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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I got this one from Sips by, too. I’ve reviewed it before, but it was almost eight years ago. My tastes have changed since then, and the tea I tried was a little old. So, this morning it gets a second chance.

The aroma is absolutely wonderful. Lush, dark berries and vanilla. It smells like a decadent dessert, almost like a strawberry shortcake, but with something more sensual and rich. I used 3 sachets for 24 ounces of water, and it came out plenty dark. I’m glad I saved my fourth sachet for a single cup later.

This tea tastes romantic. I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s creamy with vanilla and sweet with currant that reminds me of blackberries. Heavy and caramelly. The black tea base is strong but smooth with only a little astringency. Something about this makes me want to put a big dollop of whipped cream on top. I’m going to have to up my rating. 79 was far too low.

Flavors: Astringent, Berries, Berry, Black Currant, Blackberry, Caramel, Fruity, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank 2018 Mini Redheads by White2Tea
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This one is from Sips by. I tweeted about it a day or two ago and a couple people said really nice things about it.

First of all, I love the art on the cake. It depicts a lovely woman in 1920’s fashion, with a cute bobbed hairstyle and one of those elegant cigarettes on a stick. Very Alphonse Mucha, but with fewer details.

The instructions on Sips by said that I needed half a cake for 8 ounces of water. That seemed like a lot to me, but I went with it. I crunched it up a bit and smelled it, thankful for no musty, iodine-like puerh notes. No, this just smells like the kind of dian hong black teas I crave.

Since I used so much of the cake, the tea comes out alarmingly dark. But it smells sweet, like fruit and malt. The flavor is so amazingly smooth. I’m getting notes of honeyed apricot. Faint oats or wheat. The honey note really lingers on the exhale. This tastes so much fresher than I expected. Even with the tea coming out this dark, it’s hardly bitter at all. This is a real treat. I will definitely be attempting a re-steep if the caffeine isn’t too much.

EDIT: The caffeine was a lot. I should have gone with a shorter steep time. Oh boy.
EDIT 2: Ok, I’m more than a little inexperienced with tea cakes. I see from other reviewers that I probably shouldn’t have broken the cake up. Oops. Now I know.

Sipdowns in 2019: 16

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Oats, Wheat

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I loved this one. I ordered more recently. I’m thinking of getting the big cake of it but the little mini ones are so convenient and well… Cute. lol

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drank Spicy Apple by Joy's Teaspoon
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Wow… Joy’s Teaspoon went out of business without this tea ever being reviewed. That’s kinda sad. Anyway, I got this in their closing sale.

I’m finding a generous amount of dried apple, which reconstitutes in the hot water. As the tea steeps, there is a strong aroma of cinnamon and something bitter mixed with the apple. Something about it smells artificial, and frankly, a bit like pesticide.

The flavor is disappointing. Mostly bitter apple skin and fake cinnamon. Not the sweet apple cinnamon experience I was looking for at all. The tea is kinda spicy, I’ll give it that. But as much as I hate to waste tea, I’m not going to finish the 2 ounces I bought. Nope. Life its too short to suffer through bad tea, and this is certainly bad.

EDIT: I dumped the jar into the trash on my lunch break.

Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Artificial, Cinnamon

3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Finished up my sample of Harney & Son’s Diamond Jubilee this morning by mixing it half and half with Earl Grey Supreme. I swear there’s something restorative about these earl greys. It’s like I can feel myself recharging. (It’s probably just the caffeine.)

Oh boy… I’ve gotten my collection down to one page again. Temptation to buy more tea rising…

EDIT: Nevermind, my Sips by box came. It’s two pages again.

Sipdowns in 2019: 15

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drank Cinnamon Roll by Joy's Teaspoon
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Alright, sipdown! Made this latte-style because I had a little more than I needed left. I used 2% milk and the results look like coffee. I have to say, this preparation is an improvement. It really brings out the nuttiness and tastes more like a cinnamon roll than just tea with cinnamon in it. Still, I’m pretty pleased to be done with this. There are just so many better teas out there, and life is short, you know?

