2021: Sipdown Progress Thread

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Fun! My tea goal for 2020 was to finish all of my teas that were 5+ years old. I got close, but I do have two more teas that I need to finish. On the plus side, thanks to an extended no-buy everything else is from 2020. So now I need to find a balance between trying new teas and keeping my cupboard in check.

I think I’m going to make a spreadsheet, too. I’m usually a pen a paper gal (I love to journal), but spreadsheets are just so dang useful.

Currently I have 18 teas in my cupboard.

Sipdown Total: 10

January:
Golden Monkey by Harney and Sons
Mist Valley Estate Second Flush (TM98S) by Upton Tea

February:
Vanilla Comoro by Harney and Sons
Strawberry Fields by Clipper Tea

March
Tropical Green by Harney and Sons
Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
Lunar New Year by Harney and Sons
A Midsummer Night’s Tea by Harney and Sons
Hot Apple Spice by Harney and Sons
Season’s Pick Himalayan Bliss Nepal Black Tea by Upton Imports

I wanted to finish all my 2017 teas last year, but most of the packages were 50g and many would take me a month or more to get through even having a cup most mornings! So I’m still (slowly!) working towards that goal. Hoping to get there this year!

Same here. I have very few samples left, so most of my teas are full tins and most are around 85g. Even the two older teas I have were in larger quantities. Plus, I love both of them, so I want to enjoy them. I just don’t want to still be enjoying them this time next year. :)

Yes. I used to think, “I like this tea, so I shouldn’t drink it very often” which kinda goes against the whole point… then they just got old, and weren’t as good anymore! Now I’d rather drink up that tea during its prime and reorder a fresh batch. It’s why I hate tea shops that only sell a minimum of 100g, which is simply too large for me. I pretty much refuse to do business with companies that do that now.

I agree! Even with teas I adore 100g is too much. I’d honestly rather pay a little more per gram and get less than be stuck with a tea I’m burnt out on.

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[2021 Sipdown Total:] 67
{January Sipdowns:} 26
{February:} 14
DavidsTea Cookie Dough (2 Oz)
Adagio Fujian Rain (Sample)
Adagio Maple Creme Oolong (Sample)
Adagio Coconut Grove Pouchong (Sample)
August Uncommon Know by Heart (.5oz sample)
August Uncommon Days Of Heaven (.5oz sample)
Ette Tea Singapore Breakfast (one cup Sample)
DavidsTea Choco Chaga Detox (2 Oz)
Beantown Tea Vanilla Rooibos (sample)
The NecessiTeas My Peeps (sample)
Kusmi Tropical White (sachet sample)
Tazo Wild Apple Sarsaparilla (Box)
Alaska Botanicals Seldovia Bay Blueberry Tea
{March}: 10
Louisville Tea Co. Caramel Sesame (sample)
The Necessiteas Peppermint Creme Brulee (sample)
DavidsTea Smore’s Chai (sample)
Paromi Royal Breakfast (sample)
The Necessiteas Pumpkin Snickerdoodle (Sample)
Teeccino Caramel Nut (part of a sampler)
The Necessiteas Cotton Candy (Sample)
DavidsTea The Glow (2 Oz)
Lupicia Golden Honeydew
Paromi Earl Grey (Sample)
{April} 13
Clipper After Dinner Mints
Stash Chocolate Mint Oolong
Teeccino Dandelion Red Chai (part of a sampler)
The Necessiteas Gingerbread Brulee (sample)
Stash Christmas In Paris
Harney & Sons Heirloom Bartlett Pear (sample)
Tazo Glazed Lemon Loaf
The Necessiteas Mama’s Blueberry Pancakes (sample)
DavidsTea Organic The Skinny (sample)
Harney & Sons Royal Wedding (sample)
The NecessiTeas Unicorn Fluff (sample)
Ette Tea Chocolate Gsteau (sample)
The Necessiteas Peanut Butter Cup (sample)
{May}4
Teeccino Dandelion Turmeric (part of a sampler)
ICA Rooibos & Mangosteen
Clipper Snore & Peace
Teeccino Dandelion Dark Roast (part of a Sampler)

