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I don’t know. Sometimes certain tea actually tastes like paint thinner. I don’t know why but this is one of them, unfortunately.

Forgive me for not being around the past 8 days. I found out that my beautiful kitty Pachinko, a siamese longhair mix, looks so healthy. but had a little cough, so I brought her in to see the vet. The X-rays saw something scary in her lungs. A few days later, she had a full-body CT scan. She has cancer that has metastasized in her limbs, shoulders, back, and lungs. The oncologist told me that the prognosis is very poor despite her chubby and healthful appearance. I’m giving her daily steroid shots, and medicine to add palliative care. Once she shows ANY sign of pain, I will send her to cat heaven where she can be with my beloved Fushi who died 2 years ago. I can’t tell you how devasted I am. I am not even over Fushi’s death.

And so it goes…


Flavors: Grassy, Metallic, Rice


I am so, so sorry, Kawaii433. I remember how hard it was with Fushi. Love and hugs to you and Pachinko. I hope for many good days for you together.


I know Pachinko has the best human! I’m so sorry.


I’m so sorry, Kawaii433. You’re doing everything you can for Pachinko <3


<3 That’s so hard, I’m so sorry!

Martin Bednář

Those are news you never want to hear :/ I´m so sorry!


Gosh so hard when we lose a loved one person or pet. We just know we love them and would do anything for them.

Mastress Alita

I’m so sorry, Kawaii. I get it, my fur-child is my world. Remember you are doing the best thing for her by not allowing her to feel pain or suffer.


You are all so wonderful. Thank you.


So sorry to hear the news. Pachinko is lucky to have someone who cares for her like you.

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I did a thing. I decided to get a Sipsby subscription as a way to keep trying new teas without getting overwhelmed with a huge amount of tea. My monthly box should be a good mix of black, green, oolong, and herbal (all things I enjoy). Of course, I then proceeded to pick up their pumpkin tea box, one of the seasonal boxes, so now I have lots of new teas to try. My hope is that I can keep my “core” teas to around 10, but still try something new each month.

This tea… it’s bagged and very powdery. I brought it to work with me this morning, and I’m not mad about it. The tea is light with a faint spice smell. Unsweetened this had a note of nutmeg and clove. The base tea was… nothing. Sweetened there were notes of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and apple. It reminded me of spiced cider but muted. Easy to drink, but nothing I feel deserves my time and attention which makes it a perfect work tea.

Didn’t love this one, but I didn’t hate it either. I’ll bring the other three tea bags to work with me and use them up.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Red Apple

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This is pretty standard for an herbal pumpkin spice tea. It’s heavy on the pepper and clove. You get a little rooibos. It works well with milk. The second steep was just as strong as the first. I would have liked to see a better balance of spices, but I was still a fan. Sips by only provided enough for two cups of tea, so it disappeared much too quickly! I don’t have anything like this on my shelf right now, so I wouldn’t mind some more. The spices were really strong, making such a pleasant latte.

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Finally coming to the end of the tea bags I grabbed from a tea box a few months ago. This tea is pretty mild. Very light fruitiness, nondescript base. Not too tart, but not special at all, to my tastes at least.

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #40 overall / Tea #7 for February
#drinkwhatyouown January slot 18/25 (will update when I consult my scratch paper/photos LOL)

Wednesday 2/3 — So today is a double (1st shift one hotel, 2nd shift one hotel)… I drank an entire pitcher [I think those DT perfect pitchers are 64 oz? I drink on average at least one of those pitchers a day plus misc other teas] of cold brew second steeping of @white2tea oolong during my 1st shift. When I was chilling between shifts I wanted to have something hot this afternoon/evening with a different flavor. Grabbed my trusty travel bag o’ tea…another older 4 tea bags from a @sipsby box yeas ago, used two to brew hot and plain in my DT tumbler. This tea tastes like a black tea with some faint autumn spice to it.

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #185 overall / Tea #9 for May
Tuesday 5/4 — Davidson’s Organics Rooibos Spiced Chai 2 tea bags. Another tea hot & plain at work during the end of the shift. Thanks Sipsby (from a box a long time ago, probably a few years?).
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #34 overall (JANUARY SIPDOWN TOTAL: 33) / Tea #1 for February 2021

Monday 2/1 Have 4 teabags of this I think from a @sipsby box? Had 2 teabags hot plain cuppa last night and it was fine, but nothing memorable or would purchase.

