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I like this one! It’s only got a hint of dryness after the swallow, but it’s mostly a sweet almond taste. Thankfully not quite so much a creamy almond. Very well balanced.

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From the Holiday TTB

I definitely get the spices, and although I could SEE the orange, the scent/flavor didn’t translate for me, unfortunately, and that could have made it REALLY like cider. I associate cider with warm spicy sweet tartness, and while this tea delivered on the spice (although not overwhelmingly, thankfully), it didn’t quite hit those other two notes for me. That’s not to say that this isn’t a lovely tea on it’s own! The green tea is buttery and green and I think was a nice choice as a black tea would have been a bit too heavy. Maybe the cup I had just wasn’t well balanced. It’s not very spicy like a chai, but it is still a nice spiced green tea.

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drank Palekaiko by Lupicia
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From the Holiday TTB

Another Hawaiian special from Lupicia. You can SMELL the fruit and the ginger and the dry leaf, but unfortunately that didn’t translate to the steeped liquor. I was hoping it would be a fruity spicy tea, but the taste is much more like a typical breakfast blend. At least there’s little to no astringency, and only a little dryness. It wouldn’t be a bad daily drinker for those into breakfast blends, if you’re into that kind of thing (I’m not, it’s not a thing I crave)… that is if you can get a hold of it.

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drank Lanikai by Lupicia
246 tasting notes

From the Holiday TTB

I didn’t think I’d get a chance to try the Hawaiian exclusives from Lupicia so this was the first one I decided to try. It’s a fruity black tea, but the fruit flavors are a little muddled, even more so as it cools down. It’s quite dark too, in a coffee kind of way. I guess it reminds me of a fruity coffee? With a slight hit of malt towards the end of the sip. It’s an interesting tea, but not something that tickles my senses overly much. I’m glad I got to try it though.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

I found a lot of the Hawaii blends to be boring with only a couple winners in the mix. So much potential, so little delivery.

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One of my friends brought me some of the tea her parents brought her from China. Little jasmine green tea pearls, they’re quite adorable. I don’t have a vendor name or anything though. They’re quite tiny actually, and unfurl into little strands. The taste is not as jasminey as what I would have assumed from the scent, but it’s not that bad. This type of tea makes be want to drag out my big ceramic teapot though.

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From the Green/Matcha TTB

This is a white tea? Huh, I probably overbrewed this then, but even if I did the tea is not bad. The coconut lends a slight creaminess rather than a nuttiness to the tea. The base is rather light, which considering it is a white tea, makes sense. I don’t have too much experience with white teas, so I can’t judge. Let this cool a bit before drinking it, it has a short of weird tangy sour note when it’s still hot, like sour yogurt, but that mostly goes away when the tea has cooled.

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
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From the Green Tea/ Matcha TTB

I’ve had this before instore and remember thinking it was too sweet and didn’t pick it up. This time it tasted like bubblegum. I don’t even know how/why, there it is. Not my cup of tea.

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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From the Green tea/Matcha TTB

From the style of packaging, this is from when 52teas was under old management (Frank). I think the changed happened a year ago now, but the flavoring in this tea has held up well.

I was afraid it would be too strongly minty, because it’s too cold for that! But the mint was a nice mellow spearmint, and the marshmallow root lends a touch of sweetness and creaminess to round it out. The base green tea is unfortunately, unremarkable.

It was a nice cup, like a creamier version of a mellowed out Moroccan mint tea. I would order this in my next order at 52teas if I remember.


The official take over happened June 1st of this year. :)


Ohh! Happy 6 months then!
I feel like the transition to the smaller taster size packets happened fairly recently, but I don’t know if that was under Frank or not. This was in the old 2oz packaging with the clear front.


Thanks! Yes, Frank started the smaller 1/2 ounce size and I started calling them tasters because that’s always what I’ve felt I was when it comes to teas – sure I have my favorites but I am very much a taster, wanting just a little bit of this and a little bit of that for the most part – enough to taste it and enjoy it but not really enough to stock it. When I took over, I kept the taster size and I also brought back a larger size which is usually 2 ounces – because there are people who feel like to purchase just 1/2 ounce of any tea is kind of a waste so I have two sizes now. :)


I should say … Frank started the smaller 1/2 ounce size about a year and a half ago.

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Hot Kumquat Honey tea from Quickly’s

I’m still sick, but a different sick from last week. Tis the season I suppose. Any artificial citrus today has tasted/smelt distinctly perfumey. For example I had lemon pepper on something today, and it was not pleasant, lol. I thought I was safe with this as I’ve had it before (and I actually ordered it before the lemon pepper incident), and it is usually more honey than kumquat, but alas I was not. So it tastes of honey, Kumquat and Perfume. It’s not as bad though if I dilute it down some more, like 1 part to 2 parts water… Note though that this tea is still normally very nice and if you’re near a Quickly’s location and don’t want milk tea, this is what I usually get.


Hope you feel better!


I hope you get better soon!

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Well I know this tea is good because I’ve had it before. See previous note. But it was very good at the beginning of the day and in the end just ended up tasting like ‘normal whatever warm tea yum’ throughout the morning and afternoon as my nose got stuffier and stuffier and more and more pressure built in my ears. It saddens me to know that I’m drinking good stuff and am unable to properly appreciate it because I can’t even smell it, let along taste it really.

On the alternative plus side, we went to Olive Garden for dinner and yay for endless soup.

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I get easily excited and tend to get into the habit of collecting things I get really really excited about- books, fountain pens, fragrance, tea and any number of things. Mostly I’m just really excitable.

I started really branching out into the world of different teas recently. Grew up with greens and oolongs, but am dipping into others slowly but surely.

My name is Christina, but there’s also another Christina with a cat as a profile picture, so I go by Flyawaybirdie.

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NOTE!: My cupboard is not up to date. Not even close. But it does have a bunch of teas I have pretty substantial quantities of so I put them in there anyways because I’m unlikely to run out soon. Also, if I wrote a note on it and didn’t include a TTB name or a sipdown note, I’m likely to still have some even if it’s not in my cupboard, so feel free to ask if you want to swap!


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