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drank Pineapple Kona Pop by Teavana
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A happy sipdown #86/393! Sorry, MissB, but this is just not for me.

I was doing pretty well with focusing on my sipdowns, but I got really busy about a week ago and haven’t been able to get much progress made since. Finally, though, I have two days off work in a row for the first time in a month, so expect many sipdowns to come in the next couple of days!

This one I’m pretty stoked about. I’ve had it for a long while now – it was one of my oldest teas – and I’ve never been a fan. It smells a little like sour milk, and tastes like out of date pineapple juice watered down a lot. There’s a sort of sweet artificial back note that most likely comes from the little candy hearts, but there’s nothing particularly complex about it. Each time I drank this I would avoid it for months, until I forgot that I didn’t like it and had another cup. It has been in my focus box for seriously a year, and I’m really pleased with myself for finally getting through it. Pineapple is on my list of tea-dislikes for a reason, and the reason is this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Shae

I love the idea of having a focus box! How do you decide what goes in?

Nattie

I usually make sure there’s a manageable number of teas in it, and when it starts to get low I hunt through my stash and pick out some teas which are either getting a bit old, or maybe aren’t packaged as well so won’t last as long, or just teas that I notice I seem to overlook a lot. Sometimes at certain times of the year, like Christmas, I’ll fill it with holiday-appropriate teas just for fun. (:

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks for unpacking that, Nattie. Very useful.

Nattie

No problem! I know I couldn’t do without mine – I’m so indecisive I’d spent hours every day deciding what to drink, and forgetting I had most of them!

Shae

Agreed – this was very helpful! To keep me from drinking my favorites over and over, I keep a spreadsheet and usually try to drink an older tea and a random tea each day (I found a formula that lets me randomize columns in Excel – super fun!). It has helped me to keep things interesting, but I do love the idea of your focus box too! Maybe I could try something similar in the future, to shake things up a bit. :)

Nattie

I hope it works for you if you try it! I keep a spreadsheet too but I’m terrible with updating it. I’m just so forgetful lol… I remember a while back there was a web page floating around which selected a random tea from your Steepster cupboard, and that was super helpful but I don’t know if I’d be able to find it again since it was years ago that I last saw it.

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Shae

I love the idea of having a focus box! How do you decide what goes in?

Nattie

I usually make sure there’s a manageable number of teas in it, and when it starts to get low I hunt through my stash and pick out some teas which are either getting a bit old, or maybe aren’t packaged as well so won’t last as long, or just teas that I notice I seem to overlook a lot. Sometimes at certain times of the year, like Christmas, I’ll fill it with holiday-appropriate teas just for fun. (:

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks for unpacking that, Nattie. Very useful.

Nattie

No problem! I know I couldn’t do without mine – I’m so indecisive I’d spent hours every day deciding what to drink, and forgetting I had most of them!

Shae

Agreed – this was very helpful! To keep me from drinking my favorites over and over, I keep a spreadsheet and usually try to drink an older tea and a random tea each day (I found a formula that lets me randomize columns in Excel – super fun!). It has helped me to keep things interesting, but I do love the idea of your focus box too! Maybe I could try something similar in the future, to shake things up a bit. :)

Nattie

I hope it works for you if you try it! I keep a spreadsheet too but I’m terrible with updating it. I’m just so forgetful lol… I remember a while back there was a web page floating around which selected a random tea from your Steepster cupboard, and that was super helpful but I don’t know if I’d be able to find it again since it was years ago that I last saw it.

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years.

Black teas make up the majority of my collection, but I am expanding my horizons and trying to include a variety of other teas, too. Flavoured blacks are my favourites, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 22 year old English Literature sort-of-graduate and temporary bartender. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching (self-diagnosed geek and Netflix addict), football/soccer (I am a lifelong supporter of Sunderland AFC) and listening to classic rock.

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.

I also tend to ramble on a bit.

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