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I was super thrilled when Annie was posting tasting notes on the 52Teas advent this past Christmas. I couldn’t wait to see what blends would be released, and Annie was mentioning them every day. So thanks for that… I was experiencing the advents through tasting notes, since I didn’t grab an advent. AND THEN Annie was awesome and shared most of the the advent teas with me. I really really appreciate it. I’ve heard so many people fawning over this one so I’m happy to try it. I love vanilla and marshmallow root and assam. I used less than a teaspoon as the pouch suggested, but used my smaller mug. The assam is a smaller leaf and not the huge assam leaves, so I can see why this suggestion was made. The flavor is lovely – a nice comforting hug of a cup on a winter day (sipped while reading Tommy Orange’s ‘There There’ in front of a sunny window). I like the additional vanilla flavor, because usually if there are only vanilla beans in a 52teas blend, I can’t really taste vanilla at all. Here, I’m tasting a little bit of vanilla and some marshmallow on a brisk assam base. On the second steep, the flavors were a bit diminished. Third steep, the leaf was very done on the flavor level and was pretty much a plain assam by that point. So this blend is tasty enough. Possibly not as magical as most of you made it sound! As an aside, this blend reminds me of my beloved Berried Treasure blend… why didn’t anyone else share my love of that one?! I love Berried Treasure more, but of course will also enjoy the remaining teaspoons of this one. It also reminds me of the big leaf Marshmallow Assam that was Frank’s blend. This blend could also remind me of another beloved: Peachy Keen but with additional blackberry and peach flavors. I do like the idea of a vanilla/marshmallow blend always being in 52Teas permanent collection.
Steep #1 // less than 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled (half a mug) // ?? min

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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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