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From Kawaii433 a couple months ago now.  From my wishlist!  Thank you so much!  The first of the new ones that Kawaii sent over that I’m trying. I hope both you and Pachinko are doing okay, Kawaii… 
I love a good banana tea and this is that.  However, I was wondering about the fudge part of the name… I can’t really taste any chocolate, so I started to wonder if they meant not a chocolate fudge, but like a fudge that only tastes like banana… you know, how sometimes a fudge isn’t actually chocolate and there are different flavors, for example: maple fudge.   The only time I really experienced fudge was during a vacation in the Adirondacks, and tried many odd flavors of fudge, so I know different flavors are a real thing!  So maybe this is just straight BANANA fudge… but no.  After reading the description, Arthur Dove does mean chocolate.  ANYWAY, who needs chocolate flavor when this banana flavor is so so good?  Not quite candy banana, but also not quite plain natural banana. But this is one of the great banana teas if I’m not aiming for also chocolate!
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for full mug // 29 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2-3 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

Flavors: banana

AJRimmer

I’m visiting family right now, and they have the best ever fudge shop nearby, so I always end up consuming an obscene amount of fudge when I’m in town. I love the idea of a non-chocolate type of fudge tea!

tea-sipper

haha, yes, might as well have some fudge while you’re there. :D

gmathis

Do they have peanut butter fudge? That’s my favorite.

AJRimmer

Yes! My sister makes homemade peanut butter fudge, so I’ve never tried that one from the shop. I really like their orange creamsicle flavor – along with way too many others!

Kawaii433

Wow you and Derk is making me rethink this one now. hehe Maybe it’s the way I prepared it.

tea-sipper

Kawaii, good to see you back! Sometimes when a tea is flavored, I try to use cool water and a short steep time so the base tea doesn’t overwhelm the flavoring. Like some of the old 52Teas from Frank has CTC for the base, so I only steep it for 30-40 seconds for the most flavor. (Did that today, actually!)

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A gift from Dustin!

This is absolutely a York peppermint patty in liquid form. Wow, this is delicious!

Flavors: Candy, Dark Chocolate, Peppermint

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A gift from Dustin!

I honestly drank this so fast that I didn’t stop to take adequate notes. I just know that it was fruity, juicy, and surpassed all my expectations. The rest I’m going to try as a cold brew. I imagine it’ll be even better iced!

Flavors: Fruity, Juicy, Lemon, Red Fruits

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Another April 2022 sipdown prompt: A Caramel Tea.

From Kawaii, the sweetest Steepster <3

What a well composed tea. The apple is natural and bright, like a cross between a fresh mild apple and dried apple rings, the caramel flavor is not cloying (from the one who is not a fan of caramel flavoring), accented by a ribbon of cinnamon. The hint of fenugreek lends a soft depth to the caramel by nature of its maple-like character. Gentle sweetness and tanginess all around, a decent bright and coppery Ceylon base tea. Today it tended to go a little bitter as it cooled; best when hot! The only thing missing is a touch of pastry to make it a Betty.

It’s a humble tea with a strong sense of self.

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drank Cherry Bakewell by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1755 tasting notes

Pulled from TTB 2022, shared by Dustin.

Trying this once more, this time hot with honey and cream. I was a little hesitant to add dairy because of the hibiscus, but the package said to drink with or without milk so I took a chance. It was better with the cream, the cherry flavor came out more for me this way. It was fine without, maybe a little light, but the creaminess bumped up the flavor. It’s still not one I need to have in my cupboard though, so I’ll pass it along for others to try.

Flavors: Cherry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cherry Bakewell by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1755 tasting notes

Pulled from TTB 2022, shared by Dustin.

This is one that’s been on my wishlist for a minute. Well, probably at least a year. I decided to start with a cold steep since it has the dreaded hibiscus. I’m thinking I’ll probably like this one better cold than hot. It came out so light, very watered down. I’m not sure what I did here. I still plan on trying it hot, just to see if I might like it. Maybe it will have more flavor that way.

