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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – December 2023 Tea #6- December 21 – Winter Solstice

A day late! I thought I’d go with a puerh for this prompt!  A dark tea, but also brewing up a ripe puerh usually brightens my day. :D
From Michelle a while ago!  It’s good to be back with my neglected teas.   The leaf here looks huge and high quality — and really not tightly compacted within the bits of cake Michelle sent — the cake is quite loose.   The flavor is lighter because of that huge leaf.  This was a good reminder why I probably like “lesser quality” ripe puerh.  It’s DARKER.  But this is delicious anyway — especially that third steep that I really went overboard on.  It was such a sweet tasting cup!  Very interesting that such a long steep was so sweet.  A great no-offender puerh that should sway some newbies… but not distinct enough for me.
Steep #1 // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 min
Steep #3 // 2 minutes after boiling // 10 min

Michelle

I liked this one too, it was smooth and would blend well with other teas. Good for digestion after a big meal!

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Michelle

I liked this one too, it was smooth and would blend well with other teas. Good for digestion after a big meal!

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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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