5401 Tasting Notes

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drank Choco*Late by American Tea Room
5401 tasting notes

sipdown! uh 224. I was enjoying this…immensely as i made it as a latte today – steeped in milk. as i was contemplating my tasting note though, someone shared news with me about an old “friend” of mine. For those that don’t know, i used to play world of warcraft pretty heavily and regularly. (story time now..no more tea comments, move on if you’re looking for those). started when the game launched etc..yadda yadda, was an officer in a guild, pulled 40 ppl through molten core etc but at a casual level i was proud to have gone through things with. None of this raiding 20 hours a week for me. long story short, one of my friends from wow passed away last weekend and the news has trickled over to me tonight. I haven’t talked to “runabout” in a while, but we kept in touch over the years. I honestly didn’t expect news of his death to hit me quite as hard as it has. One of those random internet friends….we met in person a couple times with the florida crew, but mostly we chatted in game and through email, trying to coordinate things. So right now, i’m waxing poetic about the good times we had, drinking my tea and smiling at internet friends. something my parents don’t understand as they didn’t grow up in this generation, but something i whole heartedly understand as our world has become more and more connected through our ability to share with one another. A silly game, yes but one that allowed me to meet some FABULOUS people, that i’m still friends with…i’ve shared weddings and births and other such events…and tonight….the first death. And it’s floored me. good night.

ifjuly

I’m sorry to hear it. I definitely identify with what you mean—there are people I “met” online over a decade ago and feel in many ways closer to than most of my in-town friends.

OMGsrsly

Oh, I’m so sorry to hear.

Terri HarpLady

Sorry to hear this sad news, sister.

Cavocorax

Oh. That’s terrible. It sounds like you guys had some great times together – doesn’t matter if it was “only” over the internet. <3 :(

Fjellrev

Aww no, Sil, I’m so sorry.

keychange

oh gosh, sil. I’ve unfortunately known a lot of people online who’ve passed away, and of course it hits you so hard. And makes you wish you’d spoken to them more. etc. I’m thinking of you and I’m sorry it hurts so badly right now. :(

Tea Sipper

I’ve very sorry! If you haven’t, check out The Guild on youtube or watchtheguild.com when you are ready to laugh.

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sipdown on this one (225) i don’t like it. pretty sure it’s the oolong base that just ruins it for me. it’s not one of those tasty oolongs i am ok with..instead it’s got this weird ick factor going on when mixed with the orange and almond. yep..oh well, glad i got to try it since this is one i would have expected to have liked!

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81
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
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sipdown! (226) I’m still aiming to get to 200 by the end of the weekend…i have a bunch of smaller samples that i’ll be able to drink. In the meantime, i’m also trying to get a few in, here and there during the week.

Most of you know that i am not a fan of oolongs. Kittenna ordered this with our joint order a while back and i nearly opted to try it as well…but i held off. When this showed up in the canadian travelling tea box, i figured it was meant to be. this is actually pretty tasty. I’d never want it as a permanent fixture in my cupboard but i would keep a small amount of this on hand for any time that i wanted a lighter tasting delicious oolong. It’s got a really nice sweet strawberry flavour, without that distinctive oolong taste i’m not a fan of.

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I bought this as a sample from tao because my tea sister likes puerh and she likes ginger but she doesn’t usually like flavoured puerh (except sichuan caravan that needs to COME BACK NAAAO). So i figured maybe this would be one that she might enjoy.

As for me? I like this a bunch. It’s not drop everything omg this is the best damn tea ever, but it’s a little ginger-spicy and the base doesn’t get lost. I haven’t yet tried the samples of straight puerhs from tao but so far, these seem like good solid teas. I’m going to enjoy getting through more of these over the weekend (need to get to 200 after all…)

Terri HarpLady

Yay! Yes, I love ginger! Remind me next time we’re chatting on FB, & I’ll tell you about my secret formula idea, LOL.

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
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it MAY have taken me 40 mins to try and figure out which of the teas in my cupboard i made this morning to be my second tea….turns out it was this one lol

I vastly prefer this to chocolate o, which i quite enjoyed at first, but it has since decreased in how much i like it heh this was a great tea for today!

