1678 Tasting Notes

80

I’m waiting outside for a bus that isn’t coming after all, so now waiting for J to rescue me. But it’s ok. I have this tea.

It’s warm, and bright and sweet and comforting and it helps me forget the snow falling on my face and the lack of gloves.

I love it.

(our car didn’t have enough room for all our guests so I volunteered to bus to the breakfast place, except the Sunday bis schedule meant my by and turned before picking me up! Whoop s Good thing J can come back easily)

OMGsrsly

Oh no! Glad you have tea. :)

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88
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1678 tasting notes

This was so good. I’m so exhausted but I made buttloads of money this week, and once I can cut my commute down from 80 minutes I’ll be much happier.

Things are good.

So is this tea.

Indigobloom

You gettin a car? :)

Terri HarpLady

Yay for money!

yyz

Joy of public transit in the GTA. It used to take me 60-90 main to get home to from one if my jobs. Luckily I went to the end of the route on most of the buses, because we were often so tired at the end of shifts that it wasn’t uncommon for people to have accidents in the parking lot.

Glad things are otherwise going really well!

Cavocorax

I’m going to get practice on my bf’s standard. Stupid stickshift.

Cavocorax

Yyz- yuck. That sounds really awful, but it is nice having a bus that goes to the end – then you can nod off or watch TV on a tablet or something. Right now I’m terrified I’ll miss my stop.

yyz

Generally that’s what happened:). I know what you mean about the stops though especially now with slush covered buses whose windows you can barely see out of. Good luck with the standard!

Fjellrev

Yay for money squared!

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86
drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1678 tasting notes

This was almost my breakfast until I remembered my Sweet&Salty granola bar, which is good because this tea is great, not the best on an empty stomach because it’s so dark and rich.

Still wow though.

OMGsrsly

Sweet&Salty = best. :)

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86
drank L'Automne by Fauchon
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If my daughter were to review this, she would say, “Oh, wowwwww!”

I steeped it for a long time and then added a tsp of milk to make it extra creamy like an orange chocolate.

“Oh, wowwww!”, indeed!

Sil

i love that kid. she makes me happy. I’ll be sad when this one is gone.

Cavocorax

Awww. Who says she’ll be gone? What if we just stay in Toronto FOREVER? :O /0\

But maybe? I’ve got a really great job, and J is more likely to get work as an economist over here!

OMGsrsly

But we like you both over here on this coast too! :)

Sil

HEY! you have lots of ppl…. everyone over here has abaaaaaandoned me…

OMGsrsly

Aww! Poor Sil.

Cavocorax

Awwww. :O
Maybe if J gets some fancy analyst job making mega bucks we can buy a cabin north of here to escape to on the weekends and you guys can come visit for board games and tea, and IDK?

That cabin is what’s making me think long-term ON might not be so bad. :| And the bear will be older by then so board games WILL be feasible again!

Sil

We should have you guys up to our place up north….well Ian’s dad lives there but it’s amazing, even in winter!

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73

This is a nice evening tea.
This is a nice sipdown. (148)

Nice.

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75

Thanks BrewTEAlly Sweet for letting me try a sample of this.

It’s interesting. I can taste the puerh and spearmint and tulsi.
And the peppercorn and just possibly the star anise.

It’s forest-y, that’s for sure. And it’s an interesting idea, but I don’t know that I would go out of my way to get more.

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80

Yowza! I couldn’t finish this cup this morning. It was just TOO strong. I think I oversteeped it and that made it thick and tar like. DNW.

I’ll be more careful next time because I remember that it had a nice lemon bergamot flavour when I did it right!

Sil

“Nice” and “bergamot” don’t belong in the same sentence :)

Dinosara

Hey keep your anti-bergamot prejudices to yourself, Sil! ;D

Anna

I said BERR
It’s GREY in here
Must be some EG fans in the ATMOSPHERE

(Man, that’s the best badgood movie ever.)

Sil

Dino…freedom of speech! down with the berg! the berg is MOT needed in things giggling

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80

So I guess I skipped this one on Christmas, but – well, the name doesn’t really call to me.

I guess it’s Christmassy because it has orange in it? That’s definitely orange. And there’s lemongrass. And maybe some spices? This isn’t too bad but now it’s cooling and getting a little bitter.

