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70
drank Goji Strawberry by Cornelia Bean
1363 tasting notes

I think I finally found the right combination to get a nice rounded flavor from this tea: 2 parts Goji Strawberry mixed with 1 part DAVIDs Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait. The sweetness of this tea is balanced by the tart of SRP and it is all accompanied by the delicious yogurt flavor. Yum. Now off to shower and write an exam! Almost done guys :)

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drank Romeo & Juliet by Cornelia Bean
1168 tasting notes

My browser crashed and I lost my note. Sad panda. :(

This tea is really interesting. The ingredients really made me do a double take… I mean, caramel, rose, and rosemary? What?

But the tea is pretty good! A little floral for me because I ended up with a whole rose bud in my steeping basket, but a really interesting combination of flavours.

Thank you for suggesting this one, VariaTEA! Or did I suggest it? I don’t remember anymore. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

SAD PANDA!

Sil

omg, don’t be trying to take my panda from me

__Morgana__

I love that phrase, but my favorite part was “I don’t remember anymore” because I feel like that all the damn time. LOL.

VariaTEA

Haha I think this was a collective decision since I mentioned it because of the name and you jumped on it because of the rosemary.

OMGsrsly

:D I won’t take your panda away from you, Sil! But I might borrow it from time to time. :)

VariaTEA, that’s probably it. Tea with herbs! It’s a thing with me. :)

Morgana: Yes. :)

Flyawaybirdie

I haven’t heard anyone use Sad Panda in such a long time! That’s exactly how I feel when I lose a note, although occasionally it’s Awkward Turtle because I want to record but feel too lazy to rewrite it all out.

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Looking at the ingredients, I am not surprised to find rose hips and hibiscus in this. Is it ever tart! I cold brewed some and I like a tart iced tea, but even I am trying to work out if this is a good tart or a bad tart. I want to say that the dominant flavour is cranberries, but there does not appear to be any actual cranberry in the leaf, so I take it I am tasting the tartness from the hibiscus and attributing it to cranberry. The apple is present, under the berry, but really, it is the tart hibiscus/berry you are tasting. Overall, the flavours don’t clash, but the whole blend tart, bordering on downright sour.

I am glad I brewed some of this up, and I think it is a well blended tea, but I am not sure if it is the berry blend I am looking for.

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Sipdown!! (160)

This is actually only a sort of sipdown as I am eventually going to be sending the rest of this to Roswell Strange so she can try yet another seabuckthorn tea. However, I am starting to doubt the presence of sea buckthorn in this as I really don’t get much out of it. As OMGsrsly said, this is Cream Rooibos and not much more. Not bad, but not what I hoped it would be either. At least it was hydrating :)

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Hmm. AKA Rooibos Cream.

Yeah, IDK, VariaTEA. It’s not quite rooibos, but the rooibos is very very present. Of course, it’s screaming hot at the moment, so it might change as it cools down. Too bad I need to go sleep now. I might update in the morning (if I remember), how the tea changes when cold.

:)

Better tasting note later, for sure though.

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

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drank Walnut Black by Cornelia Bean
585 tasting notes

Love it – not just nutty – this is walnut. You can actually taste the little bit of bitter that walnut skin has.
If you like walnuts, you will like this.

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Dude.
Swaps are taking over my entire life right now.
Thank you VariaTEA for including this tea in our swap!
Ahh DRINK ALL THE ROOIBOS!!!

I actually only picked this tea up from out of the package because of the name. Dude, Swaziland? Sounds way cool :)
Thank you Rachel for giving me so many rooibos teas, and actually helping me at least try to cut caffeine out of my nighttime routine haha.

Accidentally weighed out 4g of this even though I’m using my 8oz mug, Ahh well, at least I love all my rooibos like super way overleafed and oversteeped :)
It smells interesting. Like nice, sweet south african rooibos, but I definitely smell hints of flora… and cinnamon? I think it’s just my nose playing with me hahah
Okay seriously, I feel like it’s a good thing that I added too much tea for this mug. After like 5 minutes, I tasted it and it’s just leafy water. I don’t know, I’m just weird with my rooibos okay
IT’S GOOD! I like it a lot! But I’m probably going to let this steep for another like 10 minutes :)

It’s a really nice rooibos. I really like the sweetness of the rooibos, and yet there’s a bit of a punch with the fruity flavours. Yep. It’s good :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

I was disappointed with this one. It has like 5 billion ingredients and I taste NONE of them :(. Also, flora and cinnamon is probably accurate.

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77
drank Prickly Pear by Cornelia Bean
1363 tasting notes

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drank Sweet Temptation by Cornelia Bean
1168 tasting notes

Yep, this is Divine Temptation by Bayswater in rooibos form.

Yum yum yum.

