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Sipdown! (236) – Probably my last for the night.

And I think that’s it for the Doctor Who samples from Sil! I think I like this one the most out of the other ones because of the orange and cinnamon. I mean, how can you go wrong with orange and cinnamon?

Although, it would be nicer if it were stronger orange/cinnamon. The black base is a little bland and Donna needs more pepper! Or fire!

Poor Donna. Poor, poor Donna. :|

But I’m happy I could enjoy this tea.

Also, here’s a good gifset for Donna: http://stefficr.tumblr.com/post/80312280193/screw-writing-strong-women-write-interesting

Sil

doctor donna!

TeaKlutz

Best companion is the best.

Amariel

She was the best…

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How about that? Sil told me to try this because it’s good, and I tried it, and it was! It’s good! It’s got a nice bit of sweetness and a nice bit of smoke, balanced wonderfully.

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Terri HarpLady

So, Sil is sending all the samples I sent to her to you? LOL, that’s one way to rack up the sipdowns! :D

Sil

Terri – where there was enough for me to have 2 cups or 1 sil sized cup AND have some left over, then Cavo gets to try it too since she has been my recent tea buying buddy lol. if there was only enough for a sil sized cup…. she did not get to try them haha

Cavocorax

Hahaha. And that’s totally fair. :) I appreciate what I get, and now that I’ve dropped my numbers a little bit, I feel I can relax a bit more and savour each cup properly. Phew.

Terri HarpLady

Oh, you know my policy, right? “Share the Love!” :D

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drank Lady Devotea by The Devotea
1392 tasting notes

More sipdowns! (238)

I’m happy Sil sent me this because I was curious how I would like the lavender with bergamot, but I really truly do. It’s a nice fruity black with the lavender adding that special pop to it. It’s quite relaxing.

Thanks!

Cavocorax

It’s not one I’d crave all the time. I’m generally not into lavender.

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Sorry Ten! I wish your tea was more memorable! It just tastes like a plain black tea with a little tiny bit of banana.

I’m happy Sil sent some over for me. I would have been disappointed if I’d just bought 3 oz of it!

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VariaTEA

Oh no! There seems to be so many flavorful ingredients though. How can this be?!

Sami Kelsh

I’m thoroughly confused by this tea too, as I’ve got a blend with fairly similar ingredients and it’s chock full o’ deliciousness. Must be the proportions in which they’re blended. Poop.

That being said, Adagio’s discontinued the guanabana tea, so who knows? Maybe the creator will reformulate and come out with a tastier replacement. A fandork can dream.

Cavocorax

Hmmm. Maybe it’s the guanabana? It just seems to mild for a Doctor that is decidedly not.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
1392 tasting notes

Oh gosh, this caramel cookie tea is exactly that. EXACTLY.
Thank you Sil! Thankfully I have one more bag of this so it isn’t a sipdown. :D

Anna

COOKIE!!! You don’t get the popcorns?

Anna

(TMI: I honestly started salivating when I saw this on my dash.)

Cavocorax

Haha. I’m so happy Sil was able to give me a few bags because I was going to buy some in our joint order and they were sold out! /smalltragedies/ I could see popcorn in it too – just all that wonderful caramel…

Anna

I know! I heard about that and felt so bad. All you adorable Cookie-deprived Canadians. Heartbreak.

I e-mailed French Lupicia and asked if they’re ever going to carry Cookie, and they told me they would before the end of the year. I was, so, so excited.

Sil

Yeah Katiek a was awesome enoug to send me a wHOLe bag of cookie tea bags! Not loose leaf but so utterly awesome.

Anna

I’m still sort of on the fence about not ordering from Lupicia when I was in NOLA. PTLD – Post Traumatic Lupicia Deprivation.

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Another one from Sil! (241)
(Yes, I do have other teas, but right now 1/3 of them are from her….)

And so this is a nice Assam. It’s a little richer than I expected, almost like it’s begging for a little cream to tone it down. But bold is good. I could use more energy! (And this is my 4th cup of tea, followed after my coffee – maybe I’ll never have energy? Maybe I’m just drained by the idea of how much left there is to clean in the shop. It’s chaos. Rubber gloves and silicone and glue and paint sticks scattered on every surface! It’s Friday though…. friday…. And I have three weeks worth of cheques in my purse to cash!)

Sil

lmao three weeks worth of chequeS..plural? lol

Anna

One of my fave things about North America: the sheer amaze of cheques. I have neither seen nor touched a cheque since 1987.

Cavocorax

Haha. We get paid when our boss remembers to sign the cheques. :P So now that I work there I make sure everyone gives me there invoices at least once every two weeks, and then I can total everythign up, write out the chequesan stick it in his face so he can sign them. :P Of course if it’s urgent he’ll do it sooner, but he’s just not great at that sorta thing. (Good job security for me!)

