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Had this one on #matchamonday – I just didn’t remember to post it on IG like I usually do. Admittedly, my mind has been elsewhere and I’ve fallen a bit behind on all the fun daily posts/themes here on Steepster and on IG…

I forgot how much I liked this matcha, but it was so fresh and effervescent feeling/tasting! I also forgot that there was beetroot powder in the blend and so when I poured water over the powder and it turned a red brown colour I had a legit moment of panic because why the fuck did my matcha just turn red!?

Anyway – so much crisp and juicy red apple and fresh dewy orchard pear. It was lovely! Yum yum yum. Need to remember to drink this much more often, clearly.

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drank Milky Raspberry by T Bar
11820 tasting notes

A coworker gave me a bunch of individually packaged teabags from a company called “T Bar” – very thoughtful of him, so I’ll try to work my way through the half dozen or so single cup worth over the next week or so. I’m struggling to find any information about them online so really the only info I have is the ingredients list printed on these clear cello packets, not much to go on. I’ll try just about anything at least once though, so the lack of info doesn’t really bug me…

This seems to be a basic flavoured milk oolong with the addition of some artificial raspberry flavouring. I’ve, weirdly, really been craving butter this week so that fake creamy milk/butter note hit the spot in a way that it probably usually wouldn’t. The oolong quality seemed poor – but between the sweet raspberry and creamy milk/butter notes I was a pretty happy camper sipping this tea.

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30 seconds in a porcelain gaiwan. First steeping tastes like buttered toast, the second steeping (~45 seconds 190 F) adds some fruitier “jam”(fruity) like notes but still retains the creaminess found in the first steep. Has a very nice energy. 3rd steep is a combination of the first two but much more mellow and subtle in flavor. 4th steep (~1min) has a very prominent jam like taste. Buttered toast with Jam is what comes to mind. 5th steep (~2min). Flavor isn’t as prominent but the tea color is still rich. Still drinkable but original flavors (and creamy texture) have tapered off. I’m not familiar with oolongs and a lot of them seem very expensive in comparison to other teas. But, this one was a very enjoyable drinking experience and worth the cost. Lives up to the name of “butter longan”.

Flavors: Butter, Jam, Toast

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g

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Gongfu Sipdown (1331)!

Wish I had more info on the teas in these multi-coloured packets from Lapsang Store since they’re basically all labelled the exact same thing. They definitely do not taste the same though. This one was a little smoky, a little woody, and a little dark and bitter baker’s cocoa – with some golden and toasty bread aromas! This was a nice mix of semi sweet and umami notes, and a perfect session to end the afternoon with before a lazy evening curled up and cozy!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CLVG-YsgVIM/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu0a_6I4X1M&ab_channel=MackintoshBand

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Just Add Honey
1132 tasting notes

derk sent me a wee pot of this one and I’m so thrilled!

Enjoying this one as I work on my wildlife conservation assignment this week: using RStudio to create home range maps for grey wolves in Canada!

I could smell this from the side table while I waited on it to cool and the scent is really lovely. The bergamot here is sweet with the bergamot taste, but not so much of the floral that can sometimes be off-putting. The base tea blends nicely here with the slightest astringency after the sip. There’s a creaminess here that’s subtle and just takes the edge off. Overall an enjoyable cuppa!

I really need to make a cup of this one, Camellia Sinensis, and B&B to compare.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
derk

Bad memories of R. Glad this tea was an enjoyable accompaniment to your project :)

Courtney

Thank you for sharing! :)

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #59 overall / Tea #26 for February

Thursday 2/18 — Pulled this out yesterday to have for Mastress Alita #2021steepstersipdown prompt on Feb 2/17 (“Wednesday, February 17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day – Drink a tea that was kindly gifted to you!”)… @briannadrinkstea on Instagram put this in my box of goodies that traveled to me from Australia!

It’s been a while since I have had a tea from Tiesta Tea, I brewed this warm-ish and plain at work with a metal steeper in my 20 oz DT tumbler. It was a cozy cuppa of green tea with light citrus + lemongrass flavors. Last couple of sips I drank cold 2/18.

