1779 Tasting Notes

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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Another sipdown! I put this in the fridge at work so I’d have a treat the next day, and as a bonus the company gave us carbonated water and sanpellegrino drinks (which we’ll get every week now as a perk?).

Anyway, I made tea pop with this and it was fantastic.

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76
drank Apple & Mango by PureAromaTea
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This is a pleasant and inoffensive tea. The base is smooth, but doesn’t really stand out, and the fruit is good: naturally tasty without loads of artificial flavourings etc.

I’ll have to order samples from them some time as I’ve been happy with what I’ve had!

Thanks Sil!

Oh and it’s my birthday and I ended up getting the new Kindle Paperwhite and I just want to go home re-organize my entire digital library because I’m cool like that. :P But I am working instead, and will watch the Hobbit later with friends and eat ice cream cake. I’ve got all weekend to organize my books. (Well realistically, I have the next few years to do that unless I break it). I absolutely LOVE that I can add books/fanfic to it just by emailing it. I was considering the Kobo but that feature is an absolute must for me.

Guys – I am SO spoiled. :)

OMGsrsly

You caved! Haha. I hope you love your new reading device, and have a wonderful day. :)

Cavocorax

I caved and I have NO regrets so far. :P Now I’m just getting the old one ready so I can pass it on to someone else who might enjoy it.

OMGsrsly

:D I usually read on my iPad since I’m reading so many journal articles still, but I can see how a Kindle would be nice.

Lilysmom

Happy Birthday! I am tempted by the paperwhite too! I remember waiting and waiting for the first ever Kindle to be available in Canada ( as an aside, Kindles were available in the Congo, before they were available in Canada). The very first day they were online for Canada, I ordered. I don’t use my old kindle much now – a new paperwhite would be lovely! Your plans for birthday shopping and new tea and work clothes sound great – you sound like me! If you also like spa visits and cats (!) then I think we are related….a sistah from another mistah?…. Maybe…..anyway Happy Birthday! Sounds like a very nice day!

Fjellrev

Happy happy happy birthday to you, Cavo! I’m so happy to hear you got your Paperwhite. :)

Tabby

Happy birthday!!

Chelle

Happy birthday! It’s nice to feel spoiled sometimes.

Tealizzy

Happy belated birthday!! I love that you watched the Hobbit for your birthday! ;)

Cavocorax

Thanks everyone! I’ve been so distracted with organizing the Paperwhite and messing with Calibre but I’m loving it. :D

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Woohoo! So I’m not completely jaded on tea. I drank two cups of this this morning and I am enjoying it! My left eye keeps twitching and that is… worrisome, but I imagine that’s from the lack of sleep as I’m not actually doing anything that would be stressing me. I’m at work, and looking at how to spend my birthday monies! (New kindle, Tardis tea, and new clothes for work!) Tomorrow is my actual birthday but we saw my family last weekend and they gave me presents then instead of waiting – I’m not complaining!

So, anyway. This is a great cup. I’m happy I can actually enjoy it again.

Oh and Bryan Lee O’Malley is tweeting like crazy about Southland Tales today, which I was a sucker for and was really excited about only to go… huh, afterwards. It’s so oddball but THIS is what stood out for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pmgKiAnYmbY Man, I never expected to like Justin Timberlake, but I do. I really do.

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Terri HarpLady

Have an awesome birthday tomorrow!
I know what you mean with Justin Timberlake. I wasn’t really a fan until I saw him on SNL a couple times, LOL, & now I love him!
Anybody who knows me never expected that :)

Ozli

He’s great in In Time! I love that movie sfm. Happy early bday bb!!

Cavocorax

Thanks!
And I think you’ve told me to watch In Time before. One of these days?

Ozli

oh, PROBABLY. I gotta love my dystopia underdog stories ;) Netflix has it, if you have that (it’s super cheap)

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68
drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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This is pretty tasty but wow also very very sweet. I shouldn’t have added agave, but I didn’t realise they had sweetened it up so much too!

The upside is that most of my pitcher is gone already – everyone has a sweet tooth at here!

I don’t think I’d like this hot.

