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Uniquity 479 followers

Well, this needed refreshing. I have been drinking loose leaf for many years,...

Jillian 364 followers

I’m a university student in her twenties who’s currently working ...

LiberTEAS 877 followers

I am obsessed with tea!
 
 I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters...

__Morgana__ 378 followers

I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I &quo...

SimpliciTEA 214 followers

(Updated 6-3-2014)
 
 After about three years I changed my avatar fro...

Angrboda 974 followers

Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too fa...

TeaVivre 426 followers

Hello, I am Angel Chen, a tea taster and tea ceremony specialist comes from F...

Mercuryhime 221 followers

I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qual...

Indigobloom 454 followers

Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and...

Pureleaf 312 followers

I’m a southern boy that relocated to the Mid-West and has an intense lo...

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Update

Have been occupied as of late with grad school. I’ll still be on Steepster, but will mostly be in lurk-mode with the occasional review.

About Me
Student with far too many interests, ranging from medical anthropology to evolutionary biology to bioethics to medicine to computer science to theatre, and lots more.

Brewing
Brewing method is usually Western style for black teas (2-3 minutes at near-boiling), “grandpa style” for shu pu’ers and longjing, and gongfu (with a gaiwan) short steeps for sheng and shu pu’ers (two 5-second rinses, then 5, 10, 15-second steeps with a gradual increase in steep times to taste). The gaiwan is also used for oolongs though I sometimes use a brew basket if the gaiwan is occupied and I’m taking a break from pu’er.

Preferences
I enjoy black teas, pu’er, and oolongs (leaning towards aged, cliff/Wuyi, or roasted/dark), depending on my mood. I don’t usually drink green tea but do enjoy a cup every so often.

Ratings
My rating methods have changed over time and as a result, they’re very inconsistent. For the most part, as of 11 November 2014, unless a tea is exceptional in some way (either good or bad), I will refrain from leaving a numerical rating.

The final iteration of my rating system before I stopped (note: I never did get around to re-calibrating most of my older notes):
99 & 100: I will go to almost any lengths to keep this stocked in my cupboard.
90-98: I’m willing to or already do frequently repurchase this when my stock runs low.
80-89: I enjoy this tea, and I may be inclined to get more of it once I run out.
70-79: While this is a good tea, I don’t plan on having it in constant supply in my tea stash.
50-69: This might still be a good tea, but I wouldn’t get it myself.
40-49: Just tolerable enough for me to finish the cup, but I don’t think I’ll be trying it again any time soon.
Below 40: Noping the heck out of this cup/pot.

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