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If you never had this tea before, I apologize for what you are about to read…

A bowl of toasted cereals with chocolate and malt. And raisin cinnamon bread toasts…with Nutella spread on top. In a cup. That’s what this is.

And I just drank the last of it… Verdant order, wherever you are, you better show up at my door. I ordered a shitload of this tea and I’d like to have it now please. Thank you.

Dexter

LOL My order is still in Chicago – so several days away yet, but soon you will have MOUNTAINS of this soon!!!

Mandy

I’ve never even tried this and I kind of want mountains.

Ost

Ah! My order came in today! Probably won’t have a chance to try it till next week though xD oh well. This note makes me even more excited though!!!

Roughage

Your tasting notes are great. You had me right up until you mentioned Nutella. Not a fan of Nutella. :)

Nightshifter

I love this one very much, too. :)

TheTeaFairy

(Noooooo!!! That was not helpful Dexter….considering we did order at the same time.)

Mandy, it’s really, really, really good!

Ost, not try it until next week while it’s sitting in your house? you are a master of self control, I admire you :-)

Roughage, lol, it’s just a tiny little note of hazelnut and chocolate I get, hence the nutella reference, don’t let it scare you ;-)

Nightshifter, hard not to like this one, right?

MzPriss

I got my shitload yesterday and right after I finish this cup (my last cup until the mail gets here) of COCOA AMORE, I’m going to make some of my very own LBCG!! Very happy!

TheTeaFairy

MzPriss, Did you open the pouch and sniff it yet????

MzPriss

Of course! I got this awesome ceramic canister at TJMaxx on Sunday (big enough to hold it all) and I’ve already put it into the canister an I lifted the lid and smelled repeatedly and I’ve just had it since yesterday evening. It’s gonna be a chocolate morning

TeaTiff

Haha, this cracks me up! So I have to ask. What amount quantifies as a “shitload”? I am so glad this finally arrived. Can’t wait for the rest of you to get your orders!

TeaTiff

Haha, this cracks me up! So I have to ask. What amount quantifies as a “shitload”? I am so glad this finally arrived. Can’t wait for the rest of you to get your orders!

TheTeaFairy

hardly a shitload…8oz?

And MzPriss might have gotten slightly more…

MzPriss

Slightly more…not a lot more. LTF – you don’t think 8 oz is a shitload?

TheTeaFairy

Well, since I use 1 big tbsp per cup, it’s almost as if it was just 4oz really…

MzPriss

Well that’s true – I like the way you think LTF

Nxtdoor

Yay, mine is coming soon! And if I do love it as much as I remember (I needed a refresher), I am buying mountains of this too.

Terri HarpLady

I have a shitload of this…I always buy the 8oz option, & I think I have 2 backups in the attic.
Maybe I should drink a cup now?

MzPriss

I say yes! And I will as well :)

Terri HarpLady

ok, then it’s next in my Q

TheTeaFairy

Meeeee tooooo!!!!

MzPriss

My kettle is on

MzPriss

YAY! LTF – Sars is a huge enabler…..

TheTeaFairy

Are you not at work?

MzPriss

Nope. I’m home. I was too tired and I’m doing some work here

Terri HarpLady

maybe we should try that Google + tea party I’ve been talking about

TheTeaFairy

Terri, I’m almost “tech illiterate” for these things…would have to learn how it works first and that could take a looong time :-O
It’s the kind of chat we hear each other talk?

MzPriss

I don’t know much about it either. I want to try it. I do need to try and see if I really can’t get even a 30 minute nap so I can try to go in

TeaterTotter

I feel like that should be in the commandments of tea or something : When you fall in love with a particular tea, thou shalt order shitloads of it.

TheTeaFairy

TeaterTotter….I fully endorse that commandment.

Terri HarpLady

I second that motion!

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My oregano bush is in bloom, and like every year, it hosts a bumble bee party. So cute to watch them working their little butts off.

Thank you bees for all your hard work…because of you, my oregano looks like a micro forest!!

I had Sleeping Bear in the middle of the afternoon. I usually have it at night. But it was raining and this tea reminds me how rain tastes in my forest, so it was the perfect companion.

I’m on a “monthly subscription” for this tea…meaning, I buy it once a month cause it’s that good and I get to have the newest harvest every time.

Out of the three different harvests I have tried so far, this one is the best. It’s a little more piney than the others, and the jasmine is just perfect. The scent is therapeutic, it elevates me…I feel like I’m resting on a little cloud made of jasmine blossoms and soft pine needles.

So good that I re-steep it. Yes, cause Whispering Pines has made a re-steeper out of me!

Stephanie

We had two big fat fuzzy bumble bees wrestling inside an okra flower at my house yesterday, too funny!

Cameron B.

I would imagine bumble bee wrestling to be similar to sumo… Lol!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, most of them are actually regular working bees, but I like saying Bumble Bee, makes me happy :-)

Lol, Cameron, that pic is cute!

Stephanie, i think Cameron is right, two big fat bumble bees fighting together = sumo bee wrestling :-)

Stephanie

I usually think of the small “regular” bees as honey bees, and the extra large extra fuzzy variety as bumblebees!

They were totally sumo wrestling, LOL

KiwiDelight

Awwwwwww I love bumblebees! I got stung by one when I was two because I tried to pet it. Surprisingly not traumatized xD

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, re-steepage!!!

Also, sumo wrestling bumbly bees is the cutest image ever.

Sarsonator

I’m totally crashing that bumblebee party!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! KiwiDelight, kudos for petting a bee, so cute!

Sami, except when I do gongfu sessions, I was never much of a re-steeper…now, with those WP teas, it just breaks my heart to throw them out so I can’t help re-steep most of them!

Sars, I was hoping you’d crash ;-)

mj

Bees are so awesome! I went to an insect behavior lecture a couple of months ago (just for fun) and learned some about them. Did you know that all the bees you see outside the hive are female? They are the workers and soldiers. The males stay in the hive and care for the larvae. Fun facts :)

Sarsonator

TTF: You know I can’t resist a party!!!!!

MzPriss

Suddenly The Tea Hobbit has turned us into re-steepers LTF

TheTeaFairy

I’ve learned here on Steepster that resistance is futile Sars…

MzPriss…let’s face it. We are total re-steepers. But only with tea hobbit’s teas… I still dump my other used tea leaves with no guilt after one steep!

MzPriss

The two I actually res-steep are GO and this one. I wih I had some right now. But it’s not long until the 1st. The Tea Hobbit is also lightning shipper

Sarsonator

The firsssst…. it nearsssss…. Need teasssssss :p

hippiechick 42

Where do you get your “subscription” for this tea?

TheTeaFairy

Lol, it’s a joke hippiechick, I said that cause I buy it every month, just can’t live without it, and I easily go through my 2oz within 30 days :-)

hippiechick 42

Oh ok I was going to order some, due to your amazing review, but it is out of stock. :(

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This tea is available in small quantities starting on the first day of each month :-)

Usually sells out pretty quickly, so keep an eye out for it!

hippiechick 42

Thanks I will!

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It a rainy day…non stop showers. I know it’s not recommended, but I can’t help it, I went for a swim, it was so invigorating! But now I am freezing to death, water is still at a chilling 67F!!!

I thought S’mores would make me feel warm and cozy inside.

So, you know when I have a new favourite teaware, that’s all I can talk about…sorry if I’m being annoying with…my new 24oz latte mug!!!

I don’t even drink milk, I know…but I like a big cup sometimes! I also love the new vegetal milks I have discovered lately and have been experimenting with them. My newfound love: quinoa milk. So creamy and nutty, without any of the dairy cow milk taste I dislike so much, especially in hot beverages.

So why not try S’mores as a latte and make it a little “chai-esque”?

It’s a hit. Oh, yum. That smoke against the nuttiness of the milk makes it really s’mores graham cookie like!

It’s already the end though, sad face, I’m all out now :-(

On to the repurchasing list it goes!

Oh, and I feel all warmed up now :-)

Cheri

What mug is this new mug? pictures &/or link?

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Cheri, don’t we like pictures? Look at my post this morning in the what did you get in the mail thread. In the last link, you’ll see my new teaware. “the mug” is in the middle of the pic, it’s very plain looking but I love the shape and size!! And the best part was the discounted price: $7,50!!!

http://steepster.com/discuss/4717-official-star-what-did-you-get-in-the-mail-today-star-thread?page=193

Cameron B.

It’s the new fairy jacuzzi mug! Lol. This tea is at the top of my list for my Whispering Pines order…

mj

I actually really love swimming in the rain :-). When I was little, my mom used to have to chase me out of the pool once it started thundering. Obviously, I wasn’t too bright lol

TheTeaFairy

Oh, a fairy jacuzzi, me like that :-)
Hope you will like this one cameron, it truly is a different take on s’mores…I thought I wouldn’t like it cause of the smoke but it turns out the smoke is the reason I like it!

Cheri

I love huge mugs. But now I’m also loving teeny tiny cups.

Cameron B.

I just tried their Campfire Blend, which was very smokey, and I liked it a lot. My first smokey tea. :P So I think I would really enjoy this one. :D

Cavocorax

Oooh now I sorta wish I’d grabbed one too, but cupboard space is so limited. :| I ended up getting rid of two mugs to fit my new tentacle mug!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, mj, I’m still lacking in the bright department apparently :-0
Seriously though, it wasn’t thundering, so I took a chance!

TheTeaFairy

Cheri, I so love tiny cups but only for gungfu sessions…

Cameron, yes I remember reading your post, I didn’t have campfire blend yet, so I can’t compare, but I’m assuming Brenden is using the same Lapsang in both blends, so yes, you’d probably like it then :-)

Cavo, I too will have to get rid of some mugs, no room for the new teaware…but that’s ok, I like to gift people with them. The tentacle mug is awesome :-)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ohhh man…one of my favorite things: Sitting outside in the fall when it’s just a tad too chilly to not have tea, sipping on a heavy mug of strong yunnan black tea or lapsang :)

albertocanfly

Huge mugs of giant proportions really are awesome! It’s like a never ending cup of happiness^.^

TheTeaFairy

I think early fall is my favourite part of the year…everything is perfect, no more mosquitos, fresh air but not too cold, colours changing…ok, but lets have a summer before we start talking about autumn :-)

Sarsonator

Quinoa milk???? I want that.

My current fave is the almond/coconut blend. But I am determined to find some quinoa milk now!

TheTeaFairy

Sarsonator, I found it last week at my local health food store. They even have sunflower seed milk, which is also very nutty.

But I too adore the almond/coconut milk, but with all these new choices, it’s nice to be able change things up a little :-)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

The almond coconut is also my favorite :)

No health food stores anywhere near me…guess I just have to use the forest! :D

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I’m sure you can find a way to make some kind of extra special mushroom/bark forest milk :-)

Sarsonator

Hahahaha!!! Mushroom bark forest milk??? I want that!

Sarsonator

What about a Mushroom bark forest tea? It could be called: Autumn Fungus or Midnight Morel Madness. LOL

TheTeaFairy

:-) Oh, oh, I think we’re on to something!!!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Funny you should mention that…I had chaga-infused rice milk last week :)

TheTeaFairy

Did you really? Isn’t that the mushroom that grows on tree bark? It’s actually edible?
See, you did make your own bark forest milk ;-)

mj

If the zombie apocalypse happens, it seems like Brendan would be an extremely useful guy to have around with his living-off-the-land-eating-tree-mushroom skills.

