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drank 3 Flower Burst by The Tea Haus
5947 tasting notes

Blooming Tea Sipdown (208)

I submitted my last law school exam today!! Provided I pass everything, that means I am now a graduate…again. Yay!! It’s a weird feeling because if Covid was not a thing, I would have been walking out of the exam next to a friend and being all excited about being finished. We probably would have gone for a drink or lunch or something to celebrate after chatting with all the other people who just submitted their last exam. Instead I pressed “Submit” exam while sitting in my bed. Something just less anti-climatic about that and I think it hasn’t fully hit yet but I know today is an exciting day!

My sister surprised me with a light box for my tea pictures. I keep complaining to her that all her surfaces look the same so all my tea pictures look the same. I told her she should change her countertop to accommodate but I guess she decided instead to get the lightbox. I was having a lot of fun messing around with it. https://www.instagram.com/p/COLtmlpgfSu/

I decided to do a time lapse with my bloom tea except the bloom decided to not work with me. It refused to sink and bloom well. That said, the light box still made it fun. Also, I realized after I did the photo that this is the last tea in my stash from The Tea Haus. So on the same day I finish school, I am finishing the last tea I bought in the same city as my school. Seemed like a fun fact.

Tastewise, its fine. It is sort of floral. Sort of sweet. Sort of nothing interesting at all. That’s usually the case with these blooms though so I’m not too upset. At least its not bitter.

Courtney

Congratulations!!

Leafhopper

Congratulations on finishing your exams!

Lexie Aleah

Congrats! I bet it feels good to be done.

VariaTEA

Thank you everyone! And I don’t think it hit yet

Martin Bednář

Congratulations! I can feel you it’s a bit weird feeling to just “submit” and hope. Or even being sure that you have passed. I had one exam like that. I just submited my work and I got results right after.

I was like “Okay, I made it. Cool. But okay, now let’s do something else.”

Evol Ving Ness

Congrats on this colossal achievement! Well done!

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Sipdown 76-2021
I’ve been neglecting my tea of the last week or so. There’s just been so much going on. I’ve been searching for another job for about a year (transitioning into a sole focus in Human Resources), and have had the absolute worst luck. I’m also starting graduate school next week (yay!), which has taken a lot of preparation and planning.
On top of the work/school stuff, my foster cat was diagnosed with FIP. Up until the last couple years, FIP had a 100% fatality rate. Luckily, there’s been some excellent research done, and there is an underground d treatment available with a very high success rate. Unfortunately though, the treatment requires daily subcutaneous injections for 3 months minimum. Learning to give my poor cat injections has been quite an ordeal.
Anyway, I haven’t been drinking as much tea as I normally would. But, I’m finally getting back to some sip downs.
Added some cashew milk and a bit of honey to this and it was the best cup yet.

Courtney

It’s so much when everything happens at once, but hopefully your cat will feel better soon, and best of luck on grad school and finding a new job soon!

Lexie Aleah

Congrats on starting Graduate School! I hope your cat gets better soon caring for sick animals is tough. <3

tea-sipper

I’m sorry you and your cat have to go through that! Congrats and good luck with grad school and finding a new job.

Mastress Alita

I live alone and have yet to figure out a way to give my cat medicine by myself (I can’t ever get her mouth open! failure ) I actually wonder if I’d have an easier time with an injection… Hope kitty does well with the treatment!

tea-sipper

I’m sure you know about the cat treats you can hide pills in?

Mastress Alita

Once the vet gave me actual “cat treat” pain supplements for her, and she would actually spit them out!

The only thing I’ve had success with is a mollasses/tuna “gel” that she likes so much, I just have to smear the gel on the back of my hand and she’ll lick it clean. If only all types of medicine came in that form…

tea-sipper

Oh ok! At least you found something that works, but not for every medication type.

amandastory516

Thanks, everyone! Things will get better, just a bump in the road.
Mastress Alita- If you haven’t tried them yet, the Churu lickable cat treats work wonders for disguising pills, and cats go absolutely insane for them.

Mastress Alita

If I get a script that is in pill form, I will definitely try those!

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SIPDOWN 98
And not a tea I wrote tasting note before. Mostly because a first steeps I had were mostly chamomile only. And I kind of dislike it. But now, I had the rest in the strainer (approx. 3 tsp used) and decided to brew it as celebration tea. Celebration tea? Well, there is a reason to celebrate… two exams today (one oral) and both passed. Two exams to go and then finals!

