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68
drank Lemon and Ginger by Teapigs
3692 tasting notes

Sipdown! 31/365

This tea was unlabeled in a baggie, but since it was a teabag and said “Teapigs”, and clearly looked like a lemon/ginger herbal, it was easy to find. So thanks MissB for this sample! It was pretty much exactly what one would expect from a tea with this name. Ginger and lemon (in the form of lemongrass). It’s not super strong, but I don’t think I’d want it to be, unless I was sick. Not my favourite, as I really prefer drinking actual tea, but at least it didn’t have mint!

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drank Up Beet by Teapigs
7366 tasting notes

Hot cuppa drank on the commute home from work.

This was interesting to me because it managed to be thick, and distinctly beet and hisbiscus tasting with out being too much beet or hibiscus. Not too earthy, not too tart. Just a nice balance between the two. Now, I also didn’t think it was something that really ‘hooked’ me in to wanting more – but I found it pleasant enough, and would drink it again if offered.

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60
drank Matcha Cocoa Latte by Teapigs
709 tasting notes

I might not be the best person to be the first to review this.

The instructions say to whisk the matcha with a small amount of hot milk. I have no idea what a small amount is, but I do my best with a bamboo matcha whisk and milk I heated on the stovetop. Then it tells me to top with frothed milk. I don’t have a frother, so I make do with whisked hot milk. It does not say how much to use, which really frustrates me. I need better instructions than that.

Anyway, the matcha doesn’t smell like chocolate at all. It just smells like the ocean. That seaweedy generic matcha aroma. After the milk, I sort of smell chocolate, but it’s faint. The resulting tea is tan with green speckles on top. By now, the seaweed smells baked and toasty. The flavor sort of reminds me of Japanese snack mix. Sesame, roasted seaweed, and a creamy note that I guess is the faint chocolate blending with milk.

This isn’t the worst thing I’ve ever had, but I would definitely not buy it again.

Flavors: Cream, Nutty, Ocean Breeze, Roasted, Seaweed

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84
drank Lemon and Ginger by Teapigs
709 tasting notes

Sips by Sipdown!

Been drinking this after dinner this week. I really appreciate lemony herbals these days, especially on chilly nights. I hope my next Sips by box has something caffeine free in it. They’ve been my main supplier of post-work teas lately.

Sipdowns in 2019: 13

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84
drank Lemon and Ginger by Teapigs
709 tasting notes

Yep, an herbal tea at the end of the day has become a habit.

I’ve almost finished my Teapigs Pick ‘N’ Mix. I’ve got a little chai, a darjeeling earl grey, and this left.

I’m pleased by the sight of the little sachet full of lemongrass and lemon peel. Apparently there is licorice in this, too? I can’t taste it at all. What I mostly taste is ginger, followed by lemon. The ginger has a nice kick to it. Teapigs went surprisingly bold with it. However, the honey I added makes these flavors translate to “cough drop” for me. (Without the menthol, thank goodness.) This would be great if you were sick. You would actually be able to taste it as your sinuses cleared. So maybe it’s not something I’d reach for often at night, but I am still glad I got to try it.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Earl Grey Strong by Teapigs
709 tasting notes

…Oh. I thought by “Strong” they meant strong bergamot. Like Harney & Sons’ Earl Grey Supreme. When I opened the sample, I expected a powerful whoosh of bergamot… but barely smelled any even with the sachets right under my nose. Uh oh.

Turns out they meant that the black tea base is strong. Which it is. It brews up very dark and just looking at it lets me know I’ll need to sip this all day, not finish it before lunch like I usually do with my daily tea. If I’m not careful, this much caffeine can send me spiraling into The Upside Down of anxiety.

Steeped, I can smell the bergamot and it smells pretty high quality. And after a sip, I taste that it is. The exhale is fruity and bracing. This is much better than I expected, despite how almost coffee dark it is. Teapigs has not let me down. It’s a touch bitter, so I recommend adding more water than you normally would. Sure, I will be going back to my usual favorite EG, but I’m enjoying this.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Dark Bittersweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Adam Greene

Alright, you’ve inspired me. I’m going to try and order from Teapigs today.

