1677 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1677 tasting notes

I started with this today and while it should have been amazing and wonderful, I didn’t time it properly and left it in too long and it’s too strong.

But I’m awake now after having had it!
(And that coffee from Tim Hortons that was hidden in a Lowe’s. Why are there Subways and Tim Hortons tucked away in hardware stores now? I don’t care – it’s where my bus gets off so I can always have Timmies before work if I want it!)

Happy Friday!

caile

Happy Friday! :-)

__Morgana__

Happy Friday! And it’s a long weekend, too! (In the USA.)

Cavocorax

Is it? Even better for you guys! :D

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91
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1677 tasting notes

And another sipdown! :O

This was so good. I’m totally relaxed for bed. :)
Good night, Steepsterites! Good night!

JustJames

i have a sample of this….. hmmm. thinking, thinking….

VariaTEA

Would you like some more Cavo? I haven’t quite sealed up your package. I think I counted 23 teas though and 24 is such a nicer number :P

VariaTEA

*24 is a much nicer number.

OMGsrsly

Do it, VariaTEA, do it! :D

VariaTEA

It has been done!

MissB

It’s a decaf, and really finicky about being oversteeped. Try it, JustJames! VariaTEA, do it… ;)

VariaTEA

I am learning from you MissB! I just keep adding and adding. I think I opened and resealed the swap package to Roswell Strange like 4 times. I have to say though, it is very satisfying to both reign in my own cupboard and share with others.

Cavocorax

Omg. :O
I’m laughing at this on the bus and I don’t care! I feel spoiled.

Terri HarpLady

I love our community!!

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95

This was a quick and obvious sipdown as I get so excited about this tea that I MUST HAVE IT immediately. I’ll miss it, but it’s one less baggy floating around my collection, making it untidy. :P

(file that under weird reasons to drink a specific tea)
Thanks again MissB for surprising me with this!

Fjellrev

Not weird at all! I’ve even had a tea before just for the mere fact that it was sitting in my cupboard/box a certain way and I didn’t want it there haha.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. I love Steepster. :) I’m glad you guys are out there and understand!

Shmiracles

we totally understand!! i have a weird sense of accomplishment when my tea cupboard fits nicely within the space i’ve allotted it.

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83

Woah! I just dumped a scoop of this in my timolino full of milk, shook it and left it in the fridge for 2 days.

THIS IS GREAT. It’s so dark and creamy. I love it.

VariaTEA

Oh Cavo, you always inspire my matcha prep practices. I will have to give this a try once me and my matcha are reunited.

Cavocorax

Do I inspire you with how lazy I am with my matcha? :P I always feel like it’s matcha abuse, but it turns out nicely!

VariaTEA

Haven’t you heard that lazy people will always find the most efficient way to do a task so they can get it over with quickly? You taught me to mix matcha in cold milk and most of the time that is far easier and tastes much better than prepping it in hot water like a tea.

OMGsrsly

That is if you’re not too lazy to do it in the first place, VariaTEA! ;) I need to try this. I still have the Bubblegum matcha to try (I think). I’m a little suspicious of it…

Cavocorax

I don’t blame you, OMG! I think there’s a reason that I won such a large amount of it. It’s a little odd.

Laziness wins. :D

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86
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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So my throat feels less scratchier now than it did this morning. Let’s hope it stays that way! My head, OTOH, feels like crap. Advils, water and tea haven’t made a dent in it. :O Is it a sinus headache? Is it because I’ve had too little/too much caffeiene? Yipes.

I’ll just sit and sip away at this and eat carrots and dip and try not to think about it. I love Paris. Thanks MissB for the awesome sale on this one. :) I’ve got enough to last me awhile and now I have no reason to pay $15 shipping from the U.S.

Tuscanteal

I have one sachet left of this and then I’m out. I need to do a H&S order soon on this one!

VariaTEA

I was going to say I am glad you are feeling better and then I continued reading only to realize one symptom left but another took it’s place. In that case, I will say that I hope you feel better soon!

Cavocorax

Thanks! I can stop complaining now. Paris took my headache away. Or seems to have! :D

And Tuscanteal – if you’re only looking for Paris, check Chapters – sometimes you can get it from there. Also, I think other places in Canada do too… (Just to save you the outrageous H&S shipping fees)

VariaTEA

Yay! Tea makes everything better :)

keychange

My prayers to the universe:
1) that you feel better soon.
2) that we may never run out of Paris!

Tuscanteal

Yay! You’re feeling better. Yeah I can ship to the states… I’m sure if Miss B wanted a vacation, I could step in a tea mule, as I live about 20 mins from the American border.

Cavocorax

LOL @ Keychange. :)
And that’s awesome Tuscanteal!

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91
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1677 tasting notes

Thanks MissB for this goodnight cup. Everyone is asleep. Now I will slip into bed and cuddle my cat until her purrs knock me out.

Maybe my site throat will be gone tomorrow! :D

Terri HarpLady

I hope so! :)

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83

I could only drink half of that DT Cold 911. I imagine it’s one to drink when your sinuses are so full that that would be the only tea you’d still taste.

It was too strong for me.

I like this one though. It’s one of my top picks from the Herbal Infusions set. That minty coolness at the end of each sip is quite nice!

