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I haven’t written a tasting note for a while, in part because there has been a number of deaths and illnesses involving family members, family friends or neighbors. Too much of that this year and I really hope the remainder of the year is a lot better for everyone! I’m going to try to appreciate the smaller things even more than usual.

This one is from MissB from a while ago! Thank you! Sherlock is one of those things that comforts at the worst of times. I stumbled on the show at one of those times years ago, the first airing of the first episode. This blend is as intriguing as The Woman is to Sherlock (or maybe as Sherlock is as intriguing to The Woman.) It’s a unique blend that fits The Woman perfectly. Though I wish I were writing this while trying the blend fresh, it seems the flavor is a bit faded. There are only a few black tea leaves in the blend of mostly honeybush, but the smokiness on the lapsang souchong is definitely noticeable. I like the idea of cherry and vanilla but I see more rosehips than either of those. The rosehips didn’t add much flavor, luckily. The brew is so LIGHT… as this is mostly a smoky honeybush. But again, I wish this had been reviewed fresh. I think it had more flavor the last time I tried it. But a smoky cherry vanilla honeybush blend sounds exactly like The Woman. Great idea, faded blend.

ashmanra

I hope things start looking up for the rest of 2016…and stay that way!

tea-sipper

Exactly my thoughts. Just a few positive things for the remainder of the year! Thanks, Ashmanra.

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ashmanra

I hope things start looking up for the rest of 2016…and stay that way!

tea-sipper

Exactly my thoughts. Just a few positive things for the remainder of the year! Thanks, Ashmanra.

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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
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
aquartertotea.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
eco-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
mandala
Teajo
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com
Davidstea

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.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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