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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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And here’s another one from Janelle!

I like how we can all try the same tea and get different things. For me, the coconut/oolong combination is just screaming butter. Every sip, that’s what I get – warm butter oozing down my throat.

No thanks!
I’ll wait for my second cup before I rate this.

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drank Crème de Menthe by DAVIDsTEA
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Woo! My tea from Herbal Infusions came in today, and I also got my huge mystery stash package from Janelle. It had a lot of teas from DAVIDs in it that I’d never tried, so I’m pretty excited to run through them all.

My cupboard is up at 119 now though. :O

This tea smells really amazing. I hope it tastes as good.

Ok, this is interesting. I mean it’s a puerh blend, and I didn’t think puerh would work with mint, but this sorta does? It adds a bit of weight to the creamy mint. I like this. It’s very relaxing and smooth – not what I expect with all that earthy puerhness… I guess the vanilla and licorice help to tone that down by adding a bit of sweetness. It’s a good thing I like licorice!

And the licorice in this is much nicer than it is in the chocomint oolong that came out this year.

ETA when this cools, the licorice really starts to dominate it the blend, so it’s best enjoyed warmer IMO.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Yay for tea packages!! My friends all laugh at me but I have surprised a few of them with tea packages and I think they get it :)

Cavocorax

Are you trying to convert them to loose-leaf? :) I made my sister a huge surprise package full of tons of tea – may 40 samples? And I sent her a Perfect Mug, and a 4 page instruction book full of tips on how to steep tea, store it, as well as a summary of each sample and why I chose it. It took her until the second page before she realized that I typed up the document – she thought it was from DAVIDs. (Which just made me feel uber-professional and awesome).

So yeah, tea packages rock!

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My Butiki order should be in on Wednesday, so I’m drinking this down today. Now I’ve only got one Butiki tea in my cupboard! :O

I’m drinking this, looking at job ads, and watching Supernatural! This season (3) has Ruby in it, and so far I really like her. I also can’t wait to get to the end to see how they resolve everything.

Later I’m going to pack up some teas for Sil. Not sure when or how but I’m planning to see her before Christmas to do a tea swap!

Oh, also I really wish Steepster had a way to compare two people’s ratings – it’d be a lot easier finding teas Sil hasn’t tried if I could just hit a compare button. :P

Nxtdoor

Except Sil has tried teas that haven’t even been made :)

MissB

I agree with the compare button, or at least something easier other than scrolling through pages and pages!

Ana

I’m so jealous you have this in your cupboard right now. Mine has yet to ship but I’m so looking forward to it!

JustJames

it is the only caramel on the planet i can taste….. stacy is magic.

Terri HarpLady

Mine arrived on Friday. Haven’t had a cup yet, but I will!

Amariel

I love this one. I wish there was also a notes section so I could look up who sent me the teas, and any alternate or supplemental steeping notes.

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drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
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I bought 2 oz of this after hearing what OMGsrsly thought of it, and I’m happy I did!

My neck is just killing me – this tension headache has just been creeping up my neck and made itself at home in my neck and this is just what the Doctor ordered.

Not that I expect it to fix everything, but this tea is just so relaxing. I love all the citrus notes, and the lavender/sage combo works. It’s very soothing and warm and.. lovely.

The only downside is that this is (like a lot of the Teavana blends) VERY heavy tea. I probably have enough to make 5 cups? (Much like DAVIDsTEA’s Spiced Fig). So I’m really happy I tried it, and I expect to enjoy it, but I’ll wait for another sale before I consider re-stocking it once this is gone.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
OMGsrsly

Yeah, it’s kinda expensive. I buy it whenever there’s a sale though. Fingers crossed for Boxing Day. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, I use 1 baking tbsp per 16oz. I don’t remember what it says to use, but that works for me.

Cavocorax

Thanks for the tip!
And I’m hoping for Boxing Day too. I should have a little money for that.

OMGsrsly

My parents might want to wait until January to give me my money, but by then all the sales will be over. Fingers crossed I manage to get something tho. :)

Cavocorax

I ended up getting a decent amount of money but I feel like I should probably just use some of it for useful stuff to make up for not working. :| Or I could buy a nice variable kettle. And some Boxing Day Tea. Or some Justea right now. /0\ Maybe I’ll split it. :P

Cavocorax

(And of course it’s Xmas money so I don’t actually have it but I’m awful for pre-spending)

OMGsrsly

(ME too!)

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drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
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Sil drank this earlier and that reminded me that I still had enough left for a cup. Why not sit and enjoy it now? (Sipdown; 85)

It’s hard for me to rate this because it’s a white tea and I don’t often drink them, and I wouldn’t often be in the mood for this creamy cup of lemon, but it is nice.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I’ve been drinking this for hours, although I only re-steeped it once. Part of me feels guilty, like I’m wasting quality tea here, but OTOH, I am drinking 20 oz of it so it’s not like I didn’t get much for that 1 scoop of leaves.

I should try my Amoda teas soon, but I want to add them to my cupboard and log them when I do, so I’ll wait a few ore days to make sure everyone else has had a chance to do so. If it wasn’t for the fact that everyone knows these are Butiki teas that you can ONLY get in the box, I’d just log it and not mention Amoda. :P

Sil

all my tea is on my table at the moment.. so i can figure out how a cupboard half the size as it was takes up more room! 4 oz of LB makes me happy to see haha

Cavocorax

Wait, another 4 oz? Didn’t we both order 4 oz just a few months ago? I think I still have 2oz left. I need to stop treating it as such a rare commodity and enjoy it I guess (multiple resteeps or not!))

I bet it’s the french teas that are taking up all your space. Didn’t they all come in tins? Are you going to post pics?

