Autumn Harvest! I got this tea quite some time ago, on a vacation in the fall of 2017 when I was in San Diego for a convention from a place I had High Tea called Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe. They mostly sold a lot of popular wholesale blends but had a selection of unique blends they made in-house named after popular British characters, and this was one of those blends I picked up, since the odd assortment of ingredients intrigued me. Lots of chunky dried fruits and veggies in this tea — apple, lemon, lime, orange, tomato, and cucumber — on a rooibos and hibiscus petal base. I really have no idea what this should taste like!

The steeped tea, of course, was a dark rooibos red, but the aroma smelled surprisingly creamy, which I wasn’t expecting. It was sweet, which I suppose could be from all the fruit, but I was getting a vanilla sort of aroma, and citrus, making me think of creamsicle, and I could also pick out the cucumber in the aroma.

Woah! This is uniquely savory, sweet, and tangy all at once, it’s a very unique assault on the senses. The base is actually quite rich; it has this slight sweetness to it (there is no indication in the ingredients there is flavoring added, but the rooibos really tastes of vanilla to me!), then fills out with this tangy fruity taste that has that hibi punchy flavor mixed with a lot of orange citrus and very juicy tomato. It sounds strange, but reminds me of those V8 fruit juice/tomato juice combos that I used to quite enjoy. Toward the end of the sip, a citrus note and a stronger cucumber note push forward, and the cucumber actually leaves a somewhat refreshing feeling on the tongue. It’s a really unique tea; I seem to be on a roll for blends that have been offering me some rather new taste experiences lately.

Flavors: Citrus, Cucumber, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Orange, Sweet, Tangy, Thick, Umami, Vanilla, Vegetal

Boiling 8 min or more 8 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

Oh wow, that sounds delicious.

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Oh wow, that sounds delicious.

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud genderqueer asexual (she/they) and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Bergamot (in moderation)

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.


My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/xjt9ptx3 . I am open to tea trades (within the United States only!) at this time. Note that I will not trade teas that I currently have in a quantity less than 50g (samplers, 1oz packages, etc.) or any teas that are currently still sealed/unopened in my cupboard.

Contact Info:

Feel free to send me a Steepster PM, or alternatively, check the website URL section below; it goes to a contact form that will reach my personal e-mail.


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