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Steepster Freeze 2021 #3: 02/14/21

I swear the Dashboard freezes are directly coorelated with the Sipdown Challenge days… of the three outages already this year (seriously, it’s only mid-February!) two of those have fallen on those “fun theme days”, of which there are only five a month… what gives?

So, whenever the site is working again, I guess I’ll post this. It’s Valentine’s Day (a holiday that I, as an aromantic asexual person have never celebrated anyway) but I will gladly drink a chocolately tea. Especially as I’m trying to finish off these little Piper & Leaf samples…

This is a black tea with bits of fig, coffee, and lots of cocoa shells/chips. Steeped 3.25g to 350ml for 3 minutes at 205F. The brew has a strong coffee aroma, but also a dark chocolate scent that, together, are making me think of a mocha only darker and sans the creamy milk. Smells a little like spices as well, sort of a mixed chicory/pepper/cinnamon aroma.

Flavor tastes much like the aroma. May be “luck of the scoop,” but I’m getting coffee first, cocoa second. I’m fine with that, as I like the rich and slightly bitter flavor of black coffee, and with the cocoa, the cocoa is presenting more as an extra dark, bittersweet chocolate, rather than something really fudgy and sweet. It also veers the tea away from having that waxy “thin artificial chocolate” sort of taste like most chocolate teas. Still getting a sort of chicory/peppery flavor though neither are in the blend… not sure where I’m picking up that particular spice note.

It’s a nice cuppa, one I’d consider more of a “coffee” tea than a “chocolate” tea, but I’m digging that not-too-sweet-not-too-bitter balance of the flavors.

Flavors: Cocoa, Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
AJRimmer

Valentine’s Day just seems like a weird commercial thing to celebrate anyway. I’ve been with my partner for many years and we’ve never done anything for it. Ideally one does nice things for other people throughout the year and not just on the day it’s mandated!

Mastress Alita

Meh, I think my major disdain is that we will manufacturer and market a holiday for romantic love, but not any other kind of love… and since coming out as an Ace (several decades ago now) it’s made me a bit bitter cause it just feels like one more thing that isolates/hides asexuality from the world. shrugs and doesn’t want to get on that soapbox…

AJRimmer

That’s a really interesting perspective, and so true! Ay if there’s a national pizza day, we could definitely make another more inclusive holiday!

White Antlers

I find it stupid that one day of the year is set aside for folx to ‘show their love’ to a spouse/partner. If you are in a good, solid relationship, be it a married one, a live together one, a monogamous but not living together one, a deep, solid, platonic/asexual one, a really good friends with benefits one-or whatever your definition of love relationship is-then you do NOT need one day out of the year to do anything out of the ordinary. The real, nitty gritty stuff that keeps you together or in the same orbit happens all the time and does not demand candy, flowers, cards, expensive food and drink to prove anything. To me, a bouquet of flowers or a bar of good chocolate ‘just because’ on any day of any week in any month means far more than an obligatory tribute on a specific, manufactured day of a month.

derk

Y’all are just a pile of wet blankets. I am in good company.

derk

The freeze pattern I’ve noticed is Saturdays in the western hemisphere. That’s when we used to get bombarded the most by spammers from across the world.

mrmopar

Yep, everyday should be a Valentines day with someone you deeply care about.

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AJRimmer

Valentine’s Day just seems like a weird commercial thing to celebrate anyway. I’ve been with my partner for many years and we’ve never done anything for it. Ideally one does nice things for other people throughout the year and not just on the day it’s mandated!

Mastress Alita

Meh, I think my major disdain is that we will manufacturer and market a holiday for romantic love, but not any other kind of love… and since coming out as an Ace (several decades ago now) it’s made me a bit bitter cause it just feels like one more thing that isolates/hides asexuality from the world. shrugs and doesn’t want to get on that soapbox…

AJRimmer

That’s a really interesting perspective, and so true! Ay if there’s a national pizza day, we could definitely make another more inclusive holiday!

White Antlers

I find it stupid that one day of the year is set aside for folx to ‘show their love’ to a spouse/partner. If you are in a good, solid relationship, be it a married one, a live together one, a monogamous but not living together one, a deep, solid, platonic/asexual one, a really good friends with benefits one-or whatever your definition of love relationship is-then you do NOT need one day out of the year to do anything out of the ordinary. The real, nitty gritty stuff that keeps you together or in the same orbit happens all the time and does not demand candy, flowers, cards, expensive food and drink to prove anything. To me, a bouquet of flowers or a bar of good chocolate ‘just because’ on any day of any week in any month means far more than an obligatory tribute on a specific, manufactured day of a month.

derk

Y’all are just a pile of wet blankets. I am in good company.

derk

The freeze pattern I’ve noticed is Saturdays in the western hemisphere. That’s when we used to get bombarded the most by spammers from across the world.

mrmopar

Yep, everyday should be a Valentines day with someone you deeply care about.

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Dessert/chocolate/vanilla/caramel/cream/toffee/maple
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Vegetal/grassy
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-Spices/chais
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-Bergamot (in moderation)
-Roasted/nutty
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Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

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90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.

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