3761 Tasting Notes


So I just had to order a few things from Harney’s and lo and behold I had quite a few rewards points stacked up that I wasn’t aware of.  Which means I splurged on a tin of Hattialli assam!  Hattialli is my very favorite tea, but I have only ever had it from Butiki!  So we will see how Harney’s Hattialli goes… more on that later.  The story on THIS tea.  I have always thought Hot Cinnamon Sunset is an essential cupboard tea.  My old tin is almost gone BUT I also wanted to try the no caff Hot Cinnamon Sunset to see how it stacks up to the black tea version.  I also thought a rooibos base for these sweet cinnamon flavors sounds like the perfect dessert tea.  Steeping it up, I can’t ask for a better dessert tea.  Wow.  It’s all the same sweet cinnamon flavor of the other version.  I love it so much.  Very happy I gave this a try.  Now BOTH versions of Hot Cinnamon Sunset are cupboard staples.  (They also have a decaf black Hot Cinnamon Sunset but I’m fine with these two.)

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – September Tea #7 -A yerba mate

The only yerba mate I brought on the trip, so it will have to do for the prompt today!   I like this one because it at least has marshmallow root.  It’s an odd blend based on an odd book.  Nothing new to report!


Wow – this is a prior to me tea!


haha yep. I still have many of Frank’s teas I’m working on. I did enjoy reading your note about it yesterday too. :D

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – September Tea #6 —A hibiscus tea

Probably my favorite tea with hibiscus and gladly not a sipdown (never never a sipdown!)  I just love this blend, even with the hibiscus. 

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drank I Gotta Colada by Tiesta Tea
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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – September Tea #5 -A coconut tea

Probably the last hot days of the year so I’m steeping up this beloved tea.  Yet another one that isn’t at its prime with the water up here, but I steeped it up a few times here anyway.  And there is definitely coconut in this one to count for the prompt!  I don’t think I would travel with this one again… I don’t want to be wasting this with subpar brews and flavors.  But it was nice to have it around for the hot days. Update on reading tasting notes: I’m now only 30 pages behind. That is much better than I have been doing.

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – September Tea #4 -A tea with honey added

The book I’m reading kept mentioning chamomile, and once for eye health (though the book didn’t mean drinking it for eye health, but a compress or something…), and my eyes are always wrecked so I steeped this up.  I don’t actually mind this one from Twinnings and I’m often craving it.  So this has honey in the name of the tea for this prompt AND I actually added some of Grandma’s honey to the mug… which I never really like to do since I never actually taste honey until I get to the bottom of the mug… and that will be the dregs of the cup in the morning! On another note, the local grocery ad this week showed $7 for two boxes of 20 teabags of Twinings tea. NO WAY. I don’t like this that much.


This was a thing my mom actually used to do for me when I was a kid and my eyes hurt! Like allergies, cold, etc. Just steep up two bags of straight chamomile tea and use the teabags as compresses (making sure they’re a safe temperature). It was super soothing! I would still do it now except I stopped keeping chamomile teabags at home when I got really into tea and switched over to looseleaf.


I’ve used plain cheap black tea bags for tired eyes for years. Not sure if I’ve ever attempted chamomile, but it does sound soothing!


huh, I wonder if the teabags of chamomile on my eyes might help my chronic dry eye or allergies… I don’t think I have many teabags of chamomile around at this point anyway…

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drank Mango Chai by Silver Tips Tea
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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – September Tea #3 – A tropical tea

additional notes: Not a true sipdown again! Maybe soon as I only brought a bit on the trip with me, but I also don’t want to burn through all my tea options. This is the benefit of almost always resteeping. :D I fear this is the mango chai that eventually just tastes earthy. EARTHY. The less fresh it is. Which I was trying to avoid as I had a mango chai in the past that did that…. ah well, it was cheap and this tea isn’t fresh anymore.

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drank Yule Log by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – September Tea #2 – A chocolate tea

additional notes: This is actually one I’m actively trying to sipdown because of the stevia, but it might yet take a while to sip it down. It’s chocolatey, but some teas brew better with the soft water here, and some do not. This one doesn’t taste quite chocolatey enough so I might save the rest for home. Don’t want to make a tea taste worse, when I know it can be better!

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – September Tea #1 – A Breakfast Tea

So eyeing the list for September prompts, I might actually have a few possible challenge possibilities from what I brought along in my gallon zip bag of teas. Scratch that. Uncannily, I might be able to accomplish ALL the prompts with my gallon zipbag of teas, though they may not be actual sipdowns!   I like to bring a few teaspoons of each tea along, for variety so I don’t get bored with a tea, but also for space saving.  20 teaspoons = too much for travel.  1 teaspoon = not saving enough space in that gallon zip bag (too much packaging, not enough tea).   So this will be fun seeing what prompts I can accomplish away from my tea stash.

This tea is Not a sipdown and I’m glad.  I always forget this is just about the best black tea bag.  And accurate with the “breakfast” name. It’s so rich while not being astringent, two steeps.  I usually bring this specific tea traveling…


I agree. This one is very, very good! (Yet another reason to run by Natural Grocers this weekend!)


I haven’t tried this one, but I like their puerh. May keep an eye out for it.


I normally really like Numi’s teas, so I’ve added this one to my list to try. My favorite was their decaf black vanilla but I think it’s been discontinued for a while now. :(


Shae – YEEESSSSS my very favorite from Numi is also their decaf Vanilla black. So good I don’t know why they would have discontinued it. I had it ages ago and it has the distinction of being the very first tea on my Steepster wishlist. Let me know if you ever find it anywhere! I will do the same.


I will, for sure! Thank you!

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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additional notes: Man, I’m really loving this one lately. This package is ancient. And so tasty which is crazy considering there are coffee beans here. I wonder if new “harvests” are the same? If anyone has any they don’t want, please let me know!


I have a coffee/tea/pu-erh blend from TeaMaze that I absolutely love, but can’t bear to drink until the temps drop. Soon!


I have an advent calendar tin of this from a couple of years ago that I can’t drink and would be so happy to rehome to someone who would actually enjoy it! It’s yours, just message me.


gmathis – sounds yum!

Kaylee – how sweet of you – sending you a message!

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drank Vanilla Nut by Teeccino
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I can’t believe my original note for this tea is from ten years ago. whoa. Now thanks to Michelle, I get to see how my taste buds have changed after ten years. I think I remember these flavors! The chicory wasn’t my thing years ago, and it still really isn’t my thing. When I see a description that says dates, or vanilla, or nuts, or almonds, or dates. I’d really rather those flavors make an appearance rather than something like chicory. The chicory kind of takes over from the rest of that amazing combination. It is a dark cup though, which I like. And a change of flavors when I brew it up once every ten years. :D Getting over the disappointment of what I think these flavors SHOULD be for all of these great ingredients, this is actually a unique flavor profile, especially for no caff, that I wouldn’t mind having around in the cupboards.


You and ashmanra have almost influenced me to the point of walking out of the office and driving straight to Natural Grocers for a fresh box!


haha – I saw ashmanra mention Vanilla Nut and remembered I had a note for it written up a couple days ago that I didn’t post yet!


I paid just over $4 a box on Vitacost!

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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!

I’m always in search of: Hattialli, Qu Hao black, Jin Jun Mei, teas using marshmallow root.

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… I have a dumb phone so can’t access internet on that. As of 12/20/21 my wifi might start getting unreliable.)

Happy sipping!



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