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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – July 2024 Tea #2  – July 7 – World Chocolate Day

Perfect day to finish this tea, though whoever decided chocolate day should be in summer?!?  It’s a billion degrees out today.  Though I will definitely be sure to find some chocolate today anyway, as I have “an excuse” to eat chocolate. (Though now that I think about it, I probably have at least a LITTLE chocolate every day.)  To be fair, this tea was mostly just stevia flavored… a shame.   I couldn’t even begin to say what it was supposed to taste like if I didn’t know already… just drowning in stevia. Maybe that was just the result of the dust of the pouch though.
2024 sipdowns: 49

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I made hot chocolate with cacao nibs and took it outside to Ashman, who was watering the garden and drenched in sweat. Me: “Bear with me, please. I know it is hot but I want you to taste this.” He is on his second cup,

I am with you, why is Chocolate Day in summer? We can’t even get the good stuff shipped here without paying for the styrofoam and freezer packs and expedited shipping. I have cabin fever because it is too hot and humid to go outside for more than a few minutes.

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haha, yes. Chocolate is what the bottom drawer of the fridge is for. :D The other drawer is for… vegetables… I guess…

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I made hot chocolate with cacao nibs and took it outside to Ashman, who was watering the garden and drenched in sweat. Me: “Bear with me, please. I know it is hot but I want you to taste this.” He is on his second cup,

I am with you, why is Chocolate Day in summer? We can’t even get the good stuff shipped here without paying for the styrofoam and freezer packs and expedited shipping. I have cabin fever because it is too hot and humid to go outside for more than a few minutes.

tea-sipper

haha, yes. Chocolate is what the bottom drawer of the fridge is for. :D The other drawer is for… vegetables… I guess…

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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
whisperingpinestea.com
justea.com
harney.com
Dammann Freres
fusionteas.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
angrytearoom.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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