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I’ll probably be disappearing from reading tasting notes now that everyone’s exciting advent calendar notes are finished. I have to majorly buckle down on reading the books for the Tournament of Books: https://themorningnews.org/article/the-2019-tournament-of-books-shortlist-and-judges (There is my obligatory mention of the Tournament for the year.)
Since I’m on the theme of advents and this is a note for 52Teas: I must say… 52Teas made a KILLER advent calendar this year that featured many of the teas that I really wanted reblended, or even suggested. Sadly, I didn’t buy an advent this year. The only way the advent could have been better was if PEACHY KEEN were included.
Gratefully received this from Ost’s sale. Thank you! I was a bit worried about this older coconut blend, BUT there has been talk of Anne’s coconut blends staying fresher than the usual coconut blend and I was very happy to find that here! I pinched open the cardamom pod that went into my infuser… I had never seen the inside of cardamom before and there are many little dark seeds within the green pod. I will definitely crush what I find in my teas from now on, I’m sure it can’t hurt the flavor, if you want more cardamom. But this blend is still dreamy for the age of the blend – definite lovely creamy coconut notes, noticeable cardamom and hints of sweetness from that ‘syrup’ all on a lovely black base (just wish the description would mention the black teas used). A great balance of flavors. I’m not sure I’d be a fan of actual coconut french toast but I AM a fan of this blend.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 12 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

Kawaii433

Good reading :). Come back soon. I’m a bibliophile so any list of books is interesting to me so thanks for sharing. ^^

tea-sipper

Oh but it’s not just a LIST it’s a whole thing where books battle it out in brackets that start in March. explained here: https://themorningnews.org/tob/2018/how-it-works.php
I’ve been addicted for years and it has massively been dictating what I read, like I need MORE ideas of books to read. haha. I already have a backlog of a billion books.

Kawaii433

Ahh thank you :). I’ll read that. I also followed them on twitter hehe.

tea-sipper

Oh good, I try to introduce people to the tournament this time of year. :D

Mastress Alita

I recognize one of those books from the cart I just finished cataloging this week, heh. My friend also does a mass-read of Hugo nominees for WorldCon every summer since he gets to vote in the Hugos…

This tea was one of my favs~

tea-sipper

Oh cool the Hugos. :D Also, whoever borrowed that book was probably borrowing it for the ToB. haha

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Kawaii433

Good reading :). Come back soon. I’m a bibliophile so any list of books is interesting to me so thanks for sharing. ^^

tea-sipper

Oh but it’s not just a LIST it’s a whole thing where books battle it out in brackets that start in March. explained here: https://themorningnews.org/tob/2018/how-it-works.php
I’ve been addicted for years and it has massively been dictating what I read, like I need MORE ideas of books to read. haha. I already have a backlog of a billion books.

Kawaii433

Ahh thank you :). I’ll read that. I also followed them on twitter hehe.

tea-sipper

Oh good, I try to introduce people to the tournament this time of year. :D

Mastress Alita

I recognize one of those books from the cart I just finished cataloging this week, heh. My friend also does a mass-read of Hugo nominees for WorldCon every summer since he gets to vote in the Hugos…

This tea was one of my favs~

tea-sipper

Oh cool the Hugos. :D Also, whoever borrowed that book was probably borrowing it for the ToB. haha

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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. :D

Happy sipping!

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