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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challengeThursday, November 25th: Thanksgiving Tea #3

additional notes:  I was thinking of having Candied Yams (from Mastress Alita a while ago!) but it would be a sipdown and I’m not willing to part with that rare favorite yet.  So this is the next option.  Also a delicious rarity.  I like it for its savory qualities and almost picked it for Absurdity tea day. I hope those who celebrate had a great thanksgiving.

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I sipped down my bag of Candied Yams not long ago… I really wish they’d bring that one back.


Candied Yams was such a good tea. I keep hoping they will too!


That’s what their sales are for. Finding reappearing limited teas! But then they are only available for a few minutes. haha.

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I am legit never awake to catch those sales when there is stock of anything. :-(

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challengeThursday, November 25th: Thanksgiving Tea #2

additional notes:  I wanted chai to go with my pumpkin pie breakfast, so this wintery chai was a good fit.

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drank Cranberry Creme by Market Spice
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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challengeThursday, November 25th: Thanksgiving Tea #1

Additional notes: An obvious choice for today.  I will miss it when it’s gone.  I love the tart cranberry with the creme. 

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additional notes: Trying to drink some of the older stuff. Boy, is this old, but it’s still very good. One more steep session until a sipdown…

If anyone receives a giftcard (especially greater than $5) from Teavivre’s lucky draw that they would like to share with me, please let me know! There are only a couple things I wanted to get, including my favorite puerh that is somehow on sale. It’s probably the only Black friday sale I will be taking part in. :D


oh darn, now my favorite puerh is out of stock, so I missed it.


I knew that would happen so I don’t know why I waited.


Sorry you missed it! So disappointing!


Thanks ashmanra.
Oh, it was the Fengqing Golden Buds Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2013 if anyone has any they don’t want that they would like to swap for…

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additional notes: Sad sipdown. It’s about time but also, wowwww the perfection of this blend. I just love the idea of cheesecake on this Sourenee base. I like that Sournee has “sour” in the name, because I don’t think I have ever tasted a pleasantly sour black tea like this one. It’s got that tangy quality while not being astringent. Maybe that smoothness also is helped by the marshmallow leaf that I forgot was here. It’s really one of those memorable Butiki blends (aren’t they all) and I can’t believe I only gave this a rating of 81! Raising it. I went with cool water and a short first steep and I probably should have been doing that all along. Luckily I still have some of the Sourenee Black Blossom around….
2021 sipdowns: 146


Butiki teas are always sad sipdowns!


THE saddest. :/

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So I drank this one inspired by Cameron B’s note that I read today.  This won’t be as good as Cameron’s note!  I have never written a note for this tea, since I have never tasted as many flavors as Cameron noticed.  So today I went with two teaspoons in a big mug and that made a BIT of difference.  Using two teaspoons at a time would also help finish those 100grams faster if I ever bought that much of DF’s teas (this tea is from a LONG ago group order, so not much left.)  So flavorwise, I’m tasting strawberry and cherry… and a bit of booziness to that cherry, or maybe it tastes like those fruits if they were dried.  The black tea is dark and tasty enough.   I do like it steeped this way, probably a bit more flavor than I was getting from previous steep sessions.  So I think I have learned how I like DF’s teas steeped best for me(though I’m sure 1 1/2 teaspoons would probably work too.)  I think it was Courtney that mentioned that possibly DF’s cherry flavor might just last longer than their other flavors… and then it might seem like DF has mostly cherry teas as those teas age. haha.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a big mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

Also, sidenote: the name of this tea is fitting today as I’m reading the lovely book ‘Chouette’ by Claire Oshetsky and the mother of the owl-baby Chouette is worried that anyone will confuse the owl-baby’s name as ‘Charlotte’.

Cameron B.

Aww, I’m sorry you didn’t taste the buttery cookie that I did! Maybe it’s just wishful thinking from my brain, heh heh…


Yeah, definitely not buttery cookie in mine! I think our blends were from around the same year too… hmm..

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Saturday, November 20th: National Absurdity Day Tea #1

For absurd teas, I naturally want to go for Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, but I think I have used that in more than one challenge prompt, so I won’t do that today.  How about this one?  Someone else mentioned it the other day for it’s seemingly weird ingredients… but it somehow works (and of course, Anne would have carefully thought about and balanced this blend anyway, so it works!)  But what am I thinking, jasmine, berries & chocolate are my thing.  So it’s good to know they work together.  Especially balanced with those flavors today – yum.


Good call for the day!

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So I bought this a while ago now… I have had it a couple times…. This is one of those teas that were raved about on Steepster, and I was looking for a good Earl Cream, so it was time to buy it and try it.  However, I feel like it must have had a drastic flavor change from the supplier since so many loved it years ago… this is what happened with Zen’s Earl Grey Cream years ago too (it might even be the same now?).  Suddenly a blend changes.  The bergamot just isn’t my favorite and has that slight bug spray tang to it, the cream is hardly there, and the black tea isn’t as dark as I’d like it to be.  So I wish I could try the blend everyone raved about back then… well, now I know this isn’t the one for me and I have finally written my opinion on it. I think I might be the pickiest with EGCs!
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons // 27 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 1/2 min steep

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Saturday, November 13th: National Hug a Musician Day Tea #2

Another favorite, Jonathan Wilson! He has a song called ‘Korean Tea’ and I definitely know that this tea is Korean.  And a good one!  The song starts:
“Would you like to come to my house and play records
And drink the rest of this Korean tea?”so that’s fun.  Jonathan Wilson is another underrated favorite, that I know I have mentioned before.  And this challenge was a good way to pull out this tea. 
Song: Jonathan Wilson – Korean Tea  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU1J4sb17b8


Sounds great with headphones :)


oh good. ALL of Jonathan Wilson’s albums are really good.. there is even an unreleased one called Frankie Ray floating around.

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drank Lilac Bouquet by Simpson & Vail
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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Saturday, November 13th: National Hug a Musician Day Tea #1 

Oh a fun challenge day!  I have about a billion favorite musicians.  And oddly enough, since I’m tea obsessed, I should be able to remember a legion of songs that mention tea.  But somehow, I can’t think of many.  But I always think of Jeff Buckley’s ‘Lilac Wine’ when I think of this tea… Yeah, it’s a cover song, but Jeff is one of my favorites.  This tea isn’t really lilac in any way shape or form, but it’s supposed to be.  The little flowers definitely aren’t lilac but it says there should at least be lilac flavoring.  I do like an out-of-the-box solid attempt at a floral tea though.
Song:  Jeff Buckley – Lilac Wine  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wj0zxFcHQA

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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
Yunnan Sourcing

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.) :D

Happy sipping!



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