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Drank my two teabags of this at work today. It’s been a busy and fustrating day pretty much in equal measure, so I didn’t get chance to drink a lot. I’m trying to change that — I don’t do myself any favours by becoming dehydrated and headachey — but it all went out of the window with my plans today. Still, I managed two cups of this, so things could be worse. It’s a fairly pleasant green, smooth and very grassy. It’s not the tea I remember from the first time I tried it, but it’s pretty good all the same. Easy to drink, refreshing, and fuss-free because it’s bagged. Just the thing today.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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83
drank Super Fruit by Teapigs
37 tasting notes

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67
drank Spiced Winter by Teapigs
64 tasting notes

This could best be described as mulled redbush, really. Most of the flavour is of citrus and sweetish spices, and not that much of the taste of the redbush comes through. I usually add honey to this, as I often do to redbush.

My main complaint is, that like most pyramid teabags, it’s overpriced for the amount of tea you get.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75

Finished off my two sample bags this morning. I still like this, as white teas go. The quality is definitely there, and it has a wonderfully buttery, slightly floral flavour to match. One I’d consider restocking from time to time.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95

A good strong hardy tea. A “builder’s brew” but much higher quality as reflected in the somewhat premium price. Well worth the price. My tip is to brew it to almost stewed strength.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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35

Sipdown! From yesterday, this time. Another duo of bags from the pick n’ mix box polished off. I’m getting along with oolong a lot better than I have been in the past. I remember when I actually couldn’t drink this, but not I can quaff it happily and appreciate the flavour. It’s a touch on the mineral side for me, but tolerable. Not my favourite oolong, but then there are very few that have ever made it into the class. A reasonable effort from Teapigs.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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35
drank Yerba Mate by Teapigs
940 tasting notes

Drank up two bags of this at the start of the week. I’ll never really like unflavoured Yerba Mate, I don’t think, but I do appreciate its energy giving properties. I’ve said it before, but flavoured is the way forward for me here.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Jasmine Pearls by Teapigs
940 tasting notes

Sipdown! Another one from the selection box done and dusted. I’ve reviewed this before, and I don’t really have anything earth shattering to add this time. It’s a nice, fragrant, delicate tea, perfect for afternoon sipping and frazzled nerves. Not one I’d keep around all the time, but nice to come back to every now and then.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Popcorn Tea by Teapigs
37 tasting notes

I was pleasantly surprised by this tea! I steeped it for 5 minutes and 30 seconds instead of the recommended 3 minutes. The first thing I noticed was the smell, which was horrible. Really really horrible. I almost didn’t drink it, but decided to anyways because I hate things going to waste. And I’m glad I did! Because it tasted MUCH better then it smelt. Genmaicha is one of my all time favorite types of tea, and I find this one particularly enjoyable because it tastes different then most of my other genmaicha teas. I know other people have said that it tastes a bit sweet, but personally I didn’t taste any sweetness. That might be because of how long I steeped it though. I loved the nutty undertone. Overall a very enjoyable tea, I’ve already had five cups of it today. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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61

I placed a massive order with Teapigs a couple weeks ago, and just got it in the mail a few days ago. Since I’ve been feeling under the weather I decided to try out this tea, as a sweet treat to make myself feel better. Teapigs recommends steeping this tea for only three minutes, but I like my tea on the stronger side, and I usually don’t steep for less then five minutes. I decided to go with four minutes, since I don’t always enjoy licorice root.

