1673 Tasting Notes

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I’m on my second round of this. I meant to grab Salted Caramel but I pulled this one of the shelf by mistake and I regret NOTHING.

I love the spices in this. It’s perfect.

Tuscanteal

I like this one too!!!

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I needed this tea today.

I sabotaged myself so that I needed it. I couldn’t sleep last night because I was worried about my interview today so I went to bed at 1, and read this fic about Lestrade/Mycroft that was surprisingly good (just not a pairing I’d put any thought into) and I ended up reading until 3:30 just to finish the damn thing, and then if had an angsty ending. (http://archiveofourown.org/works/446107, if anyone is interested)

Good thing there’s a sequel?

K-Bear woke up right around then, so I got her back to bed, and then when she woke up at 7, I ended up cuddling her back to sleep so it was fitful for the last two hours. She kicks a lot and when I woke she had moved around so much that her feet were by my head. Little butt.

So I needed Tiger Tea to kick some sense into me. I think it worked. I think I had a good interview, but I didn’t get to say as much as I wanted. I don’t know if that means I was talking too much, she didn’t like me, or if she just hadn’t done a lot of interviews. Having sat on the other side of that table, I could see that third possibility, so I’ll just hope for the best!

OMGsrsly

Fingers crossed!

TeaBrat

good luck!

Cavocorax

Thanks! :)

MissB

Ah, I had a similar night. Our kidlets must be close in age. Here’s to hoping the interview went even better than it felt.

Cavocorax

Our LO is 19 months. ;) How about yours?
Man, too bad I didn’t know you when I was Burnaby. Seems like we’ve got a few things in common.

Isaila

Ahhh mystrade <3. You should read ibegtodreamanddiffer; she does amazing teen mystrade.

Shmiracles

GODDAMNIT! now i am here sending yet MORE fic to my kindle. the pile is huge. YAY huge! hah thanks!

Fjellrev

I hope everything will work in your favour!

Cavocorax

Thanks for the rec!

And the well wishing. :)

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drank Mudslide Rooibos Tea by Teavana
1673 tasting notes

Ok – ANOTHER easy sipdown from VariaTEA. (70). I’m now exactly at the point where my current teas equals my expected incoming teas. :O

This tastes like fake banana – like the bananas in runts. Which, actually is pretty good. And once this cools the cocoa and walnut flavours show up.

Yeah, I could probably go for more of this. I like it more than Tealux’s Chocolate Monkey.

OMGsrsly

Banana runts are awesome. :)

VariaTEA

Would you like me to send some more your way? People do not seem to be interested and though I don’t hate it, I always imagine it would be so great given the smell and so I end up choosing something else.

VariaTEA

*it won’t be so great

Cavocorax

If you’d like! Hopefully I’ll get tea in again soon so that I can return the favor!

VariaTEA

I will send it when I am back in Montreal

Cavocorax

Sounds good! Maybe by then I can offer something to trade!

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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So I made this at 9 as my last caffenated tea. Let’s see if I can get to sleep before 1 or 2 tonight! I just haven’t been able to shut my brain off the past few nights, but I’ve got an interview tomorrow at 10:30 and I need to be sharp. NEEEEEEED TO. I’m pretty pumped though. I can do this.

This is a decent cookie tea. It’s not sweet enough to be dough, but the walnuts are rather nice. It’s so freakin’ expensive though so I wouldn’t buy it ever again.

Sil

WOOOOOOOOOT! knock their socks off lady! so stoked for you!

Veronica

Good luck!

keychange

Show ‘em how it’s done, girl!

Cavocorax

Hahah. Thanks guys! This is the place that did the pre-screening interview last week, and this is my “First In-Person” interview. First, eh? I could be doing this all month!

Indigobloom

Good luck!! Fingers crossed for you

Tuscanteal

It’s on sale now on their website

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drank JavaVana Mate by Teavana
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I like this, but I’m surprised at how strong the mate is, or how much it’s affecting me. It’s probably due in part to not sleeping enough last night (baby was up late and then I played Sim City til 3:30AM to wind down and lost track of time. Whoops). So I’m a little head-spinny after drinking this but I’m enjoying it!

I’ll just be careful with it.

Dexter

I used to LOVE Sim City – haven’t played it in forever….

Sil

civ 5!! civ 5!

Cavocorax

I come and go with Sim City and Minecraft, especially if J starts playing and we share worlds.

I really like Civ5, but lately I haven’t been challenging myself with it. I just build and worry about culture and not getting into a war. And I play on easy. :/

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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And another sipdown! I’m so excited for all the new teas that it’s easy to work on moving some of the old!

This one was ok, but not my favourite. (73)

OMGsrsly

Holy wow! 73?

Cavocorax

I’ve been making room! I was actually at 73 last week but VariaTEA bumped me up to 80. I’m so impatient for my new orders though… I guess the Amoda box might be the first delivery. Same with you?

OMGsrsly

Probably, unless the iHerb stuff gets here first. :D Then Verdant, then all my stuff with MissB, then Teavivre. Haha. MissB sure enabled me a lot. I both appreciate and fear her influence.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. Well at least you guys could split orders. Splitting 2-way is pretty easy to manage and still saves you guys a bit. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh but none of it is split. I just added things on to orders she was already placing. I’m getting 4×2oz of teas, plus 3 from Mandala. I think that’s it.

VariaTEA

At least the ones I sent you were sample sizes so they shouldn’t be too hard to sipdown if you were determined enough to do so. And MissB is really quite the tea enabler – I placed a Red Tea Leaf order partly due to her influence.

