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drank Organic Genmaicha by Fusion Teas
1195 tasting notes

Thanks, Azzrian!

So I didn’t wake up until 11:30 and now I am quite pleased that this Universal HD channel is playing James Bond movies all day long. Last night was kind of terrible so I am doing nothing today. Except later painting my nails with previously mentioned James Bond nail polishes.

I used a tablespoon of leaves for 12 oz of water so this is a bit stronger, but I agree with Azzrian that it seems like Genmaicha Light. It’s just really missing the good savoriness I was after with a cup of genmaicha.

It’s by no means terrible, though, it’s just not very savory. It’s sweet, maybe think kettle corn instead of popped rice.

I’ve already got plenty of genmaicha that I like so this one would not be something I want to have around after this sample is done, but it might be a good candidate for a cold brew.


Wow how long ago did I send you that? LOL Yeah its just alright – not nasty but no reason to order it really.


from the first time we swapped so I have no idea really, trying to get through things I haven’t tried yet


Maybe try pairing it with something, to pep it up? like a Chai?


I told my daughter about the Bond polishes from your post, but she had already seen them! She loves nail polish, too!

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drank Double Berry Burst by Della Terra Teas
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Ok, I didn’t look this tea up before making it and the water temperature called for is insanely lower than what I used.

But it actually tastes just fine. I thought as it cooled it might get bitter, but that hasn’t happened thankfully.

Berry burst is right! This is seriously bursting with berry flavors. I predominantly taste blueberry and raspberry, of course these are what are in the tea, but I swear when you mix these two together you can almost get a bit of a blackberry taste.

The flavor is just like ripe, juicy berries. This is probably more of a summer tea, but it’s so sweet and fruity that I’d drink it any time. In summer though I would definitely make this cold steeped. I believe this is just from a try me pack, one I won on Facebook too I think, so I definitely plan to buy more next year to do just that!

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drank French Breakfast by Octavia Tea
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I find it funny how many teas there are called French Breakfast, and they are all different.
And none of them remind me of the tea I drank in France!

I had this in my shopping list on here, and found it at Whole Foods Buckhead. They had a few others but none were other ones I wanted to try. They were even $1 less than online from Octavia, score!

I followed the directions on the tin: water off boiling, 3 1/2 minutes is a good average start. Kind of annoyed they don’t put anything exact, but it seems they just use the same one tin for all black teas they carry.

I’m not getting any caramel, just some vanilla. And like last night, this just isn’t that good of vanilla. Vanille des Îles is my benchmark vanilla, though it’s more of a bourbon vanilla taste, it still has all the nuances I expect from vanilla. And this is definitely missing that. It’s like comparing a homemade vanilla bean extract to imitation vanilla extract.

The tea is very astringent too, which surprises me for such a short steep. Granted, I have no idea what exactly the black tea in here is supposed to be so it makes it hard to figure out how long to steep it.

As it cools it just kind of loses any flavor whatsoever. It’s just a smooth cup of a boring, brisk black tea…with that hint of imitation vanilla. While it was hot there was a bit of a floral note from the rose petals.

I figured French breakfast goes well with watching a race here in Atlanta named for the infamous Le Mans! Except it nearly isn’t as fun to watch without the big teams…I don’t even feel upset about not being there now.

I’ll give it a try with a shorter steep…maybe I’ll even take a minute off instead of just 30 seconds, and see if that helps keep the black tea from taking over the cup.


I just mixed this with peppermint and chamomile. OMG its the tea I’ve been looking for my entire life.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Wanting tea past midnight, I decided to open my sample of this. I’ve never had a decaf tea before, just obviously tisanes.

I don’t think I’ll be reaching for a decaf tea anytime again soon. Since I’ve heard so many good things about this tea on here, I thought I’d try it. I love vanilla, and I wish I could drink black tea all the time.

But this is just not doing it for me. The vanilla is nice but it’s just flat. I’m guessing that has to do with the base tea, which honestly doesn’t taste like much of anything beyond woodsy. Of course my vanilla bar is probably set really high but this seriously falls flat. It’s like a stale sugar cookie :(

Oh well, like I said earlier in a comment somewhere, if we all liked the same things, there’d be no point to this website.

The Purrfect Cup

Just think of the money you can now spend on another tea you do like. That’s how I look at it when I try something others have loved and I don’t. :)


Haha, it would have had to have been REALLY good for me to spend more than I did just for the sample packet. But it does make it much easier if I don’t enjoy it at all.

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First off let me say I really don’t like oatmeal raisin cookies AT ALL. But this tea had so many good reviews I decided to overlook this hatred.

