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An Ode to Tea challenge – Z

Another fun challenge idea! I’m not quite finished with the Tea Tournament but I thought I’d start this. Thanks very much, Mastress Alita!  So my particular rules for the Ode to Tea challenge is that these teas MUST A) be a true sipdown! last steep session! OR B) be a tea I have never written about yet.  So I will have 26 sipdowns OR it will get me to write about a new-to-me tea!    I’m also starting at Z and working backwards because I’m already so far behind everyone anyway. :D
This tea is a sipdown!  It’s an odd one but tasty and unique.   It is the closest thing to being a Ruby varietal, while not actually being a Ruby varietal.  It reminds me of the almond nougat in one of those chocolates.  It’s really good!   WHOA though – seeing HOW EXPENSIVE this is now when I went to see if they still had it.  Whoa,  thank you again for share, SkySamurai and I’m glad I finished it while it was fresh!  Solid three steeps…. now wishing I went for a fourth.
2021 sipdowns: 43

Mastress Alita

My goal is also 26 sipdowns, but unlike everyone else, I have to do my teas in no particular order. The way I can drink certain teas depending on if I have work or its the weekend, if its the day or evening, etc. would have made it way too limiting and impossible for me trying to go in order.

tea-sipper

Yeah, that’s understandable, M A! I like the idea in order, but backwards, and I will get to them when I get a chance to get to them. :D

AJRimmer

My trick is I drink my teas in whatever order, save my notes, then post them in the right order.

Mastress Alita

If I did that I’d have a slew of notes on the last day. Honestly, I seem to be the least fussed about it of everyone. :-P

AJRimmer

To be fair, I have notes saved from months ago that I haven’t had a chance to post yet, so maybe my methods aren’t the best…

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Mastress Alita

My goal is also 26 sipdowns, but unlike everyone else, I have to do my teas in no particular order. The way I can drink certain teas depending on if I have work or its the weekend, if its the day or evening, etc. would have made it way too limiting and impossible for me trying to go in order.

tea-sipper

Yeah, that’s understandable, M A! I like the idea in order, but backwards, and I will get to them when I get a chance to get to them. :D

AJRimmer

My trick is I drink my teas in whatever order, save my notes, then post them in the right order.

Mastress Alita

If I did that I’d have a slew of notes on the last day. Honestly, I seem to be the least fussed about it of everyone. :-P

AJRimmer

To be fair, I have notes saved from months ago that I haven’t had a chance to post yet, so maybe my methods aren’t the best…

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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!

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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