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drank Raspberry Lemonade by TeaSource
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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Sunday, May 2nd: National Lemonade Day Tea #1

A rainy day for lemonade day!  Also I’m surprised National Lemonade Day isn’t more towards deep summer.  I will also be having some actual pink lemonade to go with my dreary day dinner.  This one might have been interesting steeped in lemonade – though I didn’t try it this time.  The leaves are very tiny, so I’m sure it would steep deep enough in lemonade if I tried.  Or maybe I would rather try with a plain black tea first.   I’ll be interested to read if anyone else steeps some tea in lemonade today.   This is nice today – like a Darj with lemon and raspberry flavor.

Mastress Alita

I’ve been working on finishing off some other things cold brew and haven’t quite hit the point where I need multiple different cold brew jars in my fridge, but I do like steeping tea in lemonade. I love plain lavender buds or hibiscus flowers in it and do a lot of fruity or floral teas. Once I had a peach ginger tea that always tasted weak and bleh as a plain tea but left a really nice flavor in lemonade, and I finished up that whole bag that way.

I do remember this tea, I think I sipped it down last year? TeaSource doesn’t carry it anymore, but I liked it. B&Bs Christmas Raspberry Prosecco(?) reminded me of it in flavor.


YES! I was thinking of B&B’s blend too while drinking this! The Mrs. Claus Prosecco? I will definitely have to try steeping some lavender in lemonade soon.

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An Ode to Tea challenge – I

I thought I’d finish this while it was so tasty on St. Patrick’s Day.  Gone now!   Really surprisingly good!  Raising the rating from 81.
2021 Sipdowns: 56

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An Ode to Tea challenge – J

Time to finish this one and way past its prime, which would have been within months of its harvesting, in my opinion! Not a bad flavor now, but not spectacular.   I would definitely buy this again.
2021 Sipdowns: 55

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drank Kris Grey by ETTE TEA
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additional notes: I remember I wanted to pass this one along a while ago, as it wasn’t a favorite, but it’s still lingering around and too old to pass to someone so I might as well drink it. Having it again (six years later. cough.) I’m not thinking it’s as bad as I remember. It’s still much more grapefruit than a bergamot, which is different. I think I was much more in love with Earl Cremes six years ago and this is not that. I’m more generous now. Or my steeping is better. I’m just surprised this has any flavor at all. I enjoyed it! A couple cups left.

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drank Jin Jun Mei by Tealyra
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I finished a favorite Jin Jun Mei a couple months ago and then immediately found a couple on Tealyra and then immediately ordered them. (Shakes head.)  But I don’t have any other Jin Jun Mei right now!  (Excuses.)  Anyway, the leaf here is very twisty and tangled, long, silky with plenty gold.  Steeped up, the leaves have a tomato soup fragrance.  Also very dominating in the flavor while I try to swim through all that tomato soup to notice any other flavors.  The creamiest of tomato soup.  I don’t mind the tomato soup flavor, but I also don’t really want Jin Jun Mei to taste like that.   None of the (admittedly limited) Jin Jun Mei that I have tried has really tasted like this in the past. I like the depth of the black tea here though – not too light, while also being sweet enough.  Second steep: exactly the same.   I wish I could pick this one apart more, but I have plenty more to enjoy later on.  I have had it a few times now and the results are always the same. 
Steep #1  // 1  1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 18 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 3 minutes after boiling //  4 minute steep

Cameron B.

Tomato soup tea sounds interesting!


Many recent black teas have been tasting like this for me recently. Not sure if it’s the harvests or my tastebuds. :D

Cameron B.

I can see it, I often get a savoriness from Fujian hongcha so it’s not that far of a stretch.


Dill pickles, tomato soup … Jin Jun Mei seems to have some weird flavours!


haha, now I want tomato soup WITH dill pickles in it.


LOL! I’m not sure if that would be tasty or just weird. Maybe a bit of both!


I’d definitely try it!

Lexie Aleah

I’ve always wanted to make an old-fashioned tomato soup cake.


Tomato soup cake! Never heard of it.. must look it up…

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An Ode to Tea challenge – K

Had this a few days ago!  Another old tea – no note yet.  Thanks very much Meowster!   I don’t think I’ve ever had this type of tea before, from Korakundah Estate?  At least not knowingly. This is a BOP leaf (broken orange pekoe) so not the best quality of tea leaf.  But I’m not picky!  I agree entirely with Mastress Alita’s recent note (and only note for this tea from anyone so far.)  It’s funny we are both just NOW trying this tea from Meowster, but honestly, without the push of M A’s note, I probably wouldn’t have tried this yet.  It fits for ‘K’ though!  The flavor most reminds me of a Ceylon type of flavor if it was just slightly more complex.    The leaves are very tiny and choppy.  Not too dark, not too weak.  Malty, bready.  But I’m finding it hard to think of descriptors for these flavors!    But that’s a Ceylon type for me anyway. It’s a solid daily drinker.  I thought I let it steep too long on the second cup, but the flavor was fine. 
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 21 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep

Mastress Alita

I’m notorious for waiting years to get to swaps/teabox samples/cupboard sales… and pretty much all my other tea, too. sad


I try to have any tea at least once as soon as I get it, to try it as fresh as I can! That doesn’t always happen though. Luckily I haven’t received much new tea in the last few months, especially to try to get to these stragglers.

