drank Lemongrass & Ginger by T2
643 tasting notes

Sampler Sunday! I know I haven’t posted on here in a while, and at least a few of you have messaged me asking about that… I’m around, I’ve just been overwhelmed with things right now, fighting depression, crushed under stress, and honestly as a culmination of those things, haven’t really been “into” my tea hobby much. Some days I’ve just been quietly working on my sipdowns in the background, while others I haven’t even had the energy or desire to get the kettle going. I haven’t really tried anything “new” that would necessitate having to write up a tasting note, and I am so behind on reading tasting notes on here. Pages and pages behind. I’m slowly trying to catch back up, but it’ll take a while. Have patience.

I have a migraine today, which started yesterday at work, and there was nothing I could do but continue my shift, so by the end of that shift I thought I was going to die and collapsed into my bed by the time I got home. This morning the pain is still there (and just swapped lobes of my head, a common pattern I have). It isn’t quite as bad as yesterday so I tried to Get Shit Done™ but after I finished my dishes, that just made it flare up horribly. So it’ll probably be another day resigned to bed. But I’m going to try to get a cup of tea in for breakfast first. It seems I’ve already cleared out most of my mint, but I found this ginger one, which is also quite stomach calming for me… and I’ve had an IBS flare-up now that hasn’t stopped for about two weeks straight, so if it could help that little problem at all, double-win? (I bet that is stress/depression induced as well. Yay).

This is definitely not my favorite lemon ginger tea I’ve tried, but that’s probably since it’s lemongrass-based, which is my least favorite of the citrus herbs. It’s just a little more hay-like in the flavor than having a nice citrusy flavor, but I guess on the plus side, there isn’t some weird artificial flavoring in there that tastes like furniture polish, either. I was expecting the ginger to be pretty strong and honestly, I wouldn’t even mind right now, since I know my body needs it, but it actually isn’t burning my mouth off or anything. I can certainly taste a nice gingery presence in the flavor, but it isn’t giving off any unpleasant heat.

This definitely would not be my choice of a lemon ginger tea for my cupboard, but this was just one of the mighty T2 sampler stash of 2017 that needed used up, and it’s getting the job done on a day I need some calming ginger in my tummy.

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Herbaceous, Hot hay, Lemongrass

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

I can’t imagine trying to Get Shit Done with those migraines. :/

Shanie O Maniac

Oh geez, that’s a ton to deal with all at once. I feel for you. Sending good vibes.


Hope things turn around for you soon! <3

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I can’t imagine trying to Get Shit Done with those migraines. :/

Shanie O Maniac

Oh geez, that’s a ton to deal with all at once. I feel for you. Sending good vibes.


Hope things turn around for you soon! <3

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Bergamot (in moderation)

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Grapefruit (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

Currently Sipping Down: Tealyra’s Butterscotch Potion, Adagio teas, teabox teas

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.

New Teas Tried for 2020: 55
Sipdown Count for 2020: 76


My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AvGT1XwgJUTErt3zhjpHbXf6HNS3k_Ym85zoHJPmhX4/edit?usp=sharing . A downloadable spreadsheet version with more detailed information can be acquired here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D2J0sUMNItRsf0jBRBR6XDFUimm60f0o/view?usp=sharing . I am currently on a tea trading/ordering hiatus to get my collection under control! I cannot participate in any tea boxes, group orders, tea exchanges, or accept any tea gifts at this point in time. If there is something on my spreadsheet that I have in large quantity (50g or higher) that you would like to sample, feel free to contact me about it, as I am open to limited gifting (USA only!)

Contact Info:

The Steepster PM system has been broken for some time. If you need to get ahold of me, check the website URL section below; it goes to a contact form that will reach my personal e-mail.


Idaho, United States



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