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Unbranded Awa Bancha tea bag from a tea box. This is a pleasant tea. The person wrote on the ziploc bag that this tea is known for being sour, but I’m not getting that at all. For me, it’s pretty smooth. It’s not my favorite flavor profile, just sort of plain and green.

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Unbranded loose leaf from the tea box labeled Peach Lemon Herbal. Luckily I don’t love it enough to buy, but it would still be nice to know the brand! It’s heavier on the lemon, which isn’t my preference. The flavors are light and decently authentic, but sort of weird for me. The resteep was even more lemony, which didn’t taste great. Not one of the better herbal teas I’ve had recently, but nice to try.

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SF Herb Dragonwell with a half a spoon of spearmint. I do like a minty green tea, and this one starts out sweet mint and ends buttery, nutty grass. A strange combination but somehow it’s working for me this morning. I’ll try this again with less spearmint to see the green tea shining through a bit more.

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #208 overall / Tea #32 for May
Thursday 5/20 - pitcher Sabroso chai caffeine free sampler (started 5/18, brought home). 5/30—> I really haven’t posted in 6 days? Hmm. I guess I was off the last 3 (Thurs/Fri/Sat). I can’t remember this in any particular way but moving onward…
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #205 overall / Tea #29 for May
Tuesday 5/18 - Sabroso Chai Naughty Guayusa which has 4 ingredients Guayusa Leaves / Hibiscus Flower / Cinnamon / Fennel. Refreshing pitcher to sip on double shift #2 in a row. Thanks for the sample so long ago Sabroso Chai (:
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #199 overall / Tea #23 for May
Friday 5/14 - sipology sugar plums and cinnamon & kiwi Passionfruit. Two samples with tiny bit (for an 8 oz cup each), put together and cold brewed. Non descript blah green tea, nothing worth remembering.
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #198 overall / Tea #22 for May
Friday 5/14 - two boxes of generic 10 tea bags each. Moroccan mint and honey lemon. Made as hot plain pitchers to top off Micah’s homemade kombucha.
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #197 overall / Tea #21 for May
Friday 5/14 - Wow Guayusa by Sabroso Chai. Awhile ago Sabroso Chai gifted me a maybe a half dozen samplers of their teas. This one was opened because I had it previously. I didn’t pay close attention to and thought it was a chai, turns out “Ingredients: Guayusa Leaves, Dried Pineapple, Dried Coconut, Allspice, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cloves, Elderflower”. Had it hot and plain with milk, turned out okay but not something I’d have again.
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #186 overall / Tea #10 for May
Thursday 5/6 — Lauku Tea Brigita’s Daylight Blend. Sipsby box. Cold brew glass jar. Uh, it’s Thursday? WTF happened to Weds? Oh! I know! I had work, then I had an impromptu casual sit down/interview/job offer, then I came home to tell my boyfriend (who I live with) & my parents (phone call) about job opportunity, then my Columbus Crew were outplayed by Monterrey in CCL play to be eliminated losing down in MX 3-0. I sipped on tea, but nothing was finished 5/5 (I guess a store kombucha GTS Lavender Love). Anyway, I sipped this this morning after it has been brewing in my fridge for a few days. Very herby herbal. Was cold and got the job done this morning with breakfast.
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #171 overall / Tea #42 for April
#drinkwhatyouown March 25/25
Wednesday 4/28 — random steeping by various artists. kroger pom Blueberry acai green tea / tipson Blueberry matcha 1 teabag each …Warm/cold brewed since evening 4/27. These were from Danielle small business advent calendar Dec 2020. It was okay nothing special but sipped with breakfast.
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #158 overall / Tea #29 for April
Monday 04/19 — Teas of the World, France, French Vanilla. 10 teabags. 5 each in 2 hot brewed pots of tea for the large kombucha jar.
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #153 overall / Tea #24 for April
An Ode to Tea, Z is for Silver Zhen Pearls (gifted by Danielle aka @teaandmeblog)
Friday 04/16 — Cold-Brewed this one twice. It was okay but nothing to repeat.
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #133 overall / Tea #4 for April

Sunday 4/04/21 — Tazo Passion Tea sweetened. There were like 4 different listings of the Tazo Passion in steepster and because this was a tiny plastic baggie of maybe 1 1/2 PS worth of Tazo Passion tea with some sort of sweetener in a blob not sure what to categorize this under. Made this cold-brew and mixed it into a cold-brew pitcher of Harts of America Dandelion Mint (like 1/4 or 1/3 Tazo and rest HOA Dandelion Mint). Still too gritty and sweet for me.

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #115 overall / Tea #31 for March / #drinkwhatyouown February slot 23/25

Thursday 3/25/21 — winter White Chocolate oolong.. can’t remember the company. Didn’t really taste like anything but oolong I remember in past enjoying the creamy melted chocolate with oolong in hot and plain cuppa.

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #67 overall / Tea #34 for February
#drinkwhatyouown February 8/25

Tuesday 2/23 still working on Jan and Feb teas from my diy advent calendar #drinkwhatyouown etc. I haven’t even made a theme for March yet. Hmm. Anyway this was a random little silver wrapped tea labeled Passionfruit. Not sure where it came from but I know I have had it for a while. It was a flowering blooming tea, which is not really my style. I put it in a 12 oz clear Holly branch perfect mug from my david’s tea days and sipped hot and plain with breakfast.

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Drinking a random matcha genmaicha teabag that came in a Japanese snack subscription box I’ve been getting. It’s actually a really nice genmaicha. No bitterness, just smooth and toasty.

