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95

My favorite Earl Grey that I can buy in bags.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

I tend not to like Chai very much, but this one is very drinkable. I had it sweetened with honey this time, due to a cold, but am very much looking forward to adding milk, I think it will do very well that way.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

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71

Had been wanting to try this one for a while, now that I’ve tried it I can’t remember quite why I wanted it so badly. It’s definitely one of the weirdest teas I’ve ever tried! I really don’t know what to think. 0_0
It’s pine-y, kinda peppery, ever so slightly minty, and has some weird other spices going on that I can’t pick out. It’s seriously so weird. Might be the weirdest one yet!
It’s not a horrible weird, but it’s not an amazing weird either. I feel like it’s the kind of weird that my taste buds will just like start craving randomly sometime for no apparently reason. It’s a weird combo of flavors. But part of it kinda reminds me of a certain food. What food is that, you might ask? I don’t know. xD But it really does remind me of something.
So yeah, not my kind of tea really. But thank you soo much for letting me try it, Rosehips!! :D :D

Flavors: Mint, Pepper, Pine, Spices, Wood

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70

Basically the Lord Bergamot minus the bergamot. Honestly, not a favorite of mine. The quality is there though. I can totally imagine this being a go-to-tea for others. I still love their sachets, they work wonderfully and are so convenient.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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94
drank Silent Night by Steven Smith Teamaker
632 tasting notes

Licorice and Peppermint.
I never thought that those two would mix.
When Rosehips sent me a sample of it, and I smelled the tea bags, I still wasn’t sure. But man was I wrong!
Those two flavors together made for an excellent cup! I can’t even explain how amazing it was! I wouldn’t consider myself a huge fan of either of those flavors alone, but I haven’t had many teas with those flavors in them. I really never could imagine they would mix so well.
PLUS! It’s a chamomile!
I desperately wish that I had tried this before all of this tea was sold out. Now I have to wait a whole ‘nother year to get more of this tea! I’m so sad! Thankfully Rosehips was so generous and gave me three tea bags. I will savor the two I have left!
I seriously had such a horrible day yesterday, and an even worse night. This tea was seriously the best part of my entire day last night. It helped me relax and actually smile and feel a little happier inside.
Ahh! I’m just so happy to have gotten to try this! And it really did cheer me up some last night. And writing this makes me smile because I’m really happy that I still have two more tea bags left! I should save them for the really bad days so they will help me feel more relaxed and a bit happier! (: I can’t wait till Next Christmas to get more!
Thank you, Rosehips!! I’m so excited and happy about this tea! :D

Flavors: Licorice, Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet

Red Fennekin

Mmm, I know what you mean about liquorice and peppermint! It sounds really odd, but they work so well together as a tea! I’ve never tried this particular one, but the Teapigs one is ace :-)

Rosehips

I know! When I smelled it, I was also unsure, but its fantastic! I’m so sorry its all sold out. Enjoy the other cups!

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70

Sample Sipdown!
Had the last of this tea last night. Not bad-all three times I had it it made for enjoyable and relaxing cups. Always happened to be when I needed it the most! I don’t think I’d buy this tea in particular, but it was pretty nice. Thanks again for the generous samples, Rosehips!

Rosehips

Glad it was well timed tea, anyway!

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70

I really really needed something to calm me down after this morning when I had to go to the dr to have a horrible test done. My body hurts like hell and I can barely swallow. Seriously have been such a mess today.
But this tea.
This tea totally calmed me down when I got home. Hurt tons to swallow, but it was definitely worth it. Helped me to be able to sleep for most of the day. xD Which was good for me because this monitor in my throat is killing me. xD
Also I really do think that the blend of lemon and chamomile is pretty nice in this tea. One tea bag left. :O

ashmanra

Oh no! Saying a prayer for you to feel so much better, and quickly!

