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This was a sample from Ost a while ago! Thanks so much. It might be from Celestial Seasonings, but it’s an oddity I’ve never tried before. Never heard of it, actually, before receiving it from Ost, and those are the kinds of teas I like to get. :D This tea might be older, but most of the elements are here. I would imagine any distinct champagne flavor has faded, but I’m definitely tasting notes of strawberry and cinnamon on a deep dark base. As well as some roasty earthiness from the chicory. I don’t mind the chicory at all here, though usually I don’t like it. If the chicory wasn’t here, it would taste about as close to Butiki’s lovely Ruby Pie blend…as any other tea I’ve tried anyway. The cinnamon is odd in “champagne” but if I ignore the name, it’s a delicious flavor combination. It’s definitely more like a strawberry cinnamon dessert.
Steep #1 // 2 tea bags for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

gmathis

Never heard of this one, nor have I tried strawberry and cinnamon together. Interesting on both fronts!

Kittenna

Cinnamon and strawberry together is so good, IMO. 52Teas had a strawberry pie honeybush that combined those flavours and was delicious, and I use cinnamon in strawberry rhubarb pies/crisps!

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gmathis

Never heard of this one, nor have I tried strawberry and cinnamon together. Interesting on both fronts!

Kittenna

Cinnamon and strawberry together is so good, IMO. 52Teas had a strawberry pie honeybush that combined those flavours and was delicious, and I use cinnamon in strawberry rhubarb pies/crisps!

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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
aquartertotea.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
eco-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
mandala
Teajo
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com
Davidstea

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.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. :D

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