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drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
288 tasting notes

I made this earlier in the day before I had to leave to do a work event thing this afternoon. By the time I got home, it had cooled. It is 78 degrees outside, which is miraculous, but it makes me not want to have hot beverages. So I am currently drinking this at room temperature and it is oddly refreshing.

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Backlog from the other night.

I was feeling tired and stressed earlier this week, so I decided I needed some pick-me-up teas to get me by. I decided to do this one Tuesday night as I was cramming to finish a last-minute assignment. Unfortunately I only got through about half the cup before my stomach started going weird on me. I’m not sure what happened, but I’ve been slightly sick the past few days without really being able to pinpoint what it is.

It’s still a fun tea at any rate, especially if you keep your variables low and really get to bring out the pistachio. I kind of wish it was just called “pistachio” tea rather than “pistachio ice cream.”

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Really? I’ve had this three times? I only remember one.

I’ve had this one for forever, and I just noticed it in my cupboard again today. I had to get new tires on my car, so I’m going to be broke until I get my tax return. So I’ll be going through and trying to sip down some of the excess stuff I’ve got kicking around.

I did a fairly short steep time on this (like 2 minutes), and it came out really smooth. There’s an astringent note in the aftertaste, right on the tip of my tongue after I swallow it, but it’s very pleasant. I think the first time I tried this, I brewed it for 5 minutes or so, and it was QUITE potent. Which Irish teas are supposed to be, as I understand. But the shorter brew time came out a lot more enjoyable than I expected.

And now I’m off to shower then, instead of putting away laundry or cleaning like I had PLANNED, I’m going to go work on my last-minute program notes assignment. God I love it when people think their time takes priority over your time.

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Backlog from yesterday.

This time around, I did the tea like you’re “supposed” to – rinsed it in the gaiwan, then did little short steeps.

I do believe this might be my favorite pu-erh so far. The first steeping yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous mix of earth and wood and “atmosphere.” I also love tuochas, I’m finding. One less step to worry about!

Stephanie

Tuochas are so cute :)

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75
drank Jane's Garden by Harney & Sons
288 tasting notes

Step 1: Finish watching the last of the Star Trek: TNG movies.

Step 2: Listen to The Supremes to reckon with your “what am I going to do now that I’ve seen all that these characters who mean so much to me are ever going to do” Fiction Feels.

Step 3: Make tea, sip it, and write about it on Steepster.

Congratulations! You are TeaKlutz.

Uhhh OK, apparently I never added this to my cupboard let alone reviewed it. Well then!

This was one of my rare green tea nights. Tell the truth, I’ve been more of a CoffeeKlutz than a TeaKlutz the past several days. Not entirely sure why, just felt like something with a thicker texture. So I’ve had enough coffee today that I didn’t want anything super-caffeinated (anything less than black tea really isn’t going to wake me up, and sometimes black tea doesn’t even do that), and besides I feel like I’m being “healthy” when I drink green teas and I sure as hell have not been eating healthy the past several days, haha!

This is my second go-round. Miraculously, I managed not to overdo it. To be perfectly honest, there’s not a whole lot to say on this one. It’s the standard crisp green tea flavor with little bit of light rosiness, almost imperceptible. Jane has a lot of shrubbery and a rose bush or two. It’s not bad. It’s too understated for my taste, but it’s still “clean” tasting and enjoyable if you like flowery green teas.

I don’t have many green teas, so it’s nice to have it as an option.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog from this morning and a few hours ago.

I dialed down all the variables this time; cooler water temp, less leafage, shorter steep time. It seems to have done the trick. The tea isn’t quite as astringent or in-your-face.

I… don’t really have much to say about it though. My concentration is not the best right now, and I completely forgot to search for that evolving-flavor effect. I still think I prefer their regular Dian Hong.

Damn I’m tired. And out of it. I feel like I’ve been removed from reality for the last 52 hours and I don’t wanna go back. I think my hormones have been a little kookoo the past several days. Among other things. At least I’ve mostly been optimistic and happy and excited about stuff. Can that be a permanent change?

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drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
288 tasting notes

I think this is only the second time I’ve had this tea. It’s quite decent. Very twee kind of taste, light and garden-y. A bit more rosy “scented” than some other rosy teas I’ve tried.

Damn I’m exhausted. I’m getting ready for a trip up to the Cleveland area for the Ohio chapter convention of the International Trumpet Guild (really, I just want to go and try out trumpets.) I’m looking up directions and weather and all this stuff, oh and I have to finish packing tomorrow morning. I’m driving by myself to a part of the state I’m not even remotely familiar with and staying in a hotel overnight, and I’ve never traveled alone without having someone I was meeting on the other end. Not gonna lie, I’m kinda nervous! But excited.

caile

Enjoy your trip!

