1700 Tasting Notes

86

I know I just had this yesterday but I wanted tea and no caffeine and this was so good and it’s also an easy sipdown (157) that instantly is moved to my shopping list.

Thanks again Kittena
I think I like this more than the DT version.

Nxtdoor

I was going to shout “is everybody drinking this tea right now?!?”. And then realized it was still you.

Cavocorax

Haha. It IS a good one!

Sil

i could go drink it…

Kittenna

I like this one WAY more than the DT version.

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72

Yay! Sipdown achieved today after all!

Thanks Sil

So I steeped the heck out of this walking between the office and getting caught up in a 10 minute conversation with my boss about GuildWars2 (him and his wife play and he was excited that I made a character).

Thankfully this can handle it. If anything it just brings the cinnamon out as that’s the prime ingredient I’m getting. And then apple. It’s very tasty for a bagged tea. The apple is really tasty. I don’t really get caramel but it’s enjoyable enouugh.

158 teas in the stash! :O

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Sil

yay!

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70

I thought I would brew this one as it looked like an easy sipdown, but when I opened the bag, I realized I actually had 3 tea bags in it! So, no sipdown today but I get to enjoy this tea two more times!

And I am enjoying it. It’s doesn’t blow my socks off, but it’s nice and green, and I like the cherries. Seems to me it’d be easy to cherry wrong, and make it artificial and gross, but this is quite nice!

Thanks TerriHarpLady! for letting me try this!

I like that this was Memoirs of a Geisha tea as well – I enjoyed the book and the movie!

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77
drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
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So in exchange for letting (making?) my coworker try H&S’s Florence, she gave me some of this tea.

I haven’t had an oolong in a while, so I forgot how good and creamy they can be. It’s very light, but buttery. I’m getting floral notes too. So yeah – I’ll resteep this, and enjoy it, but I am NEVER going to buy this. How can they charge $25 for 2oz? That’s robbery! Even my Laoshan Black (which is probably the fanciestpantsed tea I own was $14 for 2 oz).

Now that I’m no longer drinking Tardis, I’m listening to Youtube Doctor Who fanvids – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=8HTmE_0jUkY&NR=1 I just ADORE Rory you guys. There’s not enough fic out there on him. Poor guy.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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81

Oh thank you thank you! TerriHarpLady was kind enough to send me a bit of this, and even with all the other wonderful things I’m excited to try, I HAD to have this one first.

And yes, it is just as good as I remember. I was worried that maybe I’d hyped it up in my head, but someday I will get a tin of this. Someday. :O I’m not even a fan of bergamot most of the time.

Bumped my rating way up because yeah… I LOVES IT.

Also I’m listening to the (Fucking) Game of Thrones intro a billion times because I’m so psyched about that fandom right now too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25KABvPbq-U
Midway through the second book, while we are watching Season 3 on tv. I don’t mind watching it before I read it because I see it as an intro, and then I can dive in deep with the book and read the hell out of it and not share it with anyone. :O

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I taught myself the game of thrones theme, & have played it at several gigs, lol.
I read all the books too.

Cavocorax

That’s awesome! I’m really enjoying the series although it makes me nervous. I hope Arya, and John Snow survive everything but who knows!

Terri HarpLady

No comment… :)

Cavocorax

Hahaha. Thank you. :) I don’t really want to know until I find out from the book!

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86

My swap from Kittena came in! Thanks!

And this was worth the wait – it’s like an orange version of lime chiffon, i.e. amazing.

Terri’s swap came in too, so now I’m up to 158. OMG. That’s a complete record for me. Yikes. Well, at least I only have 2-3 more swaps coming in? /0\

Sil

bwahahahahahahahahaha welcome to my world! ;)

Kittenna

Yay!! Glad it made it! :D Also yes, this one is pretty much lime chiffon with orange flavour instead of lime :) Incredibly delicious.

Cavocorax

Sil – hahaha. I was told that the slippery slope was a fallacy, bit I am just sliding…. Will I hit 200 by Christmas?

And thanks again Kittena for the samples! I’ll add this one to my someday stock list. :) (I like DTT, but I think I can wait until Sept to reorder from there!)

Dinosara

You’ve officially passed me up! :D

Sil

uh oh..you’re in trouble now cavo…once you get past dinosara you’re officially in trouble!

Dinosara

:P I’ve been very good lately!

Cavocorax

Wait, what? Dinosara is the ‘Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Buy More Teas Than Her’ milestone? What if I can get back under her tea level? :O

Let the sipdowns begin!

Sil

i know! you’re my benchmark though… i always aim to be close to you…except i’ve usually got more.. lol i’m making progress today though! 220 here i come!

Sil

Cavo – she’s mine for sure…mostly because she does a pretty good job keeping her cupboard floating between 100-190 ish. Lol

Dinosara

That’s my most reasonable goal, I think. Really thinking about my cupboard I just don’t think I will ever get down to 100 teas, but I am trying!

Cavocorax

Well having a benchmark is pretty good. I was using you Sil as a warning, but obviously failing as I move closer and closer to 200.

I bet I’m going to go home and find my package from Momo with another 10 teas in it when I get off work today. :P But maybe I can try to use Dinosara’s cupboard as a goal of what’s “reasonable”. In steepster standards. (Cuz obviously, what’d be reasonable for anyone else is like… 4 teas?)

