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drank Spiced Orappangele by 52teas
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Thanks again, AJRimmer!  Slowly getting through all of these samples! :D  I have no idea how to pronounce the name of this tea.  Anyway, it’s tasty. I do wish it was more “spiced” – only a wisp of occasional nutmeg – but there is plenty of bright orange flavor here.   Not really any cinnamon or apple for me, which is a bit disappointing for such a crazily named tea.  At least it didn’t only taste like plain green tea though.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 43 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 32 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 min

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Additional notes: I had to find this tea because of the other foojoy I had the other day. Wow is it still a very lovely buttery oolong. I’m impressed. That is all.

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drank Spring Romance by Plum Deluxe
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Another from AJRimmer!  Thank you yet again!  This is an odd one.  I really can’t tell what the flavors are trying to do here.  It doesn’t really have a tea-like-fragrance at all.  I’m not sure what it’s doing, and I can’t say I like the flavor very much anyway.  It’s just not very tasty to my tastebuds.  To me, the flavor is very subtly cherry if I can tell it’s anything. I will say, I LOVE these tiny flowers though.  I think I have only ever seen them in a Simpson & Vail blend.  But tiny flowers can’t be the only thing a tea has to win me over.  I’d pass on this one.   Spring is in BLOOM here though!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 23 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2 minutes after boiling // 3-4 min

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Thanks very much AJRimmer! A freebie and a pleasant surprise for a store brand tea that is hibiscus focused! It’s a pleasant amount of hibiscus and a pleasant amount of strawberry. There seem to be quite a number of other things in this teabag but the flavors stay very true to the name. It is Strawberry. It is Hibiscus. It is what it claims to be. I don’t hate it!


I was surprised by how much I liked this one!


Oh man, ordering groceries for the past 14 months instead of going into stores means I have zero grocery store impulse buy teas on my shelf right now. Sometimes you end up with decent finds!

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drank Apéro Spritz by DAVIDsTEA
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An Ode to Tea challenge – A

Brewed this one up, thought the citrus might help my immune system after getting the COVID VACCINE yesterday YEAH.  Really, most importantly, I wanted to get the vaccine for the long suffering nurses, doctors, and any other staff at the hospitals and nursing homes,  school teachers and all the other workers who keep things going every day.  I thought the citrus might  help my immune system, as I was definitely feeling it.  I usually can tell in my bones when my immune system is fighting something.   A nice orangey cup anyway!

And so FINALLY the alphabet sipdown challenge concludes!  It was a fun one.  I would definitely do this again, maybe a few months from now.  What I noticed while looking at the list of sipdowns though, most of these teas that I finished were never in something like 50gram pouches.  Most of these were 3-5 serving type teas which makes me think I keep those teas in mind knowing they will be easier sipdowns.  But then anything that is in 50-100g amount might get put on a backburner and I need to work on those larger amounts.  So this challenge actually taught me something anyway!  So with this challenge, I completed 24 actual sipdowns which is better than I thought would happen!  I’m fine not having two letters be actual sipdowns, especially when O and U are the rarer letters.  BUT THEN.  I just had to buy teas from Maya Tea.  An awesome sale where so many samples were $1. So those samples, plus two teas I wanted to try at 50grams and the number increased by 19 again, so basically undoing the work of this entire sipdown challenge.  Another lesson learned.  :/
And another note: I don’t know… it might not count as a sipdown to others, if it started out as a single teabag… but it counts to me if it’s a precious sample from Bird&Blend, or a sample from a tea bud! So SOME single teabags count.  I guess we all sipdown in our own ways. :D

