7475 Tasting Notes

drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
7475 tasting notes

I neglected to do this Jan 1, so today its here while i drink an unlabelled sample from someone at work.

Final Count of 2015: 148 (goal was 50 hahaha)
2015 I tried 514 new teas, bringing my total up to 2730 teas tried (roughly) since i joined steepster. That’s less than previous years which i think leads me to believe that i might finally be figuring out what i like/want :)

Nicole

Good grief. That’s a lot of teas tasted!

Sil

actual count is higher given that i’ve had teas not logged…but it’s fun to think about.

Evol Ving Ness

Wow. Iron kidneys indeed.

Are you actually drinking cups of these teas? Or sampling and pouring the rest into a nearby potted plant?

Also, are you keeping excel charts of your tea progress? Or how to you keep order on all this information?

Evol Ving Ness

And how do you keep track of all the teas you currently have on hand? So many questions.

Sil

hahahaha
1) i’m always drinking the teas unless they’re just too terrible to drink, then it’s sample and toss – not may teas are jsut not drinkable for me
2) tea count, i just use steepster tea ratings – it’ tracks unique teas i’ve tried it’s not 100% accurate but close enough. Each year i just go back in my notes and find last years total and subtract it from this years for the difference
3) i use steepster cupboard for # of teas and i have a spreadsheet that has all my teas, when i purchased them (so i drink old stuff first); quantity of the tea, whether i’d reorder it etc.

VariaTEA

I think I may restart my spreadsheet again to help restart my love of tea. Maybe if I see how much I have (and how old some of it is), I may be more inclined to drink it. That will be one of my projects when I get home again.

Also, you may have missed your mark a bit but I would blame Paris and all the sneaky tea surprises you got do recently. So, it’s not your fault lol.

Sil

@variatea….total first world problems. i went to paris and poor me didn’t make my sipdown goal as a result lol hope you figure out your tea when you get home – if you need some new things to try to spark your taste buds, feel free to come shop at my place

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. This will take me a while to mull over.

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Pulled this one out again today after a long hike in the woods with rental dog and other half. Sadly, i’m not getting the depth of flavour that others are, even though it’s still an enjoyable cup. I’m hoping the second steeping will open things up and make for a tasty treat.

Final Count: 144

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drank Nostalgia by Liquid Proust Teas
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dexter sent this one m way and sadly it falls flat. I followed suggested steeping times and all i’m getting is a sort of black blend. there’s no vanilla or cocoa…just black and oolong hanging out doing weird things together. Oh well, happy i got a chance to try this one a couple times – just couldn’t make it work. thanks for the share dexter! appreciate it!

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Finished this one off this morning. Pretty much the only day off over the past 2 weeks that both me and the other half have been off together with no obligations (christmas was the other day but we had friends and gaming to get off to). So we had a lazy morning, made waffles and bacon, OJ and coffee/tea and just enjoyed the morning. Now it’s off to take rental dog for a very long hike to tire him out. He’s going home tomorrow night so we’re going to get him good and energised for his return home…which means kill him today, let him sleep more tomorrow and by nightfall he’ll be full of energy bwahahahahaha. yeah we’re mean :) Sorry to see this one go, may need to pick up more in uh 2017.

OMGsrsly

GASP. That is mean! Poor rental dog’s people.

Fjellrev

Solid plan, guys.

Sil

ollie loved it… hes passed out on the kitcheb floor now

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drank Pumpkin Ginger Spice by Traveling Tea
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probably the last tea of the year since i’m finding myself more thirsty for water at the moment than anything. Figured i should pull out one of my old favourites in an effort to get closer to a sipdown with one of them instead of hoarding it. Still love this one…ginger and bits of real pumpkin! what’s not to love? now to settle in with a little tv before bed with my other half and rental dog. yay for quiet evenings in for new years.

Final Count:146

Dexter

146 is pretty awesome!!!

Fjellrev

Sounds uber tasty, and I’m uber impressed by your iron kidneys. You’re sure paring down that number.

Nicole

I swear, if I ever get a dog, I’m gonna have to seriously consider calling it Rental Dog.

Evol Ving Ness

Iron kidneys. :)

Sil

you guys are funny. :)

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drank Citrus Grove by Tealish
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sipdown! pretty proud of myself for getting this far down from my mini cupboard explosion without getting another weekend in to drink tea. Gives me hope for my tea weigh in that i’m hoping i can do this weekend -ESPECIALLY if rental dog goes home a day early! enjoyed this one from missb and omgsrsly though not enough to kee it in my cupboard. would be nice to revisit from time to time though :)

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drank Cherry Cosmo by Tea Forte
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thanks omgsrsly! this is probably? my favourite of the bunch if only because i can see this one being delicious cold brewed in the summer – similar enough to the cherry snowcone concept :) hibby for sure, but i don’t mind hibby :)

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drank Snow Apple Spice by Silk Road
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noms. finished this one up today since i’ve got 10 ish hours left before 2016 to get as many sipdowns in haha. I am about 100 teas higher than i wanted to be at the end of this month but i am TOTALLY blaming that on not planning to be in paris, which resulted in a ton of teas coming home with me (3.5kg worth). this one is a really nice winter/holiday tea. just the right balance of apple and spice…not just cinnamon :) thanks omgsrsly!