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Sipdown 16/17/16-2021
Drank through a few oolong samples from jlTea (Fong Mong). One was a Jin xuan and the other 2 were lightly oxidized. Honestly can’t remember much about them because it’s been a few days and I’ve been waiting for Steepster to be not broken again.

Mastress Alita

I’m just sitting on all my notes (I write them externally anyway) until the site isn’t broken again, myself.

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Samurai TTB #49

This was marked as “Princess Peach Ice Cream” from a brand I’ve never heard of called Tea Hippie. If I’d enjoyed it more, maybe I would have taken the time to add it to the database, but as it was, I don’t feel the need. No peach and no ice cream for me, just straight up hibiscus with a hint of yogurt. Not a fan!

Flavors: Hibiscus, Sour, Tart, Yogurt

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

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Samurai TTB #17

Finished off a sample of 52Teas Vanilla Orange Cola black tea today. The fact that I can’t find it on Steepster or the 52Teas website is making me think this might be an older blend? So I might not have had it at its best, but it was definitely a disappointment. I didn’t get any orange or vanilla flavor from it at all; just the cola flavoring. So it was basically like drinking a hot, flat Coca-Cola…bleh.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

July 2020 blend from 52Teas: https://www.52teas.com/blog/tea-of-the-week-for-july-27-2020-vanilla-orange-cola-black-tea/

I find the missing Steepster entry as perplexing as you.

Inkling

Oh, thanks, Mastress Alita! Guess this isn’t an age issue, then. :)

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Advent Calendar Day 2

This one is labeled “Chestnut Black Tea” by Yunomi…another new-to-me company and a tea I couldn’t seem to find in the Steepstser database. I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever had a chestnut, so I can’t comment on how accurate the flavor is here. But it’s a pleasantly smooth and nutty black tea and I’m enjoying it on this chilly morning!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I wonder if it’s this one?

https://steepster.com/teas/creha-tea/39556-flavored-black-tea-sweet-roasted-chestnuts

I used to order it from Yunomi and it was delish. :3

amandastory516

It is that one, Cameron :)

Inkling

Aha! Thanks for tracking that down for me, Cameron. :)

Shae

I’ve never had a chestnut either. It seems like quite the process to make one edible, and I’ve always felt more than a little intimidated. Can someone describe the flavor? Is it just a general nuttiness?

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Found this very old pack of oolong plum tea in the back of a cupboard this week. The label is half worn off so I can’t tell where this tea is from, just the name “oloong yello plum”… and a use-by date of 2014. So I guess random steepings is where I’m supposed to review this tea?

5 years past the use by date… can anyone beat that?

Smells amazing despite being so old (it was sealed up very well, although opened inside) with plum and apricot and warm black tea.

I brewed it. First few sips there’s a light fruity sweetness and earthyness that’s lovely. Then there’s what I can only describe as bin juice. To be precise, it’s the smell of the juice/liquid that’s lingering in the bottom of your bin after being too lazy to take the trash out for a few too many days. Rotting garbage and earthy and sweet, because the trash is full of sugary drink cans.

Once you’ve got that smell in your mind and what you imagine it would taste like, this tea becomes a mind battle. The more you think about the bin juice, the more you can taste it. I battled to the bottom of the cup by focusing on the taste of plums.

I’m now pretty sure the plum flavouring was added, not just a description of the natural oolong leaf flavour. I think that’s what has started to rot. Throwing this tea away now, sadly. I imagine it was delicious fresh.

Leafhopper

Mmmm, bin juice! Thanks for that description. I’m also sad when old teas are no longer drinkable.

Mastress Alita

“The more you think about the bin juice, the more you can taste it.” That just makes me think of when the weather is bad and I don’t want to haul my trash bag all the way out to the dumpster, so the next day when I do it, there is weird liquid on the kitchen floor under where the bag was sitting… I definitely would not want to imagine drinking that mystery liquid…

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Today on your screens another weird tea I received from postcrossing directly from China. Its outerwrapping is saying only Euho as producer (brand) and Wax Gourd Lotus Leaf Tea both in Chinese and English. No idea what to expect.

Today, as well, was stressful day of three exams total, while two were ABC tests and one was an oral one. From two subjects — Intermodal transport and Marketing in Transport. The latter I haven’t passed, but I passed ABC test and oral one from Intermodal transport. At least something, but it naturally grinds my gears. Next time it’s on Friday, while I have on Thursday one another exam, again I guess it is going to be oral.

Anyway, back to the tea. It smells quite fruity, with some medicinal undertone, somehow resembles me a cucumber as well. The taste is unexpected somehow, like rather Aloe Vera or something. Then there is again that fruity note (it is that lotus?) and it’s mouthcoating quite a lot. There weren’t any steeping parameters listed, Google haven’t found exactly that I am drinking, so… I have steeped it for around 8 minutes. As it cools down it gets some sour-apple note. I guess it is time to finish it as soon as possible.

ashmanra

Well, hooray on the passed exams and rats on the other! I am glad you can retake it and this time you know what to expect on it!

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This tea is in quite a big pouch I have from derk — thank you!
And it is labeled quite simply: Unknown Black

Those are shiny, black, inch-long twig-like leaves. I never saw so shiny loose leaf before I guess? Certainly not the highest grade, but they look so pretty.

Anyway, I went for two teaspoons per my 300 ml mug, as usual. It was steeping rather quickly, so I have decided to take it out after only two minutes of steeping, and I got a wonderful baked bread aroma and taste. It was as well malty, but somewhere in the middle. Same with red grapes flavour a bit. Some faint astringency as an aftertaste.

Honestly, I am very impressed of this tea both visual and taste alike. I wonder what it is, but I am afraid I will never find out. But even that is a trip of tea-lover.

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