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drank French Breakfast by Octavia Tea
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Another tea from TEA BOX B that I wanted to try — I think it was on my shopping list after reading Momo’s note actually. This one is surprisingly brisk after a three minute steep, but it is just enough to make the actual vanilla pieces here taste even better. It’s a delicious balance and is perfect for breakfast. Sweet yet brisk. This cup seems to almost feel like a breakfast in itself — very satisfying! I really love it. The second steep for five minutes seems to have toned down both the vanilla and the briskness. hmm. There is one teaspoon left I might as well take out of the box unless someone after me wants to try it.

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drank Flaming Chocolate Mate by 52teas
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First tea from TEA BOX B!! Thank you Momo and everyone keeping it going! Very happy to get the box again! They are the best things ever and a great way to try a billion new teas without actually stocking them in your cupboard.

I really wanted to try this one. Opening the package with a smell test, it obviously has chili powder! The dry blend looks like plain roasted yerba mate, but there must be some chocolate hidden in there. I steeped a few minutes just after boiling but there really doesn’t seem to be much flavor here. There is a flavor that reminds me of BBQ from the roasted yerba mate with a hint of chocolate and a hint of heat. Way less heat than 52Teas Chocolate Chai (which is probably a good thing!) But I wish this one had more chocolate… it could have been like a spicy hot chocolate. I doubt this one could be steeped too long to decrease the flavor like other 52Teas since this one is just chocolate and pepper, so I don’t think the steep time ruined the flavor.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh this one is dreamy! I love anything vanilla — thank you Michelle! The suggested steep time seemed a bit long for an oolong, but I went with it anyway. I love the sweet vanilla paired with the floral of the oolong (not sure if it tastes like orchids anyway.. never chowed down on any orchids!) And the second steep was just as good and vanillay. The leaves filled up my entire brew basket unfurled! I normally would have went for a third steep (for an oolong) but I have so many teas to try right now! I have a bit left of this one that I will enjoy anyway.


The Vanilla plant is an orchid! So you have had something derived from an orchid;) But I’m with you it’s such a diverse family how can you define an orchid taste and flavour?

Tea Sipper

Whoops, somehow I forgot vanilla was an orchid. But I thought they meant the taste of the flowers or the leaves or something…


Probably, I often associate the taste ‘orchid’ with some sort of cool green floral.

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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Thanks for a bit of this one to sample, Courtney! Apparently it is one of 52Teas best. There are pineapple chunks and big coconut flakes. It is pretty good. One minute first steep — two minute second steep. I think the pineapple and the coconut are equally balanced and on a sweet honeybush. I didn’t detect any rum flavor though. Does anyone know if honeybush makes your throat less scratchy that rooibos? I’m still not sure what the difference is. It reminds me of Tea Licious’s Pina Colada rooibos that I had ages ago.

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drank Renaissance by Czar Nikolas II
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Nicole, thanks again for these samples! There was quite a bit of this one, so I’m glad I like it. The flowers make the leaves interesting too. To me, the flavor is peach. Not the most authentic peach, but I know I’ve mentioned before that I had this really terrible peach tea once and since I like seeing the good in everything, that one terrible peach tea will now make all the others taste better! But the flavor blends really well with the black tea base — they really compliment each other!

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drank Apricot Green by Adagio Teas
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Thank you Michelle for the mystery sale! I love Adagio! The leaves of this one are so dark I thought it was really the black tea blend and not the green. (The leaves look closer to the black tea picture than the green.) I oversteeped it for five-six minutes. If I knew it was green I would have went for two. Somehow it wasn’t bitter city. I really love the apricot flavor and there is a creaminess (somehow?) to it that is interesting, so I can’t wait to try this with a normal steep time. I’ll hold off the rating until then.

PET OWNER SIDE NOTE: I just wanted to warn any pet owners to never ever give your dog’s flea medication to your cat. My mom accidentally did this and there were some scary times where it looked like the cat wasn’t going to make it even after going to the vet and getting medication to stop some ridiculous tremors. (He has to take a pill by mouth syringe every 12 hours which obviously isn’t very fun in itself.) Apparently there are different chemicals in dog flea medication that aren’t in cat flea medication that can give cats seizures. I think my good buddy was almost gone and I don’t think he is out of the woods yet, but it seems the worst might be over. Please never ever confuse the two flea medications! A lesson learned the hard way. He better never get a flea again in his life!


I read this to my wife. She, like me, had never heard this information. Thanks for the warning. Scary for sure.

Tea Sipper

oh good! I had no idea about this (not like I really had a reason to know about this anyway) so I thought I should warn anyone I could.

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
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Thank you so much Nicole! I get to try three of Kusmi’s teas! I’ve been reading tasting notes and ifjuly said many of the things I would have said as I’m drinking this one. It’s a nice base for a nice bergamot. I didn’t really taste mandarins and oranges but if you think about it, bergamot is citrus. The black tea base doesn’t overpower the bergamot at all and the bergamot is a stronger one… and the stronger the better for me. Very nice!

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Additional notes: ..two years later. Yikes. This has to be one of my oldest teas. BUT I steeped this for about 66 seconds after waiting a few minutes after boiling and it was a teaspoon and a half. WAY more maple flavor. I was oversteeping this one. Even way back then, 52Teas taste better with shorter steep times. I definitely didn’t have this much maple flavor the last time I had it (maple was what I wanted)… but still no blueberry flavor. But it’s nice to know that my old teas still hold some flavor!

ETA: I just checked the date and it was 9/7/11 last time… one day from being exactly two years ago!

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This is the first of many teas I get to sample from the amazingly generous Nicole! THANKS SO MUCH! Raspberry Cream sounded divine. Raspberries are my favorite. The flavor here is a like a sweet candy raspberry but not a flavor so fake its like cough syrup. There wasn’t too much cream taste, but I like this one anyway! A decent malty base, nothing too special.

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Another sample from Teavivre! Thanks so much I put the entire sample piece of the pu-erh cake in the infuser. Teavivre’s instructions say 212 after a rinse, 30 seconds, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min so that is what I intend to do. The dry leaves are very dark… and I love the idea of tree-ripened. It probably means something different than I think it does!

Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling, rinsed, 30 seconds
The flavor is very delicate while still being present. It’s sweet for a pu-erh, mildly spicy. Not very oaky at all, but that was probably because the leaves had barely been unraveled, even after a condsiderable rinse. Very tasty!

Steep #2// just boiled, 1 min
A strict minute! Wow is this cup a deep maroon color.. the darkest tea color I’ve ever seen. But the flavor isn’t tough at all. It’s so tough to describe though… other than to say that this is definitely one of the best pu-erhs I’ve tried.

Steep #3 // just boiled 2 min
Very much like the last cup — and the leaves aren’t really expanding too much yet (though they have fell apart from the cake).

Steep #4 //just boiled 3 min
I could probably keep steeping this and the flavor would be just as amazing. I am not tired of it yet, and these have been four FULL mugs (over two days — I’ve been drinking other teas too!)

I think many people who might have tried pu-erh haven’t tried one like this one and a not-so-delicious pu-erh might have scared them away from all pu-erh. So I hope all tea drinkers try ONE decent pu-erh before giving up on all pu-erh.

If I only wanted ONE pu-erh stocked in my cupboard, this one could easily be it!


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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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