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Lala

Do you notice if agave changes the taste of the tea, like how honey adds sweeetness but also a honey flavour. Do you use plain agave or the flavoured stuff? I have never tried it in tea.

Cavocorax

I didn’t notice too much of a difference, but that’s because there was already so much flavouring in it. I get agave sometimes with the go cups in the store, but I can’t really describe it. It’s smooth and sweet, but not quite like honey either.

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71
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Still, even with this tea there’s no joy. NO JOY. I even added cream…. I think going to bed at 11:30 and waking up at 4 is the culprit! So, lets cross our fingers for a good night’s sleep tonight and better luck tomorrow.

And I guess the Paperwhite would be a bad thing if I wanted to go to bed on time – a lighted ereader would just enable me to stay up loooonger. But imagine how much more I’d be able to read in a day!

Fjellrev

Ech, 4am. I can barely handle waking up at 7am. Hope you can get a better rest, for sure.

I was just going to say, the Paperwhite can be a dangerous thing for avid readers. Kiss sleep goodbye.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Lol! I have a kindle and a headlamp, which is a dangerous combo. I can’t even imagine how much easier it would be with a. Paperwhite! Good luck resisting that temptation! :-)

Cavocorax

Hahah. I think I am failing that. Birthday tomorrow and birthday money sitting in my pocket – very bad combo. :P

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88
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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I guess I’ve got the tea blah’s today. Apparently! (Although it means I’m not that excited about ordering new tea either – good for my wallet?) But I’ve been drinking fancy ones too. :|

This one is good, but isn’t knocking my socks off. Sorry Sil. I’m pretty sure it’s me. I’ll save the rest of my sample for a day when I’m more relaxed and upbeat.

At least I’ve got Sherlock fic to get my through the day: http://archiveofourown.org/works/798586

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Shoot. I made this and then decided I wasn’t really in the mood for it as I want something punchier in flavour. :| Sorry Wild Purple Buds! At least I can tell from drinking this that puerh doesn’t have to mean dirtmouth and I’ll just have to try it again some other time!

CHAroma

This is the only puerh I’ve tried that I haven’t immediately wanted to pour out. I’m not really a puerh fan, but this one wasn’t bad!

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I’m back! And back to drinking regular tea! I had a great mini-vacation visiting my family, even though I was a bit sad that I won’t see them again for at least a year while I’m in Toronto…

This is a great tea to jump back into things with though. I’m just going to drink and resteep it all morning. :)

I’m so damn sleepy though! My birthday is Friday but a lot of people gave me birthday money and I’m sorta really tempted to buy a Paperwhite Kindle, even though my Kindle Keyboard is perfectly fine… (but it’s NEW! SHINY! BRIGHTER!) I basically just stayed up too late because I was debating whether I should order it now to get it for Friday, but it’s not a good idea to make that choice when you’re sleepy, AND I can buy it in-store at The Source IF I decide to actually do it, so I’ll just wait.

And now I gotta caffeinate myself back up!!! Stupid me for staying up so late, but I also wasn’t expecting to wake up at 4:30 and not fall back asleep.

Kittenna

Resist the lure of shiny newness! :D I currently have an iPhone 4, and have been lusting after a 5 for a while… but until my iPhone 4 ceases to function (I’ve had it 2.5 years), I am making myself resist. (Granted, I had a Nokia brick for like, 6 years, until I moved to Ontario).

OMGsrsly

Kittenna, that’s an impressive amount of time for an iPhone! My 3G died at about that time and I love my 4S. I personally think it’s nicer than my friends 5.

I do agree – resist the lure! Buy… more tea? Wait. That probably doesn’t help. :)

Kittenna

My boyfriend has had his 3G (3GS??) for even longer – and it’s still kicking! However, it is experiencing issues (speaker broken, dies randomly at 60% life), and his contract is now up, so he’s going to get something new.

Cavocorax

Resisting the lure is so hard though. I’ve sorta been thinking about it for a few months now… :|

But aside from not having a light, the KK is just fine. :| (I’m sorta a new gadget fiend though! hah)

Ozli

I hear nothing but grrrrreat things about that Kindle!