Sarsonator

Maybe we should start a Zombie Apocalypse Tea survival group. I garden, forage for wild food, and make beer & wine. Brenden lives off the land and eats tree mushrooms. What else have we got? LOL

mj

I’m in for the survival group. I’ll be bringing my friend and neighbor because she is super outdoorsy (like 2 week long camping trip outdoorsy) and has all the equipment. I’ve also already claimed her as one my zombie survival teammates. I bring to the table relatively few useful practical skills, except sailing a boat, swimming well, cooking decently, fishing, sewing, crocheting, and knitting. All my other skills are lab-related.

mj

I should add that I’m not a complete nut job. I own The Walking Dead board game. My friends and I discuss silly hypotheticals while we play haha

TheTeaFairy

Oh, i can negotiate with the wild life, I have Dr, Doolittle skills, no wild critter can resist me, so we can be safe from bears, wolves and coyotes. In fact, we can make them our friends and have them fight the zombies for us :-) Ducks seem to particularly like me, so we could have fresh duck eggs every morning and i could make us some mean omelet as breakefast. Also, I can make fire. Just sayin…

TheTeaFairy

Lol, mj, your crocheting, sewing and knitting skills will be very helpful, you could create decent Pocahontas outfits, I always wanted to of wear one of those :-)

mj

I could probably handle Pocahontas outfits lol. Also, I may or may not have been Tiger Lily from Peter Pan for Halloween for three consecutive years as a kid. So I’ve got a basic idea of the pattern…

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! “may or may not have been..”

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yep, Chaga is 100% edible. Well, with water or alcohol extraction. It’s considered “the mushroom of immortality” and is used extensively in Chinese medicine. It goes by the name Bai Hua Rong I believe in Chinese medicine, and is considered the king of all healing herbs. Basically if you drink chaga tea every day, you’ll stay at a VERY low risk or be totally immune to cancer cells, your immune system will be godly, and your overall health will increase dramatically. I’m a huge believer in the stuff. I drink it daily along with reishi and turkey tail mushrooms, too. Goes beautifully boiled with some elderberries and black tea.

Mandy

I don’t like mushrooms for texture reasons, but I wonder how I’d feel about a mushroom tea. Hmm..

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
903 tasting notes

An incredibly caring Steepster friend is concerned that all I’m drinking are samples from other people, and that I should take some time and enjoy some of my favorite teas. I’m searching for the great teas, but not enjoying the one’s I’ve found. I’ve decided to “sort of” take that advice.
I have sent samples of this out to several people, and assume that it is going to be amazing, but I’ve never actually drank it. So tonight I’m taking a ME tea night to explore the dark side.
I threw about 2.5 tsp of this into my gravity steeper, gave it a quick wash and then let it steep – I’ve read lots of review that say that this is AMAZING if steeped for a long time. I’m watching and waiting, and it’s getting darker, and darker, and I chicken out at about 4 minutes. OK 4 minutes is a LONG steep for pu’erh – at least for me…
Wow this is crazy – unlike any other pu’erh I’ve tried. There really isn’t any of the musty/earthy typical pu’erh taste – it is just deep dark chocolate – maybe a hint of “pu’erh” in the back but it’s just adding depth to the chocolate. OK I’m a believer.
I add another couple of tsp of new leaf to the old leaf (I don’t care it’s my tea night I can do what I like) – gave it another quick rinse and let it steep for NINE minutes.
OMG – this is unsweetened cocoa from a fine chocolatier. I add about a tsp of sweetener and just a splash of milk – just enough to change the color. This is my new favorite chocolate tea. I love this.
Now what do I do? I think I’m going to take the leaves and toss them in the fridge to cold steep. If anyone hasn’t tried it – cold steep pu’erh is crazy good.
As always, thank you Mandala for another amazing tea experience.

Sil

i’m so happy you enjoyed this one. i love this puerh a lot.

keychange

It’s your part-tea and you can steep how you want to, steep how you want to!!

TheTeaFairy

Yay for ME tea nights, so proud of you :-)
Dark and choco, yum, yum!!

MissB

Wow, I tried this the other night and got it wrong. I’ll definitely try it again with longer steep parameters.

Kamyria

Darn right you can do what you want! :D

Cold steeping pu’erh, ah? I have to try that.

Cavocorax

That sounds really amazing.
I will TRY to steep mine that long but I gotta say 4 minutes, and NINE minutes makes me a little nervous. I’m a “followe the vendors instructions, you noob” sorat gal. Especially with this. It’s my FIRST/ONLY Mandala tea!

Dexter

It’s my par-tea and I did what I wanted. :)) It turned out great.
Sorry you didn’t enjoy it MissB – it doesn’t get nasty as you steep it longer, it just gets deeper and more chocolate. I highly recommend a long steep. I was VERY nervous too, but after trying the 4 minute steep, I knew you could not hurt it. I will do 8 or 9 minutes first steep next time.

Kamyria I didn’t believe the cold steep pu’erh either, and then I tried it. I quite often western steep leaves a couple of times, then toss them in the fridge for 16ish hours. Can’t explain it, it’s a different experience – very refreshing, you should try it once….

Dexter

Cavocorax – if you want to follow vendors instructions, then you go right ahead. It’s your tea, don’t let me talk you out of your comfort zone. First/only Mandala? You are starting with a good one….

Sil

I twisted her rubber arm into ordering SOMETHING, ANYTHING from mandala when I placed my order lol

pyarkaaloo

omg yay!! u just put the seal of approval on this one for me…it’s on my to-try list from Mandala…it sounded delicious to begin with, although i was worried it might have a damp,earthy pu’erh quality. but if this is anything like you say, i simply must give it a go!

Dexter

Good job Sil – “something – anything” is pretty much correct when it comes to Mandala – it’s all good.

pyarkaaloo – but I like the “damp,earthy pu’erh quality” This has a little of that – it is a pu’erh, but it’s more in the background adding depth to the chocolate rather than hitting you in the face. I love all Mandala pu’erh. Their Silver Buds are really mild – more of a white tea with a hint of pu’erh. Noble Mark is just fantastic, but more traditional pu’erh. Wild Monk is the best sheng I’ve ever drank – pretty much what Sil said – anything from Mandala is a good choice….

Dexter

Does restocking favorites count as breaking hiatus?

pyarkaaloo

thanks for the clarification…this sounds like a nice pu’erh! i think i’ll be happy with this as long as it isn’t a predominantly ‘mossy/earth’ kind of flavor, although one never knows…if i try enough pu’erh cakes i may find one that i love! or i may develop my palate.. the cold steeping sounds delicious!

Cavocorax

Yeah, I’m really happy Sil was able to do talk me into it! It was difficult because it was Black Friday and I’d already allocated most of my budget to Butiki and DTT. But ONE tea from Mandala… OK YES.

There will be more from them in the future. I still have to get past them being fancy in my head and just start drinking!

And I can experiment now! It’s just the first steep that I don’t like to mess with on the assumption that the vender knows what’s best. :P

TheTeaFairy

Does.not.count.

Dexter

Cavocorax This is a video of Garret giving you permission to play with your tea. He has a very open, whatever you like is correct for you attitude…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUt6kt00mpo&feature=youtube_gdata

graceatblb

I love steeping Special Dark for extreme amounts of time. Unlike with most teas, this one improves on a longer steep. The last time I had Special Dark I steeped it for 15 minutes and added a touch of cream. Heaven.

Garret does have a very laissez-faire approach to tea. Which I really appreciate. It eliminates the guilt when I, inevitably, break the rules.

Garret

Do as you like :) Whenever I do tea classes, I give people basic parameters for brewing and leave the rest up to them. I let people know that if they dig a green tea with boiling water, that’s cool, that’s how they should have it. I do use a little disclaimer here, though, and tell them that if they are serving tea to guests that it might be a good idea to go to more “traditional” way of brewing it :)

ifjuly

Yay! I love this one. And I love that someone was awesome and reminded you you should not get overwhelmed with sampling and take some time out for whatever you want to drink. Definitely.

ifjuly

And so agree, it’s the most intensely chocolate tea I’ve tasted.

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Aaah… I’ve had a good morning so far.

Got out of bed at 4:30am in order to go outside and watch the sunrise… a cup of Ailaoshan in hand, my dog Dexter by my side.

Love the feeling at that hour of the day, it’s like the world stopped, everything got suspended in time for you to admire. It’s so quiet, it has you think you are the only one blessed enough to witness such beauty.

That feeling is ephemeral, cause a few minutes later, nature starts its joyful symphony, and you are quickly reunited with life.

I love this tea. It fills my head with beauty and happiness, starts my day in the best possible way.

Still getting those sweet and salty caramel notes, with some nice cocoa feel.

Love the fruitiness of it, dried dates and figs.

A favourite of the morning….Forever and ever.

TheTeaFairy

And good morning to you as well ;-)

Sarsonator

Sssshh… I’m still sleeping. :p

TheTeaFairy

(Oops, Okay…sorry ;-))

Sarsonator

Seriously, you have inspired me to try to get up early and see a sunrise. I think it’s been over 15 years since that happened, and it wasn’t from getting up early, it was from staying out late!

TheTeaFairy

Nothing beats that feeling…
Haha! I’ve had those wasted sunrises as well dear…memory lane. Mind you, I went to bed past 2am, so it was almost that!

Terri HarpLady

This makes me want to start dragging my butt out of bed earlier, at least once in awhile!
I love the freshness of the early morning, & of course the birds & their songs!
My problem is I also love the silence of late night & my creativity seems to always awaken & peak from 10pm to 2am.:)

TheTeaFairy

I understand the night creativity…then just be like me, a night AND a morning person ;-)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

TheTeaFairy, do you get that beautiful blanket of cool mist in the mornings?

TheTeaFairy

Brenden, yes I do… Especially on cooler nights like yesterday. A blanket is right, this morning, it was only at ground level, so dense I could not see through!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

My favorite :) I had a fair bit of fog here last night and I went for a walk. Truly beautiful stuff!

inranger

I work in the night time Indiana woods. Last night a mist enveloped my world. A very special sight/feeling. :)

TheTeaFairy

I so love that feeling inranger…glad to know the sight doesn’t get old even for you, as it is part of your job to see beautiful nature canvases every day :-)

inranger

Yes, I am blessed. :)

TheTeaFairy

Count me in also :-)

K S

Love these comments!

TheTeaFairy

Brenden, I go night walking as well, but only when there’s a full moon. Then it gets really magical!

TheTeaFairy

Then jump in KS, you are always welcome :-)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

The smell of thick fog in the forest is my absolute favorite thing

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Or after it’s stormed all night and the sun is hitting the trees and you get that unexplainable freshness…mmm

TheTeaFairy

Ok stop! You’re going to cause a massive human migration to the woods…how could anyone resist all that?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Right?! Well, I could only do about 5 minutes in the woods today to get some mushrooms I was letting grow a bit more…It’s mosquito hell out there today!

yyz

Understand the night and morning person thing. I just have to watch out for the phase out in the middle of the day thing bred into me by years of boredom at school.

TheTeaFairy

Yyz, hate napping in the afternoon, it’s screws me up more than my insomnia!!

Brendan, mmm, fresh mushroom…what kind do you get? Have to be careful though…
And mosquitos have been the worst here this year, they are so big, and they give me allergic reactions, i have a bite the size of an orange on one leg, dammit!

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drank Wild Cherry by Fru P Kaffe & The
1319 tasting notes

First cup of tea in MY HOUSE! We moved into OUR HOUSE! yesterday and I had a cup of this with my mother while the menfolk did all the schlepping. Our task was mostly to unpack what could be unpacked (really just the kitchen and the bathroom), heat lunch in the oven (a rooty lasagna), keep the cats calm and generally stay out from underfoot. OUR HOUSE! is all-over chaos with chaos on at the moment. Boxes and stuff everywhere, but we have the internet and our computers up and running, so chaos is not likely to be going down very quickly. Emptied the rest out of our old place today and cleaned it, so we’re both quite tired. Am now having some ice cream, before we’ll be going to bed for our second night in OUR HOUSE!

At least tomorrow we can go to work and relax. ;)

Fjellrev

That is awesome. Congratulations on moving into… YOUR HOUSE!

yyz

Exciting, but exhausting, Congrats on your new house, have fun making it into your new home!

Roughage

Congratulations. Now you can host tea parties in your own home! :)

Nicole

Woop! Congrats!

Courtney

Yay! Congratulations :)

Anna

Too awesome!

gmathis

Welcome home!

__Morgana__

Gratz dearie! Sounds wonderful!

