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Yum! I made a small pot of this, and my espresso drinking husband even requested some: “a big mug of it, please!” So I guess I’ll be making another small pot by the end of this evening. :)

I really do love this tea. I’m a big fan of Genmaicha in general. When I finish up this batch, I’m going to give Samovar’s Ryokucha a try. I’m looking forward to seeing how the two compare.

Frank W.

So how did they compare?


Actually, I like Den’s a bit better. There’s much more matcha and it has a stronger flavor. In addition, it’s cheaper. I’m sticking with Den’s for my regular Genmaicha, but Samovar will win for other types of tea. :)

Frank W.

Thanks! I had just ordered a half pound of Den’s (my wife likes it too and it is on sale through October), but never tried Samovar’s. I saw it on Sam’s website, but also noticed Ryokucha is close to double the price and their minimum free shipping amount was $100. Still, I’ll have to order from Sam’s sometime. What do they do well?


I really like their oolongs a lot! I’ve been enjoying the four seasons (with many steeps each time) for a while, and just got the hawaiian oolong which was pricey but amazing and quite resteepable. I’m just trying a white (downy sprout) this morning and am really enjoying that one as well. :) I think the half pound of Den’s is a good choice… we’re going to have to do that next time at the rate we go through the stuff!

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I am fairly certain this is the drink I had today at lunch. At least, it was called Mexican Winter and it looked like it contained everything in the ingredient list. And I actually liked it, for a Rooibos. It had a bit of a kick!

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YUM. I made a strong cup of this tonight (7 balls, 1 cup water, 4 minutes) and added a generous serving of agave and about 1/3 cup almond milk. It Was Incredible. I ended up drinking it as a dessert tea, and it couldn’t have been better.

I’m looking forward to continued experimentation with this one!!

4 min, 0 sec

YUM indeed. I love this stuff, but I could never drink it as a dessert tea. I’m waaay to sensitive to caffeine.

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drank Berry Blues by Adagio Teas
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I decided to give this one a try since it was featured on Steepster Select yesterday. I loved that you can visually make out the cardamom, cloves, and pieces of cinnamon along side the green and black tea. The tea, itself, was good, but kind of what I expected… After trying the plain tea, I added agave nectar and almond milk (based on advice from my yoga teacher). As I drank it, I liked the tea more and more. And at the end of the cup I found myself wishing I had another sample. In that cup, I’d boil the tea and use less water so that with the milk it’d be stronger.

Pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lauren_pressley/tags/kashmirichai/show/


Enjoying your photos! We should start a club!


Hey there already is a Flickr group for the Travelling Tea Box. You could do a new group for steepster-pics… I’d follow it. :)


Pretty! I loved this one when I made it in a traditional chai way.

But now I’m starting to wonder if any chai tastes good that way, just because everything melds together awesomely on the stovetop.


But wonderiffic pictures!


Good idea, Angrboda! I set one up over at http://www.flickr.com/groups/steepster/… now, off to the discussion boards to let folks know!

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I really, really wanted to like this one. I love the idea of it, it seems like a nice thing to have in the fridge, it’s easy to make (with the GIANT tea bag)… but it’s just not my thing. I poured a glass last night and couldn’t even finish it. I have no inclination to go back for another. I guess this one was not meant for me!

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drank Berry Blues by Adagio Teas
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a tea drinking librarian
& a reading, yoga practicing, mommy

I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


Blacksburg, VA



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