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May Sipdown Prompt – a tea with a three word name
The green base of this tea has an aroma that I find in lots of flavored greens. It is rather metallic and I suppose grassy, but sharp grassy. The aroma is not favorite and is often the reason why some greens languish on my shelves, but once made – and especially with food – they are fine. I don’t know why I have an aversion to that aroma.
The vanilla aspect of this tea, however, was heavenly. I had this with breakfast, as flavored greens with this base usually go really well with food to me. It was fine and I look forward to the vanilla part of this tea, although the rose was absent for me.
Official Sipdown – May 8
Since I added six new teas to my cupboard today, I was happy that I was going to get to record a sipdown, only to discover that this tea wasn’t listed and therefore was not in my cupboard, so my total cupboard was not reflecting it. I can’t believe that I am finishing the pouch and have never reviewed this one.
This is a smooth and sweet green tea and the cherry flavor is very similar to Harney and Sons Cherry Green. This makes a fantastic sweet iced tea, tasting like a cherry hard candy. Yums.
I have had at least two pouches of this tea, and didn’t realize I still had some. I ran into a small stash of Cuppageek teas going through my stash to try to catch up my cupboard. Ashman and I had a big pot of this for lunch with reheated leftover veggie pizza.
Honestly, the first time I had this I just couldn’t taste pineapple. I was really looking forward to the pineapple flavor! So today I decided to overleaf, especially since it is past date. Although I still don’t get tons of pineapple flavor, I did get a very nice fruity flavor and we enjoyed it quite a bit with our pizza. The green tea was not too grassy or sour but really quite nice. Still have enough for a few more pots.
A sipdown. I decided I had better start working on my Cuppageek teas since they are now some of my older teas on shelf.
This was not a favorite but made a good tea to ice and sweeten for by-the-gallon glugging. I prefer Summer In A Cup as a more versatile herbal, because it is great hot or cold, day or night.
I am sad to see my Cuppageek basket shrinking but I refuse to let them go bad. I bought a lot of Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Parker’s Blend, Tropical Vibes, and Lemon Swirl. I might cry a little when those are gone.
This is my best friend’s favorite herbal tea and she gifted me a pouch of it about a year ago. I am using this – out of order – for the final tea of the May prompts: a tea with unusual ingredients.
Look at all those ingredients…I didn’t know hazelnut leaves were a thing.
You would think this would be super tart and fruity, but it isn’t. We had it with buttermilk pie tonight and it was a really accompaniment to it. Apple was the dominant note to me, and even though there is no chamomile in this, it really tasted like a great chamomile blend.
It is also a sipdown, which is right on time because this bears a best buy date of four days ago. Does’t matter, it was still as good as the first cup a year ago.
I can’t believe I never added this to my cupboard because today it is a sipdown. I am using this as my tea with lemon flavor on the third time through May sipdown prompts.
I generally dislike red rooibos but I enjoy green, and it is a great base for flavorings and gives me more caffeine free options for evening.
This tea is equally orange and lemon, or maybe a little more orange leaning, but the citrus is soft and not tart. I prefer it as an iced sweet tea to beat the muggy summer heat.
To fulfill May prompt number six! A tea soda….
I had about three teaspoons of this left. How is there no tasting note from me already?
I steeped it three times as Cuppageek recommended for most of their blends using only about a cup of water per three teaspoons, so nice and strong. I poured it into a carafe with a healthy shot of sugar. Chilled in freezer while Ashman worked hard outside.
To make it a soda we simply combined the syrup I just chilled with cold Perrier over ice. And it was delish! This came out just like a ginger ale with a lemon twist. It was really nice to have a bubbly, caffeine free treat tonight. And Ashman, who doesn’t care much for lemongrass, thought it tasted more like lemon and liked it so much he had a second big glass and finished it off, so this is also a sipdown.
Tea number two on my fourth journey through the prompts. Will I complete the fourth round? That’s a lot of tea to drink! Now on to this geeky tea!
This is a sip down. I had both Eleven and Mornin’ Waffles – same blend different name. It is very VERY sweet. Too sweet for me most of the time, but Ashman loves sweets and didn’t complain. Odd thing is that he hates maple syrup and this smells and tastes strongly of it and didn’t object – didn’t seem to notice!
We had it hot and I also made two carafes cold and sweet for him.
May Prompt 2nd time through! A geeky tea…
I forgot this doesn’t pair well with sweet things because it is so very sweet on its own, and I served it with our breakfast of blueberry waffles with blueberry syrup and whipped cream.
(Ashman is off the rest of the week to do some painting and repairs so I will be cooking more and drinking more tea.)
