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I kind of forgot about this tea because I found out my apartment complex wants to raise my rent 7.5% and it’s already teetering on way too much. I’m hoping I can talk them down…

So because it’s also sort of shark week time I am so upset about this and I just want to freak out even though it’s not THAT big of a deal in the grand scheme of things I just really love it here and the people in the office like me and I just even if it just was just half of that increase I’d stop freaking out. So of course now I feel like I HAVE to go there tomorrow when I really need to wait a few days and not cry while doing it.

Anyway. Tea. This is one of the better maple flavored teas I’ve had, it doesn’t taste grossly fake at all.

I am drinking it cold because to calm myself down I went and made some new lip balm. I got a few sips in while it was hot and it was definitely more mapley then with a hint of vanilla. Cold it’s just black tea until the very end when it’s like maple syrup going right down your throat. I wish I hadn’t let it go to waste cold!

Thanks, Autumn Hearth, for the sample!


Yeah, that blows. The last time my rent was increased, it was by 2% or 3%. :/


yeah and they wouldn’t budge on it, they can’t, I was told. whatever. It gives me 14 months to hopefully make a friend who can be a roommate and I don’t have to deal with moving around the same time as my brother since then I’d have nobody to help me.


Ugh. I’m sorry to hear that.

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Ok, moving on to the next tea, this already makes me want the subscription. Since it’ll cost me about half a day of work per month I may have to go for it once I actually do get paid…eee.

So with this sample I just decided to use it all and make an 7-8 oz cup with it.

This is like my third or fourth sheng and I don’t like them as much as shu so we’ll see how this one goes.

It really tastes like olive oil, minus the weird texture there would be from consuming ounces of olive oil. I’ve only had one decent olive oil ever and it wasn’t even this green tasting…of course most of those are too much money for my tastes. I definitely taste the holy basil too. It’s not spicy but more herbal.

Third steep was getting into that hard astringency I don’t like with sheng.

Fourth steep…I can’t drink this. That astringency has become stronger and SHARP.

One day I’ll get there. But once I hit this point I just can’t bring myself to keep steeping and see if it moves past that.


Have you considered sacrificing the 4th steep and moving on to 5? Instead of sacrificing potentially 3 steeps especially if it does move past that. I have never made 6 or 7 steeps like some of the people on here but if you’re just curious to see what it does, it’s something to consider. I mean, people taste wine without drinking, so the concept of spitting doesn’t shock me, nor does it strike me as wasteful.


I rarely drink the entire cup of a steep so I can move on but I have a strong issue with tasting something I don’t like and being able to keep drinking that same thing. I just get afraid of it continuing to taste like that and I really, really don’t want another sip, so I can’t bring myself to drink it anymore even if it were to change. Four steeps of a sheng is a lot better than my first, which was one steep and one sip haha.

adagio breeze

Not tea-related: what characteristics do you like in an olive oil? I like most of the ones I’ve tried, so maybe you have a more discerning palate than I do.


I like when they’re lighter feeling and you can taste a fruitiness to them. I buy some stupidly cheap one so it has none of that, but I had a really, really small amount of one from California and it was really good…I am saving up for this one http://georgiaolivefarms.com/gof/store/


oh well the one I want isn’t even on there right now but this is its description “Our Pure Georgia Arbequina oil is only available in limited quantities each harvest season. This oil is 100% Georgia grown, EVOO. Its Green and buttery with a fruity finish.”

adagio breeze

Wow, I didn’t even know they grew olives in Georgia!
I prefer the fruitier oils myself, even though a more peppery flavor is supposed to indicate better quality and/or more health benefits.

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drank Green Rooibos Summer Fruit by eZentea
1196 tasting notes

Cold brewed this overnight. It’s really, really orangey this way. That’s about it, green rooibos and orange. I think the name doesn’t really work, oranges are not summer fruit to me, peaches and berries and watermelon are. When I bought this I think I was hoping for berry.

From my review last summer I see I said it had strawberry but I’m not getting any of that, it’s like orangina kind of orange tasting.

Oh well, I’ll still finish it but I’ll steep it hot first again next time.

