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I just had to stop by Steepster and say “HI!!!” to everyone, and apologize for my prolonged absence. I’m getting ready for a major move sometime in June and am still adjusting to the new job. And let’s not even get into the grad school fail (I need to re-apply for next year). But at least I’ll be within a mile of my work and will no longer have the 2 hour round-trip commutes to contend with anymore — huzzah!

I haven’t had a spot of tea in months :( With the hectic schedule I’ve been relying on coffee (gasp!) and diet soda (double-gasp!) to get through. However, my poor system is begging for tea — so I hope to turn it around after the move. I hope.

I miss you all and hope that all is going well!

Warmest Wishes,

Rabs

JacquelineM

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox!!! So nice to hear from you fairy tea sis!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Hope all is well. Come back soon. :-)

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87
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
356 tasting notes

JacquelineM — how fast did you start craving this the moment you saw me post this? ;)

Seriously, it was because of a note that JacquelineM posted about H&S’s Earl Grey that I remembered that I had a handful of samples tucked away for sometime. Well, one of those sometimes is now. We had our first nasty snowstorm of the season yesterday/today, so I felt that Florence would be very appropriate on a day like this.

I think that it’s very deserving of its praise here on Steepster, and I think others have done an excellent job of describing its many charms. So, why isn’t my rating higher? Well, you may recall that I am not a fan of chocolate. Yes, I am a freak. Ever since overdoing it on M&Ms one Easter as a child I have a very low level of chocolate tolerance. Some days I like it more than others. I think that today is a good day, but it still keeps me from utterly melting over this tea. All that said, I would seriously consider keeping a tin of this on hand — not just for me, but especially for visiting friends or family. NE

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

just ordered a sample of this, as so many people say good things about it. I can’t wait!

Rabs

Hooray! I’ll look forward to reading your review :) I must say that I truly am surprised by how much I’m liking this even as the cup cools. I could imagine craving this someday, and that’s utterly shocking to me.

JacquelineM

Ding ding ding! I want!!!!

ashmanra

I used to dislike hazelnut, and I drank this tea and had such mixed emotions. Then I started craving it, then I HAD TO HAVE IT!

Rabs

Lol! @ JacquelineM: I felt a tiny bit bad posting since I knew you’d want it pretty much immediately (but not too bad since it turned out to be yumaliscious).
@ ashmanra: I think I’m exactly like you, but it’s with the chocolate for me. :)

Janefan

I had a big mug of this today myself. Very cozy, comforting, and warming on a cold snowy day.

Kristin

I’m all out of this one. :( plots next order

mpierce87

My next order will be from Harney…I now have 5 Harney teas on the buy list, including this one.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
356 tasting notes

Just steeped the last of my sample of this ::mourns:: I really would like to finish off the rest of the Harney & Sons samples that I have before I place an order, but I don’t know if I can wait that long! ;) TG

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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OLD LADY TEA!!!!!! Seriously, smells like a room in an old church where a bunch of older ladies were meeting and their musty perfume hangs in the air. Wowsa. I’m both repulsed by and compelled to drink this tea. So utterly perfumey and rather blech, but I keep sipping! I think that I have a problem. I will never purchase this again (if I try, then I need a major tea intervention), but I think that I’ll finish the box. Bizarre but true. The graphics on the box (owl in a teacup!) is the best part of this tea. M

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

It is sad when Earl Grey is bad.

Rabs

I don’t think that I could call this Earl Grey at all. There may be a hint of bergamot in there somewhere, but It’s just FLORAL! in a perfumey soap kinda way.

~lauren.

Doesn’t sound pleasant at all!

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Okay, so the packaging totally sold me on this one. The little happy wiener dog has “Ooo-long tea” printed across his long body. EEEEE! And then Jaime had a nice review of this, and I was looking for some handy-dandy tea for work, and so I bought this (plus the Jasmine Earl Grey — with an adorable owl in a tea cup on the box!, and their “Live Forever tea” which had just enough cheesiness for me to buy it).

