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Oh, this matcha! :O It just makes the best cold lattes! It’d probably be great hot too and some day I’ll try it. Hopefully before I run out of this matcha.

This is the distinctive level.

Oh and I might try Sil’s suggestion and mix this with French Vanilla. That sounds like a great combo!

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I love this Earl Grey. It’s so sweet and citrus-y and smooth. I’m just amazed by the freshness and depth of these Justea teas. The bergamot is a tad stronger than I personally prefer but there’s a richness/creaminess to it than I am really enjoying. It’s close to lemon custard as it cools! Close.

I just said that I won’t need any more EG’s now that I have TARDIS and Mount Grey, but maybe I need to take it back. I hope Justea’s crowdfunding efforts are a success because I foresee future orders!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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83

Licorice, yes! Pepper, yes! Fennel, yes! Mint and ginger? Oh, yeah!

I can’t really tell that there’s green tea under all that but I enjoy this. I really do. I bet it’d be great if I was sick.

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I really like this tea. The mint is so refreshing while the chamomile is calming. I probably should have chosen it for later in the evening as I could use more caffeine right now. Gonna sip all night!

Ozli

chocolate chamomile sounds boggling to me!?

Cavocorax

It’s an odd combo, even with the chamomile /mint, but you don’t really taste chocolate. Just the hint of chocolate-notes.

Ozli

Hmmm ok. The idea is becoming less boggling.

Cavocorax

I could send you some later on if you’d like!

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88

Sipdown! Oh yeah! I finished my last bag of this! :)

It was great but it’s so very similar to Paris and I think that would be the one I would re-stock in the future.

Oh and I found 1 oz of Ruby Pie while I was digging through my cupboard! :O I’m pretty stoked on that! Happy days!

Amariel

Oooh, Ruby Pie!!

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drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
1699 tasting notes

I just drank a cup of Vicky’s Sponge Cake, then finished up the last of my Green Hot Cinnamon H&S sample (which I didn’t log but whatever) and stuffed a ton of teas into a box for Ozli now that she’s no longer lurking. :P

Or lurking as much. :D Now I just want to sort through my entire cupboard and see what’s left. I think I’m at 127, but I definitely want to get lower. For the most part, 90% of the teas I have are ones that I enjoy while 10% are just… still there. But that ratio is much better than when I started and I’m not buying 2oz on whimsy anymore so it’s easier to get rid of that not-my-fav’s.

This one IS pretty good. I think I’m halfway through my 1 oz pack. I’m pretty certain I’ll be placing a Della Terra order for Black Friday. It’ll be fun.

OMGsrsly

127 is awesome! Go you. :)

Dinosara

You and I are almost at the same place, at almost the same numbers! Gotta get through all those teas that are just there because they are leftover from early indiscriminant buying. :)

Ozli

hahaha BUTT. But yay! Teamail! :D

This sounds good! Della Terra makes so many good teas for me. Do you think this one measures up to DT pumpkin chai? I think the pumpkin chai might actually get me to enter the mall…..

Cavocorax

I think Grandma’s Pumpkin Chai tastes better than Davids Pumpkin Chai – I hope I sent you some of that? :( Guess you can tell me! But for some reason I thought the DavidsTea version was less spicy – I. Think they removed the cardamom from the blend. All I’m trying to say is maybe get a little bit to start! Also if you go in on a week day, it should be too busy. :)

Ozli

huh! I will check it out next week, probably. too lazy to do anything today. it’s raining and i’m a coffeezombie.

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drank Da Yu Ling Oolong by Butiki Teas
1699 tasting notes

This tea was part of Operation:Backlog. After being inspired by Sil I’ve decided to try and drink my older teas up so I can rotate everything better. I think this one has been in a plastic ziplock for 6 months now? Whoops.

I dove in and gave it my best. And I have to say this was an unusual oolong from the brief experience I’ve had with them. I got a lot of floral notes, as well as some fruit – either a peach or an apricot. Each sip left off with a strange aftertaste that wasn’t unpleasant, but hard to identify.

Interesting! I can’t wait to investigate further with the 2nd half of my sample.

Thanks CrowKettle! (I’m assuming it was from you? :( I rec’d this before I started logging who gave me what)

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Sipdown!
This was much needed to as I had 9 samples come in from Teavivre and my total tea count is at 130. I still think I can get to 100 for Black Friday though. I’m more worried about getting a good job first! :P (Otherwise I will be very sad as you all place huge orders for awesome prices and I avoid the internet for a few days! Hahah.) I just had an interview yesterday, and I applied at an interesting place today so I’m not discouraged yet!

Anyway, thank you CrowKettle for this! Took me long enough to drink it all, eh? But I enjoyed it.

Also I’ve now organized ALL my teas in my spreadsheet so that if I don’t have the exact date, I have an estimate of when I bought it – time to sip down those old teas!

Preparation
Iced
Indigobloom

I’ve been meaning to make an “old tea” bucket for sipdowns. Too many! Oy.

Terri HarpLady

I managed to eliminate most of my old teas during mine & Sil’s sipdown showdown, which really was the best part of it.
For some reason I always feel a little guilty about leaving teas sitting there forever in limbo…except for puerh’s, of course.

Indigobloom

Ah yah watching those between Steepsterites are fun. I can’t seem to get to enough sipdowns myself. Thinking about doing some tomorrow since I’ll be up all night for an arts fest in the city!
and Puerh, I keep forgetting that they don’t “need” to be sipped down! lol

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Thanks Incendiare for the sample!
I was a bit nervous about trying it because I’d never had tuocha, but after reading what everyone else did, I feel fairly confident I’m doing this ok.

And wow – it really smells like sticky rice! It does taste as deliver, with the slightest tackiest mouthfeel and a slightly sour aftertaste. This is… unusual? I’m happy I tried it but I don’t know that it’s for me. :P

OMGsrsly

Mine’s sitting out on my counter, waiting for me to try! Kind of excited now that I’ve read how to steep it. :)

Amariel

I liked mine.

Cavocorax

It was interesting! But I don’t know that I’d crave it. :)

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80

I drank this this morning, along with a cup of Bolder Breakfast. You can see the comparison here: http://steepster.com/cavocorax/posts/195610

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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.

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