And this is the first job I’ve had in 10+ years where I’ve had to deposit my own cheques. Seems like a lot of places do direct deposit, but because this is such a small business and we’re all essentially contractors, it’s just easier for my boss to do cheques. I guess. ;P

Anna

I think it’s so cool. I wish I got cheques for stuff, I really do. It makes me think of Melanie Griffith movies from the 80s and ‘She Works Hard for the Money’ and all of that. Haha. It’s such a grown-up thing, a cheque!

Cavocorax

Hahah. It is! I can get that, but on the other hand you need to physically pick it up, and then physically take it to the bank and what if you lose it or you don’t have a car and you have to bus and it’s a pain in the butt? :P Actually I jsut saw an add for a mobile app that lets you take pictures of cheques with your phone to cash them – THAT’S AMAZING.

Sil

Anna…..it’s mostly a US thing….Canada cheque volumes are dropping at a significant rate, while in the us, they have actually gone up in some instances

Cavo…it’s called remote deposit capture and in Canada it’s a bit of a silly thing given how few chequers we have. That’s a huge thing in the US esp for businesses. An I understand it, it doesn’t eliminate the hold period in Canada, making it more gimmicky than it should be…..

Anna

Yes, I saw that app ad in the US this fall and was SO impressed! The future is here.

Siller, do you know why the cheque volumes have gone up in the US?

Sil

it fluctuates in the US, last time i had to look at the numbers ofr a project. Mostly, there hasn’t been a major push by the financial industry to stop accepting them…since it’s not federally regulated across the country. check 21 initiative helped but there’s still a ways to go before the US gets to volumes that other countries have…payment processing needs to fundamentally change first…there’s nothing like the european environment with sepa payments/wire payments etc… i remember being thoroughly confused when i had to learn about +1 day and +2 day…and how timing was really different from the way it works in canada haha

Anna

I need to read more about this. And I also need to find out if those personalized ones with pink unicorns and stuff are still a thing.

Cavocorax

Crazy! I never knew all that!

And I can see the app being a little gimmicky/too good to be true. They don’t want to risk too much fraud, etc.

Pink unicorns! I can’t remember if we had anything silly like that to choose from. I just chose a basic cheque because I didn’t want to pay for it, and the ONLY time I ever write cheques are for rent and daycare so it didn’t seem worth it.

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242! Maybe I can hit 200 by the end of the month? Probably safer to aim for 225 though as my one-cup samples will soon be gone!

Anyway this was a decent tea. It was all bam!chestnut with a bit of comforting cinnamon. This would be a great autumn tea actually, but it’s spring! (yay) Chestnut seems like a good choice – it’s not subtle. It’s just there, doing it’s thing, much like 9.

Man, 9 had some really good moments! Why did he also have to have so many farting pigpeople moments too? /shudders in embarassment/

Thanks Sil! -(if you keep commenting on all my posts you will be VERY BUSY)

Anna

Maybe she’ll be TOO BUSY FOR TEA.

carol who

OH NO! No time for tea!

Sami Kelsh

I looooooooooooooooooove chestnut so much.

And Nine, actually. I sort of forgot about him after not seeing his season in a few years, then went back to it in the fall for a pub quiz (my team came second, HECK YES) and that season’s really grown on me! It’s pretty camp at times (seriously the farting aliens, just NO) but it’s just so joyous :)

Sil

hahaha i might be able to keep it up. Work is full of production issues today, carried over from last night so no hope in getting real work done. Should have just stayed home.

Sil

Anna… uh. no. never.

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Another one from Sil! Thanks!

So I have to agree with her on this; it’s not your typical oolong. It’s light and sweet and very refreshing. It’s also just a little bit grassy and I imagined a bit of peach in there too. Neat!

(I always think of Cecil from Night Vale whenever I heard ‘neat’ and I guess I’ve been using it more too. He has the effect on me I guess.)

Anyway, I would recommend this oolong to people who have not had much experience with them and want to dive in!

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Sil

dokedokedokedokedokedokedokedoke i just like saying that.

Cavocorax

OK doke!

Cavocorax

No. I mean Okee dokee. Hahah.

Robert Godden

Glad you liked it. We love it. In Australia, we have a limited edition with dried mandarin.

Cavocorax

That sounds pretty fancy!

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It’s 9:30 and I’m my first sipdown for the day! I’m hoping to get a lot in since I’m in the shop by myself today and have easy access to the kettle. I actually moved out of my office and set my laptop up in the shop and just made myself at home. Who’s gonna stop me? NOT YOU.

