drank Apple Streusel by Umami
226 tasting notes

Another promise of a warm dessert tea that ultimately didn’t deliver. This time, a strong black tea that overwhelmed any hint of cinnamon, despite their use of three types. I wouldn’t have guessed apple as an ingredient if not for the name. I’m not sophisticated enough to speak to different types of black tea or the quality; I was looking for a tea that lived up to the dessert in the name and didn’t find it.

Added to note: a little honey made the cup much better; milk was less pleasant.

sipsby advent, day 1*
(sipsby packages this in no particular order, so your order may be different than mine)

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College instructor, mom of 2, and general homebody in California.

Great at buying tea, good at drinking tea, bad at timely reviews. Drawn to fruit, floral, spice, smoke, and flavored teas in general; prefer those that stand well without milk or sweetener. Black is fine, green is better, and red rooibos is trash.

I aim to rate when I finish a package or a complete sipdown, except in advent season.

My ratings are for me, so I don’t accidentally buy something that sounds amazing but I’ve already tried and disliked. I struggle a bit with wanting to be “fair” to a tea that other people would probably like, but then my system won’t work!

90-100 A: loved it; would make this a permanent member of my stash
80-89 B: tasty; would pick it up again
70-79 C: good; could grab with a good deal or to try in a different style
60-69 D: okay; would keep in a set but probably would not repurchase on its own
1-59 F: various shades of bad; would not purchase; closer to 1 means may not even drink again if offered.

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