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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #90 overall / Tea #6 for March
#drinkwhatyouown February slot 22/25

Wednesday 3/3 — Another longer day with work as I came in a little early and learned some basic tasks in another department (1230-3) before my 3-11 shift. Needed something hot/warm & tisane (because I have 7a-3p Thurs 3/4) towards the end of my day so I pulled this out of my bag (2 teabags) and this answered the call. Not “the best tea ever” but I enjoy when I do grab a box of this for something easy and fruity.

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Wow, talk about scent memories: one whiff of the dry teabag will take you back (hopefully pleasantly) to your elementary school cafeteria on fruit cocktail day. “Pears” nicely—pun intended—with the green tea delivery mechanism. Very cheerful and springy.

ashmanra

Oooo, now I want a cup!

gmathis

Flavor is spot on!

Lexie Aleah

This is a yummy one!

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A friend of mine gave me two boxes filled with a. variety of tea bags. So sweet of her. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I am a bit of a tea snob—not really as I will try almost any tea—and have mountains of loose tea at home. Mountains.

So I am housesitting, which means that I have peace and quiet, internet access and a reliable fridge to keep milk in.

This tea is ok, but just. Having been blessed with Anne’s stellar chais, this one hardly compares. But I’ll drink it because milk, winter, cold.

And Steepster, oh how I have missed you. My wifi died and then my computer died and then I couldn’t remember my passwords to come back and could not even possibly start a NEW Evol account. And then there’s been the thing of my neighbours keeping me awake for the past 5 years and me having lost the will to live in this permanently exhausted state. And my own health issues even before that started. And then, of course, this covid situation, God help us all.

But while I have wifi for now, I am back!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Martin Bednář

Welcome back!

Martin Bednář

And let’s hope that you passed through all the misery and now better days will come!

Kawaii433

Glad to see you back!

Cameron B.

Welcome back! :D

Leafhopper

It’s great to see you back on Steepster!

Roswell Strange

WELCOME BACK!! <3

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Everyone! So good to be back. I’ve missed our Steepster gatherings, sharing life, tea, and news, commiserating, and tea slurping.

Alas, tomorrow I go back home to no wifi, no milk, and no sleep. But I am here for now and perhaps this wee rest and renewal will carry me through with enough energy to change things, at least a bit.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Ms. Strange! <3 Right back at ya!

I thought of you a lot during the DT upheaval. Are you still in Montreal?

Evol Ving Ness

And BTW, I can’t remember my FB password. Would you kindly tell our peeps there that I am more or less ok?

Lexie Aleah

It’s so nice to see you on here again! (:

ashmanra

Good to see you again! I hope you run into wifi again soon!

mrmopar

I just got my laptop back today. Been 4 days down. Glad to see you back.

Roswell Strange

@Evol Ving Ness – Yes, still in MTL and still at DT :)

Evol Ving Ness

And good to see y’all too! Thank you.

The first three days without wifi is tough and after that, it’s fine. I even got a bit of an attention span back. I even started reading books.

Evol Ving Ness

Wow, good on ya!

Montreal is such a fabulous city. Though right now it may have lost its sheen a bit.

Just a couple of days after DT announced that I had a free 50gr bag of tea waiting for me, the city went into lockdown and all of their shops closed. That sucked. I had the tea I wanted all picked out and everything.

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Another tea bag from ashmanra, thank you!

Well, this tea sounds great but it isn’t that great as name suggests. The orange isn’t juicy at all, ginger way too strong as well. Overall it tastes quite watery as well and flat.

It’s a shame, becasue when I have opened the pouch, it was very mouthwatering and nice aroma. It was like a fresh orange juice with hints of tangy ginger. But nope. The result is sad.

Flavors: Ginger, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

Oh, that sounds bad! I have never had any of the last ones I sent. They were samples from an order and I sent the bags for your collection! What a shame the teas couldn’t at least be decent tasting? The only Stash tea I have really loved is White Christmas.

Martin Bednář

It’s rather just a shame! I think the ideas are great. But blending them somehow doesn’t work well. Maybe there are guys in Stash company who like it. Customers like it too (based on their website). But I have been expecting more.