I came into work today and my boss was still here – two nights in a row! So, since Wednesday I think he’s slept for maybe 3 hours. Yikes. The movie biz is only PARTIALLY for me, you guys. Assuming he can drive home safely, I think he’s going to sleep for 5 hours and then head out to set. And this is why I’m alone today – all the prosthetics are built and the only thing left is a giant mess which I will clean throughout the day between cups of tea.

And onto THIS tea: The lavender and the EG are fairly muted, leaving some apple raspberry notes on the surface. It comes across as simple and sweet, but there’s a little more to it than you might expect. I nearly dismissed it at first, but by the end of the cup I found I was enjoying it more!

MUCH LIKE ROSE! No, not really. I actually really loved Rose Tyler when I first met her, but then as I moved on from her to other companions I looked back at her and realized a few things: I don’t like how she treated Mickey. Dump him, or don’t dump him, but make up your mind. Also, do I really want to ship her and the Doctor? Yes they were adorable but… let’s creep it up a little. He’s 900 years old. She’s… 19? Oh well they’re in love and they didn’t actually do anything about it, but… no…. Just… no. I guess the human version of the Doctor going off with Rose is less creepy because he’s human, but…

Whatever. I’m thinking too much about this! Onto MOAR tea!

Sil

if i makes you feel better… you have samples of the ones i liked least…since i’m trying to drink those first… so hopefully they’ll just get better in your opinion too!

Sami Kelsh

I can’t judge on the ship front (seeing how I ship Six and Peri something fierce, and Three and everyone Three interacts with, and Two and Jamie, Five and Turlough, and One and his Aztec girlfriend Cameca, Adric and math…) but I actually really liked Rose until she kept returning in the middle of Donna’s season and I wanted Donna to get to do her own thing. But that’s not a reflection on the character, but the writing insisting on making her THE MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTER IN THE WORLD which really annoys the crap out of me. And she totally wasn’t good with the whole SERIOUSLY JUST BREAK UP WITH MICKEY SO HE CAN MOVE ON thing, but she was 19, and 19 year olds suck at relationships.

Whoops, don’t ever get me started talking about the Doctor Who. I won’t rest until I’m producing it.

Anna

I’m so glad I’m not watching that show.

Sami Kelsh

whispers Dude, watch the heck out of it! It’s the best thing!

Sil

anna… i might love you a little less now..

Cavocorax

It really is a great show, but the First Series was a little unpolished – they were trying to figure out what to do with the show after not airing it for so long. I can forgive them, but if you’re not sure you would, just start at a later series!

And Sami you bring up some great points. She’s 19 – she’s going to make mistakes that might not make sense to thoseof us who’ve learned better. :P

I also agree with you about it not being fair to steal the light from Donna. I thought I’d hate Donna and I was so wrong. She was so great and I love how she was decidedly NOT a love interest. Martha was so good, but she would have been stronger had she no been interested in Ten.

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, I wish they’d dropped the whole unrequited-crush thing with Martha after maybe 2 episodes and just moved on. I thought she was a really smart, capable character, who just wasn’t always well-served by how they wanted to write that season’s arc.

Anna

Then I shall henceforth refer to you as sill, which means herring.

No, but it’s daunting tackling a show that is so widely criticized for failing its female protagonists.

Thing is, Moffat is not an intrinsic sexist – I’m a HUGE, OBSESSIVE fan of his first show, Press Gang, which is a phenomenal 80s series with one of the most thoroughly enjoyable (and badass) female leads ever (my current laptop is named for her – if I tell you my desktop is named Ripley, I’m sure you understand the level of her badassery). His problem, though, is that he’s always completely devoted to and invested in his main character – if he only wrote female leads, that would be amazing, but, alas, no.

Sami Kelsh

That’s an ineresting point, Anna – one I really hadn’t considered in that way, but I see it. And he’s not as misogynistic as a lot of angry fans paint him either, though I have my qualms about his writing as well. I haven’t met him, but we have mutual friends, so I give him the benefit of the doubt as a generally good person. No writer’s perfect.

As far as female characters go, I still think Barbara, Nyssa, Leela, and Ace have been a few of the strongest, best served female characters in the show. Whoops, I keep hijacking this thread! I’m going to go for a walk :p

Sil

i hear ya Anna

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drank Pret a Portea by RiverTea
1392 tasting notes

Meh. It’s not my favourite RiverTea tea, but I like enough of them that it doesn’t matter. I’m happy I tried it, but their fruiter blends are better. MOAR FRUIT.

Thanks Sil!
(sipdown 245)

Sil

Pretty sure they’ll be my fruit tea go to

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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!

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