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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge National Kiss a Ginger Day / National Marzipan Day Tea #2
additional notes: One old and one new tea today for this sipdown challenge!  An old favorite.  But seeing as Simpson & Vail’s Almond Sugar Cookie is probably the same tea, I’m good with finishing this favorite soon.   It’s TIME.  Still very flavorfully almond!  Probably doesn’t even need a teaspoon and a half.

Cameron B.

Ha ha, great minds think alike! I’m steeping a cuppa of S&V’s Almond Sugar Cookie right now! :D

tea-sipper

This late?! :D

Cameron B.

Caffeine doesn’t seem to affect me much, so YES!

tea-sipper

hah, yeah, I get that but I would just rather not push the chance of NOT getting sleep, so I pretend caffeine is still affecting me.

Cameron B.

Also – I’m not sure it’s the exact same tea, the S&V version doesn’t have cinnamon.

tea-sipper

Yeah, I noticed that last night… but if not the same blend then VERY close.

Mastress Alita

I already found the “dup” of Brioche, it’s from the wholesaler Wollenhaupt. They call it “Candied Almond” but since teashops can rename wholesaler teas whatever they want, search by ingredient list on Google, not name. As one example (and they are far from the only ones carrying it), The Tea Smith has it under the name “Almond Biscotti”. Black Tea, almonds, cinnamon, safflower, flavoring: an exact ingredient list match to “Brioche”.

tea-sipper

Yeah, I’ll learn eventually, sorry Mastress Alita. :/

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Cameron B.

Ha ha, great minds think alike! I’m steeping a cuppa of S&V’s Almond Sugar Cookie right now! :D

tea-sipper

This late?! :D

Cameron B.

Caffeine doesn’t seem to affect me much, so YES!

tea-sipper

hah, yeah, I get that but I would just rather not push the chance of NOT getting sleep, so I pretend caffeine is still affecting me.

Cameron B.

Also – I’m not sure it’s the exact same tea, the S&V version doesn’t have cinnamon.

tea-sipper

Yeah, I noticed that last night… but if not the same blend then VERY close.

Mastress Alita

I already found the “dup” of Brioche, it’s from the wholesaler Wollenhaupt. They call it “Candied Almond” but since teashops can rename wholesaler teas whatever they want, search by ingredient list on Google, not name. As one example (and they are far from the only ones carrying it), The Tea Smith has it under the name “Almond Biscotti”. Black Tea, almonds, cinnamon, safflower, flavoring: an exact ingredient list match to “Brioche”.

tea-sipper

Yeah, I’ll learn eventually, sorry Mastress Alita. :/

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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
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Plumdeluxe.com
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.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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