Nxtdoor

Awesome! Enjoy these moments :)

OMGsrsly

Woo! :) Congratulations on your house. :)

TheTeaFairy

Yay, congrats!

ashmanra

Congratulations! Enjoy every bit of the experience!

caile

Congratulations on your house!

MJ

wow, congrats!

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
6479 tasting notes

Sipdown! So i have to say, I tried this a while back and liked it a lot but then forgot about it because it’s a green tea and i don’t drink those often. VariaTEA sent a sample to me, which i opened up today in an effort to get ahead with my sipdowns since now i might not have the weekend at all for tea drinking!
…We’re driving to Detroit on Friday night, Chicago on Saturday, and then all the way back to Toronto on Sunday. Because we can. lol…

I love this even more than the first time. Something about the vanilla and caramel REALLY makes me happy. it’s deliciously creamy and wonderful and now i want more. So maaaaybe i can convince my friend to trek up to Miami in February heh :) Thanks variatea!

Courtney

I love the road trip, because you can. This tea is AMAZING. I must have more. I emailed them and they mentioned you…

Sil

ME? lol

VariaTEA

Haha yeah, Sil, they told both of us to talk to you about a group order to save on shipping :P. I am glad you liked it by the way. I think I recalled reading your tasting note so I tossed in a bit more so you could have it again.

Courtney

Haha yes. If only Steepster could support pictures. I also was chatting with VariaTEA for this. They mentioned you might place an order and to see if we could get some sort of group order going to help with shipping costs because they think it’ll be quite expensive.

Courtney

Oh man, VariaTEA I would send you anything for more haha!

Sil

So….i’m likely going to be trying to visit their store in Miami at the end of February. If i do, i’m fine to bring things back and send them to you guys or something like that…

Courtney

Ahh yes. That’s not quite what came across in the email haha. I definitely wouldn’t want to take up room in your suitcase, although I appreciate the offer. :)

Sil

….you realise, when i travel to florida i take 2 suitcases right? one for the clothes and one for tea? hahahaha

Sil

(don’t get me wrong, i’m all for a joint order as well, but if i’m going there, we save on the shipping to us and just need to split shipping from here to us when i get back)

Courtney

Hahaha the two suitcases. Okay, I don’t feel so badly anymore. :P

Sil

i guess technically we pay the 25$ for flying BUT the second one i can totally turn into a carry on and not pay for it bwahahaha

VariaTEA

Haha. I was actually saying to Courtney I will be in Florida in March and plan to do the same thing as you Sil. Plus, last time I came back from Florida I also had a second suitcase to bring back my teas. By the way, where do you buy tea when you are there? Aside from Nina’s, I couldn’t really find where to go.

Sil

Soooo funny story…i order from retailers, ship it to my friend’s places and pick up that plus anything else i’ve ordered. I am a fan of ordering my camera bags while i’m down there: www.kellymoorebag.com to save on duty/taxes etc..

VariaTEA

It’s okay. I order from retailers and send it to my Dad in LA to save on shipping. If he knows I will be in Florida he sends the stuff there to avoid customs and then I just bring it home. Yay for tea mules!!

Cavocorax

Pssssst. I would be interested in a group order.

Courtney

Right Cavo? Group order for the win!

VariaTEA

Haha. I feel like the group order would be a whole bunch of samples and a shitton of Nina’s Japon :P

OMGsrsly

Oh man. Sil! I need to get on this group order. :D

VariaTEA

I like how Sil has been appointed the leader of the group order by the people at Nina’s themselves.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. Yea, that’s pretty hilarious. And tey should probably give Sil and VariaTEA some free teas for a) getting us all excited about an order and b) ‘volunteering’ to make it happen!

Sil

I am ALL for that… totally plotting how to get to Miami with ease…

VariaTEA

If you are there around valentine’s day, they are having a tea, wine, and chocolate tasting event.

Sil

sadly it would be the last week in February..if i can convince folks to make the drive. We’re usually only in the orlando area when we o.

VariaTEA

I won’t be there until March so I am missing it too. I tried convincing my mom to go but she is not into teas enough to drive the hour into Miami.

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i’m pretty sure dinsoara and i aren’t the only two people on steepster who have this in their cupboard. Come on people fess up! That being said…this will NOT be in my cupboard for long. this one is destined to visit some other sucker…er i mean tea lover. But sil? WHY would you do that to this poor tea? well let me tell you…this tea has nearly everything i hate about life in it. First off….it’s a green tea. Which, on it’s own does not make for hatred, but wait..what have we added here? BLERGAMOT! gahh!! the dreaded evil flavour to kill them all… bah! and then… just for a real kick in the face, to make SURE i would hate this tea, because after all, i can sometimes get past the blergamot in some teas…. what did verdant do?

sigh they added lavender. A flower that has no place in anything but bath products..and even then…only bath products that aren’t going to live anywhere near me. When my mother and i went to france for a month..it was almost impossible to avoid. and now.. it’s here.. in my tea..looking so pretty and innocent…hanging out with blergamot as if to say.. suck it sil… we’re in this together…

….all that and i’ve only opened the bag to measure out a spoonful into my mug.

brewing….waiting….the aroma takes over my house…my other half calls from the other room…WHAT IS THAT? are you putting on lotion at this time of the day? I thought you hated lavender…

no dear…it’s just that this tea and i have a date…i can’t let it win…

BEEEEEP goes the microwave… crap.. GAME ON!!!

alright tea… i’m on to you… i WILL drink at least a sip of your deadly poison.

cautious sip… noseful of blergylavender…GAH!

I’m pretty sure is what it would taste like if i started licking lavender soaps randomly in those tacky gifts shops…maybe add a little spinach and a squirt of orange and hey look…it’s a tasty soap salad.

feck. no thank you.

buries the rest of her half of the sample in terri’s teabox mwahahahahahahaha

(why can’t i rate a tea zero? also…not rating this as low as i want to, because admittedly some of you out there might actually enjoy the taste of lavender and blergamot…together in a taste hot green mess. At least the tea is pretty? cough)

Stephanie

Lavender? Wah wah!

OMGsrsly

BLERGAMOT! I can’t stop laughing, Sil. At least you gave us some entertainment out of it? :)

Sil

for sure… my other half is laughing at me as well… “WHY would you put that in your mouth?” uh…because i need to try ALL THE TEAS! “even if they taste like ass?” uh…..yes? :)

Bear With Me

Can you and your other half come live with me? Please? 1) you’re adorkable and 2) you crack me up to no end!

Ubacat

I love Earl Grey and green. The lavender sounds a bit weird though…..

Sil

…i think this would have tasted better with more blergamot and less lavender to be honest…

Helena

yucky lavender makes me think of the Thrills gum. Now there is lavender soap taste for you! I don’t think anything can be as bad as that. Then again I haven’t tried the tea yet so….

MissB

I am cringing as I read this note, and hope that I have zero teas today with either ingredient in them. Blergamot though? I love that word!

Sil

helena – is that those purple gum thingies? if so i know what you’re talking about and this is way more lavender and much more gross…and those are gross. lol

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Hmm, I like lavender in sencha…I like bergamot and lavender in black tea…the idea of it in green just sound kinda odd.

OMGsrsly

YES, those purple crunchy coated gums! Me and my brother would buy them and dare each other to eat them.. and then my mom found them somewhere and got us each a packet for Christmas. Haha. It’s just sitting there, waiting…

Dinosara

LOL what a note. This seems to actually be a revamp(?) of an old blend they had way back when they first started Alchemy Blends called Lavender Earl Green. I tried it then and thought it had too much lavender, so I am interested to see how this one compares. I doubt I will have your reaction, though…

Helena

Yep Thrills gum is that evil deceptively purple chicklet looking gum that tastes like Lavender Soap not that I’ve ever eaten Lavender Soap but I dare anyone to try that gum and not say that’s what it tastes like :D

Sil

This is way more lavender than that thrills gum IF my memory serves…..

Sil

Dinosara – yeah…you will probably be ok with these…

OMGsrsly

I could always send you some Thrills if you’d like to compare, Sil. :D

JC

LOL!, I’m sorry you had such a bad experience. I’ve only come across one tea that made good use of lavender, and it was a ratio of one or two of those mini buds per 4-5gms of the rest of the herbal tea. Bergamot… not so much, to me it is too strong and ‘invasive’, it overshadows all other flavors.

Sil

JC – i kinda think that’s part of the fun of new teas…even if they are soooo very gross lol

OMG – i will hurt you lol

JC

Lol, I call those a ‘learning experience’ together with low or no score. I always insist that nothing teaches you about great tea like awful tea.

Helena

all right everyone send 1 pack of Thrills gum to Sil on Christmas morning (insert evil laughter here)

OMGsrsly

Helena, I like how you think. ;)

MissLena

Haha awe so much hate for this tea, I found it pretty tasty haha but I am a rare one who like lavender and ‘Blergamot’ lol :D still, quite an entertaining note! Sorry it didn’t pan out though lol

Sil

haha it’s all good misslena. I’m happy someone out there loved it haha

CelebriTEA

I LOVE this tea and would LOVE to have more of it!!!

CelebriTEA

Sil~ It is hard for me to see anyone rating it so low…
Different strokes for different folks~ I guess ;-)

Helena

I didn’t like it either. This showed up in my monthly verdant tea bundle and I tossed it.

CelebriTEA

Awww, Helena…wish you would have sent it to me…ahahaha…
I love it!

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Before I start playing with this tea, I have to say I’m pretty sold on it, as I usually love Dancong oolongs.

It’s always interesting to see how very light and clear the infusion of such dark leaves produce.

Oh, if this tastes half as good as it smells like, I’m in for a treat!

It unmistakably smells like unsalted cashews, really, who doesn’t love cashews?

The taste is also very nutty and creamy, think marzipan. That nutty richness is cut by a brisk orange citrus taste, a characteristic flavour of this tea.

The second steep doesn’t smell as nutty as the first, now the orange blossoms are really shinning, taking control of the cup and it really lingers in the mouth.

On third and fourth steeps, I get citrus, peppercorn and cilantro. It’s a different tea.

I stopped at the fifth infusion cause I like a strong tea and to me, it was getting watery.

You can easily get to 15 even 20 infusions Gongfu style with this type of oolong, but I promised myself I would follow the WP recommended brewing method this first time around.

I am happy I did, I got many good cups western style, but I can’t wait to spend a full afternoon with it using the Gaiwan.

Another lovely tea from Whispering Pines…my experience with them has been flawless so far :-)

Flavors: Citrus, Coriander, Creamy, Marzipan, Nuts, Orange Blossom, Peppercorn

yyz

I like this type of Dancong, the one I love has this really interesting liqueur tones that reminds me of this whisky based liqueur that my cousin brought back from Scotland.

TheTeaFairy

Mmmm, sounds really good yyz!

yyz

It is… Curious about what notes you’ll get when you gongfu it.

chadao

Sounds lovely! I’ve tried two different Huang Zhi Xiang wulongs, one from Seven Cups and the other from Verdant. The former was so sweet, it was as if I was drinking straight mango and passion fruit nectar. The latter was more mellow, still juicy and sweet with oaky notes. And yours, well, again, it sounds completely different! That must go to show how even on particular tea can change character from purveyor to purveyor.

TheTeaFairy

Chadao, I have verdant also, you are right, it’s very sweet in an almost fruit juice kind of way. I will have to see how different this one is Gongfu style. I am expecting sweeter notes that way. And I agree, it’s amazing how different tea can be from on estate to the other, or from one harvest to the other. I’ve had a Da Yu Ling oolong recently that was so muted in taste compared to the regular brand I normally drink.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Did you ever end up making the in the gaiwan? :)

TheTeaFairy

I did! Didn’t I review it a second time?
Its more boozy and orangy with short steeps…I much prefer it that way, it keeps changing from one steep to the next…that’s why I like gongfu brewing so much…did you try it yourself?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yep, I have. I like it more that way too :) I think you did review it now that I’m thinking about it…hmmm…haha

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hmm…appears not! :P But yes, super nommy :)

TheTeaFairy

Lol, no worries, I can’t remember myself…But I drank it many times this way already and it’s much more complex, my favourite way for pretty much any oolong. I bought a nice Yixing pot for them, just can’t decided if I should use it for green oolong or more oxidized like this one…big dilemma.

