1617 Tasting Notes

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So I’m technically self-employed which has many benefits/drawbacks that I’m not used to. One that I haven’t had to deal with before is that sometimes on Monday, you might get only 4 hours sleep, and then you might just forget the power cord for your laptop and not realize it until you’re halfway to work… And then you have to be VERY careful about how much time you spend working on your laptop before you run out of power, and you remember that this normally wouldn’t be an issue becuase your company would typically provide a computer for you….

WHOOPS! But I had to potentially waste power so I could log this tea. This sweet, slightly smoky, delicious tea. SO GOOD.

Also the benefit of working from my own laptop is that it’s MY laptop and if I have a billion saved tabs on my browser to non-work related sites, well… that’s my business. :)

OMGsrsly

That’s the one reason I like having my own computer for my job as well. I’m debating buying a new laptop (mine is about 8, and needs an external monitor), but I use a desktop at home and I can’t justify buying a new computer just for work…

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78
drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
1617 tasting notes

Thanks VariaTEA! With this tea I’m down to 200 in my cupboard – FINALLY. Also, I have ZERO orders incoming and ZERO plans for orders so I am very happy.

I really want to get some of this though. At some point. I’m happy VariaTEA told us about it because it’s delicious. I steeped it for 5 minutes and then added a little milk and it tastes a lot like hot chocolate. And without all the calories…. Yes…..

OMGsrsly

There’s Courtney, you, and me all drinking Crio Bru this evening! :)

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92

So I wanted a TTC tea and it was either one that I had lots of, or this one to finish it up and I went for the sipdown. I know I like it and that I want more. It’s on my shopping list. I can savor the rest and say goodbye for now. :)

Today I’m tasting cinnamon and warm baked bread with honey. OMG. YES.

Thanks again Terri and Sil for passing this on from your split order!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Honey

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83

I’m glad I had a cup of this. It’s been months and I always forget how good it is but the name just never gets me excited, but then when I finally do, I really like it!

Now to check if Sil has had any of this… I heard she likes ginger and other spices…

Sil

hahaha

Cavocorax

So I spent about 10 minutes trying to look through your ratings and the ratings for this tea and I have no idea. Sooooo… let me know if you want some!

Sil

I haven’t had it :) fastest way is to jump pages but yeah no rating on this one yet

Cavocorax

Haha. I DID jump pages but even then you had 10 pages JUST for DAVDsTEA. ;P

Sil

hahaha

Dexter

We need a search feature for our cupboards and tea ratings…..

Sil

yes!

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And another sipdown as I slowly inch back towards 200. Just four more to go!
(And then I can start working towards 150, and maybe even more from there?) At least I am getting closer to having staple teas that I need to keep around (along with an assortment of smaller .5-1oz samples to suit my varying moods!

Sadly, this tea is NOT tin-worthy. I think it’s the mint that throws this one off for me. The berries are good. The smoke is nice. But there’s just something about this doesn’t blow my mind. I would drink it occasionally, but I don’t think I’d grab more than an oz at a time!

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84

I drank multiple steeps of two fancy teas today, so now I’m binging on this. It’s dessert!
(steeped hot, with milk added for extra creaminess!)

whatshesaid

Hot root beer, you say? Hmmm

Cavocorax

It’s actually quite tasty, even though it sounds weird. The milk really makes it better though (I ususally drink my tea plain!)

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95

OMG. This tea!
CrowKettle reviewed it earlier and that inspired me to have a cup. It truly is liquid fudge. Soft and creamy, and very chocolately. My 2yo smelled it across the room and pushed up against me with her nose snuffling trying to figure it out, and then tried to grab the cup so she could gulp it down. It had cooled a bit so I gave her some and she was very wowed. :)

I made room for this on my flavoured tea shelf so that it now has its very own tin bc I want to keep this around. (http://oi57.tinypic.com/2iid20x.jpg – also thanks Sil again for the surprise tins!!!)

It’s just so good. And so is North Winds. And the only difference are the vanilla beans right? And an extra $3 an oz? Hmmm…. Hmmmmmmmmm.
Whatever. I want to keep both around! Hahah.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

There’s carefully hand-cut grade-A Madagascar vanilla beans, magic, love, and awesomeness in Golden Orchid…the vanilla and the magic are missing in North Winds ;)

whatshesaid

I would argue that North Winds is at least a little bit magical :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hmm, fair argument….

Okay, I admit…I add certified organic magic to all of my teas. So what, tell the FDA! What’s a little magic gonna hurt?! :D

Cavocorax

Hahah. I can totally taste the magic!!!

whatshesaid

Certified organic magic is acceptable so long as it’s officially disclosed on the list of ingredients :)

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I drank this first thing in the morning, and I’m enjoying the resteep of it now. It’s just so good. I’m tasting honeyed notes, and juicy fruits, and this tea is just so smooth and easy to drink. Even AFTER I sorta oversteeped this round by double what it should have been!

I worry sometimes about rating a tea to make sure that I know which ones to buy but really that’s a little dumb. I think anything I rate over 85 is guaranteed to make me happy and if I chose this tea over another TTC tea in an eventual order, it doesn’t mean I made the wrong choice. Not when they are ALL good choices. So, I’m just going to chill and focus on that.

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
1617 tasting notes

Sipdown! (206)
I steeped this twice today and rather enjoyed it but now that it’s gone I can’t remember what it was that made it so good.

Guess I’ll just have to buy more?

Courtney

I want to try this one, but it is so expensive! I am still contemplating adding it into my order though.

Cavocorax

I looked and yeah, it’s more expensive than I remember! I checked and it’s about the same as Taiwan Tea Crafts so I guess it’s just an A+ fancy tea. I’ll want to buy some eventually but I’ll save it for a sale!

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

Ratings:
1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)

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