87

Additional notes: This one might be improving with time? Or my parameters? So I just want to make a note of parameters that I should use. It really did taste like Red Velvet today… or at least Red Velvet Pop Tarts which is my only knowledge of the flavor of Red Velvet. Raising the rating from 83.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5+ minutes (maybe doesn’t need to be that long)
2020 Sipdowns: 35 (52Teas – Frank’s Caramel Monkey Bread Rooibos – not sad about it because Anne’s reblend is EXACT.)

And here is a song I particularly like, and fitting for me wondering about the craziness of opening things back up for the virus to spread right now. Certain people will be living in denial or just pretending it’s gone… or even being less careful if they think they’ve already had it… sigh: Jim James cover of Beach Boys ‘I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBWe7ntARxY

Nattie

The UK has reduced lockdown measures too, and people are taking that as the go-ahead to crowd into trains like sardines, pack parks and beaches, and start visiting everyone they know. In the space of a couple of weeks our death rate from the virus has risen from 200 back up to 500. It’s making me so angry that people are so ignorant and selfish. Sorry about the rant, I meant to just say ‘I agree’.

Kawaii433

I was just at B&B’s site and as I felt tempted, I thought, I’d come here instead lol. I’ve been so good about not buying any new tea except for my cupboard favorites. The shipping from all places is crazy right now too. I had ordered something for the cats from Australia over a month ago, and have been trying to track it. Impossible. (You all stay safe. It is crazy times.)

tea-sipper

Not a rant, Nattie. I get it. :/
Kawaii – I’m sure Steepster has prevented many an order (but definitely also caused MANY. haha)

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Nattie

The UK has reduced lockdown measures too, and people are taking that as the go-ahead to crowd into trains like sardines, pack parks and beaches, and start visiting everyone they know. In the space of a couple of weeks our death rate from the virus has risen from 200 back up to 500. It’s making me so angry that people are so ignorant and selfish. Sorry about the rant, I meant to just say ‘I agree’.

Kawaii433

I was just at B&B’s site and as I felt tempted, I thought, I’d come here instead lol. I’ve been so good about not buying any new tea except for my cupboard favorites. The shipping from all places is crazy right now too. I had ordered something for the cats from Australia over a month ago, and have been trying to track it. Impossible. (You all stay safe. It is crazy times.)

tea-sipper

Not a rant, Nattie. I get it. :/
Kawaii – I’m sure Steepster has prevented many an order (but definitely also caused MANY. 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
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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