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Soooo upon looking in the puerhs I still have to try from Terri, I discovered that I got the sample set for the Verdant TOTM back in…March. I didn’t ever put the teas in there in my spreadsheet so honestly I’m not surprised I didn’t remember them.

So now time to taste those! Finally. I figured I’d start with this one coming from a sheng before. I also just realized that with the previous tea that was the farthest I probably ever made it into a sheng. Progress!

Very exciting: I pulled the big piece from the little packet and it was exactly 5g. No work necessary! Woo. Did the two rinses and I’m ready to drink.

Have I ever mentioned that one of my favorite things about shu is that most of them smell like pasta? I think this super low carb thing is getting to me. Also they come in cakes, cake, man. Cake.

Though sometimes w/puerh you don’t even need cake.

It’s pretty light at first, but I love that crispness to it, like champagne bubbles. And there’s caramel, of course. But it’s not too in-your-face about these flavors.

I ended up forgetting about it for over a day so now I’m back to it. I don’t think it lost anything from the wait, although I did not cover it very well. It’s still very light, although just a tad earthy, there’s a lot of mineral notes to it, and it’s sweet.

I did two more steeps but I just can’t get into it. I don’t know if the air got to it maybe? But I have some left so I really want to try the other workshop suggested steeping method with the rest.

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I wasn’t sure this was the right tea but then I read tea color and I was indeed certain this was right. Chardonnay for real!

I did a rinse first and I am steeping as quickly as I can.

First steep: As soon as I raised the cup to my nose I could smell spices. I love how peppery it is mixed with that typical puerh hay taste. I love that there’s this smokiness to it that melds into the peppercorn. Is smoked pepper a thing like smoked salt? Because it should be. This is the way I can handle smoky, in such a savory way.

They are! http://www.savoryspiceshop.com/spices/pepptelsm.html

It’s also pretty creamy, like almost even has that whipped cream feeling where it has coated your mouth, minus the actual gross film feel on the roof of your mouth. I can see how it’s kind of not one to drink, should have rinsed twice but whatever!

Second steep: really, really reminiscent of leather. That was almost all I got. It was starting to get a bit much for me to drink but I must keep on~

Third steep: Still a lot of leather, but there’s something like hazelnuts coming through too.

Fourth: leather leather leather Pepper was back for just a fleeting few sips. I am going to go for one more steep, I can’t take much more of the smoke.

Fifth: I don’t like this much anymore :( I know I should keep going and hopefully get past the smoke but since it’s lost that savory peppercorn I just really don’t like it and it doesn’t taste good to me.

The day is young, time to pick out a new one.

Thank you for the sample, Terri HarpLady!

Terri HarpLady

I really enjoy this one, so I’m glad you got a chance to try it. :)

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drank French Toast by 52teas
1196 tasting notes

Finally got to try this last night. When I opened it, it was pretty strongly spiced…definitely not how I have French Toast.

I used 200 deg. water so that sounds like it may be a slight problem? I am trying to avoid sugar but I’ll gladly put brown sugar in here if it helps. I tried some maple syrup granules but it didn’t do much.

It just tasted like spices. No butter, no bread, I’ll try it again sooner or later.

I’ve decided if it’s going to be cool all day and rainy I’m going to have some fun with a puerh now and listen to Sebastian chirp like the weather doesn’t even matter. Last night I watched him duck under a bell and lift it up with the back of his head to shake it. My precious goofball.


I like this one with both a splash of milk and sugar, and steeped at 185 deg. for 3 minutes. Cute bird, btw!

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drank Champagne Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I’m so tired of rain!!! And tomorrow’s supposed to be even worse. It’s already been bad for my garden. I ran over there today around 10, because I thought it wasn’t supposed to rain until this afternoon and already the ground around my plot was puddling water. But I got a cucumber.

I realize I haven’t been drinking much tea, or I’ve been drinking the same tea in large 2 quart quantities. And now it’s probably going to dwindle more because I’m inevitably going to get back on coffee too considering the markout you get weekly as a Sbux employee. (Can you imagine if they eventually include something From Teavana in there??? I’d die.) btw my manager loves Harney & Sons so I’m gonna constantly be bringing her other teas to try haha.

