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drank Ascent by Yokotea
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Another from StarFevre!  Thanks again!  Sadly no tasting notes on Steepster for this one.  It’s pleasant enough for being so old.  The black tea is on the tiny side – probably Ceylon, but it has the flavor and dryness of something like Darjeeling mixed with Ceylon, and Darjeeling sounds dreamy enough paired with raspberry.  There is still some remaining flavor here, raspberry but on the side of tasting slightly like hibiscus.  The second steep is a bit too brisk, but the flavor isn’t faded from the first steep which is what I expected.  I bet it was really great when it was fresh.  As it is now, I really just want to drink it right down.  If I had to compare it to a tea, I’d say Bird & Blend’s Mrs. Claus’ Raspberry Prosecco.  I don’t think this tea shop is around anymore.  I don’t think I’d ever heard of  this shop before StarFevre generously sent over a couple of their blends. I don’t think much of Steepster heard of them either.  A shame.    I hope everyone is staying safe!  Just because it’s summer, doesn’t mean Covid went away (which I’m sure none of you lovely Steepster people need to hear it from me…but I must throw it out there anyway. Trump is going to make so many people sick for the simple fact he has never worn a freakin face mask… why why why ((vanity)) )
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 3 minutes after boiling //  3 minute steep

Nattie

I really hope nobody looks towards Trump as a model of best practice. I did hear about one guy drinking pool cleaner because of something he said – at what point do the things he says become dangerous enough for his press conferences to be stopped? He’s too unpredictable. I’d hate to be on his PR team that’s for sure.

I hope you are staying safe too. We’ve had a heatwave here and people seem to be taking it as a go-ahead to break all social distancing rules and flock to the beach in their thousands.

Martin Bednář

US have terrible president, we have terrible Prime Minister, World is black or white, nothing between. I am feeling tired of all the news in the world :(

Shae

Everyone on my FB feed is at the beach or going to a wedding. It’s like they got tired of covid so it just no longer exists.

tea-sipper

Nattie, that comment about injecting Lysol into the blood!  Oh boy.  And then he attributes every wrong thing he says to “joking” but I don’t think someone who has so many people listening to him should “joking” at all, or any president, especially in these times.Martin – I agree.  Sometimes I’d just like something positive.  I’m hoping some good things come from the protests at least. Shae – I agree with you too.  The weather is warmer so suddenly people are less worried about Covid.  I’m definitely very worried for the state of the world…

amandastory516

It definitely seems like most of the world has chosen to pretend COVID has just disappeared. I just had to go back to in-person work, and I woke up feeling sick. Ugh.

tea-sipper

Ah, amandastory, I hope it isn’t covid and you feel better soon.

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Nattie

I really hope nobody looks towards Trump as a model of best practice. I did hear about one guy drinking pool cleaner because of something he said – at what point do the things he says become dangerous enough for his press conferences to be stopped? He’s too unpredictable. I’d hate to be on his PR team that’s for sure.

I hope you are staying safe too. We’ve had a heatwave here and people seem to be taking it as a go-ahead to break all social distancing rules and flock to the beach in their thousands.

Martin Bednář

US have terrible president, we have terrible Prime Minister, World is black or white, nothing between. I am feeling tired of all the news in the world :(

Shae

Everyone on my FB feed is at the beach or going to a wedding. It’s like they got tired of covid so it just no longer exists.

tea-sipper

Nattie, that comment about injecting Lysol into the blood!  Oh boy.  And then he attributes every wrong thing he says to “joking” but I don’t think someone who has so many people listening to him should “joking” at all, or any president, especially in these times.Martin – I agree.  Sometimes I’d just like something positive.  I’m hoping some good things come from the protests at least. Shae – I agree with you too.  The weather is warmer so suddenly people are less worried about Covid.  I’m definitely very worried for the state of the world…

amandastory516

It definitely seems like most of the world has chosen to pretend COVID has just disappeared. I just had to go back to in-person work, and I woke up feeling sick. Ugh.

tea-sipper

Ah, amandastory, I hope it isn’t covid and you feel better soon.

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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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