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Yesterday morning, Caravan was calling my name and I could not say no. Afterward, I did not regret it one bit. I upped the steeping time 15 seconds from last time and was rewarded by a mug that was like 2nd steep Caravan goodness with a bit of the strength of Caravan steeped longer. The 2nd steep took another minute with no bitterness and retained the deliciousness that I love.

(PS For those who follow my tealogs, the recent addition of italicized notes at the bottom are so I can hop on Steepster when I haven’t had a tea in awhile and easily see how I preferred it steeped, given the vague timestamps once a tealog is over a month old. I had noticed that I’d have varying times and temps as I experimented with a new tea and either couldn’t tell which one I’d settled on or couldn’t tell easily without reading through several notes when all I wanted to do was check quickly and make a cup of tea.)

Good 1st steep: 3 min 30-45 sec. 3 min 30 sec is close to 2nd steep yum. 3 min 45 sec adds a bit of strength. 4 min is a bit stronger than I like.

Good 2nd steep: 6 min plus. Takes 6 min with no bitterness. I think it could go 7 min.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
teabird

I know they’re for your own benefit, but I love the italicized notes! One of the first things I do when I have a new tea to try, now, is to hop on Steepster and see how other people like to make it – prep summary notes like yours are fantastic!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Thanks Tea Bird. I’m glad they are helpful to people as well. I do the same thing like you when I get a new tea and made it for the first time I’ll read the tealogs for it to see if there is anything not to do or anything that people concurred worked well for that tea. Hence, I was shocked to find Jackee’s caramel side the first time and not have to search but I had a good recipe from many people’s trial and error before me.

When I got my last batch of new teas, I actually planned which tea I wanted to have the next morning twice and read the tealogs the night before. Then I got all excited and wanted to drink those teas right then. lol I’m such a tea geek.

But I just wanted to put it out there for people who regularly read my notes, in case anyone was wondering “why is that girl repeating herself in detail in italics what she’s already said in the post and/or with the sliders? has she gone daffed?” lol

I do try to tealog all the tea I drink so often I’ll have several tealogs for a tea and they’ll be long so it’d be a lot of skimming. I do tealog like a journal and I ramble. I’m rambling now. I don’t blog (anymore) so it’s like a microblog for me. lol

Rabs

LOL! Yesterday was the first time that I hopped onto steepster just to check out prep recommendations! And then I did it again today, and now I’m reading your post, chuckling to myself, and thinking that I’m in love with the italicized notes. Do you do italics with < i > (no spaces – just have them there since I don’t want things ital if that’s the way you do it)?

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Rabs ~ You can make italics on Steepster using an underscore (_) at the beginning and end of the writing you wish to italicize.

Rabs

Ah! ::lightbulb goes on:: Thank you so much! :D

S

The italicizing is a brilliant idea—I may have to try that myself! :)

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teabird

I know they’re for your own benefit, but I love the italicized notes! One of the first things I do when I have a new tea to try, now, is to hop on Steepster and see how other people like to make it – prep summary notes like yours are fantastic!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Thanks Tea Bird. I’m glad they are helpful to people as well. I do the same thing like you when I get a new tea and made it for the first time I’ll read the tealogs for it to see if there is anything not to do or anything that people concurred worked well for that tea. Hence, I was shocked to find Jackee’s caramel side the first time and not have to search but I had a good recipe from many people’s trial and error before me.

When I got my last batch of new teas, I actually planned which tea I wanted to have the next morning twice and read the tealogs the night before. Then I got all excited and wanted to drink those teas right then. lol I’m such a tea geek.

But I just wanted to put it out there for people who regularly read my notes, in case anyone was wondering “why is that girl repeating herself in detail in italics what she’s already said in the post and/or with the sliders? has she gone daffed?” lol

I do try to tealog all the tea I drink so often I’ll have several tealogs for a tea and they’ll be long so it’d be a lot of skimming. I do tealog like a journal and I ramble. I’m rambling now. I don’t blog (anymore) so it’s like a microblog for me. lol

Rabs

LOL! Yesterday was the first time that I hopped onto steepster just to check out prep recommendations! And then I did it again today, and now I’m reading your post, chuckling to myself, and thinking that I’m in love with the italicized notes. Do you do italics with < i > (no spaces – just have them there since I don’t want things ital if that’s the way you do it)?

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Rabs ~ You can make italics on Steepster using an underscore (_) at the beginning and end of the writing you wish to italicize.

Rabs

Ah! ::lightbulb goes on:: Thank you so much! :D

S

The italicizing is a brilliant idea—I may have to try that myself! :)

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no

Location

Charleston, SC

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