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M is for… Mince Pie Chai!

Sipdown (1399)!

Thank you to my IG friend Sewwie for sharing this with me! I will admit I was curious about the profile, but not enough so to have wanted to order it for myself – blind buying chai blends is usually a no go for me. Love trying samples like this, though!

I found this interesting – it’s very peppery to me. Like, a whole big punch of pepper in a way that kind of made me want to sneeze from the very first sip up until I finished the mug. However, that aside, the warming notes of ginger and allspice did feel very festive and winter appropriate. We’re a little past that now (there’s green grass outside!!), but considering this was a Winter Blend that profile makes total sense contextually.

It’s ultimately not my cup of tea, but I’m really happy I got to try it because I think it’s a cool concept and not a bad execution if you don’t mind a more peppery chai.

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F is for… Fairytale of NY!

First time trying this tea – I ordered it because the combo of Lapsang and green apple was very intriguing to me, but it really felt like a gamble whether or not I would enjoy this blend because there’s a Chai component to it as well.

Overall though, I’m really pleased with how this steeps out! I think Arthur just has this very magical knack to take flavours that you wouldn’t assume would work together and weave them into something both delicious and with a very interesting narrative perspective. The dry leaf aroma of this is pretty smoky but it also has a sarsaparilla type note to it and a sweet from the green apple – it translates into a delicious and enticing mix that seems fresh. Do you know how hard it is to make something with Lapsang in it come off as fresh!? It’s hard, y’all!!

The taste is so well balanced. The first thing I get in a slow build of smoke and hints of clove and warming spices. The idea of mixing spices and Lapsang makes sense to me and is something I’ve seen done before – but the particular mix of spices that Arthur has chosen is surprisingly enjoyable to me, and as always I find that he’s managed to find the exact right amount of Lapsang to use to get a smoke note across without dominating the cup.

But we can’t forget the green apple – that would be a disservice to this tea. It would be so easy for a bright green apple note to feel disconnected/disjointed from these haunting and lingering notes of smoke and warming, ticklish spices. Instead it feels integrated – the savory elements of the smoke bring out the juiciness of the apple in the body of the sip, and it fleshes out the profile in a distinct and unique way. Nothing is too strong, and nothing is ignored.

Another magical blend, imo!

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Had this one super, super late at night in the middle of last week. It was my first time trying it and frankly I was so tired that I didn’t pay it the right amount of attention, but I did enjoy it a lot! Definitely on the sweeter side with a syrupy liquor – heavy notes of sweet and tangy hibiscus, mango, and coconut. Just a nice tropical flare.

Cannot wait to have it again when my brain has more attention to give it. Perhaps as a cold brew or iced!?

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70

Eggh. Wow. I really wanted to love this one. A gorgeous color in the cup, but just unfortunate. I’ll give it a 70 because I’ve really enjoyed the other Arthur Dove teas and know he was going for something here. I paid the admission fee, I just didn’t dig the exhibition.
It smells really fascinating. Earthy and of course smoky with that Lapsang Souchong, but boy it is funky in the cup. I think the addition of the beetroot with the licorice might’ve tipped things to the medicinal. My husband HATED it — pretty much consigned it to the never list. I tend to be a bit more adventuresome when it comes to tea, but this one just went further beyond the bounds. It’s just too cloying in those offnotes, like something soured sweet.

Flavors: Medicinal, Musty, Sour, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML

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69

I was super intrigued by this tea and couldn’t resist ordering it. I’ve had Jaffa Cake inspired teas before, but I just had to taste Arthur’s interpretation of this seemingly classic British treat/snack given the fact he’s, y’know, British…

The dry leaf smells like all three of the key components – coffee, chocolate, and orange. In that order as well; but more of a sweet coffee and milk chocolate that reminds me of a Coffee Crisp! It’s because of that impression that I found myself a little surprised, when I drank the steeped tea, to find it was actually the orange note that stood out the most! Very bright, sharp and a little bit pithy like an orange peel. I enjoyed the tea but it didn’t seem to mesh seamlessly with the creamier chocolate and mild coffee notes that comprised the rest of the cup. It was almost just a bit too strong of an orange for me.

It was still a nice tea, but this might be my least favourite rooibos based blend I’ve tried from Arthur Dove so far – but I’m excited to continue exploring this one and see if my impression changes now that I know what to expect.

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I got a lovely package of French tea samplers from Dustin today! Thank you so much, Dustin! (I think I’ll do a “French Friday” until I’ve sampled through them!) This was also included, so I’m brewing it up as my nightly herbal today! Sara’s Happy Hibiscus Rescue Habitat is always ready to re-home teas like this!

