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sipdown!

This is a nice little black tea. It’s smooth while not feeling “wimpy” or light…I could see this being sort of an everyday breakfast kinda tea for me if i do a reorder with upton sometime. There’s almost a sweetness to it that’s hiding in the background but not like some of stacy’s teas. It’s really is like a keemun without the smokey notes, not that i mind those in my keemuns :)

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SIPDOWN! yes that’s right…until i have to leave we’re going to see a bunch of these lol I planned out all my teas last night so that i can get to 190 or explode trying haha

Dropping the rating on this one a little since the last time i drank this as there’s an astringency here that i don’t like that much especially when comparing it to the other black im also drinking (just for you whatshesaid)
I really like the aroma of this tea and the initial sips, but then there’s a taste in the back end that isn’t all that wonderful and ruins the sip for me.

I have to say though, that this is why i love upton samples. They’re great value since even me and my giant cups can get 2-3 cups out of them and while the packages aren’t resealable, they keep the smells out very well with just a bit of tape to hold them closed. While i don’t love most of their flavoured teas (the tisanes are ok) i really like that i can try out a HUGE list of straight teas. I also love that they put the packaging date on the lable AND if you’re doing a shared order you can add the names to the labels so that when they arrive you just put the teas away according to the name on the label :)

TastyBrew

Yeah, their website kills me, but the samples and the labeling are awesome. I love ordering like 20 samples and getting that big box in the mail. It’s like christmas since I normally have forgotten what all I added to my cart so each time I pull out a a tea I’m stoked all over again.

Sil

haha yeah their website is pretty old school ghetto but it’s great AND not sure if it’s still the case, but their brew baskets were the cheapest out there since they’ve been on sale since like christmas?

Cavocorax

Hee- planning your samples is exactly what I would do. Hope you make it! It’s been fun watching your numbers drop.

Sil

lol well i aim to amuse. If i wanted to cheat, technically according to my steepster cupboard i’m at 186 right now…but there are 10 teas that i’m not putting into my steepster cupboard because they’re randoms from china…so 6 more to go!

Terri HarpLady

Wow, I just visited the upton page, & I see what you guys are talking about. It’s really kind of overwhelming!

Sil

Terri – they will send you a paper catalog if you request it which, while it kills trees, I find MUCH easier to flip through and figure out orders with before using the website.

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
4043 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!
I tried this cold to see if i love this any better and while it’s not as bad as it was hot, it’s still no winner. Again it’s mostly a generic bland sort of tea that has kinda of a fruity, grassy taste to it. oh well, glad to have tried it!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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sipdown! and thanks to raritea for this one. While this IS a green oolong, it’s also jsut kinda hanging out being a slightly flavourful water. This is a tea that i could take or leave but will never drive me to hating it OR loving it. it’s just kind of there…

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SIPDOWN!

Dropping the rating on this one a little as it’s not nearly as delicious as i remember from my first run through it. I think as i’ve tried more and more teas, i’ve come to grow fonder for those dark robust blacks, while the “lighter” blacks have less appeal for me. Not that this is a bad tea, but it’s not going to be my favourite ever. :)

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drank Orange & Cream by Della Terra Teas
4043 tasting notes

So i REAAAALLLLLY wanted one last cup of tea before bed and Della totally just put their teas on sale (again) so i couldn’t help it, i had to go sit down and measure out my portion of this tea in the shared order with the girls. Mostly, in case i decide i need to order more. So uh up one in my cupboard sigh You know what though? totally worth it. I don’t love this more than the lemon and lime chiffon but i do really enjoy this for it’s own reasons. I still think i prefer the orange lapacho tea Indigobloom found BUT this might be a decent substitute.
The orange isn’t as strong as i want it to be, but it IS still present and still has an almost creamy taste to it. mmmm yeah, i could have a bit more of this in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
4043 tasting notes

pssssst guess what? 200 teas! that means i just need to find a way to sipdown 10 teas tomorrow haha Not sure if that’s actually doable but we can see :) If nothing else, i’m still pretty proud of myself for getting down this far in 3 weeks. After the weekend with the girls i was at something stupid like 320+ and now i’m at 200. That being said, I have incoming swaps and orders, but there’s no mail until monday haha.

This one? I’d probably order it again. I rather enjoy the creaminess of the rooibos and it’s a nice change from the other fruitier rooibos blends that i like and love. It’s just not a tea i see myself wanting all that much in summer, so maybe i’ll hold off until the fall again.

Indigobloom

Urm, not sure you meant to say that you got fat! lol
Cuz I don’t think you did!!

Sil

stupid autocorrect

Kaylee

Congrats!

Sil

thanks! :) course i added one to my cupboard but i have faith in my tea drinking skills! I also don’t have to leave the house until like 2pm. of course then there’s that whole sleep in? or get up to start drinking! haha

Kaylee

The solution is obvious. Get up. Make tea. Take tea to bed and drink it until you fall asleep again. Repeat as necessary. :)

Cavocorax

That’s awesome. I’m so impressed that you can not only drink all that tea, but that you can log it all too.

Dinosara

Yay proud of you :) we should all live by your stash busting example.

whatshesaid

Wow!! Awesome job. This sounds tasty ,

Sil

Dino….yeah except now I have all my larger size teas left lol so going to be much slower until orders come in with sample sizes haha

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drank Trina's Tiramisu by T by Daniel
4043 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

I rather enjoyed this one, though the after taste does leave my mouth a little dry. I really like the way that the tiramisu flavour has been captured. Overall this is something i would for sure drink again, though it doesn’t need to be a permanent re-stock. :)

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Pretty much took a sip of this, made a face, took another sip and then poured the rest down the drain. It was like a mix of licorice and ginger…which wouldn’t be too bad, but it wasn’t the delicious kind of licorice. Not to mention that i pulled the star anise out of the brew basket before brewing it. so yeaaah. no. thankfully, sipdown!

Cavocorax

Sounds like such an odd combo! Too bad, because I like star anise but am iffy about ginger.

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drank Wanderlust by Yumchaa
4043 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Delicious apple goodness! Enjoying this one quite a bit tonight.

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