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I wanted to like this. I really did. I love pumpkin spice, and it smells wonderful. It remind me of pumpkin bread, all toasty and warm and full of spices.

Sadly, the pleasant smell is as far as it goes. The base is way too strong and astringent, overpowering all of the spices. You get all the nice pumpkin spice flavor, but pushing it’s way front and center is the bitter, astringent base, so it’s hard to enjoy it. Steeping it for three minutes or less tones down the astringency, but at the expense of the spices as well.

And pumpkin? Forget it, it’s not even there.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter

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94

The jasmine shows through more than anything, but this is a delicate and wonderfully floral tea. One of my current favorites. This is certainly a tea that you can sit back and relax with.

Flavors: Flowers, Jasmine, Rose

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

This isn’t bad, but it needs more body to it. It is chocolate, and it is mint, but they both feel kind of thin somehow. I might try brewing it extra strong and adding some milk to it, and see where that gets me. There’s no real complexity here, it’s pretty much exactly as advertised, except that with a term like “truffle” I expect a richness that isn’t present. It’s not bad, but not great, either.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

one of my favorites, smoky, dark, rich

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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71
drank Mile High Chai by The Tea Spot
249 tasting notes

This is definitely nice and spicy, but I’d like a bit more actual tea in it. However, I’m so over weakly spiced chais that this was a relative delight! It does come across as a bit thin-bodied and astringent, which is why I think more tea would help. Adding milk helped with the astringency but then dulled the flavor too much.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Pepper

tea-sipper

No weakly spiced chais!!!

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70
drank Clouds and Mist by The Tea Spot
1528 tasting notes

Sample Sipdown! (5 | 74)

I think this may have been left over from a past Sips By box? Unsure though…

Anyway, it’s a very robust Chinese green tea. It has strong vegetal and umami notes that rival sencha, as well as a hint of seaweed. But there’s also the harsher mineral and smoke flavors that are also found in gunpowder green tea. And at the end of the sip, a dry apricot note that I often find among Chinese greens.

It’s a bit too heavy for me, as while I do enjoy vegetal green teas, I don’t often love the ones with smokier flavor profiles.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Mineral, Seaweed, Smoke, Spinach, Stonefruits, Thick, Umami, Vegetal

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

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Especially delicious with all the coconut clustered at the bottom though truly it was delicious throughout. I persist in wanting to call this Coconut Caribana. Honest sweet coconut delicious
regardless. Perfect for a winter day of leaping over slush rivers at the curbs leftover from the frozen snow/sleet/rain earlier in the day.

I had another travel mug of this that had gone cold overnight, but wow, super nice as a cold tea too. There was a bit of oily film on the surface, but nevermind.

Would welcome this into my cupboard again. A very tasty blend indeed.

And it’s a sip down!

Sipdown 69

(9 of 2019)

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Ooooooh, YUM!

For some reason, I remembered it as Coconut Caribana—-hahhahhahhaha, yeah, well.

Anyway, creamy, coconut, floral, and delicious.

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drank White Wedding by The Tea Spot
41 tasting notes

Smelled fantastic but tasted weird and bitter. Not a fan. 1.5/5

Flavors: Burnt, Chestnut

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80

This is my very first pumpkin flavored tea. hehe (Thank you Cameron B.!) and I seriously over-steeped it… Like by an hour. lol

It’s good though. I saw some poor reviews but it tastes like pumpkin to me. I also picked up cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg notes. Typical spices that pumpkin coffee, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies… Etc. have in it. Some other spices, maybe pepper… And it’s creamy. I only began trying flavored teas a month or so ago, and I think with flavored teas, I favor those that have “latte” or cream taste. I think if it wasn’t creamy, I wouldn’t have liked it so much. It really added to it.

Note: I ‘m staying away from bitter-astringent talking point since I over-steeped it and I didn’t ding it for that either because of it.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Boulder Blues by The Tea Spot
105 tasting notes

It smells like it’s trying for strawberry but didn’t quite capture it. It’s a confusion of strawberry, vanilla, and green tea.Recommended steeping time is 2-3 minutes. Steeped for 2 min with dunking. It tasted…leafy? I could pick up green tea, and sometimes the strawberries, but the flavors were confusing. Tasted 01.2019

Flavors: Berry, Green, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec 9 OZ / 266 ML

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10

Recommends 3-4 rosebuds in 8 oz of water, steep for 6+ minutes.
Smells like perfume, and tastes…like perfume. I like rose teas, but this was something else.
Very watery. It’s drinkable if I have to, but it’s definitely not something I would choose. Tasted 11-2018.

Flavors: Perfume

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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70

This tea is described as a “ruby red infusion.” Directions state to steep for 6-7 minutes.
The tea smells minty with sweet undertones. Not quite fruity, but sweet. Tastes good and feels nice on an upset stomach. Not an amazing tea, but pleasant. Disregarding claims about a “flat belly,” it’s a nice tea to soothe the stomach. Tasted 11-2018.

