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Unbranded loose leaf from the tea box labeled Peach Lemon Herbal. Luckily I don’t love it enough to buy, but it would still be nice to know the brand! It’s heavier on the lemon, which isn’t my preference. The flavors are light and decently authentic, but sort of weird for me. The resteep was even more lemony, which didn’t taste great. Not one of the better herbal teas I’ve had recently, but nice to try.

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SF Herb Dragonwell with a half a spoon of spearmint. I do like a minty green tea, and this one starts out sweet mint and ends buttery, nutty grass. A strange combination but somehow it’s working for me this morning. I’ll try this again with less spearmint to see the green tea shining through a bit more.

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #133 overall / Tea #4 for April

Sunday 4/04/21 — Tazo Passion Tea sweetened. There were like 4 different listings of the Tazo Passion in steepster and because this was a tiny plastic baggie of maybe 1 1/2 PS worth of Tazo Passion tea with some sort of sweetener in a blob not sure what to categorize this under. Made this cold-brew and mixed it into a cold-brew pitcher of Harts of America Dandelion Mint (like 1/4 or 1/3 Tazo and rest HOA Dandelion Mint). Still too gritty and sweet for me.

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #115 overall / Tea #31 for March / #drinkwhatyouown February slot 23/25

Thursday 3/25/21 — winter White Chocolate oolong.. can’t remember the company. Didn’t really taste like anything but oolong I remember in past enjoying the creamy melted chocolate with oolong in hot and plain cuppa.

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #67 overall / Tea #34 for February
#drinkwhatyouown February 8/25

Tuesday 2/23 still working on Jan and Feb teas from my diy advent calendar #drinkwhatyouown etc. I haven’t even made a theme for March yet. Hmm. Anyway this was a random little silver wrapped tea labeled Passionfruit. Not sure where it came from but I know I have had it for a while. It was a flowering blooming tea, which is not really my style. I put it in a 12 oz clear Holly branch perfect mug from my david’s tea days and sipped hot and plain with breakfast.

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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Sipdown 16/17/16-2021
Drank through a few oolong samples from jlTea (Fong Mong). One was a Jin xuan and the other 2 were lightly oxidized. Honestly can’t remember much about them because it’s been a few days and I’ve been waiting for Steepster to be not broken again.

Mastress Alita

I’m just sitting on all my notes (I write them externally anyway) until the site isn’t broken again, myself.

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Samurai TTB #49

This was marked as “Princess Peach Ice Cream” from a brand I’ve never heard of called Tea Hippie. If I’d enjoyed it more, maybe I would have taken the time to add it to the database, but as it was, I don’t feel the need. No peach and no ice cream for me, just straight up hibiscus with a hint of yogurt. Not a fan!

Flavors: Hibiscus, Sour, Tart, Yogurt

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Samurai TTB #17

Finished off a sample of 52Teas Vanilla Orange Cola black tea today. The fact that I can’t find it on Steepster or the 52Teas website is making me think this might be an older blend? So I might not have had it at its best, but it was definitely a disappointment. I didn’t get any orange or vanilla flavor from it at all; just the cola flavoring. So it was basically like drinking a hot, flat Coca-Cola…bleh.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

July 2020 blend from 52Teas: https://www.52teas.com/blog/tea-of-the-week-for-july-27-2020-vanilla-orange-cola-black-tea/

I find the missing Steepster entry as perplexing as you.

Inkling

Oh, thanks, Mastress Alita! Guess this isn’t an age issue, then. :)

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Advent Calendar Day 2

This one is labeled “Chestnut Black Tea” by Yunomi…another new-to-me company and a tea I couldn’t seem to find in the Steepstser database. I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever had a chestnut, so I can’t comment on how accurate the flavor is here. But it’s a pleasantly smooth and nutty black tea and I’m enjoying it on this chilly morning!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I wonder if it’s this one?

https://steepster.com/teas/creha-tea/39556-flavored-black-tea-sweet-roasted-chestnuts

I used to order it from Yunomi and it was delish. :3

amandastory516

It is that one, Cameron :)

Inkling

Aha! Thanks for tracking that down for me, Cameron. :)

Shae

I’ve never had a chestnut either. It seems like quite the process to make one edible, and I’ve always felt more than a little intimidated. Can someone describe the flavor? Is it just a general nuttiness?

