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Good morning Steepster.
This is a sipdown for me. Although it’s a nice morning cuppa, it isn’t my favorite from Steven Smith and probably won’t be a repurchase for me. Also their shipping costs are pretty outrageous unless you buy $75 of tea, in which case it ships free. Other companies have a much lower cost for free shipping.

I have been seeing more of their teas in the Bay area so maybe I’ll just stick to buying the ones I can get locally.

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i just posted i dont know if you saw they have promo until midnight wed Teamaker Tuesday for free ship


Really? I just went to the website and I didn’t get free shipping, they wanted to charge me $11.25 to ship 3 items… Is there some kind of a code?


the code is Teamaker Tuesday
plus they are going to include “Variety Cello” Includes One Each Of the following

Kandy, Bergamot, Peppermint Leaves, Meadow, Fez and Mao Feng Shui for free. i just spoke to them on a phone. do not put 6 cello in a cart. they will ship it along with the order for free
i just placed an order 2oz loose of Lord, Assam and Fez


Great- thank you! By the way the ones you chose are my favorites from them. :)


I do have Lord and Fez but sachets version and never tried Assam. I find loose tea taste different than bags or even sachets( Kusmi, Harney etc)I waited for free shipping since May probably. I have so much tea that I can wait;)

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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Backlog – this was my tea of the morning which unfortunately was at 4 am — ugh! Yes I woke up that early and could not fall back asleep. I think Sudafed is doing wonders for my allergies but not my sleep pattern. Pretty soon I’ll be like my Dad and just get up at 5 every day…

Anyway this is probably the only tea by Kusmi that I really like and would bother to drink on a regular basis. It’s more spicy than chocolate but still tastes pretty nice on a chilly November morning.

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I like this one too. It just sucks that they have a 75 g minimum for when you buy loose leaf. I also really like their Boost tea. You should give that a try if you haven’t before.

By the way, I am sorry to hear about the meds messing with your sleep. I hope you find a way to both deal with your allergies and not ruin your sleeping pattern soon :)


thanks :))

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drank Cardamon Tea by American Tea Room
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I thought this tea was lost or stolen, but I found it in a tin labeled “Brioche”, evidently I was spacing out when I was putting my teas away.

Anyway I’m glad I found it so I decided to steep some up this afternoon. I’m a pretty big fan of cardamom and I was hoping I’d really love this tea. It doesn’t smell too cardamom-y in the tin. After steeping it up, I’d have to say the nilgiri/assam base is nice but I’m finding the cardamom flavor a little light. I guess this could be good or bad depending on your personal preference but I was somewhat disappointed. I guess I could always try adding a little bit of my own. This was good with some soymilk for a bit of extra creaminess.

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drank Indian Queen by Cardamom & Curry
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Feeling better after getting sort of loaded up on Sudafed so I figure I don’t need a lot more caffeine today. This is the last tea I have yet to try which I purchased from C&C at the SF Green Festival.

There is a fine powdered spice in the package, I think it’s the cardamom. I figured I would use my Finum fine tea strainer for this. If you don’t have one, you might want to give this a quick rinse before steeping it up.

This is a really nice tulsi chai. I have to say the tulsi taste is fairly prominent, so if you don’t like the minty-earthy taste of tulsi that would be an issue. Otherwise it is very gingery and I think the fennel and clove are providing a nice touch. I don’t get much orange peel but the cardamom is certainly there. It’s a very warming and spicy blend.

Mostly I drink tulsi to help me relax but I am not a HUGE fan of the taste. This is a fairly nice herbal though. Good plain but it was also good with some soymilk added. I don’t think I’ll have any problems finishing off the bag.

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Glad to hear you’re feeling better!


thank you :)

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Tea of the morning here — thanks to Terri for sending this!

I feel like I am coming down with a cold so I decided to stay at home today, take care of myself and drink a lot of tea. It’s always appropriate to drink a lot of tea anyway.

The thing that first struck me about this tea was the aroma, intense like honey, malt and buckwheat. Very nice! I love the look of the light curly leaves. Reminds me a bit of a golden monkey tea but it’s got light, fruity apricot type flavors. I like this a lot and I plan to gongfu it when I feel like my tastebuds are more back to normal.

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Terri HarpLady

Yay, you liked it! :)

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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I brewed up a cup of this today and was reminded of a girl in college we used to call “Babylon Chiffon” (she was from Babylon, NY). Babs dropped out of college at 19 to get married and I often wonder how that worked out.

This rooibos is ok for a dessert tea. I am not getting much lime in here today. Won’t be a repurchase for me due to the fact that it contains dairy (my mistake) but I don’t like it as much as other people seem to, anyway. It is “creamy” for sure but also kind of phlegm-y for me, unfortunately. Wish there was more lime and less cream stuff to deal with.

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drank White Monkey by thepuriTea
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I picked up this tea sample tin from the puriTea, I don’t have a lot of Chinese greens at the moment and I’ve been craving them somewhat.

The aroma of this tea is floral and nutty, and reminds me of a green oolong. The tea liquor brews up to be a nice golden yellow.

I’m enjoying this as an after lunch tea and it’s yummy! Nuttiness is my initial impression going in but as the tea lingers on your palate a bit it becomes very vegetal, assertive and a bit bitter. Steeping suggestions call for 1 -3 minutes and mine was closer to 3. I think I will try 1 minute next time, it’s a bit too strong for me right now and I’m finding the after taste a bit harsh. Rating may be subject to change. :)

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drank Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
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This is one of the sample mini tins I got with my puriTea black reserve sampler.

I don’t drink a lot of black teas without additions but the ones I do drink plain usually come from China. This is a lovely cuppa. I am getting the honey aroma and flavor that other people have mentioned. The tea is extremely smooth and devoid of astringency. The peppery notes are certainly present with a slight note of tobacco in the finish. I also tried adding soymilk to it, and that transformed it into a golden caramel-y type of drink. Definitely versatile and good both ways. I would get some more of this!

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Tea of the morning here, I am finishing off this small tin from the Upton Assam sampler. The weather has been cold and rainy here and this assam was just calling my name. I definitely made this too strong! I had enough leaf for about 1 mug of tea + a bit extra so I put it all in here. Strong and malty, winey and slightly bitter, I think due to the overleafing. Still good with milk and sugar and hopefully it will wake me up! See previous notes for more details.

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After lunch tea. I think this is good when you treat it like a dessert tea, I added sugar and stevia to mine and it’s like a vanilla latte. See previous notes for more details. :)


Sugar AND stevia? Wasn’t that sweetness overload?


Typo. I meant soymilk and stevia. :)


LOL! Oh okay. That sounds much better. ;)

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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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