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drank Birthday Tea by Harney & Sons
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The last one from the teabox! Back to my other teas! 41 teas I sampled from the teabox in two weeks! Teaboxes will never stop being fun! It definitely opens my eyes to all the tea out there.
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #41
I snagged one of these teabags from the teabox before I went out the door to mail it. I knew it probably wasn’t for me. Hibiscus doesn’t say ‘birthday’ to me. And why does Harney feel the need to ruin their teas with hibiscus? I possibly steeped this one too long and let the hibiscus really run the cup. But it wasn’t too terrible. Underneath all that tart hibiscus, it has that lovely fruity flavor found in other Harney teas like Paris or Tower of London. The decaf wasn’t offensive. Harney has some of the best decaf teas. Without the hibiscus, this one might have tasted like a nice berry birthday cake. (There is an odd flavor that almost seems like stale grocery store cake frosting… but not in a terrible way… that might just be the black tea, I’m not sure!) Otherwise, there is no way I’d choose to sip this one on my birthday. Nice to try any tea, of course!
Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // 4-5 min

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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #40
I threw some of this in the infuser before heading out the door with the teabox to the post office. I used two teaspoons, as I think that is what Verdant suggests. The leaves look both like the fuzzy white tea but also with the leaves that look like they are just taken from a tree. It looks like two types of tea basically. I thought Bai Mu Dan white teas were the leaves that weren’t fuzzy. Ah well, what do I know? Both steeps were the same: This is definitely a quality tasting white tea. It tastes like lemon or lime so I can see why Butiki would think of that Macaron white tea with lemon. I’ve never noticed a citrusy white tea before. It definitely tastes like something sweet and lemony…slightly smooth, creamy and dessert like. Looking at Verdant’s flavor notes, they mention: “cane sugar, cream, lime” so I’m glad my tastebuds are in sync. I feel like I know what I’m talking about! This just might be the white tea I’d stock in my ideal tea collection. A few teaspoons left in the teabox for others to enjoy!
Steep #1 // 35 min after boiling // 35 seconds
Steep #2 // 35 min after boiling // 50 seconds

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drank Jungle Monkey Chai by Tea Xotics
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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #39
Oh the ingredients here are fun! A rooibos chai with coconut, banana, chocolate! If only you could taste them more. The rooibos is a nice one. There is a hint of spice. The coconut is nice – it’s the big flakey type that has the best flavor in teas. The chocolate and banana would have been something special. What I can taste is cohesive though!

I think I’m getting burned out on all these teabox tasting notes! Almost done with them, then I’ll be sipping my favorite teas for a while, I think.

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drank Yerba Mate by Adagio Teas
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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #38
A nice standard yerba mate, even though the leaves look tiny. I’m not sure if they should be this small or if they have just been crushed. The flavor is your typical sweet, earthy yerba mate. The second steep was TOUGH. It tasted like I was drinking vitamins. Must mean it’s a healthy cup. I like adagio’s yerba mate base. It should be used in more blends! I think that this one gets a lower rating just because so many aren’t accustomed to yerba mate and this one is stronger flavored. You certainly can’t boil it.
Steep #1 // water cooled 35 min // 3 min
Steep#2 // water cooled 20 min // 3-4 min

Sami Kelsh

I like a good yerba mate. It tastes like it’s good for me in the best possible way.

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drank Lavender Earl Grey by Rishi Tea
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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #37
I knew just by the sight of these leaves that it would be a nice one. It looks like the leaves were picked in an elf forest or something! All twisty and different colors… well, tea colors, not rainbow colors. I’ve tried a couple Earl Lavenders lately, and this is my favorite. All of the elements fit together. The black tea is the perfect base, the lavender is the right strength. I just could have used more bergamot, but what is there adds a lovely brightness. This is the second tea I’ve tried from Rishi this week and I love them! I’m taking the last couple of teaspoons of this out of the teabox.

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drank Monk's Mead by SerendipiTea
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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #36
I love the name. This seemed to have other ingredients, but it really just seemed like oddly strong chamomile. Chamomile shouldn’t be this strong! The description mentions mango, but I really don’t taste it. I would love one good chamomile tea in my collection.. I guess right now it’s just Adagio’s Sherlock’s Molly Hooper. Sherlock!


If you like lavender, I highly recommend Butiki’s organic lavender chamomile!

Tea Sipper

I tried a sample of that one ages ago, it was delicious!


Thank you for warning me. I hate chamomile!

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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #35
Black currant and chocolate here. An odd combination, unless you think of the tart with the sweet. Sadly, there isn’t too much flavor here to notice either way. I really think that any tea that claims to be chocolate should have more than cocoa nibs.. they just aren’t chocolatey enough. Dump in that cacao!! Everything is just mild here – the black tea, the currant, the chocolate. But it might be too offensive in flavor if it wasn’t mild.

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drank Pu Erh Tahiti by Adagio Teas
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The teabox is on it’s third journey, but I still have a few tasting notes for teabox teas typed up!
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #34
This one reminds me of SHIELD for some reason… I haven’t seen the last episode of the season yet. My first Adagio with a pu-erh base! This certainly has the pu-erh flavor. It might not be a good one for pu-erh newbies since the pu-erh flavor is kind of tough… or maybe that’s the coconut? I think I’m just now realizing that aging coconut kind of tastes like pu-erh. I was getting hints of the other fruits, but I wish they would have left the coconut out. There are better pu-erhs though… this one isn’t my favorite. This one didn’t seem dark enough for me (though it was a ripened pu-erh.) I just realized this is the same tea as the Simple Loose Leaf sample I just received.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 4 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min

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drank Bombay Chai by Tea Forte
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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #33
Wooee I have never seen tinier black tea leaves! The spices seem tiny too. One teaspoon steeped for two minutes seems really brisk, so I wouldn’t recommend longer steep times. This one could definitely be mixed with milk. I don’t usually like adding milk to my chai – the brisker the better for me. This wasn’t bad for me then, but it certainly wasn’t as delicious as the ’Kim’s homemade chai’ I tried the other day. I like the lingering flavor though.


The Steeping Room here in Austin has a House Chai that is my favorite and it is “micro-ground”. I really like it because even though it can be a bit sludgy, with the spices so finely ground they really pop and I like my chai SPICY.

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #32
This is another blend in the teabox with lemongrass in it. haha. I haven’t had so many lemongrass teas in my life! Luckily I like it anyway. A lovely fruity herbal. This would be ridiculous iced. It is so sweet it’s like a fruit punch. I’m not sure how they managed it. I can’t tell if it’s splenda or something. This brews up a periwinkle color, so at least there isn’t any hibiscus in it! It doesn’t seem like blueberry or pineapple though. Maybe hints of pineapple but really just sugary sweetness. This blend certainly could have been worse (hibiscus). I just love traveling teaboxes – trying a bunch of teas!

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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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