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Oh yeah! My TARDIS tin came in, along with some Jane Austen Mafia (which.. truth be told is VERY similiar-I think one has an EG base while the other has a black cream base), and a few other samples via Shadowfall who was kind enough to ship it over the border for me.

And if it wasn’t for Shadowfall I would never have had my order because I’m not going to pay $27+for shipping. I’m hard-pressed to pay $15 for other companies but I’ll do it occasionally if I’m ordering enough tea, but $27? No way.

I’m so happy though – I really do love this tea even though it’s probably not the highest quality and a good chunk of my enjoyment comes from the fandom. I’m very, very happy. :D

I have the prettiest tin! (http://s12.postimg.org/4bcrc9jf1/971554_499524890127459_553092188_n.jpg)
Happy Friday!

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85
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
1402 tasting notes

It’s a sample sipdown!
For some reason this is really reminding me of the dark grassy notes from DT’s Ceylon Spring, instead of a warm golden yunnan. Maybe I didn’t rinse my timolino well enough last time? Will update this note later if I get a chance when I resteep it!

ETA: Ok, this is much better. Must have had some residue because this cup is much brighter and cleaner than the other one. Less grassy notes – more honey. It’s a really enjoyable tea, but as I’d said before, too expensive for me to restock when I don’t think I’m quite at the point where I’ll appreciate the beauty of this one.

Sometimes I’m happy enough with the McDonald’s version.

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I feel bad rating this so low, but it’s not for me. I’m not generally a big fan of Earl Grey’s to begin with and this one comes across as too perfumey for me.

I’ll add to my sample box or something.

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I forgot how strong rooibos can taste – I hope I don’t regret getting this sample, but for $5 for a pack, how could I? (I also snapped up the black variety pack too!)

The banana liquor is very tasty, although I wish the rooibos wasn’t quite so medicinal. I’ll play around with the steep times a bit before I rate it because this has all the potential. :D I’m also pretty happy with this company so far, and I want to like their teas.

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Oh, this is great. I need great teas today. I feel like the rug has been pulled out from beneath me, and part of that is the baby waking up at 4 and not really going back to sleep, and the other part is finding out my favourite coworker was fired today and I didn’t get to say goodbye.

I’m using social media to contact her and trying to arrange a goodbye lunch or something as a lot of people really like her and will miss her.

It’s hard to think though.

This tea though… this tea is smooth and creamy and rich and it’s not like drinking warm butter because that would be gross, but instead it’s just luxurious and comforting.

And I’m out of this, but I won’t add to my shopping list because I have a feeling this milk oolong is like other milk oolongs and I can get cheaper elsewhere.

OMGsrsly

Oh, that really sucks. I hope everything goes well for her.

Cavocorax

Thanks. I think it will – they gave her a decent severance package (they said) as well options to go for re-training etc so maybe it’s ok? I know she wasn’t happy here, and butted head with the new manager – who just got promoted from acting office manager to actual office manager TODAY – hence the firing.

Uniquity

I know I’ve worked in a law firm too long, but if she has been there a decent period of time they would have to have a really good argument for letting her go. If she feels things weren’t handled appropriately, I would recommend she get a consultation with an employment lawyer to make sure she isn’t pushed around. Apologies if that isn’t the case, and I wish her luck either way! I hope you can make other work friends. :)

Cavocorax

Thanks for the advice! If I get a chance to have lunch with her and she brings it up, I’ll pass that on! She had at least 5+ years there, and the biggest problem is just a personality isuse between her and the new boss. With the old one (who left 3 months ago), everything was smooth.

OMGsrsly

Wow. Yeah, I was ‘laid off’ from a job because the management and I did not get along, and I was actively looking for other employment. I had been there 11 months but got, I think, 5 weeks severance plus my vacation. :)

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89
drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
1402 tasting notes

Sipdown!

According to my spreadsheet I’m at 115 now, although the site still says 124. I’m debating adding the ratings for all 340 teas that I’ve already tried to this sheet to act as a master list of everything I’ve tried. I think it’d be useful (especially if I add prices for teas I’ll re-order) but time-consuming. BUT, if I’m going to do it better to do it now than when I have 700 teas. :P

It’s pretty slow at work, and this helps keep my brain a little active.

This is on my re-order list, no question.

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77

The site’s back up and I’m poking around, trying to see what’s new. So far, so good! I love that the tea ratings shows all teas that have been logged, even if you didn’t rate it and never did. I also like that you can click on that and it’ll take you to the page where your rating is. Snazzy!

So, being the curious person that I am, I thought a curious tea would be apropros. This one is so interesting. I don’t know that I’d take it over Laoshan blcak, but the chocolate and chamomile are balanced so nicely – I don’t particularly care for chamomile but this… yeah… this works nicely.

Oh, and my trainee is back. So… now more Steepster. #sadness

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Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for the generous sample!

I chose this one because I like black teas and I’m always looking for more options – I don’t think I’ve had a Keeemun before, unless it was from DavidsTea.

I steeped this for 3 minutes and the result is a golden amber liquor that smells lightly of honey and smoke. It’s quite tantalizing. I’m getting fruit and a hint of smoke with each sip too. It’s really enjoyable, and I’m looking forward to resteeping it!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
1402 tasting notes

So I made this (sad sipdown!), drank half, and put the remainder in my timolino so we could go out shopping. It turns out we are going to have lunch, and then visit family for the evening and dinner so I guess that’s it for tea until I get home!

I am disappoint.I wish I put the leaves in the lid…

Fjellrev

The description of this sounds awesome. I should grab some of this next order!

Sil

it’s a tasty one incendiare!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah this one is quite tasty!

Chelle

My favorite!

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I love this tea. It’s just so smooth and luxurious. Like I’ve said before, it’s more butter than anything else and I dig it. I’ve only got 1 serving left, but I really appreciate Sil passing this on to me.

Like I said yesterday, I forget how awesome other teas are and I really need to drink more than black tea all the time because I miss out on these gems.

I was looking at my tea spreadsheet and I think I have 104 oz of tea – which is 6.5 lbs. Wow. That puts it more into perspective than just X number of teas. Now if I drink 4-8 teas a day (not counting resteeps), then… how many days will it take to drink all of this?

If there are about 14 cups per ounce, then I can make about 1,456 cups of tea. Is that right? And if I drink an average of 6 per day then it’ll take 243 days with 6 cups a day.

Yowza. I better add all this onto my spreadsheet too!

And maybe slow down on tea purchases! But with this sheet I can count my total number of ounces per month and see if my total goes down at all! :D

Of course I’m just estimating (and over-estimating at that!) how much is in my stash. I don’t have a scale. so I eyeballed it.

Sil

Did you like the little tin? Heh. This one is expensive but they have pop up sales in Toronto :)

Cavocorax

The tins is super cute!
And I’d never heard of pop-up sales, but that’s awesome. :D More perks to TO!

Terri HarpLady

BTW girls, my son just called to say our teas have arrived!
Cavo, I think you’re getting way too left brained with the spreadsheet! Keep it simple sweetheart! ;)

Cavocorax

Awesome, thanks! I just sent your Zen Tea Pearls today!
And maybe I’m getting too left-brained about it. :p I like playing with numbers though! (and I thought left,-handed people were supposed to be artsy).

Fjellrev

Love this one too. I was fortunate enough to pick up 50g at the Vic tea fest. And I’m the exact same way with soap and perfume. I have so much, so I really need to sit down and calculate just how many years worth I have.

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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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