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Sipdown no. 101 of the year 2014.

Today it was a little on the too much side, really dense. Almost like an oil slick, really.

I attribute this to the descent of the chocolate pieces to the bottom of the sample packet and their concentration there much more intensely than its blenders intended.

I had some nicer cups out of this and the bottom of the barrel experience doesn’t ruin it for me.

This concludes the sipdowns of my SpecialTeas samples, though I still have part of a tin of Rooibos Lemon Chiffon. I’ve been enjoying it in the evening, when it has been populating the mug beside my bed. Though it hasn’t aged particularly well, it is far more enjoyable than the last tisane to fill that role, Tazo’s Sweet Cinnamon Spice.

Anna

I try to remember to shake all teas with big pieces of something or the other, but it’s so easy to forget.

__Morgana__

I know! I need to put a post it note on my counter that says “remember to shake.”

Courtney

Oil slick hah. How appetizing. :P

__Morgana__

Haha, well at least it was cocoa oil. ;-)

__Morgana__

Oh dang it: “This video is not available in your country.” I’ll have to search for it.

Anna

It is! Creepshow 2, ‘The Raft’, an adaptation of a short story by Stephen King.

Anna

(I guess it says a lot that it’s the first thing that comes to mind whenever I hear ‘oil slick’, haha.)

__Morgana__

Hahahaha!

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Anna

I try to remember to shake all teas with big pieces of something or the other, but it’s so easy to forget.

__Morgana__

I know! I need to put a post it note on my counter that says “remember to shake.”

Courtney

Oil slick hah. How appetizing. :P

__Morgana__

Haha, well at least it was cocoa oil. ;-)

__Morgana__

Oh dang it: “This video is not available in your country.” I’ll have to search for it.

Anna

It is! Creepshow 2, ‘The Raft’, an adaptation of a short story by Stephen King.

Anna

(I guess it says a lot that it’s the first thing that comes to mind whenever I hear ‘oil slick’, haha.)

__Morgana__

Hahahaha!

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

Location

Bay Area, California

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http://www.jjroth.net

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