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Goodbye Cecil! (180) I would be sad if I never heard your sultry voice again, but not broken up if I never had this tea again. It’s good but doesn’t scream out to me. So, sorry and goodbye. I’ll have my way with Carlos next.

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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Emergency Cotton Candy time!

So we just realized a few hours ago that water was leaking into our house. Crap. Lucky(?) for us, this isn’t our first time in a basement suite that’s flooded, AND luckily it wasn’t too bad. At least – it could have been worse. It could have hit the area of the house where we’ve got boxes of books stacked instead of our bedrooms. So, now we’re camping in the living room and watching tv and just trying to relax. I’m just sorta meh about it because it sucks but we’ve done what we can and the absolute worst case scenario is that we have to buy new mattresses and stay somewhere else if it turns out they need to rip the floors open to dry them completely. I think that’s the worst that could happen. We thought it might have been the insane thunderstorm that contributed to the water, but it might have been the hot water tank. We’ll see tomorrow.

But for now, it’s time for some Cotton Candy and half a bag of chocolate OMG’s. Sweet, sweet cotton candy. :)

OH! And Pokemon Y on my 3DS since I’m apparently not going into work tomorrow – time to game it up!

OMGsrsly

Hope that gets resolved quickly! I had the sewers back up into a basement suite once, and when they refused to deal with the peeling lino or even clean the carpets, I moved out.

Kaylee

Oh noes! Hope it works out. Basements are the worst.

NofarS

Oh no! I hope that it gets fixed soon.

Cavocorax

OMG – that’s awful! Thankfully it’s just water, but the bedroom smells so moldy already that it’s wigging me out. I don’t think we’ll be able to save the mattress and now I’m thinking about all those mold spores everywhere and it’s wigging me out.

But thanks guys! We’ve had people over to look at it, and hopefully they get the issue fixed tonight! Then I’m throwing everything in the laundry immediately.

OMGsrsly

Yikes! Good luck dealing with that, mold is really awful.

Cavocorax

Yeah dude. It freaks me the hell out! But I sprayed EVERYTHING with white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide so between the two everything should be dead. And we bought a waterproof mattress cover so that if that mattress is a bit off, that’ll hopefully protect us from it for a few months (until we move into a bigger place!)

yyz

Sorry about that. Its not fun. We got a little water in the basement too, but thankfully only over tile. One of my relatives is still out of their house after the storm last year. They ended up with water damage on all three floors of their house. Not fun. I feel for you.

Cavocorax

That sounds so awful yyz! I couldn’t imagine be out of my house for such an extended time. And the perks of renting is that we just need to tough it out a bit longer. Eventually we’ll be able to afford something above ground and possibly to even own our own place… :P

yyz

One of the benefits about rentals! I hope you love the next place you find!

A lot of my relatives issues have been insurance issues. Luckily they have been able to live with their adult children on and off and haven’t been stuck in hotels or renting.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1681 tasting notes

I’m drinking this to counter the matcha from Lupicia that I didn’t enjoy. I knew LB wouldn’t disappoint!

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(182!)
So I appreciate the chance to try matcha from a different company, but this just isn’t doing it for me. Red Leaf makes me happier. It’s ok Lupicia, you make great blends. Don’t worry about the matcha.

And thanks VariaTEA for letting me try this out!

Dustin

I really didn’t enjoy Lupicia’s flavored matchas either. Kind of a bummer that they flop so hard on this when they do other flavored teas so well!

Cavocorax

It’s strange, eh? At least they rock at everything else!

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drank Happy Banana by RiverTea
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(Sipdown 183)
I decided to cold-steep this and it used up most of my tea so I thought why not brew up the last of it hot now, and drink it while I take a sample of my cold-brewed tea and then compare them! BAM! This is happening.

And after sipping both, I like it better hot. It’s basically liquid banana bread when you drink it hot, golden and sweet and very buttery… Cold? It’s a little bit odd. It’s still banana bread, with butter, but… it’s just not as good cold. Too bad – I would have been better served drinking it hot, especially since it’s such a heavy tea!

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Woo. I still have a few cups of this left! Not bad considering I’ve shared my NightVale teas with others.

