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An Ode to Tea challenge – V

I honestly believed this would be a sipdown when I scooped it out of the package.  Nope, next time.  It was a perfect tea for a cloudy, blustery day anyway.  I guess I never realized a “london fog” requires milk which I never tried.  So I tried it.  Must have added too much milk, as then I was only tasting milk and this is actually a stronger tea for the milk to take it over. I prefer it without milk – strong lavender and bergamot.

Cameron B.

A London Fog is essentially just a latte made with Earl Grey, and usually vanilla syrup.

tea-sipper

Ah ok, maybe this is why this blend is supposed to have vanilla flavor (I don’t taste it.)

Mastress Alita

I make my London Fogs just using vanilla almond milk, sooo tasty!

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drank Glitter Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks very much, AJRimmer!  Seemed a good day for a chai.  However, this seems much more like one of those cinnamon orange blends.  The orange is most apparent, and then the cinnamon takes over, which is also very sweet because of the sugary bits here.  The especially lovely sweetening ingredients in the description say “brown sugar pieces” and “golden caramel pieces”.  YES to those.  I wouldn’t say the glitter was very glittery… more like murky.  I saw plenty of coriander in the blend and some fennel, but wasn’t really tasting them.  I really wish more of these unique spices made a presence in the flavor. It was Cinnamon and Orange all the way.I do like a cinnamon orange tea but was expecting chai.  Possibly this should have been named differently.   Not bad though!
Steep #1 // 1 1/4 teaspoons for a full mug // 28 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 //  just boiled // 5 minute steep

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March Mad(Hatter) Tea Tournament! Round #4
This is honestly not really the teas I thought I’d end up with. I guess it’s good to have a reminder to revisit teas.  And fun to compare teas.  Much like one of my favorite things, the arbitrary Tournament of Books, is about comparing two random books.

Match #1  52Teas – Spiced Cucumber Melon  VS. Teavivre – High Mountain oolong
A perfect blend up against an oolong that was never really a favorite and lacked distinctive notes.  Winner:  Spiced Cucumber Melon

Match #2  Octavia – Berry Mocha Truffle  VS. Tealyra – Parisian Sparkling Wine
Another tough one.  Both great blends!  But the lovely black tea that accomplishes what it’s trying to do perfectly wins over the herbal that accomplishes what it’s trying to do perfectly.  Winner:   Berry Mocha Truffle

-————————————————————FINAL MATCH  -—————————————————
52 Teas – Spiced Cucumber Melon       VS.     Octavia – Berry Mocha Truffle

I didn’t see this final coming!  This has been so fun.   Of course two flavored teas make it.  What can I say, I like what I like.  Both the ultimate of flavor combinations.  One a green tea base!  One a black tea base!  The Berry Mocha Truffle is a lovely chocolate berry blend, but is it the best of its kind?  I don’t think so.   The 52Teas might be a bit faded now (I just noticed it’s five years old) but when fresh this is unbeatable!   It’s magic!  Some ingredients here shouldn’t even work for me!  My original note mentioned a tea magician created it.  It’s a unique one and memories of these teas also help. Winner:  52 TEASSPICED CUCUMBER MELON!!!!!!

Martin Bednář

Congratulations to 52Teas! And that sounds so good. Both Final teas.

Kawaii433

!! Excellent matches and post.

Mastress Alita

My Parisian Sparkling Wine put up a good fight!

tea-sipper

Yep, it did! And your sample is why I stocked up on the blend from Tealyra (which I probably mentioned before.)

Mastress Alita

One day when I allow myself to order tea again, I will also get more…

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drank The Witching Hour by 52teas
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An Ode to Tea challenge – W

Sipdown!  About time.  It was a good one while it lasted (for years and years).   Rooibos, tulsi, chocolate and peppermint.  Mostly tulsi now.  Not a bad thing.  This isn’t very hard to find sipdowns with letters, as I have an email draft containing last-session-sipdowns.
2021 sipdowns:  46

Kittenna

Interesting, I do not believe I liked this tea at all.

tea-sipper

Maybe it mellowed with time, haha

Evol Ving Ness

^. That seems to be the theme of the week. :)

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Wednesday, April 13th: National Peach Cobbler Day #3

The no caff option for Peach Cobbler day!  Opening a fresh pouch of this guy.  Has a very large fragrance and taste of almond / marzipan now which is VERY out of place for this blend.  Very weird and can’t say I’m happy about it.

