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I think this is tea #9 of my iceday sipdown (I want another one tomorrow)

I don’t know what happened but all I got was bitterness, never experienced that with a rooibos before. must be what I ate before it.
it smells so yummy though, creamy delicious goodness

ETA: brewed up what was left & it was much better, slightly creamy, a touch of spice. Really I wish it was as creamy as it smelt. But over all very good.

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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Tea #8 of iceday sipdown

Got this one from Jackie.

The dry notes are fruity, but not bananaey, a slightly chocolaty.
Steeped it smells banana like but also metal like. Which I often get from herbals.
This is delicious, very banana, slightly sweet, a touch of chocolate. So flippen good. It tastes like a milkshake.

I hope this wasn’t seasonal or anything… I haven’t seen it in my store.

Boiling 8 min or more
Jackie T

They didn’t have it out at my store, they still don’t, I asked them for it and they pulled it from the back, your store might be hiding it too

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Tea #7 of iceday sipdown

I’m not sure who I got this one from.
Whoa does it smell Spicey.
Oops waaaaayyyy over steeped this, like 25-30 mins, trying to clean my daughters’ room & completely forgot about it.
It ended up being very tart & very spicey, like overkill in both aspects. Yikes.
This is a tea that could use less leaves than I usually use & a proper steep time.

I have enough left to try this again, so once I do, ill give it a numerical rating then.

ETA: Got to resteep this & decided to make a whole pot to use it up. Way better this time! Definitely a tea where you can use far less leaves. This time nicely spicy and a bit tart with a nice berry flavour.

Boiling 8 min or more

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Tea #6 of iceday sipdown

I think I got this one from Jackie

This tea is weird. I get the chocolate scent in the dry notes, but once its steeped it tastes floral like. Definetly no chocolate & no cream.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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tea #5 of iceday sipdown

I received this one from alphakitty, hmmm yea pretty sure that’s who this one was from.

this smells mostly vanilla like with a hint of mint.
it tastes the opposite mostly mint (although lightly) with a hint of vanilla.
this is a very light puerh, it would be great after a meal, most likely lunch, cause if I drank it after supper I’d be wired all night.
I really like this one, light & delicious. definitely want to add this to my cupboard.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

yup, this one was from me! Glad you like it


I wish I could add MOST of Zentealife.com’s teas to my cupboard!

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
290 tasting notes

tea #3 of iceday sip down

also received this one from kasumi
I forgot to smell the dry leaves, but as soon as the hot water hit this I could smell pine needles. really? in a Chinese/ Japanese tea? oh but yes, the smell & taste reminds me of camping, I can smell it sitting here next to me.
it tastes like choke cherries, so delicious, tart & dry. yum! as this cools in tastes just like wintergreen leaves I would pick from the forest floor, yet sweet & tart. this is Devine!

I think this is my first Lupicia tea. I must get more, but I think the green would be even better. although this is quite the light flavored black.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Blue Mist by Simpson & Vail
290 tasting notes

tea #2 of my iceday sipdown
I received a sample from kasumi, I used a little too much water for the amount of leaves I had. dry this smells berry like, a mix of them.
I over steeped it a lil too much and I could smell the astringency and that’s basically all I could taste.
so boo on this one, so rating for now on this one either.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
290 tasting notes

So basically the city is shut down today due to weather, no busses, no mail, no school (college & university included), even Walmart is closing. Highways closed to & from the city.
So I’m doing a sample sipdown. Finished off pineapple upsidedown cake.
Then this.

I wasn’t getting much of this flavour wise, I was getting scents of spices & almost coffee like smells.
I’m still not sure how this actually tastes, I have a wee bit left to make a small mug. So we will see then.
No numerical rating for now.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

gasp This is one of my favourites! I usually steep is closer to five minutes though. A little milk and a little sugar is a must though!


Yea I’m not positive what happened. Will try with the wee bit I have left. I’ll try the 5 min steep.


Hope it works for you this time around! This is my bad mood go to tea. Always gives me a kick in the butt.

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I’m not much of a fan of pineapple, of any sort, fresh, canned, juice etc. But I love Della Terra, so I definetly wanted to try this.
I received it in a swap from chukie.

This smells very bakey, cakey goodness.
It steeps up much the same, so delicious. Certain teas should be made into candles, this is one. hmmmm that gives me an idea…

Anyways this is very cake like, at first I didn’t think I tasted pineapple, but on the third sips & so on I got a slight hint of sweet, tangy pineapple.

This is really great. So good. Another win!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

Love this one!

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damn you steepster you ate my note!

I received this in a swap from Jude, I’m not positive this is actually from Simpson & Vail

The dry notes smell cookie like, but only lightly so.
As this steeped I had to sniff around trying to figure out where the baking cookie smell was coming from…. duh, my tea. Even my girls couldn’t believe how much it smelt like actual cookies baking. This is by far the most aromatic tea I’ve ever had.

It’s a little light on taste, only slightly cookie, maybe a bit stale. Could be my steeping I used a little less leaves than usual & kinda forgot about it.
I do believe I have more coming from someone else, so I’ll definitely have to experiment with this one, it’s got so much yummy potential.

ETA: re-tried this, more cookie flavour this time, however still getting the old/stale taste. Still a really great flavour though.

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

Hey there — have you tried it again with more leaves? Pretty confident it’s not stale since I bought it in mid-December … and unfortunately just found out that it’s a seasonal tea at Wegman’s so they only have it in for a couple of months and can’t order more :( BTW, the tea dept mgr told me this is a Rishi tea.


I always use lots of leaf, 3 perfect teaspoons full per mug.
Lol oops realize I said I used less leaves, I haven’t re-tries this yet

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