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So apparently there was this survey thing when Straight dudes were polled to see who they thought were the top fifteen hottest male celebs. I had a really good laugh reading the results. Hugh Jackman was number one. Do you guys agree or disagree? I’m gonna look for the thingy…

I should have saved the bookmark.

Tea: Floral (Orchid/Lily), Sugar Snap Peas. I oversteeped DRASTICALLY but it help up really, really well. This one is growing on my so quickly, and I never expected it to even a little. Raising my rating.

EDIT: Here it is!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/the-hottest-male-celebrities-according-to-straight-guys#1k7ciib

Terri HarpLady

Thanks for sharing this. I’ve had a rough couple of days, & this added a smile :)

Kittenna

Lol, I agree with like… 3 of those? But then, I’ve never been the sort of person to be terribly interested in celebrities.

Roswell Strange

None of my personal picks are there, but I don’t really disagree with any of their choices. Just glad Channing Tatum didn’t make the cut. I don’t get the obsession.

Cameron B.

Ohhhh Hugh Jackman. I wish he would make a table out of a tree and pull out a chair for me… ;)

OMGsrsly

OMG that’s hilarious. Those guys are all OVER the place.

Cheri

There are a few on the list that I this are attractive. Most don’t do anything for me. (But I have to admit that I’m really happy that Idris Elba made the list. Love him! So talented! And good looking.)

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drank Bravissimo by DAVIDsTEA
2265 tasting notes

Sipdown (115)!

I’ve been in the Steepster chat for less than five minutes and they have me looking at tea sites to place orders. You’re all terrible enablers. Thankfully there was nothing on the 52Teas site that interested me today. My wallet is safe.

But yeah; this is another one of my oldest teas (about a year old) finished off. I’m impressed with myself; I had 100g of this and that was a lot since it’s so light and fluffy. In fact, I’d have several more cups worth if Tre hadn’t been so sick the last few months. This is a good sick tea…

Personally, this last cup was super concentrated licorice root flavour. I guess that’s what ended up sinking to the bottom of the tin the most? It also made me really sleepy when I had it. Chamomile will do that to you. Icky Chamomile. I don’t know; I could be persuaded to get a little bit again. But never in a quantity that large.

Never again.

Kittenna

(What is the Steepster Chat? I’ve heard a few mentions of it and wonder if I’ve missed something, or if you’re simply referring to Steepster/the discussion board.) Also, apparently I’m commenting on ALLYOURPOSTS because… idk :D

Cheri

We are enablers. For Sure.

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Liquid Werthers Caramels in a cup!

When I drank this last week I made a note that I needed to desperately restock it, and I have since done so – so it’s kinda cool looking back on that? I swear though, I restock this more than any other DT blend.

Also, writing this now I’m remembering that the whole reason I pulled it out of the closet was so I could package some for Starfevre. My matcha samples from her came in today (I’ve tried one so far), wondering if she’s yet received my samples…

Hopefully they get there soon!

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Well, I’ve put off tasting notes long enough. I have today and tomorrow off and I spent all last night playing Spore (I just bought it and I’m LOVING it) and this morning relaxing/lounging around the house, so no reason not to start writing! Besides, I just placed a food delivery order and it’s gonna be like an hour until that shows up. Caramelized Onion & Brie Cheese Grilled Cheese, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad, and Fig and Veggie Prosciutto Pizza here we come! But that’s not what this note it about…

This tea is from my local store, and when I was picking up the Rocky Horror Spice for my Halloween “Trick or Tea” packages it was an impulse purchase. I honestly can’t say what specifically drew me to it, though. Anyway – now I have 50g of it. Welp.

For my first time trying it I cold brewed it because that seemed like the most naturally suited prep method for the flavours. These are the notes I recorded:

- Very strong spearmint smell
- Smell actually made my stomach turn a lot
- Not sure why spearmint has been doing that lately…
- Brewed a surprisingly dark brownish colour (from the berries?)
- Didn’t really get the elderberries in taste and actually didn’t see much in the dry leaf
- Very sweet mint with some licorice type flavour
- “Licorice” must have been from the fennel, which is noticeable in the leaf
- The name seems fitting
- Not sure how I feel about this one yet

I sent some out to VariaTEA so I’m excited to maybe compare notes when she gets the chance to try it – I’m not sure how I feel about this one yet. It didn’t leave a great impression, but it was drinkable which is a plus.

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Sipdown (110)!

Well, this is the last cup. I managed to squeak one last one into the night because I had some serious tea cravings left unchecked, and this was a caffeine free sipdown just waiting to be pounced on!

This cup was warm, comforting, Autumnal and delicious with oranges, cinnamon, and pistachio ruling the cup. I never really wanted this tea and when I got it as a birthday present I definitely was not excited but I have to say that on the whole it far exceeded my expectations and I never did really have a bad cup of it – which is something I can’t say about ever some of my favourite blends.

