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2021 Sipdown Challenge – National Strawberry Day!

One last tea for Strawberry Day! This one just arrived today, perfect timing! My shipments from B&B have been delayed lately, this subscription package took about three weeks to get here. But at least it arrived within the month!

I don’t generally like chocolate teas much, but this one is really good! But of course, it’s limited edition and has already sold out. How typical… XD

Anyway! The strawberry is authentic with a nice tartness, like a freeze-dried strawberry. There’s a little hint of artificial chocolate, but for the most part I’m getting darker cocoa notes. And then there’s a nice nuttiness from the hazelnut as well.

Super yummy, and that’s saying something considering I don’t like chocolate flavoring. Here’s hoping they bring it back in the future…

Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate, Cocoa, Hazelnut, Malt, Nuts, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

I would be all over this if it reappears during one of the free shipping sales…

Martin Bednář

I am not fan of Nutella, so if I don’t like it, I would send it gladly to you Mastress Alita :) Though I have only 20 grams sample :)

Mastress Alita

I am such a big Nutella fan that I eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon!

Cameron B.

I’m not a big Nutella person either! I do like it, but chocolate hazelnut just isn’t a flavor profile that I gravitate to.

Martin Bednář

For me it’s too sweet and somehow I don’t like the sticky sweetness on my palate.

Lexie Aleah

I love the flavor of nutella but not the texture of the spread. So Nutella tea sounds yummy.

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Mastress Alita

I would be all over this if it reappears during one of the free shipping sales…

Martin Bednář

I am not fan of Nutella, so if I don’t like it, I would send it gladly to you Mastress Alita :) Though I have only 20 grams sample :)

Mastress Alita

I am such a big Nutella fan that I eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon!

Cameron B.

I’m not a big Nutella person either! I do like it, but chocolate hazelnut just isn’t a flavor profile that I gravitate to.

Martin Bednář

For me it’s too sweet and somehow I don’t like the sticky sweetness on my palate.

Lexie Aleah

I love the flavor of nutella but not the texture of the spread. So Nutella tea sounds yummy.

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Hi, I’m Cameron!

I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

~ 2024 SIPDOWN CHALLENGE! ~
- May Sipdowns: 22
- Total 2024 Sipdowns: 35

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

I tend to reach for fruitier flavors rather than desserty ones these days, but I do have favorites from both categories. Willing to try anything once! There are a few ingredients/flavors that aren’t generally my jam, such as coconut, rose, lavender, and chocolate flavoring. But I also have teas that I love with some of those things, too! :)

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Old Barrel Tea Co
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

Cupboard Spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZEuKf1-ppR-VXajO4vV39zU1N3zjFJteEPAynqD2yl0/edit?usp=sharing

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