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drank Violet by Simpson & Vail
3442 tasting notes

I had to try this one. Who else carries a violet tea? To be honest, I have no idea what violets specifically smell or taste like. The purple flowers in the blend add a nice touch. But this one is delightful. I’d say there couldn’t possibly be a better floral flavor. It has a lovely balance of floral but not too floral, balanced with a delicious sweetness. The black tea base is quite light, but with the floral accent it’s not boring. Without the floral, there is no way I’d steep up this black tea by itself plain. I’d say the first cup was perfect. On the second steep, the flavor wasn’t how I wanted it to be. Somehow there was quite a spicy flavor that took over? I should have waited a few minutes to steep. However, as it cooled, the flavor returned to that delicious flavor of the first cup, so flavor saved! I’ll try to remember that next time. Overall, I have no way to be sure this is accurately representing VIOLET, but as a floral tea, it couldn’t be tastier.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 17 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

Kawaii433

Looks like another company I should try. :)

Cameron B.

@Kawaii – I sent you a couple of my favorites from them! ;)

Kawaii433

yay :D tytyty

AJRimmer

This tea was the strongest-smelling thing in the tea box by far! I grabbed a little sample of it, which I look forward to trying probably tomorrow.

Nattie

I love violets! Going to have to try this!

tea-sipper

AjRimmer – I hope you mean the strongest smelling when you opened the pouch, as I put the teas in good packaging?

AJRimmer

Yes, of course! You’re a pro (:

tea-sipper

oh okay, just wanted to make sure the pouches were still working.. or that there wasn’t a tea that was too strong for them! :D

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Kawaii433

Looks like another company I should try. :)

Cameron B.

@Kawaii – I sent you a couple of my favorites from them! ;)

Kawaii433

yay :D tytyty

AJRimmer

This tea was the strongest-smelling thing in the tea box by far! I grabbed a little sample of it, which I look forward to trying probably tomorrow.

Nattie

I love violets! Going to have to try this!

tea-sipper

AjRimmer – I hope you mean the strongest smelling when you opened the pouch, as I put the teas in good packaging?

AJRimmer

Yes, of course! You’re a pro (:

tea-sipper

oh okay, just wanted to make sure the pouches were still working.. or that there wasn’t a tea that was too strong for them! :D

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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