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Ancient Alphabet challenge – A

SO I’m starting an alphabet challenge again!  However, the goal is not actually to finish teas, but drinking the oldest tea I own with that letter.  So for example, shuffling my Steepster cupboard by ‘recent’ and starting on the last page, I look for the first tea (or maybe in occasional cases the second tea) starting from the end, that starts with the letter ‘A’.  This challenge will get me to revisit some older teas, while not just drinking the teas from the last two or three pages of the cupboard to switch it up. 

First victim!  This one isn’t even properly stored.  It’s a rare tea these days that still remains in my possession, in a thin ziplock.  If anything, they get stored within a better resealable pouch while still remaining in the thin ziplock.  This tea is still brisk… two teaspoons is way too much – at least it’s caffeine maybe? But if I had to unknowingly guess what type of tea this is, I would guess this is assam. So it’s still doing its thing. And hasn’t really muted into “generic black tea flavor”. Still drinkable!  Which might be the comment on so many of these old teas…

Kittenna

Yeah! Alphabet challenge! This sounds like a fun way to do it. I wasn’t sipping down the tea I picked for each letter either, as that was too much – just sampling through, and maybe an occasional sipdown.

I still have tons of badly-stored teas, in thin ziplocs and dime baggies. At one point I’d made some effort to separate flavoured and unflavoured, and pulled out a few particularly pungent ones (mint, smoke), but only from certain boxes.

tea-sipper

haha, yeah I ALSO try to store mint and smoky teas separately. And it’s just a bonus this time if sipdowns happen. Hopefully there will be a couple!

Shae

I love this idea! Puts a fun spin on the alphabet challenge.

Leafhopper

Sadly, “still drinkable” is the best I can say about some of my old teas, too.

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Kittenna

Yeah! Alphabet challenge! This sounds like a fun way to do it. I wasn’t sipping down the tea I picked for each letter either, as that was too much – just sampling through, and maybe an occasional sipdown.

I still have tons of badly-stored teas, in thin ziplocs and dime baggies. At one point I’d made some effort to separate flavoured and unflavoured, and pulled out a few particularly pungent ones (mint, smoke), but only from certain boxes.

tea-sipper

haha, yeah I ALSO try to store mint and smoky teas separately. And it’s just a bonus this time if sipdowns happen. Hopefully there will be a couple!

Shae

I love this idea! Puts a fun spin on the alphabet challenge.

Leafhopper

Sadly, “still drinkable” is the best I can say about some of my old teas, too.

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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… 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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