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drank Forest Fruit by Tea of Life
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Another work teabag.

This was nice! It had a good fresh raspberry flavor on a smooth base. I didn’t really notice the other berries, but I wasn’t complaining ha ha. Very mellow and ended up being a nice choice for the afternoon. Would sip again!

Flavors: Fresh, Raspberry, Smooth, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank The Lucky Irishman by Just T
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A tea swap teabag, imbibed at work.

Honestly I expected a bit more? There was a bit of caramel, but overall it was very light and for some reason the flavoring tasted very waxy to me. Wouldn’t have known there was cocoa flavor at all, and didn’t notice the green coffee in either flavor or energy effect. Was fine for mindless sipping, but not something I would order.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Smooth, Wax

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea swap goodies!

I’ve had this before, but always nice to revisit. The peaches & cream flavor is quite nice actually. The description doesn’t mention cream, but to me there’s a bit of a custardy note here. I don’t really get pastry at all though, and the base is quite brisk. It’s not unpleasantly tannic or anything, just definitely a harsher base than they generally use for their flavored black teas. I’m sure it would take milk well, but I’m not sure the flavoring is strong enough to stand up to that.

It’s an interesting one, more of a stronger builder’s tea with just a light peach & cream note to it.

Flavors: Acidic, Bitter, Brisk, Creamy, Custard, Peach, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Golden Mango by Lovare
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Another tea swap teabag.

This is nice – the flavoring actually reminds me of Lupicia’s Ripe Mango Oolong, which is a good thing. Quite close to actual mango, unlike most mango-flavored things in my experience. It is a bit on the strong side though, and it doesn’t help that the green tea doesn’t have much flavor. There’s a touch of grassiness, but mostly it’s the mango flavoring show. Still pleasant and fun to try, though!

Flavors: Dry Grass, Floral, Mango, Smooth, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

So lovely the mango is nice, especially for a tea bag!

ashmanra

I haven’t tried the mango tea from Lupicia. My kids don’t like mango but I like it in Jardin Saivage so I bet I would like the Ripe Mango Oolong.

Cameron B.

I love their Ripe Mango Oolong and also Alphonso Mango, which is a black tea.

ashmanra

I will have to check those out sometime!

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drank Sweet Autumn by Lupicia
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I like the idea of this one, but I feel like I’m tasting more rooibos than I would like. There’s definitely some chestnut going on, and maybe a hint of sweet potato? I think I used to like this a lot more, but red rooibos really just isn’t my thing at the moment. Still a nice enough blend though, just not something I should feel the need to order. We’ll see how pretty the tin is this year when it comes around in the fall… XP

Flavors: Butter, Caramelized Sugar, Chestnut, Nutty, Rich, Rooibos, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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First tea from Basilur! Courtesy of my new tea friend Jen, who lives in Germany.

I steeped for 2 minutes, as I find that when I steep fannings-style teabags longer, they can become quite astringent. The tea still has a deep russet color, so I think 2 minutes was long enough, even though the wrapper suggests 3-5.

This has a good balance of tea and flavoring. The tea itself is nothing special, as I would expect, but it’s pleasant and gives a good foundation for the flavoring without being too brisk or too watery. The lime here is very Jell-O, but I’m quite enjoying it, as it isn’t overbearing. Actually, I think it reminds me most of lime Life Savers. I do taste the lemon as well, and maybe its citrusy freshness is what helps keep the candylike lime from becoming cloying.

A fairly good first impression for Basilur, excited to try the many other flavors she so generously sent my way!

Flavors: Acidic, Artificial, Candy, Citrus, Dry Leaves, Lemon, Lime, Metallic, Smooth, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

I’ve never been able to coax much out of Basilur’s tea bases, but the nice flavors make up for it!

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So I just received a swap from a new tea friend in Germany, and this is one of the many, many, many teas she sent. It’s funny because I actually sent her this tea as well, I wonder if they high-fived over the Atlantic? XD She also sent a bunch of Basilur teabags, which I’m very excited for.

This continues to be a lovely tea that I’ve sipped many-a-time. Bird & Blend’s chocolate teas in general tend to be very good, even for someone like me who doesn’t generally like chocolate teas. This is spot-on for a chocolate digestive, right down to that wheat-y biscuit base that almost tastes like it could be good for you (if you tilted your head to the side and closed one eye). The only thing that’s different is I taste quite a noticeable caramel flavor here, which is not present in the cookie. There apparently is a caramel version, but I’ve never had those.

Great start to a tea swap! :)

Flavors: Biscuit, Caramel, Cardamom, Chocolate, Cocoa, Graham Cracker, Grain, Smooth, Sweet, Wheat

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Martin Bednář

Looking forward to hear about Basilur

Cameron B.

So excited! :D

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Sipdown! (34 | 47)

Counting this for May since generally I count it as a sipdown when I use the last of a tea to make a cold steep, not necessarily when I finish the actual container of cold steeped tea, if that makes sense. So I made this bottle yesterday, but am drinking it today.

Another really nice one for cold-steeping from Harney. This is on the heavier side when it comes to hibiscus, but to me that makes sense for something with tart flavors like orange and passion fruit. Plus I add some sugar to my cold brews generally, so it ends up being balanced. Nice and tangy with orange leading the way, and passion fruit adding a tropical note. It’s more citrusy than tropical overall, but doesn’t taste like Tang, like their Blood Orange version does IMO.

Another likely reorder, though I also just got several new fruit tisanes from Tealyra to try out, so we shall see!

Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Hibiscus, Orange, Passion Fruit, Sweet, Tangy, Tart, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 25 OZ / 750 ML

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This is supposedly jasmine green tea with green rooibos and apple, but somehow it ends up tasting like gunpowder? Mixed with the green rooibos, of course. I guess whatever green tea was used for the jasmine tea must be quite mineral-tasting. There is no apple to speak of, though I’m not surprised given there were only a few tiny pieces in the dry leaf.

Harrumph.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Earthy, Floral, Grassy, Hay, Herbaceous, Mineral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This was a risky choice for me, as it’s described as raspberry and rose with a hint of bergamot. Not being a rose lover, not sure why I was so compelled to order it ha ha.

Well I’m not a fan, but it’s not because of rose. This just tastes very powdery/chalky to me overall. Sometimes I have that issue with mixed berry teas, so perhaps it’s the raspberry flavoring here. But it tastes like Tums or perhaps Smarties (the US kind).

Into the rehoming box it goes!

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Chalk, Floral, Powdery, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Hi, I’m Cameron!

I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

~ 2024 SIPDOWN CHALLENGE! ~
- June Sipdowns: 15
- Total 2024 Sipdowns: 64

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

I tend to reach for fruitier flavors rather than desserty ones these days, but I do have favorites from both categories. Willing to try anything once! There are a few ingredients/flavors that aren’t generally my jam, such as coconut, rose, lavender, and chocolate flavoring. But I also have teas that I love with some of those things, too! :)

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Old Barrel Tea Co
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

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