Dinosara

Haha, yeah, you and me both Cavo. I get a new iPhone just as soon as my contract is up and they release the new one (I’m tied to the “S” cycle, so new phone for me this fall!).

Cavocorax

Oooh you guys. :O So tempting! But… there’s a good chance they’ll announce a new Kindle this fall, and so maybe I should wait until Christmas? But… if they announce it, it might not end up in Canada until next year anyways…. #impatience :P

And Dinosara – yeah as soon as my contract is up it’s immediately new phone time. Well even sooner, as our contracts are 3 years. I can make it about 2 before… my phones start to act up and need replacement. #curiously

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86
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I’m almost out of this! I really like it though. Good thing my H+S order will be here on the 8th!

JustJames

hmmm… haven’t ordered from them YET! lol.

Lilysmom

Ok, this is kind of spooky…..my H&S is due to arrive on July 8 too! I ordered Sunday June 23 – I thought the long delay might have been bc they had that little sale? Anyway, I am all out of hot cinnamon spice…..trying not to succumb to Williams Sonoma’s extortion price of $14.99 for 20 sachets (vs. $8 online…..)….will see……

JustJames

@Lilysmom…. good god! no kidding about the extortion price! i like blends like that as well. H&S you say? hmmm. august, august, august.

Cavocorax

Wow – that is a delay! We ordered on the 25th. We missed the sale but someone on Steepster gave me a coupon code! H&S is great, but I’m never ordering unless I get some kind of deal to balance against the shipping.

JustJames

shipping anything anywhere i brutal these days. and it’s hard to tell with gas prices versus business discounts who is being straight up about their costs and who is playing the part of shipping cougar. there are some vendors that i wouldn’t complain about (verdant and butiki), and others that i have heard are good that don’t charge at all? i am getting samples from teavivre and they aren’t charging me anything… it’s all so gloriously unclear.

i guess it boils down if the company has my loyalty i might gripe, but i’ll still buy. lately i’ve been in the midst of ordering, see that the shipping charge and cancel it. sigh… i hate unrealized tea potential.

Cavocorax

I agree about shipping. Adagio’s $35 fee to Canada is ridiculous. H&s’s $15+ does because they ship UPS with tracking and duties/taxes included. I wish more places had the option for USPS like Butiki and others do as I’d rather wait 2 weeks and buy more tea than pay shipping costs.

OMGsrsly

I don’t actually mind the $15 H&S, as they do seem to have fairly regular sales, and if you order more than a sample, it comes in a tin. I’m in awe of the tins. :)

Same thing with Della Terra. Their shipping is $$, but with their frequent 25-40% off sales, that covers the cost if you spend $40-50.

Cavocorax

Yeah I agree about H&S! I was trying to say it made sense. :) And you’re right – catching sales definitely helps male it easier to swallow! I just wish USPS was an option for more places, but I guess that complicates the shipping for those companies. St least that was the excuse Adagio gave me.

Lilysmom

I’ve been tracking my H&S order and it hasn’t moved since 28 June. It’s still in the Eastern US. I don’t know why it couldn’t have kept moving through the US on Canada day…..last time it shipped from NY to Washington state……getting worried…..come on package, come to Canada!

Cavocorax

I notice that there were no updates either for mine – I’m guessing it’s because it crossed the border and it takes a bit of time for it to cross and start getting tracked again. I wouldn’t worry so long as you haven’t hit your delivery date. I think my first order did that too and it showed up exactly when they estimated it would.

I wish it were the 8th already though! Hahah.

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79
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! I’ve been on holiday since Thursday, which means lots of visiting, operating new tea kettles, and not getting much computer time. Now we’re visiting my bf’s family and relaxing at their house. It’s pretty great.

This tea was too. Even though I’m getting jaded on some of DT’s blends, I’m happy I found this.

Plunkybug

I like it. It has grown on me since I first had it.

Fjellrev

Enjoy your holiday! I haven’t tried this one yet. Seems like a love or hate one.

Plunkybug

I love it now that I accept it for what it is, and not for what it isn’t.

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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 little girl and a devoted bf, two cats, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, fandom!, 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!

I keep trying to learn languages on Duolingo and failing. I’m currently failing Esperanto. :P

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