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Cold brew, as always these days…

This is really just not a good tea. It’s very bland, with only a slight tartness from the hibiscus and rosehips and nary a hint of passion fruit. A shame, as I love passion fruit… Also the oolong is quite cardboard-y tasting with a bit of mineral.

Meh!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cardboard, Hibiscus, Mineral, Paper, Rosehips, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 15 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Cold brew… I admit, the rest of the pitcher got dumped.

There is so much stevia! I apparently used to like this one, but I just can’t handle it now because of the intensity of the stevia. Plus it steeped up a very unattractive brown color instead of the lovely blue it used to, heh heh…

Flavors: Artificial, Berry, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Another cold brew sipdown, finishing off a large 80g bag of this tea from a couple of years ago. Happily I still have more in my stash!

This has a lovely vegetal-yet-nutty flavor profile when it’s cold. I don’t remember finding as much nuttiness when it was warm, and it’s quite refreshing to sip on. The vegetables are spinach and edamame for sure, maybe with a bit of bok choy for good measure. Lovely for these hot days!

Flavors: Bok Choy, Cashew, Creamy, Nuts, Smooth, Soybean, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 15 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Finished off this fairly ancient tea as a cold brew.

It’s actually quite nice this way. I would consider ordering it again if DT still carried it, even though it has a bit of stevia. There’s the perfect amount of tartness from the hibiscus combined with a nice tart yet jammy blueberry/raspberry combo, and I can still taste the yerba mate underneath it all.

Oh well!

Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Earth, Elderberry, Hay, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Jam, Raspberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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The last B&B subscription tea for June, and cold brewed again.

This is slightly bland, but the fruit flavor strongly reminds me of canned fruit cocktail, specifically the pear chunks and grapes. So I’m enjoying the nostalgia factor of that, as I don’t think I’ve had fruit cocktail in a very long time… :P

Otherwise, it doesn’t remind me of cotton candy at all. It’s more like a lightly flavored fruit punch. Not terrible, but certainly nothing I would seek out.

Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Grapes, Pear, Sweet, Tart, White Grapes

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Martin Bednář

Honestly, last few envelopes from them was dismal. I have those pouches unopened, because I am not even looking forward to try them. They started to do lots of caffeine-free teas and well, not impressed of them.

Cameron B.

I think it’s mostly because it’s summer (ish) and generally that means iced tea for a lot of people.

Martin Bednář

You are right. But I miss some flavoured black teas! I am not a fan of flavoured rooibos ones.

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So much lavender! X.X

Deb kindly included this as a free sample with my last order, but unfortunately I don’t like lavender, and it’s very potent in this blend. Prepared it as a cold brew, I’m getting mostly lavender with some coconut on the side. Blegh! XD

That being said, if you’re a lavender lover, this one is for you!

Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Lavender, Perfume, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 15 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Another fruit tisane from June’s subscription package. I cold brewed the whole 20g packet in a liter of water, as I didn’t really have any interest in trying it hot.

Hmm… I actually almost quite like it. The combination of the peach and the cardamom with the tart hibiscus is interesting, and gives me a bit of a peach cobbler vibe, but with more dimension. However, I am not a fan of the rose, it throws the whole thing off and adds a weird perfumey note.

Almost, but not quite. And not sure how it relates to peach soda at all…? If anything, it’s closer to some sort of mulled peach wine.

Flavors: Candy, Cardamom, Hibiscus, Peach, Perfume, Rose, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Cold brew sipdown. After this, I only have one tin left to finish from Vahdam, and then the remainder of the turmeric tisanes, which I’m not quite sure what to do with… It seems silly to make myself drink them, but I doubt anyone else would be interested either heh heh.

Anyway, this is okay. If I didn’t know better, I would guess it had green mate in it, there’s a slightly smoky earthy note that’s giving me those vibes. I guess it must be the moringa, I dunno. Otherwise it’s somewhat bland and herbal-y with hay and cucumber notes.

Fine for mindlessly sipping on, not something I would purchase.

Flavors: Basil, Cucumber, Earth, Hay, Herbaceous, Mineral, Smoke

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Lexie Aleah

The turmeric tisanes might be really good with lemonade.

Cameron B.

I might try that… Or maybe I’ll use some for rice?

Mastress Alita

I use teas to flavor rice all the time!

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From June’s subscription, prepared as a cold brew.

It’s not bad, it has a strawberry Jello sort of flavor going on. I did add a touch of sugar to the pitcher after tasting it, as it was too tart for me without it. I perhaps get some pomegranate? I think it’s difficult for me to distinguish it from the hibiscus, which also has a sort of rich/tart flavor profile.

Anyway, it’s a fruit tisane. It’s fine.

Flavors: Candy, Hibiscus, Pomegranate, Red Fruits, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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I quite like this one.

It has a lovely strawberry flavor that hovers somewhere between ripe strawberries and candy. The tinge of added sweetness from the maple crystals really helps to round out the strawberry as well. The coconut gives the illusion of cream, and because of that this really does end up reminding me of a Swiss roll with strawberry whipped cream filling. The cake not isn’t there specifically, but I still get the overall impression. Definitely not a buttery cake though, but a light and sweet sponge. There’s a light grassiness from the green tea, which doesn’t interfere with the other flavors. Honestly I’m happy to taste the tea itself, because that’s not always the case in Deb’s blends (because of all the additions).

Going on the shortlist for a 100g tin!

Flavors: Cake, Candy, Cream, Dry Grass, Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

~ 2022 SIPDOWN CHALLENGE! ~
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~ Total 2022 Sipdowns: 45

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Purveyors:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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