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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
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Another sipdown from this morning! Let me tell you after a little over a week of waking up and being able to draw back the curtains and see the ocean and mountains…today was an adjustment…hello brick wall of the other apartment building…so nice to see you. sorry we’ve missed you..NOT. lol I love this one from teavivre and will be ordering more once i get into a better position to stock up again. Malty, chocolatey goodness.

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85
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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well now that i’m almost organised for tomorrow, i figure i should log a few of the teas i’ve had this morning. I left for vancouver with 139 teas in my cupboard and came back to a cupboard of 158 (with one incoming swap).

This is a sipdown, since i need to work in a few of those to justify my 20 tea purchase! (oh and a few teas are living with Cavo at the moment…so technically i’m a bit higher).

I thoroughly enjoyed this one from F&M – better than the queen Anne, but nothing to hold in my cupboard forever and ever. This is a good every day sort of tea that is good for those times when you don’t really want to think about the tea you’re drinking, you just want to enjoy it while you do things :)

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87
drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown! Bringing me down to 137….not that it’s going to help much since holy crap I bought 21 teas while here….guess no buying in May unless I can have a really productive Sunday. Heh. I know there are a we few sipdown teas waiting for me at home, but I’m not sure it’ll be enough.

This tea will be on me reorder list for sure. It is a delicious, delicious black tea that has made. My Vancouver mornings even more wonderful…. It has a strength to it while not being overly in my face….and the flavours out of thinks one make me sit up and take note with every sip. I never expect it to be nearly as yummy as it is every time I take a sip lol.

Lariel

Doesn’t May start in a week?

VariaTEA

You are still ahead of me in sipdowns :(

Sil

Really?? Variatea…but I have a billion to add to my cupboard!
Lariel – yes may starts next week, but If I can’t achieve my goal, then I’m not allowed to buy more tea until I hit the next months goal….at least until July rolls around – I’m trying to get down to 100 pretty seriously :) so I make up rules as I go to keep me honest.

Marzipan

137 is practically 100!

Kaylee

I’ve gotten used to using your tea count as a benchmark for what counts as “too much tea”, but right now my count is far far higher… d’oh! Clearly I need a new benchmark :)

Memily

Honestly, do mediocre Butiki teas exist?

Kaylee

No. No they do not :)

Memily

Right. Well I’ve emailed away my first order because I just can’t take these glowing reviews any longer.

Kaylee

Yay! I’ll be very surprised if you’re disappointed.

Sil

Memily – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed
Marzipan – I’ve jumped from 134 to 226 in a day hahaha
Kaylee – I’ll be back up after July, just trying to get my cupboard to a 6 month is my oldest tea level before I let is climb back again.

Terri HarpLady

(just sitting in the corner, with my cup of tea, smirking)
;)

Sil

Terri…just think of what I can add to your box now that I’ve got new teas you haven’t tried! Lol

Kaylee

Holy moly, Sil! How did you jump almost 100 teas in a day?!

Cavocorax

Hahahah. I love these sipdown wars. Don’t worry Sil – I’ve only got 14 samples for you; that box is only half full!

Also, I’m with Kaylee. I’ve been using Sil as my benchmark too and now I am 40 teas too high. Apparently. :|

Terri HarpLady

Sil, you are evil. I love you, but you are my sipdown nemesis. I’m going to form an alliance with Cavo, Kaylee, Memily, Marzipan, Varietea, Tea Fairy, & everyone else on steepster to bury you alive in tea, my dear sister! Just you wait! It will happen when you least expect it…mwahahahahahahah!!!

Terri HarpLady

Cavo & Kaylee, if Sil is your benchmark for too much tea, I should probably be your benchmark for Way to much Tea!!.
:D

whatshesaid

Hahah too funny. I have purposely avoided counting my teas because in my head I think “I’m not so bad”, and seeing someone else’s high numbers makes me feel even better about myself. I suspect though,that my count would be higher than I’d care to admit…and my husband must never find out. Counting everything just makes it all real….

Sil

Kaylee – I received a bunch of swaps and a purchase all basically in a day lol Terri and I tend to send each other boxes with anywhere from 30-60 teas in he them when we send teas lol

Terri – hahah don’t you dare

Whatshesaid – I really only count my teas because I like playing little games with myself in terms of numbers and volume. The only thing I really care about is does it feel like I have too much tea. If it feels like a chore to be drinking things because I have “too much” then I have to stop….turns out that " too many teas" number for me is about 325. Lol under 150 I don’t feel like I have enough teas….so eventually I think I’ll end up back around 200 ish which gives me room to swap, make impulse purchases without getting near my oh my god aaaah too many teas! Mark

whatshesaid

But how can y ever drink all those 200??!! Too funny.

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t done the math for a few weeks, but I have a feeling my cupboard is back above 350, thanks to boxes various friends have sent, plus a few orders I’ve placed.