Smelling this tea you can definitely smell the peppermint, it is quite strong. However with my first sip I was disappointed because the actual peppermint taste was extremely mild. On the other hand I found the licorice to be perfect, it was nice and flavorful without being too overbearingly strong. This tea did have a bit of a cough syrup sickly sweet undertone, but it wasn’t too bad. I think if I steep it for the recommended three minutes next time that it will fix that problem. I do still wish that the peppermint flavor was stronger though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Martyn Jenkins

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83
drank Super Fruit by Teapigs
37 tasting notes

A very decent fruity tea without going overboard or ending up tasting bitter. Definitely a repurchase for me!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Chocolate Flake Tea by Teapigs
37 tasting notes

Normally I’m not a huge fan of chocolate flavored teas, but this one is definitely the exception. Its a mild chocolate flavor, but in a good way! It doesn’t taste watery, which is a problem I’ve had in the past. It also doesn’t taste fake, which is also a problem I’ve had in the past. Its the perfect hint of chocolate without being too mild or too strong or too fake tasting. But if you’re looking for a tea that will taste as strongly of chocolate as a hot chocolate does, then this isn’t the tea for you.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Peppermint Leaves by Teapigs
37 tasting notes

My all time favorite peppermint tea! I love peppermint but usually find that the peppermint teas I drink are too mild, but this one is lovely and quite strong which I love! I also like to drink this if my stomach is upset, it really helps!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Rooibos by Teapigs
940 tasting notes

Another sample box that came to work with me today. I was making an effort to drink more after yerterday’s headache, and this was part of that plan. Caffiene free, but very reminiscent of black tea with a bit of milk added. Not bad, as far as plain rooibos goes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Super Fruit by Teapigs
940 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished off the two sample bags I got in my Teapigs pick n’ mix box at work today. Not bad flavour at first, but by the end all I could really taste was screamingly tart hibiscus. This is much better with a spoonful of honey.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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85

Sipdown! Another sample from the Teapigs box I was given when I left my last job. I’ve had this one before and really enjoyed it, but it works better in a smaller cup than the one I had to hand. Relatively sweet, caramel flavoured loveliness. The rooibos is quite woody, but tones down well with some milk. I can’t believe this weekend is almost over, but there you go! Sherlock tonight!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

You Steepsterites makes me want to get into Sherlock…hummmm, it is on Netflix, is it not? Something to think about :-)

Sil

Tea fairy- it is WELL worth the time spent watching. And each season only has 3 episodes of 1.5 hours. So they’re like mini movies :)

TheTeaFairy

Ok, you sold me…I think I will start tonight :-)

Sil

yay!!! let us know if you like it or not haha

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65
drank Spiced Winter by Teapigs
940 tasting notes

One of my leaving presents from my last job was a box of Teapigs, and I’ve just got around to starting them now. The first one I chose was Spiced Winter — it’s seasonally appropriate, after all. It’s one I pretty much always enjoy, too. The red base is slightly woody, but the orange, cinnamon, and clove spicing more or less covers most of that up. The flavours work together in any case, so it’s actually a pretty successful rooibos to my tastes. It’s probably not one I’d look to keep around other than at Christmas, but it’s a nice caffeine free Christmas tea, and beautifully spiced to boot. An enduring Teapigs winter favourite!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Jasmine Pearls by Teapigs
940 tasting notes

Final discovery from the depths of my cupboard. This one was actually rattling around loose, so I’m guessing it probably escaped from the packet at some point. Thank goodness it’s a tea bag!

I purposely under brew this one, as it’s very heavily floral when left. I gave it a scant two minutes in pretty cool water, and now have a cup of light, delicate jasmine tea. I’m happy I found this one, as it suits my mood perfectly this morning! I’ve been appreciating green tea more than is usual for me lately, so maybe my tastes are changing a little. It used to be something I couldn’t tolerate at all, and now I can name more than a few that I really like. Jasmine anything used to be a no for me, because it’s not normal to drink flowers, but in certain guises I don’t mind it now. I think I’ll always be a black tea person on the whole, but there’s space in my life for some of these. Brewed sympathetically, anyway :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Super Fruit by Teapigs
940 tasting notes

I usually really enjoy this one, but this morning it just tastes wrong to me. I think it’s the hibiscus, but something is contributing a metallic tang and it’s making me think of blood. The colour isn’t helping, either. I have a feeling it might be an age thing — this is another remnant from the bottom of my stash, and it could well me a year old, possibly a little more. I’ve not had a problem with fresher bags of this tea, so that’s all I can put it down to. Or maybe I’m just not in the mood for it today.

