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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlogging from 11/25

I wanted something that said birthday without resorting to rooibos. So this was the winner, especially because I knew I could steep the leaves again and have it iced. I actually forgot I was doing that on the counter, so I came back home later and it was like surprise tea just waiting for me.

I think this tastes way more like buttercream when it’s cold. It’s not bad hot, but it really tastes like mango and chamomile separately instead, rather than combining to taste like frosting.

I love this tea so much, they need to give in and make it again >:O




Sounds yummy!

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drank The Witching Hour by 52teas
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Backlogging from 11/24

I’ve been having problems liking rooibos if it’s not fruity, but I figured this might work just fine because I do love chocolate and peppermint.

But they are not enough right now to cover how red rooibos will stand out and just taste horribly woodsy and sickening to me right now. So I didn’t drink much of this at all. I’m going to hold on to it though in hopes one day I get my taste for chocolate rooibos back.


oh noes! I have a pouch of this…hope it’s not disappointing.


it’ll be fine if you like rooibos. out of nowhere I just can’t do the red stuff when it’s not with fruity flavors.


Have you tried Zen Tea’s Chocolate Mint Rooibos? I was going to send you some in the teabox, but I wasn’t sure if that was one of the samples you requested. It is REALLY good.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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This is so amazing! It’s like a 2nd flush Darjeeling meets a Yunnan black. Out of all the black teas I’ve been drinking in the morning, this needed absolutely nothing added to it.

I taste nuttiness, honey, chocolate, and just a nice touch of floral notes to it. Maybe a bit of caramel too! The caramel especially comes out now that the remaining tea has cooled a lot.

It’s a very mild tea, I found myself sipping it very easily, without even thinking about the taste, other than about how good it tastes!

I’d definitely get more of this in the future, I really wanted to take advantage of Butiki’s sale yesterday but I couldn’t justify it, and I tried to get my mom to buy even $15 of it and she just tells me she doesn’t like tea (and 10 minutes later she liked the chocolate tea I had last night when I gave her the mug to try it). Oh well. I’ll have money one day.


LOL that reminds me of that movie, He’s just not that into you, or something like that. Your mum… she just isn’t that into tea!


i LOVE this tea from butiki. It’s up there with laoshan black imo.

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drank Dubbele Chocolade by Della Terra Teas
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My brother doesn’t drink much tea, but he would not take his nose out of the infuser after the tea steeped.

SO MUCH CHOCOLATE. This was perfect with our birthday cake. My brother’s is today, my dad’s tomorrow, mine Sunday, so we sing “Happy Birthday to Us.” The cake was white frosting and yellow cake, so chocolate on the side was excellent. I added a little bit of milk for creaminess, and it’s like a really rich, malty hot chocolate. No more sugar, so much already in my system, and it doesn’t even need any!

A 3 min, 45 sec steep was really good. It’s more like a dark chocolate flavor, a bit bittersweet, and all around tasty. I think I only got this in a sample pack so I am definitely going to need more in the future!

This tea gets a seal of approval of not needing any more chocolate flavor, a rare feat!


Wow! You guys can party all week! Happy birthday, um…everyone!


I thought my mum’s birthday four days after mine was awesome, but yours beats that by a mile. That’s so cool! Happy birthday to all of you. :D


Happy Early Birthday!


Happy birthday to all! :)


Happy birthdays

Hesper June

Happy birthday, ya’all!!!


Thank you guys!


Hope you all have he best birthdays!!!


Happy Birthday! ;)


Happy Birthday!!


That would mean your birthday is today, as I’m reading this! Happy birthday! This tea might be infusing all of my others with its chocolateness.. so I keep all the chocolate teas in the same try me pack!

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Ok I can’t find this on the website so I guess it is no longer around.

It looks like it’s gunpowder with peppercorn, and it tastes like that too. I steeped it twice this morning and it was just really easy to drink. A little smoky, as you’d expect from its name I guess, but very mild.

It also had a bit of fruitiness to it, and I quite enjoyed it.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Strange! I wonder where the product page went! Will have it up tomorrow, thanks for noticing that, it’s a favorite of a few of my customers. :)


That is intriguing! What does Gunpowder tea taste like? I suspect I might like that combined with a sweet contrast. Was it as smoky tasting as Lapsang Souchong?