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TEA MAIL from ashmanra, thank you for sharing a few cups with me again :)

Okay, another exam passed. I was exhausted. And cold, as it was raining all the time I was going home from the train station. Felt asleep watching a ice hockey match in early afternoon!

So, decided to brew this one. It sounded very fiery and I wasn’t that sure about it at all, ginger and Mate; Fire in name, I was afraid this tea isn’t for me.

Well, it has got indeed interesting taste. I had Yerba Maté several times, but never cared if roasted or not, or how it should taste like and those things.

Today cuppa woke me up sucessfully. And it was somehow mineral, quite spicy (fiery, from ginger I guess) but it wasn’t excessively. A wee hint of cinnamon.

Wouldn’t call it Chai honestly. It was a ginger drink with yerba maté. That’s it.

Flavors: Ginger, Mineral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Congratulations on ANOTHER exam passed! : )

gmathis

I like mate for its effects rather than its flavor. This might work pretty well for me.

Martin Bednář

White Antlers… only two more! On Friday and next Thursday.

gmathis: I see, it certianly woke me up. And more than I would expect :) Too bad it’s quite simple in flavour though :(

Leafhopper

Congratulations on passing your exam! I’m glad you have only two more to go.

Martin Bednář

Thanks Leafhopper :)

ashmanra

A passed exam and an afternoon nap in the rain sounds like an almost perfect day! So happy for you! Step by step you are getting closer to your goal!

mrmopar

Congrats on passing another one sir!

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: If only I don’t have next exam tomorrow! I wanted to prepare; but I am not even able to be that productive today (an yesterday). So, it was part-perfect :) Sometimes it’s just a bit more than I can. But of course, super happy that only two are remaining.
mrmopar: Thank you! Small steps, but it’s something :)

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I made a pot of this to share with my partner, who is slowly opening up to more and more teas. I added a splash of milk to mine. It was very floral and lavendery today, I didn’t really get much bergamot! I meant to add sugar and completely forgot. I’ve never had an amount of tea this big, I think it allows the ingredients to mix and separate interestingly and each cup seems like it’ll be different! What an interesting tea adventure

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I’m trying (yet again) to get back into reviewing teas on Steepster. I love the community and always miss this place :)

One of the reasons I’m trying to get back in is because I bought a new milk frother to make tea lattes with! I’m a sucker for London Fogs and want to try replicating those at home. I saw a review on the milk frother that said this tea was a great way to do just that! I was excited to see that Stash had a loose leaf version and bought that, not realizing I was buying an entire pound of tea that I had never tried before!

I brewed this today with my amateurly frothed milk (definitely needs practice!). I was getting Earl Grey bergamoty flavors, as well as a kind of floral perfumey bitterness. I’m not sure if I got a bit too much lavender or steeped it too long or what! I added some simple syrup and that smoothed out the bitterness but covered up the lavender.

Now that it’s cooled off to a kind of lukewarm temp, I’m getting more lavender as well as a more distinctly orange flavor. I have a whole pound of this tea to get through so I’m looking forward to playing around with it! Maybe I’ll even try to get into baking and cooking with tea!

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Lavender, Orange

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec
gmathis

Well, hello there! A pound definitely gives you lots to experiment with. Lemon lavender pound cake? Lavender brownies?

ashmanra

This sounds really nice. I may have to order a wee bit.

Lexie Aleah

I"ve been wanting to try this one but can’t find it anywhere nearby. It’s always out of stock. Must be a mostly online only product.

tea-sipper

Welcome back!

Emilie

Thanks everyone! I found some earl grey lavender cookies I might have to try out! And lavender brownies sound amazing

Lexie, I definitely will have some to share if you ever need it lol. And I saw a few different options online, but you might only be able to get loose leaf in the one pound bag!
gmathis

I’ve never made anything with lavender except suggestions ;)

Lexie Aleah

Aww Thsnks (: Earl Grey Cookies sound delicious! There’s a local coffee shop here that makes the best earl grey shortbread cookies and uses a lavender frosting for the filling.

