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drank Hibiscus by Te Company
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Love this hibiscus tea. It’s different from others in that it consists of whole hibiscus flowers, and has a different flavor profile than hibiscus usually does. Yes, it’s tart, but the tartness is gentle and secondary to the juicy sweetness of the brew (which is also delicious cold, but tonight I kept it hot). Delish.

Flavors: Juicy, Sweet, Tart

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drank Silver Bell Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Today was a fun teamail day, with deliveries arriving from DAVIDsTEA, Tea Thoughts, and Simple Loose Leaf! I was really curious about this blend so I broke into it right away. After two steeps I remain somewhat underwhelmed. It’s creamy and floral but I think I want to play around with it a bit more to figure out how to get the most out of this tea.

Flavors: Cream, Floral

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drank Pineapple Barley Tea by Lupicia
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GeekSteep has me rewatching Deep Space Nine, and this is one of the teas I happened to be drinking with it. No actual planning went into that match but it’s memorable now because I was having a tea soda of this when watching the Duet episode, which I had forgotten is an absolutely gripping and incredible episode of television. Not a lot of shows even try to do holocaust episodes – even fewer do them well. Highly recommend both the tea and the show – and specifically Duet, though make sure you have the time to focus on it because you won’t be able to multitask. As always, this is a tea that benefits from following brewing recommendations strictly or else the pineapple flavor gets drowned out by the barley. The up side of this is that you can get multiple steeps out of it, and that making a tea soda is as simple as drinking about 2/3 of the cup, waiting for it to cool, and then adding seltzer.

Flavors: Pineapple, Roasted Barley


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Great review!

Cameron B.

Yum, the pineapple version is one of my favorites. I’m sure it makes a lovely tea pop too!

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Ok wow! I’ve been away from Steepster for a few years and things have… changed! Somehow I totally missed the news about the Adagio takeover? Would love to hear from folks who have been here throughout about how that has gone, if you are up for sharing.

Anyway, 2021 is finally over and hopefully this year will be just a smidge better for us all. In that spirit, I wanted to ring it in with a cheerful tea that I knew wouldn’t disappoint. This tea is really old now but it still delivers. I brewed exactly as directed, although I did add an extra teaspoon of leaf to compensate for the age. With a touch of brown sugar to bring out the flavor, it’s still perfection. The rose hits first, followed by cream mid-sip and ending on what I can only describe as somehow a bubbly note that really does evoke champagne. I even managed to get three good steeps out of it by steeping the third one for almost 20 minutes. All in all, a great tea to start the year with.

Flavors: Champagne, Cream, Rose

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Welcome back! It was a bit bumpy during the handover but things are running more smoothly than they were for the period prior to the handover.

Cameron B.

Welcome back Kaylee! Honestly I don’t think much has changed he he. The Adagio folks aren’t really around unless there’s some kind of problem.


I think I finally brought myself to finishing off my Butiki teas. :( I like seeing that others are still enjoying some of her blends though!
I think the amount of spam accounts has slowed down, but that’s about the only change I’ve noticed. It still glitches out on occasion. I don’t often notice new people participating, so they aren’t doing anything to advertise or bring more people to the site. The “buy now” buttons link to Adagio’s website. shrug


Welcome back!

This tea is probably the one I miss the most from Butiki. Seeing it pop up again is cheering :)


Good to see ya kiddo!


Thanks for the welcome backs (welcomes back?) and the updates! Much appreciated.

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drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
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This smells delightfully like marzipan. It tastes like it too, along with notes of grass and umami. I get two solid steeps out of the tea. It reminds me of Della Terra’s Almond Biscotti blend, although that one had a cookie note absent here and this one has a grassiness absent there. The almond candy flavor is a dead ringer though.

This is probably one of my favorite DavidsTea blends even though it’s not particularly unique. It’s just extremely solid and tasty, especially if you drink it before it cools.

Flavors: Grass, Marzipan, Umami

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drank Cardamom Macchiato by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s been a rough couple of weeks so I decided to treat myself to a little shopping trip to Davidstea while I was in the neighborhood. I ended up getting the matcha miso soup tea for the coming cold nights, but this cardamom macchiato blend was one of the samples. Honestly it’s delicious and I would have bought some on the spot except that it has coffee and black tea in it, neither of which my stomach tolerates particularly well. But the creamy coffee flavor is dead on and the cardamom adds a gentle spiciness. I am a little skeptical of DT’s claim that this is a low-caffeine tea given the ingredients, but other than that I would totally recommend it.

Flavors: Coffee, Cream, Spicy


I also wondered how this could possibly be a low caffeine tea. But then… the coffee beans are full beans (and thus only really impart flavor, you need to grind them to do much with them) and I honestly couldn’t find one black tea leaf in the two cups I made myself of this.

So… it’s possible? Did you react at all to the coffee or black tea in this?

I normally get the jitters from coffee, and I didn’t at all with this drink.

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Yay, it’s finally approaching cool enough temperatures to break out the fall teas. This is one of my favorites. It fills the room with the smell of maple syrup. Even without any additions, it brews up nice and sweet (presumably the sprinkles contribute to that sweetness so I don’t think of this as a sugar-free option). It’s mildly nutty too. This reminds me of a caffeine-free version of Butiki’s Maple Pecan Oolong, which was one of my all-time favorite fall teas.

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Nutty

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What’s more amazing, that I still have any Butiki blends left or that this one still tastes great? Fluffy lemon cookie goodness. The flavor is light but not faint. I’m quite enjoying sipping on this while catching up on the Fosters.

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Sipping on some Alishan Honey Black from Floating Leaves, courtesy of phi (thanks!). I wasn’t entirely sure how to prep this gong fu style and the internet was surprisingly unhelpful. The tightly rolled leaves and the fact that it’s a black tea made me decide on boiling water. I just went with my instincts on quantity of leaf and length of steep time. The first few steeps had the usual honey and bread notes you’d expect in a honey black tea. The latter steeps get pretty interesting with notes of dark bread, malt, sweet potato, and a hint of sweetness. Not sure how many steeps I got out of this; maybe 5 or 6 before it started to lose flavor and I’ll give it an overnight steep to get the last of the flavor out of it.

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drank Pineapple Barley Tea by Lupicia
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This was almost a depressing sipdown, but then I found a whole other bag! Yay! Lupicia sells these pyramid bags in comically small quantities so I’ve been rationing.

I love the way the dry leaf smells like fresh, sweet pineapple. You do have to be careful not to oversteep it – 3 minutes is the absolute max – but if you get the timing right you will be rewarded with a delightful cuppa. It smells like roasted chicory and sweet pineapple. The roasted notes are there in the brew, but the dominant flavor is delicately sweet pineapple (although the flavors completely flip if you oversteep and you end up with a heavily roasted brew with a touch of pineapple). It reminds me of Taiwanese pineapple, which might be projection but makes me happy.

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Geek and nerd (shoutout to GeekSteep). Still trying to get a handle on this whole work/life balance while ALSO succeeding at work thing. I have some chronic illnesses that make that harder. Tea is my respite.

Favorite tea types, in order:

Don’t drink:

A sampling of tea shops I like:
Te Company
Tea Thoughts
Harney & Sons

RIP Butiki



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