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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Sipdown!

Well, I am officially out of this now. I really like this particular blend and will probably get more someday, but for now I have a lot of teas to drink and it is tea buying moratorium month here! I am getting such a nice cinnamon cookie flavor in this. I shall miss you, Cookie!

Cheri

Always sad to sip down a tea I really like.

TeaBrat

True, but it’s not like they’re going to stop making this one, it’s very popular!

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Wow, back from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park. It is really fun but walking around in the sun for 5 hours is kind of exhausting… I figured it would be nice to have some tea to revive me.

I haven’t had this in so long… the last time I did a tasting note on it was 2 years ago but I feel like I have had it more recently than that. It has kept well in the tin I was keeping it in. This is very floral and fresh, similar to a darjeeling but with a more intense flowery element. Very groovy tea to have after grooving to the music in the park!!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Tea Sipper

Who was your favorites at the fest?

TeaBrat

I only went on Sunday this year. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Moonalice were both good.

mrmopar

Did they do “Mr Bojangles”?

TeaBrat

@mrmopar – lol – yep!

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80
drank Pumpkin Brownie Honeybush by 52teas
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I got two of these with my last 52 Teas order, I guess I was pretty confident I’d like it. I don’t have any honeybush teas in my stash currently and I’ve been happy with the 52T honeybush blends I’ve had in the past.

Pumpkin is a hard flavor to replicate in a tea. Most vendors, I think just use a lot of pumpkin pie spice. I steeped this for 5 minutes and I’m finding it enjoyable. It has a nice flavor AND I am getting the chocolate, as well as pumpkin and spice, which is good. I did add a bit of sugar and soymilk to mine but that’s how I drink a lot of my teas. I used coconut sugar and that probably helped to bring out the “brownie” flavor.

Some of the other reviewers didn’t like this one, but it’s a-ok in my book. I wonder if Frank reblended this recently? Anyway it’s nice for a dessert tea, I am happy with my purchase.

Okay, it’s October now and time for the tea buying moratorium to go into effect!

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

This sounds great!

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drank Green Rooibos by Adagio Teas
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I’ve had this tea for a while but haven’t reviewed it up until now. Green rooibos is rather plain on its own and I got this to blend with other teas and herbals. Earlier today I made some in my Lupicia handy cooler mixed with ginger root. Now I am drinking it over ice and the combination is quite nice, especially for a warm evening like we are having. I’m not sure how to rate this as it’s a standard herb. Green rooibos has a much milder flavor than the red kind, so it you’re normally a red rooibos hater, I would recommend giving it a try. I think this would be good with lemon too, just not sure my stomach is up to that tonight.

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
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I am finally finishing off my sample of this tea that MzPriss sent me a while back.

Today wasn’t a good day for me, I’ve felt bad all day with a stomach virus of some kind and the weather here has been freakishly hot. I really haven’t done much aside from sleep and am having my first cup of tea now at almost 5:30.

This is super nice and chocolate-y tasting, smooth and delicious. I could definitely see myself buying some of this if I placed an order with Zhi at some point in the future. Right now I am wondering what other tea I can drink that might be easy on my tummy since I will probably stop with the caffeine here. Maybe ginger would be good.

Preparation
1 tsp
boychik

Shou takes away all my stomach problems. Feel better

Mikumofu

the whole state is freakishly hot today it seems ): hope you feel better soon!

TeaBrat

I’m sick of the heat, can’t it just rain for a few months?

Mikumofu

that used to be called “winter” around here, will it ever happen again?

TeaBrat

Right? I think everyone is hoping for an El Nino year…

Tea Sipper

Feel better soon!

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77
drank Strawberry Exotica by Tiesta Tea
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I have been researching and applying for jobs all day today, this is some seriously boring stuff! It’s a beautiful day and I’d rather be out playing but I guess I’ll get to do that this weekend.

Strawberry Exotica is a very good cold brewed tea, perhaps better than it is hot. It’s mild, sweet and has nice strawberry and tropical fruit essence. I wish I had more of this as a cold brew. It’s tasty….

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87
drank Black Tea by Shan Valley
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Thank you to carol who for this sample tea. I am sorry it took me so long to get around to trying it.

I decided to steep this at 175 F for 3 minutes. I was a bit nervous as the tea is a fine CTC and sometimes they can be very robust but the lower steeping temp. probably helps. This tea has a lot of interesting flavors in the cup. There is a bit of smoke, spicy flavor and some apricot fruitiness as well. I can drink this plain, which is good! I get a hint of tobacco flavor too but it doesn’t seem bitter. Overall, a very interesting tea which makes me want to try more things from Shan Valley. Thanks again — Carol!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I just recently tried this one too! It wasn’t as aggressive as I expected and I was surprised by the lovely apricot notes. :D

boychik

i have a sample of it but didnt try yet. Too much tea

TeaBrat

Yeah I have a lot of tea myself :)

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78
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I never thought I would see the day that I finished this off…

EPIC sipdown, I bought 8 oz. of this tea and it’s probably been 4 years. I doubt I will get more of this anytime soon. Just glad it’s out of my cupboard, finally!!!!

Fjellrev

Wow, congratulations! And here I was so proud of finishing 4 oz. which felt like it took forever.

TeaBrat

I don’t think I will ever buy another large quantity of tea like that again!

Mikumofu

I have a 4 oz of a different Harney tea…wonder how long it will take!

TeaBrat

That may depend on how many other teas you have now ;)

Anlina

I have maybe three teas in that quantity. Two of them I kind of want to last forever, and the third is Thai iced tea blend, which goes fast, as it calls for 3tbsp per cup for really strong flash brewing.

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82
drank Dinjoye Estate Assam by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown
This is a good morning time assam, very eye opening. I definitely overleafed it this morning because it seems really strong!

I’m glad to just have the day to enjoy myself and do some things that need to get done, like laundry! :)

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80
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea of the evening here. David’s Tea sure seems to like putting pepper in their blends, although here it makes more sense than in the pumpkin patch, I think. This is a pretty good rooibos chai, kind of spicy, kind of sweet. Like most chai this is good with soymilk and some sugar. Me likey. :)

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

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

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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