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1413 Tasting Notes

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This was supposed to be my homesick blend, but I’m not actually homesick – I just left it out of my storage so it was easy to grab and I wanted to get closer to sip-down because the type of bag it’s in doesn’t fit in as well with the foil zips everything else is in.

I oversteeped it. It’s not my fault. (Well… it is) I was looking at a Pride&Prejudice card game kickstarter that is super adorable. Even if I never play it, it’s totally worth $5 for the digital version that I can look at. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1898617831/marrying-mr-darcy-the-pride-and-prejudice-card-gam

Also, this Werewolf card game looks really awesome too: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1680252891/werewolf?ref=thanks

Man, I can see how people can get sucked into so many awesome projects…

oh! And this tea still tastes ok! WIN! I have no idea how long I steeped it but it was definitely over 5 minutes!

Preparation
8 min or more
Sil

damn you woman! i really like the artwork on the werewolf cards

Cavocorax

I know! I really like them too! I bought the P&P game for $5. I’m tempted to do the same for the werewolf one too. But… 7 people? That’s hard to arrange! Still, I could buy it for the cool art…

Sil

given the price i don’t mind, even if there aren’t a ton fo times we have 7+. Sadly i need more 6 player games as every month we get together with 2 other couples and most of my games are up to 5…SO ANNOYING lol

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78
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1413 tasting notes

This is awesome with brown sugar – it absolutely makes the flavours pop!

caile

I just had some of this tea but with cream. I never use sugar in tea but I bet it would be good in this – more like sweet pumpkin pie.

JustJames

maple syrup could work. maybe. or the awesome chinese brown sugar bars……

caile

brown sugar bars! : )
I’ve seen them but never bought one.

Cavocorax

Mmmm. Yeah maple would probably be awesome. I don’t know if I’ve seen brown sugar bars before though.

caile

The ones I have seen were at Chinese grocery stores. I think it is probably just hardened brown sugar and I imagine you just break off a piece to use.

OMGsrsly

It might actually be palm sugar, which has quite a different flavour yet again. :) Tasty, though. And excellent in sticky rice pudding.

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77
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1413 tasting notes

So we’re awake and the heat isn’t running yet and I’m being a baby and feeling cold. I think the people upstairs turned it off when they were gone for a week and I have no idea how to turn it back on. Hopefully now that they’re back they figure it out?

Either way, as soon as I woke up I needed tea – ANY tea – just to feel warm. :) The fruit in this one is just perfect actually with what I was craving, even though I didn’t know it!

It’s turkey day today and we’re having two people over, with a Skype conversation to a third. I’m looking forward to it. It’s funny because I never would have thought that I’d grow up to like doing the cooking etc, but I do. Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving!

I think I’m going to fire up Little Inferno on Steam and throw things into a fireplace. That’ll warm me up too?

ashmanra

Have a wonderful, fun day!

Indigobloom

Happy gobble gobble day! :D
hope they get the durned heat on soon

JustJames

happy turkey day…. i don’t do much until i have a cup of tea either. i like the cold though, but i carry on a bit about the heat. lol

Cavocorax

Thanks! :)
And JustJames – I guess the advantage of being cold is that it makes it EASIER to drink tea, as opposed to too much heat…

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This isn’t so great with milk and sugar. It’s best on its own.

JustJames

i beg to differ!! sugar, yes…. cream, yes….. 7 minute steep and a wide awake james in class? absolutely!

Terri HarpLady

I’ve never had it any way except plain!

JustJames

i consider cream sugar as plain… plain old comfort! =0P like when it’s cold, and rainy and you’re studying for midterms that you’re afraid you may flop.

OMGsrsly

7 minutes!!!! I’ll have to try that. :)

JustJames

i was amazed. the first time was by accident. it doesn’t go bitter! i use a heaping tablespoon for a 16 ounce tea cup. (exceptionally robust no matter how you look at it!!!)