So not too shabby on the whole.

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Ok, so this was my big “new tea” today.

I bought it last week; and it comes in little mini-cakes. As it happens, these are my first Pu’Erh cakes which is intimidating in and of itself, except more scary still is that these come wrapped in the dried skin of a mandarin orange. I was so out of my depth figuring out how to open this fucker up to get to the tea without totally destroying and ruining the beautiful mandarin orange shell. The original plan was to send one of the cakes to VariaTEA and let her be the guinea pig testing it out, but I got impatient and wanted to try it today.

Anyway; there is a “seal” of sorts on the top so I kinda gently pried that open with one of the little pick things for walnuts and other Christmas type nut things (not a nut cracker; but the thing that helps get the nut out of the shell?). That part went well enough. After that though, uhhh…

Gotta note; this cake smells amazing! Surprisingly fresh and with this really nice sweet orange scent that fills the room in a very comforting way.

Using the little nut pick thing I did my absolute best to gently pick apart some of the leaf to make my cup; it was sorta hard to do with the tough Mandarin shell really limiting the amount of exposed tea and it made a bit of a mess but eventually I “found my groove” and got a good amount of tea loose and in decent shape. From there, I did a quick wash and then steeped my tea!

This is a white Pu’Erh and, to be honest, I’m not very experienced in Pu’Erh (as my horrible technique tonight likely demonstrates) so I’m not entirely sure what significant flavour difference that has or if the technical side of things (aging, storage, whatever else makes Pu’erh Pu’Erh) is really any different. But my observation was that this was much, much lighter and smoother than any Pu’Erh I’ve ever had – and definitely not as earthy or raw as I’ve become accustomed to.

What it was, was very natural with really beautiful and serene notes of sweet hay, mandarin/orange, and honey. While the process of making the cup was messy, this actual result was anything but; very feminine and soft while still full bodied. I’m really happy I decided to push my comfort zone and pick this one up; and I look forward to the journey I’m sure I’ll be taking with it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
2265 tasting notes

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One a penny,
Two a penny,
Hot Cross Buns!

That’s all I had going through my head when I drank this earlier today.

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The list of weird “take out” foods I’ve had delivered to my house is getting ridiculous. I’m convinced I must be on a list somewhere. Something like “The young adult orders an obscene amount of delivery; exploit her!”.

But yeah; today we got a pamphlet in the mail for a website called Just Eat; basically it’s like Skip The Dishes but with some different restaurant options. One of the restaurants is a gourmet cheesecake place. Totally took advantage of that. I ordered Red Velvet Cheesecake (yes it’s as good as it sounds) and two one person sized Carrot Cakes, which were also delicious. Their baking is delicious and obviously very high quality.

And in case anyone cared to know; Red Velvet Cheesecake and Iced Chocolate Rocket go very well together! Something with the creamy, chocolate cake components and the roastyness and raspberries. Anyway – it was wonderful.

Cheri

That sounds awesome. Also, I need more places that will deliver food to my house. All we have that will deliver here is Chinese and a large variety of pizza places.

Starfevre

I can only get chinese and pizza to delivery for actual restaurants, but I’m in the Amazon Fresh delivery area which opens up…pretty much everything you can think of.

Anlina

Oh god, Skip the Dishes and Just Eat are DANGEROUS! I love that you can get almost anything delivered, and now you’ve posted this, I’m going to have to see if either of our fancy cake places does delivery through them. DANGEROUS!

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Cold Brewed for a long, extended 30 hour period.

I was worried it’d be over the top floral but it was actually great! Sweet jasmine and honey; very relaxing and very refreshing with a really full bodied flavour. I have lots and lots of this leaf left so I’ll probably do this again!

Also; I feel like a terrible person. Today is my day off and I spent the first part of it mailing out tea stuff, and then going to the liquor store and grocery shopping. I got way too many groceries to reasonably carry home, but I attempted it anyway. On the walk home I passed an abandoned grocery cart from Safeway and because I was struggling so much to carry stuff I took it…

I FEEL REALLY GUILTY. Even though I didn’t take it from the store myself, I still kinda stole a grocery cart, which is now sitting in my backyard. I mean, I will definitely return it tomorrow! But still – such a dick move. And Tre made it worse by telling Rob (our landlord) when he got home today. Whyyyyyyy…

I feel judged by everyone.

Cheri

If you take it back, you’re a good person. It was there, you needed it, and now you’ll take it back to Safeway, right?

Starfevre

when you take it back to Safeway, it probably would never have gotten back on its own so you’re a good samaritan like that.

Anlina

Don’t beat yourself up for it. You didn’t take it from the store.

Roswell Strange

Update: The cart was returned today.

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Turned into tea syrup and floated in club soda last night.