Tabby

@Adam Greene They’re expensive! But if you do, try Calm! Such a nice sleepytime tea.

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88
drank Apple and Cinnamon by Teapigs
709 tasting notes

This is from my Teapigs pick ‘n’ mix.

Mmm, apple cinnamon. One of my favorite flavor combinations. It’s hard to get it wrong. And of course, this tea doesn’t. However, the first thing I think of when I smell it steeping is Celestial Seasonings. Zingers in particular. I flash back to being 11 years old, reading at the kitchen table with my after school tea. My respite before homework.

With a little honey, this is lovely. It really does taste like apple pie. Smelling the sweet spice before taking a sip is pretty heavenly. I wish the spices were a tiny bit heavier, but that’s just me. The red apple flavor is natural and holds its own.

I’m really enjoying Teapigs’ herbal selection. I feel I’m starting to change my mind about herbal teas in general. Maybe their gentleness makes them interesting. I get a lot of caffeine during the day. It’s nice to come home and sip something warm that isn’t going to tense me up or make me nervous.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Pure Lemongrass by Teapigs
709 tasting notes

My first tea that is entirely lemongrass. It’s very pleasant.

Comes out to a nice yellowy green and leaves my mouth a little tingly. There’s something to be said about the simplicity of it. Just that clean, calming lemon taste. Refreshing and comforting. Reminds me of springtime…

Makes me want to try growing my own again. (My cat pulled up my last attempt.)

Flavors: Fruity, Lemon, Lemongrass

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

We did a big pot of lemongrass on our back porch this summer—smelled so nice. I need to cut and dry a bunch before the frost gets it.

Tabby

Yep, sounds like it’s harvest time! Did you use it a lot this year?

gmathis

(shame on me) No…we started late; but it’s huge now. If I get with it, we should have tons!

Tabby

Haha, sounds like me with my basil.

gmathis

Now, the basil we’ve used. Hubby makes homemade pizza with our home-grown basil and cherry tomato slices; feta cheese. Have been cuddling the tomato plant in blankets like a baby to keep the early frost away.

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82
drank Chilli Chai by Teapigs
709 tasting notes

I got this in the Pick ‘N’ Mix box from Teapigs. Probably should have read the box’s description better. I didn’t realize that for each tea you select, you only get two sachets. That’s 24 sachets for $25. Not a good deal at all.

That said, I did end up with four sachets of this. After ice and milk, it comes out pretty generic. I can taste the peppercorns over the usual chai spices, I feel the burn, and it gives a nice caffeine boost. But I’ve had so many better chais than this. There’s nothing wrong with it, of course, it’s just overpriced for the amount you get.

Still, I’ll enjoy it. The cinnamon and ginger at least lend themselves to the fall season nicely. But I know myself and I know that chai in sachets isn’t the best for me. I need a bold experience, and that comes easier with loose leaf.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppercorn, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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56
drank Chocolate Flake Tea by Teapigs
709 tasting notes

Wow, the reviews are all over the place for this one. Though it seems most of you didn’t like it. Also, I should note that some of this is 70% off at Teapigs because the batch expires this month. Just a heads up!

When I first smelled the sachets during preparation, I was underwhelmed. They didn’t smell like chocolate to me at all. More like raisins, I suppose. But when the water hit them, I could. It smelled like chocolate and… yogurt? But this blend is supposedly dairy free. Hmm.

The flavor is… odd. Not what I was expecting at all. There is some weird fruitiness that reminds me of a Tootsie Pop sort of. Maybe I’m spoiled from tasting cacao teas lately, but this just doesn’t taste like real chocolate to me. It vaguely tastes like candy. Like super cheap “chocolate” candy. The black tea base they used kind of comes through, but not really. There’s just this yogurty tang to this…

Glad I just got a sample. No thanks.

