5370 Tasting Notes

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Dear terri – you soooo owe me lol Pretty sure kittenna and i split a half an ounce of this, so there’s not much left but i WILL be adding this to our swap box. Though i’m tempted to “forget” since i’ve probably only got enough for one more of my cups after today’s steeps/resteeps lol

I kid of course! well, about the forgetting bit. I’m still slightly curious as to why i didn’t buy more of this when Stacy was running low, but i’ll chalk that up to being overwhelmed with tea! On the plus side, she’ll be bringing it back, so that’s something to look forward to :)

This was the perfect tea to start my day today after the week i’ve had. While i’m all for continuing my quest to meet up with dinosara’s sipdowns, i also have tea that i just want to drink even though i’m nowhere close to a sipdown! I’m thinking…work from home day tomorrow to put a big dent in things? :)

This tea? If you’re a fan of blacks, go buy some when it’s back in stock in July/August. it’s sweet but not and malty but not and just..yeah that’s about all i’ve got in me this morning. I keep waiting for something to happen at work.

Kittenna

Nopers, we split a full ounce :) Which is 7 cups worth each, or 3.5 Sil cups.

Sil

hahaha yeah that’s what i meant when i wrote half an ounce. ie. we split an ounce so i have .5 sigh

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! I feel so special!
I wish I would have bought some when Stacy had it, but I was kind of broke at the time.
Life of a musician, you know?

Sil

i hear that! i’m pretty sure i was off my rocker.

Cavocorax

Wow – are you resteeping AND trying to achieve sipdowns? That’s a lot of tea!

Sil

Cavo…but of course! lol I don’t resteeps teas as often as say, kittenna but my straight teas always get resteeps and my flavoured teas are probably 50-50 depending on who blended it.

Cavocorax

Wow. That makes me feel like I waste a lot of tea. :O (Well, maybe I do but I like so much variety in a day…)

Terri HarpLady

Cavo, I’m with you. I resteep whole leaf teas, & some other teas. Usually I don’t resteep flavored teas, cuz I get bored & want a different taste.

Kittenna

Yeah, apparently I re-steep teas more than other people, sometimes. I try to re-steep most teas at least once, but have no qualms about dumping the cup if it’s not good. Sometimes I don’t bother with re-steeping flavoured blacks or greens, particularly if I know they’re iffy for a second infusion, or if I didn’t much care for them. Straight teas I try to get 2-3+ depending on type, although often with greens I end up with one or maybe two, because the leaves don’t last overnight. Tis a lot of tea-drinking.

Cavocorax

Fair enough! I try to resteep straight teas, especially fancy ones like Verdant teas, but if it’s just a flavoured one I usually don’t bother unless I’m worried about running out.

But still, that is a lot of tea-drinking. :P

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
5370 tasting notes

mini sipdown! not that it counts because i have an entire unopened package of this in the cupboard however it’s nice to get one tin cleaned out. I’m still really enjoying this one though i often prefer it as an addition to other flavours. Problem is that at the moment, until i start opening new packages, most of the flavours i have on deck are the ones that i like mixing lol at least this one is pretty enjoyable on it’s own as a smoothie.

lanestew

Hey I’m a noob, and I’ve seen this around, but what does “sip-down” mean?

Sil

sipdown is basically when you drink down the last cup of a package of tea that you have. For some of us who have a lot of teas in our cupboard, it’s exciting lol

gmathis

Yeah, sipdowns are big stuff around here. Which does seem upside down, doesn’t it? One would think the goal would be to amass more to sample ;)

Terri HarpLady

In my case, the goals alternate: Amass lots of teas, hoard them for awhile, sipdown to a manageable level, order more!

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drank The Gingerbread Man by Della Terra Teas
5370 tasting notes

Last tea of the night before I crawl in to bed and hope for just one day tomorrow that doesn’t have issues and problems. I probably shouldn’t behaving this with jr mints, dillpickle dip and regular chips and cinnamon raisin toast…but I am. So there. And no, I’m not pregnant lol just stressed :) I ate real dinner earlier so Nyah!

This Isn’t a bad blend. Holding off rating it since I’ve got lots of flavours going on here at the same time, but I am feeling the ginger and the rooibos….but there’s also a sweetness to it that must be the pineapple, though it doesn’t taste like that. I have a feeling as well, that I could have steeped this for longer to get even more of the ginger to come out. Ill have to try that next time.