TheTeaFairy

Feel better soon sweet girl…

Dexter

((hugs)) feel better

Ost

Thanks you guys. I’m sure that if the dr lets me come back and get this thing out of my throat himself it will be better. But kinda doubting he will. But fingers crossed! >

Rosehips

Feel better soon, Ost!

dragondrool

I hope you’re back to spiffy soon!

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70

Got a generous sample of this tea from Rosehips! I really did need a relaxing tea, and this one totally worked! ^^
I love how much chamomile relaxes my muscles, it’s like I feel it between the sips. It’s the perfect kind of tea for me. It inspires me to try all of the chamomiles!
I wasn’t sure if I’d like this one when I looked it up on Steepster, but I tried it anyway.
It’s definitely interesting.
The main flavors are lemon and chamomile. They taste almost the same since chamomile is generally pretty sour tasting. Kinda a weird combo since it was a little hard to tell them apart, but I look forward to trying the other two tea bags of this one. It’s interesting. Not something I’d go out and buy, but it really does make for a pleasant cup when you want to relax.
Thanks for the samples, Rosehips!

Flavors: Lemon, Sour

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80

Another cup this morning. Really enjoy the bright citrus note from the bergamot. Put a little extra sugar in this time and, well, it was sweeter as one might expect. Just right for my mood this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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80

Like this tea quite a lot. Really my first taste of a bergamot but it was fantastic. I’m always a fan of Assam teas which is the base of this tea (with Ceylon). Just fantastic in my opinion. Impressive especially for a bagged tea (though they call them “sachets” which I suppose is accurate as they’ve got plenty of expansion room).

Flavors: Bergamot, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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77

This has got such an interesting hint of pine floating around at the tail end of the sip. It bumps up the otherwise unflavored tea, which enhances it, rather than distracts.
Also, its a quick cup to brew up and to drink- important this early in the morning.

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77

Tea of the morning.
I was very interested. A rich blend of black teas, and a hint of pine? What would that be like?
I’m pleased to let you know it was not at all like a pine tree. I was afraid it might taste like a Christmas tree lot, but the pine note is lovely, subtle, and well blended with the black teas.
Good. I’m quite glad.

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88

My collection of sachets are starting to get disturbingly low. That’s going to be a bit of a problem, as I really like this, and its a seasonal tea!
It would be too simple to say that this is a mint or peppermint tea. Its so much more than that, full of a wonderful layer of lemon, and then a hint of licorice. The most sophisticated mint tea I’ve ever owned.

Maddy Barone

Sounds marvelous.

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88

There is a very modern sweetness too this. Not an old fashioned, sugary sweetness, but something crisp and cool, and a little unexpected. It makes it much more than a mint tea, with the flavors running around and making themselves hard to identify.
I have a headache, and ate too much dinner, but this tea has helped take the edge off. Good!

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88

Backlogged from the other day.
I brought this and a few other mint teas of mine over to my friends house, for a tea and knitting date. It was good! I’m getting so much progress done on the very basic scarf that I am learning to knit.
She picked this one, and so I had another chance to mull over my thoughts.
Still like it! Complex and layered. I think it will be great if you are not feeling well, which may sound clinical, but I think is a high bit of praise. You don’t always want something this good when you don’t feel well.
My friend was a little more meh about it, but thats alright!

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88

So, I was starting to feel slight pangs about the amount of mint and peppermint based teas that I ordered from the Black Friday sales. Had I ordered too many? Would I get sick of similar flavors?
I was feeling slightly worried about this one, as I’ve jut discovered a love of the ROT Peppermint Bark. Would this taste the same?
I should not have worried. This is worlds different.
The smell was very light and sweet, and, when sipped, proved to be the most complex mint based tea I’ve ever had. Is that cinnamon in it? Orange? What were those other flavors? Whatever they were, they were fantastic. I will need many more cups of this fascinating blend to really pin it down.
Sophisticated may not always be the word used about peppermint tea, but it can be used without hesitation of Silent Night.

