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drank Dark Chocolate by Teeccino
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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
July 2022 → A tea from a US company

Another herbal from vallhallow and one I’ve been very curious to try. This has an interesting aroma. It’s almost like overripe fruit and iced tea that’s gone sour, which sounds gross but it’s actually not. The flavor is sweet and reminds me of sparkling grape juice. This was definitely not what I expected from this tea, but it’s so unique that it’s definitely worth a try for anyone who’s thinking about it.

Flavors: Fruity, Grapes, Sour, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Pride Bi Decaf by Adagio Custom Blend
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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
July 2022 → A blueberry tea

I had intended to drink this tea from vallhallow during Pride month, but of course I missed it. So here we are in July! I woke up craving Blueberry Jam from DT. I don’t have any right now, but I remembered this blend had blueberries so I grabbed it. Lucky me, it also fulfills one of July’s new sipdown prompts! It definitely has some serious berry flavor, but I taste more raspberry than blueberry. Which is great! I love raspberries. Maybe not exactly what I was wanting this morning, but delicious nonetheless.

Flavors: Berries, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
June 2022 → A rose tea

There are tons of dried rose buds in this blend, but the dominant aroma for me is lemongrass. I do wish the rose and chocolate came through more. Maybe I’ll double the amount next time. Very soothing cup for nighttime.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
June 2022 → A tea with oceanic notes

This was the only non-caffeinated tea in my stash that had anything even close to oceanic notes. Even then, it was seaweed (not ocean air or ocean breeze or anything like that) and I believe only one person mentioned it. Even so, I’ll be using it for today’s sipdown prompt.

I wasn’t sure if I would like this because I thought it might taste like a green tea, but it’s so complex and interesting and I’m really loving it! I like it equally both hot and cold. No additions necessary. In fact, I think adding honey might overwhelm the flavor. It does look like a green tea once steeped, but the flavors to me are more reminiscent of a black tea. I taste fruit and dark chocolate surprisingly enough! I’m really enjoying this and will almost certainly add some to my next Verdant order.

Many thanks to vallhallow for sending some of this incredible herbal for me to try!

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Red Fruits

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
June 2022 → A vanilla tea

I expected this to be a plain sort of tea with just enough vanilla to claim it as an ingredient. Not sure why those were my expectations, but that’s what I was thinking. Quite happy to find that this has great vanilla bean flavor and reminds me a lot of my favorite vanilla bean tea from Mighty Leaf. Not quite as good but very enjoyable.

Flavors: Vanilla

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

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drank Decaf. Earl Grey by Mark T. Wendell
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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
June 2022 → A tea smoothie

I’ve been excited to try this decaf Earl Grey, so I found a recipe using EG in a smoothie for today’s sipdown prompt.

https://www.rhubarbarians.com/earl-grey-tea-blackberry-smoothie/

Of course I had to try it before mixing it into the smoothie and it’s just really good. I don’t think I would have been able to tell it’s decaf honestly. It holds up really well to milk and honey, both of which I added before mixing with the blackberries, which doesn’t seem to be the case for other decaf black teas. Of course, to be fair, this was steeped up really strong for the recipe. The smoothie itself was alright, not anything incredibly special, but I do really like this EG.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
June 2022 → A tea that reminds you of your best friend

James loves hibiscus so I had to include this for him. I don’t particularly like drinking it on its own (or hot), so I added some lemon juice, water, and maple syrup to make a lemonade of sorts. It’s still not great, if I’m being honest. I think less water and more lemon and/or hibiscus would have been a better mix. It’s a bit too diluted. Not bad for a cold beverage on a hot day though!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Be Well Decaf by Plum Deluxe
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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
June 2022 → An orange tea

I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the decaf options from Plum Deluxe and this one is no exception. It has a very clear orange flavor, much like orange juice rather than orange peel. I think I still prefer lemon black tea over orange black tea, at least at the moment, but this is a nice change. Definitely a bonus that it’s decaf as well!

Flavors: Orange

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 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 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.

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
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.

50-69: 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.

70-79: 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 May 2022.

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