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Sipdown! (126)

This was good, and would likely be better appreciated by someone who better appreciated green teas. :)

(Speaking of which, why did I order 9 oolong tea samples? I will likely enjoy them, but I’ll have to force myself to drink them. Otherwise I’ll just choose black teas all the time!)

TeaKlutz

You have the exact same thing with teas as I do. There are some green, white, and oolong teas I really like, but by default I always want black teas!

Cavocorax

That’s good to know. I’ll have to pay even closer attention to your reviews!

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1638 tasting notes

I really love this tea. There’s just something about it that’s different than I’m used to, but it’s hard to nail it down exactly.

I steeped it for 3 minutes because I didn’t want to risk it getting too strong for my tastes, and it was probably at less than boiling. The result is very smooth and fresh, with only the slightest astringency in the endnotes. It’s bold, but also slightly sweet. This is a hefty cup – it’s thick and malty. I’m also getting fruity notes in there as well.

For those of you who don’t know Justea is fundraising right now to get their company off the ground and help empower the Kenyan farmers who produce the tea (and cut out the middle-man). I highly recommend you check it out and support them here: http://www.justea.com/

(I wish I could support them again but… I need a job. Hopefully I find one in the next 30 days and then I can throw money at them!)
I’d like to support the campaign because I think this is a cuppa I’d like to keep around

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I’m nearly out of this flavour so I thought I would focus on drinking it to make room for other matcha flavours!

I whisked it with a dash of hot water, then added more for a cup. Looks like it was still a bit lumpy because my cup wasn’t wide enough. Maybe I’ll whisk, then pour in the future.

Sil

coughblender

Cavocorax

Haha. You underestimate how lazy I am. Cleaning a blender is such a PITA, and I definitely won’t be doing it once I’m back to work. :P

Sil

lol i have a hand blender that i use when i don’t want to clean up

Dinosara

Actually I usually clean my blender by wirring some soapy water around in it. And that’s it! Especially for matcha, which isn’t goopy or sticky. Works well for me.

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One cup away from a sipdown!

This is a comforting bedtime tea, with warm caramel notes embracing me like a hug. It’s time to bed.

I’m bringing my kindle. I just loaded up tons of fic. :O The last one I read made me bawl my eyes out but… it was pretty obvious that was going to happen when it’s about Sherlock dying of a brain tumour while John is helpless. /0\

OMGsrsly

Major character death is a sad, sad thing in a fic. :( Enjoy your reading!

Cavocorax

Thanks! :) It’s just funny that people write fic that are ALL ABOUT major character death (it was a short fic), and people read it. We just like to torture ourselves, I guess. :)

Shmiracles

that fic made me cry SO MUCH! it was so beautiful. i was balling. completely.

Cavocorax

It was really well done. I love that someone else has read it too.

Shmiracles

Alone on the Water and The Progress of Sherlock Holmes and it’s companion The Quiet Man kinda all go in their own special category for me. not that they are equivalent necessarily, but the other two i think i was just feeling extra sensitive and open when i read them. idk. basically they will never be forgotten.

Cavocorax

Yeah, those are pretty much my keep forever fics. I just need.to find a cover for Alone on the Water and re-add it to my kindle.

The Quiet Man was probably my least favorite of those three, but only because the first third (half?) was so angsty despressing and hopeless. I wanted to end it all too!

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drank Amsterdam Licorice by Steeped Tea
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I chose this with my GC for Steeped Tea that my Aunt and Uncle gave me for my birthday. It’s strong. Really, really strong.

I’m actually not a big fan of it on its own because each sip is just PURE licorice, just rich and dark. I have to sip it slow. (Much like eating those pure black licorice candies – the ones that barely have sugar in it?)

OTOH, if you add a splash of milk to it it becomes quite enjoyable! So, while I probably wouldn’t re-stock it, I’ll drink this up with no hard feelings.

(And the gift was really great – it’s my fault I didn’t like the teas “I” picked)

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drank Cocoberry by DAVIDsTEA
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Goodbye Cocoberry. (127)

For now. As odd as this one is, I think I’d restock it. It’s similiar to the Berry Good Puerh that DT offers. Guess I like fruit and coffee-ish flavours in my tea. At least sometimes.

Sil

makes me sad we’re like 100 teas apart…and then i realise terri’s like 100 away from me lol

Cavocorax

:P Well, so long as you stay between us you’re probably doing ok!

Cavocorax

It’s going to be harder to drop my numbers though – I think I have 30 samplish sized teas (2-3 cups), but the rest are 1 oz up!

Sil

I’m thinking a work from home and drink tea day may be in order tomorrow since there are plans in the work for board games and tea this weekend…which generally means SOMEONE is likely going to be dropping tea off with me unless she wants to maintain her 900 tea lead on us giggling

Cavocorax

Hahaha. That sounds like a good plan!
Oh, I was going to look through that someone’s cupboard to see what I could take off her hands. Y’know. Just helping out!

