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I stumbled upon steepster almost a year ago. It was Labor Day weekend. Tony & I were talking about going to the London Tea Room (founded by a couple of chics from London that were nostalgic for a proper cup of english tea). I did a search on one of their teas, to see if they still had it on their menu, but the search led me to a review of that tea, written by our lovely Azzrian! I had never heard of steepster, & although I was drinking large quantities of tea every day & have for years, they were from a fairly small number of vendors. I had no idea there were online tea communities, & I was instantly in love love love!
Within a week I had placed my first order from Verdant, & it was more love love love. My tea collection, which seemed pretty large at 30 or so teas, has blossomed forth each month, as I continue to discover new (to me) companies, make friends with like minded tea freaks, participate in trades, joint purchases, TOMC, teaboxes, etc.

I received this sample in my first Verdant order, or maybe one of the first orders. I can’t believe I haven’t drank it yet! I had a couple of porcelain jars with lids that most of my samples end up in, & this one was in there (with 4 samples of Verdant’s flowering green jasmine…if anybody wants one, please let me know! I’ve already drank several).

Anyway, finally I’m drinking it! Even though it’s a year old, it was well preserved in its foil pouch & it is as tasty as ever. As far as Green teas are concerned, I don’t think anybody can compete with the amazing fresh flavor of these Laoshan greens.

We’re talking freshly steamed edamame…fresh creamy soymilk (I used to make my own), buttery green beans, fresh picked from the garden & steamed. The fresh green taste is so good, & in the 4th steeping my mouth took on a mintiness, a tingling sensation. I’ve now had my green tea for the day, & it’s also a sipdown! 340!

TheTeaFairy

I love this post! Terri, that’s also how I discovered Steepster, by looking up a tea…when I realized that an actual tea community existed, entirely devoted to the experience of sharing knowledge and new discoveries, I was ecstatic ! Still am :-) I remember it felt like I had found a secret society almost, as if one needed special skills to become a member. Then I realized the only requirement is to be what we all are here: tea fanatics!
I’m on the spring Laoshan green at the moment, and this tea is everything you are describing, just beautiful…

Terri HarpLady

Yup! Now that I have steepster, & all my awesome friends here, I can’t imagine how I got by without it! LOL, it’s like a 12 step group, a group hug, an ongoing tea drinking convention/frenzy, & several other things, all rolled into one! :D

Dinosara

Harney actually used to have links to the Steepster pages of their teas on their website! That’s how I found Steepster.

Cavocorax

That’s pretty cool. I found Steepster by doing searches for DavidsTea reviews while I was standing in their store. :P I’d been burned before and wanted to get something that was great!

Bonnie

I bought some tea in Canada on a cruise and didn’t know how to brew it so I googled information on the tea and found steepster!

Terri HarpLady

And here we all are! Yay!

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TheTeaFairy

I love this post! Terri, that’s also how I discovered Steepster, by looking up a tea…when I realized that an actual tea community existed, entirely devoted to the experience of sharing knowledge and new discoveries, I was ecstatic ! Still am :-) I remember it felt like I had found a secret society almost, as if one needed special skills to become a member. Then I realized the only requirement is to be what we all are here: tea fanatics!
I’m on the spring Laoshan green at the moment, and this tea is everything you are describing, just beautiful…

Terri HarpLady

Yup! Now that I have steepster, & all my awesome friends here, I can’t imagine how I got by without it! LOL, it’s like a 12 step group, a group hug, an ongoing tea drinking convention/frenzy, & several other things, all rolled into one! :D

Dinosara

Harney actually used to have links to the Steepster pages of their teas on their website! That’s how I found Steepster.

Cavocorax

That’s pretty cool. I found Steepster by doing searches for DavidsTea reviews while I was standing in their store. :P I’d been burned before and wanted to get something that was great!

Bonnie

I bought some tea in Canada on a cruise and didn’t know how to brew it so I googled information on the tea and found steepster!

Terri HarpLady

And here we all are! Yay!

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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St. Louis, MO

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http://www.harpsinger.net

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