2021: Sipdown Progress Thread
Reminder that tomorrow is the last theme day from March, National Virtual Vacation Day! Drink a tea from a country you’d like to visit one day! (As always, feel free to interpret as you wish; it could be the tea leaf is actually from that country, or perhaps the tea company you purchased it from is from a country/region/state you’ve always wanted to visit! Maybe the tea is popular in a particular area or has the name of a country in its title!)
January Sipdowns: 34
February Sipdowns: 30
March Sipdowns: 22
April Sipdowns: 29
Yearly Total: 115
Apres Midi a Paris, Un by Fauchon (sampler from Dustin)
Autumn Qing Mei Shan Old Arbor Sheng Pu-erh by Yunnan Sourcing (sampler from Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox)
Blueberrie-zzz by 52Teas (15g sampler)
Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish by 52Teas (15g sampler)
Campfires and Vampires by Bird & Blend Tea Co. (20g sampler from Cameron)
Dolley Madison Whole Fruit by Capital Teas (50g package)
Easter Egg Nests by Bird & Blend Tea Co. (50g package)
Fleur de Geisha by Palais de Thes (sampler from Dustin)
Gyokuro Karigane by Fukujuen (35g tin)
Hua Ki by Lupicia (single-serve sampler)
It’s Snowing! by 52Teas (15g sampler)
Jamaica Blend by Tea Chai Te (30g package)
Korakundah Estate BOP Organic by Upton Tea Imports (25g package)
Lavender Sunset by Tea Chai Te (30g package)
Mermaid Green Tea by 52Teas (15g sampler)
Nina’s Japon by Nina’s Paris (sampler from Dustin)
Oku Yame Benifuki Black by Kurihara Tea c/o Yunomi (20g sampler)
Oolong Chardonney by Vintage Teaworks (20g sampler from AJRimmer)
Perseus by THEODOR (sampler from Dustin)
Pu’erh Cabernet by Vintage Teaworks (sampler from AJRimmer)
Raspberry Liquorice Laces by Bird & Blend Tea Co. (20g sampler)
Sakura Houji by Lupicia (50g package)
Sakura The Blanc by Mariage Freres (sampler from Cameron)
Tulsi Clarity by Pukka (35g of teabags)
Ume Shisho Bancha by Chasandai Tea Factory c/o Yunomi (50g of teabags)
Vanilla Macademia Nut Mate by Tea Chai Te (30g package)
White Rose by T2 (50g package)
Xingyang 2007 Shu Pu’erh by Verdant Tea (sampler from the Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox)
You Are My Sunshine by 52Teas (15g sampler)
Total: Approx. 590g cleared out during April!
Currently Working On:
Amacha by Kunohe Village Revitalization Project c/o Yunomi (20g sampler)
Minnesota N’Ice by TeaSource (50g package)
Provence by American Tea Room (40g package)
Yorkshire Gold by Taylors of Harrogate (One box of two, 125g of teabags)
An Ode to Tea
A – Apres Midi a Paris, Un by Fauchon
B – Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish by 52Teas
C – Campfires and Vampires by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
D – Dolley Madison Whole Fruit by Capital Teas
E – Easter Egg Nests by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
F – Fleur de Geisha by Palais de Thes
G – Gyokuro Karigane by Fukujuen
H – Hua Ki by Lupicia
I – It’s Snowing! by 52Teas
J – Jamaica Blend by Tea Chai Te
K – Korakundah Estate BOP Organic by Upton Tea Imports
L – Lavender Sunset by Tea Chai Te
M – Mermaid by 52Teas
N – Nina’s Japon by Nina’s Paris
O – Oku Yame Benifuki Black by Kurihara Tea c/o Yunomi
P – Perseus by THEODOR
Q – Autumn Qing Mei Shan Old Arbor Sheng Pu-erh by Yunnan Sourcing
R – Raspberry Liquorice Laces by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
S – Sakura The Blanc by Mariage Freres
T – Tulsi Clarity by Pukka
U – Ume Shisho Bancha by Chasandai Tea Factory c/o Yunomi
V – Vanilla Macademia Nut Mate by Tea Chai Te
W – White Rose by T2
X – Xingyang 2007 Shu Pu’erh by Verdant Tea
Y – You Are My Sunshine by 52Teas
Z – Blueberrie-zzz by 52Teas
This is so exciting I love counting my sip downs, I count anything that has been finished and is now empty, individual tea bags included. Having a monthly challenge to help me along with my sip down is even more fun for me so I can’t wait to update my progress and see everyone else’s sip down progress!!! Here are my current counts:
January – 84
February – 47
March – 49
April – 18
Total – 198
An Ode to Tea
A – Assam Black Tea by Mana Organics
B – Bai Mu Dan by Spot Organic Tea
C – Chun Mei by Spot Organic Tea
D – David’s Chai by David’s Tea
E – English Breakfast by Tea of Life
F – Flamingo Fresca by David’s Tea
G – David’s Chai by David’s Tea
H – Headache Halo by David’s Tea
I – I’m Speaking by Sella Tea
J – Jasmine Green Tea
L – Lavender Earl Grey
M – Matcha Cream Puff by Desserts by Debbie
N – Night Time by Pukka
O – Orange Delight
P – Pomegrateful by David’s Tea
Q – Quince Charming by David’s Tea
R – Red Velvet Cake by David’s Tea
S – Sweet Peppermint by Tea Drops
T – Toast and Jam by Yorkshire
I’m excited about drinking a tea for each letter of the alphabet! I’ll start April 1st with A, and continue from there with a new note each day. I’m mostly choosing teas I haven’t written notes for previously. I’m missing a few letters, so will have to improvise at times.
