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Good evening Steepster…
I haven’t been feeling too perky today, just down in the dumps I guess. Of course the answer to that problem is to drink a nice cuppa!

I bought a sampler pack from Happy Earth Tea that has all the 2014 FF darjeelings in it. I think I’ll be happy with this decision as I didn’t need more darjeelings but I really wanted to try the current crop.

This tea steeps up with a dark yellow liquor. It definitely has a lot of natural sweetness that comes shining through in the cup. I am getting wonderful fruity flavors and a floral aroma. Their description says peach and vanilla but I was thinking mango too. Hmm, I don’t like this quite as much as the 2012 Risheehat so far, but maybe I will need to experiment a bit with the steeping temp on this one. It is a very nice afternoon tea with a bit of astringency. This was good with a tiny bit of cane sugar and is helping me to feel a bit calmer. :)

Flavors: Flowers, Mango, Peach

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Sometimes tea is a great pick-me-up

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drank Cardamon Tea by American Tea Room
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Tea of the morning here. I’m trying to finish off some old things that have been languishing in my cupboard for a while. This isn’t too flavorful on its own but it becomes a lot nicer with the addition of some more cardamom and a few rosebuds I got from elsewhere.

I hope today is a good day! I was arguing with my former HR manager over email yesterday. Now that my medical leave is up they don’t want to hire me back and they don’t want to fire me either. The whole thing is making my stomach hurt!

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drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
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I was craving a lemongrass blend this morning and I still have plenty of this in my cupboard. Not only do I have a box of the muslin bags, I even have a small tin of it that I got with the wellness collection by Kusmi.

I like this blend, but I think I would like it a little bit better without the yerba mate, which gives it a slightly bitter after taste. Also mate gets me kind of wired! I happen to like lemongrass a lot, and a couple drops of stevia made this sweeter. Still, I don’t think I will replenish this once the current supply runs out. At the rate I am going, it will go stale before I run out of it anyway!

I need some pep in my step, because I have to finish a paper and I have a grammar mid term this evening. I’ll have to stop goofing around on Steepster for now. Wish me luck!

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

English major?


Have you tried BB Detox? I think I like it more.


Marzipan – not an English major. Just taking an adult education class.

boychik – Haven’t tried the BB yet


It has nice juicy grapefruit notes. Good chilled, nice for summer time


It does sound nice, but seems like the combination of mate and guarana would be very stimulating!

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drank Silver Bud Ya Bao by Tea Source
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Hello Steepster!
I’m back from my trip to Minneapolis but we were so busy with my boyfriend’s family that we didn’t get to visit ANY tea shops much less do much sightseeing. Oh well. I’m bummed to have missed both Verdant and Mandala but maybe I’ll be back there someday.

This is from one of the Steepster select boxes, I think from March. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of these yabao type teas. The other one I had was from Verdant a while ago. I steeped according to the package directions and I’m getting a slightly sweet type of drink that reminds me of clover and/or hay. I wish this had more flavor to it… I’m definitely not getting the notes that other people seem to, but I will finish the cup.

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Welcome back! Hope you had a nice visit with bf’s family.


It was! They are very nice.


It’s nice to have a trip where you have back up plans (visiting tea shops) but then you never get to those. Family visits can be hit or miss sometimes, so I’m glad this was a hit.

I’m also disappointed when I don’t taste what other people get out of teas. I try to drink at least half of my cup before looking at tasting notes, first to get my impression, and then to see if I can find what others taste in teas.


@ Teabrat,

Try doing a 1 minute steep @ boiling instead of the recommended 160. This method brings out a much stronger flavour, and it won’t get bitter/nasty like a green tea would if you tried to boil it.

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God morning Steepster!
I am off to Minneapolis today, don’t know how much tea I will be drinking on vacation, but I hope to pop in on Verdant tea and maybe Mandala if I have the time.

This 1910 is still a fabulous breakfast tea and I hope it wakes me up soon because I still need to pack!

have a greeeeat week :)


Lucky!!! Enjoy your trip!!!

Terri HarpLady

Awesome! If you stop into our beloved tea shops, please hug everybody & say it’s from me! :)


Oh how fun! I’d love to visit them some day :D




Welcome to my neck of the woods! The weather has been GORGEOUS. I hope you have a great time :-)


Thanks mj! I’m packing right now and am really looking forward to being somewhere sunny, it’s FOG CITY here. :)


It’s’ bright and sunny here right now! I don’t know how familiar you are with Minneapolis or if you have contacts here already, but if you have any questions or need something, please feel free to message me :-)

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Thank you Stephanie for generously sending me this sample!

It’s a little late for me to be drinking caffeine, but I just woke up from a nap. I was kept awake last night by a snoring boyfriend and a mosquito bite that had me itching. Hopefully the caffeine in this won’t keep me awake later…

This tea is so interesting looking. I love the long slender leaves that are bright green and look pressed flat, almost as though someone had ironed them. I decided to steep this at 170 F for around 3 minutes.

The tea liquor is a light yellowish-green. I definitely get the green bean flavor here but what’s amazing about this green is how sweet it is. The sweetness lingers in your mouth long after you’re done sipping it. It seems really fresh and light which is also good. Teavivre has so many good green teas and I was really glad I got to try this one. I wonder if anyone’s tried cold brewing it? It’s tasty.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

I’m glad you liked it! I’ve not tried cold brewing it myself.

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drank Houjicha - Dark Roast by Obubu Tea
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The afternoon cuppa….

I don’t think I’ve ever had a dark roast houijcha before so I was looking forward to trying this. It’s pretty yummy! It definitely has a roasted flavor that is reminiscent of coffee, but there’s also a fruity, sort of cherry flavor about it and something creamy that would best be described as caramel. Normally houijcha is nothing for me to get super excited over, but this was a delicious sample. Glad I was able to try it…

Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Coffee

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

That sounds fantastic! You are a terrible influence on my wallet! XD


Steepster is dangerous! :D

Cameron B.

The shipping on that sampler is so high! QQ But I noticed that YunomiUS has all of their teas and their shipping is better so I may just order from there.


good to know – yes the shipping was kind of pricey since it came from Japan. :/


Steepster is very dangerous – this is something I would really like, so of course I’m looking at the web site….


I love Obubu hojichas, and I got all of mine from Yunomi. They seem to have frequent sales/shipping deals


Looks like Yunomi has some good stuff! I’d be tempted to order but I’m swimming in Japanese teas right now :)

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drank Yanagi Bancha by Obubu Tea
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Good morning Steepster… I drank a lot of tea yesterday but didn’t post tasting notes because a lot of what I drank were things I have posted notes for multiple times.

Anyway, here’s another sample from the Obubu tea sampler pack. Bancha is a lesser grade of tea than sencha, but it’s still drinkable in my opinion. This has sort of a vegetaly-seaweed taste with a definite bitterness in the finish. It isn’t my favorite from Obubu by far but I will definitely finish off the pot I made this morning. Compared to their senchas it isn’t as light and sweet, but still far better than most if the mass market green teas you find on the market.

I feel like my tasting notes are getting shorter but that’s because I’m trying to limit the time I spend on social media sites… so please forgive me :)

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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Hmm, I’ve had this rooibos blend for a while and I don’t really care for it much. I decided I would try making it as an iced tea today and I actually like it better that way, but the cream flavor is sort of un-natural and off putting to me.

Would anyone like the remainder of the package? I have enough for maybe 1 pot of tea.

Cameron B.

Sure, I’ll try it if there’s anything you want to swap for in my cupboard. :P

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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

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