It’s really amazing that I held off so long on A&D’s teas because their packaging is lightyears beyond this. Oy, I’m a sucker.

I was even hesitant to try another plum-type tea since my only “plum tea” experience was from the insta-tea packet that AmazonV so generously shared with me. And that was a bit bizarre. :)

Anywho, my first cup of this is surprisingly nice! It has a gentle gentle plum scent that almost comes off as floral. I think that I’m also getting a taste of paper from the bags, but I’m not 100% sure. This being at work — I had no control over parameters and of course we got busy. So I think that I may have understeeped this and it’s also now a very cold cup. Therefore I’ll be holding off on giving this a rating. I’d guess that it’s at least a 70. NE

janieteo

tea box looks cute, i wonder does the tea taste nice too. where to buy this tea?

Rabs

It’s fine for a bagged tea. I bought it from the Blue Q website http://www.blueq.com/teabags/ but it looks like they no longer have it. But it seems like it’s available on amazon.com :) http://www.amazon.com/Certified-Organic-Ooo-long-Todays-Special/dp/B004F5E94Y

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drank Raspberry Black by EnjoyingTea.com
356 tasting notes

I brought in this tea to work since it’s in a nice small tin, and it’s not my favorite (so the at work damage of tea isn’t heartbreaking). Pleasant first steep, and even after forgetting about it on the second steep (maybe 7 minutes) it is still very drinkable. Yes, there’s a bit more astringency, but it’s still hitting the spot. NE

On a side note (since this tea came as a sample with my mom’s gift of a tetsubin): I named that new (and somewhat new favorite) teapot Marsha :)

I also received my bagged tea order from BlueQ today. Egads — packaging is even cuter in person. I’m hoping to try one before I leave today, but if that doesn’t happen, then I’ll for sure try at least one tomorrow.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Uber-ultra-NOM! I spent the whole day yesterday steeping this and just looooved it. TG

On a side note I had fun typing “Holiday Tea Damn” to look this tea up on Steepster. Yes, I have no life ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Huh…I might actually have to bump up my rating on this one (maybe) cuz I actually craved this tonight. A full-out tea craving that I wasn’t anticipating.

I messed up the first steep because in my mind I thought “oh it’s an herbal” and steeped it accordingly. It was a bit more bitter, but still very drinkable (and I figured out my mistake). So, I gave a second steep a go which is rare for me ‘n bagged teas. Well, who knew? It’s freakin’ fantastic! I would no longer be able to identify it as “candy cane” but it’s more like a green tea with a minty twist (“with a tweest!”). It’s even cooled to room temp and I like it even more. NE

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I so made the right decision to bring this tin home from work: it has to have controlled brewing to bring out its best. Winging it at work made it taste…kinda like a wimpy off-brand of Frosted Flakes. At the right time/temp with filtered water: NOM!

I was also glad that this was my first tea of the new year (Happy New Year Y’all!) since it reminds me of the tea journey I started last year since Golden Moon’s sampler was the first “big” tea purchase I’d made. I’m still a-steepin’ these leaves (adding a minute to each steep). Yuppers. This is good stuff. TG

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I’ve about given up trying to brew good tea at work and have pretty much resigned to drinking bagged, meh, or aging stuff here beacause I can’t coax decent flavor out of breakroom water.

Rabs

Yeah, I have to use the drinking fountain’s water ::shudders a bit:: and a worn-down Adagio-kettle thingie: ah, UtiliTea. So, black teas are generally forgiving, but I just hate feeling like I’m wasting good tea. I just ordered some bagged teas to keep at work and keep the nice stuff at home. ::sigh::

gmathis

The Sugar Caramel Oolong is definitely too nice to waste at work.

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::contented sigh::

Ah, this tea is one of the few that I’m keeping on hand at work. It’s so forgiving with the inaccurate temps and oversteeping that tend to happen. Just a great basic tea that keeps me going. NE

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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