Flavors: Candy, Chocolate, Fruity, Raisins, Yogurt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Happy by Teapigs
709 tasting notes

Got this as a free sample in my Teapigs order. Yay!

From the yellow packaging and name, I got the impression that this would be some cheerful chamomile blend. But it’s actually a spiced, lemony apple tea. It’s lovely and burns a little in a satisfying way. Like gingery apple pie topped with lemon zest. Cinnamon, allspice, turmeric, clove, ginger, marigold and cardamom. That’s a lot of spice and I am here for it. Not enough teas use allspice, I find.

Anyway, this is a warming, comforting tea that’s perfect for fall evenings. It’s like a decadent spiced cider.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Red Apple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Mastress Alita

Mmm, that sounds lovely!

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85
drank Calm by Teapigs
709 tasting notes

So… I used my first Sips By coupon code and got $25 off $50 + free shipping at Teapigs. I couldn’t resist after trying this. It was such a great deal, and enough tea to keep me busy (or asleep) for a long time. And it was so much fun racking up $50 worth of tea.

I chose 2 boxes of this with visions in my head of chilly nights and warm, lemony tea in bed. The only thing I’m disappointed with is the packaging. Once you open the bag the sachets are in, there is no way to re-seal it. So it’s into an old honey jar for these guys.

The remnants of Hurricane Michael are passing over us and it is very warm and rainy, so I made this over ice tonight. It tasted so clean and refreshing. Even cold, the chamomile and lemon balm are still soothing. And of course, you still get the lovely effects of the valerian.

Flavors: Herbs, Lemon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
ashmanra

Hope all is well! Michael is approaching us now, and I am SO EXCITED that it is going to be chilly the next few nights! I can’t wait to have some tea and sleep with the window open!

gmathis

Come see us! Temps not expected to climb past 50’s for about a week! Sweater weather!

ashmanra

gmathis: Are those the high temps? Boy oh boy! We will still be in the 70’s for a while but at least the evenings will be cool!

gmathis

Record low predicted for tonight…frost advisory. It was 36 this morning when I headed out.

ashmanra

Oooooo! We are 57F right now with amlow of 41 for tonight! SO EXCITED!!!

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85
drank Calm by Teapigs
709 tasting notes

Another from Sipsby. Aww yiss, valerian.

This is the third incarnation I’ve tried of this classic sleepy tea combination. Chamomile, mint, and valerian. Valerian teas always need something to cover up that sour, stinky feet smell. Some companies use lavender. But this company used lemon balm. Also very effective for covering up valerian. Especially with the blob of local honey I mixed in. The chamomile is very noticable in this tea, lemon brightening it up, and the mint on the exhale. It is very soothing. And the effects of the valerian… well, you can’t miss it. I’m not even halfway through the cup and my limbs feel heavier, my seat is comfier, my thoughts are a little slower.

Random, but part of me kinda takes offense to the part of the description about forest bathing. It’s a real thing and actually does help me deal with stress. Maybe keep an open mind, guys…?

However, it redeems itself somewhat with how crazy my cat goes when he smells it. Cats react to valerian the same way they do with catnip. And my gray boy wants to chew those sachets right up.

Flavors: Lemon, Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Peppermint Leaves by Teapigs
561 tasting notes

I adore this peppermint tea! It is the best one I have tried so far. It has a strong mint flavor and a sweet taste near the end which I am incredibly fond of! Best part? I got it for free with my PC Optimum points! Score!

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Sampler Sipdown September! Yes, plain mint tea, the most boring choice for a breakfast tea ever. That said, right now I’m kind of glad I got this as a free sampler from a long ago Teapigs order, because I’m on day two of my migraine attack so I’m still still sticking mostly to soothing mint or ginger teas which settle the accompanying nausea. The stomach is actually feeling a bit calmer at the moment (though the headpain is much worse), but who knows, my stomach may be doing so well from finishing off my water bottle of Moroccan Mint tea overnight. I might try other teas later in the day if the stomach-beast at least continues to play nice.

