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86
drank Cinnamon Rose by Miss Tea
732 tasting notes

Finished this up today and I have to say it is much better iced than hot. Hot, the rose is a bit much and the cinnmon is a bit muted by it.

Sipdowns in 2019: 27

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drank Cinnamon Rose by Miss Tea
732 tasting notes

Quick review because I’ve been really busy and really burnt out.

This is wonderful. It reminds me of this Liberteas blend that was called Breakfast In Bed. I was obsessed with it. It didn’t have cacao or orange peel in it, but this is still very similar.

Cinnamon is the most noticeable flavor. The chocolate and vanilla come afterwards, somehow making this taste a bit like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The orange flavor doesn’t really come through, but the rose does. It’s mild and sort of in the background, so this doesn’t come across as very floral. None of those harsh peppery rose notes.

I made this over ice and find it very satisfying. I was afraid the roses would be too much, but they’re lovely.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Floral, Rose, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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88
drank Tower of London by Harney & Sons
732 tasting notes

This just tastes like they took Paris and added bergamot!

Flavors: Bergamot, Black Currant, Caramel, Vanilla

tea-sipper

yeah. the new formula is different. :/

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Finishing up Heavenly Tea Leaves’s Lemon Twist. I had one teaspoon left. It wasn’t a good tea to begin with, so I just drowned it in Pinky Up’s Coconut Creme. I can vaguely taste it haunting the background, but only if I feel for it.

Sipdowns in 2019: 26 <—- Halfway to my goal of one sipdown per week for the year!

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Knocking out Harney & Sons’ Chocolate Chai Supreme. Didn’t have enough for a full tumbler, so this is about half H&S, half Nepali Breakfast by Nepal Tea. The weird fake chocolate dominates the higher quality chai’s flavors, unfortunately. But it’s fine to get me through my Friday.

Sipdowns in 2019: 25

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87
drank Blueberry Green by Harney & Sons
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Finished this one up this morning. I’m not sure if I want to reorder in the future. It’s good, but also really weird. It tastes like a supplement. I don’t know. I never got to try it iced, so I’ll probably end up with some in my basket again next time…

Sipdowns in 2019: 24

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87
drank Blueberry Green by Harney & Sons
732 tasting notes

This is an interesting one. I bought it with spring in mind, planning on iced teas. But spring’s warmth is still shy in the morning and evening. So I’m having it hot.

The tea itself is very pretty. Lots of flat green leaves with pretty blue cornflowers and lemongrass. But the scent is not at all what I expected. It smells exactly like purple Flintstones vitamins. (Which I loved as a kid, so I’m not bothered.) I was expecting something a bit more realistic. I’ve had blueberry teas that taste like real blueberry, after all.

The finished tea comes out to a light greenish tan and the flavor matches the aroma. It tastes purple, y’all. Almost like grape candy. But I like that! I see that a lot of you didn’t. And yes, the green tea flavor itself is hidden under the purpleness. You really can’t taste it. But I still like this because I am a weirdo, apparently.

Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry, Candy, Grapes

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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First to review! I should come out and say right now that I put Cool Whip on top of this, so I’m going to be getting more vanilla and creamy sweetness than someone who made this the traditional way.

This smells rich with gingerbready spices and warm chocolate. However, it already comes across as artificial chocolate, like a Tootsie Roll. Why is it so hard for tea companies to do chocolate right?? Is cacao too expensive?

Anyway, the flavor is less chocolatey than the aroma, as expected. This basically tastes like a ginger-heavy regular chai, with some odd spice notes I’m having trouble separating out. It almost tastes like rooibos. I only really get the chocolate notes on the exhale. This isn’t bad in any way, just not what I had hoped it would be. I need to learn to avoid Harney & Sons’s attempts at chocolate.

Flavors: Artificial, Cardamon, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 30 sec 7 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
tea-sipper

oh crap, I thought I had written about this already. :D

ashmanra

My husband says their chocolate teas smell like mildew to him, so I don’t even buy them anymore. He can smell it as soon as he walks in the house. I would prefer cocoa nibs for my chocolate flavor!

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72
drank Lemon Twist by Heavenly Tea Leaves
732 tasting notes

This one is from my March Sips By box.

Heavenly Tea Leaves’s website lists lemon peel as an ingredient, but I don’t see any in my sample. All I see are black tea leaves and lemongrass. But I certainly smell lemon peel! There is a very distinct, realistic lemon aroma, as opposed to lemon verbena or lemongrass. Mmm.

I was brushing my teeth while this steeped and didn’t hear the timer ding. So I think I steeped this somewhere between 3.5 and 4 minutes. Even with a little extra time, it comes out pretty light in color compared to other black teas. Steeped, the lemon fragrance is SO strong! Almost like I’m smelling the fresh cut fruit.

The flavor is not exactly what was promised by the aroma. The lemongrass is bright and present, but there’s also some weird note. It kind of reminds me of those chalky Valentines Day heart candies with the phrases on them. Like if those were lemon flavor. Or PEZ! Yes, lemon Pez. And even with 3 teaspoons of tea for 24 ounces, this is a little weak. I’d go with 4 next time for sure. All around, I am not impressed. Ajiri’s lemon black tea is much, much better.

Flavors: Candy, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
732 tasting notes

Finishing up Black Assam by Mana Organics. Didn’t have enough for a tumbler, so it’s two parts Assam and one part Golden Orchid by Whispering Pines.

The Golden Orchid overpowers the Assam, even though I used a smaller portion. It’s lovely.

Sipdowns in 2019: 23

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Quiet, strange, and in love with the world of tea. Living just outside of Atlanta. Cat lover, electronic music geek, balcony gardener, and collector of fossils. On the hunt for the perfect tea in each of my favorite categories.

I have officially been here on Steepster for 10 years.

I prefer black teas, and my preferences change with the seasons. I drink my tea iced from April – October and hot during the few cold months.

You can assume that I’m preparing my tea using the Western method. I use stevia or honey as my sweetener. My tea cupboard always contains earl grey, chai, a sleepytime, a dessert, something fruity, an herbal, and a plain black.

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