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drank Strawberry Kiss by Tealyra
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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challengeSaturday, February 27th: National Strawberry Day Tea #2

Started this one yesterday with a third steep today. I bought this recently.  Couldn’t resist.  Sounded dreamy.  (I DO miss Tealyra’s sample sizes though.  I loved those things.  I could try so many different teas with sample sizes.)  Upon opening the pouch, yowzas there is a strong scent to this tea and I wouldn’t really say it smells like strawberry or pear.  It looks like a fairly decent bao zhong base. There is a good deal of fruit here. So now I’m wondering why the flavoring is necessary at all.   I also noticed a large piece of hibiscus that turned the mug a pale pink.  I might just pick out any hibiscus I see from the infuser in the future but it doesn’t do much harm in any of the steeps.  Overall, not so much a flavoring “kiss” as a “punch” (and that isn’t even the hibiscus!) but maybe it will mellow out with time.  The flavor of the oolong does come across though!  By the third steep, the weird flavor has been faded, but I don’t want faded weird flavor.  I just wanted a nice delicate pear and strawberry flavoring to go with it.  I should have listened to the majority of Steepster on this one.  Annnnddddd…. this is another reason I miss samples.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons //  28 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min

Mastress Alita

It’s so disheartening that so few tea venders these days offer samples. It seems that even ones that don’t make you blindly buy 100g at once are shrinking more and more, and it makes me sad.

tea-sipper

yeah, shops should realize that there are SO MANY possible teas to buy and many of us want to try MANY teas.

Martin Bednář

Yup. 100 grams is crazy amount, and 50 g for one person is more than I would like too (Oxalis have the minimum 50 grams). If only I could take just a sample first, I wouldn’t be that disappointed with Zasněžená romance I think.

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Mastress Alita

It’s so disheartening that so few tea venders these days offer samples. It seems that even ones that don’t make you blindly buy 100g at once are shrinking more and more, and it makes me sad.

tea-sipper

yeah, shops should realize that there are SO MANY possible teas to buy and many of us want to try MANY teas.

Martin Bednář

Yup. 100 grams is crazy amount, and 50 g for one person is more than I would like too (Oxalis have the minimum 50 grams). If only I could take just a sample first, I wouldn’t be that disappointed with Zasněžená romance I think.

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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
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
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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