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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – December 2023 Tea #3 – A tea with a red ingredient

This is a festive tea I brought with me AND fits a prompt. It’s a unique looking blend, as not many blends use red cornflower for some reason. So this tea came to mind when I thought of this prompt. I feel like it’s more of a Thanksgiving tea to me, but I’m drinking it as one of the only holiday teas I have with me. It’s very almond today and light on the black tea flavors.

Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – December 2023 Tea #4 – A genmaicha or hojicha

I’m just going to log this here, as it’s a nameless matcha genmaicha that Ost sent years ago. (Didn’t want to log in under ‘random’.) It was very delicious! I love genmaicha mixed with matcha. This was an exceptional example.
2023 sipdowns: 98

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drank Candy Cane by The Angry Tea Room
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Well, this holiday favorite went along in the suitcase, and since I have a headache today, it’s the perfect time to steep it up. It’s always so good. Candy cane perfection + black tea = YUM.


Hope the tea helps the head!


Thanks, Dustin. :D

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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – December 2023 Tea #2 – A holiday tea

Finished the amount I brought with me while I’m helping my grandmother, but haven’t finished the whole box!  Which is a good thing, as I would miss this comforting tea too too much.  Sadly, I’m missing most of my holiday tea stash while I’m away, so I’m not working on those at the moment.  Including my Angry Tea Room advent, which I thought would be the last year I would post on it!  I will be back home soon, but not before missing most of December.


Do you know, I don’t think I’ve ever tried this one, even as long as it has been around!

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drank Candied Almond by TeaSource
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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – December 2023 Tea #1 – December 4 – National Cookie Day

I almost forgot it was cookie tea prompt day!  But this is the closest to the prompt I have.  It sure tastes like sweet almond type cookies.  All of my cookie teas are home.  I actually MADE some chocolate chip peanut butter cookies today.  I never do that.  haha.  Well… maybe once in a great while.  They turned out pretty good! 

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additional notes: Old tea bag alert.  I think I found a couple bags of this YEARS ago in a teabox.  Numi is usually my favorite teabag company!  As far as I can remember.  This isn’t bad.  Though I think I just realized today that this is ripe puerh WITH magnolia flavored green tea.  Then I was trying quite hard to taste any green tea, but I don’t think I could…. unless its inclusion is only making the puerh weaker.  Or maybe it’s hojicha.  But I don’t think it’s very weak for a teabag with a smallish amount of leaves.  I don’t think it was worth it to add “magnolia” green, as I can’t really taste magnolia either.  Checking my 10 year old note, I didn’t notice magnolia then either. A straight puerh here would have been fine.  The second steep was weak but I probably let the first steep go a little long.  Again… I like Numi!  Nice to revisit this one.  Now if only they would make their vanilla black again.


oh, I’m seeing now that the note before mine in the dashboard is a well loved Numi tea…


I feel like magnolia would be an interesting flavor in a tea! Too bad they didn’t make it work.

Martin Bednář

Well, there is an oolong with magnolia scent: https://dobrateapgh.com/products/magnolia-mao-jian

And Dobra Tea is a good brand.

Martin Bednář

Eh, sorry… green tea, not oolong :)


I have a Magnolia oolong from Maya Tea, but even when it was fresh I didn’t think it tasted like magnolia…

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drank Nutty & Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – November 2023 Tea #9 -A nutty tea

I thought I didn’t have a tea suiting this prompt around here at the moment — BUT IT’S IN THE NAME.  I think I treat these prompts too literal most of the time.  I don’t really think of this tea as “nutty” anyway.  But it’s always a solid steep.  And not like any other blend I have tried in my tea life.


I definitely do not treat the prompts too literally! Ha ha! I will be as creative as necessary to find something to fit the bill!

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drank April Siesta by 52teas
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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – November 2023 Tea #8 -An herbal tisane

I’d like to think this is one of the more unique tasting blends from 52Teas!  Not many of these ingredients are used very often, as far as I know.  It’s on odd sendoff as this last bit somehow tastes different, and it has been one of the blends I have focused on lately, so have had a couple of times recently (and is fresh in my memory!).  Just the shuffle of the ingredients, I guess.  This time it’s more spring time meadow than heavy on the licorice. 
2023 sipdowns: 97

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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – November 2023 Tea #7 – An oolong tea

Getting VERY few and far between on these sipdowns.  Almost only one month to go to catch up!  I’m enjoying what I drink anyway, and that is what is important.  This was such a classy, CLASSIC oolong.  Going strong after probably eight years.  Was delicious then, still delicious now.  I’m sure the flavors are more muted by now.  But I’m glad it isn’t a great oolong that will sit around waiting to be steeped up any longer. Also, I managed to not buy ANY teas for black friday this year! YEAH. Also, still 34 pages behind on reading tasting notes. I was hoping to get caught up by the time you guys had the avalanche of advents!
2023 sipdowns: 96

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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – November 2023 Tea #6 -Nov 21 – National Gingerbread Cookie Day

I had this one a day late, as it was the closest thing I had to this prompt.  But then, I slapped my forehead as I am at this very moment drinking B&B’s Gingerbread Chai and didn’t realize it fit the prompt much better!  doh.  Anyway, Mince Pie will be fitting tomorrow for a second steep.   I like BOTH teas. I hope all who celebrate have a lovely Thanksgiving tomorrow.

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drank Keemun Finest by Zen Tea
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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – November 2023 Tea #5 – A bold tea

This was certainly one of Zen’s “finest” teas, not like that is what the name actually means, and also most of Zen’s teas were teas I wanted to keep steeping!  I’d say I was a repeat buyer of most of the teas I tried from Zen. The crew at Zen had good tea tastes, which is why I’m extra sad they stopped selling tea.  I have never bought any teaware from them, as I don’t really buy any teaware at all.  The tea leaves are vast around here but the teaware is few. haha.  Though I do admire when some of you have the perfect vessels for teas or occasions for drinking them!  Anyway, this is certainly a very flavorful tea, even after all these years, I’m impressed.  Rich with that classic CLASSIC Keemun flavor I can never describe — maybe like lychee mixed with bittersweet/dark chocolate?    Definitely a classic keemun.  I will miss this tea.  No back up pouches!
2023 sipdowns: 95

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Lychee


I bought both tea and teaware from them, and I miss several of the teas but also most of the teaware says “sold out” when you shop on the site. I enjoyed purchasing from them and wish they could have had better luck with their tea sales.

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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

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!

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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