It reminds me a lot of chai in the smell, it’s got the cinnamon scent that I am getting really tired of from a chai at work lol but this has the added bonus of also smelling like freshly baked cookies!

Raisins are really the reason I don’t like the cookies, but in here the flavor blends really well with both the cinnamon and the brown sugar flavors.

Della Terra makes some awesome dessert teas, and this might actually be my favorite…and that is seriously saying something when I wouldn’t even eat the original to begin with!


This sounds really tempting right now!
I think there are two oatmeal raisin cookie camps: those who love them, and then the people who go argh I thought these were chocolate chips, what kind of trickery is this?!


especially if you get a burnt raisin….

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I have been craving Dragonwell so much lately. I’m going to blame a work test (100% aw yissss) so I came home last night and made myself a pot. And of course when I wanted to write the note, Steepster was misbehaving with the kettle so I completely forgot until now (blame a nap followed by the creation of these https://www.etsy.com/listing/112616805/candy-corn-white-chocolate-bark-set-of-2)

I only steeped it for a minute and I really wish I had for longer :( but that is okay, it was still tasty. I hadn’t had this in so long that when I’m describing it as chestnut in writing I realized I really didn’t remember what that actually tasted like. Still came through even with the lighter steep. There are definitely mineral notes too.

I need to get through this one and then also try the Dragonwell I bought for cheap at the international supermarket. I have a feeling this one will win out though, just in color alone it’s superior. And given I’ve had this for months now, that’s saying something I think.


I’m having issues with this one. When I steep it past a minute it’s very astringent. I didn’t think it would be that bad..

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I always steep Dragon Well at 1 minute for the first infusion and add 20 seconds to each after that. They do seem to get astringent past 1 minute.

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drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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I drank some of this before I went to work (to drink more tea) and it seemed creamier today. I steeped it for right under 3 minutes. I think it tastes much better when you don’t follow the 3-4 minutes as instructed. 2 is probably the best.

It reminds me of apple juice but creamier, with just a little bit of green tea in the mix. Last time I was getting some spiciness but this time around I didn’t. I also brushed my teeth in the middle of drinking it, and that didn’t even adversely affect the flavor…in fact I kind of liked it even better!


lol, Ok now you have to tell us what kind of toothpaste you use! jk, jk

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I was gonna say that!


hahaha the flavor is Clean Mint I believe and it’s Crest :P


I tried this one for the first time this morning and brewed at 4 min, but it had some kind of unpleasant bitter taste. Maybe you’re right, steep time should be decreased, I’ll follow your suggestion next time ( however, I don’t have Clean mint Crest on hand at the moment!)

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drank Lychee Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Soooo…last night I bought myself a BIG early birthday present….and it isn’t even tea related! http://www.scrangie.com/2012/10/official-announcement-for-opis-holiday.html All of them. Every single one. I had forgotten how much I love James Bond movies. I think I got through around 1/3 of the older ones once but sadly Netflix Instant is horribly lacking. Out of the new ones I’ve only seen Casino Royale, aka how I found my girl crush. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THEM TO GET HERE.

I actually completely forgot I made this tea and started writing the progress report for my group. And it sucks. So I feel bad but whatever but the entire thing has just been an entire whatever. Thankfully this tea doesn’t really care if you let it cool off because it is still tasty.

This brews up really light but the flavor is so good. It’s a very strong lychee flavor, and I can’t taste any oolong because I feel its floral notes got bumped right into the lychee! I’m going to give it another steep while I try to clean up my place a bit…hopefully find a place to put all these teas!


OOOOOOOOOOOOH I love the Maroon! I should have the Goldfinger though since it was my first date ever in High School!
Happy early Birthday! (I still think Sean Connery was the best Bond!)


Ohhh I love Skyfall and Tomorrow Never Dies! Lovely! Happy for you and your purchase!


might I just add, Madam, that you have excellent taste !


The World Is Not Enough is so pretty
Happy early birthday!


Ooh, you can be a Bond Girl every day of the week now with all these different colors!
I agree with Bonnie as for the best James, but I must say that Daniel Craig does capture my attention…he’s not your classic jock, but man, just can’t get enough of those piercing blue eyes!


Haha, I definitely missed the ‘early birthday’ part! Happy almost-birthday! I assume you will announce to Steepster when it actually is for some proper birthday wishes :D

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Mahamosa is so awesome and sent me 3 half ounce samples of other things to try! I had seen them posting this one but I didn’t even think to look for it when I ordered. Turned out just fine!

