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Mmmmmm…down to one more cup in this bag. Luckily I have one more bag after this, but I hope it gets restocked soon. It’s so comforting and cozy, which has been great because the combination of all of the work in my classes and prepping for job interviews (yay!) is kicking my butt.

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drank Tropical Vibes by Cuppa Geek
2533 tasting notes

My May ParTea bundle arrived today! Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! (Insert flailing Muppet arms meme here.) It arrived minutes before my students, so I had to wait to make my tea. (Sad noises!)

I started with the blend that I was most excited about – Tropical Vibes. It says it has a pina colada twist but honestly I have never had a pina colada so I have no idea what they taste like. I thought they were mostly just pineapple juice but apparently there is an outrageous amount of coconut and I am SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW.

When I was younger I did not care for coconut but in the right place, I love it now. This is the right place.

This steeps up a really pretty, clear red color from the rose hips, but it is not tart. I made three steeps and poured it into a large jar with about a tablespoon of sugar and put it in the fridge to chill. Tonight I poured it over a bit of ice and….ah, this is nice. The coconut is at least as strong as the fruit to me and between the color and the incredible aroma I am in summer tea heaven.

I have already practiced folding and unfolding my farmer’s market tote several times and demonstrated it for Ashman who watched with good humor because I was so excited. It’s the little things. :)

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60

Meh, not a fan of this one…

Not sure what it is, maybe the combination of the peppermint, nettle, and strawberry? A melon-strawberry-mint green tea sounds appealing to me, yet there’s something here that just doesn’t quite go together. The strawberry is quite candylike, so maybe it’s that combined with the mint/nettle? There’s an almost menthol-like taste to it.

Anyway, I’m going to put the rest of the packet into my rehome box, because it feels like a waste to force myself to drink it when someone else will probably enjoy it more.

I guess this company is not for me, because I’m 0 for 3 with their teas. Oh well, I’m glad to not like everything, heh heh…

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Creamy, Dry Grass, Herbaceous, Melon, Menthol, Mint, Peppermint, Pine, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 85

Sad sipdown, but perhaps one day I’ll re-order. I really enjoy this one and almost ordered 50g, but instead went with the Guei Fei because I just wasn’t completely sure I needed two oolongs, since it’s so rare I reach for them (except of course, for right now, when it’s all I’m reaching for haha).

I really enjoyed the big apricot chunks here and the green oolong base was also quite lovely. I always got at least two resteeeps out of this one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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90

No notes yet. Add one?

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 11 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #185 overall / Tea #9 for May
Tuesday 5/4 — Davidson’s Organics Rooibos Spiced Chai 2 tea bags. Another tea hot & plain at work during the end of the shift. Thanks Sipsby (from a box a long time ago, probably a few years?).
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #184 overall / Tea #8 for May
Tuesday 5/4 — Friday Afternoon Tea Maple Hojicha. I love love this one! This is a hojicha tea + natural maple flavoring – simple but delicious. Had two sample packets from an old Sipsby box (I thought I had already drank those because that’s what introduced me to Friday & her tea company!) & cold brewed and YES. I am pretty sure I have bigger bags of this is my Friday Tea stash from all the orders I made last/this year online + in person last Sept when in Seattle. Will have to keep this around permanently, also try hot and cold/hot latte. :D
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown

Mastress Alita

Boo, a maple houjicha I enjoyed is no longer carried by the teashop I got it, and I’ve been looking for a replacement. But I don’t see this one on Friday Afternoon’s site anymore. :-(

Cameron B.

Looks like it’s available September through December:
https://fridaytea.com/blogs/news/its-that-time-of-year

Mastress Alita

Ooo thanks!

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drank Moringa Mango by Miracle Tree
187 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #183 overall / Tea #7 for May
Tuesday 5/4 —Miracle Tree Moringa Mango 2 teabags. Last of the 4 I had from an old Sipsby box.

Last/this/next week my schedule at work isn’t too bad, I have a couple new coworkers (2 ladies) at my main hotel who I’m enjoying, soccer season is starting up (#columbustilidie GO CREW! (:), get to see my immediate family for first family gathering since March 2021 later in the month, life is good.. just need to get my 3-4 trips minimum in (getting that travel bug itch), more if possible… and then I seriously do it to myself and work a double shift 5/4 (7-2 and 3-11) 5/4 which is fine because 5/5 was an off day.. and then working 7-3 as well 5/5. Oof. I guess I’ll nap in the afternoon of May 5th?

