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drank No. 39 Fez by Steven Smith Teamaker
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Happy Earth Day Steepster…

I made some of this earlier today thinking it would be my tea to try iced today. It is good iced but I think I prefer it hot with sugar. I taste more lemon and mint than green tea this afternoon. It might be better to cold brew this one because ice dilutes the flavor a lot.

Speaking of Earth Day I should get my butt up off my chair and go outside for some exercise. I have been feeling so unmotivated today so far and just plain tired. I think allergy season is officially here from the way I’ve been sniffling this morning.


It doesn’t help that the weather is in that in-between stage. Here in MI one day it’s sunny and 75F the next it’s a cold and cloudy 35F… like today D’:
Feel better!

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This came in my last Butiki order… yay for new tea orders!

When I opened up the bag it didn’t seem to me that the dried leaf smelled very pumpkin-y at all, but after the tea is brewed you get the flavor. I am certainly picking up the clove and cinnamon notes and having an oolong for the base of this instead of a black tea gives it a nice gentle quality. I might try adding a bit of ginger to this next time around, if there is any I’m not really tasting it.

I liked this a bit better after adding some soymilk to it, so it’s more like a latte and more like a milkshake! I guess this would be more appropriate for fall than the spring weather we are having, but I have definitely enjoyed this and have no doubt I’ll be polishing off the entire bag soon. :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

adding soymilk sounds like a really good idea! :D

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drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
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This morning I was goofing around on the Red Blossom Tea website and I saw they had a peppermint rose tea so I thought this was something I needed to try and I wanted it to be an iced tea.

I mixed up some of my peppermint Twinings teabags with rosebuds I got at the herb store. I really like this combination and it’s good as an iced tea too. The rose adds a nice flavor to the mint while also tempering it down a bit. I would recommend trying it out sometime (or you could try the Red Blossom version)

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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I thought I’d try cold brewing this last night as an experiment. I think I like the cold brew better than I like this hot but it is still not my favorite coconut oolong so I’m kind of bummed I have several more ounces to finish off. I think the key with David’s is to try their teas by the to-go cup first before buying a whole package!

Iced 8 min or more

I buy as small as I can get, as they can sell as little as 10g, though some teas you need more than that if it is heavy or bulky.

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Yesterday I was cleaning up my tea stash and I found these black dragon pearls which I forgot I had. Even worse I never reviewed them on Steepster, how irresponsible of me. ;-)

I decided to steep this Western style in my stump teapot for 3 minutes. I notice this has a slight floral aroma which is really interesting. I definitely get a lot of cocoa notes as well as the sweet honey aftertaste. A very mellow and mild tea, I think this would be a good one for the afternoon too. This is a great one to drink plain if you like your black teas without additions. The Aroma Tea Shop has such great stuff, definitely a good place to visit if you’re in S.F. and you like tea.

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Malt

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I purchased this with my last Butiki order because I like assams :)

This is the 2nd time I’ve tried this and it’s quite unlike any assam I’ve had before. It does remind me a bit of a golden monkey. It’s malty but a lot lighter in body than your typical assam and without any pungent notes. I could actually drink this plain but it’s good with soymilk too.

This has some definite sweet notes, like that of a sweet potato, but I’m also getting raisin in here too. I’m really glad I got to try this one, thanks for making it available Stacy. I think I’ll need to be getting more of this soon. It makes a gentle breakfast tea but really would be good anytime.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Masala Chai by Peet's Coffee & Tea
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Good afternoon Steepster… I hope everyone is enjoying the day. I had a nice morning because my sweetie made me breakfast and then I went to go get a massage which was very relaxing and almost made up for the fact that I didn’t sleep much again last night.

I felt like I wanted something warm and soothing & almost ended up with a straight black tea but decided to drink this instead. Prepared with 8 oz. tea and 8 oz. soymilk in a really big mug with some organic cane sugar. This isn’t the best chai I’ve ever had but since I have a whole tin of it, it’s good enough for the time being. I would still like to find a good decaf chai someday. I am enjoying this though, and getting a nice calcium boost.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Oh, your day sounds exquisite!


It really was…. thanks :)

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
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Sipdown of the day…
I decided I wanted to try this as a cold brew last night and I’m having it today with my lunch. Pineapple seems like a difficult flavor to “get right” in tea but I do enjoy this whenever I have it. Probably will be a restock someday, but I might wait until I have finished off some of the other oolongs I have first or tried a few new ones.

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Adagio Teas
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I’m making Indian Food for dinner tonight which is going to consist of basmati rice and this urad dal recipe I found. I’ve never made it before but it looks yummy.


I thought I’d have a chai to get in the mood for some cooking. I used the herbal chai masala I got from Simpson and Vail and added some of this decaf ceylon. This is seriously the WORST decaf tea I’ve ever tried and it totally ruined the chai. Into the garbage it goes. I didn’t like it plain and evidently I can’t use it for mixing into anything either so it’s just a waste of money. I lowered the rating to a “1” which is probably the lowest rating I’ve given any tea on Steepster. Blech!


“1” “This is seriously the WORST decaf tea I’ve ever tried …” – A Hall of Shame nominee!

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drank No. 39 Fez by Steven Smith Teamaker
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How odd, I could have sworn I reviewed this at some point but I guess not… ?

I’ve had this for a while and I find it really refreshing, an interesting twist on the traditional moroccan mint tea due to the addition of lemon myrtle. It’s a minty, lemony green tea! I absolutely recommend adding rock sugar to this, or sugar of some kind. This is excellent hot, but I think it would make an amazing iced tea as well. I really loved the Mao Feng Shui when I tried it plain as well. I wish S.S. would have another free shipping promotion soon :)

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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