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The first one from my December Sips by box! This is both the one I was most excited about and the most festive with the apple and cinnamon flavors. The dry leaf was quite dusty and fine, so I only steeped it for 2 minutes. I’m never sure what temperature to go with for green maté, and their website was not helpful, so I used a green tea temperature.

I really like this! This might be the closest to a straight yerba maté that I’ve ever had – the maté itself is front and center. It has such lovely soft and sweet hay and dry grass notes to it, and a mellow earthy herbal-ness that I find really comforting. It’s like somewhere between a white tea and a linden or verbena tisane. The apple is mild but fresh and crisp – it complements the base well. It tastes like a tart apple to me. There’s also just a whisper of sweet cinnamon adding some warmth.

I noticed “coconut sweetener” in the ingredients, but happily I’m not getting a lot of sweetness here. We’ll see how that changes as I get to bottom of the little bag… XD

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Dry Grass, Earth, Grain, Green Apple, Hay, Herbaceous, Oats, Smooth, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

This really interests me! I usually find yerba mate tasting very “gunpowder green” like, smokey/ashy or even cannabis-esque and I hate that note. But grass/hay with apple cinnamon sounds very nice.

Cameron B.

I’d be happy to send you some! With your Jaffa Cakes, ha ha!

Mastress Alita

Haha! I wouldn’t turn it down, but at least wait until shipping isn’t crazy. No rush. :-) I appreciate the offer, though! (I’m drinking from that Mulled Wine Magic stash you sent me tonight, many thanks for that! It continues to hit the spot.)

Cameron B.

I’ll be sure to save it for you then!

Nichole/CuppaGeek

You seem to get awesome picks from Sipsby. I’ve tried them a few different times for pretty long spans and always end up disappointed by what they send me. Maybe I’m too picky :)

Cameron B.

Alita, I saw Mulled Wine Magic on clearance on T2’s site if you need a restock!

Cameron B.

Nichole, this is my second month of subscription since I came back, and I’ve been fairly pleased. Although I wonder if I should take chai out of my preferences, because they sent me a plain masala chai in both boxes…

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Mastress Alita

This really interests me! I usually find yerba mate tasting very “gunpowder green” like, smokey/ashy or even cannabis-esque and I hate that note. But grass/hay with apple cinnamon sounds very nice.

Cameron B.

I’d be happy to send you some! With your Jaffa Cakes, ha ha!

Mastress Alita

Haha! I wouldn’t turn it down, but at least wait until shipping isn’t crazy. No rush. :-) I appreciate the offer, though! (I’m drinking from that Mulled Wine Magic stash you sent me tonight, many thanks for that! It continues to hit the spot.)

Cameron B.

I’ll be sure to save it for you then!

Nichole/CuppaGeek

You seem to get awesome picks from Sipsby. I’ve tried them a few different times for pretty long spans and always end up disappointed by what they send me. Maybe I’m too picky :)

Cameron B.

Alita, I saw Mulled Wine Magic on clearance on T2’s site if you need a restock!

Cameron B.

Nichole, this is my second month of subscription since I came back, and I’ve been fairly pleased. Although I wonder if I should take chai out of my preferences, because they sent me a plain masala chai in both boxes…

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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… ;)

~ 2021 SIPDOWN CHALLENGE! ~
~ September Sipdowns: 6
~ Total 2021 Sipdowns: 404

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. 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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