2792 Tasting Notes

I’ve always wanted to try a tea advent calendar, and, to my utter delight, my sister made me one! She’s given me a bunch of little tea samples from her own (fabulous) tea cupboard, and I am excited for the month to come.
Day one was this. It’s a pretty decent raspberry tea, not bitter at all, but not quite as juicy as I’d like.
I’ve really got to stick my head in Trader Joes soon and look at their teas.

AJRimmer

They have a nice tea section for sure! I bought a pumpkin rooibos from them years ago, mostly for the cute tin, which I still use to refill with whatever other pumpkin tea I have on hand.

gmathis

Tea that is a thoughtful gift always tastes twice as good!

Dustin

I bought that same pumpkin rooibos for the tin! They used to carry a really nice bagged jasmine that contained little balls of rolled up tea leaves. It was so good!

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I’m starting a habit, apparently. On mornings when I need to be awake and alert early (today), and have not had enough sleep due to the cruel plots of the world (last night), I’m reaching for this.
Fog Cutter is strong, but the lemon note lightens it up and keeps me from falling further into a stupor.

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drank Full Moon Chai by Plum Deluxe
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I don’t have a very sophisticated chai palate, but this is doing the job! Its warming, with a good balance of spices, and thats quite nice on this chilly morning.

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drank Boston by Harney & Sons
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So I have been bonkers busy lately, and my logging has suffered for it. I shall resolve to try much harder in the upcoming months. I do love Steepster!

It seems fitting that my last cup of this, my favorite autumnal tea, should happen on Thanksgiving. For my fellow US Steepsterites, Happy Thanksgiving. For all else, I hope your day is full of warmth and all good things!

For this autumn season, sipdown!

tea-sipper

Happy Thanksgiving!

ashmanra

I need to reorder this one! Thanks for the reminder while the sale is on!

gmathis

Hope all is well. Good selection for the holiday!

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I did not get enough sleep last night, by a long shot. So this morning I am most certainly in a fog, and so I thought I’d try this.
Good choice! A strong breakfast blend. Not so malty or overpowering that you feel like you’ve been whacked in the head, but strong.
Thank goodness. I’m going to need all the help I can get this morning!

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The moment the air had even a hint of crispness, I ordered a lot of tea for Harney and Sons, and am now smugly sitting on a small mountain of teas.
This is a new flavor for them, and I tossed it into the cart excitedly. This tea was voted on to determine who would win, and I really liked the tea that won last year (Victorian London Fog), so I had high hopes for this one.
I like breakfast blends, and one with a touch of maple sounds brilliant.
However….. I cant say I taste any of the maple. Its a decent breakfast blend, but I am lacking that punch of earthy sweetness that I was expecting.
Hmm. Well, I’ll keep trying and see what happens.

AJRimmer

I find that maple teas almost never have enough maple! It’s so sad!

gmathis

Maple teas, properly done, are delicious. Hope you find your sweet spot.

Maddy Barone

I like the Pancake Breakfast tea from 52Teas. I recall the maple was sweet but not cloying.

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drank Full Moon Chai by Plum Deluxe
2792 tasting notes

So, in my “Try new companies” tea goal, I’ve ordered a whole bunch of teas from Plum Delux. This is the first one I’ve cracked into it.
This is a good and strong chai, which is exactly the sort of jolt I needed this afternoon. The base and the spices are hanging out well together for this cup, and I enjoyed it, to be sure.

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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All finished with this, and just in time. This oolong is best in the summer, and when the weather turns cold I’m all ready to move on to spice and pumpkin and toasty flavors, not the freshness of this melon.
Sipdown!

ashmanra

I plan to place a Lupicia order for my best friend for Christmas. I haven’t ordered anything since the big change in venue. Didn’t they close their US store? I plan to order pretty early to make sure it gets here in time.

Rosehips

I think they did close the US store, but it does seem to still have an online presence, still?

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drank Old Glory by The Skirted Soldier
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I finished this off last week, and while I liked it, I never quite loved it.
The apple and the spice was not quite as present as I wanted them to be. My quest for the perfect apple tea continues.

Sipdown!

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I never could get this tea to work for me, which I take full blame for. I’ve always had trouble with blends with Jasmine in them- they go all funny on me nine times out of ten. The tenth is heaven, but I can never get it consistantly to do that.
Oh well. We were simply not to be. Farewell Valiant Vanilla!
Sipdown!

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I love tea! I confess that I was a hot chocolate lover for most of my life, but recently a switch has gone off in my brain, and suggested that I might just love tea. And I do!
I’m a bit of a novice, but an enthusiastic one, and am happily sipping new varieties all the time.
I love vanilla, fruity, and caramel flavors, and cant wait to try more.

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