Made for a surprisingly smooth and delicious lemon and vanilla drink. Very rich and creamy so for a soda. I really enjoyed sipping away at it, but wont be making it again because it used up so much precious leaf.

And hot is still the best way to enjoy this one anyway.

Butiki Teas

Oooh, that sounds awesome. I turned this tea into a martini with frangelico (hazelnut liquor), vodka and brown crystal sugar. So. Good!

Cheri

This Sounds Awesome. (And the martini version as well.)

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After discovering loose leaf, I decided I had to learn as much about in as quick an amount of time as humanely possible; that led me here!

Growing up, the only tea I ever drank was bagged mint tea (especially peppermint), and mint still remains a staple flavour for me. Spearmint is my favourite. At this point in my ‘tea career’ I heavily lean towards flavoured blends; doesn’t matter if they’re fruity, chocolate, sweet, savory, etc. Blacks are my favourite as far as flavoured blends go, with whites a close second. I really enjoy everything but straight Greens though, but I’ll try anything once even if I am wary.

My favourite fruit flavours in blends are cranberry, banana, pear, lychee, melon, passion fruit and especially pineapple. I am also always excited to try anything with Saskatoon Berries, which are delicious and also my city’s namesake. I have a huge weakness towards toffee/caramel and coconut teas and a bit of a soft spot in regard to black licorice. I also adore anything creamy. I am always up for trying soda inspired blends as well because the concept fascinates me. I want to try all the Rootbeer teas! I am also currently trying to try as many Sweet Potato blends as possible.

Tastes I strongly dislike are ginger and raisins. Really, those are the only two things I intentionally avoid. I also have mixed feelings about peaches, mangoes, lemongrass, and chamomile.

In regard to straight teas, I haven’t been nearly as adventurous. I’ve yet to really explore any straight oolongs, except Milk Oolongs which weren’t really for me. In general, I really like straight black teas, especially when they have strong baked bread or malt notes. I like most straight whites, but I have a preference for silver needle teas over other types. Green teas, with the exception of Genmaicha and some Hojicha, make me feel a bit sick and I often can’t finish the cup. I can handle flavoured matcha like Red Leaf Tea sells – but straight matcha is a definite “no go”. I recently survived my first Pu’erh, and it was an alright, maybe borderline enjoyable, experience.

The ratio of cold brewed and hot tea I drink is about 50/50. As far as my cup sizes go, all my daily cold brews are done in a 25 oz. mason jar and my other mugs are 12 oz. with the exception of my Adeline infuser mug which is 16 oz. Unless otherwise specified, these are the cup sizes for all teas I review.

I prefer to drink my tea without adding anything to it, and 9/10 times that will be how I first try a blend. My belief is that milk, sugar or whatever else you add to your tea should be used to enhance an already good flavour: if the tea needs something added to it to taste good then it’s probably not good tea to begin with. The exception is Matcha; I always have my matcha whisked either into cold milk or club soda as “Matcha soda” depending on which way the flavour will be best suited. My roommate, Tre, has a very different philosophy in regard to tea, and that’s to always drown out his cup in sugar – even before tasting to see if it needs any. That’s why I don’t let him drink the good stuff ;)

I’m always up for a swap, but because I have a very low income I can’t really afford to send things outside of North America on a regular basis :(

If you’re from North America and want to organize a swap, just give me a shout and I’m sure we can work something out! Many of my teas are in large quantity so I usually have enough to spare at least a small sample or so.

I’m a vegetarian and have been for more than half my lifetime. I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms, though that isn’t something that has been an issue I’ve had to deal with in regard to tea (at this point, at least).

My roommate Tre is a huge part of my life since he’s one of the only people in town that I know. Currently, he’s taking courses at Siast to become a professional chef which means sometimes I get really nice home cooked meals. He’s a huge Whovian, which means I know way more about Doctor Who than someone who’s only watched a season or so should. Recently he’s got me into Supernatural, and now Doctor Who as well. He knows next to nothing about tea, and he doesn’t really care to learn.

The other important person in my life is my friend Robyn.

I’ve known Robyn since we were in the eighth grade – and she was in all my classes all through high school. For years she was my transportation, since I’m just plain awful at driving and haven’t acquired my license yet. She just so happened to start classes at the University of Saskatchewan the same time as Tre and I were moving here, which worked out excellently. Like Tre she’s a huge Whovian and also a fan of Supernatural (is there even a fandom term for people who like Supernatural?). She was a minor inspiration in regard to this tea obsession of mine (but now I’ve far surpassed her in tea knowledge, consumption, and quantity possessed). Often times I have her over for tea or share my teas with her (and if it’s a tea I dislike she gets first dibs before I start trying to swap it all away here on Steepster).

Some brief “IRL” interests: Clay/Sculpture (or visual arts in general), Improv, Mythology, Big Brother (USA and CA), and an absurdly large amount of TV shows – geeky or otherwise.

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