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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
1458 tasting notes

I don’t have this tea often, but that just makes it even more special when I do.

Multiple random steeps tonight as I unearthed my printer, organized some CDs a friend gave me when she moved (“some” = close to 200! I need to start listening to them, before I end up with a computer that has no CD drive!), and then printing a new pattern to make some athletic shorts. http://www.fehrtrade.com/shop/827/duathlon-shorts-pattern I’ll be doing something in between the booty and biker shorts.

Anyways, this tea. I love it. It’s so delicious. Yes, it’s floral. Yes, it’s green oolong. Yes, it has some weird spiciness from the frankincense. Combined, I like it a lot. :)

Flavors: Floral, Green, Jasmine, Sweet

gmathis

Salute to your sewing skills! That pattern looks a little more complicated than I could handle. (The only practice I get these days is straight seams and mending.)

ashmanra

I sew only a very little, and sometimes I say what what we call “sewing words.” I can’t sew around children…

OMGsrsly

Most of the sewing I do is straight seams, gmathis! :) But putting the pieces together is a puzzle I don’t mind. (I’m at the point where I make most of my clothes – simple blouses and tshirts, straight skirts and 1/2 circle skirts. I buy pants!)

I say similar words, ashmanra. :) It’s why I sew mostly simple things. I have plans for a dress and jacket but I’ll go very slow on those because I’m more likely to make some catastrophic error.

gmathis

Someday I would like to refresh my quiltmaking skills…we don’t have many that my mom made that made it through our disaster unscathed.

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A mix of Carrot Cake and Chicory Dickory Dock (both DavidsTea) with some cream.

Yummers.

It’s quite warm today, but this just feels right. :)

I also had Numi’s Chocolate Puerh this morning, and it was all right. Not fabulous, but it performs well as a work tea.

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Latte.

YES.

This is so good as a hot latte!

Just a couple servings left, and then I’ll have another empty tin! Whee!

(2.5 tsp / 16 oz)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Royal Abkhazi by Silk Road
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Mmm…

MMM….

I totally forgot how good this is. Really mild Earl Grey with vanilla in it. So delicious. I used 1 tsp in 14 oz, and it’s good enough for me. Sadly, brewing Silk Road teas the Silk Road way means that they last forever and I still have loads of all of them in my cupboard.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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This is another one of those never-ending teas! Thank goodness, since it is a favourite.

Drank it with a tiny bit of sugar added, while painting my nails. Or, well. Attempting to paint my nails. And then I remembered I didn’t have any acrylic paint left so I couldn’t finish the manicure but that’s OK. Just the sponging took for-freaking ever. http://instagram.com/p/s5v4tAR5Ay/ The nail on my middle finger is honestly even. It curls as it grows, which annoys me.

The tea is as delicious as usual. Yet another I should drink more of, but I continuously reach for black teas without thinking. Maybe I should organize my cupboard by steeping temperature? Then I could set the kettle, and pull down a bin. It’d be faster than choosing a tea then setting the kettle!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anlina

Nice manicure! Nail polish is my other obsession, though it’s been ages since I’ve made the time to do my nails.

It’s almost a good thing that tea doesn’t last forever, or I’d have as much tea as I have nail polish and no one needs that much of anything.

OMGsrsly

Thanks! I’ve finally found a base coat that works for me, so I can actually do my nails and they’ll only start chipping on day 3 or 4, instead of being half gone the next morning. I also have a gel kit, but removing it with acetone just kills my nails.

Fjellrev

Beautiful! I’ve been going a little crazy on nail polish these past few months but haven’t gotten into trying any of these techniques. It does look very time-consuming.

OMGsrsly

I really want a dotting tool so I can do polka dots. That seems fun, and like it wouldn’t take too long!

Fjellrev

Yeah, that should be pretty straight forward. I’d consider getting that striping tape maybe too. But for now I’ve been too lazy for that haha. Just toppers and that’s it.

Anlina

I used to have a base coat that worked fabulously for me, but my body chemistry has changed and now it makes my nails peel, so I need to do some experimenting.

You can use a toothpick or the tip of a pencil as a makeshift dotting tool, and scotch tape works well for masking – just touch the back of it with your finger a few times to make it less super sticky.

