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I received a sample of this from Suziqzer, thanks! I drank some of this last week and actually quite enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I was unable to re-create whatever I did last wee because I just brewed this and had to toss it out. It was over-whelmingly bitter and it was un drinkable.

Suziqzer

Oh no. Must be finicky?? I plan to try this one cold steeped and see how it fairs. I’ve not yet mustered the courage to try it hot, it smells so good dry I’m afraid it won’t live up to my expectations.. And I imagine it to be pretty heavy on the citrus flavor which I’m still adjusting to.

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Sipdown! 386/369

It’s gone! YAY! For literally years, I have picked up this blend, wrinkled my nose, and put it back. But enough is enough, so I cold brewed this overnight with about twice the leaf I needed in an effort to empty the bag.

Full disclosure, it’s easily been two years since I got this blend and it’s been stored in a plastic ziploc baggie. So…I’m not holding my breath on this one.

I’m not going to change my rating because, well, it’s old. But despite twice the leaf, it’s weak and tastes like lemon cardboard. I’ll chug it for the sake of hydration, but I am glad to finally get it out of my cupboard.

Dexter3657

Congrats on getting an OLD one out of the cupboard. I’ve recently started being more “firm” about drinking older teas first. I don’t have anything that’s “years” old, but need to get serious about drinking the older stuff before it becomes OLD. LOL Thanks for the reminder on WHY I need to be doing this. :))

aisling of tea

Exactly. Now, I do have several tea that are kept in tins that are years old and still very good, but this just isn’t one of them.

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It’s cold and windy and in general a yucky day. How dare the sun shine! I have a head ache and don’t even want to get out of bed. Actually the cat is holding me hostage by laying across my legs. I can’t get out because you know I don’t want to bother the cat when she is purring so loudly :-P I had a bit of Warming Crimson Berry which I enjoy but not really enough for a cup. So I added some Strawberry Herbal. A little stevia to fight the hibiscus. A nice warming cup with a bright chili after taste. It’s kind of cleaning out my sinuses which I hadn’t even noticed were clogged up. I hope this isn’t the beginning of a sinus infection. It’s the kind of tea that I need to have eat with or the chili can upset my stomach. After forcing the cat off my legs, I made the tea and now she is on my lap and shows no signs of moving. Help, I may be trapped the rest of the day :D I lowered the rating on this a little. It does’t seem as good as I remember it or maybe it’s just that I feel crummy.

Flavors: Berries, Peppercorn

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I received a sample of this from Suziqzer. Thank you for sharing.

Reading the name of this tea I got really excited. I love both flavors. Brewed up though this was a little too medicinal for me. I get the lemon form the lemon grass and I get ginger. It tastes like there is chamomile in there. I am not sure why this didn’t work for me. It is a very dark brew which is really surprising. I added some ice and it was okay cold. I really wanted to like this one, but it is not my cup of tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

Sorry it was a miss for you.

I have to confess I haven’t steeped this one yet myself. I bought it because it’s smells amazing, but I’m not a big citrus tea fan. Thinking I might cold brew it and see what happens.

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Iced 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Flavors: Butter, Nuts

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is not among my favorites. It has nothing particularly wrong with it. Mild musty taste, some what vegetal. I probably will not buy it again. Plain darjeelings are not my favorite anyway. Luckily, I don’t have much of it.

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Nothing special. Just decent Assam.

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golden, tippy….English Breakfast?? is that you?

i had this tea the other day & for some reason i thought i was drinking English Breakfast! which as far as i know contains Assam, in the very least…

i’m inclined to say my taste buds aren’t up to snuff, but this isn’t as dreamy a Darjeeling as i remember other darjeelings being..

it was quite a bit astringent, a bit more than is warranted for standard blacks, and darjeeling is supposed to be the champagne of tea! a lemon note kept popping out at me that i wanted to go away, and that’s saying something since i love lemon. i drink lemon water (to the point of it being cloudy) fairly regularly although i will admit, it is sometimes an exercise in endurance. lol

anyway…i guess i was hoping to have a black tea that could hold up against milk & sugar. it didn’t seem to work this time.

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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This little jar of nuggety goodness was a gift; normally I don’t choose chai for myself.

However, it’s fun to play “Where’s Waldo?” with all the ingredients—cinnamon chunks, fennel, fennel and more fennel, black peppercorns…tried a few sips straight up and it was not too bitter as a stand-alone. However, the addition of half-and-half and some brown sugar smoothed it out beautifully. Available in bulk, this gets a Cheapster Steepster thumbs-up for frugality as well.

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I got this tea from Terri. Thank you Terri!
This is not a great darjeeling, but it’s a nice enough and not too memorable tea. If you don’t like Darjeelings, then you could probably still enjoy this tea. It has less acidity and astringency than more pronounced Darjeelings, but also lacks the more ethereal muscatel notes, or the fantastic mouth feels that good Darjs have.

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Overindulgent snack days at work call for something light and mildly medicinal at home. Straight up lemongrass, no additives, clean and mildly sweet to compensate for too many Lil’ Smokies in barbecue sauce and Chex Mix.

Like chamomile and peppermint—it’s pretty hard to distinguish any major variance in lemongrass flavoring, so my Cheapster Steepster recommendation is to buy it loose and inexpensively at the health food store instead of boxed, bagged, and branded.

Fjellrev

I totally agree about your recommendation.

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I am usually not a big hibiscus fan but for this I’ll make an exception! Lovely aroma, deep red liquor (looks awesome in a clear cup), tart and nice hot chili to top it off. There is a strong chili after taste. Yum! I know it’s not for everyone but on a cold winter day (14 degrees) it hit the spot for me. I added a bit of sweetener and it helped with the tart taste. Resteepable several times.

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From my teapot friend. Straight up tonight; no additives. It’s rooibos’ perkier, slightly sharper cousin. (Rooibos is a sleepy granny cat; honeybush is a kitten chasing its own tail?) I’m exhausted this evening, but at least my tastebuds are peppy now.

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