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I’m no coffee drinker. I prefer tea. But this lovely tea actually tastes like a mild coffee (it has caffeine), which is PERFECT for me. The second steep is darker than the first, tastier, and blacker than a cup of coffee. I did not know a “coffee tea” like this existed, and it will now be a favorite. Yum!

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This was the last ‘Holiday Chai’ from my Stash holiday collection. I don’t like it. I usually love chai. The flavors mix together very weird here. I’m not sure why.

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A green tea with a lovely mandarin orange flavor. The package said to pour boiling water on it though, but that usually ruins green teas, so I waited a while before steeping. I’ll have to try some more St. Dalfour, though green teas usually aren’t my favorite.

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
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I love a good rooibos. This is very good. It works as a delicious red tea with a smooth vanilly flavor but I’m not sure why I’m not getting much of a “coconut cream pie” taste here. Maybe because a rooibos tea naturally tastes like that to me, or maybe because my sample had mostly rooibos and was missing the other good stuff to give it that coconut pie flavor. (It looked like plain rooibos in the package to me.) It may be because there is more tea out of the infuser than in it, so it just keeps steeping. (Though that is no fault of the tea, just my infuser.) Theories, theories. But if you like red tea, this is one to try anyway!

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drank Peach Oolong by Butiki Teas
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I’m not familiar with oolong teas. I didn’t expect the floral scent! I want to say a mild gardenia, if that sounds good. I don’t even like gardenia! And no matter how much I love the delicious white peachy flavor, I’m trying to smell it as much as I’m tasting it. A tea like this is like drinking juice without all that sugar. This would also work really well as an iced tea. This is my favorite peachy tea! And this can definitely be steeped multiple times! The second steep was just as strong, if not stronger. I received this as a sample in a very generous package from Butiki!

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drank Aztec Sweet Chili by Yogi Tea
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I once went to a Mexican restaurant and ordered the hot chocolate. I assumed they would have a ton of spices in it. Instead, I’m pretty sure they just took a plain package of hot chocolate and mixed it with water (they could have at least used milk). But the rest of the dinner was boring too. This is kind of the spiciness I wanted the hot chocolate to taste like. I actually steeped a bag of this in some hot chocolate once, and it wasn’t bad! I originally got a free sample of this and liked it so much, I bought a box. Very sweet and spicy! I don’t usually like ginger very much, but the other things in this tea kind of mask it.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Paul deLima
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Paul deLima is a local small independent coffee roaster, but they also have a nice selection of teas. delimacoffee.com This is the first Paul deLima tea I’ve tried. I’m not used to pekoe, so I’m not sure how this one compares. I’m not sure where it gets the “orange” in its name from. This is a tasty black tea, with a bit of a tanginess to it in some of the sips.

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This is interesting. The first sip tasted more like a green tea to me. I love the subtle cherry flavor and scent and the ceylon base is really delicious. The cherry is not overpowering at all. This reminds me of a Southern Comfort cherry tea I had once. I’ll have to try some more St. Dalfour and buy a box of this one (I only had one!)

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drank Chai by Good Earth Teas
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I really love this one. It’s so good which is why they put 25 bags in the box instead of the usual 20! I need to try some other Good Earth teas!

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The scent is sweet, and I usually like chamomile, but if there is any vanilla in this, I can’t taste it. Isn’t chamomile naturally honey-like though? Not bad if you’re in the mood for a chamomile tea.

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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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