1700 Tasting Notes

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Ok, so I’m probably just the biggest whiner ever but I cannot handle not getting enough sleep. That’s the surefire best way to grump me up, and I gotta say that at 5:20 AM, with only 1 hour of sleep under my belt, I am very grumpy.

It wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t have a telephone interview tomorrow at 9:30. It could have been ANY other day this week and I would have just shrugged it off and played video games all morning. But life is like that.

Long story short – this is just further reminder of why having one kid is just great, and how I don’t want to go back to the days where we didn’t sleep at all. Ever. :P The older this one gets, the easier everything becomes for us.

I’m hoping this will knock me out, and I’m considering putting some into a bottle for her too!

ETA: Of course when you’re grumping it up, it’s always wise to keep in mind Batman’s Inspirational Words: http://themetapicture.com/batmans-inspirational-words/

Indigobloom

about the sleep… ME TOOOOOOOO. Call me Ms Grump :)

Ozli

oh, batman. :(

hope you managed to get some more sleep! I had an early morning with K heading off to Sudbury. Mornings are gross.

Stephanie

Hahaha, Batman…it seems like lots of people are having trouble sleeping lately! :/

Sil

my only trouble sleeping is work. lol i sleep fine…when i get to actually go to bed haha

Anna

Oh, Sil. I read, “My only trouble sleeping is at work.” Hilarity ensued.

TeaBrat

I swear I almost fell asleep at work yesterday myself!

Cavocorax

Awww. Hope you’re able to make up for it later, Indigobloom! (Grumpy twins! Yay!)

TUrns out it was for naught too as the job they interviewed me for was for a call centre with wonky hours. No thanks.

And I HAVE had jobs where I’ve fallen asleep – back when I was going to college. I was supposed to work upstairs and sell clothes at a surplus store but we rarely had people come up so I would have hours where no one would talk to me. And I’d doze off (or do homework!)

Indigobloom

feeling a bit better today. It’s fridayyyyyy! been an emotional week.

Indigobloom

hope you got yours tooo!

Cavocorax

Yay! Glad things are picking up for you! I’m much happier as well – just had to make it through that day!

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drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
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Oooooooh. I love this tea but I don’t think I’d had it with brown sugar at all before! And just the slightest tiny bit of it makes it so amazing.

TRY IT. JUST A LITTLE.

The lesson is that I really need to stop being such a damn tea purist. Sil and OMGsrsly keep talking about adding maple to black teas and so now I want to grab maple agave next time I’m at DAVIDsTEA. I’ve got about 6 oz of Russian Caravan that is just calling out for it!

Sil

haha i’m with you on that…i don’t add anything to 98% of my tea unless it’s a cold brew and sometimes…you really do miss out.

Nxtdoor

I, on the other hand, add sugar or maple syrup 98% of my teas. For sure all the flavoured ones. I used to feel guilty. I don’t anymore.

Terri HarpLady

I like a little maple once in awhile :)

Cavocorax

It re-steeped fairly decently too!

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76
drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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This is good, but not strong enough for me I think. I think cheesecake is just too delicate a flavour to begin wtih, but I do think it adds a little to this latte.

I think this matcha works best as a secondary matcha to mix with something else. It was amazing with both the pumpkin and Belgian chocolate so I will keep mixing it in the future to help stretch the life of those other flavours out!

Sil

What’s the flavouring level?

Cavocorax

I think it’s just the regular. These were all the contest prizes so I didn’t have any choice but the pumpkin is distinctive! (Which I’m really happy about!)

Sil

remind me next time you’re over to try the cheesecake i have. i think i still have some robust in the cupboard…it’s delicious lol

Cavocorax

Sounds great! :D

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86

Ok, this is my random oolong sample for the day! I was pretty excited to try it as I’d heard of “Big Red Robe” in other tea reviews and was curious.

I’m on my second steep and having trouble describing it. It’s orange in colour, and tastes very much like oolong. It’s roasty, and just a tad floral, with a bit of a darker vegetal aftertaste. Interesting!