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78

Thanks to boychik for this sample. I ended up steeping it for 3 minutes at 205 f and that was definitely overkill because I got really intense tobacco notes that made it difficult for me to drink this without milk. I also noticed spicy pepper-y notes and a bit of the sweet potato type of flavor that seems characteristic of yunnans.

I tried a 2nd steep for 90 seconds and now it seems like it doesn’t have enough flavor… it could be I steeped all the flavor out of it at the 3 minute mark. :) Anyway the 2nd steep isn’t bad but I’m still getting tobacco notes with some caramel. Tobacco isn’t really my favorite flavor in tea.

this doesn’t seem to be my favorite yunnan to date but it isn’t terrible. If I had more tea I feel like I could hit a sweet spot with the brewing parameters. I wish I had more to play around with but probably not worth placing an order.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

Very sweet, with a hint of raisin and lots of caramel. I can see why this is a favorite for so many on here, but, weirdly, I prefer my black teas on the harsher side—this Assam actually reminds me of some of the popular Chinese blacks I haven’t cared for on grounds of having too much in the way of sweet dessert notes going on, though I can’t think which ones exactly. Thanks for the sample, Cameron B.! I’m happy to be able to knock this off my wish list, since it’s a tea I’d been curious about for a while.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Hah, I love how we’re complete opposites. I love the sweeter fruity black teas! :P

greenteafairy

Yep, I think I must have the least refined tastes of anyone on Steepster, but I’ve learned to just go with it!

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65

This was a bonus sample from scribbles. Mine is in sachet form. The leaves inside are black and somewhat thin, and surprisingly not very broken. Dry scent is sweet and malty with hay and molasses notes. I let my sachet steep in 8 ounces of 200 degree water for 3 minutes. The string escaped into the cup, harumph!

This one is pretty “meh” in my opinion… The main flavor of it is generic black tea, and I don’t know how else to describe that. It’s somewhat malty and quite astringent, especially as it cools. There is a bottom note of molasses-like richness, and a touch of dried apricot-like fruitiness, and these help to balance it a bit. Still not very impressive for me.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Malt, Molasses, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

This is going to be a lazy note for a lazy morning… Boychik sent me this sample, thanks dear. The leaves are fairly broken and dark with only a few scant golden pieces. I did my general black tea steep.

Meh, this one is just okay for me. It’s fairly generic with just malt and some bread notes, along with a fair amount of astringency, which I do not enjoy. Maybe just a touch of honey sweetness on top. Overall, it’s drinkable, but not something I would reach for.

Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Honey, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

i didnt like it either. too finicky. either too bitter or flavorless. not going to restock.

Cheri

It’s disappointing when one wants a tea to be good and it’s just maybe mediocre.

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88

Thought I’d have this one again since they have a free shipping deal again. Had to see if I needed more. :P This really is a wonderful assam. I really do enjoy it. But I don’t think I need more than 2oz for now. Maybe once I sip these 2oz down I’ll be ready to buy more!
Still a very strong, malty assam. Enjoying this one!!
If you haven’t had it yet and like malty teas-you should definitely take the free shipping offer up now and get some! It’s not super expensive too!

Flavors: Malt

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88

Decided to order this one since Steven Smith Teamaker is having a small sale, and since i’m working again I have more money! Glad I took a chance and got this one.
It’s delicious! :O
Rich. Strong. Malty. Fruity. Honey.
A lovely tea!
And guess what! NO WOODY TASTE!
Yah! I’m so excited! :D

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Honey, Malt

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i learned the bad news today. Steven Smith lost his battle with cancer. I love his teas.

This one is one of my favorite Yunnan Black( Red ) tea.
i brewed it Western today. my usual parameters 3g 8oz 200F for 3min

This tea is wonderful. its smooth and sweet but not overly. Im getting tired of sweet potato notes. thankfully this is not this kind. Some floral and savory. very enjoyable cup.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

i wish i had 49 in my cupboard still to mourn his passing

boychik

i dont have 49 either. i wasnt happy with last year harvest.

TeaBrat

that is sad… :(

Stephanie

Cancer is an asshole :(

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