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drank Moroccan Mint Green by Maya Tea
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Another from the sale! I’ll try most teas for a dollar… a classic gunpowder green with peppermint combination. Looking at the leaf, it really looks like mostly mint or chopped up gunpowder leaf, as I really don’t see any of those big nice shiny “pearls” that gunpowder typically looks like. Upon the first sip, it did taste a bit like catnip rather than mint. But as I’m drinking, it’s a really satisfying cup. Sweetness and smooth mint. It would be great to drink with meals. Both steeps ended up with a very dark brew color but was never astringent. So initially the look and fragrance of the tea seemed like it would tank this tea, but I’m glad I bought it (especially for a dollar.) I would definitely buy this again as a cheap mint green option. (And maybe I’m also forgetting the benefits of FRESH TEA.)

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drank Vanilla Black by Maya Tea
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Oh my, two tasting notes in one day? The busyness of summer must really be over.

I got this vanilla tea to compare to my favorite comfort tea from SFherb, and I didn’t check the ingredients closely, this has jasmine in it!

I thought I might need a side by side taste test, or that I wouldn’t like the jasmine, but I didn’t need to worry. SFherb vanilla is a single note, and Maya tea vanilla is a whole vanilla wafer or sugar cookie. The floral note waits until the end and is very subtle, unless I had read the package I wouldn’t be able to tell the jasmine was there. I really want to like this tea, it starts so well, but there is a soapy, astringent aftertaste that lingers after the vanilla cookie goodness. Once I noticed the aftertaste, it kinda lost its luster and I need a cup of SFherb vanilla to rinse my mouth out.

If you like jasmine and vanilla let me know and I’ll send you a sample.

Flavors: Floral, Sweet, Vanilla

Lexie Aleah

There was really lovely jasmine and vanilla green tea that a local tea shop in my area used to sell at the market but they unfortunately shut down. Have you tried blending this one with another black tea?

Michelle

That’s a good idea, maybe an Assam (awesome tea) or a Yunnan with soften the edges here.

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78
drank Raspberry Black by Maya Tea
197 tasting notes

I’m probably expecting too much from this tea to be robust and raspberry. It certainly is fruity and light, with a natural raspberry taste. Its quite an enjoyable cup worth three steeps. I’m just expecting a bit more from the base.
This one is going back in the cupboard until it hits 90 for the first time next summer when I’ll try a cold steep. Today is the first day of meteorological fall and I’m ready for cinnamon and ginger, not fruity summer light tea.

Flavors: Raspberry

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90
drank Relaxing Mint Herbal by Maya Tea
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Another one currently on the clearance list.  Shame this one will be gone!  But now I’m looking at the rest of their site, it might just be the one ounce sizes on clearance.  But then some teas are only available as a pound, so I’m not sure.  It’s a good herbal – a nice balance of spearmint, sweet chamomile and lavender.  A perfect balance, really. It is what it says, says what it is.  And is quite relaxing.  That overlong second steep is not to be missed.  I wouldn’t mind keeping this one around.  
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 20 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 8 minutes after boiling // 12+ minute steep

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75
drank Gold Rush White by Maya Tea
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Another weird little blend with a mix of bases. Yerba mate and white tea. I will say, the cup does result in a fine gold color. I do love that the little fruit pieces kind of look like gold (as much as fruit can look like gold), to go along with this lovely name. Gold rush! The flavor is okay. Somehow the white tea flavor is more prominent than the yerba mate. The spearmint flavor is definitely stronger than the papaya and mango. I was hoping for more fruit to go with these bases and would prefer the spearmint isn’t in there at all. So it’s mostly a spearmint/white tea flavor combination. One of the teas Maya has on clearance and still available as of this moment!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling // 2 min

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drank Jasmine Sunset Green by Maya Tea
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Trying to catch up on reading tasting notes at some point!  I noticed today that Maya Tea is discontinuing many of their teas, and by the time you read this, they will probably be out of stock.  (Banana Macaroon went fast.)  I wasn’t planning on buying any more tea right now, so didn’t. Many of the teas on clearance are teas I bought samples of and haven’t even tried yet, so I guess I should make an effort.  
This is an odd one.  The base: rooibos and green tea.  But looking at it, it looks like black tea is mixed in, and since it tastes like a barbeque sauce, my mind goes to lapsang… or maybe that’s the rooibos. I taste no jasmine whatsoever… really it’s that flavor that is like orange that is supposed to be jasmine flavoring.  But there is also orange here, so who knows.  I like the “sunset” in the name – makes me think of a big ol’ orange.  The second steep takes on that bubblegum flavor.  So, eh, not the blend I imagined but I should have known better.  So maybe they shouldn’t have even marketed this as “jasmine” and it would have done better.  And then there is a drying to mouth sort of thing happening, which isn’t pleasant on a hot day. Not really thirst quenching. Hey, it was $1. Would I buy it again for $1? No.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 4 min

