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Milk tea sipdown! I added a bit of a Vahdam first-flush Darjeeling as well, because I didn’t quite have enough of this left.

I was surprised by how much I could taste the Darjeeling, to be honest! Given that I only added a little bit. There were clear floral/muscat sort of notes going on, and I honestly liked the all-Assam milk tea from a few days ago better.

I’ll have to try out the second-flush Darjeeling from my advent leftovers and see how I feel about it…

I also had some fun this evening making some simple syrups out of raw sugar, brown sugar, and honey! So those will be fun to experiment with. Maybe I’ll pick up some dark brown sugar this weekend and try that out as well…

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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Fun with milk tea!

I know, a green oolong as a milk tea is a bit weird. At least, I think it’s weird. But I was thinking about how lovely a honeydew milk tea would be, and I don’t have any melon black teas. I also didn’t realize it was going to be a sipdown until I opened the tin and saw that there was only a tablespoon left! Don’t worry, I still have two unopened packages – for me, each separate (full-size) package counts as a sipdown.

But actually, this came out really yummy! I’m amazed that not only is the honeydew flavor delicious, but I can actually taste the oolong, even with so much milk added! It tastes like a slightly milder honeydew milkshake, with the oolong base contributing its lovely silky texture and nectarous, mineral, slightly floral flavor notes.

I’m glad I tried it, because it’s really hitting the spot! \o/

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Honeydew, Melon, Mineral, Nectar, Smooth, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
ashmanra

I tried this one today! The oolong flavor is really strong, not at all hidden by the flavoring. With White Melon, it was more like licking a slice of honeydew! I liked it, but it really is more a fruit beverage than a tea in taste.

Cameron B.

I love melon-flavored things, so this is one of my faves! And the texture of the oolong is perfect with it! ❤

ashmanra

It resteeped well! And to clarify, it was the white melon that had little tea flavor to me. This one was tea, loud and clear!

Kittenna

Ooh, melon milk tea is what I always order. However, I have precious little of this and don’t want to use it up too quickly. Sounds good, though!

Skysamurai

Oh man… that sounds delicious.

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Sad, sad sipdown! T.T

I did not expect to love this one so much, not being a chocolate tea fan. But it tastes just like chocolate-covered strawberries! The chocolate is dark and cocoa-y, not fake-tasting like chocolate flavoring can be. And the strawberry has a nice tartness and tastes fairly realistic. There’s also a light nuttiness, as if there were chopped roasted nuts sprinkled on the chocolate. I don’t get pancake at all, but who cares?

So, so good. And so, so sold out… Oh well, here’s hoping it’ll reappear at some point!

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Nuts, Roasted Nuts, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
tea-sipper

If you like this chocolate tea (since normally you don’t), I would probably really really love this blend. :D

Kittenna

Ugh, I hope this comes back for one of those free shipping things. It sounds so good.

Martin Bednář

People are wishing this tea available all year round on their FB subscription group. Maybe one day…

Cameron B.

Well hopefully if there’s enough demand, they’ll consider it! They don’t have anything similar at the moment.

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drank Coconut Matcha by 3 Leaf Tea
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Hmm, this one is just not for me.

I like coconut, but I don’t love it. I added this flavor to my last order because it’s 3 Leaf’s bestseller, and it’s their best-rated flavor here on Steepster.

But, to me, the coconut flavoring is too strong here. It’s far stronger than the other flavors I’ve tried, and it really comes off as a suntan lotion sort of coconut in my opinion. I can barely taste the matcha underneath it, and still having that matcha taste as a foundation is one of my favorite things about 3 Leaf’s other flavors.

So into the rehoming box it goes!

Flavors: Artificial, Coconut, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

I love the scent of sunscreen, but not in tea!

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Another milk tea! I’m obsessed…

This one caught my eye, as it was in my focus box with my oldest teas. Technically it’s not one of my oldest, but I couldn’t figure out when I ordered it, so I figured I would get it over and done with, hah.

Anyway, it makes a delicious milk tea! It’s like a creamier pumpkin pie. I can taste the cinnamon, clove, and allspice, but they’re mellowed out nicely by the milk. And I definitely get pumpkin as well. My husband loves pumpkin pie, and was highly impressed when he took a sip, ha ha! The black tea also adds a nice malty foundation under all of the spices.

