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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
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Sipdown of the day…
I decided I wanted to try this as a cold brew last night and I’m having it today with my lunch. Pineapple seems like a difficult flavor to “get right” in tea but I do enjoy this whenever I have it. Probably will be a restock someday, but I might wait until I have finished off some of the other oolongs I have first or tried a few new ones.

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Adagio Teas
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I’m making Indian Food for dinner tonight which is going to consist of basmati rice and this urad dal recipe I found. I’ve never made it before but it looks yummy.


I thought I’d have a chai to get in the mood for some cooking. I used the herbal chai masala I got from Simpson and Vail and added some of this decaf ceylon. This is seriously the WORST decaf tea I’ve ever tried and it totally ruined the chai. Into the garbage it goes. I didn’t like it plain and evidently I can’t use it for mixing into anything either so it’s just a waste of money. I lowered the rating to a “1” which is probably the lowest rating I’ve given any tea on Steepster. Blech!


“1” “This is seriously the WORST decaf tea I’ve ever tried …” – A Hall of Shame nominee!

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How odd, I could have sworn I reviewed this at some point but I guess not… ?

I’ve had this for a while and I find it really refreshing, an interesting twist on the traditional moroccan mint tea due to the addition of lemon myrtle. It’s a minty, lemony green tea! I absolutely recommend adding rock sugar to this, or sugar of some kind. This is excellent hot, but I think it would make an amazing iced tea as well. I really loved the Mao Feng Shui when I tried it plain as well. I wish S.S. would have another free shipping promotion soon :)

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Taking a break from “foam rolling” my rotator cuff in order to try a sample of this tea. I really do have a lot of physical therapy gadgets in my apartment now! Thanks for the sample Stacy.

So it seems like I have a fondness for Indian white teas, they somehow seem more flavorful than the Chinese ones. Is that a sacrilege? Compared to the Doke silver needle I had yesterday, the Glenburn seems both lighter and sweeter. I am really enjoying the fruity notes of this tea and am definitely getting the juicy pear. I bet this would be an amazing cold brew — anyone tried that yet? Other flavors I’m getting from this are nutty (mostly almond) and floral. I wouldn’t say I am getting buttery from it, but I have really enjoyed this a lot. It’s tasty! I think I will stick to white teas from India and Nepal as they are flavorful.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

Foam rolling is one of those “hurts so good” type things. My husband is a personal trainer so I had to be the guinea pig while he was taking his classes.

A juicy pear tea sounds divine! I bet it would be good iced!


I’m still trying to figure out what I can do with the foam roller. It also feels good to put a golf ball in between you and the wall and roll it around :)

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drank Cardamon Tea by American Tea Room
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Good morning Steepster—
I am having this tea today because I was in the mood for something cardamom-y, I just wish this tea had more cardamom in it, I usually just end up adding my own so I’m not thinking this will be a repurchase for me. Adding both soymilk and sugar makes it slightly more pleasurable.

Hoping that today I will be feeling better than I did yesterday. I got electro-acupuncture for the first time yesterday and that was pretty interesting. It could be my imagination but I think it helped a bit with the pain I was experiencing…

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I hope you feel better :(


not bloody likely for a while but thanks :)

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drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
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Tea of the afternoon here, this is a pleasant strawberry tea that I am enjoying a lot with soymilk today. I haven’t been up to doing much today, the ongoing drama with my office about their paperwork has me feeling totally drained and I haven’t slept very well in almost 3 months anyway. Paying a visit to the acupuncturist this afternoon, maybe he can help me.

In the meantime I’m kind of happy to have some quiet moments to enjoy teeeea on this beautiful sunny day!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Sometimes, a quiet moment with tea is all one needs when things are rough. After 3 months, though, I think you need more than a quiet moment with tea. I hope the acupuncture helps at least some!


I hope so too! If I don’t feel better in a month at least I will get a cortisone shot. Meanwhile thank goodness for tea!

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drank Doke Silver Needle by Butiki Teas
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Thank you Stacy for this lovely sample tea you provided me in my last order. A lot of white teas are not very well understood by me, or perhaps they are too light for my palate. I’m not getting all of the tasting notes that other people are getting, but I do think this has a good flavor of almonds and cream with a nice sweetness in the finish. I am definitely getting some fruit but not so sure if it’s cherry. If I was going to keep another white tea around in my stash, this might be a serious contender. I’ve really enjoyed trying it and it’s nice on this sunny afternoon.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is one of my favorite herbal teas right now. I love lemongrass on its own, also it is very versatile because I like it in black tea, green tea or white tea. Yesterday I cold brewed it and stuck it in the fridge along with some dried ginger. The end result is very tasty and I’m enjoying it a lot!


This sounds so completely refreshing.


Totally! You need to try it :)


I haven’t had dried ginger around the house for a long time … suddenly feeling the need to!


yeah I purchased some at a bulk herb store, it is very nice for mixing into other teas.

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La la la…
I am back from my new doctor’s office, I can’t believe they took more x-rays, pretty soon I am going to be radioactive. I guess my fracture is all healed up but he agrees I have a frozen shoulder and soft tissue damage and this will take another 6 months to a year to clear up. Good times!

I thought I’d have some more of this spicy ginger tea this afternoon, I like this one for the belly and for the anti-inflammatory effect. It’s spicy and zingy.


Oh no! When I messed up my wrist, it took quite a while for the soft tissue damage to clear up. I.hope yours goes quickly. Will you be doing physical therapy?


yes, I’ve been doing it for the last 6 weeks and it’s really painful!


Wow. I’m sorry you’re still hurting. I was in a car accident years ago and ended up with a frozen shoulder. I remember how not fun that was. Good luck with the physical therapy, and remember to be gentle with yourself (my physical therapist would always say that to me before I left her office :)).


Veronica, how long did it take your frozen shoulder to go away?

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
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Tea of the afternoon here. I just got back from physical therapy and got a miniature lecture on scar tissue and ligaments which is evidently the crux of my problem but doesn’t help me so much when they’re yanking my arm around… lol

This tea IS tasty for a decaf, I think I will be upping the rating by a couple of points. I like the peppery cherry flavor of this one. It also has a bit of pine associated with it. I like this one a bit better with soymilk added than I do plain. It’s a-ok in my book.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

LOL. I’m sorry to laugh, but the yanking part cracked me up.


hey at least I can laugh about it ;)

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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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