Oh and the baby is asleep and it’s only 9:40. I’m going to go to bed at/before 11:00 if I can and here’s hoping she’ll stay out the rest of the night!

Sil

yeah! early bed! go you!

OMGsrsly

I just got this one from MissB. Smells lovely, but I’m going to wait till the weekend. :) I think I’ll just cold steep.

Cavocorax

I’ll try! But I’ve got buttloads of daycare paperwork to fill out. I guess. Sleep = soooooon.

Also it’ll be a lot better once I can drive J’s car because my commute would go from 80 to 40 minutes. I just need more practice with the shift stick.

OMGsrsly

You found a daycare? That’s awesome!

Cavocorax

Oh yeah! We did! She’s going to the University student one and we get a discount bc J is a TA. It looks pretty good they feed the kids and take them for walks to the arts building so they can watch people dance etc.

OMGsrsly

Nice! You’re so lucky she got in. The daycare at my uni is so hard to get into. My coworker had another baby and they’ve left the older one in daycare so they have at least one guaranteed spot!

Cavocorax

Yeah we wanted in that one too but after being on the list for 8 months the best we could get was 2 days, and one of those days we didn’t even need!

We found a really good place that’s just south of Lougheed if your coworker needs an alternative. It’s a bit out of the way if she commutes, but the people who run it were really great.

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83
drank Opposites Attract by DAVIDsTEA
1678 tasting notes

I believe this was another one from Janelle. I really like it. It tastes like a minty green tea – Moroccan mint? – but there’s this earthiness lurking behind each sip. It’s an interesting contract, but this is definitely one of the better blends from David.

Also there’s no weird sparkles or additives.
This one probably doesn’t exist anymore either. :(

So thank you Janelle for letting me try it! Maybe I can get Herbal Infusions to try and resurrect it – I think they said something about making tea limited edition blending kits so you can resurrect favourite teas – this could be a good one for that.

Uniquity

I’m pretty certain this one had puerh in it too. I remember something like this a few years back. It should actually be relatively simple for you to DIY if you have some loose gunpowder, mint and puerh

Cavocorax

Yeah – it does! I guess that’s where the opposite comes into it! I should play around. I might even have Morooccan mint somewhere.

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77
drank African Chai by Justea
1678 tasting notes

I made a timolino of this today, except that I didn’t really. I think I turned my kettle off after putting it on as this water is barely warm. So the tea is barely steeped.

:(

I’m still trying to get in the habit of getting to bed at a proper time for work, but the kiddo stays up until midnight and I keep ending up with 6 hours. My poor brain! Next week will ( easier bc she’ll be up earlier for daycare, while her dad is in class.

I will make real tea when I get to the office!

keychange

I hope your sleep schedule sorts itself out soon. Working on not enough sleep really sucks.

Cavocorax

Thanks! I’m sure it’ll work out.
Also I just successfully steeped Butiki’s caramel vanilla assam and am quite happy now.

keychange

Great choice! that tea makes me really happy, too.

Tuscanteal

I can’t function on less than 7 hours of sleep… but function better on 8-9. I am one of THOSE people. When I hear of people who only get 5 hours of less all the time, it makes me cringe

Terri HarpLady

I used to be able to get by on 6 hours, but now that I’m getting old, lol, I need at least an average of 7.5 hours. I can do 6 hours once or twice a week, if I do 8 or more another night or 2 to make up for it. I’m really bad about staying up til 2am, my creative juices start flowing around 8 or 9pm. That’s why you never see me on steepster before 10am or later :)

JennyFur

God when I was younger I wouldn’t sleep for days and when I crashed I would sleep for like 12 hours. My body now whines if I dont get at least 7.5 a night.

Cavocorax

I did 6 hours a night for a long time bit it wasn’t enough, and it made me irritable, emotional and unable to remember anything. I can’t believe how much happier I was once I averaged 7.5+!

Sil

They say an extra hour of sleep a night would give ppl more happiness than 60,000 salary increase. Or something like that heh

Cavocorax

I believe it!

Shmiracles

omg you guys rub it in why don’tcha! hahha kidding
but i can’t ever sleep more than 6 hrs. not even on the weekends. i average 5 to be honest. and i’m incapable of napping.
and my fitbit says i toss and turn a lot. duh fitbit! i couldh’ve told you that!

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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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