I really love colourful french manicures. One of my favourites was a black nail and tip with a white line dividing them, and then red on the underside of my nails, though it’s been ages since my nails were long enough to pull that off.

I’m feeling very inspired to do my nails now. Maybe that’ll be on my to do list for tomorrow.

OMGsrsly

I’ve been sucked in by textured nail polishes. I keep buying more when I see them on sale! I think they’re so neat, although annoying on the toes as the texture catches the sheets.

OMGsrsly

Thanks for the tips, Anlina! I’ll have to play around a bit more. :)

Anlina

I have one of the pebbly nail polishes but it’s untried at the moment. I think it looks very cool, but I’m extremely neurotic and I’m pretty sure if I do put it on I’ll be touching my nails constant from the moment it’s dry till the moment I remove it.

OMGsrsly

That’s why I like it! :) It’s very soothing to me.

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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
1458 tasting notes

So busy at work = not drinking much tea, but definitely double-fisting the coffee. (Gosh that sounds bad.)

Now that I’m home for the weekend, I’m making burgers with cream sauce and steamed spinach for dinner, and this coconutty oolong caught my eye.

It’s so good. It’s weird, because often I think, “Coconut? Nah. Too overdone.” But then I have this tea and I forget about all the other teas that coconut is in. It’s that good. :)

Hi tea frens. I’m back, at least for a couple days.

Flavors: Cake, Coconut, Flowers

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sipdown (yay!). While I really liked the herbal notes in this, I’d prefer it without the oolong. This last cup, which was mostly tulsi, was really nice. :)

Thank you for sharing, Dinosara.

I don’t think I’ll be wanting this again. I have a bunch of my favourite tulsi tea, and I think I’m happy with that.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1458 tasting notes

Oh this makes me so happy! My new tin of this arrived yesterday. :D :D :D

Seriously my favourite Earl Grey type tea. Not too bergamot-y, not too sweet and fruity. Just right.

Especially with a splash of cream.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Ost

I totally feel the same way about this tea. ^^

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Not bad, but needs more sage. :)

It’s not quite what I was expecting, as the black tea is front-and-centre. Following it, I get some vanilla and sweetness from the blackberry leaves, and finally some sage.

I think I’d like it better with a little honey added, as the black base is somewhat astringent. And sage tea is better with honey anyways.

I’m glad I picked this up to try, but probably won’t get any more.

Flavors: Astringent, Blackberry, Sage, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Anlina

Oh it sounds really interesting. I would have assumed a fruit herbal blend from the name of it, so being a flavoured black sounds quite different.

I haven’t tried too many teas with sage, but the few I have have been very nice.

OMGsrsly

I was expecting a lot more vanilla, but got more of the base tea. I think I’ll have to play around with it a bit to get it just right. I didn’t add milk, but I think it would be super good with a little added or even as a latte.

I actually drink sage tea (just sage and water steeped for ~10 min) because it helps if you’re very sweaty. :) I work twice a week with tropical fish, so I like to drink it in the summer. This tea didn’t taste anything like that.

Blodeuyn

Have you tried blackberry sage by Republic of Tea? I love it. :)

OMGsrsly

I’ve heard of it but haven’t seen it available locally. If I find it somewhere I’m doing an order, or maybe at a local shop, I’ll be picking it up. :)

Blodeuyn

RoT accidentally sent me tea bags instead of full leaf on my last order, if you’d like to try their tea bag version I’d be happy to send you some!

OMGsrsly

Thank you, but at this time I have enough tea. :) I’ll wait till I’m finished a few more of what I have before I seriously start looking for it!

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I had a bit of a disaster when I reached for the tin. headdesk I think I thought the lid was taped on because I hadn’t removed the tape? IDK. Thankfully most of the tea was saved, as I had just cleaned and dried the counter, and was also leaning against it. There might be a little more cat fur in the tea, but that’s OK. I’m the only one who drinks this one. :)

http://instagram.com/p/sq33lbx5Lb/

So, thank you so much Bear With Me! I love this one, and it’s one of those seriously expanding teas since the tin is still almost full!

Sarsonator

Clean counters save teas!!!!! :p

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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