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Sipdown! 853… Yes, you read that right. I’ve tallied up everything now and am officially over 850 :( Here’s hoping I can make short work of that… July 1 goal: 750.

Anyhow! Thanks to Sil for giving up one of her precious Peaches and Cream teabags. :) I was dying of curiosity about it given the rave reviews!

Steeped it up this morning before I head off to the Farmer’s Market. Haven’t slept yet, but I did try. Sigh. Stupid sleep schedule. But yes, back to the tea. I didn’t look up any brewing parameters beforehand, so just went with my standard 90C/2 min infusion for white teas (heh, I’ve noticed that I pretty much standardly brew all teas aside from oolongs for 2 minutes now. Greens, whites, blacks. Oolongs (green ones) get 3 minutes usually; dark ones I go with given parameters or 1 min). Uh yes. Back to the tea. I’m rambly this morning. I didn’t really get a good whiff of the aroma as I had other teas brewing and just didn’t bother to separate out the cup, but it smelled a bit peachy and vegetal to me. Flavourwise, I’m getting light peach (makes me think white peach), with a gentle, somewhat vegetal white base. No astringency, so it’s very smooth. Definitely a bit on the creamy side, but I think I wanted more of both the creaminess and the peach. I don’t think that a longer infusion would have helped either of those; this tea is probably just meant to be somewhat subtle.

Overall, I am definitely not as taken with this tea as other people have been, which is perfectly ok with me. I still haven’t found a great peachy tea – though Peach HoppiTea minus the hops might make a good case for it. This one’s definitely tasty though, just not one I’d be too likely to stock up on (especially given the price!)

ETA: Meh… really didn’t care for the second infusion. Lowering the rating… I don’t think this is a tea I need to drink again.

Preparation
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Fjellrev

100 teas in 30 days, providing you don’t get more anytime soon. I believe in you!

Kittenna

Thanks! :D That’s only 3-4 sip downs a day, which is manageable on average. The only teas I should be getting during June will be a few from DavidsTea, as I haven’t yet picked up the summer collection or three of the TOTMS, plus my 3 from the Amoda box, but I think I’ll be ok even with those added. But it will definitely be tough! Hopefully I can wrangle another few yet tonight :D
(Lucky for me, even if I place an online order, I’m unlikely to actually get the teas until July because Sil will probably have them! Hehe.)

Fjellrev

Are most of them samples? If so, then it should be a piece of cake! I haven’t touched DT in a while, but would like to pick some up too. The convenience makes it hard to ignore.

Sil will be the one to press the reset button haha.

Kittenna

Most (2/3?) of them are less than 1 oz., probably most of those less than 0.5 oz. There are definitely enough 1-cup samples for me to get down 100 teas though. Or if I have to extend into 2-cup samples, it should still be ok. I run into problems with having to resteep sometimes, though! Still have two Verdant oolongs sitting and waiting for me to finish with them.

Sigh. That Sil….

Cavocorax

Exciting. 100 teas in a month. It’ll be fun to see how you do.

Hope the teas I’m sending you don’t hurt you too badly! :P

Kittenna

Haha, hopefully I’ll be ok! :D I should really bring down some 1-cup samples right now to get started… hahaha.

Cavocorax

I love 1 cup samples. :) I’ve got a tiny little shoe box just for those!

Kittenna

I should really organize things like that, but I almost prefer not knowing exactly how much tea I have…. hahahaha. That way I can make assumptions like above :D

Cavocorax

Hahah. I’m afraid to see how you’ve got yours organized! I have mine organized broadly by type, and then my little sipdown box that I force myself to dig through and drink up periodically!

Kittenna

Mine is in cardboard boxes (like, the ones I received the tea in), organized by tea company or swapper. Some tea companies are in the same box, some take up two boxes (e.g. 52teas). At the very least it makes things relatively easy to find (except that I also have some teas that never made it back to the right box when I moved… sigh.)

Cavocorax

:P Whatever works! I think that would drive me crazy but when I’m craving tea I narrow it down by type instead of by company. But who am I to judge! Haha. I think not knowing exactly how much tea you have is safer for your sanity!

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Fjellrev

100 teas in 30 days, providing you don’t get more anytime soon. I believe in you!

Kittenna

Thanks! :D That’s only 3-4 sip downs a day, which is manageable on average. The only teas I should be getting during June will be a few from DavidsTea, as I haven’t yet picked up the summer collection or three of the TOTMS, plus my 3 from the Amoda box, but I think I’ll be ok even with those added. But it will definitely be tough! Hopefully I can wrangle another few yet tonight :D
(Lucky for me, even if I place an online order, I’m unlikely to actually get the teas until July because Sil will probably have them! Hehe.)

Fjellrev

Are most of them samples? If so, then it should be a piece of cake! I haven’t touched DT in a while, but would like to pick some up too. The convenience makes it hard to ignore.

Sil will be the one to press the reset button haha.

Kittenna

Most (2/3?) of them are less than 1 oz., probably most of those less than 0.5 oz. There are definitely enough 1-cup samples for me to get down 100 teas though. Or if I have to extend into 2-cup samples, it should still be ok. I run into problems with having to resteep sometimes, though! Still have two Verdant oolongs sitting and waiting for me to finish with them.

Sigh. That Sil….

Cavocorax

Exciting. 100 teas in a month. It’ll be fun to see how you do.

Hope the teas I’m sending you don’t hurt you too badly! :P

Kittenna

Haha, hopefully I’ll be ok! :D I should really bring down some 1-cup samples right now to get started… hahaha.

Cavocorax

I love 1 cup samples. :) I’ve got a tiny little shoe box just for those!

Kittenna

I should really organize things like that, but I almost prefer not knowing exactly how much tea I have…. hahahaha. That way I can make assumptions like above :D

Cavocorax

Hahah. I’m afraid to see how you’ve got yours organized! I have mine organized broadly by type, and then my little sipdown box that I force myself to dig through and drink up periodically!

Kittenna

Mine is in cardboard boxes (like, the ones I received the tea in), organized by tea company or swapper. Some tea companies are in the same box, some take up two boxes (e.g. 52teas). At the very least it makes things relatively easy to find (except that I also have some teas that never made it back to the right box when I moved… sigh.)

Cavocorax

:P Whatever works! I think that would drive me crazy but when I’m craving tea I narrow it down by type instead of by company. But who am I to judge! Haha. I think not knowing exactly how much tea you have is safer for your sanity!

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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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