But I needed to unwind. Afterall, it was 8 pm when I brewed this tea. Exam was at 6 pm. So late!

But to the tea…
It is chamomile. Luckily with other herbals. The lemongrass is giving it nice flavour other than apple like chamomile. It’s quite floral as well and thus quite nice. I am not sure about honey, but yes, there are sweet notes. I guess it is actually nice blend. And unwinding for sure… and hopefully I will sleep better than last few days as well.

Won’t rate, as apparently biased of chamomile. And even no idea how to rate it. It’s very nice though. And moreover for a good cause!

Flavors: Chamomile, Honey, Lemongrass, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
Courtney

Congratulations on passing two more exams and good luck on the remaining two!

ashmanra

Yaaaaaaaaay!

derk

Way to go, Martin!

Leafhopper

Congratulations, and good luck with the rest of your exams!

Martin Bednář

Thank you everyone!
Next one is on Thursday, hopefully not that hard. And last one is Mathematics (second course) and I don’t know the date yet, but well, there is at least lots of time to prepare!

Tiffany :)

Good job Martin on the exams, good luck on the rest to finish off the school year.

Martin Bednář

Thank you Tiffany, I wish being it over already :D

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I adopted this off the pay-it-forward table at work because…well…a perfectly viable unopened tin of tea. Do I need more justification?

Actually, with iced tea season almost upon us, I thought it would be pleasant this summer. But before chilling it, I made a conventional cup this afternoon. For a grocery store selection, it isn’t bad. The jasmine didn’t taste like guest soap. I was a little heavy handed on the water temp so it was a little bitter this time around, but next time, with a little more care, I think it will be acceptably leafy and vegetal.

A good cheap date, especially with your eyes closed, listening to the maple tree “helicopters” plinking on the roof.

derk

I closed my eyes and went right back to Ohio. Kroger, jasmine green tea, helicopters.

mrmopar

Yep its that time of year. Helicopters abound.

gmathis

Next up, cottonwood!

ashmanra

If I could be a real artist, the first thing I would want to capture in watercolor would be the green and pink helicopters fresh fallen and so delicate!

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drank Berry Orange Fluff by Cuppa Geek
2533 tasting notes

I was positive I had reviewed this but it wasn’t even in the database!

I am trying to get in the habit of going to bed early and getting up earlier. Successful so far for three weeks! One habit I have adopted to help is avoiding caffeine and large snacks at night. Honestly, most herbals just didn’t excite me. Chamomile and mint are all well and good but I didn’t look forward to them.

Cuppageek to the rescue! I have found a number of blends that I really do look forward to. Spiced Fall Evenings, Baked Apple pie (with a dash of rum) – and that’s the name, I don’t mean I am adding rum to it!, Jaffa Cakes (oh my goodness!), and now this one!

This steeps up a pale yellow. I rather dislike red rooibos but I like green rooibos a lot. I don’t love hibiscus but there is so little in this it doesn’t even turn pink. This is a sweet and soft berry flavored cuppa. Imagine the tart sweetness of a strawberry pie, then imagine the bites where you get some whipped cream on the fork with it, and THAT is what I get here. The berry flavor is there but it is softened and sweetened by the marshmallow.

It just happens that we had it last night with just such a strawberry pie made by my friend Melissa here on Steepster and dropped off yesterday. It was nice with that before bed, and we had it again this morning with bagels for breakfast.

So delightful, and it would perfect for a tea party or picnic with children.

Ashman liked it, too!

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Labor-intensive curriculum writing project done. Microwave, stand, and everything on it swabbed down. Living room vacuumed. Fresh sheets on the bed. A celebration is in order.

And, boys-a-dear, this is the tea to celebrate with! Upon opening and contemplating the bonanza of dried strawberries, chocolate chips, and rose petals in this CuppaGeek blend (dare I say masterpiece?), I couldn’t decide whether to steep some or use it for potpourri. The scent of real chocolate and real fruit (not syrupy candy flavoring) made me giddy.