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Found this very old pack of oolong plum tea in the back of a cupboard this week. The label is half worn off so I can’t tell where this tea is from, just the name “oloong yello plum”… and a use-by date of 2014. So I guess random steepings is where I’m supposed to review this tea?

5 years past the use by date… can anyone beat that?

Smells amazing despite being so old (it was sealed up very well, although opened inside) with plum and apricot and warm black tea.

I brewed it. First few sips there’s a light fruity sweetness and earthyness that’s lovely. Then there’s what I can only describe as bin juice. To be precise, it’s the smell of the juice/liquid that’s lingering in the bottom of your bin after being too lazy to take the trash out for a few too many days. Rotting garbage and earthy and sweet, because the trash is full of sugary drink cans.

Once you’ve got that smell in your mind and what you imagine it would taste like, this tea becomes a mind battle. The more you think about the bin juice, the more you can taste it. I battled to the bottom of the cup by focusing on the taste of plums.

I’m now pretty sure the plum flavouring was added, not just a description of the natural oolong leaf flavour. I think that’s what has started to rot. Throwing this tea away now, sadly. I imagine it was delicious fresh.

Leafhopper

Mmmm, bin juice! Thanks for that description. I’m also sad when old teas are no longer drinkable.

Mastress Alita

“The more you think about the bin juice, the more you can taste it.” That just makes me think of when the weather is bad and I don’t want to haul my trash bag all the way out to the dumpster, so the next day when I do it, there is weird liquid on the kitchen floor under where the bag was sitting… I definitely would not want to imagine drinking that mystery liquid…

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This tea is in quite a big pouch I have from derk — thank you!
And it is labeled quite simply: Unknown Black

Those are shiny, black, inch-long twig-like leaves. I never saw so shiny loose leaf before I guess? Certainly not the highest grade, but they look so pretty.

Anyway, I went for two teaspoons per my 300 ml mug, as usual. It was steeping rather quickly, so I have decided to take it out after only two minutes of steeping, and I got a wonderful baked bread aroma and taste. It was as well malty, but somewhere in the middle. Same with red grapes flavour a bit. Some faint astringency as an aftertaste.

Honestly, I am very impressed of this tea both visual and taste alike. I wonder what it is, but I am afraid I will never find out. But even that is a trip of tea-lover.

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I have small “mushrooms” of shu. I got them as sample of “not great shus” from Donatzsky from r/tea year and something ago.

I decided to brew one of them today, grandpa; boiling water. Quite a boring preparation method, but I was craving for some dark, bold tea.

Honestly… It wasn’t that bad at all. I have expected something completely foul and undrinkable.

It was earthy, wet woody, but drinkable. Somehow…

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Sencha, origin unknown, from derk, but rather White Antlers
It is sencha with pine needles she got few weeks back, see here: https://steepster.com/derk/posts/406644

Happy to try it out! I took two teaspoons in 75-80°C water and it was quite good decision. Steep was quite short, about 2 minutes.

It was mellow, grassy, forest floor a bit. Quite jasmine like, which I wonder where it come from. It was altogether bit on weak side and I have drank about one half of my 300 ml mug, as my mother spilled the rest when she wanted find out what I am drinking. “It’s good” she said but she had just last sip left in the vessel. I have two other tea spoons luckily; but it IS past its prime.

White Antlers

That tea is a good 5 years old. It came from Life In Teacup.

Martin Bednář

Oh well, that makes sense that both ingredients are past its prime :)

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Yesterday morning tea — I have combined two teaspoons of Bird & Blend’s Carrot Cake with one teaspoon of SebaSTea Ceylon High Grown.
Worked well together, actually it was like that Carrot Cake tea, with different base — black tea. It woke me up quite well, while it still had it’s cinnamon, carrot cake flavour with hints of caramelised hazelnuts.

Pretty nice!

White Antlers

Sounds like the ideal Autumn cuppa. : )

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A vending machine drink called “lemon tea based hot drink”

Haven’t expected much, but it counts as tea, does it, right?! I took a sip minute before midnight, so I actually had teas yesterday, right?! (It’s now 5.20 am, writing this while waiting for train home (20 minutes and then 35 mins by train and 20 on foot))

It was worse than expected. It was like highly overbrewed ctc tea with citric acid. There is no notes to note, it was just bad. But it was a tea.

Leafhopper

Ugh. Anything with “tea based” in the name is bound to be bad.

