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Sipdown no. 4 of October 2019 (no. 103 if 2019 total, no. 591 grand total). A sample.

What’s interesting to me is that I thought the cinnamon note was from a previous tea in the original tasting note, but I sort of taste cinnamon in this, even where there is not any trace of cinnamon in the Breville. Also a bit of smoke, which leaves a sort of freshness in the mouth.

Nothing else to add to the original note.

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Sipdown no. 3 of October 2019 (no. 102 of 2019 total, no. 590 grand total).

It continued to be flavorful in a nutty, grassy sort of way through to the end of its tenure as my go to take it to work tea. The original note was spot on.

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Sipdown no. 2 of October 2019 (no. 101 of 2019 total, no. 589 grand total).

I took the last of this to work for a couple of days. I really didn’t do it justice. I’d been off for a couple of days and my routine was messed up, so one of those couple of days I forgot to drink this until late in the day. By then it wasn’t terribly hot, even in the thermos, and it is much better hot than cool.

I agree with my original statement that it is a nice change of pace, though I don’t think I’m as enamored of it as I was at the time I wrote my original note. I’m on the fence about changing the rating and there is a sort of uniqueness that gets it points. So I’m staying put.

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drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
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Sipdown no. 1 of October 2019 (no. 100 of 2019 total, no. 588 grand total).

My most recent take it to work tea, using the shake in the thermos method.

It continued to be a mild, creamy matcha with prominent marine notes to the end.

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Sipdown no. 8 of September 2019 (no. 99 of 2019 total, no. 587 grand total). A sample.

The last of my backlogged sipdowns from September. Alas, I missed the mark again, but only by two this month. Now that it is getting cooler, we’ll see what happens.

It really is quite nice for a flavored earl grey, but it isn’t my favorite creme version. Hence the rating. I can’t really improve on the original note except to say that while it remains a solid earl grey creme, I have had others since the original note that I liked better.

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drank Sally's Secret by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown no. 7 of September 2019 (no. 98 of 2019 total, no. 586 grand total).

I made the last of this cold, and it is surprisingly pleasant that way. I worried that the rose would be soapy, but it wasn’t.

My impressions of it hot can’t be improved upon in the original note. Though I do think it grew on me a bit over time.

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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown no. 6 of September 2019 (no. 97 of 2019 total, no. 585 grand total).

As a cold tea it was a little more tart than I was hoping. I did enjoy the last couple of spoons hot. See original note for hot experience description.

I have to say that a lot of these David’s fruit blends seem similar to me. I think that’s because I drink them infrequently and not back to back, so I’m just remembering generalities from past tastings while I’m drinking.

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drank Magic Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown no. 5 of September 2019 (no. 96 of 2019 total, no. 584 grand total).

I made the rest of this into a cold brew. I wish I could tell you how it was, but I can’t. The kids drank it all before I even got a taste!

I guess that means it was good.

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Sipdown no. 4 of September 2019 (no. 95 of 2019 total, no. 583 grand total). A sample.

Wow, this was one of the very first loose leaf tea samples I acquired about 10 years ago! I am not sure how I never got around to drinking it all before, particularly since the tin is so small. My only explanation is that I likely hoarded it because I thought it was good.

Believe it or not, it was still good. I took it to work a couple of days last week, brewed Western, and that was enough to polish it off. It was toastier than my initial description seems to indicate, but nutty was still an apt adjective.

Feels nice to clear the decks, even though I’m nostalgic about this one.

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drank Precious Eyebrow by Shanti Tea
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Sipdown no. 3 of September 2019 (no. 94 of 2019 total, no. 582 grand total).

I am in love with this tea’s name. It makes me smile.

It was a perfectly solid take-it-to work green tea. It reminded me of gunpowder green in flavor, only a lighter version.

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

My current process for tea note generation is described in my note on this tea: https://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/6990-the-des-impressionnistes


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