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2020 has just been the worst of years, it’s a surreal rough one.  I thought the world was handling a global pandemic hopefully well enough, I thought more negative things would be happening during a pandemic (as it doesn’t take much in normal times) but then it takes an utterly bizarre heartbreaking event like the death of George Floyd to really set off a powder keg to everything else.  So many similar things happening to so many people along these lines all the time.  George Floyd is certainly one of the more obnoxious deaths in all aspects here.  Everyone should know better by now how to treat other human beings, let alone law enforcement.  Watching the older man be shoved to the ground for no apparent reason by law enforcement, and just passed by bleeding, when they KNOW how many cameras are out there… These are not the people who should be supposedly protecting people.  Sure, being a cop is a tough job that most people could not do… but if you can’t do it RIGHT, choose another field.  A few bad apples, etc… and that goes for all aspects of these events… a few criminals shouldn’t be used to ruin every person of color’s life.  Every bad cop shouldn’t make it more difficult for every good cop.  Everything being so one sided either/or republican/democrat. Everything is just so generalized all the time!! It’s just been a grieving type of year for so many things.  Anyway… I might just be talking about tea most of the time, but there is so much else in my brainpan, as I’m sure is the same for all of you.

I bought this about a year ago with a handful of other teas from Silver Tips Tea. The name of this one sold me on it — I love the idea of a great FRENCH BREAKFAST tea.  It was really the name because now I’m wondering why the heck I would buy a Ceylon base vanilla that doesn’t even have vanilla pieces in it?  Any decent vanilla tea MUST have vanilla bean IMO.   Ceylon is my least favored black tea, personally the flavor is just not for me. To my tastebuds, Ceylon is just boring and flat. There is vanilla flavoring here but it is faint and the Ceylon that I don’t really like detracts from the vanilla anyway.  The second steep has even less vanilla… So this one isn’t for me… but I’m on the lookout for the best vanilla bean tea….
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 18 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  3-4 min
2020 Sipdowns: 39 Teavivre – Jasmine oolong

Shae

So glad to open Steepster and see this note. Thank you for sharing some of what’s in your brainpan today. :)

Nattie

The first half of this year has been truly awful. My heart breaks for everyone affected by the murder of George Floyd. The only solace I’m taking at the moment is in how so many people are rallying together to support the Black Lives Matter movement. I hope that it can truly make a difference, once and for all.

Nattie

Oh, and stay safe American friends. I’ve seen some scary things on the news over here.

tea-sipper

Thanks Shae & Nattie. I’m also hoping things finally change for the better.. for everything.

Martin Bednář

It’s exactly what you wrote tea-sipper. Here we say that things aren’t just white or black. And they certainly should not be; nor our thoughts. Everything so onesided today. Pick a side, but don’t dare to agree with other side even in a little thing! That’s the World nowdays.

I am glad that they haven’t went silent because of Covid-19. Apparently it is important to speak about those things. Don’t be silent. It never brings good.

Martin Bednář

And of course, thank you for nice tasting note, even it is bit sad one :)

mrmopar

I remember a famous man saying “As you do to the least of these you do to me.” Wise words for all treat and respect others they way you wish to be done unto. Our world is very sad sometimes…

tea-sipper

Surely, mrmopar. The older man who was shoved reminded me of my dad and he would never give anyone cause to shove him AT ALL, so I can only imagine what that older man’s family thinks.

mrmopar

I know, it is a sad world when we cant treat our fellow man as we do ourselves.

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Shae

So glad to open Steepster and see this note. Thank you for sharing some of what’s in your brainpan today. :)

Nattie

The first half of this year has been truly awful. My heart breaks for everyone affected by the murder of George Floyd. The only solace I’m taking at the moment is in how so many people are rallying together to support the Black Lives Matter movement. I hope that it can truly make a difference, once and for all.

Nattie

Oh, and stay safe American friends. I’ve seen some scary things on the news over here.

tea-sipper

Thanks Shae & Nattie. I’m also hoping things finally change for the better.. for everything.

Martin Bednář

It’s exactly what you wrote tea-sipper. Here we say that things aren’t just white or black. And they certainly should not be; nor our thoughts. Everything so onesided today. Pick a side, but don’t dare to agree with other side even in a little thing! That’s the World nowdays.

I am glad that they haven’t went silent because of Covid-19. Apparently it is important to speak about those things. Don’t be silent. It never brings good.

Martin Bednář

And of course, thank you for nice tasting note, even it is bit sad one :)

mrmopar

I remember a famous man saying “As you do to the least of these you do to me.” Wise words for all treat and respect others they way you wish to be done unto. Our world is very sad sometimes…

tea-sipper

Surely, mrmopar. The older man who was shoved reminded me of my dad and he would never give anyone cause to shove him AT ALL, so I can only imagine what that older man’s family thinks.

mrmopar

I know, it is a sad world when we cant treat our fellow man as we do ourselves.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Plumdeluxe.com
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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