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Dry leaf smells surprisingly creamy and lemony. It is very pretty with little pieces of dried orange turmeric, green tiny lemongrass pieces, and dried ginger.

OK,,, I make a homemade tisane with fresh turmeric, lemon, and honey so I was wondering how this would taste using dried turmeric. I do like it, the turmeric is not as prominent- tasting when it is dried.
This tisane is really naturally sweet,,,I had to look at the ingredients to see if there was a drop of stevia added but it is just a very good blend (good bc I don’t like stevia lol).
This has sweet flavors of lemon, almost a creamy edge (this must be the oils on my palate), and just a touch of a ginger taste. The turmeric really just lends its color to the liquor.
I do like the taste of fresh turmeric but it is a stronger and acquired taste,,,so this herbal would be a great introduction for someone wanting to try the health benefits of turmeric. Plus I like having a back up bc sometimes my store is out of fresh turmeric and fresh turmeric can mold if you don’t use it quickly.

From the Steepster Select Box, August 2014

Flavors: Cream, Ginger, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
boychik

I had to google the image of turmeric. If I’d see it in grocery store I’d think its ginger. Can you store it in a freezer?

Lee

It is a relative of ginger but it is bright bright orange even showing through its skin, it is so orange,,,and smaller than ginger so you would know it was turmeric rather than ginger.
I wouldn’t freeze it,, but I think you can freeze ginger so you probably could freeze it. I like to just have those things fresh to get the most antioxidants possible.

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drank Baozhong Oolong by Steepster
5 tasting notes

Yum. I’m on my third resteep with flavors still holding on. I appreciate how the full green leaves unfold as they are steeped, connecting me more with what I’m about to consume.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

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

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drank Bombay Chai by Steepster
4 tasting notes

A nice tea, but less flavorful than other chais I’ve tried. It is possible that I used too little tea for the amount of water I used.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Bombay Chai by Steepster
1 tasting notes

I was excited to try this chai from the first burst of cardamom and cloves when I opened the package. It is a little thin when brewed according to the instructions. Admittedly, I drink chai with milk and honey, but the spice is a little disappointing compared to what I learned to mix when I had an Indian roommate at one point. It might improve with a longer steep and a little more generous amount of tea than the directions give.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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My Steepster Select box came yesterday at the perfect time. I was feelin a little bit ill and this one perked me right up.
This is better than any regular old lemon ginger I have tried… I definitely taste more of an orange flavor, and the turmeric is nice. I’m definitely ordering this if it is available.

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My select box came today! I was immediately intrigued by the description, so I’m trying this one first!

Steeped according to package instructions, the aromas are pretty straight-forward. The ginger and the turmeric pretty much dominate the nose, which is a really strange combination. The citrus is there, but it’s definitely the middle child.

On the tongue, it’s a good marriage of flavor. The lemongrass comes out to say hello, while the citrus fades into the background, barely noticeable. It finishes slightly sweetly, owing to the licorice root. I was expecting something really powerful (maybe even overpowering), but the aromas are much stronger than the liquor itself.

It’d be pretty good iced, too.

From the August ’14 select box.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Baozhong Oolong by Steepster
225 tasting notes

Had this one after lunch and weighed these leaves to get exactly 4 grams.
Dry leaves smell amazing,,,butter cookie and vanilla orchid. I like the forest green color, but some of my twisted strips were crushed a bit so I missed those pretty long strips.
Liquor is a light spring green color and still with the butter cookie and vanilla orchid scent which is cool that the butter cookie stayed—I am looking forward to tasting this.
Flavor is yumm,, very creamy, butter cookie and mostly floral on the nose, not the taste. Very enjoyable Pouchong/Baozhong!
As it cools, it gets a bit more green and floral but it mostly tastes like creamy butter cookie.
Good!

From the Steepster Select Box, August 2014

Flavors: Butter, Cookie, Orchid

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 207 ML
TeaBrat

cookies! yum. :P

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A very mild, light tea with very little astringent presence. A bracing tea, with a very dry character and only the slightest thought of sweetness in the finish. Very pleasant aroma similar to honey roasted nuts, which led to a bit of disappointment for me when I did not find those same notes echoed in the flavor profile. A prefect tea for a lazy summer day when you don’t want to think about complex flavors and nuanced tastes. 6.5/10, would not seek out again.

