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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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sipdown

I am finishing this off today in smoothie form with soymilk, banana, pineapple and some ice. Definitely my favorite flavored matcha so far, I would definitely like this back in stock someday! It also makes a fabulous latte.

Dustin

I have always has a soft spot for artificial banana flavor. This matcha sounds delicious!

TeaBrat

It is! I hardly ever rate anything 100… I do like banana flavored stuff myself

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89

I was digging through my pu’erh box today and it’s been a long time since I’ve had this, I thought I would break it out and try some this morning. This cake is 7 years old already and will benefit from a bit more aging as it is still fairly aggressive, but I am drinking it with a lower water temp. and hoping it will clear up my stagnant qi. Nice lemony notes and some smoke here.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Cinnamon by Lupicia
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It wasn’t that easy to get out of bed this morning! I am feeling better than I was last night but still feel like I am fighting something off… I was supposed to go to a seminar this morning but I think I might lay low until my class tonight. anyway I decided to have this as my breakfast tea along with some toast and peanut butter. It’s very cinnamon-y, reminds me of cinnamon candy. At times I wish this wasn’t so one-dimensional, I guess I could always try adding something to it, like cardamom maybe. Still this is pretty good the way it is :)

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
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It seems like I am coming down with a cold, I’ve been sniffling and sneezing a lot in the last few hours. I’m hoping it’s just allergies but who knows… took a Benadryl and some Vitamin C to try and cover both bases.

I’ve been wanting to try this one. I have to say, it strikes me as a spicy rooibos blend that definitely has a lot of nutmeg in it. I enjoy the flavor but am not really picking up cheesecake. I think my tastebuds seem to be off due to all this sniffling, so I will avoid rating this one for now until my nose is back to normal. :) It feels good to be drinking something warm and soothing. yay for tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Rosehips

I don’t get the cheesecake either. Or the pumpkin, for that matter. It is very warm and spicy, though.

TeaBrat

The pumpkin patch is VERY spicy, I think I am a bit afraid of it now, lol

Sakura Sushi

I really enjoyed this one, since I’m not getting the rooibos flavor (not a big fan of rooibos in general), and I don’t find this overly spiced. I noticed that many people aren’t picking up the cheesecake part, but for me, it ends up being a certain (VERY) slightly tangy creaminess (maybe from the white chocolate?) – very subtle, or it’s just my imagination! Anyway, I love this tea for the autumn – not as much as the infamous Pumpkin Chai, but that’s pretty hard to beat.

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90
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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Hmm, I don’t believe I have ever had this one before and I am really liking the salted caramel. It tastes like toffee, especially when sugar is added. It seems very rich and delicious! Sorry for the short note but I have a lot of stuff going on today… hopefully I will write a better one later.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown of the day…

A classic assam tea from Harney and Sons, bold with lots of malt and tannins and perfect with (soy)milk and sugar. Definitely seems like one to re-purchase someday. I hope all my Steepster friends have a great weekend! :)

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71
drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Someone at David’s Tea sure seems to like pepper because there’s so much peppercorns popping up in their blends all the time, and I keep buying all the spicy teas! This is a fiery blend of ginger root and pepper, it has a little bit of stevia but I prefer this one with a bit more sweetener added, just because it’s so potent. This definitely seems good to me tonight and ginger is so good for your digestion, also as an anti-inflammatory. I’m glad I tried it, but once this is gone, I might just stick to plain ginger root & green rooibos without the pepper.

Flavors: Ginger, Peppercorn

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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62
drank Chocolate Puerh by Numi Organic Tea
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It looks like I’m on a flavored pu’erh kick… I threw this in my backpack earlier today and it happened to come in handy before my class tonight. I went to Starbucks and just got a cup of hot water to steep this in. I should remember this strategy since a cup of hot water is free and I have a lot of teabags =)

As you can probably tell from the rating this is not really a favorite of mine. I think it tastes more like cinnamon than chocolate and for a pu’erh it seems kind of watery. If I have any more left of this I might just toss it in the compost. I don’t mind Numi’s cardamom pu’erh, however.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Cherry Pu-erh by Nature's Tea Leaf
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Having the flavored pu’erh of the afternoon as I’m still wondering why I have two boxes full of pu’erh that I never seem to drink! Since they don’t really go stale I guess they aren’t exactly at the top of my “must drink soon” list. I don’t like this as much as the orange blend I had yesterday, to me the cherry tastes too artificial. I wonder if I will ever finish off the bag I have of this?

I’m glad it’s Friday though ’m just feeling tired, for an unemployed person I am pretty busy with classes, volunteer work and applying for jobs. I think BF and I are going away for the weekend and it will be nice to just get away for a while. :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

They have two teas that are just amazingly good to me. One is the green daughter rings and the other was a black congou I think. I have been out for a long time, but when I get my cupboard under control again I really need to order some more.

TeaBrat

okay thanks for the recommendation! They have a black yunnan that I liked quite a lot too.

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80

This is part of a bunch of flavored pu’erhs I got from Nature’s Tea Leaf about a year ago. I have lots left since I haven’t been focused too much on drinking my pu’erhs.

I decided it would be wise to forgo the xiying for this blend since it’s made with orange, and I didn’t want the orange to affect the inside of the teapot. Instructions on the bag said to steep this at 185 f for two minutes and that’s about what I did. This is a really tasty after lunch/dinner tea because the orange is very natural tasting and the pu’erh is good for digestion. Reminds me a lot of a chocolate orange. I hope this tea revives me because I’m just not feeling too energetic today. This evening class I am taking is really quite time consuming and I’m tired!

Second steep with boiling water is also very good but the orange flavor had faded quite a bit….

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
ashmanra

They have some awesome teas.

TeaBrat

Yes, I just need to drink more of mine :)

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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