Dexter

Normally I would comment something like – just get another then you don’t have to decide – BUT I would be remiss of me not to bring up the fact that you’ve agreed to go on an yixing buying hiatus…. ;)

TheTeaFairy

Haha!! Dexter, thanks for keeping an eye on me…but let’s not give that story to the world…not my finest moment, oops :-O

But, but, I was just on Zen Tea’s website cause my heart is just like my little pumpkin pot…it’s broken :-( what to do???

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) I just bought two yixing pots (my first ones) last week! I’m stoked!

I’ve got a set of yixing cups for yunnan blacks, shou puer, and lapsang…so I bought a 120ml red yixing pot to match my yunnan black yixing cups and a 150ml black yixing pot to match my shou puer cups :)

If only they made 50ml yixing pots…i would be ALL OVER THAT. I can’t get over small teaware. It’s just so…adorable and perfect. :P

Dexter

Remember that number you quoted not that long ago (but long enough that you’ve placed more orders since) – THAT NUMBER – you know the scary one – and it didn’t include any of the tins for you organization project…. I have no problem with you replacing your pumpkin pot – just trying to look out for you….

TheTeaFairy

Brenden, that’s so cute! I love tiny teaware too but a 50ml pot?? Lol, that’s one sip! Have you seasoned them yet?

Oh, but Dexter, I just want the pots!! No tea. Lol, Brenden seems to be getting all my business lately anyways :-)

Those Zen Tea pots are going to disapear very soon, unbeatable quality for the price. I was thinking of replacing the broken one + the one the boychik got, the orange one. Then I’m gonna lock them up so I don’t break them no more. What do you think?

Dexter

If I told you what I really thought (you should use and love them not lock them up) – you would laugh hysterically and tell me to take a look in my own cupboard, no right to give you advice etc. I would say something like do as I say not as I do – you would smile, pat me on the head and buy one anyway. :))
LOL you can do what you like, I’m just trying to do my job as the “voice of reason”.
(For those that don’t understand – I have four yixing pots, I’ve only seasoned one – not using any of them – I have no right to tell anyone that they should be using and enjoying their teaware…)

TheTeaFairy

Lol, we know each other too well by now, scary!! The thing is, before I went to “breaking” mode, I was using them on REGULAR basis….but now my confidence is shaken…I’m wondering if they are better off being just “looked at” instead of end up cracked on the floor!!!

(Smile, pat on the shoulder… I just bought them!!)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Nope, they’re still on the way to me, but I’ll be seasoning them right away when they arrive!

Lol, Dexter…I can’t imagine having teaware that didnt get used!

I would highly suggest creating a tea space with thick fuzzy carpet under the drinking area. I personally have a nice big carpet under my tea table, which is only a few inches taller than my knee. I’ve dropped many cups off of the table and none of them have broken :)

Dexter

Brenden are your yixing cups porcelain lined? or are they just clay? How do you like drinking out of them? I have a yixing mug (I understand that’s not what you have) and I don’t like the roughness of the clay to drink out of – don’t like how it feels in the mouth, against teeth. I have itty, bitty, teeny tiny clay tasting cups, but have never used them – too small, and afraid of the clay feel. Just wondering if proper sized cups would be better?

Dexter

Fairy – I am not surprised. :))
It is scary, don’t need to actually HAVE the conversation to know how it would go. Enjoy your new pots!!!
One of these days I’m going to take a me tea day and actually spend some quality time with some of my GOOD teas and GOOD teaware – just need to find some time…

TheTeaFairy

Brenden, i had a phase of uncontrollable clumsiness…let’s hope it’s over now. But the carpet is an option to consider ;-) i’d love to see your pots when you get them!!

Dexter, You know I hope and pray everyday for that to happen for you my dear friend :-)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Dexter, totally unglazed. I love drinking out of them…when I first got them, I didnt season them and they felt and tasted rough, just like you explained. After I seasoned them they began to feel smoother on the lips and produce much better tasting tea. I didn’t think I would notice much difference, but after using them for a few months I definitely started tasting a difference. All of the teas I make in them are so much smoother and cleaner tasting. I have a set of clay cups that are really low quality and i couldn’t stand to drink out of them…after seasoning it was so much better…but still definitely not as good as a good quality cup.

TeaFairy, I will definitely be posting pictures on here. Excited! :)

Also, I like to pour my first cup of the session into the yixing cups and let it sit for a minute before drinking. This seems to “open” the teacups up. Could just be my imagination though :P

Dexter

Thanks Brenden – now that you say it – makes perfect sense. I did let tea sit in my mug a couple of times when I first got it to “season”, but I didn’t submerge it. That’s what I need to do, build up some patina on the lip and outside to cut down the rough mouth feel. I really want to love my yixing mug – I’m way more of a coffee mug rather than tiny cup kind of girl – this seemed like the best of both world. I’m going to submerge my mug a few times and see if I can’t get it to “smooth out”. Thanks for the advice. :))

TheTeaFairy

(I’m both a super large and super tiny teaware kind of gal…I’m want ALL things tea!!!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

What you need to do is boil it in a pot with the tea you want to use. Add like a half ounce of the tea and boil the tea for 20 minutes, then add the mug and boil for an hour. That initial seasoning is what really makes it start to taste good :)

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Reading my book and sipping on this for the last two hours.

I made it the way I really like it when I have all the time in the world for it. I fill the gaiwan with leaves, really, I fill it almost to the top. This tea is light in weight, so for me, that’s the best way to extract all the goodness I know is in there. It might seems like a lot of tea to waist, but it’s no waist when you can brew it for several hours. And the steeps remain rich and flavourful. A good night companion…

This is another one from Butiki I’m hoping will never disappear!

(See previous notes)

Fjellrev

Interesting method!

TheTeaFairy

Yes, I find I’m not achieving the results I,m seeking with short steeps if I use less. I know this tea is good no matter what, but this method elevates it to the tenth power for me!

Terri HarpLady

I still haven’t tried that with this tea…yet!

TheTeaFairy

I have no doubt time will come, Terri!

TeaBrat

Reading anything good?

TheTeaFairy

Well Teabrat, I just finished Rebecca from Daphne Du Maurier and I’m now contemplating either Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth’s sequel World Without End or Camilla Läckberg ‘s Ice Princess. Hard to choose sometimes isn’t it?

Butiki Teas

Interesting! I will have to try that. I usually fill the gaiwan about half way full.

TheTeaFairy

Stacy, I know, that’s what I do too with regular teas (meaning other than pu’erh and oolongs, those I weigh instead) but I wanted a bolder flavour and that’s what works best for me, very short steeps, lots of leaves. (Which I’ll be running out of real soon!!)
I would’t recommend it to someone not like a strong brew, but I know you do!

Butiki Teas

Are doing a 10 second steep on that? I’d like to try it how you recommend. :)

TheTeaFairy

OMG i would never dream of recommending ANYTHING to you on this tea, madam!!!

But 10seconds is probably what I do, I never really count, I “estimate” to give people and idea. So yes, I would estimate 10sec for the first 3 steeps and increase by 10 also for the subsequents. And as I often do, I read while brewing, so I forget it and it becomes almost syrupy…But call me crazy, I still like it!!!

I haven’t tried this with your Wild mountain yet, but i will.

Butiki Teas

Well, I would love to try your method. I will give it a try tonight. For this tea and the TWMB, I normally just do a 1/2 gaiwan filled steep for 30ish seconds. I like the first steep to come out a bit strong. It will be interesting to try it this way. :)

Butiki Teas

Whoa, the 10 second steep with a full gaiwan is delicious! Excellent recommendation. Very malty but still sweet.

TheTeaFairy

Phew! thanks for letting me know, lol, i was a little nervous that you might think I’m just a fool!!! So happy you liked it this way. Is it possible to ever mess up this tea i ask you???

Butiki Teas

It was absolutely delicious! Very different than what I normally do but I love how different it is. It reminded me of coffee a little bit in flavor though only what I would imagine coffee would taste like since I’ve only tasted like maybe twice in my life.

TheTeaFairy

Yay! You’re right Stacy, it does bring more of coffee almost mocha feel to it!

Terri HarpLady

Guess I’ll have to give this a try…

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Tea of the night.

This tea is a lullaby…

It’s comforting, soothing, enveloping, warming, reassuring.

This tea feels like the rain…

It’s calming, cleansing, refreshing, quenching, rejuvenating.

Fresh Michigan pine needles, paired with jasmine green. Brilliant.

Pure and crystalline, this infusion renders a light floral breeze and an almost indescribable fresh evergreen taste. It just sits there on your tongue long after you’ve swallowed. It might be a little more piney and resinous than the previous time I had it, which is fine by me, I love that taste! But it remains very delicate and sophisticated.

I had only a sample before, but now that I have a brand new supply, we’ll be spending a lot more time together…This is a unique handcrafted product, and I’m pleased to say it now has a place of choice in my cupboard.

gmathis

Oh, my…what a calming review! I think I need you to come read me a bedtime story :)

Stephanie

I need to try this!

Cavocorax

I’m jealous! I’ve been dying to try this but when it was restocked I didn’t know about it until it was too late. It’s on my wishlist so hopefully nexttime!

inranger

Same here Cavocorax, I just placed my first WP order and it was the one tea I wanted that was out of stock. :( Yes, next time.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

The needles for this tea are harvested on the first of each month, and the amount of it available is based on how much I can sustainably harvest…There should be about a pound available on the first of the month :)

TheTeaFairy

Gmathis, wouldn’t that be fun ;-) it’s hard for me to relax at night and this tea did the trick yesterday, it has a very claming effect, just made me feel so good.

Cavocorax and inranger, I sure hope you get the chance to try it eventually :-)

Brenden, the first of the month is maked in RED on my calendar!!

bizbee1

oh I was just thinking about how I had been trying to find a good jasmine before I got side tracked with travel (and some truly awful tea experiences). I MUST try this one! I often drink green jasmine until nearly bed time. this would be better.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

bizbee, the base of this tea is our River Rain green tea, which I LOVE for before bed. It’s a blend of mao jian and jasmine yin hao teas from China. :)

bizbee1

well Whispering Pines as soon as you get more in I’ll be “there” I have a whole relationship with bears theme in my life, raising funds for the fortress of the bear is Sitka AK and avoiding bears during my AK swims (I was recently told this year’s proposed route ends near some bears that like to swim out to fishing boats) sleeping bears are a good thing!
So is pine for remembering the bears when I am amongst the palm trees working!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) Bears rock! It’s too bad the Legend of the Sleeping Bear is not a happy one :(

TheTeaFairy

Bizbee1, that sounds amazing!!!

(Brenden, If the bear dies in the end, I don’t want to know!!)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Well, it IS just a legend… http://www.nps.gov/slbe/historyculture/stories.htm

But yes, there are dying bears involved :(

bizbee1

well to counteract the sadness here is a happy place for orphaned baby bears (htough it has little to do with tea unless we make a tea and use it as a fundraiser). The family that runs the fortress have dedicated their lives to these bears but they give a lot in return! http://www.fortressofthebear.org/

TheTeaFairy

Arrgh!!! I knew i shouldn’t have read the legend…it takes two words to make me cry: cub and death. What a sad story…but I’m sure the dunes created in their memories are beautiful…

Bizbee1, thanks for posting this, it warms my heart to hear about such amazing people :-)

TheTeaFairy

Awww! You’ve got it all my friend…it’s gorgeous.

And Mario Batali? And cherries, my favourite fruits in the world???