Mastress Alita

I’ve stopped doing that since I figure if I keep the package air-sealed, it’ll have less flavor deterioration overall by the time I get around to it…

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drank Witches' Brew Chai by 52teas
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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Wednesday, April 28th: National Superhero Day Tea #2

Not quite a superhero, and also proves that I might like things that border on anti-heroes… another of my favorites is Witcher!  I have only seen the show, not read the books, but the show is great.   And a good time to open my second Frank’s pouch of Witches Brew Chai.  A solid chai – though really I’m not seeing many spices here!  It’s mostly black tea.  Less smoky with age, but that’s fine with me.

Mastress Alita

I love anti-heroes! (Also, villains… must be a reason I was put into Slytherin shifty eyes )


haha. Though now I’m rethinking associating Witcher with “anti-hero”… maybe that is the direction I WANT the show to go in.. questioning if the monsters really need killing, who the monsters really are… though many of the other characters seem to be suspicious of witchers. Can’t wait for season two. Ok I’ll stop.

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Wednesday, April 28th: National Superhero Day Tea #1

I wouldn’t normally share, but it landed on Superhero day!  I had the funnest dream being immersed in a live action Ninja Turtles show, where musicians like Ed Harcourt and Phoebe Bridgers were the costumed heroes…and there was a third musician, can’t remember whom… it looked a bit like Legends of Tomorrow.  The ninja turtles were played by females.  I wish I had stayed in the dream longer for more detail!  It seemed like 20 seconds. Just right in the middle of a battle. Who was Splinter? Who Was Shredder?  haha

As far as my favorite superheroes go!  The usuals are fine, but I tend to like the outlier meta things, but probably not as outlier as true comic fans COULD go.  I’m more of a fan of snark like Deadpool or Constantine… maybe “heroes” that flip things around like Watchmen.  But I’m watching the marvel movies in order and just watched Black Panther. So maybe infinity war/ endgame will wow me some more when I watch those. But this time we are going to go with BIRDGIRL which I happened to mention the other day and forgot could have been mentioned today.  Trying to rack my brain for any food mentioned on the show and I only remembered a soup with too much tomato, which doesn’t fit except for that lovely blend from 52teas I don’t have any more… so I will go with a tea with “bird” in the name.  I have been meaning to try this one with milk, so this will do for today.  I still can’t really stand the licorice in this blend when I’m drinking it plain, but I will say milk improved it… mostly because it muted the licorice. haha. But it added a creamy element that fits with what this tea is SUPPOSED to be (without the licorice.. would have been great to have MORE actual banana pieces replace that licorice – I don’t see any banana as is).


I love how many of us are watching/have recently watched the Marvel movies in order hah.


yep, it’s slooow going for me! haha

Mastress Alita

I haven’t seen any of the Marvel movies, but then, superheroes isn’t really my genre. (Unless they are comedy/parody sorts… I have seen and enjoyed the Deadpool movies!)

While I’m not a fan of banana teas myself, whenever I see these banana custard teas, I think of Doctor Who, hahaha! (Eleven had a thing about fishsticks in custard…)


My main problem with the Marvel movies is all of the heroes are the same level of seriousness. (Except possibly the Guardians of the Galaxy crew. they’re goofy- you should try those Mastress Alita!) I’m really hoping that Deadpool is REALLY more of a presence in Infinity War/ Endgame than I think he is because I just can’t imagine Deadpool hanging with the others without having a billion hilarious things to say! I will watch Infinity War soonish.
BUT custard and fish sticks oh no!

Mastress Alita

I did see the first GotG, tea-sipper! I think someone recommended it to me for a similar reason, stronger on the comedy elements and less of the “serious superhero” genre that I don’t get into much.


I watched Infinity War last night! No Deadpool which I kind of figured would happen…. crossing my fingers for Endgame. My favorite surprise: the giant Peter Dinklage.

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drank Lychee Jasmine Green by Tealyra
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An Ode to Tea challenge – L

 I haven’t written a tasting note for this yet, though I received it quite a while ago from SkySamurai.  Thank you!  (This alphabet challenge is forcing me to write a few notes for teas I haven’t yet, so that is getting something accomplished!)   This is quite the flavor punch!  A green tea with big jasmine flowers and plenty of lychee flavor.  I think the lychee and the jasmine are at war with each other and I’m not sure which wins.  But it’s quite tasty on the silky smooth green.  Really really good.  It would be phenomenal in the summer months.  I have a couple cups left to enjoy then!   Tealyra still has this one available!  It’s a good one to try if you’re looking for lychee.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug //  34 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 40 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep

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An Ode to Tea challenge – M

Not a sipdown but I have never written a note for this!  It’s a couple years old now.  But it always didn’t taste very distinct to me… the leaves look odd, like if tea leaves had been stubble shaved or something. Never thought this with any other tea before. Part gold, part black.  The flavor is always so mild for an assam. Almost like water?  The brew looks dark enough to have some flavor there.  When the cup cooled, I was actually tasting lemon which seemed odd, but the second steep tasted like lemon as well, so it wasn’t just an off sip!  A bit brisk, but I went with a longer steep than I should have. Also, tomato soup which is the usual for black teas for me recently.  Second steep is heavy on the bakey cinnamon dessert flavor which is new and interesting.  Otherwise, it tastes like assam.
Steep #1  // 1  teaspoon for full mug // 21 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  4 minute steep

Also, if anyone is looking for a kooky fun show, my new favorite is BIRDGIRL.. especially a fan of Bird Cat! It’s been going about a month now.

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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):
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing

Favorite tea shops (RIP):

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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