Flavors: Cherry, Medicinal

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Banana Fudge by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1241 tasting notes

March 2022 Sipdown Challenge – A tea flavored like your favorite pancake/waffle topping

Where I used to live in the city, there was a diner across the street called Moulin Rouge, which served American breakfast food and was run since its opening in the 1970s by a now-elderly Korean couple. They had these banana walnut pancakes that turned my disgust for raw banana into an appreciation for cooked. The pancakes were springy and chewy with loads of whole walnuts and thick-sliced banana that caramelized on the griddle.

Anyway, bananas are my favorite pancake mix-in, not a topping. Close enough!

Good medium-bodied Ceylon tea that brews a rich, dark brown in the mug. The flavors are not in my face which I appreciate. Light, fruity banana mixes with the grounding and bright black tea really well, which tastes mostly of ‘tea’ and a little coppery. The fudge is like a hidden accomplice, bridging the banana to tea with a light, fudgy sweetness. Toffee surprise in the finish, whether from the leaf itself or the flavoring, who knows. I’m pretty into this one :)

Only halfway down the mug and I’m wired! Thanks, Kawaii, for helping bring back a good memory.

Flavors: Astringent, Banana, Chocolate, Fruity, Metallic, Smooth, Tea, Toffee

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 10 OZ / 295 ML

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After the banana fudge, I tried this one. Now this one is a winner. Can clearly taste the apple, slightly tangy too, with cinnamon, sweetness (but not sickenly sweet at all, tasted more natural type of flavoring), and yummy caramel notes. This one is a keeper.

Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Caramel, Cinnamon, Spices

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Like Dustin, I’ve tried to coax the flavors out of this. I do taste the banana but it’s extremely light. Not sure if it was my imagination lol. I tried boiling water and cold brew overnight. I do not taste a hint of fudge. :(

Flavors: banana

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Ooooh… I liked this a lot!

Very full bodied and brisk black tea with a whole lot of nuttier and grain oriented notes and just a hint of natural smokiness as well. It felt like such a beautiful and grounded based to layer on top this hint of more woody warming cinnamon, bright sweet green apple, a gentle fennel sweetness, and a lovely simple caramel note. It all clicked together and just seemed really balanced. I could taste intention in the way this was composed which is just a lovely feeling to get when you drink a tea. A marriage of artistry with beautiful, delicious flavours.

Kawaii433

oooh that sounds delicious. Love nutty/grain teas. Green apple and cinnamon are also notes I love in teas.

Dustin

I liked this tea enough to buy a really big bag. It’s so good and I’m really liking the way he blends flavors together.

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Is this really only the second time I have had a cup of this in 9 months? It’s a tart cherry for sure, but if I don’t sip frequently I get an earthy alkaline taste that is distracting. Is it the hibiscus? I really want to love this, but I have too many teas to work on building a relationship with this one.

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

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No idea what a cherry bakewell is. I’m imagining a pastry of some sort. I could google it, but imagining is more interesting. It seemed a little bland once steeped, so I added a little sugar to round out the cherry flavor. It’s definitely cherry flavored, but a baked, not bright and fresh. There is also something slightly savory or herb like to it, but it only hints at it. This tea seems okay, but isn’t knocking me off my feet. I’d like to try it cold steeped as well to see what that brings out of it.

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

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drank Hot Cross Bun by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1549 tasting notes

This smells really interesting in the bag, but the flavor isn’t translating how I’d hoped. There is something a little savory and broth like in this for a second and it’s a little tart at the end from the modest level of hibiscus. I’d like to lower the steeping temp and maybe time in hopes to get a different cup from this tea. It isn’t bad, I just haven’t figured it out. I have no idea what hot cross buns taste like. I’ve only once recently come across a place that sells them, but they were sold out by the time I got there. It would be fun to do a side by side comparison of this tea and it’s namesake bun!

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

Hot cross buns are delicious!

Courtney

I hope you figure out the tea!

gmathis

I’ve had grocery store attempts at hot cross buns, but I wouldn’t rely on their authenticity.

Dustin

I hope I figure the tea out too! What do they taste like? The place that was sold out was a bakery that was a little on the fancy side, so I’d hope they’d be somewhat true to the pastry. Are they a seasonal before Easter thing? I have some googling to do!

gmathis

The ones I’ve had are something like a very slightly sweet yeast bread with a little powdered sugar glaze on top; sometimes raisins in the dough, sometimes candied fruit.