Ok so, actually because it’s cooled so much I’m gonna spend the evening drinking hot tea. But first I was really feeling some matcha. I bought club soda to make Italian cream sodas but I couldn’t help but use the remnants of a bottle with some of this matcha. I think 1/4 the bottle was full so if I made a huge mistake by shaking it, I wasn’t going to get matcha water everywhere.

It’s. So. Good. It tastes SO much better this way. It tastes more like champagne but it doesn’t have the bite from the bubbles, while still having them. If that makes sense. I think it also takes away from the weird fruity gum flavor I felt this has some other times I have had it.

I’m going to have to reload up on club soda because I wanted to try tea pops too again, AND I have to try the orange/cola mix I love so dearly this way.


I’ve been drinking the same tea over and over too. It can easily happen. Awesome work experimenting with the matcha and club soda! That’s really creative!

adagio breeze

I have so many samples & swaps I need to get around to, and I’m chugging along at only 2 or 3 (if I’m lucky) cups a day :/


For the last 4 days I’ve been making tea, staring at it for hours and hours and then pouring it out. Doesn’t matter which tea. It’s getting very wasteful. I don’t know why either. And I still can’t get my iced tea right.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1196 tasting notes

Teavana Peachberry whatever + Fruta Bomba, coldbrewed

Ok I thought Fruta Bomba was a green, but the leaves are really dark? I know for a fact it was this tea in this container but it just weirded me out. The entire tea overall turned pink, which I know is a result of Peachberry whatever jasmine ridiculous name.

I hadn’t had either of these in forever so I really have no idea which one is doing what. I did 4 tsp of each and their one common denominator is peach. Then there’s the hibiscus, the jasmine, the strawberry, but I’m not getting much else out of the fruta bomba one, no citrusy notes, not even lemongrass given how much of it looked to be in there.

It’s pretty much just fruity, unidentifiably fruity, with a bit of jasmine. I definitely would not combine these again, or I might use only 2 tsp of Peachberry.

BY THE WAY I GOT THE JOB! Well, conditionally on passing a background check. It’s w/Starbucks, I’m excited. I also got school all settled, I am doing 6 credit hours for the next 2 semesters so while not being able to finish this fall is sad, I have plenty of time on my hands. Also I learned that even though my GPA will likely suck around a 2.17 when I’m done, I can boost my GPA with classes before applying to grad school so if I do go that route it’s not pointless.



Congratulations :)




Congrats on snagging a job at Starbucks!


congrats! i think that means that your staff discount is passed on to teavana? dunno if you like them, but reduced cost tea experimentation is good, correct?


Thanks you guys! And yes it does, 30% and possibly in the future the weekly markout you get on something. I really don’t care for them due to starting to work for them but getting threatened for being a Steepster user, but there’s a couple I do want to try.




threatened… wait, what?


Thank you CHAroma! t working again for an entire week (how do you learn anything!) and goodbye.


I have no idea what the hell Steepster just did to my entire comment. I’m not typing the entire thing out again so basics: I logged Teavana teas on here. I’m on a short vacation to FL to go to a wedding, get call at 5pm Friday from DM threatening me for “blogging” I didn’t say anything negative, etc. Also treated like fool on two consecutive occasions, lose hours for it IN TRAINING, decide not to go back.


Congrats on the job. I hope things work out for you!


i hate it when a site clips my posts. hope your short holiday goes well?


Oh I’m not, that was just the context of when I was threatened. On vacation.

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drank Monk's Blend by English Tea Store
1196 tasting notes

This comes far later than intended, I should have just put it off till morning but I meant to do it 90 minutes ago! I went to a yelp party tonight, it was ok, I always feel left out but eh. This one guy there, he’s a yelper too, but he takes pictures not even as one of the official photographer and tbh he’s the best. LOOK AT THIS. http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/yelps-deco-dence-otps-first-yelper-party-marietta?select=eIHKdZKe6TLJwd4PhkjbZQ#jgwwq6EtoVO24tx2MVeutg
I have no idea how that is such a good picture because he was trying to get one and this little fly was getting all up in my face and I was trying to watch it to swat it away before that haha.

ok so I really really oversteeped this as a coldbrew. Like I hadn’t finished up my tons and tons of Sansa Stark tea so it kind of sat there a bit longer than necessary. It’s strong. it’s not very sweet. Though, I have never been much of a fan of this blend. There’s vanilla, but there’s really nothing else to it imo.

