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additional notes: Regarding 2014 jasmine pearls: STILL VERY JASMINEY. That is all.
2021 sipdowns: 13

Leafhopper

This note gives me hope for some similarly old jasmine pearls I have somewhere in my cupboard.

tea-sipper

There’s hope! :D

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drank Karigane #22 by Kettl
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Additional notes: I just wanted to say I’ve had this before but just finished a sample from StarFevre (thank you!), and since it was from a generous lovely tea package, needed to write a note! Though ancient and the most delicate of greens, the flavor is still AMAZING. I love the nuclear green on a winter day. Very surprising it’s still great and very enjoyable.
2021 Sipdowns: 12 (This + one sample of David’s Checkmate)

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Sunday, January 24th: National Compliment Day Tea #3

Additional notes:  And this is the third of the day!   My favorite rooibos blend, by a mile.  Hmm, sadly even though the batch I steeped tonight only expired on 12/26/20 I’m still getting the fragrance of off coconut from the mug even before I take a sip, so I can’t be too complimentary today.   An older batch I had the other day didn’t have as noticeable off coconut, so that’s weird.  Maybe the coconut fades completely after a while!  That would be nice. haha.   The flavor is lovely though — but this one is best when fresh.  The “ice cream” of it fades quickly. Keeping fresh in stock is hard to do though when B&B might never even bring this one back.

Mastress Alita

I have had issues with B&B’s coconut in particular going sour rather quickly.

tea-sipper

yeah, i agree.

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challengeSunday, January 24th: National Compliment Day Tea #2

Additional notes:  Another ultimate favorite that is also one of the oldest I have around.  It’s still amazing.  Another tea I would love to find the source of.  I definitely know that it was also sold at California Tea House as Pistachio Gelato.  Only a couple teaspoons left.  I’m tea spoiled today! Can’t wait to see the teas for February’s tea hunt. :D

Cameron B.

Looks like this Teavana tea was also the same?

https://steepster.com/teas/teavana/1643-choconut

tea-sipper

Yes, good catch!

Cameron B.

Although the Teavana one says milk chocolate, and your tea says white chocolate…

Mastress Alita

No, I think you are right, Cameron. I did some digging, and according to this VERY old Steepster forum thread, SpecialTeas blended teas for Teavana, but since they didn’t want people buying directly from their wholesale source, they shut down/merged with SpecialTeas.

https://steepster.com/discuss/1330-specialteas-dot-com-is-gone

Cameron B.

Oh wow, that’s really interesting…

tea-sipper

i guess this means specialteas was an original blender?

Mastress Alita

Ya, it sounds like they made blends that they then wholesaled to other people, one of their customers being Teavana. But Teavana didn’t want the blends they chose to carry to be bought directly from SpecialTeas (or the other vendors it wholesaled to) so it sounds like they bought them out (from what I’ve gathered from that thread, but being a forum thread, I would not be surprised if a good deal of hearsay is involved in the information there). And then of course Starbucks bought out Teavana… so I think it’s safe to say it is a very defunct company now.

tea-sipper

Another reason to not like Teavana and Starbucks… taking my favorites away. grumble grumble

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challengeSunday, January 24th: National Compliment Day Tea #1

Additional notes: Now this is the ULTIMATE of sad sipdowns.  I feel like I should have a funeral for this tea.  This was the perfect day in the dead of winter to really work on some favorite teas I’m clinging to.  So I looked at my Steepster cupboard, sorted by my rating, and picked some of the oldest teas around here that also just happened to be the best teas ever.   I doubt even Mastress Alita could find the source of this tea.  No list of ingredients on my Steepster Select package other than to say Company: Special Teas Etc and the Origin: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. It also doesn’t help that a few companies were called ‘Special Teas’. Maybe I should try the Earls from the most obvious sources, that many tea companies source their teas from.  I’m not really remembering what the common sources of teas are, at the moment…  Anyway, this is the best Earl to the end and I will miss it the most.  It was time! 100 rating even while this old!
2021 sipdowns: 10

Lexie Aleah

Someone on Steepster mentioned this one in one of the other notes for this tea. Not sure if they mean’t it was the same tea or just named after the other one. https://tiestatea.com/products/earl-grey-de-la-creme?variant=4348273229851

