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drank It's Snowing! by 52teas
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Thank you for this, AJRimmer!  It’s snowing!  So ’It’s Snowing!’ the tea blend came to mind.  On first sip, I thought “yes, this is a perfect snowy day blend.”  It’s not a chai, but that’s ok!  You can’t drink chai on every cold day.  First, the coconut flakes look fresh and TASTE fresh.  So nice.  Then hints of ginger and cinnamon on a smooth yet dark enough black base.  I love that the coconut is so present.  It’s a smooth, comforting cup for this endless winter.    I MUST finish the last steep session before next winter and the coconut is older.  It’s so good now. 
Steep #1 //  1 1/4 teaspoons // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 4 minutes after boiling // 4 min
2021 sipdowns: 25  Della Terra – Café Vanilla

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A sample from SkySamurai!  Thanks so much!  The book I was reading kept mentioning Earl Grey today, so thought I’d try this.  It’s quite a mixture of things on a decaf black base: bergamot, lavender, strawberry, orange, lemon balm…  It’s quite a muddle, much like the Mad Hatter would prefer it!  For some reason the lavender seems green and raw to me, though I doubt that is even possible.  I don’t think this tastes anything like Adagio’s lavender earl blend.  The bergamot seems slightly different.  I can notice a bit of bergamot, orange, strawberry and lavender… but not sure if I like all of these flavors together. It’s a bit floral overall, maybe a bit soapy some of you are sometimes talking about.  I definitely can’t tell this is a decaf black.  It has enough flavor and isn’t drying but I’m starting to suspect that decaf black tea might be the most dehydrating of any teas.  The second steep is also tasty.  Might be a worthy iced tea.
Steep #1  // 23 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  3 minute steep
2021 sipdowns: 24 (This + Teavivre’s Lychee black)

Mastress Alita

I actually really love Adagio’s Lavender Earl Grey! One of my favs.

tea-sipper

Yep, I love it too. :D

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additional notes: I’m finishing this one now and had the brilliant idea when I woke up this morning to mix it with a ripe puerh. Since the black tea is so light. It’s giving Teavivre’s Loose Yunnan Palace Ripened 2005 a sweet flavor boost. (It didn’t really need it – I gave the puerh a 95 rating so probably should have used a puerh I liked less to blend it with!) But how I steeped it is giving it a lovely balance of puerh depth and the sweetness of this tea. I’m also drinking it along with Lupicia’s Marron Chocolat and they pair VERY well together.
2021 sipdowns: 22

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Wednesday, February 17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day Tea #2
Courtesy of Kawaii433 a while ago!  Thanks very much!  I’ve been neglecting this one a bit because I’m not usually seeing the specialness of a roasted tea, but this one isn’t too bad.  There is a hint of green under the deep red leaves and the brew is fairly light orange.  The roast isn’t too bad, but also tastes like a hint of stevia which obviously isn’t there.  Maybe I’m just now making this connection that roasted teas taste like stevia to me.  The second steep is much the same, light roast flavor which I like, starchy, maybe hints of squash.  Not oversteeped at all at three minutes. The third steep is also great but I can never notice nuance after the roasted notes. But the roast is light, so I like! I definitely wouldn’t consider this “dark roast”.
Steep #1  // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 30 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 28 minutes after boiling //  3 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 min

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drank White Tea (2018) by Old Ways Tea
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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Wednesday, February 17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day Tea #1
I drank these theme days yesterday, but I’m slow to post the notes today. Another good theme day.  I’d say tea swaps are “gifted teas” so I wanted to go for teas from swaps and definitely teas I haven’t written notes about yet.  This is one!  Kindly sent by derk!  Thank you!  derk and Martin love this tea.  I keep trying it different ways, but to me it tastes like a typical white tea.  It was in  a sealed sample pouch, so the freshness should be fine.  I like that Roswell’s recent note about a white tea mentioned paper and YES sometimes white tea tastes like paper to me in all the best ways.  It really reminds me of crisp fresh white paper (cardboard teas are something else entirely.)   This time I tried with a ton of these autumnal looking leaves but short steeps.  It’s such a gentle tea, I think you could do anything with it but sometimes short steeps have more flavor nuance.  The second steep was very sweet and proving it’s a great white.  Very clear and crisp.  Cold, the last gulp has something like tangy tamarind. This is a lovely white tea but not really something that stands out. Maybe I shouldn’t be steeping this western? So I’m not finding this as special as a 99 rating like derk and Martin, but it’s a very good white.
Steep #1  // 3  teaspoons for full mug // 30 minutes after boiling  // 30 second steep
Steep #2  // 28 minutes after boiling //  1 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min