EDIT: Oh hey, this is my 700th tasting note! Neat!

Sipdowns in 2019: 14

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Mastress Alita

Nice job! (On both the sipdown and the tasting note milestone!)


700! Congrats!

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drank Lemon and Ginger by Teapigs
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Sips By Sipdown!

Been drinking this after dinner this week. I really appreciate lemony herbals these days, especially on chilly nights. I hope my next Sips by box has something caffeine free in it. They’ve been my main supplier of post-work teas lately.

Sipdowns in 2019: 13

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drank Diamond Jubilee by Harney & Sons
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Second time drinking this, first time reviewing it.

This one called my name when I placed my last order. I have yet to find an earl grey better than the ones made by Harney & Sons. The Viennese, the Supreme, the Imperial, the Winter White… all great. And this one is no exception. I love the addition of the fuzzy silver tips mixed throughout.

Now, this is supposed to be a grapefruit earl grey. While I do taste citrus along with the bergamot, I don’t think I’d recognize it as grapefruit. It doesn’t have that sharp bitter/sour note to me. This comes across as clean and perfumey. Kinda like a body spray, haha. And of course, the bergamot notes take the lead. Lemony and bracing. While this is a tasty tea, I find myself kinda feeling like I’m drinking moisturizer. Or a nice bodywash. Not that that’s a bad thing?

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Fruity, Lemon, Perfume

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Sipdown. Sad to see this one go for… reasons. I may order it again sometime if I foresee a stressful event coming up.

Sipdowns in 2019: 12

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Alright, my first experience with CBD tea and CBD in general. This might be the first CBD tea review on Steepster? If so, I am happy to be the guinea pig.

When I open the pouch, I realize there is no way I can take this to work with me. It absolutely reeks of weed. It smells like dank, fancy bud with chai spices. The little square tea bag is stained with yellow, which I can only assume is the oil.

The Brothers Apothecary were kind enough to include a CBD honey stick, too, which I added to this tea with a splash of 2% milk. The instructions recommended coconut oil, but I didn’t have that on hand. Steeped, it comes out a bit dark and cloudy. It still smells unmistakably like weed. The flavor is strangely hoppy and cinnamony. This tastes kinda like a spiced beer, but it also tastes almost exactly like using a vaporizer. I think that’s what I’m mainly tasting. Vaporized weed that also kinda tastes like chai. But I don’t suppose I’m drinking this for the flavor.

I’m going to hop into the shower while I let the CBD do its work. I’ll be back with a rating and updates on how that went.

EDIT: The feeling was actually pretty wonderful. I was relaxed and very happy, the music I was playing sounded extra nice, and it felt like all my muscles were at ease.

Flavors: Cannabis, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Hops

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Venetian Tiramisu by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown!! Yeah! Made my goal for the week.

I totally left this one on the kitchen counter this morning. Oops. But it was still mighty delicious when I came home for lunch.

I’m really excited because I got a CBD infused chai in the mail today. They even included a little CBD honey stick. How sweet! I’ll probably have a cup as my breakfast tea tomorrow. I’ve never tried CBD but suffer from anxiety and anxiety-related chronic pain in my shoulders. I’m hoping for some relief, as a few friends around me have started taking it and have had good results. We’ll see!

Sipdowns in 2019: 11


I hope you feel better, Tabby. I hpe the CBD honey stick helps. If it does, I’ll share with my brother who also suffers from anxiety-related chronic pain.


The honey stick is a really low dose, so I’m not sure if that alone would make a difference. But I will let you know if the tea helps!


:D Thank you Tabby. Feel better soon <3


Our local tea shop just started carrying CND honey. They sold out after about two days.

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Quiet, strange, and in love with the world of tea. Living just outside of Atlanta. Cat lover, electronic music geek, balcony gardener, and collector of fossils. On the hunt for the perfect tea in each of my favorite categories.

After 10 years on Steepster, I have given up. The lack of maintenance, updates, and mobile compatibility have finally discouraged me. I still use my Cupboard and add teas to the database, but I won’t be logging teas anymore.


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