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drank Organic Oolong Tea by Prince of Peace
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ashmanra’s monthly sipdown challenge
June 2023 → a tea that was a gift

Eh, this isn’t great. It’s super old though, so I’m sure that’s the reason. I only have a couple of bags left so I may just steep those up together to see if that gives me more flavor. These tea bags were a gift from a coworker several years ago.

Flavors: Coffee

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

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drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
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drank Cardamom Pu-erh by Numi Organic Tea
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ashmanra’s monthly sipdown challenge
June 2023 → a favorite bagged tea

Another tea that I love but always seem to be forgetting about. It’s dark and earthy with a solid cardamom flavor. This is a tea that I’ll make and finish before I even think about it because it’s just that good.

Flavors: Cardamom, Earthy

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

This is a surprisingly good shu! I didn’t think bagged puerh could be very tasty but Numi is what I recommend for tea newbies who are not equipped with infusers and such.

Shae

I was just looking on their website and it looks like they don’t make this one anymore. I might need to try one of their others though. It looks like they have three different puerh options.

ashmanra

Sad! I just looked at my very old note for it and I see that I sent some of it to gmathis and Superanna, who both liked it. I did not like the mint puerh, but that one is no longer available either.

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drank Blackberry Maple Oolong by 52teas
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ashmanra’s monthly sipdown challenge
June 2023 → a lingering holiday/advent tea

A leftover tea from the 52Teas advent last year. Oolongs are often hit or miss for me. I really enjoy the ones with a deep toasty flavor. This one was lighter than I was hoping, but the maple flavor really came through. It wasn’t for me, but James loved it!

Flavors: Maple Syrup

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Guei Fei by Camellia Sinensis
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I’ve been digging around on the Mandala Tea website, reading through everything so I can make a ridiculous list of teas to buy and try. Anyway, I found out that they sell trace mineral drops as a flavor enhancement and since I have some at home already I decided to add a few drops to my tea today. Has anyone else tried this? I’m not sure if I can taste the difference but I like the idea of it and I’m getting some good stuff in. Might experiment with adding a few more drops with each cup to see what I like best.

This is a papaya-flavored tea and while I’m not a fan of fresh papaya I do like this blend. It tastes more like peach to me, I think. Which I love, of course.

Flavors: Peach, Stonefruit

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

I can’t remember where I saw them (Global Tea Hut, maybe?)… somewhere was selling a little handful of rocks that you could put in your teapot to increase mineral content.

Shae

Oh that’s interesting!

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drank Chocolate & Strawberry Puer by Lupicia
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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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drank Big Red Sun by Harney & Sons
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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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