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drank The Diplomat by Java Tea Co
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Thank you so much Shelley Lorraine, for the samples you sent me a while back. This one is interesting because it is rooibos mixed with green tea (that must be hojicha if it doesn’t get bitter after six minutes.) I really love it. It tastes like a cappuccino somehow. And the rooibos doesn’t scratch my throat at all…. I can’t even tell its a rooibos. However, the second steep tastes a bit like tobacco, so the first cup was way better. But this one is dreamy. It’s sweet and somehow the steep color is dark, even though it is a blend that intentionally avoided caffeine. I’ll savor this sample!

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
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Additional notes: Sample sipdown! (actually I mixing the last half teaspoon with the banana walnut blend from Butiki since that is the base). Last time I had it, I didn’t have my brew basket so I could only steep one teaspoon. Two teaspoons are WAY better. (And boiled for three minutes.) Uping the rating! It seems like a savory pastry until there is a deep plum flavor or some other unusual sweet fruit. That’s what it seems to me though! Still no smoke! The last few sips were even different and better. The second steep is lighter.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Peppermint Leaves by Teapigs
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I had one lonely tea bag I had in a sandwich baggie just floating around, really just waiting for a day when I had a massive headache. Yesterday was that day. I think mint helps my headaches more than any aspirin. And since I never have any mint except tea. This one was surprisingly delicious considering it is years old and I have no idea how old it actually is (I took it out of a non-Steepster teabox.) But this teabag had a ridiculous amount of mint. The next day when my headache was gone, I resteeped this with some of Harney’s Valentine (Chocolate!) Very delicious! But this rating is just for the mint.. it could have only been better years ago!

Holly Faye

Mint helping with headaches? Hmm. I wonder if I should keep some around at work…

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I had to try mixing hojicha with Earl Grey Cream after I saw an Adagio tasting note mixing them! (I’ve also heard of a cream hojicha, so I thought the Earl Grey CREAM would work better than a regular Earl Grey.) So I mixed one teaspoon of each and it is GOOD… probably not for everyone but this is good for me. I love the toastiness of the hojicha with the cream. The bergamot seemed a bit muted and this blend usually has a pretty strong bergamot taste. But I really liked this and I really need to think outside the box from now on with tea blending.

Holly Faye

Hojicha with earl grey cream? This makes my brain do contortions… but you never know!

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you Courtney for sending some of this to try! I had to recheck if this was a white tea since the leaves are so dark, also because the steep temp seems a bit high. A BIG walnut was scooped into my tea scoop. I waited a while for the water to cool for the first cup. If I had to taste test this blind, I’d definitely say the flavor is supposed to be cookie dough. It has that chocolate flavor that only cookie dough seems to have. So it could remind me of cookie dough with the chocolate on its own, but the other flavors work well too! It reminds me of how much I miss cookie dough ice cream…


I’m glad you enjoyed this one :)

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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thanks so much Courtney for sending a bit of this to try! The name glitter & gold is certainly accurate. Gold candies with sugar (glitter). Honestly, the deep black tea leaves are pretty enough for me! The flavor is very vanilla – reminds me of something… maybe Harney’s Vanilla Comoro? I love anything vanilla so this is a hit with me. I didn’t tasted too much of the orange or cloves though! Very yum.

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Additional notes: oh man, I can’t believe I am STILL the only person who wrote a tasting note for this now non-existing tea. Today’s cup was especially good so I guess this tasting note will just be steeping parameters for future me:
1 &3/4 teaspoons waiting for the boiled water to cool for 10-20 minutes and steep for 4-5 minutes.

I was especially tired today but just the deliciousness of this tea woke me up! It couldn’t have been the caffeine because it was instant! It’s a good thing I have a ton of this one though because I could probably drink it every day. (And I’m also still not sure this is different from Ovation’s Assam blend I have.) I’ll put some in tea boxes though for others to try! Oh how I wish I knew how good Ovation was before they went out of business!

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Tasting note #700! Wow, already? I think they will start slowing down though… not as many new-to-me teas lately!

Another sample I just know will be good from Teavivre – thank you so much! I was in the mood for a Yunnan “golden leaved” black tea. This was it! (Then again, I’m usually in the mood for Yunnan.) The dry leaves had the aroma of that sweet potato with marshmallows concoction that I know some people like to make, but sadly, I’ve never tried. Teavivre’s steeping instructions are 185 degrees with two teaspoons for 8 ounces of water with a rinse and 1,2,3,4 minute steeping times. So I used two teaspoons — it looks like each sample pouch has four teaspoons. Perfect!

Steep #1
I waited for the water to cool about 35 minutes before pouring. After a rinse, I steeped for one minute. This one definitely doesn’t have a strong black tea flavor. It is not like the burnt dark chocolate at all like the Bailin Gongfu I had from Teavivre the other day. It’s a flavor all its own, probably because of the golden buds. The flavor certainly does taste like extra sweet sweet potatoes. And the color of the cup was even the closest color to sweet potatoes that I’ve seen.

Steep #2
Waited another while for the water to cool and steeped for three minutes. This cup had more of a traditional black tea flavor. But still a lot of sweet potato. I don’t love these leaves as much as I love the bailin gongfu, since I am partial to dark chocolate. (And I might be unfairly comparing the two since I just recently had the perfect cup.) But it is a nice change from chocolatey black tea leaves.


Congrats on 700!!! I have the full leaf version of this and the Bailin Gongfu. I think I’m going to like both of them. I’m questing for the perfect black tea, and this gives me hope that I’m on the right track. Thank you.

Tea Sipper

Thanks! And you can’t really go wrong with Teavivre’s black teas. They are some of the best!

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This one doesn’t seem like a SUMMER tea to me… spicy plum? Sounds like the holidays to me! This blend actually has sugar in it, so it’s like sugared plums. Well, this blend should be plums but after a four minute steep with just boiled water, the plum is very slight but I LOVE the spices with the black tea base. It seems like it should be a chai but it’s different. And there is a bit of a fruity flavor that could be plum. It reminds me of a subtler version of 52Teas Iced Plum blend. But this one is so smooth and surprisingly very different and delicious. I hope they don’t just sell this blend in the summer… maybe the name can be changed be sugar plum fairy or something. (And no it is NOT like Della Terra’s dreaded Dirty Chai.)


no, it seemed more fall to me than summer. formosa plum by american tea room was interesting beside this one =0)

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drank Ripe For Romance by Adagio Teas
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Additional notes: ICED! Holy crikey! I thought this would be a cold steep loser, that the chocolate wouldn’t translate at all. Not show its face. But it is the most noticeable thing here. It’s almost like tasting chocolate syrup, two teaspoons after a few days in the fridge. I don’t think it was this present hot. There is a hint of sweetness and flavor from the raspberry but I love the chocolate flavor here and will probably use the rest of this cold steeped (though I love the Adagio black tea base hot too much). And I can’t wait to try other chocolate teas cold steeped!


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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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