Anywho – TL;DR LIFE IS FULL BUT GOOD and I brewed this hot & plain (2 teabags) in my trusty DT navy blue tumbler and had in evening shift at my regular hotel.

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown

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80

Sipdown! (7 | 284)

This was one of a few Teavivre black tea samples that I picked up just because I’d never tried them before. Not sure if they’re more recent additions to the lineup or if I just missed them on past orders.

I wasn’t expecting a lot from this, as a lot of the ratings are quite mediocre, but I really like it. It’s very thick and malty with a nice chew to it, like a thick slice of soft wheat bread. Maybe the bread has a sprinkling of oats on top of the loaf as well. There’s a slight savory potato-esque flavor as well. And for sweetness, dark caramelized brown sugar and bittersweet cocoa notes along with some slightly tart dried fruit – prune maybe. It’s supremely smooth, without much earthiness to speak of, which I find a bit unusual for a non-golden Yunnan tea.

Anyway, yummy and satisfying! A bit golden monkey-esque perhaps? And it’s reminding me of French fries on some sips, which I’m not complaining about…

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Cocoa, Dried Fruit, Malt, Oats, Potato, Prune, Savory, Sweet, Tart, Thick, Tobacco, Wheat

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

French fry tea? Love that!

Cameron B.

Ha ha yes! Not super French fry, but some sips definitely gave me that vibe.

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53

[Spring 2020 harvest]

I find this tea to be quite boring honestly. Besides a simple profile dominated by dill flavour, the body is very light to the point it reminds me of tisanes.

Dry leaf aroma is somewhat unique with notes of cucumber, dill, and sawdust. It is similar during the session, with a bit more sweet and fruity – pollen-like scent. Taste-wise, the tea is crisp and sweet.

Flavors: Cucumber, Dill, Dry Grass, Sawdust, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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82

I received this from Ost ages ago, thank you! I have steeped it up a few times but never write a note.  It’s a confusing tea for me!  Even using two teaspoons the big leaves have a roasted flavor, but very light.  I don’t think I should steep the first steep so cool, as the tea is never that tasty being so light.  It’s a slow unraveler.  The flavor is roasted, lychee, or smoky – when it cools it’s like maple syrup.  Somehow I would still describe it as one noted and not the flavor notes I’m looking for.  I’m not tasting most of the flavor notes that other Steepsterers are. Also, the packaging with this is like the Fort Knox of tea packaging.  Crazy metallic wrapping that folds way too many unnecessary times to create a crazy amount of unnecessary packaging that seems very wasteful.  It has probably changed by now.  I’m not thrilled with the tea, not thrilled with the packaging. 
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 //  4 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep

Mastress Alita

T2 has some of the sort, most wasteful packaging I’ve ever seen.

tea-sipper

The Tao Tea Leaf reminds me of metal though! And it rolls down at least a foot!

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The directions say to steep this for 7 minutes in cold water. I thought that couldn’t be right, so I steeped it with 200 degree water for five minutes. Yeah, maybe I should follow instructions. This turned out super sour, and it tasted like pickles. I drank it, but it was pretty gross. The second time, I steeped it in cold water like it said, and it did taste like cucumbers, but also like pickles. I always peel my cucumbers because I don’t like the skin, but I know lots of monsters leave the skin on, so maybe this is what it tastes like when you do that. This one is just too savory for me. I tried it a third time, and I’m still getting pickle, so I think that’s enough for me!

gmathis

Wouldn’t be my thing, either. When I was growing up, both my parents and grandparents would maintain an ongoing plastic ice cream tub full of sliced cucumbers and onions in vinegar. Stunk up everything else in the fridge and permanently ruined cucumbers for me.

Cameron B.

gmathis, my grandmother used to do that too! But I still love cucumbers ha ha.

AJRimmer

Oh, I like those salads, but I couldn’t imagine having them constantly on hand!

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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
1301 tasting notes

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69

Big bags tea and I thought I have finished all Fortnum & Mason teas already, but apparently not.

I was working on my thesis and in one moment I just found a dead end and I just couldn’t find any solution. I asked the company, they didn’t know. I asked my thesis leader teacher — she did not reply (I wrote it in the morning). I wrote another teacher (in the afternoon), probably it was too late for him as well. I was drinking this tea with my brother and father (both drinking coffee), explained them my problem (it is one of several parameters) and brother came up with solution. I will have to explain why I have used a bit another parameter than used in the formula from book, but at least there is some solution and hopefully working one.

