1774 Tasting Notes

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I’m drinking this today basically because cats are jerks. Mine woke me up 5 times this morning by meowing in the hallway. Every time I came out she ran into our room for purrs and cuddles, and then an hour later she was at it again.

So I picked this tea. I bet Tigers are jerks too.

Kaylee

My cat’s a jerk too. I finally caved and bought an electric mat to put in front of my bedroom door. I feel terribly guilty about it, but it worked miracles overnight. I hear tell there are air blasters which have about the same effect.

Dexter

LOL They may be jerks but we love them anyway…

Terri HarpLady

We have 2 cats, & by ‘we’ I mean Leif & Ari. Gizmo, Leif’s cat, is fairly innocuous. Squishy, on the other hand, likes to do things to intentionally piss me off. I do not allow cats in my bedroom, ever, because I can’t stand to have cat hair on me, & for some reason cats always want to piss on my pillow. I guess they want to mark my room as their territory (none of the current cats have ever actually done that, but previous ones have). So neither of our cats have ever been in my room, although Squishy tries, regularly, to get in there. Not ever gonna happen!

Cavocorax

Terri – that sounds like quite the challenge. Are they boy cats? I’ve never had to worry about her peeing, thankfully!

And she is totally allowed in our room – we even sleep with the door open (so the cat and the toddler can both wander in), but the cat mist be playing hard to get or something as she cries outside for attention. (Stupid cat – just come in and cuddle! )

Cavocorax

I love those names, by the way.
My cat is Mika, aka Meeks, or Mika Mikerson the Third if she’s bring particularly royal.

Ana

Your cat sounds like my cat. I don’t think I’ve heard anything more true than ‘All cats are jerks’.

Stephanie

adorable little jerks! :)

Kaylee

Terri – If it makes you feel any better I had a cat pee on my feet while I was sleeping once. I was sleeping over at a friend’s house. The cat made it clear that I was not welcome to invade his space.

Stephanie – His cuteness is the only reason my cat hasn’t been kicked out on his furry behind a dozen times over. Also the fact that he’s an awesome cuddler.

On a related note, has anyone seen My Cat From Hell? I think it’s a TLC show, but it’s also on Netflix now.

Anna

This might be the most entertaining comment thread ever. More evil cat stories, pleeeaseeeeehh.

Ana

A good book is ‘How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You’.

Also my cat peed on my mom’s duffel bag that she lent me. It probably smelled like her dog and so my cat was marking his territory. Another time though he got mad that I took away his food (he overeats sometimes) and peed where his food goes.

sherapop

Cats rule; dogs drool.

Sil

pops in to look at the cat conversation..leaves before she offends people :)

Anna

Sil, does that mean you’re a CAT?!

Sil

cats and i agree to not get along. my dad used to tease the neighbourhood…uh NM lol so yeah… cats and i. we don’t mix. except for the one cat that followed me up the mountain that one time…

Terri HarpLady

Once upon a time I had a friend named Suz who raised silver persians. She really wanted to give me one of her kittens, which were very expensive. I told her no thanks because I wear black to gigs all the time & the silver fur would show on my clothes. The truth is, I didn’t want a cat. She had farmed one of her cats out for stud service, & a gal who raised black smoke persians owed her a pick of the litter. Next thing you know, Suz gives me a black smoke kitten for my birthday, who I named Opal. I didn’t really want a cat, but what do you say? “Thank You”. Opal was beautiful & dumb as a post. Except she was smart enough to figure out how to get out the doggy door before I had a chance to have her spayed. End of part I

Terri HarpLady

Part II
Opal had a litter of kittens, & we found homes for 4 of them, but Leif begged to keep Gizmo, so we did. Opal disappeared.
Ari’s cat Squishy is a cat she got for her son, but then she moved into an apartment that didn’t allow cats, so squishy moved in with me. Now Ari & Ky live at home too, & so really, I guess he’s Ky’s cat.

Terri HarpLady

Part III
Gizmo is a boy. Squishy is a girl. I don’t hate cats. I’m just not into them. They tend to irritate me, I can feel their hair touching me. The cats I have now don’t pee on my things, but in the past I’ve had cats that did. I’m a dog lover, especially big dogs. I don’t have a dog right now, but I love dogs. They are awesome.

OMGsrsly

My cat keeps head butting me off my pillow at night… He hooks his paws over the bed rail things, and heaves. And his name is Princess Shadow. He came with Shadow, and I added the Princess! :)

Anna

Gizmo is a great name. (I love Gremlins. I would totally have a Mogwai for a pet.)

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
1774 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for the sample! (155)
I steeped it up by mistake but I’m not regretting it! It’s fruity and sweet and has a nice base.

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88

I’m so sleepy. I need MOAR tea to wake up. Or I’ll drink another coffee after this cup because it’s only 8:30 and we’ll probably be up to 2:30.

This is a great cup.

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Hmmm. Still not crazy about this one. Maybe I over-steeped it? The base feels a bit off tonight.

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71
drank Spiked Eggnog by Herbal Infusions
1774 tasting notes

OK, I am actually getting a bit of eggnog this time, now that I made it properly! This is still a delicately flavored blend, but it’s still good when I’m in the mood, and I do like the creamy eggnogish mouthfeel!

