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I’m not going to lie: I’ve been avoiding Steepster. I’m just not having the fun with it that I used to. There’s a lot of nonfunctionality, and a lot of people complaining about nonfunctionality. That and I’m just not as tea-obsessed as I once was. I hardly looked at it over the holidays. Sorry if I missed anything major. I did come back to find that the cupboard sort feature is working again, so that’s awesome.

I did come back because I promised myself that I would do a taste-through of my cupboard from oldest tea to youngest. It helps me assess whether some old teas still have enough flavor to keep around, and also reminds me of everything in my cupboard, some of which I rarely get around to drinking. I am going to log notes on them to keep track. I did this at the beginning of last year, and it was fun (it also took me a really long time). The oldest tea in my cupboard this year is the same as it was last year, though looking back at my notes there are definitely a lot of old ones I sipped down last year.

So here it is, the oldest tea in my cupboard (#106). It’s probably… 3 years old? It’s hard to say. It still smells amazing while it’s brewing. It tastes pretty good. Not as good as it did when it was young, but pretty good. I have a decent amount of this at home still, and I will have to remember to brew it strong with milk and sugar, I think, to really get some flavor out of it. The almond-chocolate-caramel of this was always delicious, although I obviously don’t reach for it as frequently as I should if it was going to be a restock/cupboard staple.

ETA: Now that I think about it, this tea has got to be closer to 4 years old, or at least 3 and a half. I’ve got some ooooold teas.

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Cameron B.

This is such a good idea! I know my tastes have changed a lot and I’ve only been around for 7 months.


I find a lot of flavored teas lose flavor after about a year anyway


I admit I am always surprised at how well a lot of flavored blacks hold their flavors for years. Last year, I thought this one was just as good as ever. It’s still not bad or flavorless. I guess maybe 2 years is about the limit for a lot of them.


The people constantly complaining about non-functionality (most of which were problems which I a) didn’t experience or b) didn’t use anyway or c)both of the above) was the main reason I had to stop looking at the discussion boards for a while. There were some for whom I started to wonder if ‘rude’ was their default setting. Always better to take a step back at that point before one actually starts disliking people. Apparently Steepster-Mike has been doing a lot of repairing over Christmas.

I also know what you mean about less obsessed lately. I’ve had that as well. Less enthusiastic of all the new things, more appreciative of the things I know well. I post more rarely and read other posts even more rarely.


well we love it when you pop back in for a visit :)


I can definitely relate to your reasons for staying away, but it’s always a treat to see a Dinosara update in my feed. Team Dino 2015!


Thanks guys, it’s nice to feel missed. :) I will be around more since I do want to log all the teas in my cupboard as I go through them.

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drank Christmas Tea by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 24

Merry Christmas everyone! I saved this tea for today!

More cherry, of course. They love their cherry! Anyway, I drank this one with breakfast and it was pretty tasty despite the cherry. I am once again sad that the calendar is over!

Also I drank this out of a new handmade tea mug that I got for Christmas!

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drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 23

It seems the French like cherries around Christmas, or at least there are a lot of teas with cherry in the calendar. Given that I don’t really care for cherry, that makes it a little tough for me sometimes, but apparently Dammann can get me to enjoy even cherry.

I drank this one and liked it this year. Yes, there was cherry, but it wasn’t too fakey and it paired nicely with the marzipan and light spices. Apparently last year I found it similarly drinkable despite the cherry.

I’m probably going to save the christmas tea (today’s tea) for tomorrow on Christmas!

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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 22

Yay, I love this one. I even bought a box of sachets of this one, although I still rarely think of having a tisane in the evenings. Like tasty spiced christmas cookies! Yum.

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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 21

I totally thought I had never tried this one before, but apparently I have. You could have fooled me. Reading my old tasting notes, I think my sample before was not in the best condition, as it was contaminated on the first steeping and flavorless on the second.

Well, this is certainly not flavorless. I may not be super into flavored green teas at the moment, but I do like the blend of bergamot and peach here. And a hint of rose? Yes please. I bet this would be super delicious iced, which is how I do prefer my flavored greens. Glad to have gotten to try this one again and really appreciate it.

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drank Pomme d'Amour by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 20

I laughed when I pulled this one out because although this tea is new to the calendar, it is still not new to me. I got a loose sample of this with a previous order, although I am drinking my sachet because I’m at my parents now.

I enjoy this tea because I love the caramel and apple flavors, but I’m not super fond of the cherry added in. This sachet has more cherry flavor than my cup had in the past, which is unfortunate for me. But I still drank the whole cup, so it must not have had too much extra cherry.

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drank Noël à Vienne by Dammann Freres
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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 19

I am not super familiar with this tea, although I knew I had it last year, and I drank it this morning without looking it up at all. As I’m drinking, I’m thinking, ah, a hazelnut tea, very similar to Mélange de Chérubins. Probably also with chocolate and orange. Tasty, although like most hazelnut teas (Fleurilege excepted), not my favorite.

Then I came on Steepster to look at the list of ingredients and my tasting note from last year. First ingredients: no hazelnut at all. Very curious. Then, my tasting note, in which I said:

“So I drank this tea without knowing what was in it at all… and wow were my taste buds off! To me it was very hazelnutty, which is not an ingredient at all. I didn’t really get fruitiness from the apricot or orange. Makes me want to have it again to properly wrap my head around it. Weird!”

… Well I have had it again now, and I still feel the same way about it. So I’m rating it this year, because it was tasty, even though it apparently tastes like something totally different than it should (to me).

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut, Orange

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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 17

And I’m caught up since I won’t be drinking the 18th (rooibos)! I couldn’t remember if I have had the black version of this tea, and I have. I enjoyed that one a fair amount, which makes sense. I mean, I love red fruits blends, and plus vanilla and caramel is great.

I would say that the green version is pretty good, but I prefer the black (not surprising). The biggest thing here is that I got the most intense flavor of marshmallow here. Tart and sweet red fruits, and then the aftertaste would bloom into marshmallow, moreso than any other tea I’ve ever tried. I actually really love that about it. What is it about the green vs. black that gets marshmallow? Maybe the green tones down the caramel notes and that’s what they turn into? I dunno, but it’s very tasty. Now I want to try the black version again just to make sure I don’t get marshmallow from that.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Red Fruits


I like that you said marshmallow. I had trouble describing whether te tea was creamy vanilla or caramel but I think marshmallow is a better description.


Yeah, I looked at your note and thought it sounded like you might be getting a similar flavor.

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Dammann Advent Calendar, Day 16

I haven’t had this one in quite a while, and I am very happy to have it again. I really do find this one delicious. Normally I don’t really like strawberry-flavored teas, but for whatever reason the jamminess of this one works. Figs, strawberry jam, and honey… yum. This wasn’t a restock for me recently, but who knows, maybe it will be someday.

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I forgot my cold brewed tea at home today, so I fished around my boxes for something “plain” to drink with lunch today and came out with the dregs of this one, just enough for one more cup.

Even this is two years old, it was still flavorful and delicious. Really, these oolongs are some of my favorite straight teas, even though I don’t crave them so much anymore. I’m definitely in some kind of “flavored” phase. But I am always pleased when I grab and old favorite. Maybe I should do another “tour” through my cupboard in 2015, every tea from oldest to newest, like I did at the beginning of this year.


Ooo, that’s a neat plan!


I had a lot of fun with it last year, and it got me drinking teas I had kind of forgotten about in my stash.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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