The actual cup did not disappoint. I expected it to be a little oily due to the chocolate, but there’s just a little opacity. The strawberry is real, the chocolate (to me, anyway) leans a little to the dark side, and the rose petals just add a lovely element of fancy-pants.

I anticipate it to make a perfectly acceptable second steep, which is going to be needed very soon. This cup’s gone!

ashmanra

We always resteep this one and Ashman likes it with brownies, chocolate covered strawberries, and chocolate cake.

gmathis

Get thee behind me, temptation!

Kawaii433

Congratz on finishing your writing project!

gmathis

Thank you. Few moments in life are more satisfying than attaching those finished files and hitting SEND!

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drank Ruhunu by Basilur
1105 tasting notes

I needed a bold and pure black tea today afternoon, as in the morning I had no time to drink any tea (blame my dentist, not me!) and then I had swollen mouth and had no mood to drink anything but water.

Anyway, I took this tea from Izzy though again, as a Basilur I am sure I had it before. Anyway, thank you! I have last one left to make face-to-face comparison with same region tea, but from MlesnA. I am pretty sure I know the winner already, but whatever.

This tea, after four minutes steeping is indeed a bold black tea, which is quite malty, but as well quite sweet (read: no, or low bitterness) and I notice nuts as well. Mostly in aroma than in taste and pretty much not sure which ones. Theris is some tannic note showing that it is pure tea and no additives added and I liked it, indeed. Low grown Ceylon teas seems like a good daily-drinker teas, I am trying to remember Wild Monsoon tea from teakruthi but unfortunately it is already 4 years and I wrote no notes back then. I recall some nutiness, but if it was Wild Monsoon, I am not really sure about.

Well, into further research of southern Ceylon teas!

Flavors: Malt, Nuts, Sweet

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

This sounds lovely. Our local source of Basilur goodies has at least temporarily dried up.

Martin Bednář

What a shame gmathis! If you need some tea in particular, write me a message — I have a good source for them. A direct Czech distribuor https://www.caje-mixtee.cz/vyrobce/39/basilur/ :)

gmathis

I’ll ponder on that! Last week after cleaning up my “big bags” assortment (sorted by category into labeled tea chests, even), I resolved “no more new tea until fall,” but I’m weak!

Martin Bednář

Haha, I know that feel! I said to myself “no more new tea” as well, but subscription. And well, I am so often about to place some orders, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. Luckily for my wallet and my sanity!

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drank Vive le Thé! by Palais des Thes
5947 tasting notes

V is for…Vive le Thé!

This is the only non-vanilla “V” tea I have. I am not complaining about that but made this one a priority to throw into the mix today.

I also wrote my exam this morning. The day started with the exam but before that I recall my first of many alarms waking me and me turning it off and being confused as to why I was being woken by my phone. Thank goodness for my million alarms because my sleepy brain completely forgot that I had an exam at that first alarm. However, I figured it out and despite only the one day of studying, I actually think the exam went pretty well. Either that or I was so underprepared I didn’t even know what I was missing. Hoping is the former. I think its the former.

As for the tea, its alright. It says it has “delicate” flavoring and in this case I feel that delicate is a little code for bland. It’s supposed to be citrus and ginger and I guess I taste both but its very light flavoring. That said, I am glad I don’t get a lot of base tea either which means no grass, vegetal, bitterness, nothing. Just some citrus and ginger – very, very light citrus and ginger.

tea-sipper

“delicate is a little code for bland” har har

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #161 overall / Tea #32 for April
Wednesday 4/21 — Harts of America Dandelion Mint. So, my side hustle hotel does water that has mint + cucumber in it. I’m not a huge fan of flavored water but trying to recycle the water when ice starts melting, I usually grab a pitcher to use for my cold brew tea. I’ve been mixing the HoA Dandelion Mint with it and it’s a nice herbal refreshment. Not my favorite tea from them, not something I’d purchase or look to get again but not bad. I actually think they make very nice tisanes and enjoy my monthly subscription ($7.98 USD per month for two 2 oz tisanes with shipping)
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

AJRimmer

My first order from them arrived last week! Their teas are so cheap – I can’t wait to try them!

Cameron B.

