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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lori

This sounded like it would have been very good….

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
~lauren.

Yikes – that does sound painful! go see a doctor!!!! sorry, that’s the mom in me.

Ricky

I didn’t really hurt cause it was a quick clean cut and I dabbed neosporin on it right away. I think it’s going to hurt after it wears off though. I’m just hoping I didn’t stick the bandaid over my flesh…. not going to think about it now. It’s not serious enough to see the doctor.

Stephanie

Ouch! Poor thumb! :(

__Morgana__

Glad you’re still able to type!

~lauren.

Good point __ Morgana __ !!! First thing I thought of was ‘go see the doctor’ and the second thought was ‘stitches’ and the third ‘antibiotics’!

JacquelineM

Are you SURE you don’t need stitches? I did something very similar, swore I didn’t need stitches, my husband insisted on going to the emergency room – and I needed 20 stitches! If it doesn’t look like it is closing up by mon morning go see the dr!!!

Ricky

Typing isn’t a problem as I don’t use my right thumb very often, I’m relying on the pointer finger instead. First thing I thought was, woahhhh, that’s a huge chunk of flesh. Did I just cut myself!?!?

You know…. I’ve never had stitches in my life, not once. It seemed to have sealed up yesterday evening, but I think I opened it a up a little. It’s pretty difficult to grip on things without a thumb.

It’s like no one ever thinks about little miss pinkie toe. I mean what would happen if we were missing that toe!?!?

LENA

OUCH!!! I’ve never had stitches either. Hope it heals quickly.

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76
drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Janefan

I’ve been #9 and #11 before… it’s only a matter of time!

Ricky

I believe in you! You’ll get there eventually! Apparently I responded thirty minutes after his email.

__Morgana__

This takes me back to when I tried to win albums by calling radio stations and being the #whatever caller. Of course in those days, it was a challenge because there was no speed dial. Actually, we were the only family on the block that still had a phone with a dial, so when I actually managed to win, I felt especially smug about it. Lol.

Doulton

I remember those days, Morgana! I remember being the proud winner of a Bobby VInton 45 RPM—not the classic “Blue Velvet” but one “Mr. Lonely”.

I have won the 52teas contest once a few months ago, I confess.

Kristin

You just think you won’t miss it. Just wait, after a few cups of this you will be oddly addicted to it and need it every day.

Ricky

Haha I use to play those radio station games too! I never won! :(

Perhaps when it gets a bit warmer Kristin =P. I’ve had three cups and I don’t miss it yet. I do miss Pina Colada every once in a while. Should I add a dash of sugar to bring out the flavors of this tea a little more?

Kristin

Definitely add a little sugar. Just a little.

LiberTEAS

Yes, a little sugar will help bring out the flavors a little bit.

Ricky

And a bit of salt too? I believe you use salt to make ice cream :)

LiberTEAS

You can try salt, if you want. I do add a little salt to some teas, like the bacon tea and the white chocolate cashew. This brings out some of those notes a bit. I would first try it with just a little sugar, and see what that does for you, and then if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, try a tiny pinch of salt. I haven’t tried salt in this particular tea… but, I have tried sugar. And it worked well.

Kristin

No, the salt is to bring down the temperature of the ice when making ice cream. Doesn’t go in the ice cream. :P

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drank African Autumn by Harney & Sons
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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

nooooooooo

SoccerMom

Come on where’s the rooibos love?

Meghann M

Free the Rooibos!

Ricky

It’s okay AmazonV we can start a new club.

Rooibos and love do not go together.

Are we starting a save the rooibos campaign o.O

AmazonV

rooibos + love = chippie love?
Ricky we’re saving rooibos, and hibiscus…. (so we can have them all, shh)
swoops we’ll save you, we’re bringing you to a preserve, a tea preserve

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
~lauren.

1. congrats on winning! 2. i’m voting for you! 3. your platform – small samples! save space (in cupboards)! more variety to taste! small is good! YAY!!!

Ricky

Thanks! Haha, we definitely need more small samples. I have so much tea…. my cardboard box is overflowing! I need to give some away, but I haven’t had time to dig through and figure out what needs to go.

