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drank Thé des Anges by Nina's Paris
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Thank you so much for this sample, Nina’s Paris! This tea smells wonderful and the taste delivers! Like the other Nina’s teas I’ve tried, the flavors are well executed and perfectly understated without seeming weak. How do they do that? Along with the black tea base, this tea is all tart strawberry with a creaminess from the vanilla. It reminds me a bit of strawberries romanoff. This tea does dry out my mouth more than I’d like, but that’s really the only criticism I have. Tea of the angels indeed :-).

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is so different than the Planter’s Pride Darjeeling I had the other day…maybe that one was a first flush? There was no info on the package :-(. Anyway, this tea has a much heavier and more savory taste to it. It’s got a nutty quality to it with some citrus highlights at the end. Bonus though, it’s not astringent at all. I am really enjoying darjeelings lately and this is no exception. I expected it to be a bit lighter, but maybe it’s a good transition tea to sip on while I wait for my jambalaya to finish simmering. There’s no light flavors in jambalaya, y’all! Thank you for including this in our swap, Cheri, and also Happy Birthday!!

Also, I went rogue with my preparation and declined to follow the instructions to use boiling water thanks to the fine tea education I’m getting from all you lovely Steepster-ites :-)

Flavors: Citrusy, Nutty

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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I got some of this with my DT order last night and immediately set some up to cold brew. I love cold brewed tea, but can I just say that sometimes it SUCKS to have to wait that long? Especially with this one because it is my favorite tea to cold brew. It’s super refreshing and I like that it has a white tea base. It adds a dimension that I very much enjoy. Also, this is one of the rare super fruity blends that does not have hibiscus so it is light, naturally sweet, and you really get to taste all the different fruit. I mean, I don’t actually mind hibiscus but it does have a way of taking over the taste. In conclusion, why did I not buy more of this?? Because of the huge chunks of fruit, 50 g is actually not that much at all :-(

I’m bumping the rating on this one.

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reviewed The Perfect Tea Mug by DAVIDsTEA
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I just got my first perfect mug today! I’m brewing some Bamboozled in it for its inaugural run while I make some tea cup candles (not in my perfect mug, obviously) to give to my grandma for her birthday. Check it out:


How cute are those whales? Major points for cuteness. The mug is a nice size too…about 12 oz I think. The infuser basket is HUGE, so there’s plenty of room for your tea to grow :-). I love this mug. The only slight detraction was that when I washed the infuser, the plastic bristles from my scrub brush kept catching in the holes. Not a big deal though.

Also, I’m dying to try out my new tea pot and cups, also from David’s Tea. Who wants to come over for some tea? :-)




Tea cup candles!


LOL yes whaaaaales! (I said that in Dori’s speaking whale voice from Finding Nemo)

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drank Darjeeling by Planter's Pride
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This is another gift from my friend, Lucky :-). I like this tea a lot. Unfortunately, there’s no information on the package other than that it is a darjeeling. I haven’t had one in a while, but I feel like darjeeling is a good summer tea. It’s fruity, sweet, light, and fresh. To me, it tastes like mountain air. There is an astringency at the end, but that’s the only downside for me. It’s not too overwhelming, so I’d gladly drink a lot more of this tea. Good thing because I have 100g of it!

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I wanted some caffeine free tea after I got back from a wine wednesday at a friend’s place. I picked this one because parts of the packaging are written in greek and I kind of love foreign things. I also love Greek things, like especially their food but also their mythology. And also, you know, thanks for geometry and democracy and all that. But I digress. I’ve never had a saffron tea, but I do enjoy it in rice and paella! To me the citrus notes stand out in this tea but there is an “otherness” lurking in the background that mellows everything out. I guess this is what saffron tea tastes like? I’m not a huge fan of citrus, but I am enjoying this tisane. Thanks for the very interesting addition, Miss B!


I’ll have to check this out with my friends at the Greek Orthodox Church I attend. You might like Greek Mountain Tea also. It’s ancient, herbal and healthy (I like the taste). Noticed that you live in Minneapolis. My favorite tea shop (and tea) is located on Franklin St. (I think). I’ve been drinking Verdant Tea for 3 years and the owners are friends (David and Lily Duckler). They have tea sessions that are educational.


I’ll have to check out Greek Mountain Tea. Thanks for the recommendation! Do you have a favorite brand? Verdant Tea is indeed located on Franklin St. I recently discovered it a short time after I joined steeptser, 2-3 months ago. I’ve been there once so far and really enjoyed it! I’m waiting for the regular laoshan black to come in before I make another trip. I’ve never been to one of their educational events, but that sounds like fun! I see they have an oolong tasting event coming up…I wonder if I can rope some friends into going with me.


Laoshan Black is a staple black tea and one that is best brewed in a pot, not a gaiwan. The Verdant website has a wealth of information about tea culture and YouTube video’s (podcasts too).
If you want to understand tea, this is the place to be. It’s not only about taste, but a grace that leads to peaceful humility. You can’t really appreciate tea unless you learn to become still with it. That’s not easy in our culture, and it’s the difference between coffee and tea in a manner of speaking. Coffee pushes you forward and tea rests you in the present moment.
I hope that I haven’t been too wierd here.