I’m plotting an order, but am trying to force myself to use up some herbal tisanes first! XD

Martin Bednář

They have a several interesting blends for sure! They say they ship internationally, but it’s not working on checkout page. Maybe one day I will contact them at least :)

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Decided to brew this one, though I have several pouches unopened from previous subscription envelopes, but this one is new for me!
April 2021 subscription

To be honest, I have no idea what poached pears are and I don’t expect it means stolen pears. Or being hunted down illegally. I guess I need an enlightenment for that.

Anyway, I have a few green tea based flavoured teas, but pear… is quite uncommon and not sure if I had it before. Although pears are common here (we even have a few trees in garden), I rarely see pear teas in stores.

Honestly, this tea is quite interesting, but somehow, boring? When I brewed it I got rather some minty notes, like bubble gum rather than jasmine. Lightly the pears. After three minutes steeping I got quite basic green tea with some hints of jasmine and pears, but not in distinctive way I have been expecting. It was underwhelming, especially after reading so rave reviews beforehand. It wasn’t that flavourful as I have been hoping for.

I am with Cameron B. hoping for more flavourful sessions in the 20 grams I have got. Now, it’s shamefully underflavoured.

Flavors: Hay, Jasmine, Mint, Pear

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Cameron B.

I agree with you on the bubblegum, I wonder if this new batch is just not as good? And “poached” means cooked in liquid at a low heat, for pears usually they would be cooked in syrup or wine.

Martin Bednář

Thank you Cameron B. for explanation of poached. Not a word used in daily English :D

Cameron B.

No, definitely not! Most common is probably poached eggs, as they are used in Eggs Benedict.

AJRimmer

Poached eggs are the best eggs.

Evol Ving Ness

Or port1. Poached pears in port.

Martin Bednář

Ah, I know poached eggs. It’s called completely differently in Czech.

Martin Bednář

Hmm, poached pears in port. Sounds nice!

tea-sipper

I don’t remember this blend tasting like bubblegum, so sadly it must be the new batches.

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drank 2016 Poundcake by white2tea
3356 tasting notes

An Ode to Tea challenge – P

Precious Poundcake!  I despaired!  I was distracted and went an entire minute (or more) on that first steep.  I haven’t had a sheng in a while!  My mind blanked!  Only 30 seconds is my usual steep method!!!  The first sips tasted like an overdone sheng… but then behold, the flavor of poundcake was there once again.    A hint.  But gone for all four steeps.  No hints.  The one minute steep seemed to set all the other steeps up for failure.  I’m wondering if even much shorter steeps even for Western steeping works much better for this?  Like water cooled to lukewarm and steeped for 15 seconds at a time?  I looked at my first tasting note afterwards, and the magic of this one is waiting almost an entire hour for the water to cool.  I’m smacking myself in the face for not looking at my old note before steeping.  I’m very sad about this steep session compared to the last one!
2021 sipdowns: 52

Tiffany :)

I think I bought a few different white2tea Poundcake during one of these orders I’m waiting on from them..I’ll be curious if any cake comes out for me! :D

tea-sipper

I hope you like them! :D

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drank Qing Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
3356 tasting notes

An Ode to Tea challenge – Q

I was hesitant to finish this!  I loved keeping the last steep session around for the name alone.  This might be one of my favorite tea names ever.  Qing Pin!  Such a play on words.  But I only had so many teas for ‘Q’ so it was time to drink this up.  I wasn’t expecting much with the flavor due to the age…. but it’s still delicious!  Oh how I love Chinese black teas.   Before, I didn’t really say anything substantial other than it reminded me of Laoshan black, which isn’t my favorite.  I wouldn’t say this tastes like Laoshan black now.  Black teas don’t really taste like this anymore, so I’m surprised it is so gooood.  Three solid strong steeps.  Depth without bite or astringency. I’m GLAD it was hoarded! Raising the rating from an 82.  Also having an OLD Bao Zhong today and I feel like oolong also doesn’t taste like this anymore… maybe I’m on to something.
2021 sipdowns: 50

tea-sipper

Steepster broke? This is the last tasting note. For some reason on my tealog page it has 8 likes, but on recent page, only 3 likes.

Cameron B.

Nope, this actually is the newest note still. :P

Cameron B.

I find there’s usually a delay with updates on the newest notes page. I assume it’s a caching thing.

derk

yep, cache

tea-sipper

oh no! I just tried to look up Yezi tea and it looks like they don’t exist anymore! Darn. Their teas were good.

