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drank Chocolate Mint Rooibos by Zen Tea
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I lied. I snuck in one last sipdown!

No idea how this compares to other chocolate mint rooibos’, but I will need to replace it. Chocolate mint tea before bedtime is kind of essential you guys!

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73
drank Irish Cream by Compass Teas
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Last sipdown for the day. I call this a successful Sipdown Saturday!

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90

Another sipdown! 118 teas! (Down 5 today? Not bad!)

I’ll reorder this next time they have a sale!

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drank Moroccan Mint by Zen Tea
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Sipdown of this one! I’m trying to convince my bf that this will be tastier than the flavored spearmint water he buys, especially because he likes caffeinated drinks. Will update later with the results.

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75

Sipdown!

We’re going out to Denny’s for brunch so I thought it apropos to bring this one! The rest has been packed away for Courtney.

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82
drank Ripe For Romance by Adagio Teas
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Sipdown!

(While I’m drinking Verdant’s Autumn Harvest Laoshan Green in my other tumbler, I’m trying to use this one for sipdowns so I can alternate between trying a new tea, and finishing off the last of some old!)

This was really enjoyable. It’s so sweet and chocolatey and mmmmm. I love raspberry chocolate. It makes me think of these fancy Godiva chocolate bars we used to buy when I worked at Chapters and had a 30% discount. (Those days were great, but I didn’t make a lot of money as a lot went back to Chapters every week…)

I probably shouldn’t be drinking sweet teas like this before I’ve had anything to eat, but the baby got me up at 6, and everyone else will probalby sleep in until 11 or so, and I don’t want to make more noise than I can help while in the kitchen. Priorities = tea. Food later?

I have so many loose samples everywhere – I’m going to copy Sil and spend some time reorganizing it all today! I packed up so many samples to Courtney yesterday and it made room in some of my boxes, so maybe it won’t look so chaotic!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
OMGsrsly

I think loose samples are the bane of any Steepsterite’s existence. (Is that the correct term?) I haven’t done many swaps, but most of my teas are sample sizes!

Cavocorax

I’ve done so many recently that most of mine teas are close to sample size. So much variety. So little tea (by weight).

Cavocorax

Also, I totally think we’re Steepsterites!

Terri HarpLady

I’ve used the term Steepsterites for awhile now, LOL.
Cavo, I often have 2 teas going, one in a gaiwan, & something else in a cup, OR sometimes 2 contrasting Gaiwans. :)

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Time to properly evaluate this tea! I don’t know how much 4g of tea is, but I covered the bottom of my little gonfu pot with leaves, and tried to steep it for 3 seconds as directed, but it might have been a bit longer – pouring into the gongfu pot and out into my bubble cup at the SAME TIME takes coordination!

Here’s what I have so far – ~3 seconds is delicious. How can you make tea in such a short time? It defies all reason really. It’s lightly yellow, and tastes vegetal (likes spinach?) and very creamy/buttery. Amazing!

2nd steep – More grassy than spinachy. Still buttery.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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81
drank Zhen Qu Black Tea by Tea Embassy
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Mmmm… this was very good. Definitely a top quality Yunnan.

Thanks Melanie for the sample!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Tangerine Spice by Kally Tea
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Sipdown!!! I better work on getting my numbers down a bit further! I wonder if I can dedicate Sat and/or Sun to sipdowns, or if I have enough teas that are 1 cup away? :|

This was an enjoyable one. :D

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drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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Maybe it’s because I’m new to pu’erh but it seems to me that this tea isn’t as awful as everyone has led me to believe. It’s sweet, it’s slighty creamy and then that smooths over into something earthy.

Maybe I’m just used to artificial flavouring? Or I don’t know how good this should actually be? I’ll probably have a better idea of what pu’erh should be like after I receive my sample from Butiki but for now I’ll play around with the few samples I bought from Davids.

Now, where do I file my Pu’erh teas? I probably should rearrange all my sachets in the boxes and get more containers, but buying more storage containers just means that I’m accepting the higher number of teas that I have. :| Better to just have them strewn on my counter and annoying me so that I sip and make room to file them away! #newplan

Mmm… I like that this is earthy and not fishy!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
tattooed_tea

Oh my, mine was so strong & ick

Cavocorax

Maybe I steeped mine for less/at a lower temperature? It might not have been 96C. Or maybe I have bad taste. I DO like a lot of rooibos teas and those annoy a lot of people too. :D

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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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