OMGsrsly

What is properly for you? :)

Cavocorax

I think I overleafed a perfect spoon and steeped 3.5 min.

OMGsrsly

Do you have the big perfect spoon or the smaller one? The big one is almost 1 tbsp… (Damn you, DavidsTea, for changing it!)

keychange

see, I never understand David’s tea’s instructions. Often, their teas call for 1.5 tsp—do they mean one and a half of their own perfect teaspoons that are huge? or, does the 1.5 refer to a single serving of their huge perfect teaspoon?

Cavocorax

Mine is the bigger one!
And I just assumed DavidsTea means one scoop for 1.5 tsp because that makes it perfect.

OMGsrsly

The 1.5 tsp are measuring teaspoons. I’ve asked a few different people about that one. :) The old perfect spoon was 1.5 tsp, but I think they moved to the bigger one so you just need one scoop in your perfect mug…

Cavocorax

Oh man. This is so confusing. :( I wish they would label them somewhere so people knew what “perfect” was.

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I am drinking this because I was up until 4 to watch the new Sherlock ep (the only chance I had) and now my eyes are heavy all day and I need this to help wake me up. I added milk and maple agave as a treat.

I’m rewatching the Empty Hearse right now because I missed some of the dialogue and that’s a shame because the entire episode was brilliant.

Just brilliant. I am fan-girling SO HARD!!!

Ana

It’s hard to pick up on, but one of the theories on Anderson’s wall is the Tardis one where the Doctor saved Sherlock. :D

Cavocorax

That’s great. I’ll have to pause it there and take a closer look!

Mercuryhime

I need to rewatch it too. It was overwhelming. It’s way glitzier and Sherlock seems much different. I loved every second though!
When they announced that the next episode would be on Sunday at the end of the episode I shook my husband by his lapels and squeed with manic glee. I hope he doesn’t think I’m crazy now…

oddree

I am planning a rewatch already too – sooooo much going on! I’m already sending new episode related fics to my kindle :)

Cavocorax

Oh, i haven’t even looked for fics yet. I didn’t expect them so quickly!

JustJames

there’s a new sherlock out? now i’ll be up, lol. i was up for different reasons.

Veronica

It doesn’t premier here until Jan. 19. Sob!

Cavocorax

I… may have cheated to see it sooner. :p

Shmiracles

i started and ended my day with a sherlock inspired tea! they go so well together! and the episode is super re-watchable.

Sil

i finally just watched the last episode from last season…i’ve been holding on to it…waaaaiting…

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88

Yay! Another smooth sweet cuppa EG! I think this one might have been my favourite of the 12 Days of Christmas blends from HI. (Which is surprising because I’m not a huge EG fan). It’s just really good though.

You know what else is good? S3 of Sherlock aired TODAY! I’m hoping to watch it tonight or tomorrow….
#sherlocklives

Anna

I pre-ordered the DVD, and it will (hopefully) arrive the day before we come back from our vacation. Hopefully.

Starfevre

I need this for my soul

Roswell Strange

It was sooooooo good!

Cavocorax

I hope they make some of these teas available for re-order!

Also, fingers crossed Anna on the dvds! Until then, be careful on the internet! (I’m awful for accidentally getting spoiled so I just try and watch immediately to be safe)

sherapop

Always looking for another variant on the infinitely wonderful Earl Grey theme! (major EG aficionado here…)

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
1774 tasting notes

I saved this one for New Years and it was worth the wait. It’s nice and apple-y and there are some spices in that are making it pop just a little. It’s good, but I don’t need to restock it.

Have a great new year!

VariaTEA

Happy New Year Cavocorax!

Lilysmom

Happy New Year!

Plunkybug

Happy New Year!

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83

Goodbye yummy black Strawberry tea!

Happy New Years Eve to everyone. :)

We are doing nothing special today, but I did watch about 4 episodes of Supernatural (hello season 5!) so I’m very happy with where the day went! We’re almost out of Christmas cookies and chips and all that junk so that’s also a bonus. Then I won’t be tempted to eat all the bad things if it’s not sitting in my cupboard, taunting me.

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Fjellrev

Sounds like my NYE. TV and junk food. Ugh!

OMGsrsly

TV and junk food is perfect for me. :)

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drank Orange Pekoe by Tetley
1774 tasting notes

So when’s the last time you guys have had this tea?

After my daughter found my old bags and ripped/dump them out all over the coffee table I started to wonder the same thing. Time to give it a try!

You know, it’s not half that bad. :P I didn’t add milk or sugar which is strange because I used to drink this before I drank looseleaf and I HAD to add stuff before. It’s strong, and malty, and maybe a little tiny bit smokey.

It’s an appropriate tea to end the year with.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Lala

Ha ha. I keep a box of this in my cupboard all the time. I mostly use it for iced tea or for when I am experimenting with tea flavouring/blending. But every once in a while it is nice to have a cup. It is like my tea roots, where it all started.

Veronica

That’s is the only tea my husband drinks! Usually it’s iced, but every now and then he’ll drink it hot.

Tuscanteal

I have the Costco sized box of this tea. My hubby’s grandmother only drinks this, so we have to keep some around for her. My hubby’s father only drinks this as well. It’s like coming back to an old friend. Lately, I have been drinking more of it because I think I’ve been looking for simplicity on the crazy Christmas haze. There’s a reason it’s still around :)

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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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