Edit….also final tea count of the day…265. 11 days to go. Lol

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec
jessiwrites

Mmmm, chips with dill pickle dip are my favorite. I haven’t had that in so many years… Sigh.

Nicole

Sometimes there just isn’t any answer for stress other than junk food.

Sil

Jessie…. I’ve been good about not having that crap in the house, or ignoring it when my other half buys it…but man, right this second I am sooooo glad for it.

Nicole – heck yeah! Though I’d totally trade you some junk food for a tea party ;)

jessiwrites

Yep, I never have it in the house. I live alone, so it’s pretty easy to eat healthy foods all the time. But I get the occasional craving, and might have to indulge. That just sounds too good.

Dinosara

You will be pleased to know I bought a small tin of tea at a grocery store today.

Sil

Hahaha lol if nothing else this makes for more tea drinking fun :)

Terri HarpLady

Sil: what happens in 11 days?
Dinosara: what kind of tea?

Sil

Terri – dinosara and I are having a friendly competition to see if I can get my cupboard caught up to hers before she gets back from vacation. I was at 280ish…she’s at 190ish?

whatshesaid

Man you sure have a lot of tea to drink in the next 11 days!!

Dinosara

Terr: It’s a huckleberry white tea from a local blender. It sounded good so I couldn’t resist even though I haven’t tried it.

Sil

that does sound good dinosara!
whatshesaid – um i basically need 6-7 sipdowns a day hahahahahahahaha yeah…so not going to happen but i can try :)

Dinosara

Oops that was supposed to say Terri and not just Terr :P

whatshesaid

I drink about five-six a day, you can do it! Just have smaller cups ;)

Terri HarpLady

That’s ok, everyone in my family calls me Ter : )
We all speak in mono syllables when we’re around each other

Terri HarpLady

Sil, really that’s 8-9 sip downs a day! Good luck…oh wait, who did I think I was talking to?
If anyone can do it, it’ll be you!!
And we’ll all be chanting you name, like a bunch of frat boys at a college beer chugging contest, “sil…sil…”
:D

Terri HarpLady

Or you can start a traveling tea box, LOL

Terri HarpLady

Two things I’ve never had:
1 – a huckleberry: I’m picturing double sized blueberry, but guessing its more along the lines of boysenberry or blackberry? That tea sounds lovely.
2 – dill pickle dip: what’s in it, besides dill pickles?

Sil

hahaha good plan terri! LOL
omg dill pickle dip is sooo good. It’s the philidelphia cream cheese dip. so uh cream chese and dill pickle. woooonderful with plain old regular chips.

Terri HarpLady

ah….guess I’ll never have it, since I’m allergic to milk & all milk products…

Sil

Oh no Terri! Uh…does that include dairy in teas? Only ask so I can make sure not to send you any with dairy in it.

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drank Gunpowder Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
5370 tasting notes

Backlog from this morning…so long ago. This was in bagged form and rather boring and uneventful. Highlight was the tea bag which was more of a linen sock full of tea lol. Overall, I don’t think Kusmi is turning out to be the brand for me.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
5370 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! You know… i’m not sure how i feel about this tea. I often wish David’s Tea would just cut it out with all the fruit chunks that hide the TEA! this tea has more tea in it than your average tea from Davids (fruit tea that is) but it’s still not a lot of tea.

So how do i feel about this? well it smells delicious! but drinking it is kinda like drinking a cranberry apple tea. The pear i only really get if i breath in the vapors coming off the mug. So it’s kinda fail in my opinion as a pear tea. it’s a cranberry tea. one that might be tasty as a cold brew though… hmm yeah maybe.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Kaylee

Wow, you’re really on a roll today with the sipdowns!

Sil

Kaylee…yeah but then ill probably end up going forever without one. Mostly just getting through all the teas that I’ve been hanging on to because I was never getting around to finishing them. Must get down under 200…..

Kaylee

You can do it!

