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Legit going to have a sipdown party sometime soon because I only have one sachet of this left and I have like another 15 teas in my sipdown pile and I’l right at 100 teas and I’m expecting packages soon! I would absolutely LOVE it if I’m able to get down to like the low 90’s before all my packages come in the mail.
But this tea. My sister bought me a box for my “Congrats on getting into the DCP!” present, and I’ve finished that off. But then, when I came home, she forgot that she bought me this tea and bought me another box as a birthday present!
I’m not the biggest fan of this tea, but I just drink it because it’s tea and there’s no caffeine. Seriously. Every time I drink it I like add lemon or honey or have it plain or any variation but.. dude it just never works out.
Definitely not my favourite tea, but it was a present so I feel like I should drink it all. It’s a good “I don’t know what tea to drink so I’ll just drink this tea so it’s one sachet closer to a sipdown” tea hahah.
Dang. This tea is just so weird okay.
Tisane of the mid-morning here; I am attempting to take it easy on the caffeine today, or at least trying to pace myself. This reminds me a lot of Bonbon by Steven Smith. which is in a tin I can’t open right now (with my bum arm). I like cinnamon and ginger but there could be a little less licorice in this and I’d probably be happy.
Another tea from the BBBBox Grab bag, provided by Tasty Brew.
This darjeeling blend started out with a pleasant toasty & fruity taste, & at first I was like, “maybe I do like Darjeelings more than I thought…”, but as it cooled it took on an astringency & tartness that reminded me of why they aren’t really my favorites. Still, not bad, & very drinkable, provided it isn’t allowed to cool down.
Tea of the afternoon here. My sweetie and I went to the Deyoung Museum and then came home to take a nap. This is a nice waking up after nap tea. I got the news today I need to wear the sling on my arm for another 2 weeks and I thought I was done with it. The damn thing is so uncomfortable I can’t remember the last time I slept through the night. Revive me, Lord Bergamot!
This tea smells like butt from the chamomile (I kinda don’t like chamomile all that much oops) but it smells sooo much beter steeping!
The lemon comes out more, but I definitely don’t taste the rose petals.
Definitely a nice, well-rounded herbal tea.
I actually missed my midterm tonight oops. But my professor was all yeah, take it tomorrow, it’s totally fine! So that is what I’m doing :) I’ve got me some nice herbals to last me the night of studying :)
Flavors: Lemon Zest
Was prepared not to love this, thought it might end up a little too brightly Ceylon-forward a la Red-Tailed Hawk for me to consider drinking regularly. But the balance of smooth deep Assam and bright coppery Ceylon is really good here, makes a splendid first-thing-with-food tea, flavorful and bold but smooth, just bright enough to wake you up and cut the greasy starch in your pancakes, and interesting thanks mostly to the depth in the sweet Keemun and malty Assam but not so complex or busy that you’d feel bad drinking it while still waking up. A+++ would drink again! Reminds me vaguely of The Black Lotus (less complex though), with Ceylon instead of Darjeeling playing the part of the bright sparkly note.
As always with SST blacks, I cut the steep time way down, only 3 minutes compared to their without-fail recommended (hair-raising!) 5. Funny, they’re one of the only tea companies whose directions I always automatically disregard with no reservations or regrets.
I never learn from my mistakes.
I have had this tea SO MANY TIMES and it just.. doesn’t taste good. I really want to like it, I do I do! But it’s just… ehh. This is the tea I drink when I am not picky with the rooibos that I drink. I go for this tea because I know every time I drink it, it’s one sachet closer to a sipdown.
Ohmygoodness I forgot to review this!! Had it awhile back but I was on a conference call… and then had to dash out the door. Sorry TeaBrat, and after you were nice enough to send me a sample!
Anyhow, I am very particular about my chai and this one did not quite fit into my ideal. I remember trying to figure out why, and I think it was just a mix of spices that don’t appeal to me as much as others. There was a sweet note in there as well, that I found odd. Ginger perhaps?
Milk and a dash of sugar certainly helped of course. Overall, a pleasant cup!
Worst day ever on my gosh.
You know it’s a bad day when you don’t even feel like drinking tea at night because THERE’S NO TEA TO DRINK. Like seriously. I don’t feel like drinking any of the teas I have right now because I just feel nasty and gross and ugh no. I was dying in Philosophy today okay. After two presentations, I just wanted to run home and take a hot shower because my entire body was ACHING. I sat through the final two presentations and I was close to tears in the last one because my stomach was hurting so much, and my muscles felt tingly and weak and no.
But this one kinda just stood out because I wanted something minty so Fez it is. I’ve been saving it because it’s one of my favourites and now I am all out of it :(
Yeah. Today was just a bad day.
Another tea sample swiped from the Traveling Box! It came in a nice, individually wrapped pyramid bag.
It’s a holy HOLY asparagus in my mouth… No, no, no. Stop that.
It’s a pretty decent vegetal-tasting green. Now, that’s better.
