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drank Passion Fruit by BLK & Bold
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML

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My husband made a cup of tea for me this morning. I was putting it off, trying to get some work done first, so he picked this one out of the cabinet and steeped it up for me. I haven’t had a chai blend in a bit so it’s a nice change.

This is definitely “spicier” – the spice lingers long after the sip. I’m thinking the cinnamon is the most vocal. But I’m also tasting peaches which is really interesting. I don’t think there is any kind of fruit in this blend but the taste is unmistakably peach. Juicy, fresh peach. Not peach candy. Unfortunately, no chocolate or marshmallow for me today.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Peach, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
tea-sipper

I had this one yesterday/today too! Also very spicy.. also no chocolate or marshmallow…

Shae

Of all the teas to choose from, how funny we would pick the same one on the same day! I’ve had this one before but never wrote a note so I don’t know if the taste has changed over time. Maybe it’s just age that’s dulled the chocolate/marshmallow flavors?

tea-sipper

Yep, and I hardly ever have chai this time of year. haha. I think it’s definitely a combination of age, but for some reason never found this particularly chocolate or marshmallow… possibly the spice drowns them out?

Shae

Oh yeah, good point. Probably so. It’s certainly spicy.

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drank Perfectly Mint by Bigelow
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I’m very glad to see that Bigelow decided to change the name of their Plantation Mint blend to Perfectly Mint. My bags still have the old name, but I’ve updated Steepster to reflect the change. Well, except for the pictures; I can’t change those. Having this with some blueberry pancakes for a late breakfast, but I don’t really like pancakes so I’m about to ditch for some pimento cheese or something. Oh yeah.

This tea is pretty straightforward. The spearmint flavor is obvious and proud, but it balances nicely with the black tea base. Mint on its own isn’t my favorite, more of a sick-time tea, but I like it mixed with black tea. I’ll up my rating a bit on this one. I may or may not buy it again, but I’ll definitely enjoy what I have left.

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nattie

I tried to change the picture, and the new one is showing up in the edit page but not on the saved page. Weird :/

Shae

Thank you for trying!

tea-sipper

Don’t? Like? Pancakes?!?!

Shae

Yep, I hate how they get soggy when just a little syrup touches them and I’d much rather have a crunchy waffle – all that butter tucked into the little waffle pockets. I LOVE waffles. But my husband likes pancakes so once every couple years or so I indulge him. :)

ashmanra

Shae – BUTTER IN WAFFLE POCKETS YAAAAAAASSSS!!!!! I did love it when my mother made me silver dollar pancakes as a child, though! I think they don’t get soggy because they are so tiny that they are all gone before they can sit in syrup very long! I haven’t made pancakes in years, but I am really tempted to gave waffles for supper now,,,

tea-sipper

Do it, ashmanra! Waffles for supper!

ashmanra

tea-sipper: I did! Ha ha!

Shae

Come to think of it, I do like the tiny pancakes best! There’s something so fun about having breakfast for dinner. It’s like a small rebellion. Did the waffles turn out as good as you’d hoped?

ashmanra

Shae: Absolutely! And I made bacon to go with them, to cut the sweetness of the maple syrup! Yummy!

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drank White Pearls by Tearunners
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From the Samurai TTB.

First note in my brand-new Moleskine notebook and last note for the teabox. This is my second TTB and I think they are just so much fun. Now to start the next bit of fun – picking out teas to add back to the box. I think I love that part just as much. Anyway, on to the tea!

I wasn’t sure if I was going to drink any of the white/green/oolong teas in the box. Black teas are my favorite and I enjoy herbals on occasion, but I can almost never seem to brew a white or green tea in a way that is really enjoyable to me. So I figured, why waste these beautiful teas on someone who can’t fully appreciate them? BUT. I did a splurge and bought an electric kettle, hoping that getting the temperature right would be the key. So I picked this one from SkySamurai out of the box based on how amazing it smelled. I absolutely love florals and this one smells exquisite. Jasmine, I think?

I have to say, it’s one of the more flavorful white teas I’ve had. They usually come off tasting like lukewarm water and not much else. This one is still fragrant and keeps that floral fragrance in the taste. It’s a touch bitter and slightly astringent but enjoyable. My husband had a sip and said that it tastes metallic. Now that he says it, I can see that.

Overall, I would say this hasn’t won me over for white teas but it certainly has shown me that they can have flavor that I haven’t experienced before. I’ll withhold a rating here since this isn’t my preferred cup of tea. I do want to add – I think this would be really refreshing iced!