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75
drank Zesty Lemon Green by Maya Tea
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An Ode to Tea challenge #2– Z
A new tea!  I don’t have many teas for ‘Z’, so this won’t be finished today.  I also don’t think this will be a great note, as I have so much anxiety lately, I just feel nauseous all the time. (Some of it Covid inspired – so many people have vaccines but it’s getting bad again.  I can’t even type that without tearing up a bit.)
Plenty of lemon here, it’s more like a lemon verbena which might be good on another day but with my nauseousness just seems sickly and cloying?  Probably not the best day to review this one, so I will probably redo it later on.
Nineteen actual sipdowns for this challenge.  I really like this challenge as a way to do a lightning round of hangers-on teas that are lingering about!  I will probably keep doing this in the future. :D

An Ode To Tea #2
A – Apple Delicious – Love Some Tea
B – Butterscotch Blondie – Tazo
C – Cherries Jubilee – 52Teas
D – Donovan – Adagio
E –  Eucalyptus Mist – Davidstea
F -Formosa Oolong – Whispering Pines
G – Genmaicha – Great Tea Road Co
H – Halmari Full Assam – Harney & Sons
I –   I Gotta Colada – Tiesta
J –   Japanese Sencha Saga – Simple Loose Leaf
K –   Kettle Corn – East Indies Company
L – Licorice-Ginseng Oolong – Steepster
M – Mango Melange – Adagio
N – Ntingwe Kwazulu – Taylors of Harrogate
O –  Orange Blossom – Davidstea
P – Pear Caramel – Spice & Tea Exchange
Q –   Queen Catherine – Harney & Sons
R – Royal Golden Assam – Octavia Tea
S –  Shogun – TeaGschwendner + Strawberry Black – Angry Tea Room
T – Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong – Teavivre
U – Unbridled Love – Teavivre
V – Vietnam ‘Medium-Roast Jin Xuan’ Red Oolong – What-cha
W –  Watermelon Houjicha -52Teas+ White Chocolate Grasshopper – 52Teas
X – Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013 – Teavivre
Y –  Yunnan White Jasmine – Verdant
Z –  Zesty Lemon Green – Maya Tea
*True sipdowns in bold

tea-sipper

AND stay safe Steepster pals.

Martin Bednář

Great job and stay safe too my friend :)

tea-sipper

Thanks Martin! I try my best. :D

mrmopar

You too tea-sipper.

tea-sipper

Thanks, mrmopar.

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With milk, this has a pretty nice, mild banana flavor. The rooibos itself is super strong and not the most pleasant of rooibos, so unfortunately it steals a lot of the attention. The coconut leaves a fresh, tasty coconut flavor that goes well with the banana. If the rooibos could be toned down, this would be a pretty great blend. And as usual, I wish the banana could be amped up even more!

tea-sipper

I am pleasantly surprised with how much I like this one. :D

AJRimmer

Ha yeah, I only have one serving left from my 1 oz bag, so I must have enjoyed it pretty well too!

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78
drank Gold Rush White by Maya Tea
155 tasting notes

I’m not a big mint fan with teas, but if you, this one is recommended. It’s smooth and not spicy, the mint is definitely dominant. it’s a white tea but not at all weak. I steeped a little over 3 minutes and the tea and mint come through smoothly and with strength. The tea boasts of having mango as well, but I’m not really catching it, although that may be what is soothing the mint down a bit. There is a little bit of a drying feeling after a few sips in the back of the throat. Not my usual tea, but I like it and find it soothing. It gets better the more you sip it. Would be great for calming evenings.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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83
drank Blue Lady by Maya Tea
155 tasting notes

It’s unique and I enjoy it – but I do agree with the reviewer below me it reminds me a little of a cleaner. At first I thought “soapy” but that fades. It may be the way the fruits are blended. The first sips I got florals, the second sips I seemed to get more of fruit. It is not bitter, but it can be, sort of borderline when the fruit rind taste comes out. Did 2 tsp in a pot with hot, boiling and 3 sugar cubes. This tea arrived FAST – I’m curious on this company and am excited to try the other teas. The smell of this one is excellent. I don’t think it will be a keeper, but it’s not bad.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML

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drank Raspberry Black by Maya Tea
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Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge July Theme: A Berry Fruity July

Happy Fourth Americans!  Or hoping everyone had a lovely day today, no matter the country.  I HAD to order a full pouch of this during the sale… as it wasn’t one that was one on sale. It’s QUITE the raspberry tea!  So full of raspberry!  Actual bits of raspberry, which hey, no raspberry tea hardly ever includes.  And NO raspberry leaf, yuck.  Sick of raspberry leaf in raspberry teas.  The flavor just blooms in your mouth after sipping, earthy and rich.  The black tea is Nilgiri but I would have guessed Ceylon but it’s really quite a nice base for raspberry.  Plain, I probably would never steep up this black tea, but I can live with it with the raspberry. This is more than I expected, so I’m glad I bought it! 
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug //  21 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 4 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

LuckyMe

This sounds so good! Come to think of it, raspberry and black tea is a really nice flavor combination.