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This will be available for purchase in an hour and a half!!! :D That’s 2pm EST, right here: whisperingpinestea.com/the-sleeping-bear-blend.html

bizbee1

ok I want to get some for me and some for a care package going out to a friend so I’ll waaiitt :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Very limited quantity…so be ready! :D

Whispering Pines Tea Company

@Fairy, yes…the best cherries you could ever imagine. I can’t even eat cherries from anywhere else :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Also, I’m having my first cup of this harvest now. It’s AMAZING. I changed my processing slightly on the pine, so now there’s much more pine flavor and a light roasty hint in the background. Also, new jasmine in it, which is WAY better than the old one. I keep saying this, but I don’t think I can make this tea any better!

inranger

Have my order in :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yay! :) Congrats, and thank you :)

Cavocorax

Oh, I’m SO tempted to grab this, but I just got my WP order in a few days ago, and don’t want to pay $12 shipping for 2 oz of tea. :P Guess I’ll have to wait until it’s restocked later on. Is it always the 1st of the month that you bring it in? I can plan a future order based on that!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Cavocorax, I’ll message you :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

And yes, to answer your question, I harvest on the first of each month. Usually there’s about 10 ounces available, but I’m trying to make that a pound in the future.

I could do a special harvest for anyone that wants 4 ounces or more though :)

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Tea of the night…

I love my little green teas. Yes, they are my little ones. I don’t drink them as often as my blacks and oolongs but I do appreciate them. Yes, I play on the dark AND the green side!

This is like drinking morning dew. As if I had gone out at the first hour of the day to collect in my glass steeper enough little grassy drops to fill a decent tiny cup. In French, morning dew is called “la rosée”, I love that word, it sounds so soft and fluffy, just like this tea is.

I took a picture…

I know, I know, I often like to show…well see, I don’t have a blog but I take pictures all the time, especially tea pictures, so why not share them? Of course you don’t have to click, I won’t be offended… But for those who love to watch, here it is:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/laafeevertee/14377042107/

Isn’t it pretty and tender looking? Like beautiful seaweeds, moving in slow motion.

It tastes so fresh and vegetal, a bit salty and marine. It’s a pure and clean taste. The type I love to pair with fish.

I threw this one in my cart on last order cause ya know…my plan is to try ALL existing Whispering Pines teas!!!

I’m glad I did.
Christina

That does look lovely. Why must you tempt me so! I told Steepster and my entire family that I wouldn’t buy any more tea until September!

MzPriss

So pretty in that glass. Do you love that steeper? I’ve been thinking about one…

TheTeaFairy

Christina…just give in…september was way too ambitious ;-)

MzPriss, I love my test tube! Short steep for the lazy…works really well for green and shou but not so much for larger leaf like oolong, it gets too jammed packed.

mj

I like the pictures you post :-)

TheTeaFairy

Thanks mj :-)

MzPriss

@TeaF I’ve been eyeing one at I think Verdant. What I need to be eyeing is where I’m going to put everything that is either alresady here or coming to my house.
@Christina – she is a total temptress…

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I hear you on that…massive shit load of tea coming our way…i have 2 yixing pots on the way also. Sigh.
(I did buy my test tube at Verdant…totally worth it…you should seriously consider…just sayin’)

MzPriss

Maybe when the Laoshan Choky Genmaicha comes in. I have massive shitloads still to come, but I’ve been putting Madala in tins this morning and it makes me happeh :) I have also been LOLing at my messages this morning but now I want chai, so that will be my on the way to work tea…

MzPriss

2 yxings??? LOL. I LOVE you.

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! I don’t blame you, I cold brewed some right after that conversation!

TheTeaFairy

Well you obviously don’t know my relationship with yixing pots…I buy them, I break them…then I buy some more, and I break some more….CLUMSY!!!

MzPriss

I a breaker too. Well more of a chipper actually. Although, my sweet little cup w/infuser that I reviewed on here recently? I had it for a week and a half before I broke the mug :(

MzPriss

’scuse my typos. not enough sleep :(

MzPriss

Off to work (with my chai) Have a good day

TheTeaFairy

Lol, you too :-)

Cameron B.

Why don’t you have a blog? :)

Cheri

I love your pictures!

Terri HarpLady

Lovely pics as always, & we have matching test tube steepers :)
I love that thing, wouldn’t dream of brewing green teas in anything else!
On the topic of breaking things (rolls eyes dramatically), my desk & studio are both littered with chipped tea cups, because once I chip them I won’t serve tea in them. So they become holders of things: pennies, paperclips, a wet tea strainer, the weird little Bingo keytags that I write my daily tasks on (in hopes of actually getting them done), etc.
I have a fantasy of rounding them up this fall & planting a small succulent jade plant in each on, to give as winter gifts to my students.
Gratefully, I haven’t broken any of my yixings (knock on wood). I would be heart broken.

mj

I love that jade plant idea! Teacup planters are adorable and I have a very handsome jade plant that I enjoy a lot. It’s one of my favorites (shhhh don’t tell my other plants)

boychik

Yixings? From where ? Links ?
I love the pics and you should blog, telling ya

TheTeaFairy

Thanks you guys, but no need for a blog, Steepster is my tea-home, I’m way happier here with you all :-)

Terri, what a great idea!

Boychik…dunno if you remember, but when you were buying yours from Zen Tea, I told you I had purchased the pumpkin one and that IMHO, their prices could not be beaten for signed handmade pots. Well….I cracked it. It’s not conpletely broken, but can’t be used anymore. I liked it soooo much that I repurchased it…

http://zentealife.com/yixing-teapot-siji.html

And…couldn’t resist this one in the process…does it look familiar?

http://zentealife.com/yixing-teapot-songdan.html

boychik

Oh I love the pumpkin and second looks very familiar. I just checked prices went up, mine was $29
Oh well, it’s worth every penny.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, yes, it’s totally worth it…I have bought lots of teaware from them and I know they are 100% reliable. I don’t know any other places where you can get a certificate of authenticity for such low price. Kenneth, the owner had told me it was his last batch in inventory, he wouldn’t be able to get them anymore. So I made my move before they’re all gone :-)

Terri HarpLady

Mine are all very plain, but wonderfully functional, all from Mandala. However, there are others I’ve been drooling over for awhile…

boychik

I got 2 fr YS some time ago but they are 200 ml. At that time I didn’t realize that they are huge. I really want them to be 100-130ml .

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I’m thinking about selling everything I own and starting a tea forest.

Method: 6g, 6 oz, 205 degrees, rinse-10-20, sheng yixing

Aroma: I was a little nervous because this smelled a bit menthol. That’s probably not even exactly right, but it’s close.

Flavor: Oh hello, mild gorgeous thing.

Zoned out.

And I’m back. I keep sipping this and staring off into the distance, picturing myself in a forest of wild tea trees, napping by a stream.

Am I looking dewy? Is this the sheng sweat that mrmopar was talking about?

I have no idea, but I am having a very pleasant reaction to this tea. My heart feels all fluttery and I think my ears may be ringing, ever so slightly.

This one is a winner! It’s going to the top of my White2Tea full cake wishlist.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
Marzipan

You are so funny.

Sarsonator

Oh thank you! :)

I’m drunk on sheng and watching Ghost Shark now. This tea is yummmz!!!!

Cameron B.

Ghost…Shark…?

>>

Sarsonator

You can blame ost for telling me about it. :p

MzPriss

Can we add this to my list Sarsy?

Sarsonator

Absolutely, pumpkin pie!

MzPriss

WHY Steepster? WHY? Why do you eat entire sentences?

MzPriss

I was telling you I just had some Teavivre’s gold bud-thingie out of my newky seasoned purple pot and it’s so so good.

MzPriss

sigh. Newly. But at the beginning of the pour it is not good – maybe I’m doing it wrong?

Sarsonator

You mean the pour is not good?

Marzipan

Too much c.

MzPriss

It is once its going but at first it goes everywhere

MzPriss

I have one other one that does that. the other don’t. It’s probably me. Marz – c?

Cameron B.

LOL MARZIPAN! Too good.

Sarsonator

I tilt the cup to meet the teapot a little. Usually works. If it’s still being funky, maybe post on the forum? Someone may have a suggestion.

MzPriss

It does it even when it’s not full >.

MzPriss

And I still haven’t eaten dinner

Sarsonator

I had a veggie burger. Yumz

MzPriss

Oh I have some of those. And some corn and cheese tamales in the freezer

MzPriss

But right now I’m eating chocolate

Cheri

This tea sounds great, and you guys are silly and making me laugh. I love it.

Cwyn

You got yourself the tea qi.

Sarsonator

Oh it was nice, too!!!!

Cwyn

Yah Ima-addict. :P

mj

LOL @ this thread. Want to live in Sarasonator’s tea forest a la Swiss Family Robinson: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gSvAoHjnktM/TKxjXlna9OI/AAAAAAAABW8/FF0q0qnaLTk/s1600/Tobago+Swiss+Tree+1960.jpg
Cuz I don’t rough it

TheTeaFairy

Lol, mj, that’s totally our fashengista in her tea forest, you are too funny!!!

Sarsonator

:p Cwyn

OMG mj!!!! That’s perfect!!!!

I am already shenging this AM, Foxy. We will see where I end up today :)

mrmopar

That will be it.

Sarsonator

I’m a bonafide space cadet!

mrmopar

The Chairman ha sent his approval of your tasting notes. He was read this since he can’t personally read and sent a 2 meow response.

Cwyn

When are we getting a pic of the Chairman Meow-er?

Sarsonator

Here’s my Chairman. Mrmopar has his own Chairman :)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/124304184@N02/14742665251/

Sarsonator

Oh and mrmopar… I tried to get my Chairman Meow to pick my tea the other day. He gave me a stare that said, “whatever human. Bow down to your kitty overlord and get me some treats”

So it didn’t work out well…

Cwyn

That is a corporate executive cat! He definitely has some personality, had to laugh at the lion pose he has got there.

Sarsonator

I call that his “Most Interesting Cat in the World” pose :p

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drank Cotton Candy by Della Terra Teas
303 tasting notes

Seriously, guys, you are all just a bunch of enablers. OMGsrsly peer pressured me into having a small evening foods, I made a pitcher of Jardin Sauvage because of TheTeaFairy, and then DTT posted about bringing old blends back into stock and I remembered this and absolutely had to have it.

And yes, this sample is still alive and there is enough left for one more cup. I was going to have some on my birthday, but I ended up having so much other good stuff there was no room for more tea.

This is still so tasty.

And I still feel dirty for liking it so much.

Considering possibly nudging it up five points. Shhh. Tell no one.

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VariaTEA

Does it actually taste like cotton candy though?

Anna

Not even remotely. Here is what I think it tastes like: http://steepster.com/clareborn/posts/227538

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Hilarious, yes we are a bunch of enablers, aren’t we? Like I spent my entire day under a blanket, reading a book and sipping oolong because of TeaTiff! ( yes, I proudly play the blaming game!!)

Anna

IT’S EVERYONE’S FAULT.

VariaTEA

So it seems like my first thoughts about this being similar to DAVIDs Birthday Cake is probably right. Thank you for sharing :)

OMGsrsly

LOL. I can’t believe that you reading “frozen girlfriend” from my gf lasagne made you HUNGRY.

Anna

THAT OBVIOUSLY MEANS GIRLFRIEND LASAGNE OKAY.

Also girls are totally tasty.

Anna

And VariaTEA – I haven’t tried that yet, but I’m going to try to trick Sil into getting some for me for our swap!

VariaTEA

No need to trick Sil because I have lots and am happy to share. Also, I will be by David’s tomorrow and can pick stuff up :)

Anna

Aww, thank you. You’re the best.

Sil

hey! i need tea to send to her! don’t steal things i can go get for her! lol

VariaTEA

Sil, I am sure there is plenty to send and this way I save you a trip to DAVIDs.

Anna

No, because Sil must go there and get me the Movie Night she LOATHES BEYOND WORDS AND COMPREHENSION.

It’s pretty funny.

Anna

Also I love you guys.

