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I bought this tea after reading such rave reviews on Steepster, but have been hesitant to make a cup until I have a thermometer. (I’ve gotten several based on reviews, not gotten the same taste as the review describe, and often it appears to come down to temperature.) However, after reading JacquelineM’s tasting note yesterday (http://steepster.com/JacquelineM/posts/40867) I decided to give this a go. I sweetened with Sugar in the Raw and used Silk Soymilk as the creamer, and Oh My Goodness that was an amazing cup of tea! I LOVE IT. So thanks to all who gave reviews that made me get it, and a special thanks to JacquelineM for getting me to give it a try!

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drank Four Seasons by Samovar
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I love oolong tea. It’s a favorite when I know I’m going to have a period of time in a given place for many resteeps. I know I am up and about the house a lot these days, but I’m in the same house, so I gave this a go (and filled a thermos with hot water so I’d have it at the ready whenever it was time to resteep). The verdict: life is too complicated for oolong right now. I had a (4 oz) cup and a half of this before being wrapped up in so many other things that I forgot I had it, so I think it’ll wait until I’m back in the office.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I honestly have no clue why, but I laughed when I saw this tasting note. A good laugh. I think the exclamations did it for me. Not one, but two. It’s just that great! ICED!!!


I’m glad it was good for a laugh. :) I think I was just surprised at how good it was that way!

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We have roofers working on the house today (not the greatest timing, but we’re glad to be getting a new roof). It’s LOUD upstairs, so I moved my nest downstairs. Since I’m out of the bedroom, I’m feeling a bit more energetic, so I made a small pot of Brattle Street Blend. And now I’m thinking if I can fit a pot of something into the day each day, I might feel a bit more like myself (still sleep deprived, just a bit more with it). :)

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
826 tasting notes

Since the last time I logged into Steepster, we welcomed Leif into the world!!! (pronounced Layf) It was a surprise cesarian section, so I have been spending a lot of the time in the bed with Leif in my arms. I haven’t been able to make it downstairs to make tea yet. But on several occasions my husband has surprised me with a cup of this, always announcing how long it’s been steeping when he hands it off to me. So now I suspect I’ll always associate this lovely tea with this lovely period of my life. :)


Awwwwww. Beautiful name :) Welcome Leif!




Congrats!! Kids are awesome gifts!


Welcome Leif! How wonderful! How are you feeling? C-sections aren’t fun, I had two…hope they gave you good drugs. :-)


What a cute name! Congratulations on your new baby and welcome to the World Leif!!


Enjoy e-v-e-r-y s-i-n-g-l-e m-i-n-u-t-e while he’s cuddly! You’ll blink twice and his voice will have changed and he’s swiping his dad’s razor. Blessings on your family!


Congratulations! Have a great time with him and welcome to the world, Leif!


Leif! That’s a very scandinavian name, that! Your heritage, spill. ;)

Congratulations on the addition to the family. _:D


Thanks so much, everyone!! @_Mogana_ doing a lot better than I thought I would be at this point! @Angrboda: Yes it is!! Half of my husband’s family comes from Norway, so the name is in recognition of that part of Leif’s heritage. :)


Awwwww! You made me cry! Enjoy him always. And what a nice husband to bring you tea! I have four and they are not so little anymore, but the two youngest are my most enthusiastic tea companions. (Ok, well, one of them is in it for the cookies!)


Welcome Baby Leif!


Thanks you guys!!


Congratulations Lauren! I had been wondering how you and the baby were doing, so I am so happy to see this note! Hope everything’s going well :)

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I saw on your website that your baby was born – congratulations!!
(as you can see I like kids, as I’m holding my son in my picture)

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I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


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