This was part of a sachet sampler I ordered from My Cup of Tea, one of the Black-owned tea companies I came across a few weeks back while putting together the Supporting Black-Owned Businesses list with Roswell Strange and VariaTEA. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out on the Steepster discussion board! I’m adding more teas as I find them, so let me know if I’ve missed one.

Side note – There are apparently a few companies on Steepster named My Cup of Tea. This one in particular is located in Memphis, Tennessee. According to their website, “My Cup of Tea now exists to provide skills, good-paying jobs, relationships that would otherwise never come to fruition, and a step toward racial reconciliation in our community.” So, pretty cool mission.

My first thought when opening the bag for this particular blend was how much tea was included in my sachet and how nice and full the tea leaf looked inside. It wasn’t just tiny bits of tea and dust. My immediate second thought was — OMG, this smells just like vanilla frosting. It was incredible. The flavor is really nice – I can definitely taste the coconut and almond, almost an amaretto flavor there, and the base tea is sturdy enough to hold up the other flavors. This has been one of my favorites over this past week!

Flavors: Almond, Coconut, Frosting, Vanilla

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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!

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.


Alabaster, Alabama



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