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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. :)


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


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!


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! :)



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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I think I bought a sample of this oolong a long time ago and drank half of it and saved the rest, and here we are! Another rediscovery! Anyhoo, I enjoyed a nice session with this tea today, I love how oolongs can be steeped and resteeped a bunch of times and still put out flavor. This tea is a very light oolong, with notes of orchid and butter. Reminds me of spring!

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My mom gave me a sample of this tea. It’s a great breakfast tea. Nice and strong with malty, bread-y notes and a tiny hint of fruit. I would drink it again.

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Sipdown! This was the best banana bread tea ever! Hopefully I’ll find another some day,


ugh I love it so much too…I have ONE serving left at home :(


yeah…sad face :(

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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown! Reorganizing my tea cupboard always causes me to rediscover teas that I’ve had for awhile. This one just had one cup left, so I drank it! It’s freezing cold here, so I needed one more tea to warm me up!

This tastes a little fruity and definitely sweet and roasty. Yum. I’ve also realized it tastes just like the tea they serve at our favorite Chinese restaurant! Probably not Butiki’s but another version. ;) It’s nice to finally be able to place it!

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I’ve had gong fu sessions with this tea twice now, and I just don’t think it’s my kinda Shou. I’m thinking the age is a factor. Age should make it better, right? Instead, it’s got this musty flavor I’m not fond of. Maybe I just don’t like aged Shou? For the second session, I thought maybe I needed to rinse it more to get the musty flavor out. Kinda helped, but not really. In later steepings, it started to get sweeter, but by then I was tired of it. I still have more to play with, so if anyone has suggestions, let me know!


I prefer the younger ones too. You could try 10/10/15/20/25 and discard all. Then start drinking after that. I can never drink more than 3 cups of the same tea. I get tired of it too. I find the pu’erh just gets better after that but I drink mostly sheng so I don’t know if it would work the same with shou.


Thanks, I’ll have to try that. I only discarded 3 rinses. That would be five!

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This was a sample from my Steepster Secret Santa. I’m not a big earl grey person, but I don’t hate it. I’ve liked earl greys where there’s another flavor added in, like H&S Paris, which, to me is a fruity vanilla earl grey.

I surprisingly really liked this one. Steeped for 3 minutes, it had a nice citrus flavor….a bit more complex than just bergamot. The black base wasn’t anything special, but it was smooth. The bergamot was not too pronounced, more mild. It reminded me of the Twinnings Lady Grey that I used to like. Pretty good as a breakfast tea, actually.

Cameron B.

I tend to prefer milder earl greys also. :)

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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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