Well I used half the bag so at least there’s not much more.


that’s an awesome picture! it’s nice that it’s candid too, as opposed to looking scripted.

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So I got this last week even though I wasn’t to ~ the episode ~ and thankfully even though there is an actual spoiler image on it, it’s oddly printed so I had no idea what it was even implying.

Until tonight. After I watched said episode. Then I understood.




when you find out how to get this tea (which is REALLY EASY and I feel dumb for not understanding) it suggests steeping in your own tears. Totally could have. btw I don’t think it’s possible to get this outside of the sample but I assume you can repeatedly get the sample since it let me add it to my cart again so I could get those great steeping notes.

Anyway the person who helped me out with getting this told me it was really good. It smells really good. But it’s super, super floral. I made it iced because I can’t be triflin’ with hot tea right now, plus hibiscus that’s warm is pretty meh.

So the hibiscus and rose petal are the strongest flavors, not sure if they really go together. For a bit there when I first tasted it, I was expecting someone to just pop in and yell THE LANNISTERS SEND THEIR REGARDS at me because even for someone who loves floral teas, it’s pretty overwhelming.

Since usually after the ice melts a good bit, iced teas start to taste better, I let it hang out. I could get a bit of the apple but definitely no blood orange.

It’s not that bad hibiscus wise. I can tolerate it without adding sweetener. I think maybe I’m losing the orange to the hibiscus, when I think about it, there’s a pretty similar flavor between blood orange and hibiscus.

I’m going to go lay down and cry now that I am finished with the glass. Although, I have an interview tomorrow FINALLY so cross your fingers!! And I will hopefully be over my GoT feels by then.


best of luck at the interview! i bet you’ll do brilliantly…


Good luck on the interview! I knew the red wedding was coming cause I read the books. Husband’s reaction was pretty amusing though. :)


Thank you both! I wanted to read the books first but begging for access to my parents’ Comcast account to get HBOgo was free LOL

I was going to try placing holds at the library but I think I’ll be better off saving my money to buy my own copies.


I suggest you buy the books on Kindle, especially for the last book. It came out 2 years ago but it’s still only available in hardcover, it’s GIGANTIC, and it costs $35. Kindle edition was only $15 and fits in my purse. ;)

BTW, how did you get this tea? I scoured the web but I think I’m missing something…


Good luck with the interview!
And I better hurry up and read all the damn books. We just finished watching Season 3, but I’d rather have read the books in advance so I can cry quietly in my room when I get to these parts, instead of being surprised as terribly as I was.


CHAroma – search the first listed name for this tea ;D I was dumb enough to try just “wedding” and so when I figured it out it was a huge DUH moment. I need to get a kindle. I use it on my laptop for cookbooks but I don’t know if I could sit and read very long on here. I have a second interview on Saturday so perhaps I shall have one soon!


Yeah, still can’t find it. I found a tea called The North Remembers, but it has different ingredients and doesn’t mention the Red Wedding…oh well.

Good luck on the second interview!!!


I am bad at hints so here’s the full way: put in red wedding and the picture will pop up in the search, click it and it’s added.

And thank you!

I am mad this seems to not be able to be purchased otherwise because I’d love to have more, or I’d like to know who came up with it since I figure it must be one of the people w/a whole series of GoT teas.


I understood the hint, it just doesn’t show up for me. LOL! Don’t worry about it. I was mostly just curious what the spoiler image was.


OH haha that’s weird. do you want me to take a screencap of it so you can see?


Yes please – I can’t find it either. :P


ok here you go http://i.imgur.com/U7rw7aI.png
just type it in, don’t press enter or anything and click on the picture


That’s so weird. It still doesn’t show up even if I do exactly what you did & don’t press enter. That’s soooo strange! Hahaha! Well thanks for the link. ;)


Thanks for showing the pic! Man, I have no idea why that doesn’t show up. I guess it’s not one you can order?


Nope, I’ve tried finding it or even similar artwork to even find who possibly came up with it, but nothing. I saw on another site someone say it doesn’t work anymore. I just tried it and it doesn’t come up for me now either. booooooo :(

I may try recreating it because it was so good iced.

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