An Ode to Tea
A – After Dinner Mints (Clipper)
B – Boston (Harney & Sons)
C – Cabaret (August Uncommon)
D – Dandelion Red Chai (Teeccino)
E – Evening In Missoula (Tea Runners)
F – Formosa Oolong
G – Gingerbread Brulee (The Necessiteas)
H – Heirloom Bartlett Pear (Harney & Sons)
I – Imperial Grade Yunnan Yellow (Tea Runners)
J – Jardin Bleu (Dammann Freres)
K – Kanchanjangha Black (Tea Runners)
L – Lavender Raspberry Honeybush (Tea Runners)
M – Mama’s Blueberry Pancakes (The Necessiteas)
N – Neptune (Lupicia)
O – Orange Jasmine Blossom (TeaRunners)
P –Pandan French Earl Grey (Ette Tea)
Q – Quiet Child (Mountain Rose Herbs)
R – Royal Wedding (Harney & Sons)
S – Stress Blocker (Cheney Marketplace)
T – Tsugaru Green (Lupicia)
U – Unicorn Fluff (The NecessiTeas)
V – Valentine Breakfast (Tea Runners)
W – White Chocolate Peppermint (Celestial Seasonings)
X – Xtra Cup of Stress Blocker
Y – Yukon Yarrow (Alaska Botanicals Herbs & Teas)
Z – Zevia Organic Sweetened Black Tea Raspberry (Zevia)

Welcome and good luck on your sipdown efforts!

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January Sipdowns: 34

New Sipdowns:

Apple Strudel by Bird & Blend Tea Co. (single-serve sampler)
Berries & Cream Matcha by DAVIDsTEA (sampler)
Blueberry Cobbler by 52Teas (single-serve sampler)
Caribbean Crush by DAVIDsTEA (sampler)
Chocolate Digestives by Bird & Blend Tea Co. (single-serve sampler; Reviewed last year: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/407816 )
Cold 911 by DAVIDsTEA (single-serve sampler; Reviewed 1 year ago: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/395385 )
Cranberry and Apricot Muffin Honeybush by 52Teas (15g sampler)
English Breakfast by Stash Tea (15 ct teabags)
Gingerbread Matcha by DAVIDsTEA (sampler)
Gyokuro Mecha: The Discovery by Nakamura-en Tea Shop c/o Yunomi (20g sampler; Reviewed 2 years ago: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/379519 )
I Drink and I Know Things (aka The Imp’s Delight) by 52Teas (15g sampler)
Kenya Silver Needle White Tea by What-cha (5g sampler from Derk)
Lavenderberry by TeaSource (2 oz; Reviewed 2 years ago: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/378606 )
Mango Matcha by DAVIDsTEA (sampler)
Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha by 52Teas (15g sampler)
Melonade by DAVIDsTEA (sampler)
Mint Pistachio by Bird & Blend Tea Co. (20g sampler)
Mocha Matcha by DAVIDsTEA (sampler)
Moondrop Dreams (20g sampler; Reviewed 3 years ago: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/376235 )
Peach Matcha by DAVIDsTEA (sampler)
Pumpkin Moonshine by Piper & Leaf Artisan Tea Co. (sampler)
Ruby #18 by Rishi Tea (50g package)
Ruby Oolong Qingming Special by Rishi Tea (25g package)
Sheng Puer Supreme 2007 by TeaSource (25g package)
Soothe Your Tummy by Lipton (15 ct teabags)
Strawberry Matcha by DAVIDsTEA (sampler)
Strawberry Shake by DAVIDsTEA (sampler)
Toasted Maple Green by TeaSource (50g package)
Tsushima Yuzu Black Tea by Oishi Tea Farm c/o Yunomi (20g sampler; Reviewed 2 years ago: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/379474 )
Vanilla Marshmallow by 52Teas (15g sampler)
Wild Honey Matcha by DAVIDsTEA (sampler)
Yunnan Green Mao Feng by TeaSource (20g | Reviewed 3 years ago: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/376049 )
Yunnan Orchid Green by Rishi Tea (50g package)
Yuzu Matcha by DAVIDsTEA (sampler)

Total: Approx. 400g cleared out during January!