I do like it. It’s definite, categorical flavor. It’s taking names without necessarily kicking ass. Not sure if I would go out of my way to buy it but I would be extremely happy if anyone served it to me.
Thanks for the sample TeaBrat!
I don’t think I’ve ever had a tea quite like this before. Hot, it was so dynamic and complex, and yummy! I coulda sworn there was yerba mate in there but nope it’s myrtle masquerading as mate. Ha!
Anyhow, now that it’s cooled I can really taste the lemon. Interesting. I still prefer it hot though.
I received this tea thanks to the wonderfully generous Scribbles Thank you so much.
I was drinking this at work this morning. I was really quite impressed. Not at all what I was expecting from a Ceylon blend. Light and bright without being too astringent. There was a bit of a fruity note. I really liked it, and this isn’t in my normal favorite flavor profile. If Steven Smith can do this with a Ceylon, what can he do with teas that I really like? May have to pick some others up and check it out. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy this one.
Another from the generous ifjuly! :)
This was very nice. A good combination of flushes, it was a nice deep golden color and all the good characteristics of a darjeeling while skipping a few of the not so nice ones. It was well balanced, thicker than a first flush but not extremely dry. In fact, not really dry at all but oversteeping could lead to bitterness – there was a faint hint of it in my steep. This one needs to be watched closely, but in my experience, a lot of darjeelings need to be watched closely. They are sometimes sneaky and finicky.
I don’t know that I would replace this one but if I were on the cusp of free shipping I might throw this one in the cart, knowing it would be enjoyed. Or if I ran across it locally on sale I might grab it.
Oh my gosh I feel like the steepster app/email notification thing kinda stopped working for a bit because DANG MY PHONE WAS VIBRATING LIKE CRAZY JUST NOW.
Okay. Last tea of the night and then it’s off to bed. Concentrating on herbals this late because I need sleep but tea is good and yes class tomorrow morning and it’s not going to be fun if I sleep at 3am.
This is tasting note #199, I’m celebrating #200 tomorrow! Hmm but which tea should I make #200…
I was just about to watch out of Chapters when I realized they’d started carrying Steven Smith again. Only two blacks, two greens and two herbals, of course. But they had Kandy, which they hadn’t had the last time; I almost walked out with another box of Lord Bergamot too, but decided I didn’t feel like dumping ALL my money on tea and books today.
Hadn’t had this one yet, though it was on my list. I do occasionally like plain Ceylon blends. I still miss Tealicious’ Scottish Delight. This one isn’t quite as strong as that, and and I amused myself while sitting it and thinking that it reminded me more of Murchie’s Uva Highland, before realizing that’s one of the teas listed on the back. Probably a coincidence, because I don’t ACTUALLY have the ability to tell the difference between Ceylon growing regions.
It’s not quite as sharp as some Ceylons can be. Light, but definitely still strong, but sharp, honeyed. Kandy aint a bad name.
Today was a very productive day so I’m allowed to be lazy and have ramen for dinner. Come on, that’s the epitome of a college life right there okay. Ramen plus coffee equals COLLEGE.
But of course, I don’t drink coffee, only tea :) Ramen like… once or twice a month at most because I enjoy quality foods. But today was very productive, I’ve done over half the things I needed to finish so just leave me with my ramen and my tea and my netflix hehe :)
This tea though. I’ve had it plenty of times before and I can just never get it right? It either has too much or too little flavour. Ahh well. It’s in a sachet so easy clean up for me! Once again: THE LAZINESS IS TAKING OVER.
Confession: I Actually drank this earlier today, but realized I had the opportunity to make it #49, so I held back the posting of it until now!
I had a crush on a guy named Steve Smith a long time ago, & of course, my secret fantasy is that he grew up to be a tea maker! I originally loved this tea, but alas, the magic is over. The last 2 outings with it weren’t as happy as they used to be. One thing about this one, although it is really bold & screams ASSAM, you really have to be careful about going over-board with the amount of tea, or it can be a little too…uh…grapepeely & bright.
Today, it was actually pretty good!
Tea of the morning here. I’ve reviewed this one before and it’s so unique and lovely. I am digging the fir scent/flavor of this one a lot. Good tea cheers me up quite a bit, I just wish I could do more stuff right now. Seriously considering hiring a home health aide…
requesting this tea in a swap with jump62359 was a no brainer.
this bright floral green with a citrus flair is best very hot and any time of the day.
i know i have a few bags of this, but i still just re-steeped the teabag trying to get as much as i can from each taste.
easy peasy lemon squeezey.
Super SUPER quick note before heading off to class.
I’ve got me some Fez in my thermos and I’m taking it with me to class tonight! Gotta stick to my sachets when I take my teas to go because I don’t have a Timolino yet. That is a MUST for me and I’ve already told myself that I’m going to get one soooon.
But yes. Fez. Nice spearmint smell when you open up the pack and then a wee bit of a floraly taste comes out when it steeps. Dude. I loooove this tea! Definitely one of my favourite spearmint teas!
Still laughing over the fact that there still isn’t option in the Flavours at the bottom ahhaha