Yes, I meant I wanted to wait until the Laoshan Black was back in stock because I want to buy some to bring home with me :-). I’m also running way low on Yunnan White Jasmine!
That’s a nice way to look at tea. I’ve actually read that even though tea is caffeinated, the theanine in it results in calm alertness, unlike coffee. I haven’t actually read the research the article was based on though.

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I just have time for a quick review of this tea before my meeting that starts in 3 minutes. I drank this while finishing my presentation for said meeting, which completed 15 minutes ago because I live in the land of procrastination where I rule as queen. Anyway, at first sniff I was like “Holy mint monkeys!”, but the taste was much more tame. It was pretty much exactly as you’d expect? Chocolate, mint, tea. It left a funny taste in my mouth, but that could have been adrenaline from trying to beat my deadline. I’d have to say in the rankings of chocolate mint tea, it’d have to go:
1. Read my lips- DT
2. Chocolate mint- H&S
3. Chocolate mint- S&V

This was my first S&V tea though! Thanks Miss B for putting it in the grab bag!

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Oh yay! Glad you enjoyed it. I’m sure the presentation will go swimmingly. :)


I am enjoying trying all the teas you sent. You are really good at putting together surprise boxes! The presentation did go well- the boss is happy and thinks I can start writing a paper for publication soon!! Check your messages :-)


If you are the queen then I’m the court jester in the land of procrastination!

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This is another tea my friend brought me from India and this one is WEIRD. It tastes nothing like the Masala ‘Spice’ Tea by Planter’s Pride that he brought me, yet this is also a masala tea? The Planter’s Pride one was GOOD and is my favorite tea with spice that is chai-like. That’s kind of confusing. What I mean is that I kind of place that one in the chai category and it wins that category by a landslide, but I don’t think it’s technically a chai.

This one seriously tastes like all the spices you put in pumpkin pie, but instead of pumpkin there is orange. It’s weird and super strong even though I brewed it for the “regular” strength amount of time. This was fun to try because it surprised me, but it’s not my favorite.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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This tea came as part of the grab bag of awesomeness that I got from Miss B. I was excited to try a Whispering PInes tea since there are so many WP fangirls on Steepster! When I opened up the pouch, omg it smelled like smoke. I’m not really a fan of smoky teas but I thought I’d try it anyway. Taste-wise, the smoke really dominates so this tea is not really for me. Underneath the smoke, I feel like this tea is pleasant and roasty but I can’t really tell because the smoke just lingers and takes over. I have two more WP blends that I’m excited to try though:-)

Flavors: Smoke


My daughter isn’t the biggest fan of smokey teas, but she likes the second steeping of this one. It’s much less smokey and more roasty and malty.


I’ll have to try that. Luckily, I saved the leaves. Thanks, Veronica!


Add some tiny bit of maple syrup.


What are the other two mj?


this one is on my list to try as well, but the idea of smokey teas makes me really apprehensive and i’ve avoided them entirely thus far!


boychik, I don’t think I own any actual maple syrup? I’ll have to look. But I bet that would complement the smokiness.

TheTeaFairy, the other two I have are Foxfire chai and Breath of Life (if I’m remembering correctly). They were random samples from Miss B.

whatshesaid, I don’t think smoky teas are for me either. That being said, while I didn’t totally enjoy this cup, I thought it was well done and didn’t have any trouble finishing 12oz. So don’t be scared :-)

Terri HarpLady

Smokey teas used to freak me out, but then I tried adding a little maple syrup, & suddenly I was drinking some kind of caramelized flambee like dessert! And suddenly I liked smokey teas better, even without the maple, in fact I don’t use maple in them often.
On the other hand, some smokey teas aren’t actually smoked, at least I don’t think they are. If a smokey tea tastes too much like, “Where’s the BBQ sauce?” then they probably used some kind of smoke flavoring, instead of taking time to do the real deal.


I will have to try that!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Terri, I had a fake lapsang once and I about spit it across the room. Pretty sure they doused the tea in that disgusting stuff called liquid smoke.

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drank Moroccan Mint by Teavana
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This is a great after dinner tea. It might keep me up, but I need to be up working anyway. I’m not much for green tea, but I really like it like this, in combination with mint. I had a Moroccan Mint for the first time at a little coffee shop in Bethesda a couple of weekends ago. There, I had it iced, which I highly recommend. This one by Teavana is pretty similar from what I remember. I like how the green tea grounds the mint and gives it more dimension and I like how the mint is super refreshing. That is all :-) Thanks, carol who for sending this to me!

Flavors: Mint

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Tea-obsessed, book worm scientist.

I love black tea, especially Chinese black tea- I’m looking at you Fujians and Yunnans! I also enjoy Indian teas, mostly first flush darjeelings (and a select few assams).
I think I’m recently starting to like oolongs better though- gasp! I’ve been cheating on my black teas with all these lovely, alluring green floral oolongs. Sorry I’m not sorry.
White tea gets a lot of love too! I am particularly fond of silver needle whites.
I can’t seem to appreciate green teas and rooibos is foul, IMO.

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