow doubt that it’ll ever be surpassed. It’s awesome Butiki amazingness, for starters. The strawberry/rhubarb flavour is tart yet sweet, and there is actually a discernable pastry note. It’s buttery, fruity, sweet, and it tastes like PIE. Love it!

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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So, boys and girls, Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend is underway! This is the first, and hopefully by Monday evening I’ll be back under 300. Say yay!

I enjoyed every cup of this. It’s deliciously malty, but it has slight elements of smoke that counteract some of the inherent sweetness. There are some cocoa notes, also. I said pretty much everything I had to say about this one in my first note, but it’s a wonderful assam that I’ve really enjoyed having in my cupboard. A sad farewell.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

i hope you make it! good luck!

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I fled from my cold brewed Aniseed Balls to this mild, buttery, creamy wonderfullness. Sorry I doubted you, Quangzhou Milk Oolong. You’re great.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Today’s cold brew. It’s confirmed for me once and for all that I don’t like liquorice root. I know I said I didn’t mind Teapigs Liquorice and Peppermint last time I tried it, but I had a cold, guys. I couldn’t really taste it. I didn’t mind this one hot, interestingly enough — the hibiscus seemed to come out more that way. Cold, this is liquorice and stevia central. It’s all I can taste, and it’s lingering at the back of my throat in all its intensity.

It does taste a bit like Aniseed Balls. A lot, in fact, like the sweet sugar shell. I never thought I’d find myself wishing I could taste more hibiscus, but I do at the moment. It’s fruity tartness would at least go some way towards toning the sugar down here.

So — lesson learned. Aniseed Balls is not a good cold brew choice. I will ALWAYS drink this hot from now on.

Iced 8 min or more

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This is a surprising tea. For some reason, I was expecting it to be quite musty in flavour, probably because that’s one of the things I associate with cloves, and there are a lot of cloves in the dry mix. I was distracted from that for a moment by the prettiness of this blend, though. It contains yellow, red and green leaves and flowers, and looks very fresh and natural! That’s no surprise — a lot of Bluebird teas are very picturesque. I allowed my water to cool to about 180, and then added 1tsp of leaves for around 3 minutes.

The predominant flavor is apple, followed by cinnamon and clove. I’m pleased the apple came through so well, as I had been concerned that it would be disguised by the spices. Instead, it’s sweet and sort of baked in flavour, with the spices adding an element reminiscent of apple pie filling! The green base is right here, I think — it adds a crisp, vegetal freshness that is probably helping the apple along a little. It’s light and fairly subtle, vaguely sweet, and very smooth. The whole combination makes for an easy to drink, tasty cup! I can see this one being pleasant any time of year, but a warm summer evening adds a little holiday ambiance! Another winning blend from Bluebird :)

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 28, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

In addition to Steepster, I also write for the SororiTea Sisters. My reviews there will typically be posted here also, although typically in a shorter format. Any teas I’m sent specifically for review will only appear in full on the SororiTea Sisters website, with only a short introduction and link to my review here.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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