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drank Pinita Colada Carrot Cake by 52teas
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Another cold brew!

I finished off my small pouch of this tea and started in on the larger one. I’m pretty sure the small one had some wonky coconut, but the unopened large pouch seems just fine. I had read a note that this one was really good cold brewed and since I have so much of it I thought I’d give it a try. Especially since I need to finish it before the coconut turns. I don’t taste pineapple at all, or even coconut really, but it’s actually turned out to be a refreshing cinnamon tea. That’s really the only flavor I taste, but I like cinnamon so I’m good with that.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Iced 8 min or more 9 tsp 34 OZ / 1005 ML

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drank Noms Berry Delight by Cup of Té
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It’s not really fair, but I can’t help comparing this to Very Berry Delicious from My Cup of Tea. I was drinking that one yesterday and loving it. I used the same steeping parameters, but this one just isn’t as flavorful. It has that same red jello / sweet red fruit flavor, but it falls flat for me. I can tell that this has rooibos, because there’s a woodiness in the background. This is a miss for me iced, but I’d still like to try it hot. My husband, on the other hand, loves it both ways. He actually preferred this one over the Very Berry Delicious and has had two cups today already.

Flavors: Red Fruits, Rooibos

Iced 8 min or more 9 tsp 34 OZ / 1005 ML

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drank English Breakfast by Cup of Té
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drank Mindful Mint by QNTM Leaf Tea
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Currently: making potstickers, listening to The Magnus Archives, and drinking a cup of this tasty peppermint tea.

This mint tea is from QNTM Leaf Tea, a Black-owned tea company. It’s probably the one I’ve most been looking forward to out of the samples that I purchased. It has great flavor – it’s probably the most minty mint tisane I’ve had. The peppermint is so strong it almost stings the eyes a bit on that first sip, and there’s quite the lingering coolness in my throat halfway in. I really like that this includes three different types of tulsi as well. I have some Vana tulsi from Mountain Rose Herbs that I enjoy and, though I can’t speak to the flavor of the other types, I like the Vana so much that this was one reason I was so excited to try the Mindful Mint. I’m not tasting the cacao nibs, but perhaps with a second steep those might come through? I feel like this tea has a few layers to it. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s very nice even as it cools, so I think this would make a really refreshing iced tea as well.

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I was feeling inspired yesterday after reading Roswell Strange’s post about cold brewing this fruit blend so I decided to make my own. I used about three tablespoons in my Samovar tall vivid brewpot which holds 34 ounces of water. I let it steep in the fridge overnight and it is now a beautiful shade of watermelon pink. I like my tea sweetened so I cooked up a sugar syrup and added a bit to my cup before taking a sip.


This might be my favorite cold brew I’ve done yet. Granted, I don’t do them often because if I’m having iced tea it’s usually super sweet southern iced Lipton, but for a flavored tea this is now a new fav. My husband loved it too and he’s not usually excited about iced tea in general.

First thoughts – it smells like red jello (but in a good way) so berries, berries, berries. But I do also taste the banana as Roswell mentioned. It’s unique but also predictable, if that makes sense? Predictable in a comforting, reassuring way. I really like this one if you couldn’t tell.

Flavors: Banana, Berries, Red Fruits, Strawberry

Iced 8 min or more 9 tsp 34 OZ / 1005 ML

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Before steeping, this smelled amazing like the yummy coconut you’d come across on a beach trip or in a tropical drink. While steeping, the strawberry aroma was most present. My husband claimed he could smell it from across the house! Unfortunately for me, the only flavor I actually tasted after taking my first sip was the rooibos. I like rooibos, but this cup was strong and definitely overpowered the other flavors. I would say perhaps they faded over time, but they were so prominent in dry blend and while steeping so I’m not sure what happened.

Flavors: Coconut, Rooibos, Strawberry

195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank New York Breakfast by T2
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I woke up this morning half expecting the site to be down for maintenance or to log in to see an announcement about the official Adagio takeover, but everything seems pretty quiet and pretty much the same. In fact, the first email notification I received today was for a spam post, lol. I’m sure big changes take time, and I’m glad that Steepster is still accessible today (well, for some of us).

According to some of the other tasting notes for this tea, it’s meant to be like a pancake breakfast. I don’t taste pancakes or maple syrup or anything like that, but there is something that does remind me of pancakes. I can’t quite place it, maybe it’s something to do with the cinnamon. I’m probably only imagining it because of the description I read anyway. This didn’t quite hit the spot for me as a breakfast tea; I think I would have liked something a little bolder. I did enjoy it while I drank it though.

Thanks to amandastory516 for sharing! I’m very interested to see what some of the other T2 breakfast blends are about. I hear there’s a sampler.

Flavors: Artificial, Cinnamon

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

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drank Earl Grey Cider by 52teas
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The last time I had this one, I used two teaspoons and the caffeine was overwhelming. I had a few sips and couldn’t even finish it. I loved the flavor though so I came back one more time and tried again with only one teaspoon of tea. The caffeine content was manageable this time, but the flavor just wasn’t there like before. I’m sure there is a happy medium somewhere but I haven’t found it yet.

Flavors: Bergamot

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was part of a sachet sampler I ordered from My Cup of Tea, one of the Black-owned tea companies I came across a few weeks back while putting together the Supporting Black-Owned Businesses list with Roswell Strange and VariaTEA. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out on the Steepster discussion board! I’m adding more teas as I find them, so let me know if I’ve missed one.

Side note – There are apparently a few companies on Steepster named My Cup of Tea. This one in particular is located in Memphis, Tennessee. According to their website, “My Cup of Tea now exists to provide skills, good-paying jobs, relationships that would otherwise never come to fruition, and a step toward racial reconciliation in our community.” So, pretty cool mission.

My first thought when opening the bag for this particular blend was how much tea was included in my sachet and how nice and full the tea leaf looked inside. It wasn’t just tiny bits of tea and dust. My immediate second thought was — OMG, this smells just like vanilla frosting. It was incredible. The flavor is really nice – I can definitely taste the coconut and almond, almost an amaretto flavor there, and the base tea is sturdy enough to hold up the other flavors. This has been one of my favorites over this past week!

Flavors: Almond, Coconut, Frosting, Vanilla

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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One last cup of this before sending it on. The flavor isn’t as bright as I remember, so perhaps it’s fading, but it’s still a nice cup for an evening of tea sorting.

2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. 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.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

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

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.

Currently reading:

A Breath of Snow and Ashes
by Diana Gabaldon

Me and White Supremacy
by Layla F. Saad

Updated July 2020.


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