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715 Tasting Notes

yummy tea!!

i’m a little irish on my dad’s side. so i can drink this all year round right?!

i just registered for this year’s 50k. check that off the list. also i’m leaving for europe in 4 days and i don’t think i’ll be able to sleep until then. (commence project: ‘cutting down on caffeine’ now)

Starfevre

what does a 50k entail?

Shmiracles

50k is 31 miles in length. a marathon is 26.2 miles, so it’s longer and definitely more difficult. most of the battle happens in your mind. and pacing becomes even more important the further you go.
(the next goal would be 50 miles, but the jump from 26 to 31, is much smaller than the jump from 31 to 50. so i don’t think that’s gonna happen. nope.)

OMGsrsly

50k!! GO YOU! :D

Starfevre

Good grief, you must be in fantastic shape. I’m a walker not a runner so marathons (and 50ks) are beyond me.

Tealizzy

Wow! 50k! Good luck!!

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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
715 tasting notes

a local friend gave this to me cuz she said she really didn’t like the smell. and i understand cuz i do think it smells a little strange. but the taste is pretty nice. it’s similar to other rooibos from davidstea. but it’s a nice slightly sweet nighttime tea. and there’s a little creamy tone that gives a soft coziness to the cup.

i moved my bedroom furniture around drastically. i do it often. just randomly move my furniture so that things feel new and interesting. i like to change things up. get a new perspective.

i also had a dream that i dyed my hair black. so yes it’s true i’m tempted. though the roots are awful and rarely worth it. (i’m a dark blonde. so as it grows out i end up looking like i’m going bald.)

Tea Sipper

Aw, I was going to have some of this today.. but I guess I didn’t.

TheTeaFairy

A bald Shmiracles sipping tea? Just stay blonde please and keep moving furnitures :-)

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drank Jasmint by Della Terra Teas
715 tasting notes

i found the mint in this to be subtle, and it blended really great with the jasmine.
much more refreshing and classy than i ever would have expected.
undoubtedly lovely for spring and summer.

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2013/03/30
snog box!
just watched new doctor who.
drank over half of my sample of this today.
it was just so easy to drink!
the vanilla was subtle for me, but that is great cuz vanilla is so easy to over do.

update: so ya, i just ordered an additional mini sample of this with a new try me pack. i don’t think i love this tea, but maybe i love this tea, cuz obviously i can’t stop brewing it. it’s like i have a compulsion to drink it that is beyond my control.


2013/05/13
i win! bwahahahah!!!
i got a surprise bit of this tea from TastyBrew in our mystery swap, and that would be a ho-hum story except that i LOVE this TEA! i even ordered myself a second sample pouch from Della Terra after i finished my first pouch in record time. and now i have more of it! and i will goddamn hoard it all i want to!! cuz ’’’singit’’’ this is fucking awesummmm

Helena

oh goody a new doctor who!! dang it, I’m still at work…(SIGH)

CrowKettle

New Doctor Who!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! gah (sorry)

Shmiracles

no apologies! i’m the same way. totally.
(i’ve watched the xmas episode more times than i can count.)

Amariel

I just loved what “the bells of saint john” turned out to be. It was brilliant.

Cavocorax

Woo! Just finished the new episode! :O (I kinda wanna rewatch the Xmas ep again – it was slightly better. :P)

Lindsey

Cannot wait for next week to learn what the deal with Clara is!

Shmiracles

i still have yesterday’s episode to watch. and i know fans have been critical of this recent season, but i am having a great time. Jenna-Louise Coleman meets Matt Smith’s acting chops hit for hit. and also i suspect that watching the old series has helped me appreciate some nuances very much.
to be continued!…….

Lindsey

Oh goodness, you’re in for a treat! Nightmare in Silver was my favorite of the season. Matt Smith’s best performance thus far, in my opinion!

Amariel

I missed the new cyberman episode too. Hubby is out of town and friend’s with PVR are sick. Watching the old series definitely sheds light on the nuances…yes. Matt Smith is very Troughton, but he has channeled Hartnell and Tom Baker for sure too.

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purchased in bulk at my local health food store.
delicious. and not very minty. very much just like the usual apple cider vinegar type taste. if there is mint in there it’s so fain it just makes it more refreshing. can’t wait to but more and more during the summer.

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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i can smell the chocolate, caramel and almond flavour. this one is better than the rest of davidsteas pu-erh’s at least. but that’s not really saying much.

they do flavoured and fun teas so well. for example their oolongs are always enjoyable. so it seem strange to me that davidsteas made an entire collection of pu-erhs and somehow managed to suck all of the vibrancy and poetry out of the leaves. like a white tea or some jasmine pearls, even if the tea isn’t the best harvest ever it can still be good. it can still put you in touch with nature and have some depth.

i procrastinated and procrastinated drinking this coffee pu-erh for a very long time cuz i was dreading how bad it might be. but honestly, it might be the better of the pu-erh set. so if you like davidstea and you wanna drink pu-erh, pick this one or chocolate orange. but also, go buy some pu-erh somewhere else too. and keep giving it a chance.

