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Sipdown for the day. I actually liked this one, though some of the tasters did not. It’s a decent low caffeine blend – just a bit of green tea and lots of spiciness including ginger, licorice and pepper. I don’t mind licorice in small doses but I can def. see how this might be too sweet for some people. I’m kind of glad to be finishing something off but I might get more of this someday….

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Home for the evening but not down for the count yet as my FB says I still need to walk another 2,000 steps. ha ha.

Got this in my new Yunomi order. I got mostly samples and I have been really curious about this one for a while now. Baked apple and roasted houijcha sounds like a really good combination to me. I steeped this according to the package directions, 1 minute at around 195f. I found the tea to be a little thin in taste and very gingery. I like ginger but wasn’t getting apple until the cup cooled down a little. I did get the apple as an aftertaste, but it is kind of on the light side and a bit artificial at that. Hmm. Not too impressed with this at the moment but I will try steeping the rest of the sample for a longer time period and see if that improves my experience of it. For now, I am not too upset that this is just a sample size.

Flavors: Apple, Ginger

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Liquid Proust

Lupicia has a pretty good honey & pear hoijcha I can send you to try.

I was hoping that this tea would be good, it does sound like a good mixture.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Man, more tea blends need to use Houjicha, I do not see it nearly enough.

TeaBrat

I have yet to find a flavored hoji that I really like. LP- sure I will take you up on your offer ;)

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drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
2743 tasting notes

Good afternoon/evening Steepster.

It has been a massive weekend of exercise for me. Yesterday I walked almost 10 miles which is the longest I’ve done in a while. Today I feel mostly like laying around. ;)

Anyway I wanted something low in caffeine that would be good for this later time of day. Hojicha is always good for that purpose. I find I don’t really care for this blend as much as the other reviewers seem to. I don’t really pick up the caramel flavor much but it is ok with sugar and soymilk. I have barely touched this since I bought it but I don’t think roasted tea like this goes bad too quickly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

10 miles is great! I did 6 miles the other weekend and messed up my foot :/ it’s better now but damn!

TeaBrat

That’s no fun. I have messed up feet, also!

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drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
2743 tasting notes

Sipdown of the day…
This isn’t a bad flavored sencha, I don’t know if I will buy anymore in the future since it wasn’t/isn’t one of my favorite flavors but it does make for a nice afternoon tea and a pick me up.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Rooibos Chai by Numi Organic Tea
2743 tasting notes

Good evening Steepster. I’ve gotten into a habit where I drink black tea in the mornings, then some coffee, and green tea in the afternoon. I’ve definitely been trying to deplete my current supply so there hasn’t been a lot of new tea reviews from me. I miss my yixings and have been contemplating bringing one in to work every so often but I’m undecided it that would be a good idea.

This one I got a few days ago, I like rooibos chai especially in the evenings. Maybe I need to try this with two teabags, but I found it kind of light on flavor. I’m getting a bit of rooibos and some gingery clove, but it isn’t one of my favorite rooibos chais by far since it seems kind of light. I had it with soymilk and no sugar, it was ok like that. I suppose I will finish the box but this was just kind of “ok”

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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88

After hike tea – I am trying to get back into shape and have been walking more but today it was a super intense hike. I am tired and wish I could kick back with some wine but I still have things to do today.

So tea it is ;)
This came from my Obubu sampler pack, I found it in my box of samples. I thought I finished the Obubu samples a while ago but found this one. This is a really delicious green tea, though it reminds me more of Chinese green tea than of a deep steamed Japanese green. It is yellow-ish gold in color and has a nutty flavor along with deep vegetal notes, a bit like a dragonwell. There is a mild bittersweetness in the finish. Something about it seems very soothing, which is good because I wanted a little boost but don’t want to be awake all night. A nice one from Obubu! I’d consider getting more of this sometime.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I went for a walk a couple of weeks ago…and got plantar fasciitis. :(

TeaBrat

I’ve been suffering with plantar fasciitis for YEARS. It is super difficult to get rid of. I would recommend night splints, they really helped me. Lots of stretching too.

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88
drank Silver Needle White by Mandala Tea
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Sipdown!
Good that I am finishing a few things off recently because my tea collection is still massive. All I want to do is sit around this weekend and drink tea!

This is a lovely silver needle white. I wouldn’t hesitate to get more of this someday. The almond notes are really wonderful this morning and I usually find it to be very relaxing. Hope everyone is having a good weekend so far :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kirkoneill1988

my weekend was great :D my 27th birthday was on Sunday.

TeaBrat

Happy birthday!

Kirkoneill1988

thankyou :D

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well, I have gone through a whole box of this and I’m surprised as I’ve only had it for a few months. A tasty herbal tisane for the price, I mostly drink it for the health benefits associated with ginger. It also makes a nice dessert tea when you mix it with soymilk.

I haven’t been on Steepster as much lately now that I’m working full time. especially due to the fact that I’m trying to drink down my stash instead of buying more. I have a lot of tea. :-P

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Steepster traffic always seems to lighten up in spring and summer…that’s the time of year I try to start drinking up the scraps and using them for iced tea…

TeaBrat

I am going to try not to buy any for the next few months. Only exception might be some shincha and some darjeeling… :)

gmathis

(Yeah, listen to me talking the big talk. I have birthday gift money squirreled away for upcoming trip to shopping venue with both Savoy Tea Company and a Fresh Market…) I have, however, made it to the bottom of three packets this week and emptied the last leaves into the Junkyard Tea Jar.

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drank Yunnan Gold by Teance
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R.I.P. Steven Smith…

I just noticed this in my cupboard again and thought I should try it. I’ve had it for a couple of years and it’s a tea I rarely crave due to the strong licorice and mint combo. Somehow it seemed appropriate today because the weather we are having is gray and dreary here in San Francisco. Maybe I will get around to finishing this off sometime in the current decade, lol. Reminds me of Candy Cane Lane but really on the STRONG side. Only recommended if you like the combination of licorice and minty…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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