This is at least a very nice mint tea; I remember revisting bagged Bigelow Mint Medley not long ago and was aghast at its red color from the amount of hibiscus added to what is advertised as a plain mint tea… and I’m one of those people that actually likes hibiscus! Just… not in my plain mint tea. That was such a turn off! I don’t mind a little citrus herb added to my mint tea, but otherwise… just no. And this is just plain ol’ peppermint leaf, straight up. Nothing exciting tastewise, but it certainly gets the job done when a strong dose of menthol is needed for the throat or stomach or for whatever else ails you. Mint is versatile that way. Since plain mint tea isn’t the most exciting thing to drink, I add a small dollap of lemon-infused honey, and that is actually quite nice.

These sachets come with nice leafy mint rather than mint that has been pulverized to a pulp, and were surprisingly full, too. Very flavorful. Sometimes you just need mint without the frills.

Flavors: Menthol, Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank Tung Ting Blue Tea by Teapigs
535 tasting notes

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drank Tung Ting Blue Tea by Teapigs
535 tasting notes

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drank Super Fruit by Teapigs
724 tasting notes

Considering how much I loathe hibiscus, this was….surprisingly good. Still not quite something I’d reach for given a choice of other good teas, but not cringe-worthy. Admittedly I put a bunch of sugar in it and also some milk like the packet recommended (well cream), although it curdled immediately so that wasn’t so nice. Still, overall this is more berries than hibiscus by a tiny tiny margin. I’ll have no trouble drinking this cup.

This was the third tea of my July Sipsby Box. I’m a bit behind.

Preparation
Boiling

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40
drank Super Fruit by Teapigs
415 tasting notes

Sipdown 111/395

Metallic. Musty metallic grossness. Nope. There is a pretty decent fruitiness which comes out more with sugar, but the weird metallic note – which I think probably comes from hibiscus – it the first and last thing I taste.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Chilli Chai by Teapigs
1 tasting notes

One of my favorite teas to drink!

Teapigs Chilli Chai is one of my favorites for a couple of reasons.

One being the flavor, and secondly, the heat from the chilli when it goes down the back of your throat.

Overall, you get two flavors that blend well together. None of which overpower one another.

Flavors: Chocolate, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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83
drank Bright n Green by Teapigs
479 tasting notes

Green March! I’ve been using my gravity-well infuser at work to make Margaret’s Soother tea for a coworker with a terribly swollen throat, and haven’t felt like swapping the leaves out to make tea for myself when I want a cuppa, so I brought one of my last Teapigs samplers, since they come sachet-style. Like the Up Beet tea, this tea tastes more like an herbal blend but has a bit of green tea included in the blend.

I’m really enjoying this on a rather cold, dreary windy March morning. It tastes like a lemon ginger tea, with a nice lemony base and a warming gingery note that isn’t overly spicy and doesn’t leave too much heat behind in the mouth, which has been my problem with many lemon ginger blends (seriously, why do so many have to go so crazy with the ginger?) What I’m really enjoying here is there is a lovely noticeable sweet burst of coconut on the top sip that lingers in the aftertaste, that adds a new dimension to the flavor profile. I’ve never had a lemon ginger tea with coconut, and I’m loving the flavor combination! It works amazingly well. Though the tea includes licorice root, I actually can’t taste it at all; there is no pop of sticky sweetness (I’m a huge licorice root fan) so it must be used very subtly here; perhaps it is just enough to mellow some of the ginger out or bring out some of the sweetness of the coconut, which are both things I can’t complain about.

This is a nice tea, and for the coconut alone this is one of the best lemon ginger-style teas I’ve ever tried!

Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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88
drank Up Beet by Teapigs
479 tasting notes

Green March! Granted this tea reads more like an herbal fruit and veggie blend; one wouldn’t even notice the inclusion of green tea unless reading the ingredients! I’ve been feeling a bit of a craving for hibiscus (my body could probably do with the extra Vitamin C, being on the mend from that food poisoning a week ago, so I’m not going to question that craving!) and I was surprised I actually had this blend tucked away under the Green Tea section of my (far too large) tea list. Sounds good to me!

Mmm. This tea delivers sweet, tangy, and savory notes all in one. I can really get behind this! It has that satisfying punchy hibiscus base that I really enjoy, but the beetroot and carrot give it this slightly savory flavor. There is a spicy, gingery top note, but it isn’t overly strong; I have some other hibiscus-ginger blends where the ginger is very spicy, but here it is a mild spiciness, adding a gingery tones to the veggie notes but not enough heat to leave a lasting aftertaste. The tea is tangy, but pleasantly so; Teapigs uses whole leaf in sachets, not crushed hibiscus petals, so it doesn’t have the strong tart notes that the crushed hibiscus so frequently used in bagged teas causes. It’s a very rounded tea; the sip starts out with a tangy fruit punch note, and ends with a more savory flavor of spiced beet and carrot juice. It feels warm and satisfying, and full of vitamins that I feel like I need right now. I’m going to try to get a few steeps out of my bag, and really make the most out of my two teabag sampler!

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Ginger, Hibiscus, Tangy, Vegetables

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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84
drank Snooze by Teapigs
479 tasting notes

I think I drank too much caffeinated tea too late into the evening tonight, because it’s 3 a.m. and I just can’t get my sleepy on… I was tempted to pull out Bluebird’s Cat’s Pyjamas, but I ordered some lemon-infused honey from Etsy to try to help me get over the fact it tastes of nothing but super-strong chamomile, a flavor I don’t particularly enjoy, and I’m still waiting on that to arrive. So I decided to dig into my stash for some other sleepytime teas.

I got some Teapigs samplers not long ago, so I decided to try this one out. Snooze is a blend of apple pieces, chamomile, and lavender, and I am quite a fan of apple and lavender, and hoping those things will balance out the chamomile flavor, though it really all comes down to how the tea is blended. The first thing I notice, looking at the sachet, is that the chamomile is not whole flowers, but shredded flower, while there is quite a bit of chunky bits of apple, and there appears to be a pretty decent lavender-to-chamomile ratio. Things are looking decidedly up for me already!

While I tend to not get that nasty “papery” teabag taste from sachets, out of principal I cut the sachet open and let the ingredients infuse in my gravity well infuser (not that herbals do much expansion, but I liked the idea of all that apple fully floating around in the water!) Surprisingly, for so much apple in the tea, I didn’t get a very pronounced apple flavor… but what I did get, was a much sweeter flavor, with a much more subdued and less overwhelming chamomile taste, which is exactly what I was hoping for! I don’t mind when chamomile is in a blend, I just don’t really like the taste of it when it’s the dominant flavor and stands out in the foreground; I really prefer it as a background note. I can still make out that it is there, but it doesn’t have that strong (and to me, often oddly soapy) floral presense, and instead a sweet, apple note comes through in the finish. There is also a strong lavender flavor in this tea which helps (for me!) a lot, as I’m a huge fan of lavender; it hits in the aroma immediately, and that somewhat floral/minty flavor is strong in the sip and follows through right to the finish. That, for me, is probably my favorite part, so if you don’t like lavender, I can assure you aren’t going to like this one.

I really like this one! I wouldn’t say it knocks me out like Cat’s Pyjamas does (must be the valerian root!) but this is certainly soothing and tastes wonderful.

Flavors: Apple, Floral, Lavender, Mint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
cozymindme

I had exactly the same experience. Was wary of chamomile but found the lavender much more dominant, experienced no apple taste (fine by me!) and loved the lavender presence. Was immediately calmed by this absolutely delicious tea.

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