White August

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82
drank Emerald Ice by White August
6770 tasting notes

Archive-Divin’ and sipdown! Subtle fruits, jasmine, and ginger under the semi-grassy green tea! Nice!

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97
drank Russian Caravan by White August
5 tasting notes

I read about Russian Caravan online—it was described as a blend of Lapsang Souchong and Assam—and couldn’t wait to try it, since I have always loved Lapsang… and since Russian Caravan is such a beautifully evocative name (always a plus). Also read a great review of White August’s version in a Steepster discussion. And it’s true—this tea is quite, quite awesome. It’s also true that it smells very smoky, so at first I wasn’t sure it was actually a blend—it seemed like pure Lapsang. But it’s mellower than I expected—still lovely and smoky (some reviews of other Russian Caravans say they’re not smoky at all, and I definitely wanted quite a bit of smokiness), perfect for late morning/early afternoon. I’ve been drinking this every day since my order arrived.

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81

Another SIPDOWN…delightful…see other notes!

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83

SIPDOWN
A really great flavored green! :)
See previous notes :)

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94
drank Ebony Wine by White August
6770 tasting notes

Lemon, Cream, Berries, and black tea! I LOVE this! Yet another SIPDOWN! As much as it needs to be done…a major SIPDOWN…that is…it’s pretty depressing – saying goodbye to so many friends…I mean TEAs that I LOVE. See previous notes. If you ever get to sip on some tea from White August Tea Company makes sure this is one of them!

TeaBrat

Excuse my ignorance but what’s a sipdown?

TeaEqualsBliss

No prob at all :) A Sipdown is when you finish off your stash of a tea. For example…if I bought 2 ounces of a loose leaf tea and sipped it over and over again until I got it down to my last cuppa and had no loose leaf left – that’s a SIPDOWN :) Hope that helps! I have been trying to SIPDOWN or de-cupboard several a day…need to make some room! LOL

Auggy

Hey, I know that word! ;)

TeaBrat

I know the feeling… ;-)

Auggy

About a year ago, we had The Final Sipdown to focus on destashing samples (and other drops and drabs). I lasted less than a month but got over 40 teas destashed. Gosh, I can’t believe it has been almost a year! Ah, memories! :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Should we declare another FINAL SIPDOWN, Auggy?

Auggy

Hahaha! OMG, I don’t know if I could do it! I think i’ve only got about 3 sample-sized things right now. I’d have to bathe in some teas to start knocking them out! Or making the hubby really big cups! :)

TeaEqualsBliss

HELL…I should send you a box…I still owe Ashley a box tho! :) Lord knows I have enough…want me to start a Mystery Box for ya?

Auggy

You know I’m always up for trying teas! I’m not sure if I have anything new/different since our last swap but I’m up for returning the favor, too. If you want to add more to you 600+ teas! (Did I say OMG yet? Cause OMG.)

TeaEqualsBliss

LOL @ Auggy! Send me your addy again :)

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83

SIPDOWN #2 for today…altho…not all of my notes will be sipdowns like yesterday.

I have lots of backlogging to do today tho! Bare with me!

I do like this one, too, and have reviewed it before…check out my previous notes :)

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88
drank Float My Boat by White August
4366 tasting notes

Winding down with this tea. This is really delicious, the coconut is the dominating flavor, but I like how the blueberry and pomegranate mingle with the coconut. The result is a sweet, creamy, berry delicious rooibos blend that is light on the rooibos flavor (a plus).

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83
drank Lady Luck by White August
4366 tasting notes

I like this one a lot. The Pouchong is light and velvet-y and pairs very well with the sweet, creamy vanilla flavor. The lemon myrtle is a soft flavor, it doesn’t interfere with the pouchong and vanilla. A very smooth, sweet, delicious tea.

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94
drank Golden Monkey by White August
4366 tasting notes

LOVE! This is a fabulous Golden Monkey. I taste so many layers of flavor. In one sip, I can taste notes of caramel and honey, raisin, spice, malt, wood, earth as well as the faintest hint of smoke. It is very smooth it its approach. No bitterness and very little astringency. The finish is sweet and vaguely smoky. So very beautiful. I love this one.