Steeps a lovely deep red. Smells of spices, particularly cinnamon, with some citrus and floral tones. It’s a nice spiced hibiscus tea; thick and filling mouthfeel, tart and tangy fruity note, with a strong orange flavor filling out mid-sip, followed by some lingering warming spices at the end of the sip, most notably a sweet cinnamon note and some clove.

I think I prefer T2’s Mulled Wine Magic a bit more, likely from the anise that is in that spice blend and is lacking here, but this is perfectly servicable for this type of tea.

Thanks, Dustin!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Floral, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Hibiscus, Orange Zest, Spices, Tangy, Tart, Thick

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Dustin

Yay! Glad the tea made it and that the hib tea found refuge in your cupboard!
I tried not to send too many samples of other teas knowing you are working on sipdowns, but I was so excited you were finally getting to try French teas!

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This is a nice cup of tea. I’ve had a few cherry flavored teas and this one has a nice balance of cherry and almond. Amaretto, for sure, but also this kind of nice gooeyness, like a slice of good apple pie. Also some creaminess too, or I might be imagining that. This is my first tea from Arthur Dove and I was absolutely delighted by it. As was the hubby who is not usually fond of cherry flavors — I opened the three bags we’d gotten and let him choose and he chose this one. And he went for a second cup too. Ah, yes, made for a two nice second cups off the same steeper load. So there’s that.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Cream, Jam

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Shae

This one sounds delicious. I love Amaretto and anything with that kind of flavoring.

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drank Banana Fudge by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1449 tasting notes

Had a cup of this straight earlier in the week and felt so-so about it. The banana felt pretty light to me and hidden behind the tea base. I think I steeped it at 200 for 3 minutes. Today I did boiling for 3 minutes and I want to say it’s stronger, but it’s still more subtle than I like my banana teas. I added a little cream and sugar in this cup and that made the banana flavor feel more rounded and lively. I’m also not sure I get a proper fudge flavor. There is a deepness to the flavor that implies fudge, but it feels faint to me as well. The other AD teas I got are bursting with flavor and this one is much more subtle in comparison. I’ll keep messing with the steeping parameters to see if I can coax bolder flavors out of this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Having this hot steeped concentrated then poured over ice today! I’m liking it this way. Just placed another order with the company for their mystery box. I wouldn’t be mad at all if more of this was on it’s way to me!

AJRimmer

Oooo mystery box! I always buy the 52teas mystery bags. It’s just so exciting.

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I wish we had the ingredients listed here because I can’t figure out what I’m tasting. This tea isn’t on the website anymore and my purchase didn’t come with an ingredients list. I can see that there are lime leaves (that like to sink below the top layer of tea in the tin and hide) and peppercorns. This is my second time having this tea and I think I steeped it a little too long/high temp because it has a harsh edge that wasn’t there the first time. Maybe I’ll try 200 at 2m next time?
I woke up with the Pogues stuck in my head this morning. I then went down a 5 minute rabbit hole on the Wikipedia page for Fairytale of New York, the song this tea is based on (which is what prompted me to buy it) and wow there is a lot of info on it! Also read the lyrics which I hadn’t always caught. It’s a little more gritty than I remember or than the music suggests and I’ve listened to it multiple times while drinking this cup. I’d describe this tea as having a gritty edge too. I’m not sure what I’m tasting, but I keep coming back to turpentine being the best description which sounds really gross and isn’t how I mean it. It just has this edge to it that I can’t pinpoint. I don’t know if it’s the lime leaves that are giving it an almost piney flavor, but there is something fruity in it too. Cherry? Visually the tea looks very Xmasy when you scoop it. The green from the lime leaves pop up among the little red peppercorn balls. There is a little bit of tartness in the start of the sip that changes into fruitiness and the finish has a nice light smoke to it. Looses a little something when it cools, so I need to remember to not let the cup linger. It’s such a strange blend and I kinda like it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

IIRC, this is essentially a green apple chai with Lapsang?

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Cold Brew Sipdown (1316)!

This was a free sample that Arthur kindly included with my last order – one of the teas from this just past holiday season. I’ll be honest, I did consider ordering this in my last order but I ultimately passed on it because it sounded very similar to a bunch of other herbal Mulled Wine type of teas that I’ve had in the past…

It’s not bad, and I did enjoy it as I was sipping through my cold brew. The hibiscus is very strong and sharp, with a very high front sip tartness. If it’s this intense as a cold brew I can’t help but shudder a little to think how bold that hibiscus note would be steeped up hot! I don’t mind hibiscus though, especially cold, and so this was refreshing! The spices are a bit “pickle-y” to me – just one of those weird things that happens when you happen to strike the right (or, uh, wrong) combination of spices just precisely enough. Lots of cinnamon and allspice – I wish more teas used allspice.