The second steep is even darker and roastier. I prefer this over the first steep. It’s so sweet and roasty, dark and full, yet not like a black tea.
I think I get peach notes too!

I’ll wait until I have the second sample of this before I rate it (and by that time will have had all of them!).

Amariel

I had my Big Red Robe from Silk Road today.

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95

I’m drinking this because I saw Ozli had it and I have no mind of my own sometimes. That and this tea is just so amazing that being reminded of it meant I needed it YESTERDAY.

Amariel

I finished my sample but could go for a nice big bag of it. It’s delicious stuff.

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80

Ok! So this was the Earl Grey I was craving this morning. :P I enjoyed my cup of Mount Grey but wanted to follow up with this just to get it right. I’m finishing up the last of my sample now (114) and it is as slightly creamy/lemon custardy as I remember. YES!

The rest is getting stuffed into a little envelope for Ozli who loves EG’s, which SHOULD go at the letter price as it’s just one flattened bag. If they say it’s too thick and charge me for a package I’ll just take it back home with me. >:|

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

hahaha learn to package!

Ozli

ooooOooOoooooo >:D

Cavocorax

Sil – I’m working on it. And if they say it’s more than a stamp, I just won’t leave until they tell me how to make it cheaper. The whole point is I just throw a stamp on it and walk away!

Sil

i actually yelled at the post office man the other day. HE took my envelopes, sealed them and then was going to charge me more because they didn’t fit through the slot. “thank you kindly but i didn’t ask you to seal those and i can shift things around so they will fit…please unseal them and if they won’t unseal, you’ll need to give me another envelope.” so there!

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88

So the other day I had an Earl Gray that was fresh, sweet and almost lemon custardy, and I wanted more today.

Too bad I mixed things up. It wasn’t this one – it was Justea’s Kathryne Kenyan Earl Grey. Oh. Colour me disappointed.

This IS a good tea though, and I’m not at all disappointed, but I was craving something creamier.

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drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
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Oh, Ozli was totally right when she recommended adding brown sugar and a bit of milk to this. Just… wow. This made my evening! I wish I hadn’t eaten that chocolate bar earlier because this would have probably satisfied my sweet craving. Probably.

I can’t believe I’ve only got enough of this left for a cup! I’ll have to get more in November for the big sale!

Amariel

Sounds yummy…

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I grabbed this one randomly from my Teavivre sample box in my quest to get a better understanding of oolongs.

I steeped it for 2 minutes at near boiling water. The result is an orange-brown liquor. The description says that sweet potatoes notes are predominant but it sore of reminds me of peach. And grape.

And… I wish I could get into this further, but everything is working against me today so I will leave this there and hope for more time with the other sample packet.

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I’m drinking this while eating pocky sticks and the chocolate/chocolate combo is rather nice. The baby ate half my sticks though and now she’s giving me these wide blue eyes begging for more. That’s fine. I’ve got this tea. She can have the last stick.

We’re watching Hannibal (tv) and it’s pretty neat so far. Also, really gory and awful. The really cool thing about it is that my sister-in-law does a lot of the make-up/props for the show, so dead bodies, body parts, wounds etc are done by her and her co-workers. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to visit the shop she works in as it’s just in Toronto!

Sil

I WANNA COME!

Cavocorax

Hahaha. I’ll let you know if I’m ever alloweed to bring other people. Otherwise, pics?

Lala

I love Hannibal, the series and the movies. So jealous of your sister in law!

Sil

yes yes yes and oh…yes! we just finished watching the last episode of season one. :)

Indigobloom

pocky!!! love it :P

Terri HarpLady

Maybe you can get her to get you on as a cadaver…wouldn’t that be fun to play a dead person? :)

Cavocorax

hahaha – maybe? I never thought of that!
She mentioned borrowing our toddler too, although I’m not sure what for. Possibly to help with a body mold?

Ozli

I’m too much of a srs baby for Hannibal 8(

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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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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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