I definitely am not going to be going in order (which is why I made a chart to keep track), or interrupting sipdown progress I’m working on. As is my usual routine, I’ll only write tasting notes for the “new” teas I try, not ones I’ve written notes for before. I’m only missing two letters and am fudging a little for those, if I was missing much more than that I’d just skip over those.
January Sipdowns: 33
February Sipdowns: 51
March Sipdowns: 45
April Sipdowns: 47
Yearly Total: 176
…nothing too exciting for April at this point.
Currently Working On:
-March Sipdown Tea Madness - Still Round 3 (aka Semifinals) and Round 4 (aka Finals) to go!
-original (OG!) opened tin of DT Fantasy Island - inspired by Rachel aka VariaTEA
—#drinkwhatyouown (aka my DIY advent calendar) from Jan/Feb/March, taking April off.
—An Ode to Tea – April’s #2021steepstersipdown challenge..13/23 as of 4/29/21 (missing 3 letters)
STILL: A, F, G, J, L, Q, R, S, T, U // MISSING: D, O, X
+A – Amber (Houjicha) by Kyoto Tea Farms (gifted by Cameron aka @teas.n.pugs)
B – Butter Brew by Bird & Blend (gifted by AJRimmer & Tori I believe but used AJRimmer sample) #7 4/19/21
C – Cherry Green Tea by Four-O-Clock (gifted by Tori aka @siply_tealicious) #5 4/14/21
+D – MISSING
E – Eton Mess by PudTea (gifted by AJRimmer) #9 4/21/21
+F – Frosted Fruitcake by T2 (gifted by AJRimmer)
+G – Garden Tea by Palais des Thes (gifted by Cameron aka @tea.n.pugs)
H – Honey Lemon Matcha by Tipson (gifted by Danielle aka @teaandmeblog) #8 4/19/21
I – Iced Tea Blend by 52teas (gifted by AJRimmer) #11 4/28/21
+J – Jardin Saurage by Lupicia (gifted by Cameron aka @tea.n.pugs)
K – Key Lime Chamomile from Teamancy (gifted by Tori aka @siply_tealicious) #4 4/14/21
+L – Lemsugar Pancakes or Lemon Sherbet by Bird and Blend
M – Megganog by Brutaliteas (gifted by AJRimmer) #1 4/12/21
*N – New England Breakfast by Harney & Sons (gifted by Tiana aka @its.a.tea.adventure) #10 4/27/21
+O – MISSING
P – Pumpkin Chai by DavidsTea (gifted by Jackie aka @teawithjamandcookies) #12 4/29/21
+Q – Queen’s Blend by T2 (gifted by Brianna aka @briannadrinkstea)
+R – Rose All Day by DavidsTea (gifted by Tori aka @siply_tealicious)
+S – South Cloud Chai by Tielka Tea (gifted by Brianna aka @briannadrinkstea)
+IN PROGRESS T – Tropical Green by Gloria Jeans (gifted by Brianna aka @briannadrinkstea)
+U – Unicorn Fluff by Necessiteas (gifted by Brianna aka @briannadrinkstea)
V – rooibos Vanilla Chai by Adagio Teas (gifted by Danielle aka @teaandmeblog) #2 4/12/21
W – Wakoucha by Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms (black tea) (gifted by Cameron aka @tea.n.pugs) #13 4/29/21
+X – MISSING
Y – Creme caramel Yerba by Totaliteas (gifted by Tori aka @siply_tealicious) #3 4/12/21
Z -Zhen Pearls (gifted by Danielle aka @teaandmeblog) #6 4/16/21
Just a reminder that tomorrow is National Find a Rainbow Day! Drink a tea that steeps up one of the colors of the rainbow!
Just a reminder that tomorrow is National Unicorn Day! Drink a tea that, to you, is pure magic!
Just a reminder that tomorrow is National Haiku Day! Leave a haiku about your tea in your tasting note or write your tasting note in haiku! (Seriously, let’s flood Steepster with tea haikus tomorrow and confuse the heck out of everyone!)
Mastress Alita any sneak peak yet for May 2021 by any chance? :)
No month-long and time-intensive “games” next month, I need a break from all that. :-P
May Theme: Gifts From the Garden – In honor of Gifts From the Garden Month, this month focus on those teas that remind you of spring garden growth — fruity and floral notes, herbal tisanes, fresh grassy green teas, oolongs full of vegetal notes! Perhaps decorate your favorite tea-drinking spots with fresh flowers, or take the time to have some sessions outside!
And a few funsy days! Feel free to scavenger hunt through your cupboard and find a cuppa to drink that fits the theme for each of these days!
Sunday, May 2nd: National Lemonade Day – Cold brew a tea in lemonade, or drink a tea with lemon flavor notes!
Sunday, May 9th: Mother’s Day – Drink a tea that reminds you of your mother!
Monday, May 17th: National Pack Rat Day – Drink a tea you just can’t bring yourself to sipdown, or a tea that is a permanent cupboard staple!
Saturday, May 22nd: National Vanilla Pudding Day – Drink a tea with vanilla flavor notes!
Wednesday, May 26th: National Blueberry Cheesecake Day – Drink a tea with blueberry flavor notes!
Excellent themes, yet again. Especially Pack Rat day. haha. And it’s okay to not have the month long challenges every month – I don’t know how you’d think up a new one each month! :D I’ll be catching up on the remainder of the alphabet challenge anyway!