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drank Oolong Chardonnay by Vintage TeaWorks
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I apologize if this is a bunch of nonsense because after I drank it I went out to a bar just to get out and there was the most amazing IPA.

This really tasted more like a papaya rose oolong to me. Then again I try to avoid Chardonnay as much as possible, though I have a general idea of how it tastes. This to me tasted far better than Chardonnay and it was very delicious with the pumpkin cheesecake bars I made. I ended up also making a maple apple pie because my mom accidentally baked her pecan pie’s crust, and if any had been left when we got back, I would have drank it with a small slice of that pie.

I would definitely have avoided this tea just based on how I associate Chardonnay with this horrible oak taste, but this is far better than any Chardonnay I’ve had. Like I said, strongly papaya and rose, with a little vanilla. Not bad, but not my favorite so far of the Vintage Teaworks teas. Again though not the kind of wine I normally go for so don’t take my word on it.

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drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
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I already can’t wait to get back to my full supply of tea LOL

I enjoy this for breakfast but it’s definitely not a favorite by any means. If I found it on sale again for $5 when I run out, I would probably get it again.

I just met my grandpa’s new dog and she is already attached to me. She doesn’t play, sadly, but she really like to smack people with her front paw. Apparently everything is “shake.”

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I decided to have some different breakfast blend this morning. This sounded interesting so I ordered a sample.

I steeped it for four minutes, and added a little milk. I’m not entirely sure I like it compared to just the Yunnan tea I’ve been having the past couple of days. I like it and I like Assam but together it’s just not a flavor I really would go for.

It comes off kind of smoky, not in a lapsang sort of way at all, I feel like this might be the spicy notes mentioned in the description. It is a pretty smooth, bold tea other than that note that is just a bit too strong for me. And I steeped it for a minute less than the bag called for, next time I might try 3. Or maybe the 5 min is the way to go, somehow.

I feel awake though so it does its job as a big, robust breakfast blend.

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drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
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Adagio sent me this in my most recent order because my birthday is right around the corner. I previously bought this and had the worst time with it. So I’m hoping now things might be better.

So far I can confirm NOPE. Let the water cool, steeped it for 2 min, 45 seconds, and added milk and it’s still a tasteless, slightly bitter black tea.

However, this tea is saved by Nonna’s Biscotti…they have salted caramel and chocolate biscotti! SO GOOD. I dipped it into the tea so it added a decent flavor to the biscotti. And so in turn I’m hoping it makes the tea tasty.

It did not help. I really do not like this tea.


I’ve had really bad luck with Adagio’s teas for some reason. I keep wondering if I’m doing something wrong with them.


Nope. They’re just not great teas. :P


Hmm. That’s too bad! I was curious because they had all those fandom names ones: http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/fandoms.html?SID=1a57716d82354d50b740518e7ef69a9a They’re basically asking me to throw all my money at them with that sorta thing, except… there are too many fandoms for me to choose…


Hmmm… looks like the fandom ones are marked up quite a bit. Guess that makes it easier to avoid too!


It’s not you, it’s Adagio. Their black teas, and flavored black teas, can be really nasty. I’ve mixed this with my own vanilla extract and sprinkles…and some sugar. Anything to combat that bitter black tea aftertaste.


For me, I’ve found that I enjoy their flavored black teas only with a generous scoop of sugar and dollop of cream. Without additives, yeah not so much.


Really? I’ve mainly had good luck with Adagio. Teavana and David’s Teas however, which I notice most of the populus of this site creams themselves over, have been consistently mediocre-to-bad as well as overpriced. Guess the Steepster community thinks a higher price means better tea.


/r/tea is leaking onto a year old tasting note of mine, awesome

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drank Blueberry Green by The Republic of Tea
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My mom was holding on to sachets of this stuff that had an expiration date on the bottom of the tin of 2008 LOL

She made the final sachets into iced tea and I had some today and it wasn’t bad at all for its age. Not very blueberry tasting anymore but just slightly berry in the mix of the green tea.

But I am not letting her make any old tea anymore, I of course finished it and then saw the date on the tin!


My Dad also has a bunch of expired tea – I jokingly refer to it as his vintage collection

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