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drank House Ripe by Teabook
3170 tasting notes

A sample from Meowster a while ago, thank you!  This is a great pu-erh that reminds me of the Teavivre that I had last.  Very rich and biscuity, bakey, doughy more than a usual pu-erh (and the quality I like best with that Teavivre ripe I just had) with zero negative flavors/aromas.  It’s very good and just what I’m looking for in a ripe.  Not much else to say.  Sadly, it doesn’t look like this shop is around anymore.   Two excellent steep sessions with this sample! 
Steep #1  // 20 minutes after boiling  // rinse // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 10 minutes after boiling //  3 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 7+ min
2020 Sipdowns: 84

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Additional notes: I’ll be drinking this ultra cup of comfort today, hoping beyond hope for America today. Please America, please.

Martin Bednář

And I am sitting in completely different time zone (and country) and thinking about watching results on the TV. But tomorrow, from early morning some lectures…

tea-sipper

I think I’ll be avoiding the results for a while… just for the sake of my mind.

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I had to try these lovelies!  Very fragrant and bright in the tin!  I do all sorts of things with this lavender -  I drink it plain.  I add it to other base teas.  Last night, I added 1/2 teaspoon of lavender to 1 1/2 teaspoons of Simpson & Vail’s amazingly delicious cocoa shells.  I don’t know why, but this combination is the best.  Why do lavender and cocoa shells work together so well?  The first steep was a little heavy on the lavender, even with less than a three minute steep.  The second steep was much more tempered on the lavender and more of the chocolate peeked through.  I tried two teaspoons a couple times by itself, and that was much too much and became a bit bitter.  I really like whatever I happen to do with this lavender.  Get creative! 

Mastress Alita

I do lots of things with my Farmer’s Market stash, too. I <3 lavender.

gmathis

Lavender and cacao shells are great together!

Leafhopper

I also love lavender teas, and blending it with cacao shells sounds like it would be good, though I don’t have any to experiment with.

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drank Monster Mash by DAVIDsTEA
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I hope everyone had a safe but festive Halloween yesterday!  I tried this one last night with the first steep being the night before last.  THANK YOU to AJRimmer for sharing a favorite!  (I also had the scrumptious Angry Tea Room’s – Candy Caramel Apple tea yesterday, based on AJRimmer’s suggestion when I reached out for spooky suggestions, and it steeped up perfectly.  Sadly, it isn’t available at Angry anymore… along with so many of my other favorites… I wonder if they can be sourced elsewhere.  I also had Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee.)
I’ve always been a bit puzzled by the name here – what makes it Monster Mash?  Some variations seem to have sprinkles.  This one does not – only large sugar crystals which I’m hoping at least aren’t some sort of stevia crystals.  I’m one who doesn’t drink diet soda.  Just full sugar soda.  If I’m gonna drink soda, I’m gonna go full sugar (though sips – and in moderation, I guess I could also be called “soda-sipper”).   The flavor here is very sweet on the first steep!  The description mentions pumpkin butter but I’m thinking more along the lines of a very sweet rooibos chai with a hint of pumpkin.  The second steep – I think all the sugar went into the first steep so now it’s mostly spice.  It’s good!  I’m glad the apple didn’t take over, like the photo of the tea suggests it might. Grateful to try without buying. :D
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 10 minutes after boiling  // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  6 minute steep

Courtney

Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee :‘(. I’ve not heard of Angry Tea — I’ll have to check them out!

AJRimmer

Nooooo let me know if you find candy caramel apple somewhere else! I always make a Black Friday order with Angry Tea Room, but they don’t have much left that I want ):

tea-sipper

courtney – It’s angrytearoom.com!

AJRimmer – I will let you know if I find it again… I definitely haven’t stumbled on this tea from another tea shop yet. It’s one I want to keep around too.

Mastress Alita

I have found most of the teas from Angry Tea Room are wholesaled from either Adagio or Dethlefsen & Balk. Doing an ingredient check, the one they called “Candy Caramel Apple” is simply Adagio Tea’s “Candy Apple”: https://www.adagio.com/flavors/candy_apple.html

Listed ingredients from Angry Tea Room’s Steepster entry: “black tea, apple pieces, natural caramel apple flavor and cinnamon bark”

You will see that matches the Adagio entry perfectly.

tea-sipper

haha, I was hoping you’d see this Mastress Alita! And I had a feeling it was an Adagio blend since some of Angry’s others matched. I guess I have to search for some of Angry’s other favorites on Adagio. Thank you for finding that!

