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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – July 2024 Tea #6 – A fruity tea

Time to say goodbye to this one!  It was decent enough, unique enough.  And old enough to finally let go of.  I liked its balance of fruitiness and herbalness.
2024 sipdowns:  52

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – July 2024 Tea #5 – Tea from your prettiest tin

How about tea from any tin at all, as I don’t have many with me at the moment.  This is a tin in Gram’s tea stash.  Really the only tin of tea at Gram’s, and it’s good ol Comoro.  I used two sachets for a larger mug for some reason and whooee is it strong stuff.  Very strong for decaf. I have a mind to fill this tin with loose leaf when I run out, as I have been reading that some of you think the loose leaf is better.  This particular tin is quite old now and I’m really just tasting this tough black tea that I’m hoping is at least a little bit decaf, as the flavor is saying otherwise.  Only a few sachets left now…


I am out of this tea and I have to get some soonish! I do think the loose leaf is better. We shake the tin or turn it upside down to make sure those vanilla bean specks stay distributed. Oh dear, I feel a Harney order coming on….must be good and wait.


It’s odd though, because this old tin only says vanilla flavor and nothing about real vanilla.
I know how that is… I was just on Harney’s site, but refrained…


This is still one of my favorite Harney blends!


I just checked online and for both loose and sachets it says “black tea, natural vanilla flakes, vanilla flavor”, so hopefully they are still in there!


hopefully! I don’t know why the older tin wouldn’t mention the vanilla flakes…

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drank GABA Oolong by Teavivre
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Wow, my original note for this tea made me laugh today. I wish I was tasting all those varieties of squashes this session…

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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – July 2024 Tea #4 – A tea you can’t repurchase

An actual remove-from-cupboard sipdown of all iterations of this tea.  And I looked on Teavivre’s site for fun, and it looks like this one is currently out of stock, so I’m counting it for this prompt.  Though it does look like they have some other similar new teas.    It was time to say goodbye to this harvest though!   It was an amazing green when it was fresh…
2024 sipdowns:  50

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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – July 2024 Tea #3 – A minty tea

Woowee does this teabag pack a peppermint punch.  They are not joking around.  The color of the brew almost looks like black tea and I didn’t steep it THAT long (the instructions suggest 10-15 minutes. whoa.)  The flavor is herbal, vegetal, but also slightly sweet and VERY minty.  This can be used as some serious relief for my headaches.  I will try to remember that.


I like this one for whatever’s ailing me.

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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – July 2024 Tea #2  – July 7 – World Chocolate Day

Perfect day to finish this tea, though whoever decided chocolate day should be in summer?!?  It’s a billion degrees out today.  Though I will definitely be sure to find some chocolate today anyway, as I have “an excuse” to eat chocolate. (Though now that I think about it, I probably have at least a LITTLE chocolate every day.)  To be fair, this tea was mostly just stevia flavored… a shame.   I couldn’t even begin to say what it was supposed to taste like if I didn’t know already… just drowning in stevia. Maybe that was just the result of the dust of the pouch though.
2024 sipdowns: 49


I made hot chocolate with cacao nibs and took it outside to Ashman, who was watering the garden and drenched in sweat. Me: “Bear with me, please. I know it is hot but I want you to taste this.” He is on his second cup,

I am with you, why is Chocolate Day in summer? We can’t even get the good stuff shipped here without paying for the styrofoam and freezer packs and expedited shipping. I have cabin fever because it is too hot and humid to go outside for more than a few minutes.


haha, yes. Chocolate is what the bottom drawer of the fridge is for. :D The other drawer is for… vegetables… I guess…

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drank Hibiscus Berry by Runa
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I guess I never wrote a note for this. It is from a teabox at some point in the past! I guess the company has folded. I wouldn’t trust the accuracy on noticing whatever flavors were originally here, but I don’t taste any hibiscus or berry at all at this point. What has inspired me to write a note today is the wonderful guayusa base. It’s flavorful, it’s quality, and somehow still seems fresh! I guess I forgot how much I like guayusa. It seems an underappreciated form of caffeine! And a nice change of flavor, if I ever get tired of black tea (not like that would happen in any universe.)

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drank Tropical Breeze by Tealux
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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – July 2024 Tea #1 -World Watercolor Month: drink a tea whose color you love

I had to go with this tea for this prompt.  Let me tell you why I love this brew color that is just shy of the color of green tea, though it is a fruity tea with red ingredients.  I love this brew color because it doesn’t contain any hibiscus!  And it doesn’t need to!  There is so much flavor here!  Cherry, cranberry, kiwi, apple, coconut.  It’s so good. I would keep this STOCKED AT ALL TIMES.

Cameron B.

I love this one too! Just the right tart cherry flavor.

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drank White Pearls by Tearunners
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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – June 2024 Tea #8 -A white tea

I am NOT accomplishing these sipdowns as fast as I would like this year.  uh oh..  But I’m still drinking tea and enjoying it, and that is what matters.  This tea is now gone.  It was okay as the last sip disappeared, but you can’t fault it for being an old tea at this point!  Those tiny pearls sure did unravel.
2024 sipdowns:  48


I had made it to the 80’s and my cupboard just zipped right back up to 100! Am I going to get fired from the Sipdown Challenge? Ha ha ha ha! (groan)


haha. Oh no! But really, you are doing a great job keeping the cupboard number relatively low!

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drank Jade Oolong by Adagio Teas
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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – June 2024 Tea #7 – Your oldest oolong

This is not the oldest oolong I have, but it might be the oldest I have with me at the moment.  Plus, it’s an actual sipdown, so I’m fine with that!  This was quite a decent oolong that I enjoyed.  I wouldn’t mind it finding its way into the cupboard again… eventually, maybe.  I had all intentions of doing the cream tea prompt yesterday, but the cream in the fridge was frozen! I steeped up a great tea to have with cream and everything… ah well.  Right now I’m reading an awesome book:  Barkskins by Annie Proulx.
2024 sipdowns:  47

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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):
Dammann Freres

Favorite tea shops (RIP):

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!

I’m always in search of: Hattialli, Qu Hao black, Jin Jun Mei, teas using marshmallow root.

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… I have a dumb phone so can’t access internet on that. As of 12/20/21 my wifi might start getting unreliable.)

Happy sipping!



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