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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
382 tasting notes

I have declared today…COCONUT DAY.

It all started when I realized I had not had Coconut Cream Pie in, like, a week and a half, which is just wrong and strange and needed to be remedied as fast as possible. Added in a bit of ye olde soy milk and it was delicious as usual.

Then, I was thinking, I am kind of in the mood for Thai Chai as well AND while trying to find the buttered cinnamon raisin toast I opened up my tin of Coconut Pouchong and decided I must have that today as well. Therefore…Coconut Day! (Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast can wait until tomorrow.)

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Morning smoothie! Man, my local grocery needs to stop selling strawberries at $1.50/pack. I want to try other fruit dammit, but I can’t pass up a deal like THAT. Surely, you understand.

Added a bit more matcha today. Nice and green tea-y.

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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
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So, every time I see someone review a tea that I happen to own (and like), I basically immediately want to go and have that tea. mrawlins reviewed this last night and so I MUST drink it today. That’s just the way it works.

I used more leaf today on grounds that I generally drink out of a 12 oz mug and the pouch sez 1 teaspoon per 8 oz, and I think the cheesecake is a lot more noticeable. In general it seems much more fragrant than it has other days. yummeh.

Cofftea

I use more leaf as well. 1 heaping tsp/6oz for these type of teas.

mpierce87

I took this one in my travel thermos today and it was amazing! I think I may have to go make some more now.

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Last mug from the pot! Very ginger-y.

Also! For Your Edification:(1)
Real Conversation I Had With My Brother Re: 52teas Awesome Special This Week(2)
(1)not really
(2)note: some knowledge of comics is required to have any idea what we are talking about.

Me: URGH 52teas has a buy 3 pouches get 1 free deal
Brother: POUCHES!? is he ROB LIEFELD IN DISGUISE
Me: …oh man, IF ONLY all of Rob Liefeld’s pouches were full of tea
(pause)
Me: (It would have to be MAN TEA though…holy shit he IS Rob Liefeld!)

the end

reference: Pouches: The Pouchening. Now with MORE POUCHES: http://i.somethingawful.com/fashion/comicSWAT/12.jpg

Stephanie

lol!!!! :)

52teas

Some of the kids that frequent Zoomdweebie’s would surely get this reference. I unfortunately do not.

Ewa

Not much to get. He was/is a prolific comics illustrator best known for the HEAPING SCADS of pouches he draws on everything and for his tendency to draw MANLY MEN with SPIKES and BULGING BICEPS and THIGHS the size of their CHESTS

52teas

ah. Okay.

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Giant pot of chai! Weeeeeeeewt!
I was a little worried about this, actually, since 52teas base black tea tends to be pretty non-amenable to long steeping, but it’s worked out really well so far. I think the milk helped.

Hey so…is anybody else not seeing Steepster Selects? Did we stop doing those while I wasn’t paying attention? What’s going oooooooooooooooon?

mpierce87

I haven’t been seeing the Selects on the right hand side bar either. I think it has something to do with the Selects not being updated recently, the current item has been featured for several days now.

Ewa

glad it’s not just me!

Cofftea

Me either… I sent a PM to Jason last evening and have yet to hear back. I didn’t want to start a new thread cuz I knew Jason had to be PMed anyway- but it is good to know I’m not the only one.

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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Made a giant pot of this yesterday afternoon and drank it all evening long.
Very nice! and the longer it steeps the more Golden Monkeyish it gets. I think part of the fun of making a large pot is that (if you are lazy like me and never take out the leaves) your tea changes with each cup as it steeps longer. Of course, that means that you can’t really do it with every single tea…this one works though!

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Been drinking this iced for a while now. It’s all right. Like most other people, not getting much peach out of it, but eh.

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89
drank Earl Grey Special by TeaFrog
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Needed to warm up after my smoothie. Stupid cold Santa Barbara.

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Morning banana strawberry matcha smoothie. The color combination of strawberries and matcha makes for an odd result. Kind of…flesh colored. Ew. Ok, now I have to wash that mental image out of my brain.

Cofftea

Yeah… matcha smoothies and milk shakes are NOT pretty. Just try visualizing a chocolate matcha shake… blech! Matcha OJ isn’t attractive either.

mpierce87

Just matcha is a strange color also for those not familiar with it. I took an iced matcha latte from Starbucks to school the other day and my students were like “ooh, what IS that…?” They were a bit grossed out by it I think, but it was delicious!

Ewa

Very true, at least you’re sort of expecting it when it’s just matcha by itself though.

mpierce87

True. I remember I ordered a strawberry banana smoothie with matcha once and the color was horrible. At least plain matcha doesn’t look dirty.

Cofftea

The color of straight matcha doesn’t bother me, but matcha lattes do as well as green tea ice cream… go figure since I LOVE mint chip ice cream and am not bothered by the color lol.

Ewa

You know, that is EXACTLY it, mrawlins2, mixing matcha with other stuff makes it look dirty!

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drank Coconut Pouchong by Vices and Spices
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I have been pining for Golden Moon Tea’s Coconut Pouchong for a long time now, but they are SO far down on my “to buy from” list (it’s just in order of stuff I have tried samples from – but between various samplers, promotions, and being distracted by 52teas /shakes fist at Frank, I keep putting it off)

Also, I am cheap. And poor.

So of course when I saw that Vices and Spices (to which, if you recall I had a $50 gift certificate courtesy of the BEST MUM IN THE WORLD) had a coconut pouchong, I decided to try it, knowing full well of course that it will probably not be as delicious (unless they are secretly sourcing from Golden Moon, but…I don’t know!)

I actually brewed up a bunch in my teapot rather than a single serving in my ingenuitea. Sadly, the water I used was too hot. I have recently switched over to a stovetop kettle as the wiring at my new place is…not that great and I have so far managed to blow a fuse twice – both times using my electric kettle. Anyway, I still have not figured out the new kettle’s “moods” regarding water temperature so I just let it boil. I could really tell that the water was too hot, because the leaves tasted kind of burnt and vegetal at first. As the tea steeped longer and cooled, it finally settled on that nice borderline oolong taste. Hurray!

Now, at this point, I do not really remember how Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong tasted, although I do recall being very pleased with it. I was very pleased with this as well. (well once it cooled) The coconut milk is not overpowering and goes well with the oolongish taste. I got three (giant doom coffee) mugs out of Ivan last night and was very satisfied – especially since each mug seemed better than the last. I love a nice forgiving tea that doesn’t mind how long it steeps!

I think I shall go grab some tea lights so that I can activate Ivan’s “pretend samovar” mode and keep this nice and warm for afternoon drinking.

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I’m a Pole who grew up in Texas, is currently a graduate student in California studying Japan. How’s THAT for random?

Being Polish, my family has always drunk a lot of tea, and I am no different. I may drink more tea than water. On the other hand, I can’t say that I’m very particular about it; I’m generally pretty careless with steeping times and water temperature and I don’t even have a proper teapot (mostly because the lid broke during the move to California ;_;).

I always drink my tea unsweetened and I only add milk in the case of the most egregiously chai-ish of chais. (not really a big fan of milk in general)

Given that so many of my entries seem to be about my morning tea, I felt I should add something here about me and mornings: I fail at mornings. I fail at them a LOT. Therefore I often also fail at proper tea making in the mornings.

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