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Another sipdown (I have many this week)! Not so mournful about this one because I mentally ascribe it to “seasonal flavours.” I’ll order more near the end of summer season. Probably. Or when it becomes challenging to rally energy and resolve in the dark, cold of early morning, and I begin to contemplate eating the whole jar of Nutella for moral support. Whichever comes first…

Flavors: Caramelized Sugar, Chestnut, Cocoa, Hazelnut, Malty, Nutty, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Sweet, Tannic, Vanilla

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90

I ordered more of this after the holidays and tried to stretch it out. Alas, the allure of salted caramel on a brisk base was too strong. I didn’t even make it last until summer. Sad sipdown.

Flavors: Brisk, Butter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Kettle Corn, Malt, Popcorn, Salty, Sweet, Tannic

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74

A have visited P&T store in Leipzig, bought only one tin and one mix package; and a genmaicha infused chocolate and poof, 49 euros gone.

I feel a little tense today after the vacation and first work day; so I have decided to try their relaxing blend, because why not and it won’t hurt me.

In meantime I tried P&T last time I have noticed that their outer wrappers aren’t from plastic foil anymore but paper, and the design is slightly different as well.

Honestly, I have no memory trying this tea before (but apparently I did); but it is actually pretty nice with chamomile being most present, some apple fruits and flowers and overall very soothing. The hoppy note could be stronger for me.

Keeping the rating on 74

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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100

I found this tea blend at Pineology17.com and they do still have it in stock.
It has a deep smokey rich flavor that is unique and amazing. I have tried it with honey and without. I like this blend with just a tad bit of honey added as not to overpower it’s rich flavors. This will become one of staples in the cupboard.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Kuuipo by Lupicia
1713 tasting notes

This might be one of the oldest teas in my cupboard at this point! I’ve had it a few times and wasn’t impressed. It tasted flat and alkaline beneath the fruit flavors. I couldn’t get back to sleep at 3am this morning and while cleaning the kitchen decided to dump the rest of the tea in a mason jar and cold steep a concentrate overnight. This morning I’m mixing it with oat milk and it’s delightful! It’s so interesting how finding the right preparation can make an otherwise unenjoyable tea! It’s bright and fruity… I’m getting a mango apricot flavor. The oak milk is making it sweet and creamy. It’s so bright and refreshing! I’m really glad I found a way to enjoy this tea, but it isn’t one I’d buy again knowing how little I’d turn to it over a 10 year period.

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75

A sipdown! (M: 2 Y: 48) Prompt: May 20 – Pick Strawberries Day: drink a strawberry (or fruity) tea.

This time I steeped it one minute shorter and it made a huge difference. The tea base is still very similar and sweet (they don’t say the origin), but followed with smooth and genuine wild strawberry flavour. The goji was muted, but I don’t mind it; it was maybe just a little more tart than maybe expected.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML

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60

I swear I am having trouble coming up with words lately.

Another I can’t describe well. Its ok, but nothing about it is standing out to me. There is maybe a very slight sweetish kind of aftertaste.

I’ll finish, but very unlikely to buy again.

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drank Rooibos by Ajiri Tea Company
2327 tasting notes

This is a nice rooibos! It’s light and honey-like. I enjoy it cold and a little sweetened. I’d been wanting to try this tea for a while, so I was happy to grab a box from a shop in NYC in the fall. Now I keep the tea bags in my suitcase for travel. It resteeps decently well too.

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72

Sip Down

I find it interesting that I’m finally drinking through these matcha teas from Advent. They all found themselves in the far depths of the sip down pile/shelf, so I dug them out. Today’s motivation for this tea was that it 1. An office day; 2. I’m tired; 3. Going back to work after 4 days off is a sad reality one must face—therefore, it’s matcha time!

I pushed a lot of the notes on these matcha teas out of my head during the holidays due to either not being my cuppa or I forgot to make any note whatsoever. Upon opening the bebe tin, I noticed that the matcha is “greyer” than I remembered. I’ve been too spoiled with the good stuff, I guess…or the ginger is the reason for the greyish color. Anywho, I whipped up some 168F water and frothed a little oat milk for flavor & presentation.

Behold! An actual good brew. The oat milk enhances the biscuit component of the tea, and the ginger is light enough to support the biscuit (or cookie, I’m assuming). There’s a bit of a molasses cookie aspect to the taste, reminding me of the holidays.

PS. I sipped it down quickly, so it must show that I’m enjoying it or waiting for the sweet, sweet rush of caffeine to flow through my veins, giving me the motivation and energy to mentally prepare for the long 11-12 hours ahead.

Flavors: Ginger, Gingerbread, Molasses

Cameron B.

Ugh I still have a bunch of mini tins to finish too… >.<

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drank Ginger & Honey by HYLEYS
1121 tasting notes

All I taste is black tea with some very mild and washed-out background flavours that seem muddled and muddy. Where’s the ginger? Where’s the honey? I can make out a pinch of cinnamon, barely, maybe??? The one thing that’s an absolute, it’s bitter, not so much that it’s undrinkable but this tea is not going to be destined as a favourite.
This is one of those ones that I will drink just to get rid of.