Martin Bednář

I did both sessions gongfu. Maybe I was just hyped because it was so good looking. But 83 is still a great rating :)

tea-sipper

Yeah, not steeping gongfu is probably the problem for me. It IS a nice looking leafed tea. :D

derk

I doubt you did anything wrong, tea-sipper! I’m beginning to think I have a thing in general for white teas and this one really stood out to me. And now that you mention tamarind, (like somebody mentioned olive recently and I ran away with that one) I can think of just the tea I’ve been drinking that has that note – What-Cha’s Darjeeling 2020 2nd Flush Gopaldhara Ruby Gold Black Tea.

tea-sipper

haha, sure. But ALL steeps are different so it’s sad for me if I’m not finding that perfect steeping method when a few people have really loved a tea. :D

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additional notes: And the last no caff pancake tea for pancake day! This isn’t a favorite but I can manage to drink it when I have the excuse of PANCAKE DAY. (I love pancakes.) It’s too much of a tart lemon and not enough of what I would consider pancakes.

AJRimmer

Not sure if you’re an Oreo fan, but the last time I saw my family, we made Oreo pancakes, which were a surprise hit. We always love inventing new pancake flavors.

Tiffany :)

I’m excited to get this one (about to make a B&B pancake tea order shortly), I love lemon stuff! :D

tea-sipper

AJRimmer – ah, I wish I was creative enough to make new pancakes. I always want to try everything at the ihop…
Tiffany – I hope you like all the teas you get! Their new strawberry nutella b

tea-sipper

**blend looks great (sent too soon)

AJRimmer

Oh it’s been so long since I’ve been to IHOP! I used to love their cinnastacks and still think about their limited edition jelly doughnut pancakes. The nearest one is hours away now, sadly.

Mastress Alita

I’m going to get Lemon Ricotta Pancakes from a local place today. Sadly they are closed on M/Tue so I couldn’t go yesterday!

tea-sipper

AJ – We finally have a newly built ihop around here, so hopefully I will get to it after covid is gone (please don’t close before then, ihop).
Mastress A – I hope they are delicious pancakes!

Mastress Alita

They were indeed delicious, tea-sipper! Tasted a bit like a lemon cream and filled with tart and very juice blueberries! I haven’t had pancakes in many years and they hit the spot.

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additional notes:  Another pancake tea for the day!  Still a sweet strawberry flavor in Frank’s blend, though the green tea is fairly crushed now.   Kind of tastes like strawberry Nesquick and syrup.

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drank Banana Pancakes by 52teas
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additional notes:  I’m having my own themed day and having three pancake teas for PANCAKE DAY (also will be having pancakes for dinner.)  Just finished a pouch of this.  It’s sadly losing some of it’s flavor at this point, though not that old.
2021 sipdowns: 21

Lexie Aleah

I may have to pull out a pancake tea as well ;)

tea-sipper

haha. Do it!!

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Sunday, February 14th: Valentine’s Day – Tea #3

additional notes: (Checking to see if the dashboard is stuck again) Had this one last night as the third Valentine’s tea!  It was a theme of rosey, berry, chocolate teas all day.  This is a lighter blend, definitely needs at least two teaspoons with the whole raspberries in there.

tea-sipper

Nope, dash IS working! It was on Lexie Aleah’s note from 12 hours ago for a while there but I’m seeing some new notes now…

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Sunday, February 14th: Valentine’s Day – Tea #2
additional notes:  I was looking for my Harney’s Valentine’s tea for another obvious choice but stumbled on this tea that I forgot I had.  The Harney’s Valentine’s would have been another chocolate tea anyway and was already having S&V’s Valentines…  This is roses.  I have probably had both of these teas together on Valentine’s day before!

edited to add: past note says this once had a berry flavor. Definitely not here now. too bad it’s that old. Almost gone.

tea-sipper

Whoa! This shop is still around! On amazon for about $1.28 an ounce

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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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