Dexter

Interesting conversation – you guys are fun. I’m actually using Sil as my inspiration to get my cupboard down to something reasonable. 350 is too many. 100 isn’t enough. Not sure where I will end up, but if Sil can reduce while people keep sending her lots – then so can I. I just need to focus.

Terri HarpLady

I have this fantasy that the perfect number of teas is 120 – 150. I want to drink a cup of everything in my collection once a month, & I think with a number like that, I could pull it off. However, this wouldn’t count my puerh collection…or maybe it would?

Kaylee

I’m currently at 183 and it feels like way, way too much. I love having such a varied collection, but it’s getting really out of control. Terri – I think you may be right that the perfect number is 120-150. Probably closer to 120 for me. And even that would be an embarrassing number to admit outside of the Steepsterverse.

Dexter

It also depends on quantity. There is a big difference between 50 – 50g packages and 50 3 tsp swap samples. I sometimes feel overwhelmed by volume rather than number of. I think 150-175 would work for me if 50-75 of those were small samples and the other 100 were more quantity. Dunno – just thinking out loud, but I’m going to be happier if I can get down to 200 ish…

whatshesaid

You guys are making me want to count….you all included small one cup or so samples also?

Dexter

whatshesaid – I cannot speak for anyone else – but I have EVERYTHING I have in the house in my Steepster cupboard. So yes, small samples count – that’s what I was just saying – the number of has to be balanced with quantities of…

Kaylee

Dexter3657 – Fair point about quantity. My teas average an oz. I’ve noticed that when non-tea people gift me loose tea, they tend to get unnecessarily large quantities which I’m then stuck with for what feels like forever. Plus there’s that pound of guayusa I bought to help me get through grad school that I still have half of…

whatshesaid – I don’t keep my Steepster cupboard as up-to-date as I should, but I maintain a list. It includes every tea in my home and office regardless of quantity. That also helps me keep track of who sent me which teas and whether a given tea is in the office or at home.

Memily

ONE OF US, ONE OF US. I also bowed to adding every skerrick of tea in my house to steepster… it makes sipdowns more fun ;)

whatshesaid

That’s not so bad then, having 2 cups worth of something is way worse than 2 oz of something

whatshesaid

Haha I meant the other way around obviously

whatshesaid

I’m drunk

I’m not really

Memily

no judgment

Marzipan

It’s sort of like, have you ever written something on your todo list just so you could cross it off? I think having the samples in the cupboard ends up like that, I feel like I am getting somewhere because I actually get to remove one.

Dexter

I like to write tasting notes at least once on every tea I try. If I didn’t put samples in my cupboard, I wouldn’t write tasting notes on them, then I would have no record of what I’ve tried and what I haven’t – I don’t have the fancy spread sheets like some people do. If I go to remove a tea from my cupboard and it says it hasn’t been logged, then I log it. But that’s just how I organize my tea journey.

Sil

I’m With dexter and I have a fancy spreadsheet lol mostly just in case steepster takes a dive. Oh to be able to export thoiugh….

Terri HarpLady

I don’t know if I’d call my spread sheet fancy, but I update it once a month, print it out, & then check teas off as I drink them.

whatshesaid

I like this spreadsheet idea…. I wonder if I can get an app for my iPad and work on it slowly a bit at a time as the baby permits

It WOULD be satisfying to cross stuff off!

Sil

iPad = google docs….at least that’s what I would do if you’re looking to be able to create/maintain here and there….there may be an app but google docs will work if you don’t find something better

Terri HarpLady

I have pages on my iPad (& iPhone & my laptop & desktop…I’m totally Macified), but I’m sure google docs would be better, especially if you want to be able to share it with people.

whatshesaid

We are a Mac family also so I will look into both of those suggestions!

Sil

pages is a good one as well – i always forget about it since i haven’t been using a mac as long :)

Terri HarpLady

One thing I like about pages is you can save it as a word doc, a PDF, or whatever.

Cavocorax

If you are thinking of doing the spreadsheet, the sooner you start, the better! (You don’t want to do it when you have 200 teas to log. ;P)

Some things you might want to track – when you bought it, your steepster rating, how much you have left, if you’d re-order it or not, and who you got it from if it was a swap. Some of those I added later on and I had to go through and do a completely inventory again. But, it’s fun?

Marzipan

I mentioned to my husband that there aren’t any apps out there that are tea logs (or coffee, for that matter). At least, not that I could find. He is a software developer, so maybe…

whatshesaid

Thanks for the tips!!

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Sipdown! Yay! Not that it really counts since I’ve purchased tea while on a vacation but at least it will be one less to a) bring all the way ack home and b) sipdown to try and make my goal when I DO get home.