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An Ode to Tea challenge – S

Another I assumed would be a sipdown, but next time.  Since this is cheating (for my personal sipdown challenge), I should really be finding another appropriate lettered tea that IS a sipdown for each letter.   I wanted to drink this lovely tea while fresher anyway.  It’s so delicate and fluffy!  Like a healthy cotton candy, maybe lemon flavored.   A very unique white I wouldn’t mind stocking up on.  Uping the rating from 84. Thanks again for introducing me to it, SkySamurai!

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An Ode to Tea challenge – U

I went through my entire tea list for ‘U’ teas and only have three!  Wow.  I thought this would be a sipdown, but no, AJRimmer sent me a lot.  I think many of these teas for this challenge might be sipdowns from AJRimmer, as two serving amount swaps are enough for me to try a tea twice. :D  However, the last note said I wanted to try this again and remove most of the hibiscus from my serving.  I did, and the flavor doesn’t leave much!  Even with  a steep of a few minutes, the brew is a pale pink and the flavor is mildly fruity.  Not worth it, really.  I might as well just steep this up when I want to drown in hibiscus and leave the hibiscus in (or remove half?)  I think it’s my least favorite of the hibiscus blends from Teavivre.

Sidenote: anyone else a fan of Fear the Walking Dead? I watched this week’s episode last night and NOOOOOOOO. My favorite character! I won’t spoil anything though. I like to watch the heartbreaking shows while I’m already heartbroken, and I had just been watching the news before that with the necessary protests and hearing about the 45 mass shootings in America in a month! Unimaginable. There definitely should be a protest about that as well. So sad.

Mastress Alita

I really like the Waterlilies hibi herbal from Teavivre (but I also like hibiscus and haven’t tried this one). I think I only had one option for U, myself.

Shae

My husband watches and I catch bits and pieces, so I’ve gotten familiar with most of the main characters. I caught this part of the episode when he was watching and I couldn’t believe it. I’m not even fully invested in the show and I’m sad about it. :(

tea-sipper

Still sad. :/ Luckily there a few good characters left…

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Strange VariaTEA TTB: Tea #1

I can’t remember if VariaTEA has mentioned this before, but the two of us are starting a travelling tea box – no discussion board post yet because I still have to fill my half of the box and we want to coordinate with some instagram tea friends as well, but this is one of the teas that she added that I decided to try!

I’m probably going to try a handful or two before I pass along to the next person, because there are plenty of teas added in that I’ve not tried and am curious about – but I don’t intend on finishing any of them off or removing any entirely. Blends from Necessiteas can be so hard to get ahold of though, so even though this doesn’t seem super up my alley flavour wise I thought I should take advantage of the chance to try it!

It’s actually not bad – I find the black tea a little astringent, and that is something I’ve observed for many of the black blends from Necessiteas, but the ginger is prominent and definitely natural tasting but not spicy and I like all the brown sugar flavours that are coming through along with some warming cinnamon undertones. Plus, it’s sweet but not sugary. I didn’t think to add milk when making the mug, but I think that would have been an excellent way to curb some of the astringency and make the mouthfeel a little fuller and more appealing.

Seems like a pretty solid option for the ginger lovers.

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNuzEzXgK3o/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDM27AqJscM

Evol Ving Ness

Why are Necessiteas so hard to get ahold of?

Roswell Strange

The shipping is incredibly expensive to Canada, she doesn’t restock consistently, and when she does restock her blends tends to sell out within the hour…

Evol Ving Ness

Wow, thanks, Ms.Strange. That’s quite a line-up of difficulties. I’d give up just as a result of shipping fees. Canadians are obviously not on her wish list.

AJRimmer

Oh, I’ll definitely sign up for a TTB whenever that’s posted!

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An Ode to Tea challenge – V

I honestly believed this would be a sipdown when I scooped it out of the package.  Nope, next time.  It was a perfect tea for a cloudy, blustery day anyway.  I guess I never realized a “london fog” requires milk which I never tried.  So I tried it.  Must have added too much milk, as then I was only tasting milk and this is actually a stronger tea for the milk to take it over. I prefer it without milk – strong lavender and bergamot.

Cameron B.

