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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

Preparation
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

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

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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.

gmathis

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

Mastress Alita

I love Keemun Concerto from Adagio!

gmathis

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.

ashmanra

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?!

gmathis

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

tea-sipper

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.

derk

A much needed, short and calming tasting note <3

gmathis

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.

ashmanra

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

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Rooibos matcha by Davidson's Organics
2900 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.

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

Cons
-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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML
AJRimmer

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

Bluegreen

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.

Arby

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
1134 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.

Preparation
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.

Preparation
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.

Preparation
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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
annie

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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Work Tea Swap

So, apparently there are ‘hardcore’ tea drinkers besides myself in the office. I was drinking some Taiwanese Pear (?) Oolong from a farmer on IG, when my co-worker brought it to my attention that she’s “pretty much into tea, too,” so we exchanged samples.

Now, I oftentimes rate a bit easier with tea swapped teas. But with this one, I can’t mildly fake it. I don’t like it. Too much jasmine or perhaps something else. It starts out okay, but it quickly turns into a bitter ball of jasmine as it cools. Maybe this would be and/or is okay as a near-boiling tea, but overall, I don’t like it.

Flavors: Bitter, Jasmine

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Throwback Thursday! While I dearly love this tea, it was time to put it at the forefront of my sipdown efforts… it was one of the oldest in my cupboard, and I noticed that the zip seal on the bag had come loose. It’s an herbal, and thankfully the flavor hadn’t been comprimised too much.

Smelling the brewed cup, it still had a nice citrusy lemon aroma, with notes of ginger and pepper spice and a somewhat herbaceous body. I found that the flavor of this had held up; this is a lemon ginger tea that doesn’t have a weird Pledge cleaner taste, isn’t burning with an over-abundance of ginger, and I love how the tulsi base compliments the lemon/ginger notes. The lemon tastes juicy and the ginger does have a spiciness to it, but it tastes very natural, and while it leaves a nice warmth down the throat and in the belly, there is only a very mild spiciness left on the tongue, not a burning lingering heat. I find it quite soothing on the throat and stomach. The tulsi adds notes of hay, pepper, citrus, and mint to the cup, and blends so naturally with the lemon and ginger flavors. If anything, I think I’ve just become more of a tulsi fan since I first discovered this tea, and think I actually appreciate the nuances of this blend a bit more now!

I really enjoyed the lemon ginger yerba mate tea by Bird & Blend, Morning Kick, that I tried recently, which also had a very nice, natural lemon flavor, and now that I’ve revisited this tea in rather close succession to the other, I can say that it is much stronger on the spice notes than Morning Kick; the B&B blend would be my choice if I wanted a) caffeine and b) was in the mood for a more gentle spice hit. But this tea is definitely my go-to lemon ginger as an any-hour herbal tea (I do enjoy my pot of tea before bed!) or for a tolerable ginger dose for a sore throat or nauseous stomach.

I’m a bit sad to have sipped this one down; this has been noted for my re-order list for when I finally start refreshing my cupboards.

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Hay, Lemon, Mint, Pepper, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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