As a second-thought rescue attempt, I’ve added a spoonful of honey. This has toned the flavour down a bit, and I’m getting more berry than before. It’s still not quite right, though.

Ah well, can’t win them all. I’m going to leave my rating as it is, because this isn’t how I remember this tea. I’m sure it’s better than this normally.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I think it’s the hibiscus, but something is contributing a metallic tang and it’s making me think of blood. This is exactly why I can’t make myself drink even small amounts of hibiscus. It tastes like blood to me. I’m glad I’m not the only one to have that experience of it.

I agree, it could be an age thing. It might have faded a bit and the other flavours faded a bit more than the hibiscus did.

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65
drank Spiced Winter by Teapigs
940 tasting notes

Another remnant found lurking at the bottom of my stash. I really thought I’d finished all of these — it must have been almost a year ago, too. Still, shows what I know! It’s probably a bit early to be drinking Christmas tea (although that hasn’t stopped me guzzling Yumchaa Red Christmas), and this is a seriously Christmassy one. It’s heavy on the cinnamon, but there’s also a blend of other spices that are almost reminiscent of mulled wine.

I gave this about 3 minutes, and added a splash of milk. The spices come through clearly, and the rooibos adds a woody undertone to the whole thing. I don’t mind this one, although it’s fairly season specific. I might buy it again in the future, although it’s not quite the thing for right now. Maybe on Christmas Eve :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Chai by Teapigs
940 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! Finished off the packet this morning, with a couple of chai lattes. I had a pretty frazzled day yesterday (interview, ugh), and felt like something relaxing to start my Friday. I added a spoonful of honey to the milk this morning, then added two tea bags, topped up with boiling water, and left the whole lot until the colour brightened from ghostly white to pale creamy brown. I’m surprised how much difference the honey makes, actually. It sweetens and adds something I hadn’t known I was looking for previously. Yum, basically. Just what I needed this morning. This is a tea I’d definitely repurchase.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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90
drank Chai by Teapigs
940 tasting notes

Two wordS; chai latte. One word; love. It more or less has to be autumn when I start drinking chai, and it’s something I look forward to all summer. This is a long-time favourite, and one of the first chai blends I tried. It’s relatively mild, as chai goes, and especially in latte form, but I don’t mind that. It just tastes all the more creamy!

I had another bad day at work, so I used two bags in a big cup, brewed with half water and topped up with hot milk. Even the smell cheers me up; it’s warming and comforting and familiar all at once. I can primarily taste the spice here; cinnamon particularly, but also cardamom. That’s actually all there is, other than ginger and vanilla, and the assam base. That’s why it tastes mild, I think, but I quite like that about it. I have more in-your-face blends for when I want that. This one is quiet and unassuming.

I don’t like this one quite as much as Teapigs’ Chilli Chai, but it’s up there. It was certainly just the tea for this evening, and for many evenings to come, no doubt.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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58
drank Chocolate Flake Tea by Teapigs
4840 tasting notes

Sipdown! (211) I brought home a few of my teabags from work since i hadn’t been drinking them. This was one of the teas. Now that i’ve had a vast number of other teas, this one doesn’t taste nearly as good as it did previously. Ah well…the search continues for my chocolate tea once my MF tea is gone.

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92
drank Peppermint Leaves by Teapigs
1327 tasting notes

I had one lonely tea bag I had in a sandwich baggie just floating around, really just waiting for a day when I had a massive headache. Yesterday was that day. I think mint helps my headaches more than any aspirin. And since I never have any mint except tea. This one was surprisingly delicious considering it is years old and I have no idea how old it actually is (I took it out of a non-Steepster teabox.) But this teabag had a ridiculous amount of mint. The next day when my headache was gone, I resteeped this with some of Harney’s Valentine (Chocolate!) Very delicious! But this rating is just for the mint.. it could have only been better years ago!

TeaKlutz

Mint helping with headaches? Hmm. I wonder if I should keep some around at work…

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