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Backlog from yesterday.

Had this with breakfast as it was the only sachet tea I had at home that I hadn’t been drinking a lot of. I think the novelty’s starting to wear off. Now it’s just too hot for what I’m usually in the mood for. Especially since I’m trying to get into that not-winter mindset. Might just take it to work.

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This morning’s cup is dedicated to Past Me. I usually don’t like the decisions Past Me makes, but this time around, Past Me scheduled an 8 AM dentist appointment that’ll probably take about 25 minutes to get to. In doing so, Past Me got Present Me out of a 7:30 AM work meeting (which nobody in my store knew about before Tuesday) that would have been a 45 minute drive if you don’t count 7 AM rush hour on Columbus-bound route 33, which is a four-lane highway trying to handle six- or eight-lane worthy traffic.

So, Past Me, I raise this warm mug of malty cocoa-tinged perfection to you.

I really, really need to stop writing notes on this tea.

Also, I just realized I’ve had the current bag since summer of last year.

MzPriss

I love this note :) I ordered this tea a couple of days ago and am looking forward to it.

keychange

I love this note too!! go past you!

TeaKlutz

MzPriss, I hope you like it! I know we’ve (I’ve) built it up quite a bit…

Stephanie

Don’t ya love getting to highfive Past You? Sometimes I do stuff and I’m like, Future Me better thank me for this! hahaha

Fjellrev

Past You rules. Nothing like treating yourself to these gorgeous pearls for dodging that bullet!

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Backlog of yesterday’s sachet sipdown at work.

The more I drink this tea, the more I like it. It’s a great comfort and restorative and I will DEFINITELY be ordering some more of it in the future.

I’m working on my positive thinking. It had been going extremely well the past couple of days, then yesterday afternoon I overreacted internally to something and my mood snapped (it always happens on Tuesday afternoons!) I think I unnecessarily pissed off a customer in the wake of it. Still feeling guilty. It’s such a habit for me to think of all the stupid crap that’s going to happen today, it’s a challenge to turn that around. But I’ll keep trying!

keychange

I struggle with maintaining a positive outlook as well. But it’s good that you’re practicing doing it. eventually, it’ll happen more naturally, and feel less forced. Yesterday may have been a setback but that’s all it is: nothing more. Have a great day!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Do you know about The Secret? Basically the key to anything you could ever want. I discovered it two years ago and my entire life changed :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc4K1omciDM

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Tea is my happy place. I drink tea when I’m at home, when I’m at work, when I’m waking up in the morning or winding down for the night or when I need a little boost in the afternoon. Tea is my official side hobby, and I couldn’t be happier that I’ve discovered such a vast world of flavors, aromas, varieties, and traditions – encapsulated by a beverage that I used to shrug at.

My taste in tea always seems to be changing!

Black teas are far and away my favorite. Great Chinese black teas are one of my weaknesses. I also like a lot of the Earl Grey relatives and I have an affinity for floral teas, especially rose-flavored ones.

I don’t drink green teas as often, but there are a few I quite enjoy.

Same with white teas.

I have some experience with oolongs, but not much. Most of the ones I’ve had taste the same to me, and I’m not huge on the roasty-green flavor. I kinda like the juicy-green ones, though.

I’m exploring pu erhs. I haven’t had many, but the ones I’ve tried have been really intriguing when done right, and it seems like the pu erh universe is a rich and complex one once you get past “IT TASTES LIKE FISH!”

I like rooibos, but I have to be in the mood for it. And it HAS to be in a sachet or a bag. Loose rooibos is more of a pain than it’s worth.

I go through different phases when I’m trying teas. Sometimes, I really want flavored stuff; sometimes I just want to try pu-erhs; sometimes I’m on a rose tea kick, etc. I enjoy building up my base of tea knowledge and even more the experience of finding a new and unexpected thing I love.

I have a tendency to ramble in my tasting notes. Sometimes it’s on topic. Much of the time it’s not. You have been warned.

As for me, I’m a semi-former trumpet player, current bass guitar learner, music store employee, program note writer, lyricist wannabe, casual makeup enthusiast, even more casual bicyclist, writing major in a past life, eternal designated driver, deadly punster, nerdy dork, incurable escapist, and lifelong introvert. Steepster is absolutely the most positive, kind, and intelligent online community I’ve ever found, and I love meeting fellow tea enthusiasts through here. I look forward to meeting you!

P.S. Any rare soul who recognizes the profile pic gets bonus points forever.

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