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New Virtual Tea Tastings FREE! #2

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I received my envelope yesterday – THANK YOU! – unfortunately, on my way to check the mailbox yesterday I rolled my ankle and was in the hospital ER when the package actually arrived (nothing was in the mailbox when I went to go check it, so it was an unnecessary trip that lead to that painful fall), so I wasn’t able to try the two teas that you sent to me.

However, I will try at least one of them today! Thanks so much!

That’s no fun. I hope you can still get around? Hopefully a nice cup of tea will pick up your spirits(:

yes, they gave me a splint and it has helped considerably.

Babble said

Ugh. I’m really sorry to hear that. And the worst part was you didn’t even get the tea in hand to make the pain worth it. :(

exactly. That’s sort of what’s burning me at this point. The mailbox was empty when I went down there. And as it turned out, the mailman arrived as I was arriving at the ER, and he had to come up to the door to deliver the mail anyway because my knoshbox had also arrived and was delivered in a flat rate box … so it didn’t fit in my mailbox. So, the mailman had to walk up the driveway and bring us our mail yesterday … I didn’t even NEED to go to the mailbox yesterday! Argh!

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Azzrian said

Of the two teas my favorite was the White Chocolate.
Honestly I feel the other could be tweaked a little more still. The flavors may also need more time to mingle perhaps Im not sure when it was blended but the honey flavor that I am getting – which I have no idea where the honey flavor is coming from – still is stronger than the chocolate or caramel flavors.

The fenugreek to me has a very Caramel aroma and flavor to it with a bit of tannis in the background. It is traditionally a major component to curry but when steeped it has such a sweet and rich tone to it. I would say that the flavor you recognize as honey is from the fenugreek it is very interesting to hear your palate perception of it. I am curious if it is the difference in sweetener or the lack of used in the tea which makes the difference in the flavor it demonstrates.

Azzrian said

Oh wow now I wish I could try it again! I do have fenugreek and actually I use it OFTEN in medicinal things! I do have a little of this tea left but am saving it for tasting day however I will try to notice this on that day – also will pull out my fenugreek and see if it rings a bell as the element in the tea I was getting.
Thank you! :)

I should mention it is the fenugreek seed not the leaf of the plant that was used.
Before I use an ingredient I steep it alone to better create with it. When I first thought of using it I assumed it would add spice to a tea but after trying it the first time I found myself in love with the flavors it gave off. It gave a full mouth feel with an unmistakable caramel aroma which translated to the flavors also.
I am always amazed by nature and what it creates and continue to be shocked that the human element felt the need to improve it through so much deconstruction and demolition.
BTW I would love to know how you use it medicinally. If you get a chance please send me some info on facebook(:

Azzrian said

I used it for lowering blood sugar levels. I had both a powder form and I have it in an essential oil as well. I think that may be what I was getting in the tea! How cool!
Of course there are a number of other things Fenugreek is good for but that was my main goal. It helps.
Also helps my psoriasis a bit too but psoriasis is intelligent – it finds what you are doing to combat it and adapts lol
Here is a link that may give a little info on uses for Fenugreek:
http://www.homeremediesweb.com/fenugreek_health_benefits.php

cool link, I knew about the blood sugar levels and other benefits it has but some of the stuff in that link was new to me. Very Cool(:

Azzrian said

You are so welcome! :)

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Babble said

Got my package in the mail! Thank you very much. Digging the tea magnet, too :)

Azzrian said

Oh yes I got one of those and it went RIGHT onto my fridge! Love it – always need another magnet!

Babble said

So did mine. Magnets are very handy, and I don’t have any magnets to display my tea pride… now I do!

Alphakitty said

I loved the magnet too! I actually really need some more, so it was great timing.

I loved the magnet too! I just discovered it actually, as I was digging through the envelope that was sent to me the other day. That was the day that I hurt my ankle so I was kind of doped up when I opened the envelope and missed it the first time I looked through it.

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Azzrian said

Thank you for the kind words(:

Azzrian said

Most welcome!

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I tried the Caramel Apple the other day: http://steepster.com/LiberTEAS/posts/135313 YUMMY!

My full-length review of this tea will publish (on SororiTea Sisters: http://sororiteasisters.com ) on Halloween because it is a very Halloween-y type of tea to me. It reminds me of my childhood Halloween evenings spent trick or treating.

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Just gotta get through the work week to get to the tea tasting(: I think I can,I think I can……

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cuppaT said

I just logged tasting notes for both Milk Chocolate Caramel and Smokey Mountain sTEAp on the chance that I might not be available on the 28th (unexpected weekend guest).

I’m a newb at this, so please bear with me! For example, I had to go to Wikipedia to find out what “mouthfeel” means — but I still can’t say it with a straight face. (Some people simply have NO class!)

I received my samples two days after mailing, so they did not linger long in the postal system, although the packets looked as if they may have shared a short but intense threesome with a sorting machine en route (perforated a bit here and there, but still relatively intact). I let the packets rest apart from one another for a few days before trying either, to let the Lapsang Souchong scent dissipate (I think I inhaled most of it, as I could seldom walk by the Smokey Mountain without opening that little zip-lok and taking a hit) The remainder of my experience is in my tasting notes.

Thank you, Steap, for the opportunity to experience and learn more about the many teas that are out there… waiting.

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I don’t know how effective I will be on Sunday, as I’m starting to feel the symptoms of the cold/flu that my husband had last week. However, I have tried the Cranapple Oolong that you sent me: http://steepster.com/LiberTEAS/posts/135783

And I previously tasted the Milk Chocolate tea that is the main focus of this weekend’s virtual tasting: http://steepster.com/LiberTEAS/posts/131754

Here’s my full-length review of this tea too: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/09/28/milk-chocolate-caramel-from-steap-shoppe/

If I’m feeling up to it, though, I’ll probably stop by this thread to see what everyone else has to say about the tea!

Azzrian said

Get better – or STAY WELL even better yet!
:)

feel better, hopefully it’s just a change in weather body funk and short lived.

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I will be here, commenting away, but I’ll be maybe 20-30 minutes late. Hope people are still around!

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Nik select said

People in the mid-atlantic/northeast region of the US (like me) may be preparing for this storm headed our way tomorrow. The markets are all packed, shelves are emptying quickly, and in general people are afflicted with HCS (Headless Chicken Syndrome), running about willy nilly like the world’s coming to an end.

My own fear is only that the electricity will cut out. What will I do without the internets! =)

All to familiar with HCS here in southern Louisiana. Good luck and let us know how you fare when you get a chance. Hope you have a gas stove so you can have tea, oh and cook too.

Babble said

Here in Florida – aka Hurricane Central – we know all about that too.

Having an east, west and south coast will do that to you. One coast is bad enough.

Babble said

LOL. I used to live on one coast, and now I live on the other. A few years ago, a hurricane was heading to one coast, so my family fled to stay with me… except it ended up coming to THIS coast. What a mess!

Kiaharii said

Milk and toilet paper, life’s essentials right?

Nik select said

I lived in Orlando for 5.5 years, during which time I experienced four hurricanes in six weeks. After the initial ZOMG-I’m-living-through-a-strong-hurricane, I think I slept through the next one or two. So I’m probably not taking this one as seriously as I should. I’m blaming it on my dad, who’s visiting from Florida. =P

I have an electric stove and kettle and all that stuff. So if the power goes out I’m basically SOL. Hopefully it won’t be gone for too long, though, unlike in Orlando where it was out for 8-11 days.

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