91

Sipdown…!!!! :( :( :(

Used up the last of this today plus a bit of Cashew Turtle (3:1, as I didn’t have enough of this one for my thermos). The resulting combination is unsurprisingly mostly CPC with maybe a hint of extra caramelly flavour. Tasty enough that it’s almost gone. (I used the “add a bit of cold water to the thermos” trick this morning, and was able to drink my tea at my 8:30am meeting after steeping it around 7:55! Score! Of course, the Laoshan Black to which I did not add cold water is still too hot to even attempt to drink…)

So anyhow, I have to drink 15 teas today in order to hit 1200 and make an average of 100 tasting notes/month since my Jan 29 2012 Steepster inauguration… mission accepted. (Can one die of tea overconsumption?!)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

oh man, maybe you can make half cups?

Sil

haha you’re crazy lady!

Kittenna

Well, having three full thermoses (double cups, of course) doesn’t help, since that’s six cups of liquid and only 3 teas down! I’ll make normal-sized cups after this though… see how many I can get through while at work…

Sil

just log each cup separately lol 1 themos = 2! I kid, since in theory pretty much all my tasting notes are technically at least 2 cups (ignoring resteeps) since my mugs are giant.

Kittenna

Yeah, my way of logging tasting notes has to do with a batch of leaves… so basically whatever volume of tea is made with one batch of leaves counts as one tasting note, which includes all re-steeps. I will valiantly attempt my goal but am pretty likely to fail, haha. After a while I just no longer want more tea… (and I have a bunch of unfinished cups sitting on my nighttable from last night which I usually drink before brewing more, if they still taste good).

Veronica

I’m impressed by your dedication and willingness to try. :)

Sil

Kittenna – i hear you…i do the same thing with my tasting notes. only makes me sad when i look at how many times i’ve logged something and i’m like i KNOW i’ve had way more than 10 cups of that! haha I managed to hit 900 tasting notes the other day but of course missed it.

Indigobloom

13 more to go!
I seem to have a 3 fresh tea/day tolerance level. Kindof limits my intake (not including resteeps and herbals)

canadianadia

Whoa! thats quite the challenge – good luck

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Indigobloom

oh man, maybe you can make half cups?

Sil

haha you’re crazy lady!

Kittenna

Well, having three full thermoses (double cups, of course) doesn’t help, since that’s six cups of liquid and only 3 teas down! I’ll make normal-sized cups after this though… see how many I can get through while at work…

Sil

just log each cup separately lol 1 themos = 2! I kid, since in theory pretty much all my tasting notes are technically at least 2 cups (ignoring resteeps) since my mugs are giant.

Kittenna

Yeah, my way of logging tasting notes has to do with a batch of leaves… so basically whatever volume of tea is made with one batch of leaves counts as one tasting note, which includes all re-steeps. I will valiantly attempt my goal but am pretty likely to fail, haha. After a while I just no longer want more tea… (and I have a bunch of unfinished cups sitting on my nighttable from last night which I usually drink before brewing more, if they still taste good).

Veronica

I’m impressed by your dedication and willingness to try. :)

Sil

Kittenna – i hear you…i do the same thing with my tasting notes. only makes me sad when i look at how many times i’ve logged something and i’m like i KNOW i’ve had way more than 10 cups of that! haha I managed to hit 900 tasting notes the other day but of course missed it.

Indigobloom

13 more to go!
I seem to have a 3 fresh tea/day tolerance level. Kindof limits my intake (not including resteeps and herbals)

canadianadia

Whoa! thats quite the challenge – good luck

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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