Flavors: Bitter

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The second of the free Easter treats from Bird&Blend with my ohh deer order.
It´s nice to try teas I´ve never tried before, but the name of this blend refers to the Cadbury cream eggs and the smell alone of these cream eggs already makes me sick. Needless to say, I wasn´t really hopeful to discover a tea I would be convinced to buy ;-) …and no, it wasn´t a success, although I feared it to be worse.
In nose the typical Cadbury drinking chocolate powder – I used to like when doing my PhD in UK in the ´90s – with a pseudo boozy touch to it. This could result in a nice after-dinner drink, but an infusion in water is just too thin IMHO. I used to prepare the Cadbury chocolate drink powders in hot milk for the exact same reason, to add density and body. Although I´m not so fond of chocolate drinks anymore, I would advise fans of these drinks to use the chocolate powder with milk instead of paying far more for a tea blend like this. BTW, I didn´t even notice the black tea backbone here, nor the jasmine blossom indicated in the list of ingredients.

Flavors: Cacao, Eggnog

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75

Sip down if it counts. I found an 8g sample packet that was in the sip down pile. It’s odd since W2T samples are usually in 25g sample sizes, unless this was from a club or randomly obtained during a free sample with a purchase.

This will be the last tea for the weekend. The time went too quickly, as it always does. It doesn’t seem to matter if I get the normal 2 days or 4 days off; it’ll move too fast, anyway. Big sigh. This isn’t the most extravagant shou I’ve had in all my life, but it’s “old reliable” for a reason. It hits in such a way that a shou ought to. It has a light earthiness which reminds me of a lightly roasted coffee or an unwashed (why anyone would eat it) mushroom. There’re the flavors one expects to enjoy in shou and learn to appreciate. The cup offers a smooth and relaxing experience. And it’s not a warming cup (thankfully, for I didn’t want to regret spending time with a tea which makes me sweat. It could help that I have the a/c on 65F, too). Either way, it’s a solid brew and I’m happy to have this 8g sipped and enjoyed for the final brew over the weekend.

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Backlog (17 May 2024) & Sip Down
This was the first tea sipped over the long weekend. I meant to drink more and have more time with tea, but the weekend was overly busy. Which is fine. I had the time off, so I was more than happy to fill it! Anyway, I drank this western style during breakfast. I wish I remembered the meal, but we’re not here to discuss the food. :)

I jotted on the packet, “Nutty, sweet, bitter, and smooth. Not too much of an experience than it being a decent cup of green tea.” I really ought to take the time to really think about these sessions, but I enjoy going with the flow of the day and cup sometimes.

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Been drinking rooibos a lot of afternoons and evenings when I work. But this is the first green rooibos I’ve tried. Green tea in particular was what got me into the tea world. And unlike green tea, this recommends using boiling water. I let it steep for about 5 minutes and was pleasantly surprised. It was very reminiscent of green tea, but more hay notes than grassy. And not quite as deep. While I would both choose green tea and red rooibos over this, I’ll enjoy having this on occasion, especially when I don’t want any more caffeine for the day.

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I had won a giveaway a few weeks ago on IG. I never try to enter giveaways on the account I hardly win anything. One reason the lottery goes out of my mind…I lose more than I give. Ha-ha. However, in this case, I did win a few of Teavivre’s 2024 Green Tea samples. This was the first I tried of the bunch. I meant to record and edit a video for my YT channel, but I wasn’t in the mood. I sat at a baseball game for 4 hours yesterday and have developed a bright red (burnt) face and arms.

I brewed this at 185F for 2 minutes as the packet noted. I noted, “bitter greens, astringent, spinach, nutty (walnuts?), and savory.” I attempted a second (4 minute) infusion, but the leaf hardly tasted of anything. This isn’t the most expensive Dragon Well, but it’s not cheap. If I paid for the leaf, I’d’ve been slightly disappointed in the longevity.

Leafhopper

That’s disappointing. I remember liking Teavivre’s Superfine Dragonwell many years ago when I got it as a gift. I think it responds best to grandpa brewing.

MadHatterTeaReview

I’ll have to try that method any time I drink Long Jing. I know it’s usually the preferred method, but I based this session on the packet.

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drank Decaf Carol by Lupicia
3260 tasting notes

May Sipdown Challenge – Pick Strawberries Day

I have several strawberry teas but this is my only decaf one. Enjoyed with a Belgian Waffle Cookie and homemade vanilla ice cream.

I think I like Carol better, but the decaf version is still really good. It is nice to have a good black tea that I can drink at night and still get some sleep. I sed to drink very little herbal tea, so having a few good decaf teas for when I crave tea flavor is a must.

Sakura Sushi

Down to the last of my Carol and making a mental note to get a ton more once the holiday teas come out later this year. All out of White Christmas, too :((

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Backlog: 14 May 2024

This was from either March’s or April’s monthly tea club. I didn’t make many notes on the packet nor audio recorded the session. This may have been an impromptu session before heading into the office, so it’s likely I never really put much thought into it. I get into the zone on office days.