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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
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another tea that i’ve drank many times and never review.
i like all of the russian blends from kusmi. i plan to try their other teas as well.

i guess nothing especially descriptive comes to mind about this tea. but please don’t think that means it’s isn’t very good. buy it! drink it!

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drank Ceylon OP by Kusmi Tea
715 tasting notes

this was a sample from kusmi and it came in a little muslin tea bag.
this is an impressively smooth cup.
i wouldn’t expect anything less from kusmi.

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
715 tasting notes

meh … it’s a free sample… why not.

i just sorted my teas digitally. i have 126 teas in my cupboard and my goal is to get it to 76. give or take. cuz i have put samples in my cupboard too, but that’s because some samples i’ve already drank plenty of and could easily give them away. this all kinda makes me feel a little better because i thought it was WAY more out of control than 126. even if i could get below 100 i’d be happy. not that i don’t love to have lots of tea! but i do wanna feel like my collection is manageable and like i can give each tea in my stash the attention it deserves.
i would also like to be able to add new teas to my stash immediately, instead of sticking them in tea purgatory (the darkness in the back of a bottom drawer) until i have room to properly open and taste them.

there are 43 teas in my stash that i haven’t tried yet.
i would like to reduce my stash by 50 teas overall if i can.

problem is, my sister is moving-in in 3 weeks and even when we merge our teas since we have many duplicates, she will still be bringing several new teas to the collection. also, soon i am going to europe, and i expect to bring A LOT of tea back with me. (I’m also gonna try VERY VERY hard to only buy samples.)

i’ll just plan to do a big spring cleaning when i get back i guess.

this bigelow isn’t nearly as awful as i assumed it was gonna be. take what you can get bigelow.

Marcel Duchamp

I’m trying to clear out the clutter in my cupboard too. I have to schedule a few sipdowns soon.

Shmiracles

most of my teas have several cups worth of each left… if not more. whomp whomp no sipdowns on my horizon ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Marcel Duchamp

haha. I have a lot of 3 tsp samples to go through. They all look amazing, so I’m looking forward to it!

canadianadia

Sorted your teas digitally? Did you use the Sttepster cupboard to do that, of something else. I love to hear how people organize their teas

Shmiracles

ya i went through and made sure my steepster cupboard matched my real life cupboard. there were a lot of old teas in there. i’m gonna try to keep up with it better from now on. i wanna be able to share more tea with other steepsters in general and figure that’ll help.

Shmiracles

oh i also have recently started to make sure that i have just ONE log/review for each tea i’ve tasted. so basically my ‘Tasting Notes’ should be exactly how many teas i’ve tasted to date and my ‘Cupboard’ should be exactly what tea i have on hand.
that’s my current plan at least.

Shmiracles

i’m at 212 tasting notes so far. and my one year steepster anniversary is in about 2 weeks :)

canadianadia

Clever. I should make better use of that Steepster cupboard function also. I only remember to add new teas on occasion. I’m always searching for new organization options, but I frequently forget to look at the most obvious places. Thanks for the inspiration.

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i actually brought a pu-erh cake and my small glass gung fu to work today.

it won’t be the classiest steep of all time, but i realized i was never gonna drink my unflavored or traditional teas if i didn’t start putting a little extra effort forth and make some compromises. and i’m pretty excited about this.

i did one 30 second rinse. then one 30 secondish steep. i realized a little too late i should have done both shorter. but this is learning! and it’s still a good tea experience i get to have.

the cake loosened and dissolved into little tea flakes immediately. after the rinse, the fishy pu-erh scent was immediately present, but not strong!! it really wasn’t.
again, i’m not very pu-erh knowledgeable yet, but i can immediately tell that this is much better than the crappy davidstea pu-erhs i’ve tried. (don’t get me wrong, i like davidsteas a lot! and they have a ton of great teas but really they do not do pu-erhs well at all.)
i steeped the next cup at 20 seconds, and then the next one at 30 seconds, etc. and my pu-erh innocence tells me that this is a very very good tea. my other great experience with pu-erh is a blood orange pu-erh from Carytown Teas that i tried once and then couldn’t get it out of my head. (so of course i own 2oz of it now.)
this is a rambley review i realize.
i think i have gained perspective on how a good pu-erh should taste. i’m excited.

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THAT’S NUMBERWANG!

i have a cat named House Party 3.

i drink my tea plain.

vegan. fine arts major. bass player. runner. yoga do-er. childfree. scifi fan. e-reader fanatic. knitting newb. ADHD club member (ie; all my exclamation points are for realz!!)

i’m always aspiring to read more books.

i don’t care what you say, chamomile is barfaroony.
i’m so over rooibos.
evil hibiscus is evil.

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i only log each tea i taste once.

!!! SWAPPING !!!

ALWAYS interested in reducing my tea stash, so please ask if you want to swap or sample something! even if it’s just one tea.

every tea in my cupboard is swapable! (at least i TRY to keep it up to date)
every tea i have tried is listed in my rated teas.

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