Mostly nougat, really nice with a little almond milk, would buy again (but probably local as this is available in a couple places here).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

I think I prefer Divine Temptation as it was as sweet but they are definitely very similar.

OMGsrsly

I haven’t tried the Divine Temptation rooibos yet. I think I’ll have to, though. Yum yum tea.

VariaTEA

Is there a Divine Temptation rooibos??

OMGsrsly

Well, she said they had it the last time I was in. Green, as well. But their website is seriously out of date and it’s not listed.

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55
drank Lucky Star by Cornelia Bean
1363 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (180). So long Lucky Star.

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55
drank Lucky Star by Cornelia Bean
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70
drank Goji Strawberry by Cornelia Bean
1363 tasting notes

Cold brewed this with a bit of Lucky Star rooibos overnight. The result is okay though I wasn’t expecting much as I am a lover of neither tea in particular. Combined together, there is a very sweet strawberry flavor (just on the edge of tolerable) and a slight hint of rooibos. Definitely a combination I will not be having again.

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Wow! Boozy hazelnut rooibos (kinda sorta) tea!

Like! Yes, I do like this one. Very hazelnut, but not an overpowering flavour unless you consider the booziness. That really surprises me, actually. The rooibos lends itself well to a base for this flavour, and isn’t hugely apparent.

I’ve never had frangelico before, so I have nothing to compare it to. But this is good!

For a hazelnut tea, I prefer Zen Tea’s Bossa Nova, but it’s caffeinated and this isn’t. So there is that.

Thanks for suggesting this one, VariaTEA!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86
drank Juicy Peach by Cornelia Bean
438 tasting notes

This tea has a ton going on! I could not believe how long the ingredient list was, and that was only the ingredients available to choose! I cold steeped a pitcher of this today. It brewed super fast and the hibiscus was very apparent in the dark pink hue the finished tea took on.

In terms of flavour, it has all the tartness from the hibiscus with notes from the lemon grass and the peach bits. I think it is a peachy tea, but a very tart peach. I am finding it refreshing, but I tend to like a bit of hibiscus in my teas to add that touch of tartness to them.

I can’t see this doing as well as a hot tea, but I have to admit it is pretty amazing cold steeped! This will be showing up more in my pitcher as the weather warms up!

Dexter3657

Oh I would like this…. Nice review – will have to pick some up!!

Sil

mmmmmmmm

mewakeling

If you like hibiscus and don’t mind a tart peachy tea, I highly recommend it.

Sil

shopping list it goes!

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drank Swaziland Rooibos by Cornelia Bean
1363 tasting notes

Oh Swaziland rooibos, you are truly a mystery. You have so many ingredients but they are expertly hidden in the cup. As a cold brew, there is a a hint of fruity sweetness that might be pineapple and the sip trails off with a touch of mint. Very, very weird.

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Cold brewed this and it definitely tastes like a liqueur. Both the nutty and alcohol components are present and there is no rooibos to be found. Alas, I guess when I bought this, I was hoping for more of a nutty flavor and less of an alcohol taste. So I give it points for being accurate but I am just not loving this tea.

Dexter3657

:(( I love this one – but to each their own. Sorry it’s not for you.

VariaTEA

No worries. There are so many teas in the world that you can’t love them all. Plus, I should have known.

OMGsrsly

Ooo… a boozy tea? I’ll have to break this open tonight.

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How is it possible that I haven’t logged this?
I drank the last of it last night and just went to remove it from my cupboard and noticed that I’ve never logged it. How rude!!

This is one of my favorite from Cornelia Bean. It’s almond, it’s caramel, it’s something like burnt toffee, it’s oooey goooey sweet. Even better steeped with the MissB lower temp shorter steep trick.
If I’m ever allowed into Cornelia Bean again, I will pick up more of this – awesome desserty type tea.

boychik

Do you keep a spreadsheet for all the teas. I was removing but then realized what if I forget if I had that tea before. My memory is not that great anymore;)

Dexter3657

LOL I am NOT organized enough to to keep a spread sheet. I try really hard to make sure I’ve logged all the teas that I’ve tried. This is my “memory”, if it says “drank one time” then I’ve tried it – if it doesn’t, it’s either in my cupboard, or I haven’t tried it. So far that’s working for me.
What I need a spread sheet for is to keep track of which teas I’ve sent to which swap buddies, I’m always afraid of sending them something I’ve sent them before. I really need to get organized. :))

boychik

Good idea. I try to stick to ppl wish list and many times I add whatever I liked a lot. So I need 2 spreadsheets. You know my hubby is a programmer so his rule is to back up every 5 min. What if god forbid smth will happen to Steepster?

Dexter3657

What if god forbid smth will happen to Steepster? LOL Don’t even joke about it – if that happens I’m lost – what would I do without my Steepster buddies? No I don’t even want to think about it….