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Not as delightful as a goat milk latte as I had hoped. Or maybe it’s the corn chips I ate just before. I feel like the caramel is somehow more distinct. I’ll have to find a different type of milk before I try this as a latte again.

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

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I had a cup of this the other day that I think I enjoyed a little more than this one. I recall overleafing it a bit. This smells like caramel when dry and steeped. There was a flatness to this cup and I added a touch of sugar to round things out a bit and it seems to have worked. In some sips I think I can pick out salt and in others not. Salt seems to be a tricky thing to add to tea because if you add it dry it just filters to the bottom of the mix. Guess I’m liking this because my cup is now empty! Time for a second steeping!

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

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drank Lull by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1549 tasting notes

One of the mystery teas in my mix box! This is another one of the teas blended to one of Arthur’s songs. I’m finding the crossing of interests with music and tea fascinating!
This tea has a slight tartness to it at the start of the sip. I had to look at the ingredients because cinnamon was a prominent flavor I was picking up, but I didn’t see it on the packaging! I might have to double check. It’s more of a mellow baked cinnamon as opposed to the spicy bright cinnamon. This has pea flowers in it which colors the tea a deep purple/magenta and lends a little bit of earthiness to the flavor. A lot of pea flower teas I’ve had didn’t do much to mask or build on the pea flavor and I’m glad to see that isn’t the case here. There is a fruitiness I’m getting, but I can’t say what fruit. Like Sobre, this tea has a lot of flavors coming in and out of focus while managing to merge slightly as opposed to stepping on each other’s toes. There is a lightly tart cinnamon apple in the finish. Reminds me of apple cinnamon oatmeal! I’m looking forward to see how this tea grows on me over time!

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

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drank Sobre by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1549 tasting notes

Just got my second Arthur Dove order in. The box smelled amazing and juicy! I got 250g of two blends I liked from my first order and a selection of 10 random teas to try based on my stated preferences. This was a sample included in my order and smelled so intriguing that I had to start with it first. It’s blended to match one of the songs Arthur composed. When it was dry the eucalyptus and mint combo was most prominent, but when steeped the scent of jasmine shows up most. It tastes very complex! Rooibos, a touch of eucalyptus then mint. It’s almost savory for a moment. There are so many flavors jumping to the front and fading away making room for another flavor to appear. The flavors are all pretty mellow which works since there are so many. It’s so intriguing! I’m listening to the accompanying song on Spotify. I’m not quite sure what flavors translate into different elements of a song for me, but it’s a fun experience listening to what Arthur felt like the song should taste like! I want to try this cold steeped next time!

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

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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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From this weekend…

I was craving green apple, and I think I chose this one in particular for it’s strength and complexity because – yes – it DOES have such a nice bright and crisp green apple top note but it’s also get such a haunting smokiness from the Lapsang and the perfect kiss of clove. Though I have no reason to make this connection, it makes me think of the change of seasons that happens from Summer to Autumn, and for whatever reason that makes me feel comforted and nostalgic…

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Morning cuppa!

Steeped this up a bit strong because I knew I was going to be adding oat milk to it. It’s nice and spicy with some great notes of clove and a woodier cinnamon as well. I get some of those smoky undertones from the Lapsang but it’s not too much – and I like how it trails into the finish and aftertaste. The apple feels somewhat drowned out to be between the spices, smoke, and heavy creaminess of the oat milk but I do taste some of that sweet green apple note near the end of the sip.

It’s a nice mug of tea, and just the right amount of flavourful for the morning, but I definitely liked it better without the oat milk.

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F is for… Fairytale of New York!

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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Cold Brew!

I have to be honest in saying that as a cold brew I thought this tasted fairly generic. Mostly just a bright, sweet tropical and hibiscus muddle of flavours with a hint of coconut. However, did the blurred together and non-complex flavours bother me? Definitely not! It was juicy, flavourful and above all refreshing. Good for a non-complex cold brew.

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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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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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