Happy to have tried it and appreciative of the sample – but wouldn’t revisit this one again. Nothing stands out about it to me, but it’s overall a good cuppa.

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drank Ghost Town by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1449 tasting notes

I’ve been finding myself craving the subtle smoke found in several Arthur Dove blends. Today I reached for Ghost Town. Smokey scent with a lighter creamier smoke in the sip that linger pleasantly into the finish.
Wish I had time to enjoy this cup, but I’m gulping this down on my way out the door to buy more oxygen for my casting torch. It’s still really good, even speed drunk.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

You and Ros have been so tempting with these Arthur Dove teas!

Dustin

Ros is the one who made me aware of this company. NO REGRETS! Well, except that one hibiscus blend, but even that one was well done. ;)

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drank Ghost Town by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1449 tasting notes

Another fun smoky blend! I love The Specials and Halloween and used to have a lovebird named Ghost, so all signs point me to this tea! I was trying to listen to Ghost Town while sipping this, but the song ended and the next few came up that were much more danceable. I need energy and movement right now. The smoke of the lapsang makes me think of campfires, open spaces, mist and solace. The coconut adds a hint of cream which I can imagine being foggy and ghost like. I’m not sure what else is in this blend, but I really like it! It’s smooth with light creamy smoke, balanced well and a consistent flavor from sip to finish. This is making me crave the fake bacon salad topping I make with liquid smoke and coconut shavings and eat by the handful!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

The Specials! Great googly moogly, I haven’t listened to them since plaid Vans were a thing the FIRST time around.

Dustin

Are plaid Vans back?!

ashmanra

Did plaid Vans go out? O.O

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drank Mulled Wine by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1449 tasting notes

I am not the person to be reviewing this tea! The hib is in effect! I smells just like mulled wine, minus the alcohol. It steeps up a very deep purple red. There is a some fruit at the start of the sip, orange flavors, then there is a dive into the metallic tartness at the back of the sip and as the tartness fades the spices kick in in the finish, clove dominating. If I drink it too quickly an alkaline flavor starts to build up in the finish. I think if the hib were dialed back to half strength I’d be into it. I get why the hib is there to create a mulled wine flavor and it really does remind me of mulled wine, I just have a hard time getting into the tartness of hibiscus.
I added some sugar, one of the three ways I can deal with hib (moderation, cold steeped or sweetened) and it really changed the cup for me. The sharp edge of the tartness is gone, but the alkaline taste in the finish is stronger. It also better resembles the sweet mulled wine I’m familiar with. I think this blend is well done and would be loved by someone with an appreciation of hibiscus.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

The hib is in effect, I repeat, the hib is in effect! Take it to DEFCON 2!

Martin Bednář

Mastress Alita would like it.

Mastress Alita

I love hibi mulled wine blends! I easily went through 50g of the 100g of my T2 Mulled Wine Magic last month. :-D

Dustin

LOL @Cameron! Totally!
That’s totally who I thought of, Martin!
I don’t know that I’ve ever gone through 50g of one tea in a month! Goals. ;)

Mastress Alita

I’m at that point where sipdowns won’t happen unless I pull a 50Ger, stick it in the “sipdown spot”, and have a cup every day until it is gone. With normal tea it still usually takes me a month (or more), but with bulky/heavy herbals, it is a little quicker.

tea-sipper

haha. We need a hib alarm! (Sorry, M Alita!)

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Sipped on this yesterday and had to have another cup today! It’s slightly sweet, some sips are spicy, smoky and delicious! Shared some with a friend who thought it was quite smoky, but she’s never had a lapsang before. I’m loving this tea.

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This is smoky, sweet, spicy and fruity?! This is so weird and I really like some weird in my tea. It steeps up super pink/red, but it’s got to be the beetroot because the tartness is chill and doesn’t overwhelm. It’s sweet in the sip which is bright and fruity with that hint of tartness and almost savory in the finish with mild spice and smoke which makes for a really intriguing mix. I think this is the 4th blend I’ve tried from Arthur that has lapsang in it, so avoid if you are smoke adverse. The neat thing about these blends is that the smoke is just an element, not the mail flavor taking over. Some of his blends are based off songs and this one is based off one he wrote and has on his website. It’s fun to listen while sipping to and try to match the flavors with the song’s mood. I had this yesterday as well. First cup was great, but it seemed to be missing something in the resteep.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Rose Truffle by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1449 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this a bit lately. I think it’s supposed to be a valentine tea, so it seemed appropriate for the themed tea in the sipdown thread. The first steeping of this today was great. Strong rich rose with good supporting flavors rounding it out nicely. The second steeping was a little weak and still tasted bland even with the addition of whipped cream. At the rate I’m going, it’s likely to be a sipdown soon along with Hound On The Hunt!