I can’t wait to grab my pile of tea. :D

Sil

haha you mean your BOX of tea…. i will take pics this weekend..it’s MUCH smaller than normal. i think it’s just all the weird shapped bags or something. I dunno. No not another 4oz.. but somehow in my black friday fog i did pick up 4oz each of verdant’ campfire blend and the vanilla citrus spice lol apparently i really needed 8oz of tea! sad part is…i have a 10$ coupon now and kinda want the elderberry herbal as a non black option.

Fjellrev

Don’t feel bad, I basically did the same thing the other week with LB. Resteeped once but steeped 500ml at a time. It’s just so much easier!

Terri HarpLady

I have some Verdant coupons too! I’m gonna use them to buy my birthday present, although I’m not sure what that will be…yet! But my birthday is next month, so I have time to figure it out :)

Cavocorax

YAY for a BOX of tea. I’m so excited.

And thanks – I’m happy I’m not “wasting” it. :P (I’m not if you’re not)

Amariel

The Amoda Butiki teas are up. Someone put two of the three up, so I finished and added the info that was missing.

Frolic

What steeping perimeters are you guys using for the laoshan black? I just got my Verdant box today and I’m planning on brewing some in the morning. I don’t have much experience with good black teas.

Sil

I prefer western brew for 3 mins, boiling

Cavocorax

That’s how I usually do it too, although occasionally I get ambitious and drink it gongfu style, following the guidelines on Verdant’s site.

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog: I’m done with this one. It was an interesting experiment, but it was also so damn difficult to make this one pop they way I’d like.

Rosehips

Yes! My assessment exactly.

VariaTEA

I tried this and it was not very good so I gave up trying and gave it away. Any tea you really need to work at to be tasty is not worth repurchasing IMHO.

Cavocorax

I agree! I’m not a fan of fussy teas. The payoff had better be phenomenal.

Roswell Strange

I had issues with this one at first because it is finicky – but I’ve figured out that it’s much better with a short steep time (like, three minutes), at least imho. Don’t know if you’ve both tried that, but maybe food (or tea) for thought?

Cavocorax

I did, but the results just weren’t consistent for me.
No biggie. I had 30g to play with, and now I can move on to the next tea!

Amariel

Hmmm, I might need to play with my sample some more.

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I feel like I needed this tea today.
I feel like nothing else would do.

Thankfully I have it on hand.
Maybe it’ll snap me out of this funk.

ETA: It did. It snapped me out and I feel more like a thinking breathing human being again.

Oh and here’s a trailer for the Christmas episode of Doctor Who: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TWwYLlcPekA

Isaila

Hmmm. Interesting trailer. I really am excited for 12, but I don’t know how the episode’s going to be. I feel like there’s too much pizazz around it.

Cavocorax

Yeah, it does seem all over the place.
To be honest, I’ve never really liked the Christmas episodes. They seem like they’re usually the worst – super cheesy robot Santas etc running around. Sorta cringe-worthy.

My favourite was the Christmas Carol one – was that last year?

I’m excited about 12 too.

Uniquity

I totally can’t watch the trailer. Matt Smith was my first doctor and thinking about the end of him makes me weepy. I’ll be a disaster on Christmas night. I am still excited to see what Capaldi brings to the table, but I have such fondness for Smith.

Cavocorax

Awwwww. :( I get that. I really do. I struggled to finish watching the end of 11 because I just didn’t want to move on. I actually stopped watching DW for 6 months because I didn’t want to watch the last few episodes.

And then I fell in love with Smith.

So I’m hoping this transition won’t be so difficult.

Em

I think I will need a fresh box of tissues for that episode…

Shmiracles

i must have watched last years xmas episode a good 15 times. it was so comforting and fun! and i love matt smith, but hell if i’m not super excited about capaldi. he made me almost cry in torchwood and i haven’t forgotten him since. i think he is gonna be magic. (just like i knew matt would be. those cats can act!)

Fjellrev

Glad this tea made you feel better, Cavo. :)

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drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
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I had a craving for this today, but sadly it was the same time I did the dishes and I ended up steeping this for about 7 minutes.

Huh. I’m sorry Cafe Vanilla. You SMELL wonderful. You’re just a little strong. I’ll have to add a little bit of milk to even it out.

This is a really nice tea though. The vanilla is subtle but not underpowered if that makes sense.

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I’ve had this unopened pack sitting around for a year but I’ve been afraid to try it.

My first sip? It started off flat, but near the end I started to get some orange-pekoe goodness. Followed by coffee grounds.

My cup smells like coffee. I didn’t clean out everything at the top so I probably had a few grounds sneak in. My machine is a few years old so I don’t know if the new ones still have that issue. Either way, I’m not going to completely clean this just because I’m switching between coffee and tea insta-drinks.

I’ll probably stick with coffee drinks in this, but I just wanted to try it and log it.

And an evil part of me wanted to add it to our Steepster database! Go ahead! ADD it to your cupboard!!!

(And I do like my Tassimo. I just don’t think it’s suitable for tea. And I can’t drink the chai latte’s anymore because the ‘milk’ tastes so artificial and weird. But the Tim Hortons coffeee… gimme!)

keychange

No judgement here! Have a Keurig, which is now mostly only used for hot water, but am with you on the Timmy’s k-cups! mmm!

Tuscanteal

I find both make everything taste like coffee, whether its hot water or tea or hot chocolate etc.

Cavocorax

Oh, the hot chocolate is really awful too. I guess they include it for mocha’s only because on it’s own it’s so weak and watery.

But the coffee is good. I’m not a coffee person so I like hitting a button and… whammo!

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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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65-75: It’s good.
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