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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Been a loooonnggggg time since I last had a cup of DT’s peppermint straight. I have a weird mental block with this tea stemming from a past experience when I was still a “baby tea drinker” who didn’t really fully grasp that tea was an agricultural product…

It’s funny – if the thing that “ruined this tea” for me were to happen again today I don’t think I’d bat an eye. I’ve found much worse things in other teas (especially pu’erh cakes) since then and it’s not left me was a bad case of the squicks. Strange how, intellectually, I’m not grossed out by it anymore but emotionally I can’t fully let it go. People are weird like that, y’know!?

Someone else made this pot of tea and offered me a cup. I wanted to drink it on its own to see if I even could – and I got through it and enjoyed it. Maybe I’m at a place where I feel less weirded out!? I drink straight peppermint from other tea companies without an issues, and I enjoy blends with peppermint. It was cooling and crisp, and tickled some weird nostalgia bone deep inside me.

Food (or rather tea) for thought…

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

tea-sipper

I had to look at your past tasting note, yeah, I’d be unnerved for a while too.

DrowningMySorrows

Eeew, yeah I’d be wary of drinking that tea again too. I understand the possibility of “stuff” ending up in tea and I’ve probably drunk tea that had undesirable things in it without realizing those things were there but actually seeing things that don’t belong in my tea would make me nope right out of making that tea.

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drank Cola Crush by DAVIDsTEA
11820 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

…said in my last tasting note that I wanted to try this cold brewed and I’m proud of myself for remembering and following through. Weirdly, I like it better hot – at least based on these two more recent tastings. I think that’s because, as a hot cup, I found the flavour just a bit more dynamic with more of the individual ingredient flavours coming through. It was still very tasty and refreshing cold brewed, but more of a “pure” cola flavour which I found just a bit less interesting.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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This tea has the same cream/coconut/vanilla type of thing going on that reminded me of “Whipped Cream Vodka” in Deb’s Matcha Cream Puff blend – I didn’t really love it in that tea because it was sooooo heavy handed and intense, but here it’s milder and better balanced out by sweet mixed berry notes – all while maintaining a profile that’s not too rich/cloying/sugary. I taste the green tea, as well – it all clicks together. I’m surprised how much I liked this one, but I’d definitely drink it again and it totally fit the name in terms of taste!

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Sipdown (1332)!

Welp, after a week or so of really letting myself indulge in the beautifully sweet and fresh candied violet notes of this tea… I have sipped it down. It’s bittersweet – I’m proud of myself for focusing on and finishing off the sample, but it’s one less violet tea in my stash and this was definitely the best of the violet teas I owned so that stings a little too.

I believe that August Uncommon carries this as part of their permanent line up though, so I’m sure I’ll cross paths with this tea again in the future. I look forward to it!

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drank Green Rooibos by Bruu Tea
11820 tasting notes

Sipdown (1333)!

This sample comes from a tea swap with Sewwie over on instagram – thanks Sewwie for the tea sample! I brewed it up last night and I really just expected a straight green rooibos, but surprisingly it tasted quite ginger infused to me – mostly in the finish which had a bit of peppery/“back of the throat tickling” heat to it that I just wasn’t expecting.

I think I’d have preferred a plain green rooibos, but once I got used to the ginger note I didn’t mind it. It’s a confusing name for the tea though, if the ginger was intentionally there…

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There are some companies that are just “the best” when it comes to specific flavours, and when it comes to apple that’s A Quarter to Tea for me – if they were still making teas, I would buy literally every apple tea that they produced. This is just their typical sweet, fragrant and aromatic red apple flavour with floral undertones – boosted by a bit of juicy and tart cranberry, and a tinnyyyy bit of sage. It’s both sweet and juicy and autumnal feeling, which is an overlap that I don’t see happening too often.

Basically, I just love this tea!

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drank Orange Creamsicle by Cuppa Geek
6066 tasting notes

Sipdown (311)

Sil sent me a sample of this tea, which I tried once before thanks to the Cuppa Geek advent. I didn’t really remember it though but it seems my experience this time is pretty consistent with my previous experience in that I get a pretty clear creamsicle flavor. It’s got great sweet orange popsicle flavor with a touch of creamy vanilla. This time around I am getting less honeybush than I believe I did last time which is an improvement. It’s quite nice actually. Upping the rating slightly from 72…

Thank you Sil for the chance to revisit this one!

