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Sipdown! (155) – I decided to keep displaying my numbers when I do a sipdown so I can stay focused on bring that back down to a reasonable number!

I’m usually always in the mood for a black tea, but this was perfect for the afternoon. It smells like peaches and it tastes like cream. I think I’d be interested in getting this in the future but only if I manage to find it in some crazy sale like Sil did. :)

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Welcome to the accountability club! Reminding myself of my number when I do a sip down (or add teas) has really helped me regain control of my stash


Glad to hear! I wasn’t sure if it’d be useful or not, but I know when I’m trying to be careful with money I do a better job when I’m watching every purchase. :P

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drank Cactus Flower by Della Terra Teas
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So I’m drinking this now although I’m really not in the mood for it. It’s just freezing in the office and I decided to wear a dress for some silly reason. And the tea keeps me warm, but after 40oz of A&D’s Mount Grey and Verdant’s Yabao, I figure I better have something herbal/rooibos.

It’s ok. Less special the more I have it.

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Well! Who knew? This is an Earl Grey (Gray?) that I really enjoy! The bergamot is strong but doesn’t cross the line and make me think of perfume. The base is strong, and I’m getting some kind of fruity notes as well! Fun!

Now, I just need to remind myself that THERE WILL BE OTHER SALES. I don’t want to order this tin before I’ve tried the other teas from A&D. What if Caravan is my fav? Or Double Knit?

But yes. I think that I would like some of this in the future!

Thank you TerriHarpLady

Now I have to listen to Picard ordering tea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2IJdfxWtPM

ETA: Apparently this is also a sipdown (156). I finished my last cup and immediately wanted MOAR so I brewed up the last of my sample. Added to my shopping list.

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This also makes me think happy Tardis thoughts too. It’s similiar!


Hahah. Great counter-video. :)
Also, I miss Tennant. I have to go and do a DW rewatch sometime.


you know the new guy (matt smith) is out and we’re getting a…..mature doctor this time. i have mixed feelings. i miss tenant too.


Wait has it been announced who it is? I’ll miss Smith as well, but I guess the Tennant era was when I first fell hard for DW.


Great link! ;)

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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
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Ok, so I really wanted this tea to work – it’s very pretty to look at, and it smells good. I cold-steeped it overnight and am enjoying it now.

The flavours are very mild, but I’m definitely getting pepper in it. It’s also slightly floral and creamy. I can just about taste the marshmallow notes. Mmmm. This is definitely a very nice tea when it is iced. I’m glad I can actually taste it this time!

I don’t really see how you can call this a puerh as it definitely reminds me of white tea and only white tea – it’s all flowers and lightness, not dark dank earth. I’m not really complaining though because that was what I expected from the description!

ETA:* After my success icing this tea overnight, I thought I’d better try it hot too! And it’s still great. And very peppery! I’m not getting the floral notes as much, but it’s still a bit creamy. And a little tough to describe. I wonder if I used up too much of the leaves cold-steeping it last night?


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Thanks Kittena! I’m so happy I was able to finally try this. It’s pretty amazing! It’s really not the right season for it, but I can see this being essential in the fall.

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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.


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


Haha. It IS a good one!


i could go drink it…


I like this one WAY more than the DT version.

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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

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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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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.

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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

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Terri HarpLady

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


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… :)


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

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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.


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!

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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