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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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This tea came from my Secret Santa. :)

Smells like a Christmas store. Tastes like one too. It’s like holiday potpourri, but not floral. Must be the clove? I also taste a little citrus. It’s not bad, but not one I would restock.

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drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
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I was really excited when Stacy put out this tea, so of course, I made another order!

The leaf is CTC, which always reminds me of grapenuts. I used to love grapenuts…nutty and sweet, just like this tea! The dry leaf smells very nutty and sweet….I could just inhale it all day. Seriously, we need candles that smell like some of these teas!

So, the directions said to steep it for 1 minute…silly CTC, but trust me, don’t ignore it!

The taste of the tea does remind me of pralines, like in Baskin Robbins pralines & cream ice cream! It’s nutty and sweet, but the sweetness isn’t sickly sweet. I almost want it to be sweeter in taste, but then it could get too sweet, so really, don’t listen to me. ;P

I’m also getting some wood and citrus notes, which lo and behold, Stacy notes for the base tea! My tastebuds are getting good! It’s bordering on astringent, but it’s not…definitely has some strength to it.

Second steep…oh this is nice. The base isn’t as strong and the flavors blend nicely. I might even like this resteep more than the first steep! It’s like the first steep would be good to enjoy as a wake up tea and the second in the afternoon with a scone. :) OMG, I really like this steep.

Stacy said she thought it would be too simplistic, but it’s actually very complex! And for those of you who make tea syrups, this would make a really yummy one (hint hint…if you do, please send me some!) ;)

Butiki Teas

Awesome! So glad you like it! I was so happy with how it came out. If you are getting a mild astringency, I would recommend to use even less tea. There is a really nice sweet spot on this tea where the praline is full and the tea is malty with no astringency. :)

OMGsrsly

I am so excited for this one!

Tealizzy

I measured it with my cute new teaspoon (has a cat on it), but maybe I’ll try the 3/4 teaspoon next time!

Butiki Teas

Awww, that sounds adorable. 3/4 might work better or even a reduced water temp. I’m not entirely convinced that all measuring spoons provide the exact same amount.

Tealizzy

You’re probably right about measuring spoons. I should note, my water temperature was 200 degrees. :)

Butiki Teas

I think our measuring spoons are smaller than average based on some feedback I’ve heard throughout the years.

OMGsrsly

Isn’t a tsp 5ml?

Tealizzy

Good question, OMGsrsly. I have no idea…and nothing with small enough volumetric measure to actually measure it! One of those volumetric cylinders from chem class comes to mind!

Butiki Teas

OMGsrsly-It’s slightly under that. What I wonder is how the shape of the spoon affects the amount of leaf used. Our spoons have a very deep bowl and are narrower. So, not as much “surface area”. Leaf naturally sits slightly above the lip, so I am wondering if spoons that are wider end up with more leaf.

OMGsrsly

Oh, ok. I can see the shape causing different measurements for sure, especially with larger leafed teas. Ours are mostly labelled 5ml in Canada. I might bring one to work and measure it. For science. :)

Butiki Teas

OMGsrsly-Hmmm, maybe I should measure our teaspoon with our small liquid measuring cup to see if it is accurate.

Stephanie

Alright I gotta order some

Tealizzy

Lol @ Stephanie! ;)

AllanK

This sounds really good.

AllanK

I just had to get up and look at this thread. I just had to order this tea and 10 others from Butiki tonight. I have not had any willpower since probably 1980.

Tealizzy

AllanK, you are too funny! :)

Stephanie

Might as well get them before they’re gone AllanK!

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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This was a gift from my Secret Santa. :) I really wanted to try this blend, as it is spoken of favorably by Steepster peeps. It also sounded very cozy for winter, and cranberry and almond sound like a winning combo. Unfortunately, I didn’t taste any almond in this tea, and that was even after adding a splash of almond milk! I did get some tart, slightly juicy cranberry flavor, but it was kind of faint. I can’t vouch for how old the tea is because it wasn’t sent to me in its original container, but overall, I don’t think it’s flavorful enough for me. Besides my love for their Viennese earl grey and Paris teas, I’m still not a Harney’s girl.

Sakura Sushi

Try it iced, if you drink iced tea at all. You still won’t get almond, but you should get a slight sweet, berry flavor. I found this really pleasant as an iced tea, not that interesting as a hot tea.

Nightshifter

Me too- I wasn’t getting what the blend was supposed to be when I tried it. I love Paris also, but I’ve never tried Viennese Earl Grey (which I will now need to remedy). If you haven’t tasted before, I enjoyed Earl Grey Supreme, too.

Tealizzy

Thanks for the tips!

boychik Love Viennese Earl Grey !
Tealizzy

@boychik – yay! :)

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I probably shouldn’t have had another cup of black tea, but I couldn’t resist trying my last sample from Cameron B.!

So, based on other reviews, I knew it wasn’t going to taste exactly like the name suggests. I tried really hard to get apple, and I could maybe see how this was apple flavoring turned something else. That something else being honeydew! As a honeydew tea, it’s good! I’m not sure about a honeydew tea with a black base, but it turned out to be very silky in texture. Again, an indication of a good base tea.

