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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – June 2023 Tea #2 – June 9 – National Earl Day

Yep, I’m drinking this again!  It’s the only Earl I have around at the moment for Earl day. I think it might be the caffeine tea I have been drinking the most of.  What an honor for this tea!  I’m still not sick of it.  It’s very strong with two teabags. I feel like it wakes me up (not many teas do, at this point.)  (Criminey, it’s already June 9…) 

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drank Raspberry by Lifted Cup
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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – June 2023 Tea #1 -A favorite bagged tea

Wow, I always forget how fantastic this raspberry flavor is until I’m drinking it.  It’s also always interesting to me when teas change flavor depending on the location where you drink them.  Water changes, elevation changes… SO MANY VARIABLES to how a tea changes flavor.    Gratefully, not a sipdown yet.

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additional notes: SO! This is one of the blends I love from Maya Tea and I wanted to order more during the sale. I did notice that the site now does not include coconut shreds in the ingredients list. I was a little worried it would be an entirely different blend without them. But I don’t think so! Maybe there is an element missing, but I think it is better for the longevity of the blend to leave the coconut shreds out of the tea. Otherwise, it still pretty much tastes like the blend I originally loved. Awesome. The banana isn’t candy banana, which I love.

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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – May 2023 Tea #10 – A flavored oolong

Last day of May, last prompt!  I had two flavored oolongs with me so this one was sipped twice this month.   I definitely wouldn’t say this was ever DARK chocolate.  But it’s an interesting mix of flavors.  A real mystery most of the time.
2023 sipdowns: 51

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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – May 2023 Tea #9 -A tea with a three word name

OKAY.. this tea definitely disappeared from Steepster. Searched Steepster, then my Steepster cupboard in case someone changed the name. Nowhere. Then went to S&V’s site to see if my review was there. Yes, yes it is. And I would not have written an S&V review without first adding it to steepster. So I readded this tea to the database! I don’t like that entire teas are disappearing! Anyway… Threw this in a mug for a prompt/May sipdown.  I like it, but I would like it more without the added sugar.
2023 sipdowns: 50

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drank Tower of London by Harney & Sons
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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – May 2023 Tea #8 – A flavored black tea

This tasting note will probably just fly away into the Steepster abyss, but here we go.  Finished this old old amount of ToL for the prompt for a flavored black tea.  Amazing amount of flavor even still.  But that’s the old flavoring for ya (less “natural” flavors now, so probably just not.the.same. with the new batches.)     This last cup was a delight!  Sidenote, I have not had a sipdown in A WHILE. uh oh.  Way behind on sipdowns now.  And then I just couldn’t resist the super cheap teas for the Maya Tea sale.  Mainly because I love their raspberry black.
2023 sipdowns: 49 


I had an old school TOL tin that just kept giving and giving…sorry to hear the formulation has changed.


I feel your pain on the sipdowns. I think my cupboard went up by sixteen or more this month, and only about half that many sipdowns. I have to try harder next month!


It’s hard to pass up 25% off, isn’t it. I will have lots of raspberry and apricot tea to sip on this summer :)


oh darn Michelle – I should have asked you before I ordered since I still owe you some teas at some point. Will have eight ounces of raspberry (it was only $11! what the heck!) so I could have shared some of that with you if you hadn’t ordered it yourself. :D


No worries tea-sipper, you can send me different and ‘new to me’ teas, I know I like Maya raspberry already. I have the TTB headed my way so lots of new to me teas arriving soon, no rush for you.

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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – May 2023 Tea #7 – May 20 – National Pick Strawberries Day

No. No I did not forget to have a strawberry tea yesterday.  I only forgot to post about it.  AND it’s the tea I seem to fill a prompt for in almost every month of the sipdown challenge…. Jelly & Ice Cream!  That must be because I have a ton of it, despite the coconut.  It IS my favorite strawberry tea. AND the only berry tea I brought in my gallon bag for the trip, so there you go.  Glad Steepster is healthy again. 


Yaaaay! Sounds like a good tea!


That does sound tasty!

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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – May 2023 Tea #6 – An Earl Grey plus tea

As this is the only Earl I brought with me, it will have to do for this prompt.  I’m still drinking it possibly more often than any other tea I have.  That is saying something!  But of course, if I know I have a lot of a tea in the cupboard, I’m probably not trying to hoard it away.  Then I’m free to drink it more often than other teas.  But it’s a nice robust, strong bergamot.  Definitely not a sipdown.

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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – May 2023 Tea #5 – May 11 – National Eat What You Want Day

The most distinct thing I can describe of the mini tuocha I steeped today, it looks like there is a brown sunflower on the wrapper. I thought I had found that using two of this tiny tuochas really works best with this particular tuocha, and I really wanted to use two of them, so that is what I did (points to the prompt for today).  Rich deliciousness.  Not a sipdown. However, it looks like this one isn’t even on Steepster. So I was mistaking this tuocha for the Lao Cang. Oh well, you can’t really go overboard with ripe puerh but I will have to try a single tuocha at some point, rather than two.

edited to add: Some actual FLAVOR notes since I haven’t written any for this specific tuocha yet. It has a nice unoffensive flavor! Deep, rich, no negative qualities, a little biscuity. I do not regret accidentally steeping two of these at the same time! Rating: 92. But again, I have to try a single tuocha, since I have a sneaking suspicion I love overleafing the ripe!

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drank Eggnogg'n by Bigelow
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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – May 2023 Tea #4- A limited edition or seasonal tea

It’s spring but I brought a couple holiday teas with me anyway.  Like a single teabag of this gem.  So I will count it for this prompt.  Though I don’t think I’m finished with them yet!  But I’m glad about that, as it’s definitely a grocery store tea I would love to keep in stock.  Maybe it’s Bigelow’s answer to Celestial Seasonings – Nutcracker Sweet.  I’d keep both around.


I’ve got some of this that’s aging quickly—will have to consider trying some cold lattes to get it out the door.

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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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