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Additional notes: I’m enjoying this one again… it’s one of my favorites…but looking at Fusion’s site, it looks like they don’t sell it anymore. Upon asking Fusion, they said their supplier discontinued it. I’m definitely sad about this! If anyone knows of a similar blend, let me know. Maybe it’s just one of the blends that TeaGuys stopped adding to their actual website?
2019 Sipdowns: 78 (Tealyra – “Perfect Pumpkin Pie”)

Mastress Alita

It was Dethlefsen & Balk.


Oh, that was the other one that wasn’t Tea Guys. Can’t find it there either. :/ Thanks Mastress Alita.

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Thanks so much for these teas, TreeGal!  It’s always a great opportunity to sample teas I otherwise probably wouldn’t try.  I had been meaning to drink this one soon for a few days and then felt a sore throat happening anyway.  Gee, what perfect timing for Achoo. sigh.  I was a little wary of this one… it looks like mostly lemongrass in my sample!  No matter how much I try to mix it in the pouch.  But the flavor is very good.  Lots of lemon and I don’t think it’s just the lemongrass that is making it taste like lemon.  More like a lemon donut than overly herbal.  And the licorice is helping my throat.  A pleasant blend and better than expected.  I wouldn’t mind having a blend with this mix of ingredients in stock in the cupboard. The second steep on the second night: sore throat gone.  I have an awesome immune system. :D
2019 Sipdowns: 77 (TeaRevv – Pumpkin Pie Chai)


Would you recommend their advent calendar? I’ve never tried their teas before, and the flavors sound so good, but the reviews on here are usually pretty bad.


My only experience with TeaRevv is a handful of their teas generously sent my TreeGal… I would say their teas are okay? Not my favorites. But looking at the new advent, it looks fun. If the sizes are the same as the pouches I have now, you will get at least 2-3 teaspoons, so at least they are multiple servings?


*by TreeGal


Thanks, good to know!

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drank #54 Ginger Green by Tea Revv
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Additional notes: Sipdown of this one. It hardly tasted of ginger which was odd, but it’s a surprisingly delicious cup for a GINGER green…. because the ginger is missing? Thanks again TreeGal!
2019 Sipdowns: 76

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Additional notes: I’m always surprised by how well this older-than-the-hills tea turns out. It just melds together. The coconut is hardly noticeable in this ancient blend, so I’m glad it isn’t ruining the tea yet. But the coconut lends a sort of smoothness to the spices. I love the blend of spices here… it’s the perfect amount of everything. It’s always a really good cup and because it’s a really old tea, I always expect it to be terrible.
Also, I LOVE all of B&B’s chai blends and now they have a few more.

I thought I would be getting to newer teas, but with worrying about too much chlorine being in my tap water at the moment, I don’t want the chlorine either ruining teas or my inexperience with steep times from boiling water in a pot on the stove ruining teas either. So it is irritating I’m not getting to the newer teas I also couldn’t get to reviewing during my internet hiatus… but I will gradually get used to steeping teas from the stove and start the newer teas again.

Flavors: Raisins, Spices

Mastress Alita

I only use a fridge pitcher to filter my water, not anything that hooks to the pipes/faucet. I watch the internet YouTube show Good Mythical Morning and sometimes they do a segment where they put random things through a water filter pitcher — I can remember which one they were using without finding the exact episode (and I’m at work so I can’t play it/listen anyway) but it made Mountain Dew come through clear white. The same brand of that fridge pitcher they were using from that episode may have a tap version, may be worth researching. GMM or Good Mythical Morning + water filter may bring up the episodes.


Whoa, thanks for the tip — I’ll have to find that.


Wow I used to watch that show, didn’t know that water filters could do that. We use one though. I will have to watch that episode, and now for some reason I want to know what filtered Mountain Dew tastes like.

Mastress Alita

Now that I’m not at my (actual librarian) job I can do the research legwork at home. So there were three episodes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGLZoBFKvNk <— (the Mountain Dew one)

The water filter pitcher they are using is the “Zero Water Pitcher” (not a sponser). This is their product page:


It does not appear that they make an on tap/pipe version, only different kinds of fillable pitchers that filter water. I’m using a pitcher to filter the water I use in my tea kettle, though I’m using the PUR brand one. My issue isn’t chlorine though, just hard water water in these parts.


