I finally got through the big bag of Healing Butterfly Pumpkin Spice Matcha (I reviewed it before so didn’t bother to talk about it again as is my norm, but if you are curious, that review is here: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/396837 ) and I have a few servings left of my “autumn smoothie mix” (frozen cubes of pumpkin, frozen sweet potato, and frozen green apples) so I went digging through my samplers to see what else I had that would probably go with fine, and saw this one.

I was never a fan of B&B’s Gingerbread Chai tea… so much so I gifted the bag of it I had off on others. I love ginger, but it has to be well grounded because I’m very spice sensitive; if it burns the back of my throat rather than just producing a gentle warmth, then there is too much ginger, and that was always what I got from Gingerbread Chai. It burned. I was worried the matcha would pretty much be a ginger bomb like the tea, so I opted to froth it in vanilla oat milk, to add some grounding sweetness.

I’m glad I did; I can tell if I had used regular oat milk, this probably would’ve been too strong in the spice department for me. With the sweetness of the vanilla oat milk there, though, the ginger is a bit more tamed; definitely still has a bit of a kick, but drinkable even for a spice wuss like myself. Hard to taste much else against the strong ginger, though… maybe a touch of cinnamon? I definitely can’t pick out any matcha flavor beneath the spice, which caused me to double check if it was even there or if this was another of their “not-matcha” powders (it is a matcha/rooibos blend, so it is there, but probably not very strong to begin with…)

Anyway, matcha is not an evening drink for me, so into the morning smoothie it went after sampling. Not as rounded of a spice mix as the Pumpkin Spice Matcha, but the ginger tastes fine paired with the pumpkin. I think I’ll use the other half of the sampler up with a peach smoothie tomorrow, since ginger and peach sounds good, too, and I have a few other things I think I can make work with the “autumn smoothie mix” (B&B’s Toffee Apple? DAVID’s Pumpkin Pie or Maple?)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Yep, I think I was one of the ones to get B&B’s lovely Gingerbread Chai, thank you. :D

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Yep, I think I was one of the ones to get B&B’s lovely Gingerbread Chai, thank you. :D

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud genderqueer asexual (she/they) and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Bergamot (in moderation)

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.


My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/xjt9ptx3 . I am open to tea trades (within the United States only!) at this time. Note that I will not trade teas that I currently have in a quantity less than 50g (samplers, 1oz packages, etc.) or any teas that are currently still sealed/unopened in my cupboard.

Contact Info:

Feel free to send me a Steepster PM, or alternatively, check the website URL section below; it goes to a contact form that will reach my personal e-mail.


Idaho, United States



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