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drank Midday Flight by Tippy's Tea
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Another sample from Cameron B! :)

Like they say on their site, this is a good everyday tea. I think you can pretty much taste each of the teas blended in, which makes it a nice complex black tea. I got notes of cocoa, citrus, and it was kind of bread-y. Very nice. Makes me want to try their other tea blends.

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Good morning, Steepster! I woke up early thinking about the Tippy’s teas I would have today! Ha!

This sample was actually a bonus sample from the generous Cameron B! I asked for three Tippy’s teas and she sent me all five that she had!

I like pumpkin, but most of the time pumpkin teas are a miss. The funny thing is certain ones tend to grow on you over time (I’m looking at you, DT pumpkin chai and Butiki Pumpkin Creme Brulee!). This tea is different than the rest in that I tasted more of a nutmeg creaminess and maybe a teensy bit of pumpkin. I didn’t really get cinnamon, which was nice for a change. I’ve noticed that Tippy’s lightly flavors their teas and this is a good thing in my mind, but just don’t expect it to hit you In the face. Overall, I don’t think I’ve fallen head over heels for it, but it’s a unique, cozy cup. :)

Cameron B.

I like this one! However, it doesn’t taste pumpkin-y to me. The light spicing compliments the Golden Monkey nicely. :)

Tealizzy

True, it’s more nutmeg to me…makes me want to try their north pole estate tea.

Cameron B.

I love nutmeg. :D

Tealizzy

Update: I decided I liked the nutmeg creaminess enough to order some! ;)

Fjellrev

I like the sound of this one (hello, nutmeg creaminess)!

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Finished the rest of my sample today, western-style. At 3 minutes, it was incredibly buttery. Yum! Nice light strawberry flavor too. I dunno, I might consider getting some in a future order, but I better stop buying tea for awhile…it’s gotten a little out of hand lately! ;)

Cameron B.

Let me know if you want some, I have 100g of this one from Black Friday. :)

AllanK

I bought this during their black friday sale too. It is good.

Tealizzy

Thanks for the offer, Cameron…I’ll think about it. I have so much stuff right now! :)

Cameron B.

Same here, dear. Just letting you know in case you decide you’d like some. :)

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drank Raspberry Cocoa by Tippy's Tea
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Another sample from Cameron B. Thank you! :)

The dry leaf smelled amazingly like those dark chocolate raspberry sticks from Trader Joe’s. Those of you who have had them know how amazing they are! They have raspberry jelly inside. So delicious! I guess you can also get them on Amazon (How weird!): http://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Chocolate-Raspberry-Sticks/dp/B004MJDKZC

The steeped tea is also very good. The black base might be a little more nearing some astringency than the base for Not So Vanilla, but still smooth at a 3 minute steep. I think it’s because the base is assam. I can taste both the raspberry and the cocoa. Very nice! The flavor is light, but still distinct, and I can’t decide whether I want more of a punch or not. Ha! This tea also reminds me of Nina’s Paris’ Grand Amour, which I love. Hmm, could be another winner, but I think I need another cup to decide!

TippysTea

The base tea is an assam and a keemun blend.

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drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
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This sample comes from a swap with Cameron B. Thanks, Cameron!

Like many of you, I have a hard time finding the perfect vanilla tea. It’s like a never ending quest. Vanilla flavor can come in so many forms: vanilla bean, just creamy, just sweet, like extract, and it seems to be a very personal thing, like maybe based on something you remember from childhood. I think my favorite vanilla is a vanilla bean flavor, like some of those really good French vanilla bean ice creams. And guess what? That’s exactly how this tea tastes! Woo!

I’ve had quite a few vanilla teas, even ones that are named with the bean in mind, and yet they don’t quite do it for me. I’ve had other vanilla teas that taste rum-like…maybe because they are more vanilla extract flavored. Before this tea, there was one vanilla tea that I really liked, but I tend to not like anything else from that particular tea company, so after it was gone I never bought it again.

This tea has a very nice smooth base tea. I like how the leaf isn’t too chopped up. The vanilla is definitely vanilla bean in flavor and it comes through in the aroma and the flavor…more at the back end of the sip. I would definitely consider picking up some of this tea, especially if I end up liking other Tippy’s teas. Seems like a “go to” tea for me when I want something lightly flavored and sweet. Very delicious! :)

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TippysTea

Wow, thanks for the wonderful review. We are so happy that people are enjoying our creations. It’s such a wonderfully feeling when other people enjoy the things that you have worked hard to create!

We are currently having a promotion on our two vanilla teas right now, until the 16th and for the first 42 users. 25% off when you use the promotional code, SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish.

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Still like this tea. It’s been AGES since I’ve last had it, but the flavor is still good. Rooibos isn’t overpowering and the apple cinnamon is blended in nicely with a creamy finish. Guess I’ll be drinking more of this!

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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