Thanks! will check it out!


Haha, awesome. watched all of those. Well, I definitely feel like water filter pitchers are more than just a gimmick now.


Awesome, thanks again for your research. I WAS thinking of getting a Zerowater. Originally when I saw the Mountain Dew bit I thought they really had poured water in it instead of Mountain Dew! But they they started throwing all manner of things in there.

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drank Ceylon Emerald by teakruthi
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Thanks again for the samples, Teakruthi!   The fruit here almost looks fresh in the blend — and so many great fruits here – strawberry, pineapple, mango and peach!  Wow.  I can’t ask for a better combination than that.  There even seems to be more fruit than green tea, but the fruit is so very tasty.  Since Gunpowder Green is stronger, the lesser amount of green tea to the fruit balances it out anyway. The flavor is fantastic — creamy yet full of fruit, with that amazing hint of fresh green tea.  And it is quite the tightrope walk balance of tasty fruit to green tea flavors.  This is a must-try blend — I’ve tried plenty of fruit green teas in my time, but this one is unique.  You will know it when you you’re parceling out some leaves in the teaspoon.   I will definitely be ordering this one.  I could drink it by the gallon. 
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 35 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep  


Sounds delicious!

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drank Majestic Chai by teakruthi
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Thanks so much for the samples, Teakruthi!  This chai is intriguing, as it focuses mostly on cardamom.  I’ve never seen a chai blend with only cardamom and really, there aren’t many teas with cardamom at all.  There are plenty of cardamom pods here, cut in half, with the lovely Ceylon black tea base.   The Ceylon is medium bodied and lets the flavor of the cardamom be prominent while itself being sweet and smooth.  The fragrance and flavor of cardamom is definitely present and strong. The second steep, just as much cardamom to the flavor. It’s very calming, sweet, creamy, mellow.  It’s a nice change for the taste buds once in a while, instead of the “all the spices” sort of chai all the time.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 16 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled  // 3 minute steep

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drank Marshmallow Assam by 52teas
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Additional notes: Finished Frank’s blend while on my internet hiatus. The flavor really held up over the years and I’m very sad that it’s gone. Raising the rating from 88.

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Additional notes: This is from Ost, thank you! Maple delicious.
More importantly, I’ve been gone from Steepster for a while because my computer broke! I just got a “new” one today and I’m glad to see Steepster is still around. I’m already spam fighting. Thanks so much to the Steepsterers who asked how I was doing in my absence. It means a lot.
I also managed nine more sipdowns while I was gone.
2019 Sipdowns: 75

Martin Bednář

Happy to see you back again!


Indeed, good to see you.

Roswell Strange

Welcome back :)


Thank you all. :D


Glad to see you back!


Yaaay! Glad you are back!

Mastress Alita

Welcome back!


Thanks everyone. :D


:D Happy to see you!

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additional notes: Thanks so much for including this in your cupboard clearout, StarFevre! I loved this one when I first tried it…. I can’t believe I tried it eight years ago. And somehow this pouch is still very very delicious! It’s in a pouch I don’t remember Butiki using though… it’s more of a resealable pouch than one of those fold top bags they always had. So maybe this was from a subscription type thing. The flavor is still so good. It looks a little crumbled now though… but I’ll still enjoy it!


Oh, how I miss Butiki tea! I still have some 1989 Suncha blend… I should break that out and sip some.


Yep, Butiki will be forever the most-missed among teas.

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drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
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Tiesta Tea sent me a couple samples with my order! Thanks so much, Tiesta Tea! If you are a passion fruit fan, hoping to find a passion fruit tea, LOOK NO FURTHER. Whoa. Upon opening the pouch, I was hit with the definite fragrance of passion fruit. So tasty and satisfying on a hot day. The black tea base is light, but that is fine with me, to showcase the passion fruit. There are other fruits here too, pineapple bits and raspberry bits, but really I can’t taste the other fruits under all this passion fruit. But the passion fruit is the star here, and it’s such a unique flavor to find in any tea! I thought I steeped it perfectly on both steeps. Both steeps had equal passion fruit goodness.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 24 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing

Favorite tea shops (RIP):

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!



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