Sil

oopsy sorry haha

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drank Vanilla Orange Cola Black by 52teas
12886 tasting notes

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drank Keemun Imperial Black Tea by Teavivre
12886 tasting notes

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drank Pina Colada by Tealish
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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
12886 tasting notes

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I wanted to like this tea. Unfortunately, the chocolate-lavender combination is not working for me. It tastes artificial and weak. I think the tea would be better if they reduced the amount of chocolate and increased the lavender.

Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Chocolate, Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank lemon lavender by Teamancy
59 tasting notes

Today started out rough – so I went for my favorite comforting tea. It was light, soft, the white tea taste prominent. I always find this tea has notes of honey, just from the tea leaves themselves.

Flavors: Honey, Lavender, Lemon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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I usually love cinnamon, spicy, and chai teas! Anything with Fall spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves makes my tea lover heart happy! However, this tea was just okay. I have had better cinnamon based chai blends (Celestial’s Bengal Spice comes to mind) than this one.

It mostly tastes like cinnamon bark that has boiled for a long time (I grew up drinking cinnamon tea that my mom would make me when I was sick). So it has no artificial taste to it.

I think I just disliked it because the flavour was very one-dimensional.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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SIPDOWN 47; February 17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day (one day late, whoops) Thank you White Antlers for a few cups of this tea. If I had to drink all acts of kindness tea, I would drink so much teas!

I have decided to brew the rest, which was less than 2 grams, gongfu.
While it isn’t a preparation method that suits this tea best, it wasn’t bad either.

Let’s face it, first steeps were amazing, and maybe even a little more than conventional western brewing. But then the lotus flavour was weaker and weaker — much more towards anise. I must say, once it was really overwhelming. But then, puff, it diseappeared and I got only nice green tea base with smooth floral underline.

Yep, prepare it western. It’s better. But this small amount was just right for gaiwan only.

Flavors: Anise, Floral

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 125 ML
White Antlers

You are most welcome. : )

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2021 sipdown no. 44

A sipdown of my sample package, because Camellia Sinensis is having a sale today, so I finally placed my first order of 2021 to get 50g of this delicious tea (plus a few others, naturally)!

I absolutely love this tea. The pineapple and coconut with the black base is like a tropical breakfast treat. The pineapple almost has a caramelized pineapple flavour to it. From the first cup, this was love.

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

Curse you/thank you Courtney!?! :D I’ve been buying tea for almost 5 years. This company is on my “to buy someday since I have enough tea to last a lifetime”. I read this note and promptly went to their website and about to place my first order and this tea is among them! :D

Courtney

I hope you enjoy the ones you’ve chosen! I’ve been really impressed with this company and will definitely continue to order from them!

Tiffany :)

Are you getting new teas to try or reordering ones you know you enjoy?

Courtney

This one is the only repeat that I love! Otherwise, I’m getting a number of new ones (mostly sample sizes). What did you look at getting?

Tiffany :)

I got the simple puer knife and 10 different teas/tisanes (OMBRELLE DE PAPIER, ONE NIGHT IN RIO!, RASPBERRY MIMOSA, MADAME LA MARQUISE, CASABLANCA BREEZE ORGANIC, EVA CHAI ORGANIC, JIN SHUAN, SHAN LIN XI, LA TAÏGA SAUVAGE, LA PROTECTRICE ORGANIC). face palm/excited fist pump

Courtney

That’s awesome! :)

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additional notes: I’m finishing this one now and had the brilliant idea when I woke up this morning to mix it with a ripe puerh. Since the black tea is so light. It’s giving Teavivre’s Loose Yunnan Palace Ripened 2005 a sweet flavor boost. (It didn’t really need it – I gave the puerh a 95 rating so probably should have used a puerh I liked less to blend it with!) But how I steeped it is giving it a lovely balance of puerh depth and the sweetness of this tea. I’m also drinking it along with Lupicia’s Marron Chocolat and they pair VERY well together.
2021 sipdowns: 22

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