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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When I pulled this out of the sipsby advent calendar I was so pleased, because after all, this is my favorite holiday tea – I thought. Turns out my favorite is actually called Herbal Seasons and is slightly different. Ah well.

This one really brings the cinnamon, making the rooibos more of a background flavor. But I mean it REALLY brings cinnamon (though clove is not far behind). It almost felt like a bag of mulling spices mixed in with some tea. Feels very festive to me. Could easily be overwhelming for others.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove

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This is a perfectly serviceable EG. Again, nothing offensive, but nothing special either. Bit disappointed with my Sips By box for this month.

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Very disappointing. Fairly bland flavor and LOTS of stems and other debris.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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I’m still nowhere near the end of the bag of this Keemun Congou…in previous reviews I think I was more polite and complimentary than I really feel about it. Definitely has the burlap and leather thing going on, but the burlap and leather were left out in the rain too long, know what I mean?

So this morning, I tried it half-and-half with some generic bulk China black (Frontier Coop) to cut the sharpness. That helped a little, but I need to work with the proportions a little in the future … somewhat like Monica’s “Mock-olate” recipes on Friends. I’ll let you know if my hair starts falling out.


Hahahaha mock-olate! I laughed out loud reading that!

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We’ve finally hit the Christmas break point where I wake up thinking, Now what day is this? Today, you can add Is it morning yet? Sky is the color of an old bicycle tire.

The plus side is time to sneak in a good contemplative morning steep instead of grabbing a bag and flying out the door.

After nearly a year (and a huge bag, gift from husband, that I am honor-bound to appreciate), I still haven’t contemplated this enough. I like Keemuns that lean toward the grass-hay-and-burlap spectrum; this lands more in the wet wood and saddle leather flavor family. It isn’t terrible, it’s just puzzling.


Follow-up: what Keemuns do you out there in Steepsterland particularly like?

Mastress Alita

I love Keemun Concerto from Adagio!


Now that you mention it, I think that one was in an Advent bundle from last year, and I remember liking it. I need a replacement for the cheap (but really tasty) bulk Keemun that our local indie grocery has discontinued.


Premium Keemun Hao Ya from Teavivre, also their Fragrant. I do not like Harney’s English Breakfast much, which is 100% keemun. It is a lower grade and is only good with milk and sugar to me. Their better Keemuns might be nice.

Martin Bednář

I just checked my Steepster.txt and it doesn’t found any Keemun. So, it seems I never got a 100% Keemun yet?!


I have tried (and liked) the Teavivre version also.


Yeah, I agree with you guys: Keemun Concerto, and Teavivre’s Premium Keemun Hao Ya and for barely a difference (in the last harvest I tried anyway) their Grade One Keemun

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Sunday serendipity! Weather forecast was dire and threatened a rainout; the showers passed before sunup, so I was able to drag out a dry lawn chair and enjoy tea on the veranda (ahem…back patio with cracking cement that I am choosing to ignore for now…)

The additional serendipity was an unhurried morning to ponder the change in flavor when I increased both the amount of leaf and the amount of time—instead of cherry wood, we’ve got subtle, fresh saddle leather. I think my sweet spot will be somewhere in between, but there’s plenty in the tin to continue tweaking the recipe.


A much needed, short and calming tasting note <3


Pondering time is a rare and precious thing…at least at my house.

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Oh, delumptious day of sunshine! First morning-to-evening day with sun and mild temps since…well, ever. To celebrate, we did a breakfast date at First Watch (carrot cake pancakes) and Walmart (when you’ve been married 34 1/2 years, it doesn’t take much to qualify as a date).

I made a pot of this Keemun Congou before we left, took a travel mug along, reheated some when I got home for writing inspiration, and threw the rest in the fridge to cool me down after some housework. Each iteration was woodily sweet, and after nearly a full day of recycling, was still pleasantly drinkable. A good all-day tea.


Sounds like a truly lovely day!

