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85

This is not too Jasmine-y, which was fine with me. During the week I usually drink my loose-leaf from a Libre Tea glass, so everything gets over-steeped at some point in my day. That said, it was not too bitter.

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82
drank Sweet Orange by Let's Steep
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This is the last of my Let’s Steep teas for now. Hopefully not for long, but I am realizing I have to be a bit more diligent about my no buy. After my Marshall’s tea insanity today, and my intention to do one last Butiki order to be stocked up on what I want to be able to taste before they close their doors, I have more tea than I expected. 90 “full” size teas (1oz or more) and 80 samples (less than 1oz) worth, to be exact. I wish steepster would allow for logging of amounts of teas. I feel like poundage would give an even better estimation. I have 16oz of one tea. 8oz of another. Mostly 1-2oz though.

Anyway, with all that, and my goal to make all of my tea comfortably fit in my cupboards the way I want (small samples box, iced teas on top shelf and hot on the bottom), with only boxes of sipdown samples living outside of it in easy reach, I need to control myself a bit better.

This tea is very, very good. I was expecting it to be sour, and it really wasn’t. It wasn’t as flavor packed as some of the others, but I thought it worked better that way here. Orange can be so overpowering, but here it just made the white base very juicy tasting. I drank it hot, but it would be amazing iced.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

This one wasn’t so much my cup of tea. It was strong, and there was definite chocolate and mint flavors, but the puerh was just a hair barnyard-y. I think this would have worked better with black tea as the base. However, I don’t love chocolate in teas for the most part. I am sure others who do would enjoy this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92
drank Lady Earl Gray by Let's Steep
627 tasting notes

This stuff is remarkable. Like the other blends from this company, this one is heavily flavored, but in a good way. The vanilla is strong, as is the bergamot, and I added a little lavender infused honey to the mix and even with a hefty dose of almond milk this was incredibly fragrant.

I am supposed to be working on reducing the overall amount of tea I have. I don’t think I am succeeding…but I don’t really care, haha. This company just opened their Christkindlmarkt location in Bethlehem for the season, and I will most definitely be getting more of this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This is delicious. I love the pairing of fruit with mint. A fairly recent love of mine is making mint lemonade, and lavender mint lemonade, in the summer. This tea gives similar exotic flavor. I am sure I’d love it iced, but am enjoying it hot on this really cold day. I finally caved and turned on my heat, and am currently waiting for it to kick up for the first time this year while I cuddle under a blanket and imagine myself someplace tropical…

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

The teas by this company, at least the flavored ones, are strongly flavored. It doesn’t taste artificial, I rather like that I know what I am drinking. It will be interesting to taste some of the non flavored teas. This one is as it says. Tasty, but I think I would prefer it iced.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74
drank Holiday Blend by Let's Steep
627 tasting notes

I agree with the description when it says this is lightly spiced. People who prefer a subtle spice, not red hots like me, will love this. I actually like this a lot despite the lack of candy cinnamon flavor because it is light but not weak in flavor. Definitely tastes like Christmas. At least Christmas from an agnostic former-Jew’s perspective.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65
drank Prickly Pear by Let's Steep
627 tasting notes

This one was exciting for me, because I haven’t had much opportunity to taste prickly pear things, except a jelly candy type thing I got out west that I loved. This, sadly, was not my favorite. It tasted great…just not like anything beyond a slightly tropical berry flavor thanks to the hibiscus and rose hips. Sour, fruity, great iced. But not great for what it advertises as being.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72
drank Cinnamon Apple by Let's Steep
627 tasting notes

I have really high hopes for all teas that have a spicy, cinnamon component. This one was good, but didn’t quite hold up. I admit that when it comes to cinnamon, I have no use for subtlety. I love the teas that taste like red hots. This one was a totally different flavor. Apple was definitely the primary flavor and it was tasty. The cinnamon was more of a hint. I do think it needs just a tiny bit more cinnamon to truly be “apple pie” esque, but it was pretty good.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Upon discovering this stand at Baconfest, I forced myself only to grab the samples of things that seemed a bit more unusual. And definitely things that I haven’t tasted. This one caught my eye because I love gunpowder tea – I think the texture is so cool to look at both dry and unfurling, and even to touch. I have never had a flavored version.

This is really tasty – it definitely does have citrussy, fruity flavor, but you can also taste the green tea. It is dry enough that I actually do think a splash of liquor would be pretty good in this. Not an idea I think of often when it comes to tea. Bonus, it resteeps pretty well.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

I found this company when I was at Baconfest this weekend in Easton. I had no idea they existed, and even though a buck for a sample is rather steep, I got a couple freebies for buying 10 to try. There were a lot of interesting flavors to try, and this one leaves me very hopeful, and feeling like I will be needing to stop by the shop in Quakertown before too long.

This one is super dessert-y. I taste strong vanilla and mint, with just a hint of fruit that is obviously raspberry. It isn’t chocolately but it almost has that vibe. I can barely taste the green tea, but in this I find that pretty interesting. It has a lightness that goes well with the mint. I really like it and am seriously looking forward to the other blends.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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