AJRimmer

Oh yay! Mastress Alita is Steepster’s #1 detective. Thank you (:

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drank Candy Corn Black Tea by 52teas
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Additional notes: I’m trying to think of Halloween teas with caffeine and the only one I’m thinking of right now, is this one, which I already had this month….. I don’t know what to steep up today! Any ideas would be appreciated!

AJRimmer

Angry Tea Room candy caramel apple? If I had milk, I’d be drinking that one today. For caffeine-free, I love DT’s old version of monster mash.

tea-sipper

I will go with candy caramel apple today! I forgot about that one! ALSO, I had the first steep of monster mash last night, second steep will be tonight that you sent me. :D

AJRimmer

Oh I’d forgotten that I’d sent you monster mash! I’m finally nearing the end of my 8 oz of it, and I’ll miss it so much. I love it sweetened with milk and sometimes vanilla!

tea-sipper

WHOA, I don’t think I could ever finish 8oz of ANY tea. Thanks for sharing! :D

Cameron B.

Wow, 8 ounces?! Now THAT’S a sipdown, LOL!

AJRimmer

You’re very welcome, tea-sipper! Oh yeah I usually never buy more than 2 oz of a tea, but since I knew I loved this one, and it was like $1.25 an ounce at the time, I went a little wild! Now that they’ve changed the recipe, I don’t know if I want to buy it again ):

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drank Cinnamon Chai by teakruthi
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The last of my teakruthi teas I haven’t reviewed, even though I had to throw out the four hibiscus blends with living bugs in them: https://steepster.com/teas/teakruthi/91972-summer-isle I can’t say that I’m not hesitant. sigh.   This is supposed to be “chai” but only has cinnamon added.  To me it seems like a cinnamon flavoring, because it’s certainly not a cinnamon I’m accustomed to.  This is Ceylon cinnamon, of course, so maybe I never had Ceylon cinnamon.  Anyhow, the base tea is extremely savory: notes of black pepper, basil, tomato and the savory cinnamon fits right in there.   Not really what I was expecting, but it’s different. 
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 16 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 2 minutes after boiling //  4 minute steep

Cameron B.

Bugs?! :X

I’ve never heard of Teakruthi but that certainly doesn’t make me want to look LOL.

tea-sipper

Yes, it was horrible. So many bugs thriving in pouches of tea… one that I had never opened until checking for bugs. It was like the one tea nightmare in all my years of drinking so many teas. (I know I have been lucky.) I guess that answered my question if some bugs could live in a pouch without air. :/ I HOPE they will stay aware of this problem and have fixed it for now, because otherwise teakruthi is awesome.

Courtney

Interesting flavour profile, and I’m glad this one didn’t have the bugs. :(

Dustin

Insects are so prevalent in any form of food production. The fact that we aren’t seeing bugs in our teas more often makes me wonder how all the other companies are treating their teas to eliminate bugs.

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Soo… my sister tested positive for covid yesterday. Now we are waiting to see if she passed it to our parents (or me) but they’ve had no symptoms for a week since seeing her, so far, but I know symptoms can’t always be present. She thinks she got it at a bar. Personally, not to harp, I have thought from day one that it is not the best idea to go to a bar/restaurant during a pandemic, but we have always had the most opposite of mindsets. All of my relatives on my dad’s side of the family went to a restaurant about a month ago (including 92 year old grandma) and I thought this was um, ridiculous that I had to worry about losing all my relatives at once. Please everyone stay safe and keep in mind that if there ARE uncaring people out there, who know they already have the virus, they could be being reckless and going out to bars/restaurants.

Thank you again, AJRimmer!  Again, another cup of hibiscus hibiscus hibiscus, or Teavivre calls it roselle.  I would hardly believe there is orange even present in this cup, in a blind taste test.  But I made sure to get a healthy, lovely looking orange wedge in the infuser.  The second steep was the same.   It’s just a missed opportunity drowning all of these herbal teas in roselle.  Too much is too much.  And maybe that is the key to so many disliking hibiscus.  It’s not a bad flavor, really, until it ruins too many blends that you’re expecting so much more from. 
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 5 minutes after boiling  // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  5 minute steep

Flavors: Hibiscus

Mastress Alita

And I double-bagged a hibi tea last night because it felt too weak-sauce to me. :-P At least think of it this way… it is chock-full of Vitamin C which hurts no one right now!