Anna

This link is very helpful, I think, since it’s all in one page, and searchable: http://steepster.com/clareborn/feed.rss

(And I keep lists of what I send to whom in my gmail drafts folder.)

Sil

dexter…that’s why you need to answer my FB message..

Dexter3657

Thanks Anna – that’s an awesome link. I didn’t know it existed. Love learning new stuff.

Dexter3657

FB message – OMG I haven’t logged into FB in at least 6 months….LOL right – I’m on that.

Sil

Anna….we has her naao!

Anna

We spun a webb of HAIRS.

Sil

I think we lost her…

Anna

I think she probably just doesn’t understand how FB works. Six months is like six years in FB time…

Sil

That’s true….

ifjuly

i don’t keep a spreadsheet, but whenever a new tea comes in i stick it in a gigunda google doc list (i started out sorting it by tea types, but i’ve gotten lazy about that), and if i ever wonder if i have something already i control-F for it. when i’ve tried it, i put a strikethrough over it, and when i really like it i put a star next to it (when i hate it, which is rare, i put a big X next to it). not as organized as a spreadsheet, but works for me and is faster.

ifjuly

and yeah, thanks so much for that Anna! super helpful. i hate trying to find a log of a tea i know i’ve logged before from the actual tea page, sifting through pages of reviews.

Anna

Haha, beware of the big X! And yeah, it’s really helpful – I wish I remembered who told me about it so I could give proper credit.

Tea Sipper

Oh I must try this one soon that you sent a while back!

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… interesting. Definitely black currant, definitely puerh. I think I quite like it, but it’s not what I was expecting (what was I expecting?).

With almond milk.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I steeped a pitcher of this up again but I am still just getting apple and mixed fruits. I am really not able to draw out the strawberry or the goji very well. It is not a bad tea and I am sure I can get through my pitcher easily enough, but I am not sure this is one I will be reaching for again very quickly.

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76
drank Fireside Chat by Cornelia Bean
438 tasting notes

Having let this sit on my shelf for months, I finally gave it another shot. This time I sweetened it and went for a minute and a half steep. I think sometimes I just can’t win with teas, the flavour was a lot less rooibos-y, but this time I managed to oversweeten. It is a good tea, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t seem to brew out the orange and clove I am smelling without doing something else to ruin the cup. Maybe this one needs to sit on the shelf again for a while until I get some stroke of brilliance.

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SMELLS SO GOOD. So orangey. And it’s soft and bouncy like a pillow!

Steeping, it smells divinely orangey.

Steeped, it tastes orangealicious. And a little herbally from the nettle and chamomile.

SO GOOD. Well. Unless you don’t like one of the ingredients and then it would be terrible. But for an orangey, nettle-and-chamomile-and-other-things tea? This is really really nice. I bet it would be good with a little honey, and poured over ice, too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

YAY!! I am happy the pillow tea also delivers in flavor. It would be sad if it didn’t :P

OMGsrsly

It’s just what I was hoping for from the smell, and I didn’t even add any sweetener of any kind! WOO!

VariaTEA

Nice. It smelled really good too.

Amariel

That does sound good!

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55
drank Lucky Star by Cornelia Bean
1363 tasting notes

I tried cold brewing this to see if I preferred it that way but I am still unimpressed. It basically tastes like sweet rooibos and nothing else. Really leaves me wanting more.

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drank Swaziland Rooibos by Cornelia Bean
1363 tasting notes

This tea is supposed to have a bunch of different components: pineapple bits, mango bits, cherry bits, apple bits, hazelnut leaves, sunflower blossoms, rose hips, rose blossoms, mallow blossoms, marigold blossoms, and peppermint. I definitely would have never guessed because flavorwise, I am getting rooibos, a generic floral/fruit sweetness, and maybe a hint of mint right at the end of the sip. It is not bad but it certainly does not deliver on all it promises. I did prep some of this to cold brew so perhaps more flavors will come out that way? We shall see…

Kayla

Do you know why it has “Swaziland” in the name? Peaked my interest because I am going there in October.

VariaTEA

I have no idea. Perhaps the company thinks the flavors they added are representative of flavors you might find there?

Kayla

Sounds like a tea I should try then. haha

VariaTEA

Probably. And then you can let us know if it is representative after your trip :P

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drank Lime Sage Rooibos by Cornelia Bean
1168 tasting notes

My first cup of this is GREAT! It smells intensely limey with some sage, but the flavour is mellowed out a bit by the rooibos.

I was kind of expecting more sage, TBH.

But it’s still good.

Nice and herbal-y. Nice and limey.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cavocorax

Oh good. Nice and limey. NOT nice and slimey.

OMGsrsly

Mmm, slimey tea. LOL! Maybe not.

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