Tuscanteal

I’m so done with cold teas now that I am feeling better. The whole time I was sick I wanted nothing more than cold teas, but deep down wanted a nice black. Then I’d make one and it would be such a waste. Now that I can have black again… I look at those chamomile/lemon/ginger/whatever blends and scoff.

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1677 tasting notes

Must…. resist…. this…. cold.
cough

It’s only a sore throat. And maybe a little bit of light-headedness (although I get that sometimes just bc?). So maybe I can fight this before it becomes an issue? At the very least I hope I can avoid getting the kid sick as I don’t want to miss work at my new job because the daycare doesn’t want her there that day.

First step: drink this tea. Second step: no kisses! Third step: get better. :)

At least I haven’t lost my sense of smell/taste. :D

VariaTEA

Oh no. Feel better Cavo!!

JustJames

believe me, i only say these words in dire circumstances….. oil of oregano.

Pandeme

I’ve been drinking this today too, hopefully it helps. Feel better!! :)

Cavocorax

Thanks guys! Guess I’ll know tomorrow if this is a real cold or not. :)

Cavocorax

Thanks! I guess I’ll know by tomorrow if this is a real cold or not. :)

caile

Hopefully the sore throat doesn’t linger and you feel well soon!

JustJames – how do you use the oil of oregano?

Tuscanteal

I second oil of oregano.

I use it straight under my tongue, or I put it in warm/hot tap water and swish it around in my mouth and let go slowly down my throat to coat it. Usually if I have it right before I feel truly sick, I can kick the cold to the can.

Pandeme

I’m going to have to try that today, hopefully it works for me! My bff is getting married this weekend, and as her maid of honor I definitely don’t want to be sick.

caile

Thanks for that info, Tuscanteal! I’ll have to get some of this as have a lot of oils but not oregano.

Cavocorax

I’d never heard of that with oil of oregano. Interesting!

And good luck Pandeme!!!

JustJames

oil of oregano: proper use: four drops under the tongue straight for two minutes… then dunk your tongue in a shot glass of milk (unless you’re lactose intolerant).

the ’i’m afraid’ method: 4 drops in water and chugged. with much more fluid then chugged.

it is the strongest natural INTERNAL anti microbial to my knowledge.

caile

Thank you, JustJames! I do need to get this – not sure which method I’ll use yet. ;-)

JustJames

the four straight under the tongue works best and fastest….. but you feel it. big time!

Tuscanteal

You learn to love it though…

caile

Lol! Good to know! :-)

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81

So I had another cup of this today, as it was free with my Teavana order. It still had too much sweetener, even after I picked out some of the rock sugar. The first cup was good as a sweet treat, but I couldn’t drink the second.

I made the mistake of steeping DAVIDs’ Chai on Life afterwards and couldn’t taste too much bc my mug/steeper were still contaminated. Yikes!

JustJames

i do love these two together.

Cavocorax

If you buy them (as opposed to getting the free sample) does it come with the rock sugar? BC I’d be all over this if it didn’t!

OMGsrsly

I don’t think it does, but you have to buy 4 oz! 2 oz of each tea…

VariaTEA

I bought 100 g of this and it does not come with the rock sugar. I actually have way more than I need so I am happy to send some your way Cavo. You would actually be doing me a favor :)

Cavocorax

ORLY? :O
Well I think I’d be interested in a trade then VariaTEA! I’ve got more tea then when you last look so let me know if anything catches your eye!

VariaTEA

Will do and feel free to rummage through my cupboard and let me know if anything appeals to you. I will measure how much of this blend I have and let you know, that way you can tell me how much you want me to send your way.

Cavocorax

Sounds good! To the cupboards I go! :O
I think I “owe” you a few samples from last time too as you were extra generous. :P

VariaTEA

Oh no you don’t! I am still working through our first swap because you were insanely generous. It was so lovely getting my little tea box. Alas, my dogs like it too and ate it :(

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95

MissB surprised me with a few cups of this one, so I knew I had to have a cup today. Sadly I over steeped it and it was a little too strong (but still good). American Tea Room has a sale on now where you get 2oz of Brioche for free if you spend $30 but aside from Brioche there’s not much else there that’s tempted me yet. And I’m not spending $40 (w/shipping) on “free” tea. :P I"M NOT FALLING FOR THAT AGAIN.

Also, I have a well stocked cupboard.

MissB

$40? That’s ridiculous. Why so much?

Cavocorax

I just mean I’d be buying $30 of tea that I hadn’t planned on, as well as paying shipping. :)

Sil

…OR joint orders through the tea mule to get free shipping = hitting the mark sooner :P

ifjuly

is it brioche or brioche free? i was thinking it was brioche free, which is an herbal that to me anyway bears little resemblance to brioche (it’s more like david’s forever nuts).

anyway, i’m on hiatus so it’s moot for me. just checkin’.

ifjuly

(brioche free that’s the “free tea” in the promotion, i mean)

Cavocorax

Oh it was Brioche Free! :O Thanks for pointing that out – I’m not as interested in that. (lurks back into hiatus)

Cavocorax

Sil – yes. That’s an excellent point!

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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.

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