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88
drank Choco-Mate by White August
4366 tasting notes

Yum! Chocolate!

I have been spending this early part of the day waiting (and waiting and waiting… and still I wait) for the FedEx truck to arrive. I don’t think I’ve ever been so anxious for a delivery before!

Anyways, while I wait, I decided to have some Yerba Mate. Not that I needed to be caffeinated on top of this anxiety. I didn’t really think that part through very well. haha!
Fortunately, this also has chocolate which has a way of soothing me even when I’m bouncing off the walls.

This is really good. I do wish that there was more chocolate because more chocolate = better. But as it is, it is very pleasantly chocolate-y, and I’ve always felt that Yerba Mate and chocolate are a perfect pairing. The earthiness of the yerba mate works so well with the flavor of the chocolate. This tastes rich, smooth and delicious! YUM!

QuiltGuppy

Did it arrive?? :)

LiberTEAS

It DID! yay!!!

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96
drank Plum Proud by White August
6770 tasting notes

VERY sorry to see this one go! I had 3 lovely infusions out of my last little bit the other day and enjoyed every sip!

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93
drank Lady Luck by White August
6770 tasting notes

Lemon, vanilla, floral goodness…sipdown! YUM!

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84
drank Plum Proud by White August
4366 tasting notes

This smells amazing. After brewing it my kitchen smelled like plum cobbler and berry compote!

The flavor is delightful. A strong fruit essence – a mixture of plums and berries. The black tea is also strong. A very delicious blend: sweet, with just the right touch of tartness to it.

Indigobloom

berry compote, oh my it’s been years!!

teawing

This sounds delicious to me, I am going to have to try it sometime.

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93

I really, REALLY, really like this one! When I first started sipping it, I felt kind of unsure about it, maybe I liked it, but not a lot. But now that its almost gone I am going to miss it! It’s really good, and it has a flavor that grows on ya!

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96
drank Iron Butterfly by White August
120 tasting notes

First tea of the day. I really enjoy the hint of smoke in this one. It is just barely there, but no mistaking it. The color is vibrant green and gold. The flavor has a depth to it. Levels perhaps. At the beginning of the sip there is a silky richness of tea flavor, green and vegetal yet oxidized. Middle sip, this one really fits the Oolong description of lightly fermented, between a green and black. Some Oolongs are something else on their own, but this one seems to be right there in between with notes of both. The end of the sip gives up that hint of smokiness that I love. However, it is a small trace, so if you are not a Lapsang lover, give this one a chance. I purchased this with some other teas from White August during their Spring 25% off and free shipping sale for Steepsterites. I am SO GLAD I did. All their teas have been to my liking and when they have a sale, they really have a good one.

KeenTeaThyme

ooh, I may have to try this…based on your description and the name alone! :)

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90
drank My Cheap Hubby by White August
4366 tasting notes

YUM!

My first impression of this tea was “chocolate covered cherries” but as I continue to sip, I am finding more interesting flavors than I would normally find from a box of chocolate covered cherries. I especially like the addition of the Schizandra berries which add just a hint of tartness to keep the tea from tasting too sweet.

I really like this one!

Jillian

The name of this tea – LOL! XD

Juliet Earth

intresting!!!

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86
drank Iron Butterfly by White August
4366 tasting notes

This tea makes for a lovely after-dinner tea. The smooth richness is so soothing.

The aroma of the liquor is smoky, but the flavor I would describe more as roasted rather than smoky, although there is an element of smoke to the flavor as well. It has a deep woodsy tone and hints of peach-y flavor in the background.

A really lovely Tie Guan Yin.

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95
drank Pinup Girl by White August
6770 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! I will miss you! See previous notes…

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drank Rogue Wave by White August
1813 tasting notes

Thank you to Paul M Tracy for this sample!