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It was time for me to stop being a wimp and to just try this.

Look! It’s puerh! It’s really great!

I only steeped it for a minute because I thought under was better than over-steeping and I’m really enjoying this mellow earthy blend. I don’t know enough about puerh to say where this ranks amongst the others, but I know I like it which is encouraging!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
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I’ve only got one more cup of this left! :O :O :O

(Well, I can always order more, right? Just need a job first!)

Anyway this is perfect for relaxing at the end of the night and maybe watching an episode of Supernatural. I just ate a peanut butter & banana sandwich and surprsingly enough, this tea paired well with it. I was afraid the sandwich would totally overwhelm the delicate tea but it didn’t.

This is probably my favorite non-black Butiki tea.

Kittenna

If you want more of this, let me offer you some… I overbought it in my excitement a while back and it would find a better home with you than sitting in a box here!

Courtney

I agree! So delicious. I am also running low eek.

Cavocorax

Sure! I’d love to take you up on that. :) Any time you want to swap, let me know too!

Nightshifter

Supernatural <3

Cavocorax

I just started! I’m 5 episodes into Season 1?

Kittenna

I’ll hopefully be visiting Sil next weekend – I will try to remember to leave some with her for you! And anything you’re interested in form my cupboard… haha :D

OMGsrsly

Ahh, Supernatural. Another TV show I never really watched, but know way too much about thanks to LJ, Tumblr, and fanfic. :) (I watched the pilot but really dislike scary things.)

Cavocorax

Haha. I love how that sorta thing happens. I know a bit about Castiel, but I’ve been pretty good about keeping my head in the sand so there’ll be lots of surprises in the future too!

Cavocorax

And thanks Kittenna – I’ll take a peek. Maybe I can take something else off your hands. :P

keychange

Best. Tea. ever. It’s achingly beautiful. I’ve just ordered two oz of it!

Nightshifter

Supernatural just gets better and better. I recently finished season 8 and still miss Sam and Dean. :)

Tea Sipper

I was just watching Season 3 last night. One of my favorite shows ever, though I started watching S6. Haven’t seen 4&5 yet! I also love peanut butter banana sandwiches!

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drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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Odd. I expected tons of caramel but I’m mostly getting spicy orange. But not as cinnamon/orange as some of those teas out there – it’s no Market Spice! I can see why this would have been part of the fall/winter collection though – it’s very comforting on a colder day.

I wish I could have tasted the mulberries though. I think Gold Rush is one of my favourite DT teas because of the golden mulberries.

And thanks to Heather Martin for the sample!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I snagged 4 oz of the autumn version of this tea after feeling a bit anxious about the last of my spring tea getting sipped down. Now I’m pretty much at peace, enjoying the strong chocolate/barley notes, listening to Birdy on the computer, and watching the baby play with a box of Twinings Earl Grey tea bags. It seems like a pretty good kid toy, and I’m not worried she’ll wreck it.

We are off to Hamilton today to drop a friend (and the stuff we drove across the country for him!) so that’ll be fun – I haven’t seen much of Ontario yet. Maybe we’ll go the extra hour or so to Niagra Falls? Not sure if today is the day to do that, but I’ll be very upset if we move back to BC in a year and we haven’t gone, and we won’t once the weather turns. (Obviously). :P

Hope everyone else is having a relaxing Sunday.

Indigobloom

Oh hey you’re only here for one year?!

Cavocorax

It’s one year for his Masters, then we have to figure out what we do next. We might be here longer? Or we might run back to BC as soon as we can. :p

Sil

don’t leave me… sniff

Cavocorax

Awwww. :(
I’ll have to convince you guys to come west if/when we move.

Fjellrev

I had no idea only a year was in the plans! I thought it was semi-permanent. Definitely make sure you do stuff within that year because it sure flies by.

Terri HarpLady

A year? Hmmm….I guess I need to plan a trip to Toronto so I can meet you girls all in one place sometime before you move again!

Indigobloom

Terri, yes, YESSSSS you do!! That’d take the sting outta having Cavorax here for only (potentially) one yr. Would SO love to finally meet you!! :D
(Incendiare, are you within driving distance? lol)

Terri HarpLady

Maybe next summer? LOL, if I can afford it! I guess I’d better go on a LONG tea buying hiatus! :)

Sil

Terri – you can save money by staying at my place! :)

Terri HarpLady

And we can drink ALL THE TEAS! :)
I’ve never been to Canada!

Sil

see…you totally have to come. i promise the water is tasty..and it’s not like icky florida

Cavocorax

Yeah, I was worried about that, but I didn’t notice much difference.

Terri HarpLady

I love me some good crystal clear water! :)

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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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