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This is not bad, but doesn’t quite live up to the name for me. It’s sweet and lightly spiced, but doesn’t stand out to me as tasting particularly like molasses, and I wish the spices were stronger. I grabbed this since I love blackstrap molasses, bu that’s definitely not the intent here. It ends up being mostly like a very mild, sweet chai.

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drank Chateau Blanc by Teavana
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Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!

This is ok. It mostly tastes like grape, artificial sweeteners, and a hint of something floral. It ends up being too sweet for me, and I think I would prefer it if they had been a little lighter on the grape. I would be interested in trying something similar that was less sweet.

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Old Sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!

Another potentially interesting blend ruined by stevia. Sigh. Not quite as terrible as some stevia teas, meaning I took a few sips before dumping it rather than just one.


Ugg stevia teas are the worst. Does anybody actually prefer the blend with stevia rather than without it? Every one I’ve tried so far would taste great without the stevia.


I don’t know of anyone here on Steepster, but there has to be someone or they wouldn’t sell it that way. I have a few relatives that use stevia, but none of them are loose leaf tea drinkers.

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Old Sample from Tea Sipper. This is a tart blend heavy on the hibiscus and rose hips and lightly flavored with apple. It’s quite drinkable, but I find myself wishing the apple was a little stronger. Stash’s Cinnamon Apple Chamomile is still my favorite apple tea.

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Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank you!

This is dominated by the Hibiscus and Lemongrass, which I don’t really care for paired together.

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Sample from Liquid Proust. Thank You!

I’m finally getting my cupboard back down to a manageable level. I ended up with a lot of tea last year, then I got pregnant and couldn’t drink or wasn’t interested in most of it. I bought some herbal teas I had a craving for and participated in several stash sales and tea boxes since I really enjoy participating in the community here on Steepster. I should be able to get through the last of my samples that are more than 6 months old in the next week or so. This is one of those older samples.

I’ve been interested in exploring oolongs further lately. Liquid Proust kindly sent me some samples. There’s such a wide variety of flavors of oolong! It’s a bit intimidating, but also exciting. This one is right up my alley, it’s soft, smooth, floral, buttery, and just slightly vegetal. It’s a comforting flavor. Not quite as appealing a floral tea as bai mu dan white, but it’s different enough and tasty enough that it I could see myself craving it occasionally. I think because of the butteryness, I might be most interested in this in the winter when I want something to warm me up.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Vegetal

Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Happy Tea by Art of Tea
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Sample from Tea Sipper. Thank you!

This is a really interesting combination of flavors. It’s earthy and slightly grassy but those flavors are juxtaposed with a lovely strawberry flavor that has some sweetness and some sourness. It makes me think of strawberry picking, which is something I haven’t done in years. I think this is the first gyayusa blend I’ve tried that I would be interested in buying more of. A unique and appealing blend. This is definitely a Happy Tea!

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Strawberry

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Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!

I think this has lost most of it’s flavor, since it pretty much tastes like a smooth woody rooibos to be. Kind of a shame since it sounds like it was one a very interesting tea. Every reviewer seems to have had a different experience with this tea, which is interesting. I’d try it again if I had the chance.

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Made this with milk and a bit of sweetener. This is unfortunately a bit light on the bergamot. It’s there, but I prefer it a bit stronger. If you want a milder Earl Grey, check this out. It might actually be better without milk

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This is a sample of Kagoshima Sencha by Art of Tea from Tea Sipper. Thank you!

I brewed this with a splash of cold water for about a minute. This tastes mostly like spinach to me. My mother-in-law cooks fresh spinach and garlic in olive oil, and it’s the best spinach I’ve ever had. That’s what this reminds me of, but without the garlic. I’ve heard the adjective “brothy” used to describe green tea on occasion, and I think it might fit here. It has a savory vegetal flavor that makes me think of a hearty soup. I don’t taste any bitterness. It’s quite good, I’ll have to check out more Sencha’s in the future.

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I drink a lot of herbal tea, and the occasional cup of traditional tea here and there. I enjoy experimenting with my own blends. I also enjoy stories, board games, music, nail polish, philosophy, science, teaching, and faith.

Flavors I like:
Tea (unflavored/dessert blacks, dark, floral or flavored oolongs, jasmine green, unflavored/fruity/floral whites)
Desert (caramel, cheesecake, chocolate, cream, honey, maple, molasses, vanilla)
Spices (allspice, anise, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, ginger)
Fruit(apple, blueberry, fig, grape, grapefruit, honeydew, lemon, lime, mango, orange, pineapple, plum, raspberry, strawberry, tangerine, watermelon)
Flowers (chamomile, chrysanthemum, hibiscus, jasmine, rose)
Nuts and seeds (coconut, hazelnut, pecan, cashew, sesame)
Grains(barley, rice)
Herbs (dandelion leaf, echinacea, green rooibos, honeybush, mint, rosemary, thyme)
Vegetables (carrot)

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, elderflower, licorice root, stevia, tulsi; artificial cherry, and almond flavors; bitter smokey, leathery, medicinal, or overly sweet teas

Allergies and Sensitivities: lavender and stevia upset my stomach

I have participated in the Overboard TTB, the Butiki Herbal Blending Box, the Butiki Educational TTB, and the Puerh Beginners Box. I ran the Herbal TTB and the Monthly TTB Club, and am currently running the Herbal and Decaf TTB.

Ratings: I rate teas based not on their objective quality, but on how much I personally liked them. I mostly do this because it’s an easy way to tell at a glance if I’ve tried a tea before and if I’d be interested in buying it. It sometimes takes a while to sort through and find out whether or not I’ve reviewed a tea without rating it.
90-100: Truly excellent tea, will buy again, could drink it every day but might save it for special occasions because it’s just that good, will miss it if it’s not in my cupboard.
75-89: Really good tea, would buy. Might be a solid everyday tea, or something that has a strong appeal but doesn’t quite amaze.
66-74: Good tea, would buy, but will also look for better
50-66: Probably wouldn’t buy this tea, but would drink it if offered
33-49: I will never buy this tea, and would probably even turn it down if it was offered to me.
1-32: I hope to never drink this tea again

I currently have a young baby, so while I’m drinking lots of tea, my activity may be sporadic.



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