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drank Ice Wine by Janet's Special Teas
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omgsrsly sent me a little more of this one. today i’m just not feeling it. It’s ok but not nearly as delicious as i want it to be…and let’s be honest, after the amount of ice wine that i’ve consumed recently, this is NOTHING like actual ice wine hahaha

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i finished this one today. i want moaaaaar. decisions, decisions…just under 10 more hours to decide before hiatus sets in. bwahahaha love this tea!

Evol Ving Ness

Oh, the not-buying-tea-savings-plan begins after ten whole hours? I did actually come across a Canadian tea site and thought oh, what harm can it possibly do to have a look? And then, I began to fill up the cart. But thankfully, I managed to walk away. I walked away! Yay me! :)

I think you should order this one. It is so very delicious. And you have ten whole hours of reprieve, after all.

Sil

haha i just did it. but i did manage to get my cart down from 15 items to 4. lol so uh..baby steps? :)

Evol Ving Ness

Did you get all the sets of teas? :) :)

Evol Ving Ness

From 15 to 4! Now that is an accomplishment. I rarely manage to have that kind of resilience. Hurray for baby steps! More than baby steps, actually. Very well done.

If it doesn’t reduce your joy, can I ask which ones were the four that you managed to whittle down to? Only if it doesn’t reduce the thrill of the shop though. If it does, by even one iota, ignore, please.

And as much as I adore, QTT, I really truly hope that Lauren is changing her packaging really really soon. In my last order, there was far too much cross-contamination. However, that said, I had asked Lauren to delay shipping my teas, so they were likely hanging out sealed for far longer than was good for them.

Lauren | A Quarter to Tea

Sil, I’m running a New Year’s sale starting tonight, so I took the liberty of refunding the difference on your order so you get the sale, in spite of the hiatus :p

Shipping is changing this coming year to a thicker mylar zip bag! Im also getting a thicker packaging material for samplers. I’ll actually have a post up in the forums with the flavor of the week with some other changes in about 30 minutes or so :D

Sil

@evol – i picked up the chocolate sampler (1 item, 3 teas hahaha); vanilla pears with cardamom butter; caramel keemun; and an extra ounce of chocolate cherry. there are a number of others i wanted (ie have tried and enjoyed) but i’ll wait. use it as incentive to drink up! and yes, i agree on the packaging.

@lauren – thanks SO much! I really appreciate that! oh man flavour of the week better not be amazing.. lol

Evol Ving Ness Hurray, Mad Hatter! Hurray! I am delighted to hear this. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Evol Ving Ness

Erm, yeah, the chocolate sampler is hard to resist. As are most of Lauren’s teas. Good selection there, Sil. Hmm, I wonder whether my cc will cooperate before the not-buying-tea-savings-plan begins?

Evol Ving Ness

I am drinking Chocolate Cherry Latte now in solidarity.

Sil

yaaaay! also it’s been 29 minutes…. must know what new flavour is.

Sil

oh i might be safe…if it’s Cranberry Maragarita Yerba Mate Tea. mate and i don’t get along.

OMGsrsly

Oh, but cranberry margarita sounds great! If only it weren’t mate. Haha. :)

Lauren | A Quarter to Tea

You guys are really making me want to make the green tea version of this I had orginally envisioned D:

Sil

haha cranberry marguerita sounds lovely, just not as a mate. though to be fair i am typically on the side of wanting all blends to be black blends, rooibos or puerh…. sooo take that for what it’s worth lol

OMGsrsly

(I’m with Sil! Black tea ALL THE WAY. Rooibos is nice sometimes. And I like puerh.)

Evol Ving Ness

^ and ^^

I support.

Sil

poor lauren, we’ll be twisting her arm to make all sorts of black, puerh, rooibos blends!

Lauren | A Quarter to Tea

I’m always open to ideas, so if there’s ever anything you really want to see definitely let me know!

Evol Ving Ness

^^ I support that too.

That said, however, your oolong and houjichas are very awesome too.

Sil

things to ponder…what do we want lauren to try making heh

Evol Ving Ness

Moratorium on tea prevents me from pondering the possibilities. At the moment. Give me three months or so.

ok, ok, if I must. That Vanilla Apple Panna Cotta Oolong was so divinely good that I could see Lauren doing a fine job of some sort of zabaglione. Or tiramisu. Or dulce de leche flan. Or Portuguese custard tarts. Or profiteroles. Off the top of my head.

Or caramel something. Or since I am on a strawberry thing, strawberry custard tarts. Or the tea equivalent of this. http://zsuzsaisinthekitchen.blogspot.ca/2011/04/hungarian-custard-slice-kremes_16.html

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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.

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