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I’m trying to keep up with reading tasting notes but it is an advent avalanche!  Thanks very much for this one AJRimmer!  I have no idea what lemugar pancakes are but I’m tasting lemon lemon lemon.  All sorts of lemon: creamy lemon, tart lemon, lemon cleaner.  Very sweet.  It gets to be a bit much lemon really.  I don’t see how pancake flavor can squeeze through all this lemon if it tried.    The second steep was much more like lemon rind.  All of the sweetness seemed to go in the first steep.  They are using something called coconut nectar sugar which I’m not sure I have seen in a tea I’ve had before.  Not sure if I like coconut nectar sugar yet?  But the blend overall is too cloying to me.
For recent holiday teas: Simpson & Vail’s Gingerbread and TeaRevv’s Sugar Plum Spice
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

Courtney

Hahah all the lemon!

Leafhopper

Yep, keeping up with all the tasting notes is a challenge. I wonder if this is what Steepster was like in its heyday many years ago.

gmathis

(I’m not that old!) but yes, this is the kind of traffic I remember from when I was a newbie Steepie.

Dustin

Several of us are doing multiple advents which means a TON of new tasting notes. I’ve been having a hard time keeping up this month too.
I remember a lot more conversations and group explorations of various companies here in years past. More participation from companies as well.

Leafhopper

gmathis, I think Steepster’s heyday was only five or so years ago and I wish I’d discovered the site earlier.

It would be fun to do more group tastings and have conversations around different teas. That’s one reason I’m slightly envious of all of you doing advent calendars, though judging from the reviews, they’re mostly full of chais and hibiscus blends! :P

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Courtney

Hahah all the lemon!

Leafhopper

Yep, keeping up with all the tasting notes is a challenge. I wonder if this is what Steepster was like in its heyday many years ago.

gmathis

(I’m not that old!) but yes, this is the kind of traffic I remember from when I was a newbie Steepie.

Dustin

Several of us are doing multiple advents which means a TON of new tasting notes. I’ve been having a hard time keeping up this month too.
I remember a lot more conversations and group explorations of various companies here in years past. More participation from companies as well.

Leafhopper

gmathis, I think Steepster’s heyday was only five or so years ago and I wish I’d discovered the site earlier.

It would be fun to do more group tastings and have conversations around different teas. That’s one reason I’m slightly envious of all of you doing advent calendars, though judging from the reviews, they’re mostly full of chais and hibiscus blends! :P

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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
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.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!

I’m always in search of: Hattialli, Qu Hao black, Jin Jun Mei, teas using marshmallow root.

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… I have a dumb phone so can’t access internet on that. As of 12/20/21 my wifi might start getting unreliable.)

Happy sipping!

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