Martin Bednář

Exactly Leafhopper, it was far from tea I think.

gmathis

Sounds like something the crew of Deep Space Nine would get out of a broken replicator! (Seems to me there might have been an episode like that…)

Martin Bednář

No, from replicator can be bad tea, but better than this. For sure :D

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Mixed up “Klarer Kopf” and St. SebasTea Ceylon High Grown black tea in ratio roughly 1:1. I need to calm down because of exam today (I failed that one in Tuesday (next year!), yesterday I have passed International transport one) from Theory of Graphs. Honestly I wasn’t really able to focus on studies yesterday, so I went with some fast study in the morning (exam was from 10 am). So black tea for caffeine, herbals for calming down. Fuck you panic attacks and remorses.

So, if I have passed this one, one will remain. And that one is planned next Tuesday. Algorithms and programming. Something from last year. I have to pass it finally this year to have it done. It is really stressful stuff, because it mostly depends on teachers mood. If he wants you to fail, he will make you fail. He is programmer as a job, did some very improtant and nice programms, but he can’t explain it to people who don’t want/can’t do it. And he have got Rhotacism. I am not laughing on him, but maybe he is solving his issues with it in a way he let students fail? Hopefully not, but who knows.

As of today exam, well… I don’t know. It was too theory like, I would rather enjoy practial stuff there. But wasn’t it so bad. We will see. (If worst, I will go in September to resit)

mrmopar

Good luck on it Martin.

ashmanra

I had to look up rhotacism! I had never heard this term, although I am very familiar with this type of speech impediment. I just never knew it had a specific name! I hear children with it, but I thought speech therapy usually made it go away…but British comedian Jonathan Ross still has it.

Martin Bednář

Yay! I have passed today one and moreover the Tuesday failed one…I will have one more resit chance! What a great day.

By the way, I have rhoracism as well, I can’t pronounce “r” well and moreover for sure I have rhotacism bohemicus, which is kinda funny and sad in same time as I have the trouble letter in my surname!

ashmanra

Martin: Same with Jonathan Ross the comedian! Obviously, his last name is Ross and he can’t say the first letter, it sounds more like “Woss.” . He does some gags off it every now and then.

Hooray for the test! Almost done!

Nattie

Congrats on your tests!

Martin Bednář

Thanks. Two to go!

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Guangdong Top Brand – Yellow Grass (translated with Google Translate app)
Ingredients (translated with Google Translate app): Xihuancao, Hedyotis diffussa, Tianjihuang, Poria, Hawthorn

From huge bags, foil wrapped. Still have no idea how it will be. No instructions like steeping time, so I did about 3 minutes – as long it had nice colour all in the glass mug.

Eh, uh… the smell wasn’t bad, it was like some light black tea with some herbal notes. Taste was very herbal, but somehow light notes of tea. Actual tea! Then some earthy notes, but no taste/aroma of something undrinkable. I took a sip, afraid it will have some bad aftertaste or something and it was actually pretty good.

Not a cuppa I would return to, but it was way better than expected and actually quite tasty.

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Sheraton Hotel & Resorts – Java Breakfast TEA

I had to look what hotels are Sheraton brand. Looks quite high end, so certainly it’s not from our family.

It’s simple black tea, bit fruity notes and somehow sweet. Like Keemun? I don’t know. Another day, when describing tea is somehow hard for me.

But it is tasty and quite full bodied, for tea bag it is certainly nice.

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Huge bags section strikes again

Top Quali’Thé (brand name) – Thé à la Mûre (name of tea)

Ingredients: Tea (88,5 %), aroma mûre (blackberry or mulberry, 10.5 %), actual fruits 0,8 %, maltodextrin

Let’s see. I had to find at first what “Mûre” actually is. As I wrote earlier, apparently, blackberry or mulberry. I do not know if I had mulberry before. So I hope it will be like blackberries. A sugar there? Oh, okay – what I can do.

I really do not think it is “Top Quali’Thé” when it is in a bag, sweetened, lots of aroma… Brews cloudy brown, cheap tea colour. Aroma is indeed quite strong, but maybe because of age not somehow annoying. Tea itself was quite tasty, certainly like blackberries, but no tartness and sourness I usually recall when somebody says blackberry. Some base tea was in taste as well pronounced, some sweet notes was there as well – but not annoyingly sweet.

I have expected much worse, but actually, it is cheap tea with blackberry flavour. So, not so bad.

Blackberry teas… are they even available?

mrmopar

I have seen Black Currant around. I think I have see Raspberry leaf tea.