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this is a tea that must be had with milk, but only non-dairy milks with vanilla flavoring, because the artificial vanilla flavoring of said non-dairy milks masks the base flavors of the tea. this is my first review on this website and the tea is absolutely atrocious; never trust a bagged tea that promises well-rounded or even interesting flavors. respectfully. i’d try to brew the tea for longer and at a lower temperature, but i literally boiled it according to the instructions on the box. maybe if mixed with a coffee in a dirty chai kind of situation this tea could be nice, but other reviewers are correct in saying this tea tastes like dirt.

Flavors: Artificial, White Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 7 OZ / 207 ML

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Not Stash’s best offering. I taste mostly lemongrass. The peach flavoring is weak and doesn’t work well with the oolong base.

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I have received this tea bag from ashmanra with wonderful New Year (and Christmas) greeting card. Thank you!

Apparently, again a new tea bag for my collection. And apparently a day with most tea drank today, so far in this week. Compensation for yesterday with only two cups.

Anyway to Organic Very Berry. It’s hibiscus and thus tart. I don’t notice any rooibos. I can believe being it super tasty iced and Mastress Alita would be a fan of this as well. Red currants. Nope, they aren’t in. But raspberries? I guess so.

Well, I think I had better berry teas. This is a bit overflowes with hibiscus. It’s just unfortunately very tart. If it was less tart, I would enjoy this tea more, I am sure.

Flavors: Berry, Hibiscus, Raspberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Mastress Alita

Some Stash teas are at my local grocery, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen this one. I frequently grab their “Apple Cinnamon Chamomile” which is also a hibiscus bomb and I love it… so much so I always steep it with two teabags in the cup, haha!

ashmanra

Wow, that got there must faster than the Christmas card, Martin! I really didn’t expect the tea to be great, but I thought you might like the brightly colored tea bags!

ashmanra

BTW, I think your tea has made it to you faster than the one I mailed at the same time that is just traveling here in the US!

Martin Bednář

I certainly enjoy the bright tzea bags. They are new for my collection and that is always good, even the tea isn’t that great. That happens and I don’t mind. And it was nice surprise from you, actually we had same idea toghether :)

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I wanted something Chocolate-y tonight and this was pretty much all I had. Not quite what I wanted but I do like this one! It’s a lovely night time tea. Very creamy with some mint and lavender. I’ve been meaning to work on finishing up the box of this anyway.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML
gmathis

I just finished a cup this evening! Creamy is a good description, and now you’ve made me wonder how well it would take milk. (Note to self … )

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2020 Advent Swap – Day 22

You’ll love the smell of this tea, it puts me in a good mood!!

I can see why Devon Bartholomew said this tea puts her in a good mood – it smells exactly like the green apple Jolly Ranchers! The aroma is very strong in the bag but lightens after steeping. It still tastes more like apple candy than pear to me, though I do eat pears much less often than apples and associate them more with their sandy texture than with any pronounced flavor. The green tea was light but noticeable. I don’t think I’ve tried many pear teas so this was very unique.

Flavors: Apple Candy

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Day 18 of Sara’s Old Tea! Part 4 of 6

Oh wow, the tea bag smells kind of like cinnamon candy.

Smells like that steeping in the cup too, though I can also pick out some hibiscus smell, mmm. I left the bag in the cup and waited for it to cool down.

I mainly taste hibiscus, with plenty of cinnamon at the end of the sip. It’s a nice combination.

Oops, it cooled down too much. So I added some ice, and mmm, spiced punch. I like it even better chilled.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

I get the apple cinnamon flavor well in this one. I love the hibiscus base. I don’t taste the chamomile at all, which is a plus for me! I prefer it really strong, and usually drink it double what they suggest, so I use two teabags to a 12-oz cup (or four in a 500ml teapot).

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I’ve tried this a couple of times, and I’m just not a fan. The lavender just comes across as something strangely synthetic, and doesn’t positively contribute to the mint and chocolate (which is also a bit artificial tasting).

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This was a decent Chai, though it is not as good as the loose leaf Chai that I have. I do like that this one is caffeine free, so I can drink it in the evenings when I am not wanting to stay up late.

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

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