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For National Mojito Day. July 11th.

I’m honestly not sure if I’ve ever had a mojito. If so, it must not have been too memorable since I can’t remember it. I was thinking that mojitos are made with spearmint but I really have no clue (even after a Google search) so we’re just going to go with spearmint.

I typically really enjoy this bagged tea, but today it’s tasting watered down. Still not bad though. I’m enjoying the spearmint!

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Apple Spice Black Tea by 52teas
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For National Apple Turnover Day. July 5th.

I forgot to add July’s sipdown prompts to my calendar, so July 5th came and went without any apple teas for me. I finally remembered, so now I’m playing a bit of catch-up. Still working through some older teas, forever working through some older teas, and wanted a black tea this morning so here we are – my oldest black tea with apple pieces.

An earlier note didn’t show much enthusiasm for this blend, and that opinion still holds true. No apple flavor here, only that red hot cinnamon I tend to dislike. There is something else too that I’ve been trying to place. I wish I had the taste buds and discernment so many of you possess. Maybe it’s just the cinnamon.

Moving on to the next.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Zingiber Ginger Coconut by Teavana
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A nighttime cup from my husband. He uses more water than I typically do, so it’s lightly flavored. Still very enjoyable though. It always surprises me how much I like this one.

Flavors: Coconut, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp

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I noticed that the Steepster page for this tea has been updated to say

Discontinued. Similar tea available. Buy now.

I clicked the Buy Now button and was redirected to adagio’s site, specifically to the page for their pu-erh hazelberry tea. Now, I’ve had pu-erh hazelberry and it tastes nothing like Strawberry Slender. I was so excited to find a possible replacement (or even something kind of close), but this was disappointing. I guess they just picked the tea on their website that has the closest ingredients? I do appreciate that they are recommending options for discontinued teas, but I would like to see them be more similar at least.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
tea-sipper

hmm… that is a little odd.

Shae

I’m guessing it’s because they both have strawberries and puerh, but the addition of hazelnut and chocolate in the hazelberry tea makes it completely different (imo).

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drank Malloween by Brutaliteas
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Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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drank Tower of London by Harney & Sons
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I’ve been lazy with my notes this week. I haven’t felt much like writing anything down. The last ten days or so have been busy, to say the least, and I haven’t been feeling all that well. Officially skipping any sort of festivities today and staying home with my cats, in my PJs. I was worried about leaving them home alone anyway, with all the fireworks going off in the neighborhood this week. I know tonight will be the worst of it, and we have a few that get really upset. I’m also in the middle of what I think is an arthritis flare at the moment, so my body hurts and I don’t feel like sitting in the heat all day. Apparently it isn’t just the cold that makes the joints so dang irritable.

I know I’ve had this blend before, but I just can’t remember it. Drinking it now, it doesn’t seem particularly memorable. I should have added more tea leaves to the basket because it’s rather light. Maybe that’s the problem. Now I have less than a teaspoon left, so the next cup will have to be a small one. Should have just finished it off. Ugh.

I think I’ve read that a few of you have sipdown boxes. I like the idea, so I think I shall create my own. I keep running across bags of tea with one cup’s worth left, and I just need need to finish them off already. They are taking up valuable space. I’ll go ahead and start a box and add my little 3/4 teaspoon of this to the mix. I can’t believe I saved 3/4 teaspoon and thought that was a good idea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

I’ve done the same thing with TOL—hoarded it until the flavor is nearly indetectable. Hope you’re feeling better and that the neighborhood artillery barrage is over! (None of us—cats or people—are fans anymore.)

Shae

Thank you! The fireworks stopped by Tuesday and we are all feeling pretty happy about it. :)

gmathis

Same here! I walked the yard before I mowed Monday and wonder of wonders, I didn’t have half a bag of spent bottle rocket stems and firecracker detritus to gather.

Shae

Oh goodness, well our neighbors don’t shoot them in our yard so I suppose that’s something I need to be thankful for. How rude!

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Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Fireside Chat Black Tea by Plum Deluxe
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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated July 2021.

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