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drank Banana Pudding Black Tea by 52teas
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Thanks to Indigobloom for this sample tea… it’s a rainy dreary day we are having but that’s good because California really needs the rain. It’s been a really long few days of me sitting around by myself on pain meds. so bored of it already. I never thought I’d be excited about the thought of being at the office.

I like banana teas and I really liked the bananas foster that 52T had put out a while ago. I’m not sure if I steeped this long enough because both the base and the banana flavor seem kind of thin and light. I do get the banana and something I would regard as a creamy sweetness so I added a bit of soymilk to that to see what would happen.

So far I’m not thrilled by this but I do have a bit left in my sample to try steeping it longer.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This isn’t as good as I remember it but I’m not sure why… I’m not getting as much almond or pastry as I am getting a slight fruitiness, but it could be my tastebuds are off. I’ve been drinking a lot of old favorites which I haven’t been logging. Typing with my left hand only is a bit of a chore but I am getting a little faster at it lately.

2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea of the evening here and a sipdown… this is a little bit tart due to the hibiscus and very fruity. Difficult to taste any white tea in here but not a bad blend overall. see previous notes if interested.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Tea of the morning here. I’ve reviewed this one before and it’s so unique and lovely. I am digging the fir scent/flavor of this one a lot. Good tea cheers me up quite a bit, I just wish I could do more stuff right now. Seriously considering hiring a home health aide…

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Bungalow by Steven Smith Teamaker
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Good morning Steepster,
Life has been sucky for me since I broke my arm last Saturday. I’ve been in a lot of pain and it’s also difficult to do things with one hand. Luckily I can type a bit with my left hand and use the mouse. Teabags seem easier because less clean up is involved, but getting these individual packets out is not. I’ve had this particular SS tea before and it isn’t one of my favorites from them but it’s pretty good for a 2nd flush darjeeling. See previous notes for more details.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Oh gosh, that’s too bad about your arm! Hopefully the pain will subside soon!


Ouch! Hope it heals quickly!


thanks :)


I hope your arm feels better soon!


ack! having never broken anything, i can’t imagine the pain and annoyance. I hope that it heals nicely for you..and super faster than normal!


sorry to hear about your arm! i hope you feel better ASAP.

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It’s been far too long since I have had this. Today I brewed some up with the intention of making it into an iced tea to have with lunch. It has a nice honey type of after taste which I hadn’t noticed before. Could it be improving with age? he he

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drank Lychee Green Tea by thepuriTea
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I got this sample from thepuriTea before they went out of business. I’m bummed they went out of business because I liked a lot of their offerings…

The dry leaf doesn’t smell much like lychee in the sample tin I got, but after brewing it, you can definitely taste the lychee there. It’s subtle, but a bit juicy and fresh. I agree with moraiwe that there’s something floral about this. It’s really very elegant and doesn’t taste fake in any way like a lot of flavored green teas. I’ll have to look around for another lychee green tea because I really liked this. It might be good as a cold brew as well.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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Tea of the morning here, a sample I got from Adagio. The reviews here seem to run quite a range between very positive and very negative!

So sipping this plain I am getting a lot of cocoa notes at first, followed by something in the finish that reminds me of a keemun, I think it’s a slight tobacco taste. In the middle I am getting some of the fruity notes other people have mentioned. Adagio recommends steeping this for 3-5 minutes so I did mine for 4 minutes which I think is way too long for this tea. I have a suspicion it might be much better at the two minute mark. I think I will avoid rating this for now.

4 min, 0 sec

This is one of my favorite Adagio teas. Been a while, so I can’t remember what my “perfect” steep time was…memory slipping…

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I got this sample from one of my Steven Smith orders. Ever since I got the electric tea kettle I have been drinking tea like mad as long as I’m at home. I guess that’s okay, it’s fun to have a new toy to play with, right?

This isn’t much to write home about for me… chamomile is something I drink when I have a stomachache or I can’t sleep but I’ve never been drawn to the flavor of it much. The blend does have a nice flowery taste and a bit of lemon which is nice. As far as herbals go, I guess I am more of a ginger, lemongrass or tulsi type of person but this is nice to wind down with and seems very soothing.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

Electric tea kettles are the best! Well, any tea toy, really. :)

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Back from my job interview and I thought it went well, but I’m happy to be back at home in my yoga clothes typing notes on Steepster. :))

I didn’t realize I had bought a puerh tea until I added this concoction to the database just now. It is about 1/2 puerh and 1/2 other things like fruit and flavoring. I didn’t think I would like this but it’s actually pretty tasty. There’s a strong apple and elderberry flavor along with the pistachio and cinnamon. The puerh gives it a nice earthy flavor which is very grounding.

I did try adding a bit of soymilk to see what would happen, but I think this is one tea I prefer plain, the soymilk curdles. Never had an apple flavored puerh before and I like this a lot. It doesn’t taste a lot like toffee, but that’s ok. I also picked the fruit bits out to eat as a snack, he he. This is a good blend.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

ooh this sounds really tasty! and it’s a puerh!


I like it :)


This sounds wonderful!


Nice, I"m always leery of pu-erh but I guess when it’s mixed with enough things, it adds a nice accent. Great to hear your interview went well!


Personally I like puerh but I haven’t been drinking much of it lately…

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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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