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Saturday, June 12th: National Red Rose Day Tea #1

Perfect time to make a note for this!  I was crossing my fingers, hoping this was good, ordered two ounces since it wasn’t one of the teas that was on sale.  Sadly, not steeping up as the tea I dreamed. (I think I might be thinking of a Davidstea blend that I sampled that I wish this was like?) But who ever gets cherry tea right?  There should be actual cherry pieces in the blend – I don’t see any. There is rose at least, but mostly this is a ton of sencha.  The scent of the dry leaf is a bit odd.  I’m not really smelling or tasting cherry or rose.  I hate to say it, but it’s more like that dreaded bubblegum flavor that I sometimes find in flavored teas.  The second cup almost tasted like plain green, and very bland at that.  I don’t think it gets more flavorful from here… this is such a fresh tea! Too bad, and I was really trying to be delicate with the steeps too.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 40 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 min

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drank Blue Lady by Maya Tea
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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – June Theme: A June Wedding Tea #2

  This one fits for NEW and also BLUE.   It’s from my newest order (the only order this year!)    Some of these teas, I just wanted to try because they were $1.   I drank this yesterday.  The description says “tropical” and citrus flavors,  the dry leaf had a very strong grapefruit flavor, drowning out whatever “tropical” flavor notes… I could tell there was another layer to the flavor, but not specifically what it was. The description said the mug should have had “specks of blue”? Didn’t notice/wasn’t looking for them.   A tiny amount of hibiscus is there too, which is all well and fine, nothing overpowering.  The second steep might have been overdone, the flavor was a bit offputting…a bit more like a cleaner than the fresh grapefruit of the first steep.  Of course, I finished the cup anyway.
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min

Mastress Alita

I think all my “new” teas will end up being from 2019, as I’ve been drinking almost exclusively from the bazillion 2018 teas I have (my ordering was out of control during 2017 and 2018). Still 2-3 years old, but at least “feels” newer to me, hahaha.

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drank Detox Tonic by Maya Tea
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I had to buy this!  It was a dollar!  Great way to try Maya’s teas.  I will certainly be checking to see if they have a Cinco De Mayo sale every year and possibly they will have different teas available for $1.  Their website is a bit contradictory to the pouch though.  Pouch says the expiration is sometime in 2023 but the website wants you to finish it within six months AND store it in the fridge.    I’m not sure how much a detox tea can really detox but I doubt it could hurt.  The flavor of these wacky ingredients isn’t bad… at first it really tastes like walking through a gardening shop… all that mixture of fragrant plants together.  But then it reminds me of that AND walking through a pizza shop, with the basil.  Then this is very spearmint forward.  So if I want to feel like I’m in a garden shop eating a pizza, there you go.  I like it!
Steep #1 // 23 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // many minute steep

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Found this while looking for a cherry green without rose petals, which was harder to find than I expected. I like the safflower in this; it’s less perfumey and overbearing than the rose, but still provides some balance for the cherry, which can itself be an overpowering flavor. I also like that it uses actual cherries and not just flavoring.

Flavors: Flowers, Fruity

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drank Mango Green by Maya Tea
26 tasting notes

Haven’t tried this yet, but I’m a little dubious, because when I sniff it all I can smell is safflower.

Flavors: Flowers

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drank Cinnamon Apple Black by Maya Tea
735 tasting notes

So, I’ve had this tea for a little while, I just haven’t logged it because I’ve been drinking it mostly at work.

Maya Tea seems to be a hit or miss company for me. Their prices are great, but I’m not impressed by the quality of this one. While the apple aspect is fine, the cinnamon tastes artificial and cheap. Kind of like Red Hots or Big Red gum. I understand that real cinnamon doesn’t dissolve and leaves sediment in tea, but I think it’s worth it.

I’ve been making it over ice, so I’m not sure how this will translate when I start to make it hot. But it’s not quite cool enough here for that. The only reason I chose not to recommend this tea is the cinnamon flavor. I think there are far better apple cinnamon teas out there, if that’s what you’re looking for. But don’t let this put you off of trying Maya Teas. Some of their stuff is great. Just not this one.

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Cinnamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I am using my camera phone, so pictures are coming out weird. Will use a digital camera for future pics.

Not a fan of this tea. It was too sweet and acidity. I am trying the second infusion to see how it tastes and will also try cold. Seems like it might be good after leaving it in the fridge for a while.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ryan Freed

Tried the second infusion hot and it still wasn’t satisfying. Gave it another chance iced, and that will be the last time I make this tea.

I have never done more than one infusion. I read articles online, but still can’t seem to grasp it. What is the proper way to do more than one infusions?

Do you steep longer or shorter, and what temperature difference?

TeaBrat

Hi Ryan,
It depends on the tea. With puerhs and oolongs the second infusion is often shorter but with an herbal tea like this one I’m not sure how much it matters

Ryan Freed

thanks! i will just have to experiment

rmark25

what’s your experience with Prickly pear as a fruit? Maybe that’s the problem? I’ve only had prickly pear puree ( I’m a pastry Chef) and found it to be sorta vegetable-like, sweet, not too sour with a funky color if that made sense haha like beets and strawberries

Ryan Freed

that is definitely the same color…never had prickly pear fruit, that could be problem

TeaBrat

Prickly pear martinis are good. :P

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