Flavors: Mint, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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65

Smells like it might be bitter after steeping, but it’s surprisingly not. It tastes like warm, plain black tea. Don’t really taste any orange. Not a lot of flavor, but just enough that you could have it with a meal/other food and not worry about competing flavors. Tasted 11-2018

Flavors: Tea

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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15

Smells nice and orangey, but tastes not quite fruity. Has some spiciness going on that is confusing. Tasted 01.2019.

Flavors: Floral, Orange, Spicy

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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50

Green tea with a slight floral taste and smell. Not very strong, not worth buying again. Drinkable enough to finish canister. Tasted 12.2018.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Tea

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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90
drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
4558 tasting notes

Sipdown! 5/365

This was presumably a sample from Sil, since it’s my writing on the sample bag – thanks! This is dang good. Malty, creamy, bold, smooth. Really quite delicious. I did not expect this! I would drink this again in a heartbeat. I did notice that the flavours were better after the tea had cooled, but I drink most of my tea cool anyhow.

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drank Meditative Mind by The Tea Spot
4560 tasting notes

Sipdown (260)

Flowers in a mug. Not as offensive as I expected. No pot pourri dryness. However, I am not a floral tea type of person so this isn’t for me.

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drank Climber's High by The Tea Spot
249 tasting notes

I love the balance on this, very nice and spicy sweet without one spice note overriding everything else. It’s strongly spicy but not overwhelming and makes me want to try their other chais. However, there’s a note to both the fragrance and the flavor that I really dislike – I’m assuming it’s the yerba mate, which I know I’ve had before but not much. It’s a flat woody smell that has a somewhat rotten smell/flavor to me. It’s not too strong but I really dislike it. If not for that, I’d drink this tea 24/7, but with that note, I can’t stand it. I think it’s not fair to give it a numerical rating because of that. I would probably give it an 85 without, but like a 10 with.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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77

It’s good but not all I was hoping for. I love chocolate and I love cherry, although I have yet to find either in a tea form that I adore. This is a nice smooth black base, and the chocolate flavor is present more in the aftertaste to me. The cherry is more of a fragrance than a flavor, but it’s there and it’s cherry as opposed to medicine. I wonder if part of the problem is that I bought this in a gift pack, so it was prepacked and sealed – that may be more likely to be a bit old and I’d bet cherry is somewhat volatile. Just musing, though. All in all, a nice solid and enjoyable cup with a sweetness to it, but not deserving of exclamation points in the name. :)

Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Red Rocks by The Tea Spot
249 tasting notes

For a red rooibos, I like this. There is a creaminess and yet a tartness to it. It definitely has that woody tobacco scent, but that doesn’t carry over into the flavor. I can’t say I love it, because I really am not a red rooibos fan, but I will drink the rest of the small amount that I have.

Flavors: Tart, Tobacco, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82

Home – 6:00 PM

Another one from The Tea Spot. This must have been the one I placed the order for, as I have a full 100g or so of it. I really love that they use whole allspice in this blend, it’s unusual and it looks gorgeous in the dry leaf.

Yum, this is definitely the best pumpkin spice black tea I’ve had. It actually tastes pumpkin-y and has a slight creaminess to it. The spices meld together very well, but I think I can pick out cinnamon, clove, ginger, and perhaps nutmeg. Looking at the ingredients, there is no nutmeg, so perhaps it’s the allspice I’m tasting. The base tea is a bit brisk – I think this would perhaps be better with a Chinese black tea base. Next time I’ll try to remember to steep this one a little shorter or at a slightly cooler temperature, as it did come out a touch bitter and astringent.

I added a drizzle of maple agave and a splash of soy milk to the rest of the pot after drinking the first cup plain. Delish.

I’m not a great lover or chai or pumpkin spice, but this here is a good ’un.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Work – 12:00 PM

Happy November, everyone! I’m officially allowing myself to listen to Christmas music now. (Yes, I know that it’s still almost two months away…) Christmas happens to be my favorite holiday, so I tend to start early with the holiday spirit. But hopefully not in a way that annoys other people!

Anyway, this tea was a sample size. I ordered several samples from The Tea Spot a few months ago for some reason. I think it may have been because I liked something I got in my Sips By box…?

This is super yum, by the way. It reminds me of the black dragon pearls from Teavivre that I tried a few days ago, but with an even stronger cocoa flavor. Delicious!

It’s thick and satisfying, with a great mix of malt, cocoa, and baked bread notes.

Of course, it looks as if The Tea Spot doesn’t offer this blend anymore… Typical…

Also, is the name meant to be sexual…? Seems a bit odd, rofl.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Malt, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Lexie Aleah

Chocolate O’s are another name for Oreos lol.

Cameron B.

Interesting, I’ve never heard that before.

Lexie Aleah

tbh I googled it :P

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Sipdown (587)!

Once of those late night sipdowns that kind of kicks your ass; not because of the flavour but because of the amount of caffeine consumed right before bed. I guess I’ll never learn. Doomed to repeat my crazy tea mistakes…

This was fine flavour wise; kind of beany and grassy. Not the best or the worst. Another one that is just better off removed from my cupboard.

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