This one will definitely need to be a repeat, as I’m trying to sip it down anyway!

Flavors: Allspice, Cinnamon, Clove, Malt, Pumpkin, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

Your husband has good taste – pumpkin pie is the best!

Cameron B.

It’s his favorite pie ever, ha ha. I like it, but I’m not sure I have a favorite pie. I love trying new ones!

Courtney

True! All pies are delicious, but pumpkin may be my favourite too.

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Another swap tea from my friend @thismorningstea on Instagram!

As far as oolongs go, those with a high oxidation and low-to-medium roast are generally my favorites. Pannikin’s website doesn’t seem to have any information on this one, but from the dark color and somewhat mild roasty flavor I assume it falls into that category. Tieguanyin seems to vary a bit as far as roast goes.

Anyway! This has a lovely smooth and thick mouthfeel with a mellow toasty flavor. It’s very autumnal, reminding me of crisp fallen leaves and roasted nuts. There’s also a sparkling mineral note to it, and hints of dried fruit. But I do still taste a slight underlying leafy “greenness” as well. In the first cup, I was tasting a lot of citrus, specifically grapefruit, which I assumed was flavor contamination from the grapefruit black tea that this traveled alongside. But I’m not getting that flavor in this last cup, so that’s interesting!

Anyway, it’s a fairly simple tea, but cozy and satisfying for an evening on the couch. Thanks, tea friend!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Dried Fruit, Green, Mineral, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Yay, this was the last of my Adagio holiday teas!

I think this might be my favorite of the bunch, though. The lapsang adds a bit more flavor, whereas the rest of these have had exceedingly bland black bases. And it does rather make sense for a roasted chestnut tea, having a nice light savory smokiness and also a hint of nutty flavor.

Not bad! Not something I would order, but it’s an improvement over the other five.

Now I’ll have to pull out my Simpson & Vail holiday sampler to sip down next…

Flavors: Chestnut, Nuts, Roasted Nuts, Savory, Smoke, Smoked, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Tasty, tasty milk tea time!

Lately I’ve been making and drinking an inordinate amount of (iced) milk tea. I bought twice as much milk as usual at the store because of it, ha ha. Now I know how VariaTEA feels with all of those lattes… ;)

I was feeling a peach-flavored milk tea tonight, so I took a look through my options for peach black tea. I was drawn to Momo Jasmin from Lupicia, but I remember that one being rather expensive, so I pulled out this tea instead. It has a lovely strong peach and apricot aroma so should do nicely.

It came out rather lovely! There’s a strong peachy apricot flavor, but I can still taste the black tea underneath, and it holds up to milk well. And of course, peaches with milk is a natural combination.

Scrumptious! Would recommend.

Flavors: Apricot, Malt, Peach, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

What ratios do you use when you make milk tea, as opposed to a latte?

Cameron B.

I don’t really make lattes much, but for these I always make them cold so I don’t foam the milk or anything. I steep about 4 tsp of tea in 4 ounces of water and then pour it over ice into a glass and top with milk. With the extra water from the ice melting, it’s probably about half water, half milk?

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Finishing this mini tin off as an iced latte.

Ummm… no. To me, it’s worse this way than it is plain. It’s coming off very medicinal with the combination of berry and the nettle. It’s like a berry cough drop or something.

Oh well, I suppose I should be glad that this one didn’t work out for me, given how expensive B&B’s matcha is!

Flavors: Artificial, Berry, Herbaceous, Medicinal

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kris Kringle by Adagio Teas
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Yay, I’m almost done with these Adagio holiday teas!

This is another one that’s fairly bland. It’s a light woody black base with a hint of coconut. And coconut isn’t even mentioned in the ingredients, so that’s odd…

Anyway, bye-bye bland tea!

Flavors: Artificial, Coconut, Smooth, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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! ~
~ March Sipdowns: 12
~ Total 2021 Sipdowns: 142

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.

Current Subscriptions:
Bird & Blend
Dessert by Deb
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

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:
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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