MissB

Heh. I love being an enabler! :) Only one package is in Blaine ready for pickup, and zero have arrived at my house yet (like one from Europe I’m chomping at the bit for…) As soon as I have them, I’ll definitely be enabling a bit more. ;)

Cavocorax

VariaTEA – yeah the ones you sent me were the perfect size! I think I’ve tried/finished most of them by now! :O (Except a few of the larger teavana ones)

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I made two cups of SoHo today and dumped both. The first was really flat and awful, so I thought I’d make it again with better results. Well – it was marginally better.

But THIS cup has renewed my faith in H&S teas. I made it super strong and poured into 250ml of milk and frothed it up. YES. I love it.

VariaTEA

Oh no! I think we are the opposite in our love of Harney teas because SoHo is my favorite and I just can’t seem to get this one to work for me.

Cavocorax

Well when I first bought then I loved all of them. It’s only since I moved to ON that they seemed flat. I was worried that maybe the move did something, but you seemed happy with the ones I passed on, and now this one tastes fine, so Idk what’s going on.

Maybe Florence needs a little milk?

Sil

Cavo…maybe it’s the water here heh

Cavocorax

Nooooooo! I’m going back to BC. :P

OMGsrsly

Do you have a brita? I find it’s making a huge difference, even though the water here is super soft. There’s just so much chlorine. I miss the aquifer water we had when I was growing up!

Cavocorax

Yeah we had a Brita jug, but now we have the filter that goes directly on the tap. I need to make sure I’m always filling my kettle with that water instead of the tap water. (I get impatient? But once I finally get a nice variable temp water I’ve proimsed to not put tap water in it. :P)

VariaTEA

Cavo, I ended up bringing your box with me. It traveled back to Markham haha. Anyways, I will probably drink one of the Harney teas at some point this weekend and if I taste a difference I will let you know because then it might actually be the water.

Cavocorax

Hahah. You’ve got your own traveling tea box I guess! I’ll keep an eye on your notes to see if it’s the water or not. And I’ll do a better job of using filtered water for my tea. :P

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93

And another matcha gone! (74) This time I had it with hot water, as usually intended. It’s more bitter than I’m used to when I drink it in milk, and the chocolate isn’t quite as stand-out-ish, but it’s still a little creamy and sweet.

I would definitely restock this.

VariaTEA

That was how I first tried it so when I made it with milk it definitely made for a tastier cup

VariaTEA

Thanks once again for sharing with me

Cavocorax

I’m happy you enjoyed it!

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drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
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This is a tasty oolong, but not one I’d re-stock from Teavana as it’s much cheaper elsewhere. (I’d probably try Teavivre instead!)

But, I thought I’d finish up this sample as it was nearly 6 months old, and it was an easy sipdown! (75!)

AlexaK.

Thanks for Teavivre hint! My husband loves this stuff but I just can’t bring myself to pay that for it.

kennymac9

have you tried this tea from teavivre? if yes, how was it, is it as good or better?

Cavocorax

To be honest, I can’t really remember. I do know that I generally like a lot of Teavivre’s teas, and that they have very reasonable prices/shipping costs. You could try a few samples from them for fairly cheap. Also, sometimes you can contact them and request samples so long as you do a review here afterwards!

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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Mmmmmm… this is a lovely Butiki tea to end my evening with! I’m just on the 2nd of my two planned Supernatural episodes, drinking this, and knitting some silly mitts for my poor cold kid.

Then I’ll start my GoT Winter is Coming scarf! :D

I found out today that I was the lucky winner of the Butiki contest! I’m so stoked. I picked the blue bird jar because I’m a sucker for birds, and now I’m drinking Butiki tea to celebrate! I’ve only got one cup of this left, and one cup of Caramel Vanilla Assam and then I’m totally cleaned out until my order arrives. That’ll be… odd.

VariaTEA

Congrats!! And I think I will finish my Supernatural episode and then finally sleep.

JustJames

VariaTEA! were you the one that got me started on that damn show? argh! i’ve been trying to remember who it it my head!!!!

VariaTEA

haha was I? I did talk about it a lot about a week or two ago. I do REALLY like it.

JustJames

aw, the first two season were ghastly…. season 4 and 5 are hysterical though.

CrowKettle

Congrats! Please post a picture when you’re done with your GoT Winter is Coming scarf (and your jar). :)

keychange

Yay!! you won! you won!

Cavocorax

Thanks!

Well so far Season 2 is MUCH better than one. I hope that means they just get better. :)

And CrowKettle – if I manage to pull off this scarf I’ll probably spam pics everywhere. :P

Cavocorax

OMG. I’m just watching S2 E15, and this episode is cracked. This is ridiculous. I didn’t realize Supernatural was on purpose funny.

Sil

wonder if i should pick up supernatural again… hmmm

Roswell Strange

Don’t do it… It’s full of pain and sadness :( But in all seriousness, it’s really good, I’m just bitter over last night’s episode.

VariaTEA

Hahaha Roswell, it really hit you hard. It will be okay.

And Cavo, I think in the first season they were trying to make it more a drama but the seasons for sure get funnier as they progress. Just wait for Castiel. Also I like to watch bloopers and cast interviews on YouTube because the cast is honestly hilarious and love each other so much. It’s adorable.

Shmiracles

my sister tells everyone to start with season 3. and we watch the christmas episode Every. Single. Year. and even people who don’t like the show, like the bloopers. It’s true!

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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!

Ratings:
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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