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Jasmine, Metallic

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tie Kuan Yin Black by Adagio Teas
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From the Samurai TTB.

So I forgot to write my note while I was drinking this. Just drink drink drinking away, no thought at all for my notebook or tealog. I can say for sure that I really enjoyed this one from SkySamurai. It had such a unique fruity quality that I can’t say I’ve tasted before. I couldn’t pinpoint the fruit, but I kept thinking how remarkable it was that this tasted so fruity. Anyway, maybe if I’d written my note while drinking I could have come up with more, but this is all I’ve got. I liked it!

Flavors: Fruity

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From the Samurai TTB.

I don’t know anything about the ruby varietals that tea-sipper refers to, so I can’t speak to that. I did a quick Google search to find out a bit more, and honestly now I feel like too much of a novice to be drinking this tea. I’m not tasting any of the notes that are described – wintergreen, chocolate, licorice, camphor, ginger, clove, sarsaparilla, etc. I’m sure the list goes on. To me, this is just a good black tea. There, I said it. I do not have a refined palate! But I did enjoy it. In fact, this is another tea I enjoyed more and more as it cooled. It was just tasty. Sorry I could not do this one justice, SkySamurai!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML
tea-sipper

But you enjoyed it! I never taste any of those notes in Rubies either… I just taste what I taste and I like what I taste. haha:D

Shae

I did! I guess that’s what’s most important. :)

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From the Samurai TTB.

I enjoyed this one, another from tea-sipper. It’s a solid black tea. Maybe not as bold as I would have liked, but as it cooled I really enjoyed the chocolate flavor that came through. In fact, I think I preferred this at room temperature. The flavor was more pronounced.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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From the Samurai TTB.

I can’t say I was really impressed by this one. I liked the way it smelled in its pouch so I thought I’d give it a try. I like rooibos, I know a lot of people don’t, but I do also like to taste the other flavors in a flavored rooibos. It smelled vaguely fruity before steeping, though I wouldn’t call it tropical, but afterward it tasted only like plain rooibos. I sipped a bit, put it in the fridge for later, had a few sips cold the next day, put it back in the fridge, and there it languished until I dumped it three days later. It’s not that it was bad. It wasn’t. But it was unremarkable. I guess forgettable is the right word, because I kept forgetting it until it was just too old to drink. I almost always finish my cup, unless it’s awful, but this one I just forgot.

Thanks for adding to the box, AJRimmer!

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nattie

I don’t know why, but your tasting notes sometimes don’t show up in my feed until days later :/

Shae

I like to log my teas when I’m drinking them but I’m usually working so I make notes in a little notebook until I can go back later and type them up on my computer. I hate adding notes on my phone but like to remember when I actually drank the cup. Sorry, I know that makes things confusing!

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drank Cocoa Shells by Simpson & Vail
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From the Samurai TTB.

This one has been on my list to try since I first opened the TTB. I’ve been waiting to have it as an evening cuppa but haven’t really been drinking much of anything after dark. I’m finally getting around to making a cup today and have absolutely no regrets. It’s delicious. I did add some oat milk, so it’s pretty much a hot chocolate and I love it. It reminds me very much of the German’s Chocolate baking bars. So basically liquid chocolate. Many thanks, tea-sipper, for introducing us to this one!

Flavors: Cacao

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
tea-sipper

You’re welcome! I like converting anyone to the cocoa shell. :D

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From the Samurai TTB.

I was a little bit on the fence about whether to try this one, since it didn’t really have much of an aroma. Also the mineral notes that Shanie O Maniac mentions in her note didn’t appeal to me much. But I woke up this morning and wanted a good black tea with breakfast so I decided to give it a go.

Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my breakfast fantasy. It’s not bold enough and there is something lacking in the flavor that I just can’t place. There is a roasted quality that’s interesting though – it reminds me of an oolong actually. Oolongs aren’t my favorite, so maybe that’s why I’m not digging this one so much.

So yeah, it’s not bad but it’s not great either. Still, it’s a bit of a caffeine boost to help get me going this morning, which I sorely needed.

Courtesy of tea-sipper. Thank you. :)

Flavors: Drying, Roasted

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
tea-sipper

Yeah, the high Steepster rating on this one might set up many disappointments…

Shae

Yep, the high rating was part of what convinced me to try it.

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, chocolate, bergamot, chai spices, cinnamon, cream, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, stone fruits, coconut, valerian root

Not a fan
Lime, white teas (someone tell me what I’m doing wrong with these!), most green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice

I’m open to tea swaps! Just reach out if you see something I have that you want to try.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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