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drank Milk & Cookies by 52teas
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thanks again momo for sending this one! A nice surprise and I LOVE it. It actually tastes like I thought it would. It has a nice sweet milky flavor with a bit of cookie flavor as well. I wish there was more of a cookie flavor, but the milk flavor is spot on. I have no idea how that happens! I thought the milk flavor would be underrepresented, but it is balanced with the cookie. The black tea is perfect for this blend. There is a bit of tanginess to it, but maybe the “milk” is going a bit sour. haha.

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Twinings
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I usually LOVE me some Lapsang Souchong. But this one is just pure gross. I won’t mention what it reminds me of… I don’t want to ruin anyone’s tea appetite. I think I might not even finish this cup and that never happens. It just doesn’t seem like it was genuinely pine smoked. It might be some kind of artificial smoke flavoring that reminds me of BBQ sauce (but I like BBQ sauce). I never have any luck with Twinings… I think they might be my least favorite company. I’ve tried so many Twinings and they never seem to work for me.

TO ANYONE WHO HASN’T LIKED LAPSANG SOUCHONG: If this is the one you’ve tried, do NOT give up on them. There are much better blends out there.


WOW! You and AMY must be sipping from the same swill!

Tea Sipper

Yikes, looks like it.

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drank Apple-Vanilla by Meßmer
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Tried this one yesterday. It has such a rainbow of ingredients in the bag! It has a fresh crisp apple flavor, rather than a bakey flavor, which is odd because it has things like cinnamon and vanilla in it. The vanilla was subtle. I like this one because even though there was hibiscus in it, there was just enough that it helped the flavor instead of overpowering it. I think I was tasting the blackberry leaves though, which I do not like. Not bad!

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thank you momo for sending a bit of this to try! I was a little wary of this blend, send it sounded like an odd mess of stuff. But I thought since it was Verdant, it couldn’t be that bad, right? Well, it kind of tastes how I thought it would. To be fair, I didn’t use two teaspoons since my infuser only holds one. But there was an ick trio: chamomile, mints, and a bit of cinnamon. That just sounds terrible. I didn’t find ANY chocolate here. And an oolong and black tea blend sounds intriguing, but not here. The steep color was a deep yellow, so it really didn’t seem like there was much black tea here. I couldn’t taste the oolong either… just the ick trio. I really need to get a brew basket. I don’t think I gave this the chance it deserved. But maybe it just isn’t my cup of tea.


Use the right amount…I do prefer this cold brewed most of the time. It’s rich and refreshing. (I sweeten mine)


One minute steep! I swear, doesn’t sound like enough time but Bonnie is right, makes all the difference ;)


If you dislike cinnamon…. yeah. I don’t like mint or chamomile, but they weren’t a huge issue for me here. Cinnamon was dominant though (but I like that).

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Additional notes: Sipdown! I think that might be the first time I get to say that. There was a bit left in a not-very-sealed package. Somehow this was completely different from the last cup. It was much more like a black tea instead of anything like asparagus. I actually forgot I thought it tasted like that, but the flavor is much more how I wanted it to be! Nice! It’s more sweet malty with a bit of cocoa this time. I have no idea why the flavor changed so much. Maybe because I had similar teas for the first time since I first tried this one? I’m going to miss this one! I’m uping the rating!

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drank Earl Grey by Higgins & Burke
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I’ve had crummy luck with the couple of bagged Earl Greys I’ve tried. They were terribly bitter. This one is surprisingly good! I prefer my Earl Greys with creme, but this one could live without it. It’s a decent black tea with a decent bergamot flavor! MUCH better than the other bagged Greys, but not as good as the loose leaf teas. I wonder why they are so different?


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Butiki sent me a sample to try — thank you! Oh wow… this one is luxurious! There are definite flavors of maple and pecan here. It’s just like maple syrup with pecans! I’d say the pecan and maple flavors are equally present. There are huge chunks of pecan in this blend! The oolong leaves are black, wiry, twisty — I haven’t seen an oolong like this yet. I think it’s a nice base for the flavors. It doesn’t have a typical floral taste of an oolong that might otherwise taste terrible with maple or pecan. This type of oolong lets the flavors shine. There is also a slight flavor of dates or something similar.. and also something bakey! I wish I could have tried this type of oolong unflavored, to see how it is contributing to the flavors. Perfect with Thanksgiving in a couple days… it has me looking forward to all that pecan pie I’ll be having!

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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I just had to try this one. Some of my favorite teas are creamy! This is exactly as described. It’s a delicious black tea base with a definite sweet strawberry flavor. There is some creme, but I could have used more. I was a bit worried about the strawberry leaves, as I had one tea with blackberry leaves that tasted like medicinal pepto bismal, but I think here it was just another hint that you are drinking a strawberry tea. There was at least one chunk of strawberry that fell in my infuser. It tastes like a decadent dessert… or maybe just simple strawberry shortcake! I think I might have even enjoyed the second steep more, because I think the black tea base was more noticeable and delicious! I haven’t yet tried one I didn’t love from zentealife.com!

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
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I may have thought “this is my favorite tea” while I was sipping this one… I’m not sure! I was captivated by how delicious this is! It is DEFINITELY my favorite unflavored black tea. (Though I must admit, I don’t think I’ve tried many unflavored black teas yet.) The dried leaves are little bundles, black with hints of gold in color. The leaves smell like a perfect black tea and this tastes perfect. I may have used a bit more than a teaspoon. I steeped for four minutes. The flavor is amazing. The first to note is the unbelievable sweetness. How does a black tea taste like this? It’s almost like sugar was added. No, the description says it is naturally sweet. I made sure to taste the tea before biting into my breakfast of coconut custard pie.. and then I just wanted to enjoy the tea without the pie. The flavor is amazing: deep, earthy, smooth and full. NO bitterness. Even as it cools, the flavor might be getting sweeter. It’s not brisk or the strongest black tea, but I’d say it has more flavor than the two Teavivre black teas I’ve tried. (I love those as well. I’m just using them as a comparison for unflavored black teas. And I guess it reminds me of the Teavive, just with a stronger flavor.) I wish I could convey the flavor profile better! The second steep is just as good (5 min). I’m going to try getting a third cup later. I could drink this every day! Add this to the list of Zen Teas I must order. They know what they are doing giving out free samples! zentealife.com

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I love these pearls, I get mine from my tea shop here in town. They’re cocoa, malty, sweet but not too much and a little like pastry. So good! I end up either having a ginger cookie with it and adding nothing to the tea or adding half & half and a little raw sugar which makes it an indulgent dessert!

Tea Sipper

Yep, that sounds like the tea I had!

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thank you again momo! I will be saying that some more… quite a few teas I haven’t made tasting notes for. I had this one yesterday morning. This one lives up to its name! If I had to guess the flavor, I’d probably say brownie. Though I could just think it is a very unique black tea. It almost tastes like a mild coffee to me. The cinnamon isn’t too present..until the second steep when I used just boiled water. But I like the brownie/black tea flavor anyway. I wonder if the tea just naturally tasted like a brownie? It’s an excellent deep, dark flavor. Hopefully it will wake me up, too!


I need to try this, too!


oh wow this sounds amazing.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite teas:
52 Teas – zoomdweebies.com

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! I was bored one day and found out that most of them have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
40-65 – Okay
1-40 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. :D

Happy sipping!



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