~lauren.

Kristin started a discussion on sample sizes http://steepster.com/discuss/564-online-tea-shops-with-sample-sizes so I’ve been looking at that discussion to see which companies offer great sample sized teas. But it’s only making me want more tea (a bit contrary to what I’m trying to accomplish by buying smaller quantities/sizes). LOL!

Cofftea

Shouldn’t they melt? I mean boiling water + chocolate = melted chocolate. ME, ME! for sampler sets!

__Morgana__

Congrats!

Cofftea

Told you it paid off!

Cinoi

Congrats on the winning, I am still trying and keep coming in like 11, 12, 14, someday I’ll win it!! And I totally agree with the sampler packs, there are a few I would love to try but do not want a full 2 ounces, just in case ;)

Ricky

I have to dig up the list I made which had tea companies / sampler sizes / prices.

Morsels don’t seem to melt when you bake them and I’m sure the temperature in an oven is higher than 212F, but then again no water is involved =]

Thanks Morgana!

Haha, going to win again!

Janefan

I’ve been #9 and number 11 or 12 recently. So close, and yet so far. I agree about samplers, especially for 52teas since they have such unique flavors. There are so many that I want to try, but am afraid to buy a whole pkg of! If I’m ever in Wichita, Kansas, I’m definitely visiting Zoomdweebies tea bar!

Erin

Congrats on winning! Also, I agree about the sample idea. I just put in an order from 52teas but I’m not sure what I’m going to like.

Cofftea

What did you order Erin?

Erin

Cofftea – I ordered the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Honeybush, Cucumber Melon Green Tea, and Apple Honey Black Tea. I’m so excited! All 3 of those sound like they would be really good iced, which is what I’m looking for right now.

Ricky

I’m tempted to get the Pineapple, but I have too much tea! I need to finish some a lot before I move on. It’s pretty bad when my cupboard box is overflowing.

Erin

Ricky, I’ll gladly send you a sample of the Pineapple when I get my order. Even if I end up loving it, it would take me forever to get through 2 oz on my own!

Cofftea

Thanks for reminding me to try cucumber melon iced- it was really good hot, I prefer it hot over the white cucumber from Adagio.

Ricky

Aww, thanks Erin! =]

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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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77
drank Hubei Spring Needle by Samovar
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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83
drank Royal Garland by Samovar
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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

.8g??? My gosh, that’d only be about a 2oz cuppa for me!

Ricky

I think I made a four ounce cup here, but it was surprisingly strong and full of flavor. I think Dan just did one teaspoon for each sampler, which makes sense for one cup. I mean I normally would have used 2 teaspoons for a 10oz cup.

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~lauren.

Ricky, did you order from the website www.herbalinfusions.ca? How are the shipping costs to USA?

~lauren.

Dan – if I am on the correct website (stated above), your links on the homepage …start shopping for … are peppered with broken links!

Ricky

Haven’t ordered from them yet. Dan offers free samplers with free shipping. There was a post on the discussions board, but I can’t find it.

http://www.herbalinfusions.ca/store/samples.html

~lauren.

Oh – I do remember seeing that a while ago – I will search – you go back to your teas! Thanks, Ricky.

__Morgana__

Mine have not arrived!!!! [Stamps foot and whines.]

Jenn-cha

Mine either :(

Ricky

Oh no! Hopefully it didn’t get lost in the mail / the customs officers didn’t mistaken them for drug packets. They came in a standard white envelope 2″×2″ samplers.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Mine either. Lauren, it was in the long “Free” thread, a page or two back from the end of it, I think.

~lauren.

Thanks, all! If I can, I’ll apply for some samples, if not, I’ll enjoy all your reviews vicariously of the HI samples!

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Hiya!

I am always up for sharing my tea with others. If you’re interested in something just let me know.

My Ratings
80+ Love it, needs to purchase more!
70-79 Pretty good, would consider another cup
50-69 Not bad, but probably won’t repurchase
< 50 Bleck, I don’t want another cup

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