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Yeeaaaah, so even though I’m now a cup away from a sipdown on this one, it will be a fake sipdown, since I ended up caving and buying another 50g pouch from DT, since this one is so good and probably will never ever return. I still think it’s way overpriced for what it is, but… it’s so tasty!

Oh yes, so… speaking of, you know, too many teas and such. I fixed a couple tea things in my spreadsheet and have come up with an unofficial count of teas in my cupboard, so that I can keep track of my sipdowns (you know, since everyone else is doing it!)

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There are currently approximately 801 (ahahahahaha) teas in my cupboard, which includes both swaps and full-sized teas (and in some cases, multiple iterations of the same tea, but from different people, or bought at different times). I do say approximately because I don’t have the time to double check everything, and also, I never did count up all the teas in my box from LiberTEAS, so I just called that 50 samples. My numbers will be subject to change as I sip things down and discover they were not initially counted, but oh well! Maybe I can get to 500 sometime soon…?

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TheTeaFairy

You gave me a headache…your situation is out of control girl. (LOL)

Kittenna

Haha, I know. The only good thing is that I’d say most of them are sample sizes. Not all though, sadly…

Shmiracles

good gawd. i’m stressed just thinking about 801!!!! since i’m suck a hyper organizer and reducer that would totally stress me out.
oh but the tea adventure you will have :) !!

Terri HarpLady

OMG Kittenna!

KiwiDelight

Oh wow… That number doesn’t register. I can’t imagine having that amount of tea O_O Good luck going through all of it.

Dinosara

LOL! You make us all feel better about our stashes, Kittenna. :D

Tealizzy

Holy cow! That’s a lot of tea!!

OMGsrsly

I kinda want to attend a tea party at your place. How many teas could I try? :)

Kittenna

What is the capacity of your stomach? :P

OMGsrsly

I think I’d end up uncomfortably sloshy before I even made a dent. :D

Kittenna

Story of my life, haha.

Sil

i told you guys she was crazy!

Kittenna

I have a lot of one-cup sipdowns to do, but I’m hampered by thesis + sickness. It sucks. I don’t even want tea again today because my throat hurts :(

Indigobloom

So what is your sipdown goal? I think you had said 500 earlier

Cavocorax

It sounds like you resteep a lot too – that must make it hard to actually use up tea. Good luck!

Lol @ Dinosaura

Kittenna

Yeah, I feel guilty if I don’t re-steep. :(

Sil

sometimes….sometimes you just need to let it go….

Kittenna

I do sometimes! I don’t feel guilty if I re-steep and it’s gross and I have to dump it :D Just with oolongs and stuff that keep giving… oy.

Sil

oh. yay. oolongs. yea…gotta resteep those. :)

also… i’m totally keeping your rhubarb crumble tea until you learn to drink your 1 cup teas!

Kittenna

Hey, I’m trying. Not my fault I keep getting sick :(

Tea Sipper

WOW that is a lot of tea. Thank you for making me feel better about the amount I have. :D

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TheTeaFairy

You gave me a headache…your situation is out of control girl. (LOL)

Kittenna

Haha, I know. The only good thing is that I’d say most of them are sample sizes. Not all though, sadly…

Shmiracles

good gawd. i’m stressed just thinking about 801!!!! since i’m suck a hyper organizer and reducer that would totally stress me out.
oh but the tea adventure you will have :) !!

Terri HarpLady

OMG Kittenna!

KiwiDelight

Oh wow… That number doesn’t register. I can’t imagine having that amount of tea O_O Good luck going through all of it.

Dinosara

LOL! You make us all feel better about our stashes, Kittenna. :D

Tealizzy

Holy cow! That’s a lot of tea!!

OMGsrsly

I kinda want to attend a tea party at your place. How many teas could I try? :)

Kittenna

What is the capacity of your stomach? :P

OMGsrsly

I think I’d end up uncomfortably sloshy before I even made a dent. :D

Kittenna

Story of my life, haha.

Sil

i told you guys she was crazy!

Kittenna

I have a lot of one-cup sipdowns to do, but I’m hampered by thesis + sickness. It sucks. I don’t even want tea again today because my throat hurts :(

Indigobloom

So what is your sipdown goal? I think you had said 500 earlier

Cavocorax

It sounds like you resteep a lot too – that must make it hard to actually use up tea. Good luck!

Lol @ Dinosaura

Kittenna

Yeah, I feel guilty if I don’t re-steep. :(

Sil

sometimes….sometimes you just need to let it go….

Kittenna

I do sometimes! I don’t feel guilty if I re-steep and it’s gross and I have to dump it :D Just with oolongs and stuff that keep giving… oy.

Sil

oh. yay. oolongs. yea…gotta resteep those. :)

also… i’m totally keeping your rhubarb crumble tea until you learn to drink your 1 cup teas!

Kittenna

Hey, I’m trying. Not my fault I keep getting sick :(

Tea Sipper

WOW that is a lot of tea. Thank you for making me feel better about the amount I have. :D

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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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