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drank Bombay Chai by Steepster
225 tasting notes

Love the scents of the spices in this blend for chai. Smells like vanilla too even though I don’t think it is included in the mix. You can definitely smell the cloves and touch of cardamom.
The liquor brings out an orange zest flavor but that must be from the Assam. Now I see the ginger pieces in the wet leaf but they are not very prominent in the flavor. I tasted this plain before adding milk and it definitely has an orange peel with spices flavor. Then added milk and yumm yumm. The clove notes do come thru, clove is very strong so I usually add one whole clove only if I make homemade chai.
I really like this blend for chai. I like to control the sugar content of chai because if you get it at a coffee shop where they have it pre-made,,,,the sugar is off the charts and I think it is too sweet at those places.
This blend is perfectly balanced and needs no sugar in my opinion. Just milk.
Delicious! (Clove really gets into your palate though,, so it will mess with any other things you might be tasting so chai only this morning,, it is!!!!!!)

From the Steepster Select Box, August 2014

Flavors: Cardamon, Cloves, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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A really lovely first flush Darjeeling. Very low astringency, like what you might experience from a dry wine, only perhaps less harsh.

Nice fruity tones: apricot and peach and muscat grape. Nice to find muscatel in a first flush!

With most Darjeeling teas, I tend to discover woodsy or earthy type notes along with the fruit notes, but this one seems to be all about the fruit. Sweet and fruity – very nice.

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Origin: Zhejiang, China
Leaf Appearance: Very small brownish green, twisted leaves with scents of mineral
Method: Western 1 cup size pot with same size infuser, 180F for 2 minutes
Liquor: Light spring green with scents of mineral, raw artichoke
Flavor: This tea is just as described by the Steepster Select card and website. The astringency is not to be feared (as I had when I read this). It really just has notes of artichoke which has some naturally bitter notes but nothing overwhelming. I like young leaf green teas like this, they are sweet and have a tiny touch of balancing bitter. You can see how delicate and tiny the leaves are when they open up after steeping.
There are some raw almond(with the skin) notes to me, not as much baked chestnut. I purposefully ate a raw almond to compare. The tea doesn’t quite get as sweet as chestnut but I can see that note as well in this tea.
Overall, a pretty good everyday green tea for afternoon drinking.

From the Steepster Select Box, August 2014

Flavors: Almond, Artichoke

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Very nice green tea with a pleasant aroma and a full flavor profile. I really enjoyed the chestnut and green tea flavors which reminded me of Dragonwell teas I’ve had in the past. There was a nice buttery, nutty flavor on the first steep and it mellowed out slightly on successive steeps into a pleasant and lighter cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This came in a Steepster box one or two months ago? I’m terribly behind on tasting/reviewing steepster box teas. One reason is that I’m not overly fond of the direction the packaging has gone. The other reason is that some of the teas are straight up not appealing, like the rooibos that came in this same month’s box- I will not be drinking that and probably will pass it on. This one though didn’t seem too bad.

It’s a good medium black base with a strong overlay of apricot scent. There’s some decorative orange petals (?) in there but I’m not sure how much that actually attributes to the taste. I’ve got a tbs grandpa brewing in a thermos- the way I’ve been doing things lately because of sheer laziness. The heavy apricot is appropriate for the season. It reminds me of the Mad Tea Party Blend from Disney, based on the apricot, but the base is more robust- more english breakfast. The scent is slightly candy, it’s really really sweet. On the side of apricot hard candies than juicy ripe ones, but the distinction doesn’t lend towards artificial tasting- it just smells really sweet.

It came in a larger non-resealable pouch, which drives me to finish it sooner and not be able to come back to it whenever. I have to say though, I miss the pre-portioning of teapot sized bags. This makes me think I’m getting less tea than I usually do.

I would recommend this tea, and I wouldn’t mind serving it, it’s just nothing extremely special and I probably won’t purchase on its own. It’s a good staple though, as the theme went “Cupboard Essentials”. If you’re just diving into the world of fruity blacks, this would be nice.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Obukucha by Steepster
199 tasting notes

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drank Earl Grey by Steepster
5 tasting notes

Very good Earl Grey, not overpowering with bergamot. The tasting notes made me worry that I was actually getting a Lady Grey instead, but this tea isn’t it. It’s a very tasty Earl.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This may just be the best Matcha dusted genmaicha tea that I’ve yet to taste. I’ve tried quite a few … this one (at this point) tops the list.

Roasty-toasty warmth with delicious nutty notes and a strong freshness of green tea flavors. The Sencha tea offers a good balance between sweet and contrasting bitter notes. It’s light and flavorful, and the matcha gives the cup a nice body and a slight creaminess which highlights the nutty flavors.

Really good. Delicious hot or iced.

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drank Imperial Keemun by Steepster
199 tasting notes

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drank Rooibos by Steepster
199 tasting notes

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Fruity filled fix. Berries and apple notes cover your taste buds and nostrils.

Flavors: Apple, Berries, Fruit Punch, Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Very light with a slight honey taste. Not too sweet, but sweet enough.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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