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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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Sipdown…
sadly I’m out of this, it’s been such a lovely Golden Monkey but luckily I do know where to get more. ;)

My cupboard overfloweth with tea but I still like to keep at least one Golden Monkey around as they are one of my favorites.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dustin

Do they not sell it at Aroma anymore?

TeaBrat

Yes, they do… which is why I know where to get more :) Just trying to save some money right now.

Dustin

I totally read that sentence wrong. Well cool, maybe I’ll check it out next time I’m there!

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90

Thanks to Mz P. for sending some of this my way!

I can see why people like this tea… it smells very chocolate-y in the bag and when you steep it up it’s so nice and rich. It definitely tastes like chocolate too! Is it a flavored tea or is it natural? I see it has vanilla in it which would explain the almost creamy quality it has. Anyway I’m glad I got to try this one! It’s good with soymilk and it’s also good plain.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
MzPriss

It’s natural and it’s magic :)

TeaBrat

And yummy!

MzPriss

Indeed. My very favorite blend.

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I got this one the other day and am just getting around to trying it.

I accidentally left it steeping too long so I’m not going to rate it right now. It might have been 5 minutes or longer. There’s been a lot of talk about the “barnyard” flavor of this tea. I’m not really picking this up. If anything it seems to be earthy in some ways like a good shu pu-erh is. It’s also kind of chocolate-y and also… savory. It almost seems to me like there is salt in here. So anyway I definitely plan to revisit this soon and rate it, but I’m glad it isn’t as scary ass I thought it would be. In fact, I kind of like it. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Salty

whatshesaid

Oh good!
To me it tasted sort of like the way a horse smells, haha. Ah well

Single Origin Teas

ah! yep. Sorry my barnyard is supposed to be more like “freshly brushed horses”. So a clean barnyard smell. :)

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drank Ginger by Triple Leaf Tea
2353 tasting notes

Hard to believe this was the only tea I had all afternoon. I was busy going to occupational therapy and doctor’s offices, and also I’ve been trying to motivate myself into looking for a job which isn’t easy. I need to focus more on career stuff and less on social media type stuff (yes, even YOU Steepster!)

Anyway this is just such a good and basic herbal, it’s just ginger and nothing else and it also comes in a teabag which isn’t optimal but makes it good for traveling. This will definitely be a restock for me once my current supply runs out.

Skulleigh

Good luck on the job hunting!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, what skulleigh said! :)

TeaBrat

thanks :)

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drank Lemoncello by American Tea Room
2353 tasting notes

I thought I’d try this one iced today, I think this might be my first time trying a red rooibos this way. I made some yesterday and then stuck it in the fridge, hopefully I will drink it in the next few days and this is also a god way for me to start drinking down my stash. My biggest complaint about this tisane is I just wish it had more lemon in it, but overall it isn’t too bad.

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91

Green tea of the morning here. I decided just to dump the whole sample into my 18 oz. Lupicia handy cooler today, so I can drink a lot of green tea!

This is definitely different than other senchas I have tried, like the ones from Den’s and Lupicia. It definitely looks and appears lighter to me and not quite as vividly green. It has a nice, sweet flavor with a bit of palate cleansing astringency in the finish. There’s a bit of nuttiness somewhere… The flavor is vegetal, it reminds me a lot of spinach. This is a nice green tea! I’m not sure I would necessarily need more to add into my huge stash that’s FULL of green tea but I’ve enjoyed this a lot. After I drank a bunch of this, I am feeling GOOD!

Flavors: Spinach

Cameron B.

Hooray, the sencha saga continues! I’ve been trying a couple senchas the past few days and now I really want to order this sampler. :P You enabler you!

TeaBrat

ha – I am having fun trying all the teas :)

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This is a sipdown for me, I’ve had this oolong for a while so it’s good to be clearing out something to make way for more tea :)

This definitely has a roasted dark flavor, but I’m also appreciating the floral notes that you get towards the end of the cup. Shui Xians and wuyi ooongs in general are probably my favorite type oolong. I’ve enjoyed this a lot but probably won’t restock soon since I also have the Verdant version of this tea in my cabinet.

I always thought you should steep oolongs at a lower temp. but just noticed on the bag it says to use boiling water, so I tried it that way today and it seems to be fine.

I love the aroma of this as well, very fruity.

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

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drank Houjicha - Amber by Obubu Tea
2353 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday, Steepster was acting really slow and would not allow me to do much.

This was a nice houjicha, definitely very roasty and earthy with a slight smoky note. I tried it hot and also over ice, it was good both ways but I wish it was a bit sweeter somehow.

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

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Hi Steepster-
This is a sample from Adagio I decided to finish off today in my iced tea pitcher. It’s a good one to drink iced because the green rooibos is mild and the tropical fruit flavors come through. It’s refreshing and almost make me feel like I’m drinking punch. I wouldn’t mind getting this again if I routinely ordered anything from Adagio (I seldom do).

The Persimmon Tree has one like this which is also good called Peach Picnic. I may have to try some more of my rooibos blends as iced teas!

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
CHAroma

Perfect timing on this review as I was just looking at this tea today. Thanks!

TeaBrat

I approve of it… he he

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