I only noted the following: Bitter florals and cotton mouthfeel.

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drank The Protector by Wild Coast Brew
4030 tasting notes

Another botanical blend and more pretty artwork from Wild Coast Brew. This one is a black tea with elderberry, nettle, echinacea, and a bunch of other stuff.

I like it, but feel like Assam was the wrong choice for the base. To me, the strong and brisk flavor sort of bullies the other ingredients. I can taste the herbaceous nettle and just a touch of elderberry and oregano, but would love to taste more. The black tea is apparently a mix of Assam and Keemun, and I kind of wish they had left the Assam out… Smoother Chinese black teas go better with these sort of earthy herbal ingredients, in my opinion.

Anyway, we’ll see if my opinion changes as I sip through it!

Flavors: Brisk, Earthy, Elderberry, Grassy, Herbaceous, Herbs, Jam, Malty, Oregano, Savory, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Macaron à la Pêche by Tealyra
4030 tasting notes

Sipdown! (30 | 33)

This one was just not a good candidate for cold-steeping, in my opinion. It came out bland and watery, just slightly sweet and a bit peachy.

I added some hibiscus to the second go-around, and it’s definitely better with the tartness giving some dimension. But still a bit on the bland side (other than the hibiscus) so not something I would order again. I only tend to cold steep fruit tisanes, so maybe it’s tasty hot, I dunno! :P

Flavors: Artificial, Peach, Sweet, Thin, Watery

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 25 g 750 OZ / 22180 ML

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90

No notes yet. Add one?

Flavors: Banana, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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71

Backlog & Sip down

Hot and unsweetened is boring. It’s mildly tart and uneventful with the exception it has hibiscus, but okay.

Iced with monk fruit sugar is dandy. It’s like drinking cherry kool-aid as a child (or fruit punch? Been ages since I’ve partook kool-aid).

71/100

I really wish I added more tasting notes to the sticky note on the back. Ha-ha.

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80

It seems that I’ve reviewed this before…2 years ago (when I returned to the land of Steepster, only to drop off again…well, not this time!). I obviously favored this tea in the past, and still do today. This may be the 4th bag I had sipped down. It seems that this is no longer available on DT’s website. sad

Alas! This will be the last time I dip into this tea, unless DT returns this to their webpage (or whenever I venture up to Toronto in January 2025 and this is at the shop (with a group of tea newbs which may have been swayed by me on the local front to drink tea). At which time will result in me spending a large sum of money at their shop).

I love this tea, ya’ll. I mean it. Love, love, love it.

For an EG + chocolate lover, this is the dream cuppa. It makes me think of a Hershey kisses with EG. Plus—a big note that my friend made—it tastes lovely when it starts to lose heat (e.g. room temperature). I shall miss it; however, if it returns, I will buy 10 bags this time! Not 4. Ha-ha.

Cameron B.

I like Lupicia’s chocolate Earl! Definitely different though, it’s more of a dark chocolate or cocoa flavor.

MadHatterTeaReview

I’ll have to keep that on my wish list to look into.

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88

On Saturday, we hosted board game night at the house with a few friends. Naturally, I offered to make tea…and many teas we had! I was asked to brew something ‘unique and iced,’ so to the sip down pile I went, knowing that this was something interesting. I had 4 tsp remaining in the pouch, so I tossed it into 8 oz of water for 6 minutes (one minute longer than the recommendation). Before tossing it over ice, I was asked to add a touch of honey to sweeten. Let’s just note that this tea CLEARED my sinuses. It was as if I opened a jar of Vick’s and took a deep breath in. I took a small swig of the drops of tea too little to fit into the glass of ice, and it was truly a strong eucalyptus and minty tea. I may have to buy this one in bulk—I’m an oddball and enjoy ‘sick’ teas while feeling 100% a-ok—and keep it around for both the days of sickness and for the summer. I imagine this would be wonderful as a sun tea, too!

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A few months ago, we celebrated our new home by placing a massive order from B&B since it was a bucket listed tea vendor (especially for the lady love). Upon the very large quantity of teas purchased, I snagged a few that seemed interesting to me. Sticky Chai seemed intriguing due to addition of honey to the mix of tea and spices. The aroma is lovely, but muted. I love a strong spicy/bold chai with the most minimal sweetener added; however, milk is necessary.

Anyway, I made the attempt around the time of receiving this to stove top it. I noted that it was “ok” and put it in the sip down pile. And there it sat until today. I brewed it Western style at 200F for 5 minutes and frothed oat milk as the topper. I’ll note that this is the brewing method of choice since the tea, I believe, isn’t meant to be anything extreme. It’s supposed to give you the essence of chai, without the punch in the face. Which is unfortunate for me, but this will be a solid session for a local friend who advised that they like a chai, but not a bold chai. So, into the “drink at work” pile it’ll go!

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