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No doubt I’ve said this before, but I am always intrigued by the subjectivity of flavors in tea reviews—what tastes like homemade Christmas divinity to me may taste like sweaty sneakers to you. Case in point: this Keemun Congu, that according to its proprietor, has a wine undertone and a smoky finish.

My take on it is completely different: light-bodied and very fruity, maybe cherry-grape (I guess that’s where they’re getting the wine) and if there is any smoke at all, it’s just a teensy wisp from a snuffed-out candle. However, this is not to say it’s bad tea. It drinks like a very well-behaved English Breakfast blend. I wonder what you’d think. :)

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Received in my first Sipsby box. Tea was ok. I’ve had much better tasting chai teas.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Rooibos matcha by Davidson's Organics
2901 tasting notes

In my desperation for finding a replacement for the Starbucks blossoming rose rooibos latte, I bought a gigantic 16 oz bag (that’s 455 g!) of this on amazon.

-cheap because it is in bulk
-ground rooibos is difficult to find

-more gritty than Starbucks or Red Leaf/Matcha Outlet rooibos matcha
-doesn’t really dissolve very well
-larger bits tend to accumulate at the bottom of the cup

So for the price, this can’t be beat. However it is definitely not as fine or powdery as any other rooibos matcha I have come across. Even mixed into milk you can feel all of the gritty texture.

Flavors: Rooibos, Sweet, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

I need to try rooibos matcha! I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me until just now.


A matcha that does not dissolve well kinda defeats its purpose! :)

I appreciate the boldness of trying a new tea by ordering a pound of it, though. I need to try rooibos matcha but I am too chicken to order a pound of it.


I’ve tried many different rooibos matchas before that were fine. This was just a more economical way and I thought I’d try this brand now that matcha outlet doesn’t sell ground rooibos.

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drank Earl Grey Red by Davidson's Organics
1226 tasting notes

I bought this bulk from the co-op.

I like Earl Grey but I can’t say I’m a fan of this. It smells and tastes rather medicinal and woody and is really drying. Not what I want at night. I can’t imagine when I would want this. The rooibos looks nice though and it’s not dusty.

Addendum: The bergamot is not overpowering by any means, I think I just don’t like it mixed with a woody rooibos that’s lacking in sweetness.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I use this tea as another daily grandpa style drinker. It’s cheap enough that if you use too much you don’t have to worry about resupplying. It’s convenient that it’s on Amazon for 2 day shipping. It’s not the best gunpowder you can fine but it’s a good daily drinker to have around.

185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I bought this tea for very cheap off of Amazon Prime. The price is about 8 cents per gram when you get a 16oz packet. This is more of an everyday drinking tea than anything else. I bought this purely to grandpa style while at work.

This tea works pretty well for that. The small pieces of stem that are placed in tend to stay floating however they are pretty easy to skim off. While not the highest quality of tea it’s one you can just use willy nilly and not worry about breaking your bank. Don’t expect the highest quality out of this.

2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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After yesterday’s election, I find myself selecting something that will hopefully be comforting this morning.

Got this from Sips by. It’s funny, I complained in the comments on my last box that I had been hoping for something pumpkin spice, and in my next box, there it was. Not sure if it’s a coincidence or if they actually do read those. Either way, yay.

The first thing I notice is that the bags are really powdery. I found myself wiping my hands off on my sweater. Cinnamon is the main scent I notice, and the tea brews up to a lighter shade of tan than I expected, leaving me worried this will be weak.

Hmm. And it kind of is. Cinnamon leads this tea, followed by nutmeg. Clove also makes an appearance, along with something unexpectedly leathery. Ginger and allspice are sort of hiding in the background, providing a little warmth, but not standing out. There is also a baked note. Sort of like pie crust, but without the vanilla. Something also reminds me of the original flavor of Chapstick. I’m not detecting anything pumpkiny, unfortunately. This isn’t bad. Just kind of lame…

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Cloves, Ginger, Leather, Nutmeg

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

I actually do think they read comments! my first box I complained to my five friends on instagram (my account is public, but /shrugs/) about my first box and like a day later I got an email apology about my box and a discounted second box, which weirded me out but also: nice.

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I really liked this tea. It’s not overpowering but has just the right amount of apple and cinnamon flavors. Not too sweet or too bitter, just right.

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