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Oh well,
I had yesterday a tea from Advent Calendar from Sonnentor with number 5. And today it is 10th December? Well, it is faster than I thought. During Thursday-Monday early morning I was on trip with my friend in Slovakia, so we bought some gifts and then left to Budapest for last shopping spree. But, we both weren’t very healthy, I was totally caught by flu. And with flu I have nose bleeding episodes, so it wasn’t great. Unfortunately, in the guest house we were staying there were no free kettle, so I had only teas they offered during breakfast:

Once a ginger tea with herbs, second time green tea and for third time I have decided for peppermint tea. All of them were like 75 at maximum, bit boring ones, to be honest. So, my tea everyday have got third (or fourth) blank spot. Bit sad about it, and moreover – I am behind with my advent calendar.

Yesterday I drank number 5, which was named “Pleasant Leisure Time” and only thing I noticed it was herbal tea. That’s why I did not even made special entry of the tea, because – as I am sick, I just drank it and did not notice anything but hot tea. Today I feel bit better, so I will be back with proper tasting note (as much as I can). Too bad that I spent today (it is still morning though) at home, because I miss exam time, but hey, I really could not go there – I felt so weak after I woke up.

And then I turn on the TV and hear there were mass shooting in hospital in third largest city in country and 6 were killed. Oh well. All were patients, no doctors or nurses. But still very sad. They have already a picture and (probably) a name. Weird world!

mrmopar

It is a sad world in many ways Martin. A shame that it has to be like that.

Martin Bednář

Yep, but we should look into positive things too – although they are harder to find.

ashmanra

So sorry you are sick! I pray you will feel better and stronger every hour.

Martin Bednář

Ashmanra: that is so kind of you, thank you!

Kawaii433

Feel better soon <3

Leafhopper

I hope you feel better soon and are able to take your exams. And yes, it can be a sad world.

tea-sipper

I’m sorry about the bad news and feel better soon.

Martin Bednář

Thank you all! By the way, the killer killed himself after police found him. I am afraid we will never know why he did it, but his co-workers said that he was paranoic(but only for last month) that he has got cancer and nobody wants to heal and help him.

ashmanra

That is so sad to hear, Martin. It makes me wonder if the cancer had spread to his brain and he was not at all in control of his mind at the time.

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Da Hong Pao from Teapro, from Izzy – Thank you! Prepared gong-fu, 3g per 85 ml.

As I could not find this tea on their website nor on Steepster, decided to make steeping notes here.

Dry aroma was kinda meh, nothing distinctive, maybe bit of hazelnuts, roasted aroma is there as well.

I did 10/20/30/40/40+/50+/60+ seconds long steeps and then I ran out of water. It was not a big trouble, because last steeps were weak.

First steeps were indeed nutty, but it turns to mineral notes, soil, muddy, nothing really enjoyable. It was good one, but not really my style. I expected something more mellow, maybe bit more roasted – maybe this was too aged one? I do not know.

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Holy moly! Okay, another tea from that big stash, this time from Teekanne brand. And fruit one.
But the catalogue is saying it is from 2010 (first appearance) so it can be 9 years old? Well, let’s see if it is even drinkable. It says only Früchte Geheimnis (Fruit secret). As it is so old, no chance to find out what is in. Here, a catalogue entry: https://www.catawiki.com/catalog/tea-bags-and-tea-labels/manufacturers-brands/teekanne/3210051-fruchte-geheimnis

Brews quite light tea honestly. Maybe it is not 99 per cent hibiscus and more fruits are there. But I am completelly unable to detect which ones are in.But in taste it is clear. Apples, with little of orange (zest maybe?) and hibiscus tartness. Hmm, okay – maybe the age?

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXlBCWlv0E0

Prepared in one litre french press for everyone in family.

Mastress Alita

The secret? 9-year-old fruit flavor.

Martin Bednář

Haha. Well, it was in foil bag, so I have hoped that it will survive the age. Very probably it does not.

ashmanra

Nice music!

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A tea bag of “Dutch tea blend” with Royal Orange “brand”. By search in tea bag collectors comunnity I found out that real manufactuer is probably Axxent.

And how is the tea? Actually not bad. It is black tea mellowed with orange peel (I found it in tea bag catalogue as well). I am rather surprised it was so mellow, as I expected some bitter black tea. Maybe combination of Ceylon teas. But no. It turned out pretty good, considering it is tea bag only.

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