VariaTEA

Alright. So I will leave this for Sil to get you unless instructed otherwise prior to our eventual swap

Sil

lmao…. it’s all a vicious plot to make me go to davids…but i’m ok with that… though honestly, we should all just get together and make one GIANT BOX for anna that takes like 2 ppl to carry…

OMGsrsly

I’m packing my box as full to 500g as possible. Scale is out, and everything. :D :D :D

Sil

…uh that’s anna’s box right?

lol

OMGsrsly

Yes. My box for Anna, I meant. Clarification achieved. Although your box is a little bigger than Anna’s, Sil.

VariaTEA

Sil, we should!! Just combine everything and it will be a cupboard explosion of tastiness.

Sil

Bigeger…but lighter? hopeful

OMGsrsly

Lighter only due to Anna’s non-tea contents, I think.

OMGsrsly

I’ll weigh before I finally manage to send (next week now because I’m visiting family this weekend) and report back. :D

Anna

Aaaaaaaaaah THE REVENGE OS SIL.

Anna

Wait, I just read this whole thing – OMGsrsly, what are you DOING?! What is in this box? I DEMAND TO KNOW. No, wait I don’t want to know. Or… no. But. NO. ARGH.

OMGsrsly

I am not in the box. Do not fear. (I do not weigh less than 500g.)

Anna

It would be so awesome if you were in the box and I opened it and you came walking out and it turned out YOU’VE BEEN THAT SIZE ALL ALONG.

Anna

Also, you’re lucky you don’t weigh less than 500g, because otherwise I would never let you out of my purse and that might get boring for you.

OMGsrsly

I guess it would depend on what you have in your purse! Any interesting books? :)

Anna

I would build an entire kingdom for you in my purse.

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dexter sent me this one as i really want to place an order with WP but when i built my cart it was several hundred $ lol Soooo dexter helped me out with a few samples from her cupboard of WP teas that were on my “want to try” list. I love this tea. I enjoyed multiple steepings of the sample dexter sent me and loved it. Oak, cocoa, vanilla..and a truly delicious base. I think my only “complaint” about this tea is the price :( It would for sure be a birthday sort of splurge tea for me – to be enjoyed. Thank you so much for sharing this with me dexter! delicious!

Cameron B.

I agree on the price. I always want to try the new “vanilla dreams” teas, but they’re just too expensive for me.

Sil

don’t get me wrong, i can appreciate that quality sometimes costs more, but i’m not sure i can personally justify it, at least not as often as i’d want too :(

Cameron B.

Absolutely. I just feel that I would rather buy multiple teas or more of a tea I love for the same price. :)

Cameron B.

But I haven’t tried any of the expensive ones, so if I had I may have a different opinion! Lol.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Im HOPING to be able to make my more expensive teas available as 1/2oz in the next few weeks or so. It’s ridiculously laborious to blend the teas that contain Tahitian Vanilla…takes about 30 minutes per ounce. :/

Lariel of Lórien

I really want to try this one.

Dexter

Does the multiple steep make up for price? I hardly ever re-steep “flavored” teas (I understand this is blended not flavored). If you can multiple steep it, does that help offset cost. (I haven’t tried this one yet…) Happy that you like it. :))

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Mmm good point…I always get at least 4 steeps from this one.

Sil

Dexter….so yes and no hahaha my dilemma is that sometimes, I don’t WANT 36+oz of the same tea
Brendan – totally understand, and this one is lovely…I can appreciate the time and effort that crafting a tea can require.
Cameron – if/when Brendan has the half ounce option, I suggest trying it at the very least as a little splurge :) it’s quite lovely with the vanilla… This is more what I was hoping for with the verdant blends this month a la vanilla style

Cameron B.

Sil, I will definitely consider trying this one and Cocoa Amore if there’s a half ounce option. :)

And those stupid Verdant blends angered me! The vanilla was such an afterthought in all of them except maybe the tieguanyin…

Dexter

I understand that Sil – I agree don’t always want 4 big cups of the same tea. To save leaf/cost, should we be making 4 steeps of small cups. Make four 4oz cups rather than four 8oz cups? Do we need to change our habits to save money and make these more affordable?

Sil

Dex….probably…but I find unless I’m doing gongfu…I want my big delicious mugs of steaming tea….or else it cools too fast for me lol

Whispering Pines Tea Company

You could always halve the leaf amount and add infusion times together :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

But yes, I’m hoping that a 1/2oz option will make these more accessible.

Lariel of Lórien

1/2 is a good sample size. Is that one the two awesome black teas?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Not sure what you mean?

Lariel of Lórien

A blend of two awesome black teas?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahh yes, it’s Imperial Gold Bud Dian Hong and Ailaoshan Black :-)

mj

What?? Those are two of my WP faves! I might have to splurge on this (and Cocoa Amore, naturally) in October for a birthday present to me…from me….I just won’t think about it too hard ;)

Lariel of Lórien

Yay for October birthdays. This blend sounds good for that season too. (I rather liked the Ailaoshan Black, almost as much as Fujian S’mores… I mean Black Tea.)

TheTeaFairy

Interesting discussion here…my own personal reflexion on it, is that for me, each buck is well spent only because those vanilla dreams teas make me happy beyond what they cost me. And I’m at a point where I like to drink less of everything, and more of my favourites. So in the end, again for my own personal situation, it’s not more expensive cause I have stopped ordering from many other companies and stick to the very few I want to drink tea from like forever!! Having said that, I understand that they do not fit every budget. But I will happily cut somewhere else, before I cut on my WP orders :-)

Ubacat

I’ve always wanted to sample the WP teas too but since most are black I doubt I would stock them on a regular basis.

TeaFairy, I know what you mean about drinking more of your favs. I’ve been reaching for lots of my favs lately too.

mj

Ubacat, you can order a sample pack for $5. Not all of the teas are available as samples, but a lot of them are :)

Sil

Teafairy – totally understand that, and i’m pretty sure that’s where i’ll end up once my life isn’t so hectic. For right now, i hate to waste money on teas that are a “luxury” if i know i’ll struggle to find time to actually have time to myself to sit and enjoy them, instead of the teas i drink while at work to make work more enjoyable with happy tea moments. Work tea sometimes gets forgotten, and i wouldn’t want to do that to my special teas :)

OMGsrsly

I’m with you, Sil. I need to have a stock of teas that are great in travel mugs or if left to cool, plus some teas I adore that I can just sit and sip on when I get home from work or have a lazy morning. :)

Lariel of Lórien

The samples are good, but a bit small.

Ubacat

I did see the samples. I might have to order some of them to try BEFORE they have a sale. Then I will know which ones to order. Thanks.

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Chocola-TEA covered cherry recipe:

1 strong cup of Fujian Black
1 cup of fresh and crunchy cherries

Take a sip, bite into a cherry. Mmmmmm.

Oh yeah! This is making my morning.

MzPriss

I want cherries

TheTeaFairy

Lol, wish I could share them with you…I have to admit these are so good, I just don’t care where they came from!!

MzPriss

We have them in the stores now. I always get some every summer – but I dream of what they would be like if they didn’t travel so far.

TheTeaFairy

Well I must say the ones I’m having now are pretty darn close of “bing” prefect!!

MzPriss

Did you see the snail pictures mj found to go with the Bi Luo Chun? They are amazing and adoreable!

Sarsonator

This sounds amazing. I want a black cherry tea! But one without artificial flavors. Does that exist?

Christina

Tealux does have a black tea with whole cherries and fig pieces in it, but the ingredients list also includes “flavouring” – http://steepster.com/teas/tealux/33776-cherry-fantasy

TheTeaFairy

MzPriss, those snails, OMG!! Did you see the cherry kiss?

Sarsonator, I gave up on finding a good flavoured cherry tea…I really don’t think it exists… I think my version of it this morning is much better :-)

MzPriss

YES @ the cherry kiss! Those pics make me want to have pet snails :D

TheTeaFairy

Lol, pet snails ;-)

Christina, thank you…unfortunately, I have tried that tea and did not like it. Cherry flavoured teas always end up tasting weird for my own personal taste.

Sarsonator

I’ll give it a try Christina!

Maybe I can use dried cherries and make my own cherry tea. I like your method, TTF, but I can’t always get fresh cherries here. So I’d like to find something for the winter months, too.

mj

I’m glad you liked the snails MzPriss! I’m a little obsessed with those snail pics. They’re just so stinking cute

mj

Also, I have a samples of this and now I’m going to have to bust it out this morning! Sans cherries though, although I don’t really mind. Cherries are ok, but aren’t a favorite of mine

MzPriss

I’m having this tea next and looking at the snails some more. But :O cherries aren’t a favorite???

mj

I’ll make some now and we can be tea twins :-). MzPriss, moment of inspiration brought on by madametj’s recent turtle tea pet acquisition: you could get a snail tea pet?
Yeah, I mean I like cherries but berries are more my thing. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries….mmmm. The best I ever had were in Germany, of all places, last summer

Cameron B.

Firm, crunchy cherries are the best kind!

mj

Also, fair warning: If you look up the photographer that took those snail pics, he has some other very cute insect pics on his site, but also some total boob pics which I discovered AT WORK. Total panic! I haven’t been fired yet though. Such a weird combination of subjects

Dexter

I pretty much love all things cherry, and I’ve found a few that are pretty good (obviously have different tastes than TTF) – this is my favorite cherry tisane, but it’s showing out of stock. :((
http://www.nmteaco.com/Pondi-Cherry_p_404.html

MzPriss

LOL @ boob pics with the adorable snails

Skulleigh

Oh man, I wish I had some cherries now! And those snails are the cutest thing! It’s like he has permission to go to fairyland and take photos!

MzPriss

That is exactly right – they look like snails in fairyland!

TheTeaFairy

Skulleigh, that’s EXACTLY what fairyland looks like!!!

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Thank you VariaTEA for sending this my way!

i got no chocolate? but i got a lovely creamy, vanilla-esque cinnamon bomb though! very nice. might have to look into this shop- next semester!

on a completely separate note, had to drop a line to my prof asking for more pages for an assignment….. i will cut and paste his reply:
‘… you should strike some balance between your school work and life.’ buwahahahahaha! yeah! if you promise me A+’s no matter what.

did he just obliquely accuse me of having no life? or would you call that direct? hmmm.

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VariaTEA

I am glad you liked it. And yes, your prof may have accidentally (or perhaps not accidentally) accused you of not having a life.

JustJames

thank you so much for sending it! gotta love a prof that puts up with grading extra work and then calls it like he sees it…. politely! lol!!!
yours should be there soon i hope!

yyz

Maybe he’s a little envious. I remember some of my undergraduate profs (mostly department heads) complaining that 70% of their time was dedicated to finding funding/politics, 20% to their own research and grad students, and 10% to the classroom.

JustJames

well, he might be indulging me a bit because i appear to be the only tech savvy student willing to work with networking software for the NGOs, not just mine. also the fact that i have over 100 hours in and it should be more 36 and i’m trying to make it self-sustaining for after i leave as well. my classmates are just starting now, i’ve been at it full time for a month. (no sleep, lotsa tea…. that’s why no reviews!)

yyz

Goodness, with that amount of work in, it would be nice if you could at least get a tax receipt for your volunteer time. Sounds exciting, but don’t push yourself towards burnout!

JustJames

you say what i think…. and yet there’s no one else with my particular spray of skill sets: art, language, people, programs, photo editing with a strong real world network as well. it’ll be fine…. probably. lol.

yyz

Anyways I feel for you…

JustJames

thank you! xoxo…. are you enjoying your bits and pieces?

yyz

I am.. So far I have revisited Hepburn, and Toffee Dream, I was kind of too busy to give a tea proper attention today. I wm planning to explore something new tomorrow, looking forward to it!

JustJames

i’m crazy busy, if you don’t have time to review i’d be the last one to gripe. just thought i’d ask!! =0)

yyz

No harm in it, James they all look fabulous! I think I’m going to have to close my eyes and reach in, to decide where to begin. I’ve also been wasting time contemplating a Betjeman order.