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I’m in! This is awesome and the motivation I need to stick to my goal of taking time for myself. Such a great idea and loving the themed days too!

Starting Size 210
Jan Sipdown 25

Welcome! Good luck finishing off some old tea this year!

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Tonight, I’ve been working on Shipdowns! Splitting up my “overly large” bags of tea to give half to a friend, keep half for me. I’ll reach my sipdowns faster with less grams to go through!

Aw, that’s so cute! Tea friends are the best friends! :D

Tiffany :) said

I’m happy to be a friend Mastress Alita if you have any leftovers ;)

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I’m in! My goal is to sip down all of my samples and enough of my non-samples so I have no tea living on my kitchen counters. I will try to keep with the program, but if I drop out of sight for a while I will eventually be back as I always seem to be.

I am sitting at 8 sip downs for the year so far, with a few more likely tomorrow.

Woo! Good luck on your sipdowns! I’m also sitting at 8 so far! Most of this month I’ve been working on some old-but-large packages of tea that are taking me a while to get through. Slow but steady…

Up to 12!

Up to 15!

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Leafhopper said

I also need to join this challenge! I bought a lot of tea in 2020 and need to get my cupboard under control before inevitably buying more this year. I also have a lot of old tea from 2016 and 2017 that needs to go.

I don’t know how all of you can do so many sipdowns! Most of my tea is in 25 or 50 g packages, which makes it hard to finish.

I think I’ll replace only half the tea I drink, so if I finish a 50 g package, I’ll allow myself to buy 25 g. Hopefully this will limit the amount of new tea coming in.

January:
Bai Ye Varietal Dan Cong Black Tea by Yunnan Sourcing (50 g, sad to see it go)
Da Hong Pao by Tao Tea Leaf (25 g)
Award Winning Alishan Oolong by Eco-Cha (75 g)

February:
Dong Fang Mei Ren by Tealyra (50 g)
Taiwan Jade Oolong by What-Cha (50 g, was in my stash for just over two months)

March:
2019 Taiwan Yu Chi Assam by What-Cha (25 g)
Jin Xuan Bug Bitten Tea by Eco-Cha (75 g)
2020 Jungpana Summer Delight, Second Flush by Lochan Tea (50 g)
China Guizhou Cat Cave by What-Cha (50 g)
Taitung Oolong by Cha Yi Tea House (25 g)

April:
Shan Lin Xi by Camellia Sinensis (50 g)
Li Shan by Teavivre (14 g)
Li Shan by Camellia Sinensis (25 g)

Leafhopper, I don’t have a very high sipdown count this month and it’s because the tea I’m working on is mostly in larger packages, too. A 50g package can easily take me a full month to work through! I just keep chipping away, one cup at a time… (Insert Tortoise and Hare reference here)

Good luck on your sipdown efforts!

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Leafhopper said

Mastress Alita, I’m glad I’m not the only one who has trouble finishing larger amounts of tea. Good luck with your sipdown goals!

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Just a reminder that tomorrow is National Kiss a Ginger Day / National Marzipan Day! If you have a ginger tea, an almond tea, or a tea that even has flavor notes of either of those (say, a “nutty” tasting oolong or houjicha!) then feel free to enjoy a cuppa tomorrow!

Yay, I love the themed days! Now to pick some teas…

I know, it gives me an excuse to go spelunking deep into the bowels of my tea stash, lawl.

Dustin said

I have SO many teas with those two ingredients in them!

I’m holding back on posting any reviews until the site is working properly again, but I drank Pumpkin Moonshine (a chai) and Toasted Maple Green (a maple-flavored houjicha with planed almonds) today!

Tiffany :) said

Ooh can’t wait to read your tasting notes on those, especially the later-greens are my favorites. :)

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Just a reminder that tomorrow’s prompt is National Popcorn Day! Feel free to pull out any plain genmaicha, genmaicha blend, or any tea using genmai (toasted rice) as an ingredient!

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