This actually doesn’t come across as pumpkin to me because of the honeydew. The honeydew is so sweet and comes across as melon that when it does transition to the more squash-y flavor of pumpkin it’s kind of a shock! It has a really nice sweetness to it, which I like, but it’s kind of lacking creaminess.

That’s what milk is for, right? Milk definitely subdues the honeydew, although it’s still very present, and it now tastes much more like pumpkin. It’s more creamy too. I wouldn’t choose this for a pumpkin tea, but it’s not bad.

Most importantly, it was a rooibos I could actually drink! And it got me over my fear of nettle leaf. Just look at those things, they’re like a seasonal allergy sufferer’s worst nightmare. I know it’s dried out and not going to attack me with histamines but I am still terrified of it.


Wow, this sounds really interesting!

Ruby Woo Scarlett

It does sound most original, I never would have thought of blending honeydew and pumpkin. Mmm.

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drank Chai Cola by Taylor's Tonics
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Ooh this is on here!

I haven’t been drinking my tea lately :x I’ve been wasting my time with Black Bear Lab stuff. I started making wax melts today! Surprisingly it only takes about 40 minutes to make a round of them. I’m thinking of participating in a friend’s old elementary school’s fall festival next month because etsy isn’t doing much for me. I first need to see if I can not work until later that day in order to do it.

I was really wanting this stuff, but I didn’t know where to find it. World Market! I wasn’t expecting to like it very much, but it’s SO good. I think it was $6 for a four pack, which isn’t bad at all. This is tasty stuff worth $1.50 a bottle.

It actually doesn’t taste that much different from a real cola, which is incredible when you look at the ingredients. They infuse the water with black tea, ginger, cinnamon bark, mate, cardamom, and clove, all organic. And then you’ve got the usual sugar, spice, caramel coloring, and a hit of caffeine.

So basically it’s like cola made with a chai black/mate blend! And that is really cool. I’m going to definitely pick up the mate mojito soda when I go back to cry over all the owl things again. If I hadn’t already put a black cat bottle of wine (seriously!! http://files.myopera.com/slackwrdave/blog/black_cat1.jpg) I probably would have gotten it. But it’ll have to be soon.

Definitely pick some of this up if you see it anywhere! It’s so good!


Your lip balm is very silky! My daughter and I are enjoying it! Hope you find a great venue for sales soon.


Thank you! I was hoping the sponsored ads on there would help, but it’s not even remotely close to my weekly budget after 5 days. It also picks the weirdest keywords instead of ones I actually put in. You can remove them, but you can’t change them. It’s annoying.


Momo – I have been an etsy seller for awhile and a lot of it has to do with networking and time of year. I get a lot more sales around the holidays and oddly, September (I think there are a lot of birthdays). Joining groups did get me more views when I was a new seller as well.
It also helps to write your tags thinking about what people search for, and once you are established the stats page will let you know what people search for the most when viewing your items.
Also, I do know a lot of etsy sellers make more money by visiting craft fairs. For me, it’s too much of a time/money investment so I prefer the bit I get on etsy every month.

Hope that was helpful and not information overload!


Totally appreciated! I joined just the Atlanta group, and someone invited me to one earlier but I only saw the email on my phone so this reminded me to go check it out.

My mom and grandma used to do craft shows when we lived in Illinois, and it just never worked when we moved south. It’s made me a bit apprehensive about craft fairs because they weren’t selling things that were like, strictly northern. Wreaths, painted woodwork things (lol, my best description..wow), they did predominantly fall/winter stuff so I have an advantage there. Atlanta is far different from where they live now so if there’s a place where I can give it a try at a low cost and little amount of time (this festival only lasts four hours for instance) then I’m in!

I have a GREAT friend who advertises for me practically every day on Twitter, and a couple people who I know from various online groups and have tried it out have been good on posting but it hasn’t translated into any sales as of yet. But that’s why I set up a Facebook page, because it has translated into a couple likes and eventually there may be a post showing up on their feed that turns into a sale!


Hmm that team is for a sampler box. I’d have to send in things and hope it pays off. They have sold out of every box they’ve done though.


It definitely takes time to get started and I’m sure the facebook page and recommendations from friends will translate into sales.
A couple things I forgot to write last time:
I tried the sponsored ads and they didn’t do much for me either so I’ve stayed away from them since then.
An example of good tags: organic lip balm, flavored lip balm, etc. I try to think of what people would type into google.


I’ll try changing some out with flavored. I also signed up for doing two of these sampler boxes next year, once in March and once in November, since they definitely have a good following.


This tea sounds super yummy! I am officially on the hunt for it. :) And please keep me posted about Black Bear Labs. I want you in my holiday guide. :)

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