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oooh i should do that tomorrow..

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I’ve been enjoying a couple of steepings of this one. We’re on season 3 of Supernatural. I have things to do at my house, but for now, Tony & I are enjoying the moment. :)

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Happy new year to all my tea loving friends, both near & far!
This has been such a fun year, sipping teas with all of you, reading reviews, buying (way too much) tea, & swapping teas with new friends! I’m so glad to be part of this community, grateful to Jason & the other Steepster crew members, & am excited to see what this next year brings in our Tea World.
This has been an incredibly busy HoliDaze season for me, & it all culminates in my family celebration tomorrow, so I’ll spend this afternoon doing my end of the year stuff: cleaning house, final purchases for my business, tying up loose ends. I like to end the year feeling like I’m caught up & on track. Nothing like waking up on New Year’s Day to a clean home, cooking a bunch of food, & having all of my kids & grand kids in one place!

So I’m starting the day with this blend. The first cup is always surprising for me. I expect it to be much more potent & dark than it is. There is an underlying chocolate essence, but the main taste is more from the white tea, kind of a thick & malty hot breakfast cereal mouth, & then a lingering bright floral after glow.


Happy new year! Enjoy your day with family tomorrow!


Happy New Year!

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I drank multiple steepings of this during the afternoon, while I was cleaning & rearranging my sun room, then watering all the plants. This is such a lovely mild & sweet tea, with a thick & creamy feel initially, & with an excellent mind clearing kind of energy to it. Later steepings take on a lemony quality as well. This is one of those that can be steeped over & over & over again in the yixing. I’d still be drinking it now, if I was still at home.


Yum! I have the cake version and I love it!

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Drinking a pot of this with my breakfast, and I don’t know why, but it has taken on a bitterness that I’m not enjoying. I noticed it the last time I had it, but I thought maybe I was being a ‘bitterness supertaster’ that day. Apparently not. The sweet qualities I had previously enjoyed are also not as present. I’ve never had a tea change like this, & I’m not sure why. It’s not ancient (as in having been in my cupboard for any real length of time), it’s been in an air-tight tin as well.

Die hard tea junky that I am, I went ahead & drank the whole pot, leaving a bitter strip up the center of my tongue. I have enough to drink this a few more times, so I’ll dial back the steeping time next time & see if that helps, although I know for a fact that I’m using the same parameters that I’ve used with this tea all along. NEXT!


sadness, i love SS teas


terri – suffering from the same problem a 2.5 min steep helped a little…

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I made a cup of this to sip while waiting during my vehicle inspection. Now I’m sipping the resteep at the DMV, waiting to renew my plates. I’m really hungry! Luckily this is one of those sweet & smooth black teas that I can drink on an empty stomach without getting queasy!

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And another delicious rich cup from Teavivre. Yum!


I got some of this on BF too. One of my favorites.

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My Teavivre order came yesterday!
It’s nice to have this rich mouthed Yunnan back in my collection. :)


Yay for you!

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Yum, Stacy! Yum Yum!

First off, I’d like to say that when Stacy unveiled her Irish Breakfast awhile back, I felt like it was my custom brew. Although I love my teas as straight varietals, I also do enjoy a good breakfast blend, combining the qualities of 2 or more leaves. So I’ve enjoyed that blend, & actually I still have some of it, but was bummed out to hear that it was gone, & that the Hattialli (which I also have a very small stash of) was gone as well.

So Stacy made up a new blend, & this is it. I haven’t really compared the 2 yet. My order came yesterday, & this is my first cup (which is actually already gone!) First impressions? Bold, Rich, chewy, Malty. There is a dark & hearty rye bread taste. It’s rugged & a little wild, with an edgy ceylon brightness that lingers as a citrus note. It might be just a tad heavy on the brightness…maybe.
Nicely done, Stacy!

Butiki Teas

I love the maltiness of this tea. I’ve been drinking a lot of this one lately. Despite having 2 out of the 3 ingredients of our last blend, it is quite a bit different. I hear ya on the Ceylon. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use that much Ceylon but in the end I opted to go for it since it provided a nice contrast to the Assams and since it did add a bit of bergamot notes. I will definitely be paying attention to the reviews and may decrease the Ceylon if necessary but as it stands, its only 28% of the blend.


Ooh, this sounds good. I need to order more black lotus. I’ll need to throw some of this into my order.

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I played a beautiful wedding today, one of those really heart-felt weddings where the groom has tears streaking down his face, tears of joy. I love it when the groom can’t hardly talk because he’s so emotionally effected. It was beautiful. The day was also beautiful! 58 degrees & sunny! A perfect day for a 45 minute drive (each way).

I drank a cup of this tea before I left the house. It’s a rich & bold Assam. I love the name Mokabari. I’ve loved that name ever since I first had a Mokabari estate tea. Every time I see this tea’s name, I’m like an exotic parrot, pronouncing it over & over again, in slightly different ways. I’m like that with interesting words. It’s one of my quirks.


Haha! Terri, I do the same with words, thought I was such an odd ball! It’s like words have a life of their own sometimes, don’t you think? Never heard of Mokabari before, guess who’ll be the annoying thing today…MoKAbaaaari, MOkaaaBAriiiiii!!!!

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I like to put emphasis on the K, giving it that thick upper palate sound & roll the R. NofarS just posted another tea with an interesting name, Ostfriesen Teemischung :)
Guess I’ll be playing with that one for awhile…

Robert Godden

Mokabari is an exceptional tea. Also the taste to cost ratio is extremely high. There are tea that cost twice as much that don’t taste half as good.

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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!


St. Louis, MO



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