Sorry about your sister. Mine has been having a hard time with her Covid infection so I hope your sister has a milder case. My sister got it from her work — retail mall outlet store. Because of course the retails stores have to keep making their money! (And as a note, she always wears a mask out in public too, it doesn’t make you impervious to getting sick). One employee tested positive so the rest were tested, and she was one of the ones hit. Whether there was an outbreak in that store from customers or if that other employee “brought it in”, who knows…

tea-sipper

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tea-sipper

I’m sorry your sister is having such a bad time with it. It’s terrible that even being careful and wearing a mask can still make someone (like your sister) sick.

Cameron B.

I’m crossing my fingers for you and your family! And I totally agree with you, I don’t understand why anyone would go to a restaurant right now…

White Antlers

So sorry to hear this! Positive thoughts for you and your family.

tea-sipper

Thanks Cameron & White Antlers!

Courtney

Fingers crossed for your family, and my thoughts are with your sister. I agree about the restaurants and many things in the same vein. People in the city I’m in seem to have forgotten there’s a pandemic!

amandastory516

Very sorry to hear about your sister. Sending good thoughts to you and your family.

Martin Bednář

It will be alright! Must be :)!
I wish it will be without any side effects

tea-sipper

Thank you for the kind thoughts, Courtney, Amandastory516 and Martin.

mrmopar

Hope she will recover quickly.

ashmanra

Oh no! I am so sorry! Saying a prayer for your family this morning!

tea-sipper

Thanks mrmopar and ashmanra! She has had mild symptoms so far and the health dept says she shouldn’t have to quarantine after tomorrow (which is odd— I assumed they wanted people to try to make sure they didn’t have it anymore.) My parents haven’t seen my sister for two weeks by Tuesday, so hopefully if they haven’t had symptoms by then they should be in the clear. We have all been being so careful! I try to disinfect everything every day and I’m just extremely glad I recently found some Lysol to keep around for the winter.

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Thanks very much for this, TreeGal!  It was a while ago.  And sadly I think the stevia here is telling me it HAS been a while.  I hope these curls of white chocolate aren’t just stevia.  The flavor is mostly cloying sweetness.  Hardly a hint of spice!  I feel like this definitely didn’t taste like this the last few times I had it. The black tea itself is medium strength. It simply tastes like raisins covered in ick stevia. Even with cocoa nibs and cocoa powder, I’m not actually tasting chocolate at all. I was enjoying it better the few times I had it before.  However, the second steep tasted much more like a traditional chai, so I guess most of the stevia went into the first cup.  I had the feeling that would happen.  ALWAYS appreciative for trying but the stevia ain’t for me! 
Steep #1  // almost 2 teaspoons for full mug // 22 minutes after boiling  // 3 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  4 minute steep

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Additional notes: Sadly finally finished this. It was a unique one! Definite vanilla notes with sarsparilla. I would say this particular vanilla DID taste like ice cream, so that is great! I already wish I had more. Also, this has three listings on Steepster for the same tea. When does the combining of teas start happening, Steepster?
2020 Sipdowns: 83

Mastress Alita

I stopped wasting my time finding/marking duplicates because it seemed to me nothing at all was happening to “merge” records even from the ones already reported on our thread (like those ones I did). Until it looks like someone actually is going to merge/cleanup database records, I just have too many other things to do with my time, honestly…

tea-sipper

Sure, I get it, Mastress Alita! Thanks for putting the work in. :D

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Additional notes:  This must be one of my favorite ripes.  Even the leaves look different in the infuser: rustic, twistier, bigger, meaner, earthier.  It’s hard to describe how it looks different!  How could it be unique from other ripe pu-erhs?  But I notice it every time. And really, how do the golden leaves end up looking so dark in the infuser and having such depth in the flavor?  The biscuit flavor when I’m enjoying the mug out in the cold weather is even better.  I would buy a cake, maybe possibly. 

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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):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Plumdeluxe.com
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

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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