It is so maple-y and sweet and would have been good with a savory breakfast or on its own, but with what we had, it was not a good pairing and that is all on me. My bad. The tea is light because of the oolong base and really sweet from the cinnamon chips and such.
A better choice would have been Golden Molkabari or Bailin Gongfu Black, but thise wouldn’t fulfilled my prompt! Ha ha!
My tasting note for tea number one never went to the dashboard. It exists in my tealog, and was in browse most recent, but nothing on dashboard. Shae still shows up late for me, as in, I read all the new dashboard stuff, come back and scroll to the last point I had read, go back a little more and there is a new note from Shae. Hmmm. It doesn’t seem to do it consistently with anyone else. Guess it is time to head for the bug thread.
So here is my second May sipdown prompt tea – a geeky tea, and this is the last geeky tea I have remaining. All my Star Wars and Star Trek themed teas are gone, as well as my LoTR.
And this one is tasting super good today.
When I first got it, it was not one that excited me a lot, but it has definitely grown on me. The first problem was I drank it with waffles and it just sort of disappeared. It is way too sweet to go with waffles! Having it with oatmeal today and it is a gentle, lovely cup of soft maple and spice oolong.
Nice, gentle, sweet, softly warming.
This is a sipdown!
I really enjoyed this tea. It was good hot and iced, and it was awesome that it was caffeine free so I had another evening option that had nice flavor.
I stand by former statements – it made me love green rooibos, tastes apple and peachy, was refreshing and resteeped like a champ. I always made three and combined them.
To fulfill Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Prompt – a tea with marshmallows.
This is my penultimate carafe of this tea and then it will be a sipdown. Although the melted marshmallows make this tea cloudy, it is a delightful summer drink. It also happened to be very good hot. I think this one helped to cement my affection for green rooibos as a caffeine free evening drink because most herbals really don’t excite me – at all.
By Sunday this will be out of my cupboard. I will miss it!
This wasn‘t in my cupboard and has no note? I am sure I have had multiple packs of this one.
This is to fulfill my final remaining prompt for the April scavenger hunt – a tea tied to the weather. We are doing lots of yard work right now and it is already as hot as summer. Not the best. But at least I have a fruity caffeine free option for slaking thirst.This tea always comes out a little cloudy, I think because of the marshmallows in the blend. It is lightly fruity, not really tropical fruit but a more generic peachy and apple perhaps. Good stuff.
Iced Latte Sipdown (210)
Yesterday was Roswell Strange’s birthday so I had a cake tea! Happy birthday!!!
I also wanted my iced chai but my Spice Girl Eats order hasn’t arrived yet. So, instead I made this as an iced latte and it was…ok. Yeah, I thought this would be better but it was just a typical chai. I would probably drink Pumpkin Chai instead of this if I am being. Honest but if this is easier to access, it’s not a bad option.
I am using this to fulfill the health tea prompt for the sipdown challenge because I have not been sleeping well lately. So here I am drinking tea at nearly 1 AM in hopes of falling asleep and staying that way for at least eight hours.
It might be working…I started yawning midway through the first pale blue cup.
March Scavenger Hunt Prompt #5 – a sleepytime tea
I am actually drinking this packaged as Draught of Peace, but it is the same tea. I can’t believe it doesn’t even have a listing because I have had several pouches of it and could have sworn I reviewed it before.
Basically, the cuppageek caffeine free blends were just about the only such blends that I consider to be actually delicious and not just okay. Nichole avoided all the things I avoid in herbals, like stevia and everything single thing being hibiscus based.
This pretty blue tisane is lightly minty with appley chamomile. It is relaxing. I am on my last pouch and I will definitely miss it.
I don’t know why Sil bought this one and then decided to stick me with it. Neither of us really like floral teas so it was an odd choice. That said, always happy to try something new and this was better than expected so thanks for sharing, Sil! I made this as a latte and was partially terrified it would be milk potpourri. However, it wasn’t overly floral given the ingredient list. It was floral but also a touch malty. It was fine and I drank most of the latte. However, I added this to the SVTTB in hopes it finds someone who enjoys floral teas more.
I originally disliked this tea because it had one of the pepperiest honeybushes I’ve ever tasted. I couldn’t taste any other flavor outside the pepper. There’s very little black tea in the blend, and the flavoring is pretty mild. I randomly tried this tea again recently, and it tastes fine! It’s a very mildly flavored honeybush tea. Really I’d guess chocolate orange if I had to guess. It did have chocolate chips, though that seemed like a weird choice for butter beer. It’s certainly not amazing, but it’s okay!