My other half and I have settled in to a great routine in the evening here….we cook dinner, sit on the balcony, play a game, go down to the whirlpool and then either play another game or watch a tv show before bed. I’m really going to miss our evenings here when we get home so we’ll have to see if we can find a way to keep it up on week nights I don’t have to work heh

I feel like I’ve had this tea way more often than I’ve logged it. It’s a tea that is similar in profile to Stacy’s wild mountain tea….though different enough that the two are unique teas. I’m not sure how often I’d restock this as I’m partial to the sun moon lake Assam if I have to choose just one, but I’d be happy enoug rotating sample sizes of the lots in to my cupboard from time to time, esp with free shipping on those at 25$

Final count: 138 (however there are teas to be purchased here and teas probably waiting for me at home…)

Tealizzy

Sounds like a really nice relaxing evening! :)

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87
drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
4889 tasting notes

I have been awful at writing tasting notes on vacation. I’m actually drinking more tea than I’m writing about but I have no desire to do much but sit in weave of my mountains and stare at the sea listening to the waves crashing…smelling that pacific air while the sea birds cackle….

Today was an amazing day. Sunny, warm….the perfect day to spend in Stanley park. We walked the sea wall, sat at the lighthouse and had lunch, relaxed on ether beaches, trekked through the forests, where I basked in that familiar smell of “mountain forest” that made me think of summers spent hiking trails….. We got a little sunburnt, and now we’re “home” relaxing on the balcony with a cider/beer cooking some fresh pasta from the market with delicious cheese from the market….best. Day. Ever. And tomorrow we’re probably going up to do someone more non city walking…. Let me tell you, we’re averaging anywhere from 12 to 35 km a day and it’s fantastic.

Oh the tea? It was the perfect accompaniment to watching the sun come up this morning….

gmathis

What are you doing online with a view like that???? ;)

Sil

Waiting for food to cook so ewe can eat on the balcony! Hahaha

Nicole

Sounds fabulous, if a bit more walking than I’d say makes for a fantastic vacation for me. :)

Suziqzer

Sounds amazing! I wouldn’t be spending much time with tasting notes either. Enjoy your time there!

Sil

Suzy- sooo good
Nicole – the walking keeps me sane, and is the only thing actually getting me to de- stress lol
Anna – I love ewe ;)

caile

What a lovely vacation! Enjoy!

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84
drank Vanilla Citrus Spice by Verdant Tea
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Sipdown! Last cup of this sitting on tea balcony, watching the rain, the sea, my mountains…

Which is good because I bought 3 teas today with plans to buy more….

OMGsrsly

Only 3?! You show marvellous restraint. ;)

whatshesaid

Are you in BC now?

Marzipan

Sounds lovely?

Sil

Whatshesaid – yep until Saturday. 5 more days of walking and basking in he the glow of my mountains and the ocean….

Sil

Marzipan….best.time.ever.

Marzipan

I should stop commenting before caffeine. That was supposed to be a !

whatshesaid

Sounds awesome!

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drank Dreamsicle Puerh by 52teas
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Cup of tea while Ian naps :)

VariaTEA

Oh Sil, you really do have some of the best tasting notes :P

Sil

Yeah well when you’ve had it a bunch of times…and you’re exausted from walking for 7 hours after 6 hours of sleep….there’s little time to wax poetic about things

VariaTEA

Fair enough. Hope you are having a fun vacation :)

Amariel

Yeah, after writing notes a few times, I wonder if I even need to bother with another one…

Anna

Napping men should always be used as tea cosies.

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drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
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One of just a couple teas I brought with me to Vancouver. I figure I’ll be picking up a few while I’m out here as well so I just needed morning teas. Hotels don’t do we’ll with teas. This was my first day tea for walking…so much walking. Such a good first day out here and it’s hardly even over!

MissB

Woot! It’s a beautiful city to explore. If you guys want/need any help, do let me know!

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drank Vanilla Citrus Spice by Verdant Tea
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probably my last cup of tea for the day with travelling and such unless i get off the plane and MUST HAVE TEA…which is always a possibility. HOping i’ve got the right balance of tea that i’m bringing to be able to get through most of it before we come home. heh esp since i know i’ll be buying tea while there. I actually have one more cup of this that i’m bringing with me for a rainy day when i need some comfort.

Final Count: 140 (1 swap and a few purchases incoming – 10 to go…)

Courtney

I can’t wait to hear what you pick up!

Terri HarpLady

Where are you headed? Vancouver?

Sil

Yes Terri…my mountains and I are getting reacquainted

TheTeaFairy

Enjoy that beautiful country we are so lucky to live in Sil :-)

Sil

We left the hotel at 8am….back at 3pm. Such a good day, just relaxing now before going out again :)

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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
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Dropping the rating of this one a little. This has a bit of bitterness in the background that i don’t find terribly appealing. it’s not a bad cup, but this strikes me as more of a milk and sugar cup of tea versus royal blend that i can drink straight – my preferred way of drinking tea.

Cavocorax

Yeah, I was not super impressed with this one. It’s ok, but it’s not like that other Queen tea that’s out there. :D

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