Cavocorax

I think I like this one more as well! Maybe I should try both tomorrow and compare them…

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seriously, sometimes i want to kick steepster. it was giving me grief getting to this tea to post a note. This one is nearly gone, and i’m happy to say i’ve enjoyed this one from cuppa crew. Not sure if they’re still around, as i haven’t seen them on steepster in a while but if they are, they’re a company i’d be willing to re-order from. They have excellent customer service and i’ve enjoyed the teas of their that i’ve tried. this one has grown on me a bit as well as i’ve had it. :)

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drank Tangerine Ginger Tea by Tao Tea Leaf
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sipdown! that means i’m at 228….so getting to 200 by the end of the weekend should be totally doable as long as my other half doesn’t get my as sick as he is…but if i DO get sick..he’s going to the store to buy me this. this is what i want in a ginger tea…just enough citrus flavour to offset the intense ginger… and it’s caffeine free…AND my other half likes it…so he’s drinking this..and i’ll take the resteep… lol YAY! maybe it will help him get better!

Terri HarpLady

Hmmm…that sounds like an interesting tea!

Sil

i don’t think i bought two samples of this one….you’ll know when my box gets there. i think i got you a ginger puerh instead… i think? i dunno..i just randomly added a few extra copies of some of the teas i got smples of for you

OMGsrsly

That sounds really nice. Do you have the ingredients on your package?

Terri HarpLady

That’s because you’re an awesome tea sister! :)

Sil

Omg – sadly this is a Tao pouch so it doesn’t have everything on it…he does put the ingredients on he the bigger bags. Next time I’m there I can ask what the other herbs and flavouring is outside of the few ingredients he has on ether website.

OMGsrsly

Ooh, I’d really appreciate that. I’ve emailed the company, but don’t know how long it will take to get a response.

Sil

i think they’re usually pretty good. i know i sent a note via the e-form and katherine got back to me in a day?

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Sample sipdown…it’s been a long day..and i’m still working so i’m having puerh at almost 11pm. yeah, that’s right. Why? because i’m stlil up for another hour or so…. I added in my order that came in while terri and i were competing, so new final count after i write my tasting note for the other tea i’m finishing off tonight.

But this tea? I love it! I picked it up as a sample in my recent tao leaf tea order so that i could try a few more of their teas and this is delicious! Better than expected. The puerh isn’t hiding behind the flavours and the vanilla is cutting through the mint to soften it a little. So even though this is just a little sample packet (tao’s samples are enough for a normal person cup, but most of his teas lend themselves to decent resteeps…) i am really enjoying this. I can only hope that the boring basic vanilla black that i picked up is as good, since that was in a larger quantity. off to a good start with these…

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78
drank Antarctic Expedition Tea by Silk Road
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sipdown yes with maple syrup. happy tea times rolled into crappy day :)

Kittenna

Sipdown? Already?!

Sil

uh yes kittenna…that’s how things work…we buy tea…we share it, we drink it…we finish it lol

Kittenna

Hahaha.

Sil

…it’s also why my oldest tea is from february.. of this year.

Cavocorax

I think I need to make that my next goal. And maybe I’ll allow myself to dump some of my 1.5 year old tea!

Terri HarpLady

Cavo, I finally dumped the last of my peach oolong, which was old enough to be considered a good puehr, if it has been aged properly…& was made by the right people…with the right tea…uh….sorry, I just woke up…from some crazy bizarre dreams…
Anyway, it now resides in my compost pile, where it will become an amazing shu, of sorts, for my garden, & when it rains, it will create a different kind of tea, & my plants will love it!

Terri HarpLady

Now I want pancakes with maple syrup & bacon…sigh…

Sil

i am doing my best to try and make sure my oldest tea is only a year old.

OMGsrsly

That’s a good goal, Sil. One I think I should work on as well. :)

Terri HarpLady

Not counting puerhs, of course!

Cavocorax

Terri – I bet that felt great just letting it go. :P There might be a tea or two that I need to just get rid of due to age but I’ll give them all a last cup just to be sure. But I don’t want to hold on to tea that I don’t enjoy and will never drink either (if it’s stuff that won’t make a good freebie).

Sil – that’s a great goal. One year should be even enough to get through a tin of my Damn Fine Tea’s. The really OCD part of my brain wants to go through my old email receipts so that I can backfill the order dates on my spreadsheet for my older teas. :P

Sil

lol i’m just adding in a general month/year to my spreadsheet…the cupboard does a decent job, but only if i remember to take teas out, before adding in the restock of a tea i reordered. I’ve also started to write the month on the teas in my cupboard as i get them so i see it as soon as i open my cupboard. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, I like that plan, Sil! Here’s me, going and labelling all the new Verdant teas in my cupboard. :)

Sil

haha silly goose

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day is long. happy tea.

winner terri – rematch i will win.

Terri HarpLady

It’s about time you showed up! I was starting to worry about you, afraid you’d succumbed to your man’s illness.

Sil

not yet… but i did succumb to work….after babysitting him, not sleeping much… issues tonight…still up…

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling and am currently working on trying to get my other half to as many place in the world as possible.

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