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trying to get a few things done before my other half wakes up. One of those is updating and figuring out where i am in terms of my tea now that it’s July 1st.

My goal was to get to 100 teas and have the oldest tea be from January 2014. Where i stand is: 164 [Fake Cupboard at 105 teas and 60 samples] and my oldest tea is from Oct 2013 (1 serving left) + 4 teas from December (about 3oz). Not too shabby considering i lost about a month of tea drinking with the move and everything else going on. So i’m putting myself on hiatus until i’m caught up with my goals. For July i was aiming for 95 teas with the oldest being from Feb by Aug 1. I’m allowed to order if i hit one of those goals before Aug 1. I’m so mean to myself lol BUT i really want to get my cupboard in order over the year now that i feel like i have a solid handle on the majority of my likes and dislikes. That was i’ll have more room for puerh cakes and still find the time to drink them :)

Happy Canada Day everyone!

Sami Kelsh

Happy Canada Day, Sil! Wowzers, I’m so envious of your tea-goal-organization skills. WICKED. You can do it!

Sil

haha it’s a good thing i love organising things and making lists and stuff :)

OMGsrsly

That is so incredible. I haven’t even opened some of my Black Friday teas. Or even one of the teas my parents got me at Christmas.

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drank Queen's Choice by Riston
4942 tasting notes

So i finally got around to trying this one the other day, expecting the worst lol However, it’s actually not that bad. This is not quite the same tea that we had at the tea festival in my opinion but i’m wondering if that’s because they added sugar or something to it. Brewed as a GREEN tea, this works out nicely with a strawberry flavour that comes through. If the others brewed this as a black then i for sure see how this would have turned bitter and foul.

However, that being said, this isn’t the lovely tea that we had at the tea festival. That was one light and fruity and delicious. this one is..ok.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Autumn Song by Mandala Tea
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sooooo i had this one yesterday and sadly i remember nothing in the midst of painting except that i had 8 or so steeps of this and was enjoying it thoroughly. Not great for other ppl as a review, but that tells me a bunch hahaha

Stephanie

Bummer, I want to hear more about this one :)

Sil

i think i like autummn song better than uh…temple of stairs. but they’re both delicious

Garret

I soooo love this tea and it’s only going to deepen. These next couple of months will see big changes as it is still wearing out it’s post-pressing thang. Drinking Temple Stairs right now here in the shop. This, too, will benefit from a couple more years, but quite drinkable now. I’m sipping the mini-tuocha we had pressed of the Temple Stairs blend.

Thanks, Sil! And hello Stephanie!!

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drank Autumn Song by Mandala Tea
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drank Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas
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sipdown and backlog from yesterday. I made a little more headway in my goal yesterday but then painting caught up with me and we were far too hot and gross to want to stay in the house after so we went to the movies, thus foiling my plans to get to 100 in my fake cupboard lol

I had this one yesterday for something light and refreshing :) I have thoroughly enjoyed this one and will likely be picking it up again in the future heh

Terri HarpLady

This one is nice! I should have grabbed some during the Secret Surprise Butiki sale!
Today I’m hoping to accomplish Great Things on the painting front!

Sil

it was looking goof in yesterday’s pics!

Sil

*good

Terri HarpLady

LOL, damn auto correct. I was like, “goof???” Is that some new term for awesome? Back in my day (think “that 70’s show”, & yes, it really was like that, children), the term for all things awesome was, “Bitchen!”
I still say it sometimes, when nobody is listening :)

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There is something about this tea that reminds me of “red rose.” I picked this one up on a whim when i was in Chicago just to see how one of their assams might taste. The instructions say 5mins brewing, but i have yet to try this @ 5 mins. I can’t imagine how this would taste at 5 mins. At 3 it’s a little strong and edging towards bitter. I’ll be sharing this with a few people though just to see if maybe there will be love for this one at someone else’s hands.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Boisabbasabii from Teagwwwweerccderrr … Sigh, reminds me of our beloved Sweden chef for some reason… is she ok?

Sil

She is! She was lurking on FB with us a day or so Ago :)

TheTeaFairy

Ok, Say hi from me :-)

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I won’t finish this up for July 1 but I am only 1 or 2 more sessions away from a sipdown with this one – the oldest tea in my cupboard (oct 2013) ignoring puerhs heh. I am a fan of this one and it’s because of teas like this and others that i’ll continue to pick up teas from TTC to try out. :)

whatshesaid

Tea from the future!! ;)

Sil

Shush you lol

Cavocorax

Holy moley – Oct is your oldest teas? I’m jealous! I have my 3 Justea tins to drink from August, and a bit of matcha from September before I even worry about Black Friday sipdowns!

Wooo! congrats!

Sil

there wil be a final update this morning on my goals once i get 5 mins to make some tea hahaha

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SIPDOWN! i feel like i get to celebrate when it’s not a sample sipdown because man i have soooo many of those lol. Last day to try and hit my goal, which i won’t but at least my fake cupboard will be pretty close :) I have stuck myself on buying hiatus after today until i get back on track from all our house puchases (paint, couch, chair) and until my cupboard goal is met. Soooo if i’m going to splurge, today is the day hahaha.

This was from Terri, and there’s not much else to say about it that hasn’t been said already. Really like this one – the honey, malty notes in it are neat and it’s a good cup of smooth tea. :)

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Tea and Card travelling teabox

I wanted to revisit this one as i had it way back when i was first really trying to figure out what i liked and what i didn’t. Dropping the rating on this a few points because after trying so many varieties of black teas in the past year (or two) this one lacks the bolder flavour that i like. This is nice, it’s got a little astringency to it that i don’t mind and overall it’s not a bad cup, i’ve just had better than i love more :)

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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oh man… cold brewed this today and i am in love. I’m going to have to make more of this for tomorrow when we’re trying to run around and paint and such. Really just a great blend. I’m glad that i was introduced to this blend and then able to purchase more :) mmmmm honey dew…. so much love for this tea.

Final Count: 169 [ Fake Cupboard at 109 teas with 60 Samples]

mj

Painting walls is so fun except for the edges, which are TORTURE lol

OMGsrsly

Get one of these! I used one recently, and WOW it did such a great job. I think it was $5 at home depot, and we washed it and dried it between paint colours instead of using new fuzzy bits.
http://www.amazon.com/Shur-Line-500-Premium-Paint-Edger/dp/B0001MQI9E

mj

Why did I not know that existed?? I just used a regular paint brush and was painting the bathroom. So. Many. Edges. That looks like it would work so much better!

OMGsrsly

Yeah, we had one of those, and 3 people with paint brushes. Ended up that I used that for ALL the edging for ALL the rooms, and other people rollered. :)

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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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