A London Fog is essentially just a latte made with Earl Grey, and usually vanilla syrup.

tea-sipper

Ah ok, maybe this is why this blend is supposed to have vanilla flavor (I don’t taste it.)

Mastress Alita

I make my London Fogs just using vanilla almond milk, sooo tasty!

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March Mad(Hatter) Tea Tournament! Round #4
This is honestly not really the teas I thought I’d end up with. I guess it’s good to have a reminder to revisit teas.  And fun to compare teas.  Much like one of my favorite things, the arbitrary Tournament of Books, is about comparing two random books.

Match #1  52Teas – Spiced Cucumber Melon  VS. Teavivre – High Mountain oolong
A perfect blend up against an oolong that was never really a favorite and lacked distinctive notes.  Winner:  Spiced Cucumber Melon

Match #2  Octavia – Berry Mocha Truffle  VS. Tealyra – Parisian Sparkling Wine
Another tough one.  Both great blends!  But the lovely black tea that accomplishes what it’s trying to do perfectly wins over the herbal that accomplishes what it’s trying to do perfectly.  Winner:   Berry Mocha Truffle

-————————————————————FINAL MATCH  -—————————————————
52 Teas – Spiced Cucumber Melon       VS.     Octavia – Berry Mocha Truffle

I didn’t see this final coming!  This has been so fun.   Of course two flavored teas make it.  What can I say, I like what I like.  Both the ultimate of flavor combinations.  One a green tea base!  One a black tea base!  The Berry Mocha Truffle is a lovely chocolate berry blend, but is it the best of its kind?  I don’t think so.   The 52Teas might be a bit faded now (I just noticed it’s five years old) but when fresh this is unbeatable!   It’s magic!  Some ingredients here shouldn’t even work for me!  My original note mentioned a tea magician created it.  It’s a unique one and memories of these teas also help. Winner:  52 TEASSPICED CUCUMBER MELON!!!!!!

Martin Bednář

Congratulations to 52Teas! And that sounds so good. Both Final teas.

Kawaii433

!! Excellent matches and post.

Mastress Alita

My Parisian Sparkling Wine put up a good fight!

tea-sipper

Yep, it did! And your sample is why I stocked up on the blend from Tealyra (which I probably mentioned before.)

Mastress Alita

One day when I allow myself to order tea again, I will also get more…

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I enjoyed a free sample of this, so I bought a 50g bag, which I enjoyed considerably less. It was confusing since I liked the sample so much. I kept having it cold, brewed various ways, and it always tasted so weak and vaguely orangey. I gave up and gave the rest to my sister. She drank it hot and loved it. I tried the last cup hot, and actually, it was pretty good! Like a warm orange cider? I wish I’d tried it like this earlier! I still won’t buy this again, but I’m glad I finally found the right way to drink it.

Kawaii433

That happens to me all the time. /cry Buying a lot after a really tasty sample…

AJRimmer

It’s always such a bummer!

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drank Juniper Mint Honey by Tazo
2308 tasting notes

Sipdown! (30 | 234)

This one seems so intriguing to me, so I was so thankful to get a few bags in a swap! I love pine and juniper, so I’m always happy to try more teas with those notes.

Unfortunately, this is not for me. It’s mostly honey, and the flavoring is fairly artificial-tasting. There’s also a sort of cloying floral note that I assume is part of the honey. I do get a bit of mint, and it’s nice and cooling and refreshing. Juniper? Nah, not really. There’s a weird bitterness in the aftertaste as well.

So mostly it’s artificial floral honey. Womp womp.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CNqgdjKgNNv/

Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Floral, Honey, Mint, Perfume, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

Well, that is disappointing. I wish I could find more juniper-forward teas, as well. (Also, I conceptually find honey as a flavoring kind of weird… like… if I want my tea to taste like honey, I can just put honey in it…?)

Shae

Bummer, I pulled this one to drink for my ‘J’ tea this week. And I agree with Mastress Alita – if I want honey, I’ll just add it myself so why?

Cameron B.

That’s true, but to be fair, you could say the same thing about maple flavoring.

Shae

Hmm, good point about the maple. I hadn’t thought about that. I think maybe if there were an authentic honey flavor I would enjoy it, but I haven’t found that yet.

Martin Bednář

If you guys hate it so much, send it my way… I will use the outer wrappings at least! Haha.

