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drank Golden Gong Ting - 2005 by Mandala Tea
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I’m sipping on this one over the course of the morning to give it a full run through of as many steepings as possible. Gracebtlb sent this my way and i’ve been looking forward to trying it.

First couple steeps have been earthy with a hint of almond.

Edit: as this progresses the tea is becoming slightly sweet. I’m not getting the cherry flavours that grace mentioned but i am really enjoying this.

(more to come later)

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thank you cavocorax for sending this one my way. I struggle with roasty oolongs. There’s something about SOME of them that i dislike, while others i love. I dislike the aroma from this one in dry form. However, as a brewed tea, the flavour that i don’t like in roasty oolong isn’t present. There’s an earthiness to this that is rather pleasant and if nothing else, this is a smooth brew.

Anna

Okay, I have a very ignorant question – how does a roasty oolong and a houjicha differ in taste?

Sil

i’ve only had a couple houjicha…and it’s terrible since my automatic response would be… roasty oolongs have that oolongy taste and houjicha doesn’t. lol not so helpful. i have consistently enjoyed the houjicha that i’ve had, while oolongs are hit and miss with me.

Hopefully someone else will have a better description than me lol

Anna

Haha, aww, Sil – thanks, though! You should just start calling it Eww-long.

Sil

i usually say it’s oo-wrong for me :) that being said there ARE a few oolongs that i’ve really enjoyed. so i haven’t crossed them off the list entirely :)

Anna

I won’t cross anything off the list until I’ve tried all the teas.

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drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
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While it’s well known that i’m not a huge fan of oolongs, this is one that i like a bunch. The strawberry cuts the oolongy taste out of the picture and makes it a refreshingly delicious cup of tea. It’s never something i’ll want all the time, but i for sure want this in my cupboard every now and then. I love that the strawberry isn’t overwhelmingly present and it’s not the least bit artificial. great tea teavivre!

boychik

i like it iced

Sil

i’ll have to try that!

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sipdown! another tasty tea for this morning. I suspect the afternoon will be busy so i want to make sure i get a bunch of liquid in me before that happens. That way i can always toss some water in front of myself if it’s busy as it’s a bit more no fuss than tea haha. I like this one, but it’s not a restock for me. Maybe an occasional purchase as a sample just to rotate it through my cupboard but it just doesn’t wow me like some of the other teas i have. Nothing wrong with it – it’s delicious and i enjoy every last drop that i have but it’s just not a staple :)

TheTeaFairy

Know what you mean. A tea can be absolutely delicious, but doesn’t mean it has what I call the PCF (Permanent Collection Factor ).

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pulled this one out this morning for a nice first start to the day. Working from home again, and likely tomorrow just to make sure i don’t over exert myself and land up even more sick. I love the blending of the teas in this one, though likely not a restock since i can just pick up the individual teas :)

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drank Rooibush Eggnog by TeaGschwendner
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sipdown! (169) not too shabby for being sick, not concentrating on sipdowns and having awesome tea friends make my cupboard explode on the day before the end of the year. lol 30 more days to see if i can get down at 150 just for fun!

This was another tea from the lovely missB I’m not a huge fan of eggnog – something about the texture makes me NOT want anything to do with it. But i DO like creamy, delicious vanilla type flavours – which this most certainly is. I haven’t had eggnog in years, so i have no clue how close to eggnog taste this is…but it’s what i want eggnog to be like – creamy and delicious with no funny weird textures :) thanks for sending this my way missB! I quite like it, and it’s not necessarily something i’d have picked myself :)

Edit: i Started the year having tried 1398 teas since i joined steepster…total as of the end of today 6 new ones! (1404) Let’s see if i can make it another few hundred by 2015 haha

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Lala

OK so when I read this I thought you were saying you had 1398 teas is your cupboard. Ha ha. You’re doing good if you down to 169 now. Ha ha.

MissB

Oh gosh. See, this is why I ask if you have dislikes, so I can avoid that kinda stuff. Although… it seems this was a good choice after all! :)

Sil

No way missB! I like trying things…..even if I don’t like something ill still try it. Eggnog I don’t like because of he the texture…the flavour has always been something I could get behind.

Sil

Also lala….if my cupboard was that big I’d have a heart attack….300+ was too much for me haha

Terri HarpLady

Yay for trying so many teas!!! Go girl!
I’m in the process of re-organizing my stash. Once I get it all in order, I’ll do a count. I’m guessing 300+, hahaha

TheTeaFairy

You all make me want to reorganize my stash…My steepster cupboard is so not up to date! I lost control about a year ago when I went over the 300 mark. (Terri I do sympathize!) then, after getting rid of more than half of it (gifts and gifts and more gifts and not ordering for 6 months) made it a lot more manageable. But after a slip through black friday, I feel a little out of control again :-0

Sil

I force myself to keep it organised at least in terms of steepster having the teas that are in my cupboard. It’s a fast way to see if my numbers are creeping up and makes sure i know whats there if i forget something

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drank Orange & Cream by Della Terra Teas
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nice cup of warmth and comfort for a few episodes of fringe before we tuck ourselves in to bed early. being sick is the suck but tea makes everything a little better. :)

Terri HarpLady

Sorry to hear you’re still sick!
Sending good vibes your way, sister.

tigress_al

Feel better soon!

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drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
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Latte of this one has been great to sip on while watching fringe and enjoying our pulled pork that has been slow cooking all day. Mmmmmmmmmm so good!

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drank White Ginger Pear by Tea Forte
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sipdown! this was from a sampler a while back and i finally got round to trying this last one. Sadly i was hoping for more from these little packages. I think i’m better off sticking to tea that isn’t “designed for cold brewing”. Oh well, it was a great intro to some of tea fortes teas. This one is white and ginger…but not really pear. Instead there’s a weird taste to it that i’m not a fan of.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
OMGsrsly

These are “designed for cold brewing”? As in, plunking them in the fridge with cold water? Huh. I’ll have to try that.

Sil

i mispoke.. i meant they’re designed to be iced teas… you still boil water, steep and then pour over ice or whatever.

OMGsrsly

Ahh, tea terminology. :)

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
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nom nom nom nom nom drinking tea while playing board games and being sick. My other half is willing to join me in a year of taking 1 picture a day of something that makes us smile/we’re grateful for/we appreciate etc… so here’s to trying to keep that up for a whole year :) Anyway, this tea? love it. so glad i picked up 100g of it…though it’s going fast!

Cavocorax

Oh that’s an awesome challenge!
Are you trying to do it for the entire year? I just all of a sudden feel like maybe I should do that again because when I did it made me go outside and do things – otherwise it’s 365 pics of cat/baby. :P

I think the last time I did I made it to 100 days (not just things that made me happy, but just… pics?) and the best one was on my last day of chemo – so close to freedom!

Anna

Sounds like a great project! Also nom nom Fleurilège.

Cavocorax

Oh – just read your post – you are doing the whole year! Yay!
I like that it’s things you like appreciate etc. Seems like there’s less pressure that way to making sure the picture is artistic etc, while still letting you have some freedom to experiment if you want to.

Sil

yeah…day one picture – the crockpot making pulled pork for tonight’s meal lol Ian’s picture – helen. hahaha

Cavocorax

Hahah. That’s awesome.

Nicole

that’s a neat idea for a project!

keychange

What a lovely idea.

caile

Gosh, that’s such a great plan!

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