Lexie Aleah

The second one looks like a match

tea-sipper

OH, good catch, Lexie Aleah. I actually have the Tiesta (probably because the name is the same). And it’s hard to tell if it’s the same tea. Especially different harvests after all these years. It’s very similar and probably my new favorite Earl.
The Culinary – I didn’t see that one yet. I wish I knew where their teas were sourced from.

tea-sipper

Actually Culinary might be sourced from English Tea Store and I don’t think English Tea Store’s Earl compares. But I know that many companies had to move to more natural bergamot these days so it might just be what I have to live with now.

Lexie Aleah

If I remember right Culinary Tea’s sources their teas from different places?

tea-sipper

Yeah, there are so many teas at Culinary it’s probably different sources. I’ll have to order some one day! ONE DAY. haha

tea-sipper

I just found this one too. I wonder where they source from: https://camellia-sinensis.com/en/earl-grey-cream/2212

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Aw, apparently never wrote a note for this. It is ancient, and from a teabox and stored badly… so it has very little flavor at this point. It tastes like….something. But I’m not sure that it’s belgian chocolate. It’s matcha at least! It seems like I don’t know where half my matcha is, then the other half isn’t even on my tea lists/steepster cupboard. sigh. Matcha mess. Won’t rate this.
2021 sipdowns: 9

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SkySamurai’s mystery advent tea #10 backlog from 12/23
A green tea with some fruity bits!  Looks and smells like pineapple or papaya/mango.  I’m a fan even before the first sip.  :D  The flavor is plenty fruity and very thirst quenching.  The green tea makes itself known in a lovely balance to the fruit.  I like it.  The second steep was also heavenly.  My guess: Sencha with pineapple, papaya or mango and mayyybbbbeee blueberry flavoring.  Was I correct?  Kind of.  Replace the blueberry with rum BUT this blend does have pineapple, papaya and mango. 
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoon for full mug // 35 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep

Cameron B.

Yum, I love pineapple!

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SkySamurai’s mystery advent tea #9  backlog from 12/22
(Note accidentally deleted.)  This seems to be a black tea with a cherry/marzipan sort of aroma.  The flavor is very much the same and also slightly boozy.  It  reminds me of Dammann Frere’s Noel Paris tea.  Which I like but isn’t really my favorite of their wonderful Noel teas. (At least I didn’t brew both teas up on the same day! That would have been funny. )  The second steep is much the same with slightly less flavor.   My guess: cherry marzipan black tea. Was I correct?  Heck no.  There was no way I was tasting black currant here. haha.  And yet another shop I have never heard of.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 24 minutes after boiling  // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep

Cameron B.

Heck no! XD

Martin Bednář

Shame that black currant wasn’t present. And it seems like a rare flavour in a tea :)

tea-sipper

Yes, very strange as I think I would have noticed black currant as it is usually very distinct.

Martin Bednář

I am sure that you would, if there is any.

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drank Kenyan Chai by 52teas
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Additional notes: Enjoying this chai on a windy blustery day. It’s raisiny today! Next time a sipdown.
Otherwise, I just want to say YEAH AMERICA on this lovely inauguration day. I also want to share this song that always reminded me of the last four years (and was a sad balm) and now we can move on from them: The Mynabirds – Golden Age: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n03MIQRwrU&list=PLb94Zw9KCu-eAuGoPQsiUES2qucUz-9if&index=3

Kawaii433

Yay America <33

White Antlers

Breathing a long held sigh of relief…

LuckyMe

Today was great but tbh, it hasn’t fully sunk in yet

tea-sipper

yes and yes

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challengeTuesday, January 19th: National Popcorn Day Tea #3

Additional notes:  and the third for popcorn day!  My nighttime choice.  Not much to add though, just wanted to note that there was a third popcorn tea!

Mastress Alita

Wow, three popcorn teas! I’ve always wanted to try this one, hope DT brings it back someday.

tea-sipper

haha, yeah! Hopefully I can find three for each theme day. I hope they bring this tea back too.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Plumdeluxe.com
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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