Anyway, I’ve disovered that I like the thai chai blend because it’s nice and creamy, and because of that, I enjoy this blend. Would I want 3 oz of this? IDK. I think there was another Thai Chai blend I liked more…

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Sipdown (184)

I bought this during the last sale because it was really cheap and I was curious, so why not pop one in? Who’s afraid of Pu-erh? Not me!

I wonder if I was supposed to rinse this first? Oh well.

This is nice though. It’s really earthy, but warming and comforting. It’s not as fancy/special as my beloved Special Dark, but this is still a nice go-to puerh. I like the tuocha cups too – they seem like they’d be easy to take to work.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Courtney

I like the name of this one.

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I drank this earlier but can’t quite recall everything about it, except that it was maltier than other blacks and had a few raisin notes as well. It was good, but not my favourite of the Taiwan Tea Craft teas. I’ve got several cups left to play with though!

(I was tempted to order the Hong Yun from Butiki but couldn’t justify it, so that was why I chose this cup today. I imagine they would be very similiar, at least to my semi-unrefined palette!)

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Sil talked me into splitting this and I’m happy I did. With a name like Steamed Purple Green, I thought it would taste a lot like spinach, and less like ‘tea’ but it’s actually balanced right in between. It’s fresh, green, and buttery but not in your face with the vegetal/spinach flavours. Interesting! I’m not a huge fan of green teas (I have 1 oz of Laoshan Green that I’ve had maybe 2 cups of in 8 months? :O) but I do like this!

Thanks for twisting my rubber arm! :)
(188)

ETA: Hey – when you guys track tea in your spreadsheets, and you have tea you bought at two separate dates, do you count that as 1 tea, or 2? I want to keep them separate because I want to accurately track my old teas, BUT I don’t want to stuff my cupboard full of ‘extra’ teas. :D

ETA-again: I decided to count each duplicate tea as a fraction (.5, .5) instead of doubling my count. So I’m actually at 185. I’ll take it! And if it’s a fraction, I’ll remember to double-check for the other one when I remove one!

OMGsrsly

I number the one ‘in use’ and leave the other one blank. :D That way it’s only “one” tea, but I have 2 dates.

Cameron B.

So what kind of spreadsheets do you use for this? I’m intrigued.

Sil

my cupboard counts it as 1 tea… my spreadsheet has the oldest date and then in brackets for the tea name i put the second date so that when i finish it, i just put in the next date lol

sherapop

I haven’t graduated to spreadsheets yet. lol

Cavocorax

Just Excel. I have columns for type of tea, company, name of tea, who gave it to me, who I’m giving it to, date purchased, original purchase size, estimated remaining size, my rating, a quick Y/N/M if I’d rebuy it or not, a Y/N column for cold-steeping and then notes. After I drink it I move it to another page for reference. It works for me – it’s much quicker to filter/search in Excel then it is on Steepster. :P

And thanks guys. So I am at 185! :D

OMGsrsly

Go Cavo Go! I’m still at 250, and I still have the tea box, and there’s incoming as well. :) Oops?

Ubacat

I got into the excel sheets a few months back and think it’s great for organizing. For those that don’t have excel and can’t afford it LibreOffice is a free program with Calc being like Excel. I’ve worked on it before and it’s great. You can open Excel files with it.

OMGsrsly

Ubacat, I just use google docs. That way I can access it anywhere! Well, mostly when I’m out buying tea and want to make sure I’m not getting anything I don’t already have, or have tried and didn’t like. Which can be a problem.

Cavocorax

Yeah I did Google docs for a bit bc it was just so convenient on my android phone! Now that I’m back on a windows phone, I’m back with Excel. :P

And good luck with the tea box OMGrsly!

OMGsrsly

Sadly I haven’t been drinking much tea at all. Too blah, which is unfortunate. Maybe I’ll go make a cup and cut out another t-shirt. :)

Cavocorax

Yay! At least it’s just tea you’re blah about. You’ll come back to us!

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I had this earlier today but couldn’t log it because of steepster issues. I don’t remember it much now – just that it was nice and then it cooled and was awfully bitter. Damn. But I’ve had a few great Yezi teas, so I’ll just focus there.

Thanks Sil (189)

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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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