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drank Rose Truffle by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1449 tasting notes

This has a super strong bright and fresh rose flavor. I’m imagining the taste of light yellow or pink petals just off the flower. The chocolate helps tether it from being too ethereal, doing a good job at balancing it out. I have this issue with some French teas where the almond ends up being a powdered rose flavor… it’s a weird way my brain is wired, but if I try to pick out the almond that is where my brain goes. I am enjoying this tea and could see it being really good with cream. I’ll have to try that next!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I have no idea what a caramel apple betty was and had to look it up. Looks similar to an apple pie, but with caramel. I approve. I’m always hopeful, yet skeptical that a tea will properly deliver on the flavors of it’s namesake. This tea seems to do alright at that. It smells very caramel apple like. It’s a little light on the sip, but I get some apple on the tea base. The finish is where all the flavors come out. I get a clear caramel apple flavor and a slight sweet sensation. My cup has cooled now and I’m enjoying it a little less than when it was hot. I was distracted from my cup trying to read the inauguration morning news and there is a lot of it! Time to resteep and psyche myself up for grocery shopping! :/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kawaii433

Sounds good. I’m a sucker for caramel apples. I have tried all kinds of caramel apple gum too but haven’t found any that I like (gum nor tea).

Dustin

I don’t think I’ve seen caramel apple gum before! AQ2T had a caramel apple tea that I really liked.

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March (Err… April) Sipdown Madness

The winner!!!

I sort of called this one from the start but I did have a bit of a fear that I might grow sick of it over the course of the month. I’m very glad that didn’t happen, though! It’s just a delicious cuppa, and I can’t think of any other tea on the market right now with this flavour combination that even comes a shred close to being as good as this one. It was a very, very obvious choice in the moment.

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March (Err… April) Sipdown Madness

This tea won the semi-final face off with Adagio’s Fujian Rain!! Secretly, at the start of the tournament when VariaTEA helped me randomly choose teas, I always felt like this tea might take it all – but I’ve tried my best to really think about and objectively choose the winner of each match up. Still – there’s something magic about this tea.

And, y’know what!? This was a MUCH closer choice than I expected.

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95

March Sipdown Madness

Not really much new to say here, other than it’s very weird for me to be drinking the same tea like this so quick in succession (along with all the other teas in my March Tournament). Given the size of my stash, I’m really used to going months in between drinking the same tea again for the most part…

This won its match up against White Anastasia from Kusmi, as I expected it would. This might be one of my favourite teas of the moment – it’s unique and delicious. I’m not ruling a surprise out, but I sort of have this gut feeling this will be the tournament winner. We’ll see how it fairs in the semi finals, though!

tea-sipper

I 100% NEED to go months without having the same tea. I have too many favorite teas! I’m amazed at the more focused sipdowns others are working on!

Mastress Alita

I tend to drink the same teas in rotation (one “hot brew caffeinated” tea for work, one cold brew tea, and one caffeine-free tea) in a month and only swap it once the freaking 50g is gone. Otherwise, I’d never clear anything out of my cupboard.

tea-sipper

I need the variety though! This is admirable, M A!

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March Sipdown Madness

This tea was the victor in a match up with DT’s Turmeric Glow.

I thought it was interesting having these two teas paired because they both elicit feelings of nostalgia in me. However, this makes me feel nostalgic for a feeling or an experience I’m not sure I’ve even ever really had – it’s sort of ethereal in that way. On paper the combo of lavender and orange doesn’t seem like it would work to me and the leaf aroma doesn’t do it any favors because it’s quite sharp. However, the taste is like a soothing lavender creamsicle with just the right sweet spot of brightness from the orange.

I’ve recently been very enamored with this tea, so it was an easy win for me.

Kittenna

Ah crap. This sounds really good.

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Another new tea from my recent Arthur Dove order that I tried today!

I believe this is one of the teas that’s inspired by one of Arthur’s songs, so I’ll have to do the exercise of finding a song that this tea tastes like to me and then comparing it to the actual song it’s inspired by. Not today though – today I just had a nice cuppa.

The dry leaf aroma is very sour and pungent orange – not sour in a rancid way, but just in the kind of “Woah, that’s a lot of very fresh flavouring!” sort of way. It steeps out just fine, and actually very smooth and well balanced without any harsh/sour qualities at all. It’s mostly fruity and smooth orange (very classic tasting) with a moderate amount of soothing floral lavender. Not an overly perfumey/soapy lavender in this blend, which I do enjoy and appreciate. Lavender is one of those very “hit or miss” flavours for me.

This is super unique to me, and a great harmony of fruit and florals – I am happy I went
for the plunge and blind bought 50g of it!

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