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drank Indigo Punch by Harney & Sons
686 tasting notes

So sad to see others haven’t enjoyed this! I got the pitcher pouches and really liked them. I prep this by steeping a pouch (in a pitcher) in about two cups of boiling water. After 15 minutes, I top with cold water and stir. I leave the bag in – it doesn’t oversteep. I love the purple color and juicy flavor that results, so I’m a bit bummed that once I’m done with this pitcher it’ll be a sipdown. The most prominent notes are apple and berry, which works well in an iced tea. Hibiscus is the first ingredient but this isn’t tart the way a lot of hibiscus blends are. If I didn’t have a million things in my cupboard I could see restocking this come summer.

ashmanra

My eldest daughter bought this one and liked, but she does love hibiscus tea, as well. I may have to give it a try sometime.

Kaylee

Yeah, in fairness I don’t mind hibiscus generally and actively enjoy it when it’s done well, so I’m not sure how this would go for someone who doesn’t like hibiscus!

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drank Red Choc Mint by T2
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Made this tonight after sleeping through half the day – rest which I apparently really needed. I made it as an oat milk latte with vanilla agave (I’m obsessed with vanilla agave lately!). Prepared this way, it’s quite serviceable as a hot cocoa alternative! I didn’t really make out much of the mint, but when I gave my partner some to try he immediately sensed something sharp about it that he found off-putting. He’s not a great metric though, since he isn’t particularly fond of tea as a genre.

Flavors: Chocolate

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drank Ginger Lemongrass by Tea Forte
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Why is this sweet?! I was hoping for a nice, straightforward tea that lives up to its name. Instead I’m tasting sweetness at the front of the sip, so much like stevia that I had to check the ingredients list. Stevia isn’t on there, so I’m guessing that the sweetness is coming from the licorice root. Unfortunately I can’t shake that stevia vibe and I really really dislike stevia. Thankfully this is a sipdown and I’m counting it towards Mastress Alita’s January 2022 sipdown challenge as paired with a favorite hobby because I drank it (or tried to) while decorating my planner for the week.

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drank Snickerdoodle by Anna Marie's Teas
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Second sipdown of the year and of Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge for January 2022! I divided this sample into two small cups so I could try it both straight and as a latte with oat milk & brown sugar. It’s definitely better as a latte. Both ways, the flavoring tastes like sugar cookies but I’m missing the snickerdoodle spice. Straight, the black tea is very present but pretty generic tasting – frankly I’d rather have the snickerdoodle flavoring be stronger at that point if I’m already having a dessert tea and there’s nothing interesting about the base. As a latte, the oat milk and sugar drown out the base tea and highlight the sugar cookie flavor, which definitely makes for a tastier and more enjoyable cup for my palate – think brown sugar black milk tea from the boba shop.

Flavors: Cookie, Sugar

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drank Carrot Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
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Pretty sure this is my first sipdown of 2022, finally! This bag is so so very old but I’ve been liking it more lately than I did when I first got it. Probably because the flavors have mellowed and melded better over time. Nowadays it actually is more carrot cake-y, especially with oat milk. For my last mug, I added some vanilla agave for an extra boost to the pastry vibe. Good choice for (literally) weathering a storm tonight. Stay safe folks!

edit This serendipitously counts towards Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge for January 2022! It’s a cream-flavored tea – there’s literally whipped cream flavoring in this. I think when I first bought this I wouldn’t have said so, because the carrot, licorice, and apple flavors were so sharp, but now that they’re more mellow I can enjoy the other flavors too.

Evol Ving Ness

You are inspiring me to hunt up older DTs blends that now might be a bit more promising.

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drank Graceful Hill by Te Company
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With 2022 really living down to expectations, I’ve been finding more solace in being intentional about my tea lately. This week was particularly rough personally. I was hoping that Shabbat would be a good reset, but then I came back online only to learn of the Colleyville synagogue hostage situation. At least I was already drinking a good tea – this smooth, naturally creamy milk oolong. I drank four steeps western style before leaving the fifth overnight. Usually I gong fu any oolong from Te but today I really wanted just a big comforting mug of something that I knew wouldn’t disappointment me.

Evol Ving Ness

I just heard about this on social media a couple of hours ago. Terrible. As if life weren’t challenging enough.

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Celebrating my birthday today with Sueyoshi Tea Atelier #001: “Furusato no Hana” Saemidori Fukamushi Kabusecha from Kagoshima, from Yunomi. I had planned on going with a roasted oolong from my birth year, but then today came around and I found myself more in the mood for a thick Japanese green. This fit the bill so well – umami with grassy undertones and a thick mouthfeel that lasts through many steeps. It made me crave juice for some reason, so while I was drinking this I noshed on strawberry cheesecake and set up some iced tea with Te Company’s hibiscus for later. Then I watched the new Matrix movie with my SO, which I have some thoughts about but tbh am primarily obsessed with the hair and fashion. Not bad for a covid-year birthday celebration.

CrowKettle

Happy birthday! :)

Evol Ving Ness

Happy birthday to you!

Shae

Happy birthday! I’m glad you found ways to make it a special one.

MadHatterTeaReview

Happy birthday!

mrmopar

Happy Birthday!

Kelmishka

Happy birthday!

ashmanra

Happy Birthday!

Kaylee

Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone!

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drank Hibiscus by Te Company
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Love this hibiscus tea. It’s different from others in that it consists of whole hibiscus flowers, and has a different flavor profile than hibiscus usually does. Yes, it’s tart, but the tartness is gentle and secondary to the juicy sweetness of the brew (which is also delicious cold, but tonight I kept it hot). Delish.

Flavors: Juicy, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Bell Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Today was a fun teamail day, with deliveries arriving from DAVIDsTEA, Tea Thoughts, and Simple Loose Leaf! I was really curious about this blend so I broke into it right away. After two steeps I remain somewhat underwhelmed. It’s creamy and floral but I think I want to play around with it a bit more to figure out how to get the most out of this tea.

Flavors: Cream, Floral

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drank Pineapple Barley Tea by Lupicia
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GeekSteep has me rewatching Deep Space Nine, and this is one of the teas I happened to be drinking with it. No actual planning went into that match but it’s memorable now because I was having a tea soda of this when watching the Duet episode, which I had forgotten is an absolutely gripping and incredible episode of television. Not a lot of shows even try to do holocaust episodes – even fewer do them well. Highly recommend both the tea and the show – and specifically Duet, though make sure you have the time to focus on it because you won’t be able to multitask. As always, this is a tea that benefits from following brewing recommendations strictly or else the pineapple flavor gets drowned out by the barley. The up side of this is that you can get multiple steeps out of it, and that making a tea soda is as simple as drinking about 2/3 of the cup, waiting for it to cool, and then adding seltzer.

Flavors: Pineapple, Roasted Barley

MadHatterTeaReview

GeekSteep is the reason why I ventured into Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Great review!

Cameron B.

Yum, the pineapple version is one of my favorites. I’m sure it makes a lovely tea pop too!

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Geek and nerd (shoutout to GeekSteep). Still trying to get a handle on this whole work/life balance while ALSO succeeding at work thing. I have some chronic illnesses that make that harder. Tea is my respite.

Favorite tea types, in order:
oolongs
green
herbal
white
yellow

Don’t drink:
black
pu’erh

A sampling of tea shops I like:
Te Company
Calabash
Volition
Tea Thoughts
Harney & Sons
Yunomi
Teavivre

RIP Butiki

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