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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Wednesday, September 8th: National Ampersand Day Tea #1

I had to check my “next-cup-a-sipdown” list but no, I had no Ampersand teas over there.  So it seemed the perfect rainy day for the first time to try this blend, which I was hoping was comfort in a cup.  Can’t really go wrong with hazelnut, chocolate and strawberry on a black tea.  I went with a very short steep to finagle as much of the added flavor as possible out of this blend.  Not too much noticeable hazelnut… Mastress Alita mentioned dark chocolate which I was hoping for, but the first steep seems like lighter chocolate to my tastebuds.  The brew color is light as well, but there is definite strawberry here, which is awesome (plenty of little strawberry bits floated to the top of my infuser while it was steeping).  It’s definitely chocolate and strawberry (yay, cocoa shells forever) but I wouldn’t call it a nutella blend.  I wonder what adding some to a mug of tea would do… though I don’t have any nutella on hand anyhow…  The second steep had more chocolate than strawberry on the long steep but it didn’t get brisk, and I really do love a good chocolate black tea.   And definitely the actual pancake in the name doesn’t make sense, unless you’re just thinking about toppings of a pancake.
Steep #1 //  1 1/2 teaspoons // 20 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 4 min

AJRimmer

So I actually noticed when this tea was first added to the website under the February subscription box that it was just called Strawberry & Nutella. Later, they edited the name to what it is now. So I’m thinking it wasn’t originally supposed to be pancake flavor, and they just slapped the name on there so they could include it in the pancake collection. Just my fan theory.

tea-sipper

huh, weird. I think years ago it WAS called “pancake” though? I think it definitely shouldn’t have “pancake” in the name though.

Tiffany :)

I’d LOVE to try this one if you have enough to share a hot plain 16 oz cuppa. :)

tea-sipper

Tiffany – I can definitely send you some of this in our swap!

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AJRimmer

So I actually noticed when this tea was first added to the website under the February subscription box that it was just called Strawberry & Nutella. Later, they edited the name to what it is now. So I’m thinking it wasn’t originally supposed to be pancake flavor, and they just slapped the name on there so they could include it in the pancake collection. Just my fan theory.

tea-sipper

huh, weird. I think years ago it WAS called “pancake” though? I think it definitely shouldn’t have “pancake” in the name though.

Tiffany :)

I’d LOVE to try this one if you have enough to share a hot plain 16 oz cuppa. :)

tea-sipper

Tiffany – I can definitely send you some of this in our swap!

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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.) :D

Happy sipping!

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