JustJames

i did NOT just read that. i have enough tea… i have enough tea… i will not look them up online!! lol!

yyz

It’s a little bit more effort. To get decent shipping you have to do a phone order from Fouvrac in Montreal. They carry the full line, but don’t have a webstore. So you have to check out the teas at the Betjeman and Barton site. Shipping they said was cheap, someone had an order sent to California for $10.

yyz

Fouvrac seems to carry a lot of companies. They have Betjeman, and a lot of Kusmi, but I have also seen Fauchon, Compagnie Coloniale, and Marriage Frères tins in the pictures on their Facebook page.

VariaTEA

I saw Montreal and perked up. I suppose I have another store to check out now.

VariaTEA

Also this is a list (granted an incomplete one) of the tea companies they have: http://www.lefouvrac.com/grocery-product/en_tea.html

yyz

https://m.facebook.com/lefouvrac?id=220918191303544&rdr. They have 2 locations. I’m not sure which is better but the Betjeman site lists the Fleury location. blank" rel=“nofollow” href=“http://www.betjemanandbarton.com/en/content/9-world”>http://www.betjemanandbarton.com/en/content/9-world

They have really cute teaware as well!

VariaTEA

The other location is closer but realistically the difference is insignificant unless you are driving there.

JustJames

I AM COVERING MY EYES!!!!!! i am not reading! i have been SO well behaved. CURSES! lol.

yyz

Looks like you’re fine going to the Laurier location anyways. They apparently have an annex to the store dedicated to the Betjeman teas. http://voir.ca/voir-la-vie/art-de-vivre/2012/12/06/home-sweet-home/

VariaTEA

Yeah. Damn. I really shouldn’t be buying more. It is just so tempting though.

yyz

Beware, according to the fleury St description they carry 48 companies teas.

yyz

And it’s smaller than the Laurier one

VariaTEA

Hahaha. This could hurt my wallet. Perhaps I should avoid the store.

yyz

True, it does look dangerous. If you go set a limit, but it looks at least you can buy 50g.

yyz

James, we kind of hijacked this discussion, but you know when I finally get around to placing an order, some samples will be coming to you.

JustJames

ha ha ha ha…. hijack away! i am a man of mettle! i’ll misbehave- i just have to save it up for next semester is all =0)

OMGsrsly

Oh wow, yyz, that is a serious thing to consider! I could get a lot of things I’ve been wanting to try all with just one order. :D

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Had this beautiful oolong using high mountain seasoned yixing clay pot.

This is my special occasion oolong and I just realized last night that I had totally forgotten to order some more on the last Butiki sale :-(

And then a miracle. I found an unopened 1/2 ounce pouch in the butiki drawer.

So I drank some with no special occasion other than having found it…and it gave me pure joy.

This is the epitome of what clean and fresh should be. A taste of the sky.

Sweet, creamy and buttery, pudding mouth. Floral notes very present of lilac and orchid, with a fresh minty finish.

The leaves are beautiful, so I decorated my pot with it to thank it for my session.

http://instagram.com/p/rJHF_uQh1H/

Stephanie

beautiful!

TheTeaFairy

Thanks stephanie :-)

Cheri

Sometimes it’s a special occasion with no reason at all. And that drinking this tea gave you pure joy, that’s a special occasion and a special tea.

TheTeaFairy

Well said cheri :-)

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I like that you have a Butiki drawer, that is a level of organization I can appreciate!

christeana1

Beautiful picture! I am anxiously awaiting for my butiki order to arrivr:)

Sarsonator

Lovely! I adore da yu lings!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Thanks christeana, med too can’t wait to get it, especially the mug!!!

Amanda, I only create the illusion of being organized…too much tea!!!

Sars, da yu ling is my favourite high mountain oolong :-)

Sarsonator

No, it’s MY fave high mountain oolong ;p

Kaylee

It’s awesome that you have a Butiki drawer.

mj

You deserve a miracle tea find :).

TheTeaFairy

Kaylee, butiki was the first tea Co. I ever dedicated a drawer to :-)

mj, awww, thank you ;-)

Kaylee

Hehe. What are the other companies?

TheTeaFairy

Well, i recently invested in a tin system, that means less tea in drawers! But other than Butiki, Whispering Pines and Teavivre each have their own ;-)
(So much tea!!)

Butiki Teas

Love your pic! :) Unfortunately, we just missed out on the Da Yu Ling this year. I waited a few days too long to purchase and it was already gone. :( Instead I was able to find a fantastic Fu Shou Shan in its place.

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Sorry, but skip this note if you’re looking for some insightful adjectives on how good this tea tastes.

I’ve been a sleepy head all day…just can’t shake the blues and the tiredness.

Just wanted something magical, that might chase those feelings away. Think I may have found it.

Wild Monk is one of those tea I keep in case of emergency.

Thank you Garret for making this so special, it nearly brings me to tears…good tears that is.

I just got “shengged” by The Monk, and I liked it…a lot.

Sarsonator

hugs

Sorry you’re being chased by the blues. But I’m glad this helped! I haven’t tried my wild monk yet. Sounds like I need to do that tomorrow. :)

apt

i need to buy this

TheTeaFairy

Thank you sweet girl..I will get by. This tea is just fantastic, and I need some time alone when I have it, it’s just that good. I’ve had that now and feel much better :-)

TheTeaFairy

Apt, this one is a no brainer…and I believe there’s only a few 2012 cakes left…

Sarsonator

Hey! I put way more hearts on that comment! Steepster ate my hearts!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

No worries, one heart from you is already full of special meaning :-)

Dexter

This is one of those teas that makes me feel better too – glad that it’s working for you – enjoy your time with it and feel better. :))

__Morgana__

Feel better dear TF!

boychik

Wild Monk to the rescue! Hope you feel better!

Sarsonator

Sounds like this will end up on my list of Magic Mood Teas, but I won’t know for sure til tomorrow. :)

MzPriss

Seepster has been eating my characters all day. This sheng

TheTeaFairy

Thank you deaf friends

TheTeaFairy

(“deaf” friends??? I OBVIOUSLY DON’T KNOW HOW TO WRITE!!)

MzPriss

I don’t hear that well…

MzPriss

But I DO have some badass tea!

TheTeaFairy

Same here…shitloads of badass…

Sarsonator

You win the typo of the day award, Foxy!

Whaaaaat? I can’t hear youse!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW????

mj

Hugs, TTF! I hope tomorrow is a better day :)

TheTeaFairy

Thank you sweet mj, feeling much better this morning :-)

mj

Excellent :)

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Sooo…some awesome person that may be the creator of this fabulous tea has suggested the idea of a pot devoted to the VANILLA DREAMS family of tea. My own family of VD teas consists of GO, PORT, ELDERWOOD, and soon to be received COCOA AMORE. (Not counting new EL DORADO cause it’s a chai).

Since all those teas are blended with hand-cut vanilla beans, I can only imagine what kind of flavour this will be rendering later.

I started the seasoning process very late last night, and kind of fell asleep during the soaking part. Oops. Does that mean that my pot bathed in awesomeness all night long?

Hell yeah! Now, that cannot be a bad thing…

Well, let me tell you I am drinking GO right now Gongfu style for the first time and it is just dreamy….Awwwww this is soooo gooood!!!

It’s a lot more concentrated this way, and the vanilla seems a little boozy somehow, hard to explain. Probably the minerals from the pot has to do with that.

It maltier this way, also fruitier and more fudgy. All the flavours are so condensed and smooth.

This will turn into a serious addiction, I can tell. Oh my.

Great idea Brenden, and this will make me drink even more of your tea, if that’s possible!!

MzPriss

WOOOOO! When my new yixings get here – I’m going the same thing!

MzPriss

Go look at your PM. And “bathed in awesomeness all night long” is full of win!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I guess not! Can’t wait for you to try this…

MzPriss

I think I want my Vanilla Pot to be the purple one that sadly, is coming from China so will take a while. Maybe I’ll change my mind and use another one for the vanillas.

TheTeaFairy

You have the purple and the one from mandala coming right? Any others I should know about?

MzPriss

No. I finally managed to stop after the Mandala one. For pots anyway – I do have that lotus cup coming. But I also have 2 others I need to season. One will be just for SD and one will be for other shous and that will leave one for…..?

MzPriss

I REALLY want the purple one to be the vanilla one though, so I may have to wait

TheTeaFairy

Yes, you better wait for what you really want…just pretend you did not see this note this morning…

MzPriss

I will try

Sarsonator

This new yixing habit is going to get expensive… I can already tell. In addition to the yixing gaiwans I’ve bought over the past few days, I bought a wall shelf last night, to keep them on. Because you can’t have broken tea ware! And now I see this idea, so I need another yixing gaiwan!

This time, I blame Brenden. You’re off the hook, Foxy!

MzPriss

I’m having GO as my going out the door tea this morning. @Sars the lotus gaiwan need to be the Vanilla one

TheTeaFairy

Have a great day MzPriss!!

Sars…it’s totally on him, thank you.

Sarsonator

Which lotus, HoneyBelle? I got two. Though one is a different type of clay. So maybe I should stick with the yixing for this. Not sure.

Love the new mug!!!

TheTeaFairy

The mug looks awesome!!!

MzPriss

The one where the lotus is actually the shape of the clay with no glaze. Isn’t that mug cute? $4.99 @ TJMaxx

MzPriss

OK out the door with my GO. Have a great day y’all

Sarsonator

Thanks for the suggestion, MzP! Have a great day!!!

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Having a delicious cup of this now, while I’m working on posting a garage sale on our website. This tea is so amazing. It’s tasting very powered sugary today. I’m really wondering how this would taste mixed with our PTA. I bet it would be delicious. I never got around to it but I always wanted to do a Butiki Breakfast Blend with this tea, PTA, and our Mi Xian Black. I think I will make a blend for myself.

DeliriumsFrogs

So excited to see the garage sale. :) (I love my tea set I bought from you off your garage sale). And, a blend just for yourself sounds absolutely marvelous and tremendously well deserved.

Butiki Teas

DeliriumsFrogs-It’s mostly going to be left over tins, thermoses, etc but I will be posting a few items from my house. There is a really great teaware set that I will be breaking up. I’ll post a sneak peek on instagram. :) Also, there will be those necklaces we made but never did anything with.

Butiki Teas

Oh yeah and a few cupping sets.

DeliriumsFrogs

Those awesome tea vial necklaces with the little cup charm?!?!?!?! I loved those!! (i’d have to grab one…)

Butiki Teas

DeleriumsFrogs-Yes! Those are the ones. If you want one, let me know I can always hold one for you. We only have 3 and I would like to keep one for myself. We have Hello Sweetie, Citrus Dream, and Almond Indulgence. I’m waiting to hear back from the person that made them about pricing. I’m trying to convince her to keep it low.

Ost

When are you going to put up the garage sale items? Like this week? Also would it be in the day or night time? Asking because I have work this week xD

Butiki Teas

Ost-Not sure yet. I was thinking about posting to our official Facebook page a little bit at a time before doing the website post since it takes more effort to post on the website. Are you looking for anything in particular?

Here is what we will definitely be posting:
3 small cup sets, 2 cups each. Different sets
1 glass tea pot
2 8 cup pyrex measuring cups
These cups: http://instagram.com/p/zOPOnnlfKU/?modal=true
2 bombillas
5 cupping sets (white cup and steeping vessel)
1 small cup (oc Japan)
1 large tea dispenser (this is maybe 12 cups, stays hot 24ish hours)
1 large metal thermos
1 paisley gaiwan
tins-so many tins
2 magnetic tea displays
unsold teaware (not a lot but tea jars, and yixing cups with white ceramic on the inside)

Sil

oh man..those necklaces…hello sweetie!

Butiki Teas

Sil-I was looking at the Hello Sweetie more as a ‘break in case of emergency’.

Sil

I will be waiting with baited breath for the pricing on those. Heh

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m with Sil…. those necklaces!!! :))))

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m totally wanting to yell, HOLD ONE FOR ME!, but I don’t want to be all greedy and grab one before anyone else… (honestly, I love all your teas, so it wouldn’t matter at all which tea was in the vial)

Butiki Teas

They are a little more then I would like. They are $15.99 and come with a chain.