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drank Trina's Tiramisu by T by Daniel
5370 tasting notes

im a fan of this one, though i likely shouldn’t be today since lack of food today will likely lend itself to caffeine hitting me pretty hard lol. I really want to add just a bit of cream to this to really through the flavours together. I’m not getting the spiciness that kittenna did but i AM getting that espresso flavour that is blending really nicely with the black base. I think i steeped this one a little longer than 3 mins by accident and still there’s no bitterness or astringency so that’s a positive.

I think this could be one of those teas that I have in my cupboard every so often when i need a more coffee like creamy experience.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jamaican Me Crazy by T by Daniel
5370 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! mwahahaha my cupboard goes down, kittenna’s goes up lol Just enough in the bag Rarietea and i split to have a cup for me and a cup for kittenna. Although i reaaaaallly don’t like coconut all that much in teas, we tried this one at the tea festival and it wasn’t too bad. So it made it’s way into our mini purchase since raritea looooveeeesss the coconut!

Now that i’m having it at home, it’s not tooo bad. I am certainly good with this one cup but only because i’m drinking a tea that tastes like tanning lotion smells like. delicious! but oddly weird as well :)

Kittenna

Awwww thanks! :P

ashmanra

Sil: what would you give for each of us to send tea to Kittenna? :D

ashmanra

Oh, sorry! It is Dinosara we need to be sending tea to, isn’t it? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Kittenna

Oh whew!!

Sil

LOL ashmanra

Dinosara

Don’t even think about it! :D

ashmanra

Heh heh heh!

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psssst…. totally cold brewed this last night and it’s not as bad cold brewed. but the best part? gotta love sipdowns because the people in your tea circle want to try everything lol

60 sipdowns…you will be mine…oh yes…

Kittenna

What can I say? TRYALLTHETEAS.

Sil

:) suits me juuuust fine! might even make it to 225 by the weekend at this rate..

Terri HarpLady

One of the best things about tea is all the endless variety! There’s always another one to try!

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
5370 tasting notes

soooo many teas that i’m so close to sipdown with. Curse you dinosara! lol I managed to get a steep in of this in the afternoon in the 5 mins i took to go pee. I really am sick of all the issues we’ve been having since it means not only can i not do my own work but i also haven’t gotten around to the work of the person i’m backing up.

This was a really pleasant cup of tea that was much needed. Best part about today? (not) I got all the way home…12 hours after i arrived at work, and there are MORE FREAKIN ISSUES! gimme a break. thank god i’m home with my tea.

Kittenna

I was looking forward to trying this one :( But it looks like I’ll be drinking a steady diet of either not-tea, sucky tea, or chai tea for a while…

Indigobloom

Booooo issues :(
Are these website fails? or improper implementations? Misscommunications?

Sil

uh…let’s just say ppl are doing dumb things, our clients are doing dumb things…things are breaking…things aren’t broken…it’s just a giant shit show.

Indigobloom

bleh. sounds like you need that vacation stat!!
Maybe customer training will help

Sil

Vacation…..yeah…that would require having time to plan one. Ugh.

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
5370 tasting notes

I left this one opened to see if that would help with the taste. it didn’t. soooo yeah. I think i’ll just chalk this one up to an abysmal failure and get on with my day.

jessiwrites

Dang. I’ve had mine sitting out in a bowl since last night.

Sil

well i’ll cross my fingers for you!

jessiwrites

I put it in my dark closet, and now EVERYTHING I OWN smells like S’mores Genmaicha.

Sil

LOL that mental imagine makes me laugh… i needed that

Kittenna

Ahaha that’s hilarious. My four open teas are on my dresser. If my room smells like various flavoured genmaicha and/or chlorine, I wouldn’t know because I can’t taste/smell anything anymore, blah. Hopefully it won’t be a nasty surprise when my senses return.

Indigobloom

With the s’mores, I didn’t notice it nearly as much. I wonder if that is because I got mine in the baggie, and had it out for a few days before putting it away properly!

CrowKettle

I’m airing out my packets of marshmallow treat, although I don’t find this one as bad as bcg or s’mores. The room smells sweet. :)

Kittenna

Indigobloom – that could be! Didn’t think of that.

CrowKettle – Yes, my packet of Marshmallow Treat is open as well (even though it wasn’t as bad), alongside Browncoat Genmaicha, S’mores, and Chocolate Malt HB.

Indigobloom

I’m really hoping that this works. I need my marshmallow treat to work!! (when i run out and need a reblend that is haha)

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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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