Amariel

I beg to differ too. I definitely preferred it with milk and sugar.

JustJames

yay! a second vote!

Terri HarpLady

2 to 2, lol

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81
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
1413 tasting notes

Quick note while we game this afternoon.
This re-blend is tasty! It seems more buttery than I remember, but still good.

ashmanra

And NOW IT IS AVAILABLE AS AN ICED TEA! AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!

Cavocorax

Oh yeah? That sounds awesome!
I think I had this iced last time and it was pretty great.

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96

I just finished two cups of Laoshan Black and hadn’t had enough black tea, so I went immediately to this. The contrast is easier to discern. The PTA is sweeter, brisker, yet also slightly astringent. This is a lovely tra.

Too bad I’m out now.

J says that even if I’m not working by November (and I better be?) that we can justify $100 for Black Friday sales! So, I’m making that public so neither if us forget in a month. Bwahaha

Sil

awesome!

Stephanie

Sweeeeet

OMGsrsly

Yay! :)

Terri HarpLady

I need to set some kind of limit for myself for black friday. Otherwise anything could happen!

Sil

Terri – i started a tea fund. I think though, my limit will be have i just increased my cupboard by 100+ by the time everything gets to me? because i’ve been close to 300 before and that’s my breaking point when i start to feel overwhelmed lol

Terri HarpLady

Right! A few months ago I was up around 350, but that was after tea trades with you, Nofar, TTB, etc. That’s just too much tea, LOL. It feels good to be around 220 right now, although I still haven’t gotten the box you sent yet, or my yunnan sourcing order (placed before oct 1st! I’m really being good!), or the next BBB Box. I’m really really trying to be a good girl, lol, & also trying to target some teas for sipdown! I’d still like to get down to 200 by Black Friday!

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76
drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
1413 tasting notes

So I can see where this blend is going, trying to be all mild and vanill-y and delicate, but it’s too delicate for me. At the end of the night I want something stronger before bed.

I’m not too upset though. There are plenty of Butiki teas that I adore and I cannot afford them all anyway!

Ozli

oh jeez i was just at their website last night making lists /o\

Ozli

…cantaloupe cream…

Cavocorax

Mmmm. I want more of the new carrot cake or whatever that one is. It’s a black tea – limited run.

Sil

cavo…. do NOT order it without us doing a joint order woman!

Cavocorax

:p No worries! I’m not ordering anything!
Sadly.

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77

Yes! I’m loving the creamy lemon today. That’s just what I wanted this evening and considering I was just looking to get closer to a sipdown, I was surprised by how tasty this is.

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drank PU-ERH MAPLE CHAI by Tealux
1413 tasting notes

So a few of you are telling me to put maple in this tea and that tea and I don’t have maple so that’s a real bummer, but I’ll tell you what I DO HAVE:

MAPLE CHAI PU-ERH.

Sil

hahahaha

Sil

guess i should try this one sometime…once i get around to placing an order. must. resist.

JustJames

heh heh heh she who laughs last laughs best!!!

Cavocorax

I can save some for you, if you’d like?

JustJames

sounds excellent! i found a sale of nina’s paris on amazon (of all places?lol) we could swap!

Terri HarpLady

I admit, this one sounds interesting…

Sil

amazon is the only way to buy nina’s in north america just yet..they haven’t opened their direct online store here. :)

Terri – I can always pick some up the next time i order tealux. I found a black tea from there i think you might like..it reminds me of bolder breakfast but with no flavouring!

Terri HarpLady

ok! As long as there is no artificial flavors, I’d love that!
:)

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I think the verdict so far, after 3 days of oolong sampling, is that I’m just not that into oolongs. This is nice, and smooth, and just a bit floral and vegetal and it’s fine, but… I just don’t see that I’d crave it very often.

It’s good, but what would I ever do with an oz of it?

I’ll rate it when I drink the second pack!

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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!

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1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
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