Shame it’s so poorly made. It sounds so interesting!

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Sipdown (247)

N is for…Ning’er “Golden Honey Aroma” Yunnan Black Tea

Thank you Sil for this sample. Last time I had this, I remember being surprised it did not have as much honey as expected given the name. Today I am in the same boat. It is more savory (for lack of a better term b/c that isn’t quite right – smoked w/o being overly smokey? I don’t know) than you would anticipate a tea called honey to be. That isn’t bad, just different. That said, its not exactly savory – more bready…maybe like slightly charred crust and malt.

Sil

right? it was…underwhelming.

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drank Jin Jun Mei by Capital Tea Ltd.
12426 tasting notes

Sipdown! Last straight black that was in my cupboard….and none on the way oops! need to find time to fix that haha

Evol Ving Ness

I so enjoy this one.

Sil

they’re sold out atm…and haven’t yet responded to my question around restocking.

Evol Ving Ness

I imagine the world is in an uproar with various uncertainties to do with the impact of the virus. In normal times, the have always gotten back to me within 24 hours. Hope you can get your hands on some.

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Thanks to White Antlers, I was able to have a full pouch of green tea to serve as the herald of spring before any fresh harvests could arrive at my front door.

The dry leaf of this smells a lot like Caramel Creams – those Cow Tales candies. I don’t recall ever seeing those candies in this area of California. I’ve mostly been cold-brewing this because the tea is old (though in fantastic shape!) and it makes a nice cold cup that tastes like the quintessential iced green tea in a bottle. Kinda sweet, kinda nutty, kinda ‘green’ and kinda bitter. I’m having a cup grandpa style today. With all the pollen doing its sticky business, my schnoz is stuffy so today this smells like peanut butter toast when brewing.

Little personal edit: Large gatherings leave me milling about looking for people to chat with one-on-one. My cousin had her wedding shower this weekend and because of my tendency to stray from the crowd, I of course chatted with the tender of drinks. I have a date after my second vaccine, the first of which I received this morning.

Martin Bednář

Try the Linden for the “schnoz”. I keep learning here…

derk

Yup, the linden will be coming into play soon. It really does work for my mild congestion.

Cameron B.

I’m the same way with large crowds. Introverts unite! And hooray for the impending date! :D

ashmanra

Oh neat! For the date I mean! I get my second shot Friday. Hooray!

Dustin

We get our 2nd on Friday as well! A hot shower really helped me with the sore arm discomfort.
It’s so weird trying to remember and relearn how this whole socializing in person thing goes!

derk

I’ve been feeling pretty uninspired and uncommunicative the past few months, so it was nice to have a goofy conversation and find some common ground. Hope you (ashmanra) and Dustin get through the 2nd shot with little negative reaction.

Dustin

Thanks! Same for you!

Martin Bednář

I wrote the comment before “little personal edit”: I am a bit envious that you get the vaccines! Nothing like that for youngsters like me here. And happy to hear about the date.

I miss goofy conversations too, and it is pretty much annoying. Yes, I have been with my family, but friends are friends…

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100
drank Earl Grey Cupcake by 52teas
1108 tasting notes

Well, lookee here what I found!

This morning, when I was ready to put the kettle on, I was really in the mood for one of Anne’s glorious creations. It didn’t really matter to me which one, but I was in the mood for
A 52teas that l rate as stellar.

This is one of them.

Lovely rich black base. Hints of bergamot on a river of vanilla.

Start the day right!

Evol Ving Ness

Question for those in the U.S.

are you guys still using pennies or have you cancelled them?

52Teas

We still have and can use pennies.

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Anne.

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This tea I bought today (but won’t count in the spending list, as it isn’t from my money); hoping it will be a kind of relaxing blend (I am running a bit short with my Relax from B&B).

It was a cheap buy, again. And again from Lidl store, so no big expectations.

It’s earthy. And quite hoppy, though nonewhere close to beer. Cardamom is quite present and it’s having sweet aftertaste due to licorice I guess. But that’s not bad, as it mellows the earthy notes. It’s somehow generically herbal as well, the mint and rooibos isn’t prominent at all in taste though. Maybe it’s a good thing.

If it relaxes me, it does a good job. For the price, it’s nice tisane for sure.

Flavors: Cardamom, Earth, Herbs, Hops

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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