DeliriumsFrogs

Ahhhhh! I really love them, but I should probably hold off… They’re so perfect, though! (I can’t ever find decent tea jewelry…)

Sil

Do you still have the pics handy Stacy? Pretty sure i’d still love one but my memory is a little foggy.

Kaylee

Welcome back Stacy! Hope you had a wonderful trip!

Now about that tea dispenser… How much do you think it will be?

Butiki Teas

Sil-let me email you a pic. I’m trying to find the really nice pics my friend took but do have the charm one readily available.
Kaylee-Thank you so much! I did, it was so wonderful. :) The dispenser will probably be $8 + shipping.

Kaylee

Can I lay dibs on the dispenser now?

Butiki Teas

Kaylee-Absolutely. Here is a pic: http://s1094.photobucket.com/user/butikiteas/media/Garage%20Sale/BigThermos_zps46319c9e.jpg.html?o=9 Still interested? Send me your zip code. If I remember correctly, shipping probably wouldn’t be too bad. I saved one for myself. They are great. I use them at parties and potlucks.

Butiki Teas

Sil-Let me know ASAP if you would like a first crack at the necklaces. Will be posting them today but can hold one for you if you are interested.

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I told Sil yesterday that I would experience the mystic powers of the Tiger this morning as my breakfast tea. This is all thanks to her and the generous sample she sent my way after I told her how curious I was to try this legend of a tea. Now I just found out she ran out herself, sad face…that goes to show her generosity and willingness to share. Thank you so much Sil!

I understand all the hype around this tea now.

A true rough on the edges lumberjack would not shy away from this tea. But it’s also good for us Canadian women, remember, we do like ourselves a strong cup in the morning! In general, I don’t want too finicky and complicated early in the morning, I want a hard worker that takes its job seriously, aiming to please ME!!!

It’s a rich bold and malty cup. But there’s zero bitterness to it, mellow and sweet, yet, strong and powerful.

Even as it cooled down, it remained as smooth as a baby’s derriere ;-)

On the list it goes, it will make a perfect everyday kick me in the petuli Assam!

Sil

So glad you liked it! Well worth the price if you can pick it up when A&D does free shipping to canada. Also the tin is just darling! :)

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been really happy with A & D’s damn fine teas, this one especially!

__Morgana__

I am such a fan of Andrews & Dunham in general, I can’t tell you how much my fingers are itching to hop over to their web site and order some of this. But I fear the slippery slope of tea ordering justification. Sigh.

TheTeaFairy

Thanks Sil for letting me know about the free shipping I’ll keep a look for it, as you know, I’m in no rush to order :-)

Terri, this is my first A & D ever… I like the humour behind the brand, will sure place an order eventually!

TheTeaFairy

Morgana, boy do I know about finger itch, I have it on all 10 fingers!!!!

Sil

they have a new tea as well that is pretty good. I also like their smokey tea but the quantitity would take me forever to get through.. I keep meaning to email them to see if i can custom make a 3 pack and include the new tea instead of the EG

__Morgana__

Crap. I DID IT!

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! Morgana, that was funny!
But i must resist, i’m on a «pseudo» hiatus, you should never post comments like that. Ever.

__Morgana__

I’m sorry, TF. I can assure you it won’t happen with anything other than A&D. Although…. I keep hearing the word Samovar in my brain. (Sticking fingers in ears and humming loudly.)

TheTeaFairy

Lalalala, lalalalalaa, lala, lalalalala….

TheTeaFairy

Really lurking at the adventure pack…

Dexter

" this is my first A & D ever… " Hmmmm interesting – add that to the proife – will see what I can do about that…

TheTeaFairy

Hooo, Dexter, the profiler…you make me smile, I like that :-)

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I know this is a long review. Sorry but I still think you should read all of it. Just saying.

So. Shou. I kind of have a thing for it.

I drink it everyday and have lots of favourites. I have been known to have shou boxes in the house. (See what I did?) That was before I copied MzPriss and make my own “pumidrawer”. Cause you know…who doesn’t want to be like the fabulous MzPriss?

So it is established that I have a huge amount of shou in da house. But. As you probably know, I can’t resist many of the WP teas. I just go where quality is.

And I had yet to try this one. MzPriss recently reviewed it, and I was kind of envious. She got a real shou buzz out of it. I wanted that too!! But hey, you just don’t order a shoubuzz like you order a pizza.

I had already gotten a nice buzz from a sheng earlier. Pinky cheeks and all. Very nice qi. But not over the top.

There was still room for more. So…could I get lucky twice in the same evening?

Well. That is an understatement folks. This stuff should be illegal.

First I will describe the taste, then the qi. (Cause really, I could devote an entire page to it)

The dry leaves look like “chocolat au lait” shavings, so pretty.

I’m using 7g for 5oz shou yixing (shouxing?)

First steep, and wow. I mean this is as soft and smooth as angel wings. Makes me regret wasting the rinse.

No trace of earthiness or even leather in this. It’s all nuts and creamy vanilla. At first, I thought roasted pecans. When I later read the description, it said walnuts and I think it’s more accurate.

It’s sweet, in a dark brown sugar kind of way. It also provides that fresh mouthfeel of camphor that coats your entire mouth and lingers on your lips.

The third steep was probably the best. A little powdery, still very nutty and creamy.

I stopped at around steep seven, and I can tell you that by then, all I could do was lay on my back and enjoy the feeling.

The qi. It made my body twinkle all over. This tea is pure warm energy. I could feel my blood circulate. It made me tea drunk in a way I have never experienced before. Oh, I have felt this way before, but I promise you it wasn’t from tea leaves. (O.O)

And I kept thinking how nice this feeling will be on upcoming lazy rainy days. I’m gonna need
a lot more of this.

If you already like shou, this will only make you like it even more. And to all non shou lovers, please hurry and give this a try.

P.S. There should be a warning on the pouch: don’t shou and drive.

Sil

Uh oh….. Want!

AllanK

I will have to try that one when they get the Rivendell in stock.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, sil, you shall get then :-)

Allan, you can wait for our swap, but I have a feeling you of all people will want a much larger quantitity of this ;-)

MzPriss

I love this shou and I love this note and I love my Fairy

Cheri

This sounds good. I just need to get over this weird thing I have going on and try shou.

mrmopar

I am going to have to get into this one day. Cheri “Good” shou will surprise you.

Parsifal

Sounds fantastic! I adore shou as well :) . . . Actually I like Sheng a lot too. I will look for this tea… This intrigued me: “No trace of earthiness or even leather in this. It’s all nuts and creamy vanilla”. That sounds delightful. Thanks for the review!

mrmopar

Parsifal we have a “puerh of the day” post you may like on the discussions page.

Parsifal

I will check that out, thank you :)

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drank Very Big Hill Dew by 52teas
840 tasting notes

I super love mountain dew. Almost as much as I love root beer. So I had to jump on this one. In saying that, I did leave it sitting in my cupboard for quite a while because I am trying to finish the teas that are open first before opening everything else.

The smell of this dry tea is dead on mountain dew. Delicious. I almost wanted to crack open a can of the real stuff.

I brewed this 1.5 tsp, 10 oz, and about a 1/4 tsp of rock sugar. I normally don’t add sugar right off the bat, but I figured since it was based on the soda, I would add some sugar. The smell of the brewed tea is what I would guess hot mountain dew smelled like.

The taste is a bit different. My immediate reaction was jelly beans. Like a red fruit flavoured jelly belly. Towards the end of the sip there is a mountain dew flavour. I would like to try this one without the sugar, but also as an iced tea/cold brew. I think the sugar may be giving it more of that jelly bean flavour.

Also a very important note, this is a 52 teas honeybush blend and I am getting NO pepper, this is historic for me!

Edit: Made another cup, same specifications, but this time with no sugar. The smell of the brewed tea is still the same but the taste is quite different and not as good. There is a vegetal astringency. I can definitely tell it is missing something, specifically the sweetener. I feel like there is a lot of mint in this blend, but it is too much, giving it a bit of a spice. Not sure what the ingredients in this blend are, but this is what I am tasting. I definitely prefer with sugar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Roswell Strange

See, I found the same thing as you where the smell was dead on, but I had a hard time drinking my first cup because I found it uncomfortably peppery… Maybe I need to try it with sugar, like you did. Anyway – I’m sending nearly all of it to Kittenna. I’m curious how it’d do as a tea soda, though…

Lala

I think this would make a good tea soda. I think though I would make an iced tea concentrate out of it and then mix it with the soda. I will have to experiment a bit. I definitely think it tastes much better with sweetener.

Sil

does this taste like Canada mountain dew or US mountain dew? heh

Lala

I would say the Canadian mountain dew. But I haven’t had US mountain dew in a super long time, so it is hard to compare.

K S

If there were no tea, I could live on Mtn Dew. That said, what is the difference between Canadian and US Dew?

Lala

There is a different source of sweetener in the Canadian vs US Mountain Dew. I always found the US version to be much sweeter. Also Canadian Mountain Dew is traditionally caffeine free, although you can now get it with caffeine I think. I always found the US Version to have more “kick” or “jolt”, if that makes sense.

Sil

i like to boil it down to. US version tastes gross and the canadian version is nice ;) canadian = more lemon/lime US = caffeine gross tasting blech

haha

Cavocorax

Crazy! I had no idea there was a difference!

Sil

cavo..oh yeah. mountain dew was? is? at one point the most caffienated of all the pops in the us. canada it’s always (until now apparently) been caffeine free

caile

I had no idea about mountain dew differences either – interesting!

K S

Orange Crush is high on the caffeine scale as well. No caffeine in Canadian MD? That’s just wrong. ;) Sil, everyone is entitled to an opinion – even when you are wrong. lol

Lala

It’s funny because orange crush (and the other crush’s), Mountain Dew, root beer, gingerale, and I am sure a few others, are traditionally caffeine free in Canada. Not sure why the difference. We also have ketchup chips. Ha ha.

If you just google Canadian vs US pop (or soda) there is some interesting info.

caile

Orange crush is high in caffeine in the US?! So different! I’ll have to Google it out of curiosity sake.
Smiles, and I just happen to have ketchup chips on the table in front of me right now.. not than I am eating them.. :-)

K S

Here is a link I found for US caffeine content. http://www.cspinet.org/new/cafchart.htm

Sil

oh man..now i want ketchup chips…

caile

Thanks, KS – interesting the amounts of caffeine in some things.
Sil, I know, I keep looking at the bag of chips… ;-)

OMGsrsly

Mountain Dew now has caffeine in Canada! I think it’s only certain kinds though. “The new Mountain Dew will feature a proprietary bottle, fully embossed with the Dew logo and both Mountain Dew and Diet Mountain Dew now contain caffeine while still having the same bold, great taste. The caffeine content is in line with the standards outlined by Health Canada.”

http://www.pepsico.ca/en/PressRelease/Mountain-Dew-brings-the-mountain-to-you-Toronto03022012.html

Roswell Strange

Mmmm, ketchup chips. I have ketchup popcorn flavouring at home, so when I get home from work that’ll have to do…

Lala

Wow, I didn’t know they were starting to make MD with caffeine it, I will have to check the ones I have at home. Hope it still tastes the same.

On another note, I have had the jingle for mellow yellow in my head all day after doing some looking up about Mountain Dew online…“and they call it mellow yellow…”
caile

I should get some popcorn flavouring. I never knew it came in such flavours as ketchup though!

Sil

“…just butter it!….”

OMGsrsly

Dill Pickle chips as well. I think I need to stop for “groceries” on the way home!

Sil

better than dill pickle chips are regular ruffles chips with creamcheese dill pickle dip.

OMGsrsly

Hmmm….

Sil

it’s like the guilty pleasure here in the house…Ian noms it all before i can ever get some most of the time haha

Cavocorax

OH man, I am totally craving some of that right now. I… I don’t even know where my nearest convenience store is. We have an Iranian market down the street, but they don’t have chips.

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