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One of my older Dammann teas, but a good one. Dammann is maybe the only company I’ve found that really nails their plum flavoring. It actually tastes like fresh, tart plums, and I’m here for it. Apparently this also has apple, pear, and peach, but I’m mostly just tasting the stonefruits. Then again, it is about three years old, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a bit of the nuance is gone.

A lovely plummy tea. I don’t need to reorder it at the moment, as I have their plum green tea in my cupboard. But would definitely consider it for the future!

Flavors: Earthy, Fruity, Mineral, Plum, Smooth, Stonefruit, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
thereadersteacup

Mmmmmm sounds yummy! Adding to my list for my next order!

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The last tea from my fall sampler tin. It’s fine, very similar to all of the other mulled hibiscus tisanes I’ve had in the past. Quite tart with subtle spicing from clove and cinnamon.

I tend to prefer hibiscus-forward blends cold steeped, but I find spiced blends weird that way so I would never order this type of tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Hibiscus, Spices, Tart

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Muscat by Lupicia
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Tasty Japanese grape flavored black tea. I will say I don’t think it tastes much like muscat grapes, at least not the ones I’ve had. Those are usually more sweet-tart and fresh, and this tastes like a darker and more concord-esque grape flavor. A lot of times Japanese candies and sweets come in both a purple (Kyoho) grape and a green (Muscat) grape flavor, and this tea is more purple grape to me.

That being said, still juicy and tasty. I think I prefer Jingle Bells a bit to this one, must be the extra sparkling wine flavor? So I don’t think I would reorder this particular tea because of that, I would just wait until the holidays to restock on Jingle Bells.

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Candy, Floral, Grapes, Sweet, Syrupy, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
ashmanra

I have both this and decaf Muscat and Jingle Bells and I like Jingle Bells the best!

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drank River Spirit by Friday Afternoon
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Next up from the Studio sampler is this Spirited Away-inspired blend.

It’s an herbal tisane, a mix of lemongrass, apple, sage, and rose. The lemongrass is definitely the strongest flavor to my tastebuds, and somehow over it ends up tasting a bit like cucumber. I do taste a touch of sweet-tart apple, and then an undertone of savory sage. The rose comes in in the finish, and fortunately for me it’s quite light and fresh.

It’s nice enough, just not super exciting.

Flavors: Apple, Cucumber, Floral, Hay, Herbaceous, Lemon, Lemongrass, Musty, Rose, Sage, Savory, Smooth, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I got my Compagnie & Co advent calendar today, yay! It’s so very pretty, a stack of 12 boxes that you can rotate individually, and each box has two numbers on different sides, and has two numbered wrapped sachets inside. Can’t wait to open it this December! Anyway, of course I couldn’t resist also ordering several teas while I was at it… When I opened the box, everything smelled like grapefruit, so of course I had to try that tea first.

It’s a really lovely grapefruit flavor, bright and zingy and fresh but without being too pithy or bitter. I do wish I could taste the lychee (this is a grapefruit & lychee black tea), I don’t notice it at all because the grapefruit flavor is quite strong. The base is very smooth but has a nice, almost biscuity flavor to it. There’s a little baby hint of bitterness in the finish, not sure if it’s from the black tea or the grapefruit flavor, but I actually find it fitting for this blend.

A very refreshing grapefruit tea! Looking forward to trying another of their teas tomorrow. :)

Flavors: Acidic, Biscuit, Bitter, Bright, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Fruity, Grapefruit, Malt, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This one is quite interesting because it has wakame in it.

Dry, it smelled very dill-like to me, which was odd. I love dill, so I wasn’t mad at it lol. Steeped, it smells very strongly of seaweed, and I was a bit nervous to try it to be honest. I do like wakame in things, but I wouldn’t really want to just drink a wakame infusion if that makes sense.

Luckily, the taste isn’t super seaweedy. I definitely get those briny marine notes in the beginning of the sip, while the middle is more of the vegetal, beany green tea base. I do taste a hint of tangy sea buckthorn in the finish, but I wish there was much more, and the same with the nashi and orange. I think if there was a somewhat stronger fruit presence here, this would potentially be a reorder for me, but as-is I don’t think I would purchase it again. A fun and unique one to try though, and I do love Ponyo!

Flavors: Brine, Earthy, Fruity, Green Beans, Marine, Savory, Sea Buckthorn, Seaweed, Smooth, Soybean, Tangy, Tart, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kelmishka

Ooh, interesting!

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Last one from Sips by!

I like the idea of this blend, but the anise/star anise combo is just way too strong IMO. I can taste a bit of the tulsi and ginger at the beginning of the sip, and perhaps a touch of orange, but mostly it’s just a big ol’ pile of licorice.

So not a favorite for me.

Flavors: Anise, Earthy, Ginger, Licorice, Orange, Orange Zest, Star Anise, Sweet, Tulsi

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Raspberry Matcha by 3 Leaf Tea
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I haven’t been drinking much matcha in recent months, so now I’m trying to make an effort to sip through what I have, so it doesn’t just languish in a drawer until it’s sad and brown lol…

Apparently I’ve never written a note for this one? It’s one of my favorites from 3 Leaf! I usually prepare my matcha as an iced oat latte, but this one is also delicious as a matcha lemonade, as you might expect. The raspberry flavor tastes very authentic to me, and has a nice balance of sweet and tart notes. It’s very present but I can still taste plenty of matcha, and their matcha base is smooth and flavorful, as always.

This is also fun to mix with their peach or lemonade flavors!

Flavors: Earthy, Fruity, Grassy, Raspberry, Rich, Smooth, Sweet, Tart, Umami

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is an interesting one, it’s very creamy and smooth with a light pumpkiny flavor to it. There’s honestly not much spice going on, just a subtle warmth in the background, particularly the clove. And then the honeybush base is mellow and woody.

Not sure how I feel about it just yet, though I like that’s it’s more unique. I think I might try it with a drizzle of honey or maple next time, to see how that affects the pumpkin flavor.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Creamy, Pumpkin, Smooth, Spices, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Picked up a 50g pouch of this with my matcha advent order, and I’m so happy to be reunited with it. This was one of my first loves from Bird & Blend, and remains a favorite. I don’t even generally like fruity rooibos, but here the rhubarb is tart enough that it doesn’t give weird medicinal vibes. The cream is quite light but sort of rounds the edges and contributes sweetness.

Just yum. :)

Flavors: Cream, Fruity, Rhubarb, Rooibos, Sweet, Tart, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 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! ~
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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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