Cavocorax

Back when I was reasonable, I remember reading Scott Pilgrim, and when Ramona showed Scott her tea cupboard I was all like woah: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkbrxbm0gR1qfjcnyo1_500.jpg

His reaction is pretty cute. Guys, I hope you’ve read Scott Pilgrim. :)

Dinosara

LOL Cavo, yeah, my cupboard is “reasonable”… for someone who is tea obsessed! It feels good to get to that point after being up in Sil territory (200-300) for so long. :D

Cavocorax

You were? Woo! That’s inspiration!

Sil

Haha I love Scott pilgrim :)

Dinosara

When I actually added up all my teas 4 months ago I was at 264, although I had been probably way above that for a while but never had an accurate count.

Also I’ve never read Scott Pilgrim but I love the movie. I suppose I should read it!

Cavocorax

If you liked the movie, you’d probably enjoy the comics more – there’s just so much more in them than you can squish into a movie.

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77
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1700 tasting notes

This is a good news/bad news sorta thing: my Harney&Sons order arrived today! Holy moley you guys. Everything smells so amazing! I guess the bad news is that I am UP to 145 teas, and some of these are bigger quantities that I don’t want to sipdown. And I’m still expecting tea from TerriHarpLady, Kittenna, JustJames and one or two others.

Either way – Sil – I hope you like H&S, because if I’m as happy with these teas as I expect to be, I’m going to want a group order. :O

Now, onto THIS TEA.
Even though I wasn’t feeling so great I had to try SOMETHING, so here I am. Why not Boston? And it’s as good as I’d hoped for. It’s a strong black, without being bitter, and I can totally taste the fruit underlying it. I think I’m getting the almond too!

I’ll rate this another day as I have 4oz to drink up, and I don’t trust my taste buds completely yet.

ETA: Gaaaah. This is so good. Also, this office is freaking HOT. It’s 27C in here? I hope my tea will be ok in my metal cabinet…

Sil

Fine by me. Though I’m hoping toget to New York for a weekend to get some sample or smell stuff lol

Sil

Also…I apparently haven’t tried this one yet lol

Cavocorax

Would you like to? I’ve got lots of this, SoHo and Florence. Can’t remember which you’d sent me. I’d better get you hooked so I can set the stage for a group order in a few months!

Terri HarpLady

Is this the one with cranberry in it? I think I tried a sample of it awhile back & I recall thinking that cranberry wouldn’t be good, but it WAS!

Sil

Soho and Boston yes I’d love to. I enjoy Florence but obviously I’ve tried it before lol

ashmanra

I almost didn’t buy this one a couple of years ago because I already had Cranberry Autumn, but I bought it and found that it is totally different. I think I like this one even more than CA!

Cavocorax

Yeah it’s the one with cranberry. It’s much better than the description (but then again almonds don’t get me excited).

And Sil, I guess I already promised you the Vanilla Comoro and SoHo, so will add the Boston and ship some day. :)

Sil

oh yeah… sounds good madam. clearly no rush on my end lol

Lilysmom

Wow – sounds very nice! So, how quickly did you get your order exactly? I didn’t get any shipping confirmation for my Tuesday order yet, but maybe tomorrow……seemed like your tea came pretty fast!

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1700 tasting notes

So I’m drinking the second steep of this one now and I’m distressed. I guess this sinus headache or whatever it is is just destroying my ability to enjoy tea. I can breath fine, but my head is so clogged up and aching, and I just can’t taste anything. :| So, I guess I’ll have to put this aside for now as well.

And just crawl under my desk and die. /0\

Hahaha. Ok the wahmbulance has arrived. Enough moping. :P It’s not that bad. Perhaps I have something stronger in my tea stash that I can drink while I wait to enjoy my fancy Verdant teas.

Terri HarpLady

I hope you feel better!

Cavocorax

Thanks! I’m a bit better but not great. Hope I shake it soon. :)

Nitoo6of6

Have you ever tried saline nasal spray or rinse (medipot type thing but the squeezie bottle version rinse works better)
Anyways hope you feel better soon.

Cavocorax

I haven’t, but someone else mentioned it. Maybe I’ll give it a try!

Nitoo6of6

I used to get a few sinus infections a year… :(.
Saline wash has helped so far no infections for at least 5 years :)
Give it a try it can’t hurt…

Cavocorax

Thanks! I will!

Shmiracles

i second the squeezie bottle nasal rinse too. i have badly scarred sinuses from countless years of infections in my past, and it’s the one i like to use.

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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
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Ok, this one sounded pretty magical so I had to order an oz. Let’s see how it stands up!

First steep: 4 minutes as directed on website. It’s very clear – there’s only the slightest yellowish tinge, but only because I know it’s tea and not hot water. Sadly, it sorta tastes like hot water with a touch of sweetness. :| I bet it’s because my sinuses are still acting up. So unless anything amazing happens in the next steeps, I won’t rate it until I can breathe fully.

Second steep: Yeah, I can barely taste anything. Damn. Guess I’ll put it aside for a week!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1700 tasting notes

My order came in! I’ve got 2 oz! :O

I only steeped it for a minute and it’s a pale yellow colour. Nothing to be afraid of here – this is delicious, and there’s so much left in the leaves that I can resteep to my heart’s content!

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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.

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