Anyway to this tea… it is fairly generic black tea, although they claim they use Ceylon and Assam tea. I couldn’t notice it and maybe it is due to age as it is indeed old one and moreover bagged. It was quite heavy on tannic notes, a hint of bitterness and pretty much forgettable tea. I would love to find out if looseleaf is better, or fresher tea afterall, but it seems they do not export to the EU teas right now.

Not all teas are winners. This is sad example of that.

Flavors: Tannic

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Courtney

That’s great for finding a solution! When are you planning to be done your thesis writing?

Martin Bednář

I have to have it done on 14th May midnight. I would like to have it done in the end of this week.

Courtney

Awesome – almost there!

Michelle

Its nice to have family who are problem solvers and want to help out.

Martin Bednář

Indeed Michelle, I am so glad to have them around. I would be lost otherwise I am afraid.

gmathis

There you go. Drink tea for inspiration!

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72

A free sample received with a recent order, enough for a full pot. I was a bit leery of the small leaves when brewing for 4 minutes, but its not bitter. A nutty taste with a slight astringent bite to it. The second steeping is rather weak, not sure I’ll have more than one cup from this second brew pot. Life is too short to drink weak tea.
Not a bad tea, not very interesting either, nothing I need in my cupboard.

Flavors: Nutty

Shae

How much do you normally use when you brew a pot?

Michelle

My dad has a fancy Upton tea scale that does it by the cup. 2.25 g per 6 oz cup. The pot we use is 34 oz full to the top, I think I measured a little more than 5 cups on the scale and didn’t fill it quite to the top.
That’s probably more info than you needed to know, my dad is a retired chemist so we are very precise when brewing in his kitchen. I’m pretty lax when brewing in mine :)

Shae

Not at all! I was curious. I like to see what everyone else is doing.

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drank Rosé All Day by DAVIDsTEA
187 tasting notes

Tasting Note #184 overall / Not a sipdown note #2
An Ode to Tea, R is for Rose all Day by DavidsTea (gifted by Tori aka @siply_tealicious) 15/23
Monday 5/3 — DavidsTea Rose all Day. Finished cold-brew pitcher #1. Tori gave me enough for probably 3 full size (64 oz) cold brew pitchers. Not a wine/alcohol drinker but this is pleasant enough to enjoy the pitchers I make of this.
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drank Hard Candy by DAVIDsTEA
187 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #182 overall / Tea #6 for May
Monday 5/3 — DT Hard Candy. This is a tiny tin, well, enough with 2-3 PS inside – cold brew in glass jar. This tea is super old but never had it fresh, I love the slight sour cherry taste to the overall muddy fruity taste. Would love for them to bring this back and would definitely stock up and buy a bunch fresh (at least 10 oz if not more)!
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drank Strawberry Colada by DAVIDsTEA
187 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #181 overall / Tea #5 for May
#drinkwhatyouown February 1?/25
Monday 5/3 — DT Strawberry Colada. This is a tiny tin, well, enough with 2-3 PS inside – cold brew in glass jar. Made two cold lattes (3/4 tea, 1/4 cream) for Micah the evening of 5/2 so he could drink 5/3 while I was at work. The tea I have left is older, but I’d be interested if DT or another company would do another strawberry coconut tea.
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drank The Queen's Peach by T2
187 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #180 overall / Tea #4 for May
An Ode to Tea, Q is for the Queen’s Peach by T2 (gifted by Brianna aka @briannadrinkstea) 14/23
Sunday 5/2 — T2 the Queen’s Peach. Took the entire amount Brianna gave me and did a cold brew pitcher. I did not read any of the ingredients in advance but was looking forward to a peach tea, I have not found one yet that I like…. Ended up being a slightly sweet heavily turmeric spicy tea. I like turmeric in my tea actually but was not prepared for this to be what I was tasting, thought the orange was going to be a peach flavor/taste. Once I knew what I was getting into as I sipped the whole pitcher it was enjoyable but not a purchase. — Wait, this doesn’t have any turmeric in it? Must be the ginger I was tasting? Hmm, interesting…
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown

Cameron B.

This one was odd, barely any peach and just a little ginger.

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drank Tangelo by Steam Tea House
1109 tasting notes

2021 sipdown no. 84

The dry and steeped scent of this one is way too strong. It turns my stomach sadly. But just a sample, so a-okay to at least try it!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 83

Sadly way too much rose for me!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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