The green tea base is more assertive than many of the flavored greens I have tried. In some, I almost can’t detect the tea base flavor! Not so here. This one is clearly a Japanese green and has a grassy taste rather than a vegetal or buttery taste to me. I picked up a slight astringency. There is a good coconut flavor, not as strong as in Harney’s Royal Wedding or in Bangkok, but still the forefront flavor in this tea, besides the base. I don’t have the most sensitive palate in the world, I confess it, but I didn’t pick up the ginger. It may be a very light touch of it, or maybe I don’t know exactly what I am looking for since I think the only ginger I have had in tea has been freshly grated in. Love the look of those bright flowers in the mix!

My guest really liked this one, and thought the coconut was just right! Thank you, Paul!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Paul M Tracy

You’re very welcome! I love this tea. For me, it’s a perfect blend of cool (coconut) and hot (ginger.) I just received a tin of Bangkok so if you think that’s even more “coconutty” then I’m excited.

ashmanra

Bangkok does seem to have more coconut flavor to me, and the lemongrass really sings in it. For some reason, Bangkok makes my stomach GROWL! So I don’t drink it often. Yunnans and assams do the same thing. Most Chinese black teas don’t have that effect.

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94
drank WA - Darjeeling by White August
120 tasting notes

This is a darn fine Darjeeling, I can taste the berry notes very clearly and it has a silky texture that makes you want to return to the cup. At the end of the sip, that welcome black tea flavor pulls it all together.
I like everything I have tried from White August. Their service is very good, prices fair, and the teas excellent.

Paul M Tracy

If you ever get to Sedona, AZ, visit their tasting room. They have some of the most knowledgeable and helpful tea sommeliers.

teawing

Thanks Paul!
I am envious, does your Mini get good MPG?

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This is smoky and minty – bliss, really. It’s cooling to the palate and senses, but with a hint of smoky tea, enough to keep you interested. I drink this all the time, especially in the afternoons. It’s stress-relieving as well! :) A pantry must-have!

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So yesterday was my birthday, and let’s just say that the majority of liquids consumed were not tea (though I was drinking wine from a tea cup for a good while yesterday). Cue this morning with utter dehydration, headaches, and exhaustion. My first thought? “YAY! Now I have a valid reason to try that hangover tea from brandy3392 (thank you, by the way)”

It is very tasty, which I need in a herbal “medicinal” tea. If it tastes like medicine, I won’t drink it, no matter the benefits. But this is very good, and it is helping with some of the hangover.

That all being said, I don’t think I’ll be replacing my Detox from DavidsTea with it any time soon, but I’m glad I made a pot of it this morning and that I’ve gotten to try it. Thanks again, brandy3392!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Happy belated birthday. :)

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88
drank Social Butterfly by White August
4366 tasting notes

I like this one a lot! I’ve tried a couple blueberry jasmine teas in the past. Either my palate is acquiring a taste for the combination, or I just happened to get lucky with my steeping parameters, or perhaps this is just a superior blend to the others, but, this one tastes much better than the first one that I tried.

The blueberry tastes genuine, the jasmine is soft but develops in flavor as I continue to sip, and the green tea tastes fresh and vegetative. This is delicious.

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82
drank ConfeTea by White August
78 tasting notes

I love the sprinkles :)! They are so much fun, it just brought a smile to my face! When I smelled this tea it had a nice vanilla smell mixed with black tea and a hint of peppermint to me, yummmy!

After the steep most of the sprinkles are melted and the smell is more black tea with a hint of vanilla. The liquor is such a pretty dark amber color. First sip, too hot too hot.. how I wish I had patience!

Let it cool just a bit and yum this is a good tea, I can taste the black tea first it is pretty mellow and smooth, next your get the sweet vanilla and it lingers on the tongue very subtle. This is a great dessert tea! After it cooled a bit more it starts to taste more like a sweetened sun tea from the south. Really good and just nice and refreshing!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
MaddHatter

Mmmm, this one sounds like a must have!

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