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Wednesday, April 13th: National Peach Cobbler Day #2

I bought this during the Boxing Day sale and it seemed like a good day to write about it!  Honestly, never had a peach julip before so you can’t trust me on the accuracy with this one.   Here we have a green tea base with peaches, sage and osmanthus.   An interesting combination anyway!  The peach flavor itself seems very different from the peach flavor in their Peach Cobbler blend.  I love the flavor in Peach Cobbler.  It seems more like a fresh ripe peach, while the flavor here is more like a peach ring candy.  Personally, the couple times I have had osmanthus reminded me of peach anyway, so I’m not sure how much that is contributing here.  The sage would be very interesting!  However, I’m not sure I would even notice that it’s here without actually knowing it’s in the ingredients already.  Second steep a bit bland – maybe the parameters weren’t great.  Not the most fantastic blend from B&B but I bought it at a deep discount anyway.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon // 32 minutes after boiling //  1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 2 min

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Wednesday, April 13th: National Peach Cobbler Day #1

I thought I would be going for actual Bird & Blend’s Peach Cobbler tea for peach day!  But other teas were calling me, including this one, which is now a sipdown.  I really grew to love it.  It’s one of those teas that won me over the few times I drank the sample.  It’s a bit faded now, but really the flavors were fairly subtle when I had it the first time (from a grab bag sale.)  I will miss its uniqueness though! I AM glad I didn’t miss that smooth third steep though.
Steep #1 // 1 3/4 teaspoons for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 15 minutes after boiling // 2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 min
2021 Sipdowns:  45

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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March Mad(Hatter) Tea Tournament! Round #3
Mostly Butiki, Teavivre, oolong and fancy white making it to the end!  Only one black tea!  Surprising, because I consider black tea a major favorite.  Onward!

Match #1  Butiki – White Rhino  VS. 52Teas – Spiced Cucumber Melon
I did have these side by side again.  I knew both of these would be the teas to beat, while looking at my brackets.  I’d say this is the closest decision!  Drinking the remainder of the cups the next day, I still can’t decide.  The White Rhino is supposed to last many years, but I’m not sure if is intended to last THIS many years.  The flavor is quite faded now.  The Spiced Cucumber Melon is just a Perfectly Crafted, Thoughtful blend.  Anne deserves an award for this one.  Anne, you better be signing up for tea awards!  However that works. Winner:  Spiced Cucumber Melon

Match #2  Butiki – Taiwanese Bi Luo Chun  VS. Teavivre – Taiwan High Mountain oolong
The ultimate of greens up against a lovely oolong.  Another very tough decision.   Winner: High Mountain oolong

Match #3  Teavivre  – Moonlight Dragon Ball White  VS. Octavia – Berry Mocha Truffle
Really what could beat possibly my favorite flavor combination?  Berry and chocolate.  I’m a sucker for anything berry and chocolate.  Winner:  Berry Mocha Truffle

Match #4   Yunnan Sourcing – Premium Grade Anxi Ben Shan oolong Spr 17 VS. Tealyra – Parisian Sparkling Wine
A decent oolong, the second session I had yesterday was less spectacular than the other day, I’m not sure what I did differently.   (I swear every time a package of tea is opened it just depletes the leaf flavor from hitting the air – even if it’s only a few days later.) The Parisian Sparkling Wine just does what it’s supposed to and does it well.  An excellent herbal.  Winner:  Parisian Sparkling Wine 

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An Ode to Tea challenge – X

Oh whoops, forgot about my rule of the tea needing to be sipdown or new, but I figured I didn’t have too many other teas for X.  Also, next time is a sipdown anyway…  I will finish it soon. I’m mostly noticing a smoky quality.  My past note (from six years ago cough) said it tasted like BBQ sauce.  But also creamed corn which I’m not noticing anymore.  Not the fault of the neglected tea!

Mastress Alita

To me, Chinese blacks often taste like BBQ sauce!

tea-sipper

Huh, I never noticed BBQ sauce in black teas before!

Cameron B.

BBQ sauce?! Ha ha…

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drank Unicorn Dream by DAVIDsTEA
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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Friday, April 9th: National Unicorn Day Tea #2

Had this yesterday and today!  I went with actual Unicorn tea for actual Unicorn Day.  Thanks very much AJRimmer!     Such a plethora of ingredients here.  Various sprinkles!  The blend is sweet, though it’s from the sprinkles, so I love it.  At least any of the stevia sweetness is drowned out by the sprinkle sweetness. It has blue pea flower so the cup turns purple!  Flavor wise, I’m not really sure what it’s trying to do.  It tastes a bit like marshmallow, it tastes a bit fruity, possibly a hint of almond?  Description says citrus and cotton candy.  The fruit I was tasting was definitely not citrus.  This blend was okay.  Not great, not bad.  I’m sure it’s one of those blends that really depends on what you scoop up in the scoop.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 6 min

Flavors: Almond, Fruity, Marshmallow

AJRimmer

I usually love sweet desserty teas, but I could never really get this one to work for me. It’s just a lot of sweetness without much content maybe?

tea-sipper

Agree, AJRimmer!

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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

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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