An Ode to Tea

A – Apéro Spritz – Davidstea
B – Builder’s Breakfast Brew – Bird & Blend
C – Candy Cane Truffle – 52Teas
D – Dark Rose Hearts – Octavia Tea
E – Eggnog Marshmallow Treat – 52Teas
F – Frosty Osmanthus Oolong – Daoist Meditation
G – Gingerbread Blondie – Davidstea
H – Hand Picked Summer TieGuanYin – Verdant
I – Irish Breakfast – Dollar Tea Club
J – Jun Chiyabari Second Flush Nepal – Single Origin Teas
K – Korakundah Estate BOP Organic – Upton Tea + Kung Fu- Silk Road Teas
L – Lychee Jasmine Green – Tealyra + Lavenderberry – Tea Source
M – Mokalbari East Full Assam – Harney & Sons + Molly Hooper Blend- Adagio
N – Nirvana – American Tea Room + Nice Vanilla Spice – Plum Deluxe
O – Orzo Strawberry – Lupicia
P – Poundcake – white2tea
Q – Qing Pin – Yezi Tea
R – Royal Blend – Fortnum & Mason
S – Silver Needle “Yinzhen” white – Silk Road Teas + Snow Day – Davidstea
T – Taiwan Four Seasons Light-Roasted Oolong – What-Cha
U – Unbridled Love – Teavivre
V – Victorian London Fog – Harney & Sons
W – Witching Hour – 52Teas
X – Xin Yang Mao Jian – Teavivre
Y – Yeti White – Wendigo Tea Co
Z – Zealong Black – TeaGschwender
*True sipdowns in bold


Also, drinking a cup of Unbridled Love right now in an effort to pretend I’m trying to sip this down!


My sister who had covid months ago, actually was feeling the immunity building after taking the vaccine, which tells me that the vaccine probably helps even if you already had covid! I think so many people hesitate to get the vaccine because they already had covid, but I think the vaccine might be added protection.

Mastress Alita

My sister also had COVID, and she got vaccinated. The side effects of the vaccine actually hit her a little worse.


further proof it’s working!


Yay! Glad you got your vaccine! I’ll be eligible for my first dose next week.

Cameron B.

I also count single teabags if they’re from a swap! Otherwise I tend to keep them in my big ol’ bag of teabags for when I travel.


Congrats on getting your vaccine! My whole family now has it!

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drank Lichee Black Tea by foojoy
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I had to check to see if I wrote a note for this tea from an ANCIENT teabox and I hadn’t yet, so this is just to say I DRANK THIS. It’s actually a really good teabag – black tea with lychee flavor and the lychee really holds up after all these years. I like it! It looks like Foojoy also has some loose leaf. And embarrassed to say I actually have one of their teas and it might be the oldest tea I own. Time to go digging for it.

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An Ode to Tea challenge – B

A sample from B&B!  Nothing I was really eager to try, as it’s a plain black and I can get the less unique teas other places than B&B.  But always happy to try a tea!  The CTC leaf has a seemingly misplaced floral aroma on the dry leaf.  Not present in the flavor though.  Really just a solid plain black.  The flavor is strong but not too strong!  Not much to say here.
Steep #1 // 16 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
2021 sipdowns:  67

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drank Honey Mead Black by Fusion Teas
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I like the days when I barely wake up in the morning and know exactly which tea I’m craving.  And remember exactly which tea it actually is, even if I have only had it twice.  This is that tea and I didn’t even write a tasting note for it yet!  This is older now, but it’s a bright orange brew that has the sweet taste of cherries.  I was worried they were going to ruin it with bee pollen, but they didn’t.  It also doesn’t really taste like honey or mead.  Not that I know what mead tastes like.Maybe more like a cherry infused syrup or something.    I made sure to get a big dried cherry into the infuser for this tasting note!  I crave this once in a while, but it’s not the best tea I have ever had.
Steep #1// 1 1/2 teaspoons // 23 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

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drank Lavenderberry by TeaSource
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An Ode to Tea challenge – L Redux

Sipping down Lavenderberry!   A lovely one, though the rooibos flavor does take over a bit from the other flavors.  Mouthfeel is almost like a throat lozenge at first… which is a weird comparison as I don’t actually use those.   The description mentions actual raspberry pieces, but if there are any here at all anyway, it tastes mostly of strawberry and lavender.  I’m probably repeating myself here.  I wouldn’t mind having this around again!
2021 sipdowns: 66


This does sound interesting—especially with iced fruit tea season just around the corner.

Mastress Alita

I think they changed the recipe. I had an old bag of Lavenderberry from TeaSource and it also tasted of strawberry and lavender, and didn’t have raspberry pieces in it.

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An Ode to Tea challenge – M Redux

I never really wanted to drink this, so I’m glad I’m finishing it now.  It’s not bad, really.  I guess I’m more tolerant of chamomile now, or the ancientness of this blend has mellowed it.  Somehow I’m finishing most of my Adagio teas lately! 
2021 sipdowns: 65

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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!

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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