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Backlog to mark a sipdown from last week. This was definitely a good-to-the-last-drop blend. Come to think of it, I’m not sure whether I’ve seen a lot of other lemon/hojicha combos, which is surprising because it works really well.

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Sipdown of a tea closest to sipdown for ashmanra’s sipdown challenge. Apparently I meant to gong fu the last of this – and given how little leaf was left, doing so was my first thought – but I made it on a work day and wanted a larger-volume brewing method. I still find this closer to a tie guan yin than the strong minerality I usually associate with dong ding. Which was actually a pleasant surprise, since I had forgotten that about this particular tea and wasn’t super looking forward to it.

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drank Vanilla Parfait by DAVIDsTEA
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Still drinking this one quite a bit! Lately I’ve been having it with fresh mint and almond milk. I was not sure whether the mint would work, but it actually works really well!

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drank Salted Caramel Chai by Wissotzky Tea
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I think this is part of the newer line of chais that may end up replacing my precious rose chai. For my first try, I made it with a three minute steep and generous (for me) quantity of almond milk. (As with the rose chai, I made sure to eat first because the base for both of these is an Indian Assam and those have a tendency to hurt my stomach.) I found it surprisingly rich – sweet and flavorful without being overpowering. I don’t like things to be too sweet and grew up drinking 1% milk though, so YMMV! I suspect this will be downright indulgent with oat milk. It’s pretty creamy even with the almond milk, which makes me think that some of the creaminess is coming from the blend itself – almond milk is just relatively thin for what I’m picking up. There’s also caramel sweetness, some maltiness from the base, a whiff of salt, and maybe vanilla? Not sure about that last one, I might be imagining it. I just love the rose so much that it’s hard for me to find anything dessert-y to be an adequate substitute/replacement, but this is definitely a worthy addition to the Passover tea lineup.

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drank Rose Chai by Wissotzky Tea
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It’s not Passover for me without this tea! They’ve come out with a new line of chai blends so I’m a little concerned that they will discontinue this one, but that’s future Kaylee’s problem. I had a cup of this with a touch of honey and almond milk. It’s such a comfort tea for me at this point. The rose and cinnamon are a great combo, and it’s strongly floral while staying just this side of pleasant rather than perfume-y.

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Rose and cinnamon pairing … that’s a new one one me, but it sounds very nice!

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Sipdown of the reblend. I made a big mug of cold brew for today, which is perfect because it was a genuinely warm day for a change. Unfortunately, I can’t make a particularly good tasting note because a) I have a migraine which is making it hard to focus and b) the cold brew was so cold that I think the temperature actually muted some of the flavor notes. It did seem much more flavorful after it warmed up. Tart raspberry, a sweetness that evokes crisp watermelon, and a somewhat dry base that keeps the blend from being too sweet. Mostly I just wish that I had allowed it to warm up a bit before drinking so much of it!

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Taking advantage of the weekend to sip on a tea brought back from our trip to Taiwan. This one is so enjoyable – gorgeous sweet honey notes on a malty black base, with no tannic quality or astringency at all. Just sweet and smooth.

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drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown! I’m surprised I don’t already have a note for this one! I finished off the last of it yesterday, getting two solid steeps out of it. The lemon and vanilla are definitely more prominent than the hint of rose. Altogether, it’s an airy, cakey effect that I really enjoyed. This is a blend I’d happily have again.

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drank Tropical Peaches by Java Momma
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Sipdown of a convenient tea for ashmanra’s sipdown challenge. Ugh, I took this from the Strange VariaTea TTB months ago and was sure that I’d written a note, but Steepster didn’t even have an entry for the tea! I love this little corner of the internet but sometimes it really does make me feel like I’m losing it (those times primarily being when tasting notes disappear and then I’m not sure whether they ever even existed in the first place). Anyway, I really enjoy this as an iced tea! It’s like very thin peach juice. I like peach juice, so that’s a mark in its favor. This isn’t watery in an unpleasant way, just not thick and sugary the way juice is. And it’s convenient because it comes in those iced tea pitcher sachets.

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drank Flower GABA Cake by Tea Thoughts
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Did anyone else notice that Steepster just 404’d? Sipdown of a tea that comes in a special shape for ashmanra’s sipdown challenge. This was part of the winter countdown box and I usually don’t count advents toward my sipdowns, but since it’s a coin and also I had forgotten that detail until I sat down to write the note, I’m making an exception. It’s got a hint of a honey note and a roasty grain note that’s reminding me of buckwheat today, though not quite. Looking at my previous note, apparently I had considered steeping this coin gong fu style since I did the first one Western-style. Alas, I drank most of this while working and didn’t want to be getting up constantly for more water (and had forgotten to check my previous note!).

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