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started the morning with this bold cup. these kusmi teas don’t really mess around do they. Tea capital T.
i don’t see exactly why this one is not liked as much as some others by the reviewers. it’s not a favorite tea, and i guess it is a bit more on the sour side than other teas. but it’s still nice enough.
but then again i don’t drink many earl greys so i am definitely not an earl grey person. not YET! i’ll get there eventually. i’ll evolve there.

the problem with hanging out on steepster more is that the reviews make you wanna buy buy buy and try try try! this morning i bought two try me sample packs from Della Terra. the Magic Mint one with Swiss Mountain, Jasmint, Shamrock & Shenanignas, Shamrock & Roll, and Moroocan Mint in it. and a DIY try me pack of Cafe Vanilla, Chocolate Almond Coconut, Chocolate Orange Slice, Oolong Creme, and Malt Shop. it’ll be a mint chocolate spring.

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
744 tasting notes

i’m not very experienced with mates. but i like the 3 others i’ve tried from davidstea much more than this one.

hopefully i can pawn this one onto my boything, since he likes mate often.

drinking this cup at 4:30p will probably help my 5:30p run :)

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drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
744 tasting notes

i don’t understand this tea.

peace out secret weapon.
i can’t say that you’ll be missed.

Tea Sipper

Yeah, that blend sounds a bit odd.



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i only have one more cup worth of this tea at home. so i steeped this lot twice.
sweet and warm. perfect for a windy and overcast day.

here’s a picture of my desk tea: http://instagram.com/p/VHQzYeIcy_/


Good idea to label the tops!


Your desk looks like my desk from my old job! But yours has prettier labels.


Love it!

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drank Genmachia by Carytown Teas
744 tasting notes

went to Strange Matter.
the best punk bar with tea in town.
it’s a vegan (and non-vegan) dive bar for punk shows and they always have maybe 4 different loose leaf teas available. so much love for this place!


Tea-punk should be a thing. We could start it!


you just founded tea-punk!
i love it.
i’m gonna name my band Black Kettle.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

omg! I so want in on teapunk!


definitely not to be confused with Steampunk.

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my first pure pu-erh.

i did a quick steep for just about 5 sec, and then one long one for 5 min.
then i just did more and more steeps for maybe 4 to 5 min each. until the liquid got pale. i was too lazy to look up what the PROPER way to steep this is. also i have 3 more squares to work with.

this is a good pu-erh. i need to thank davidstea for making such awful pu-erh because it gives me a valuable reference to know what good pu-erh is. i mean heck! this tiny square probably isn’t even near the best. (i actually like the mini cake i had yesterday even more, and i’m glad i accidentally ordered 2 samples of it.) but this tiny square is not without it’s charm.

i had to let it rinse/steep for more than just 10-20 seconds, cuz the square is packed very tight and it took a while to break up in the water. and i know the point of a rinse is a rinse, but i drank the rinse anyways. and then my second steep was 1 minute. which i know is longer than it should be. my third steep was about 45 seconds. and i did a few more short steeps after that. all in my tiny glass gong fu.


How did you like it?


people always mention the word fishy when they talk of pu-erh. or how strong it is. but i personally found the whole flavor to be very mellow. like almost a tad dull?
now PLEASE take into consideration that this is my first pure pu-erh and i have purchased at least 6 others (probably more). so i still have a lot to learn before i feel like i really have perspective and appreciation.


oh but that made it sound like i didn’t like it! but i DID i did like it! i’m excited to try another pu-erh tomorrow.


My first puerh teas smelled terribly fishy! They tasted okay, though! My more recent puerh purchases have been more earthy, horsey, or shroomy. LOL!


Oooo yes shroomy is a great descriptor hah. and isn’t it yummy!! much better than my beginner pu-erh for shroomy sure.

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if you love Sherlock the way i do, you will understand this.

my sister pointed out that this song is a song for Watson.
and now when i listen to it i get chills.
i just had to put this note somewhere. i just had to.

Metric – Blindness (Amtrac Dubstep Remix)

Send us a blindfold, send us a blade / Tell the survivors help is on the way
I was a blind fool, never complained / All the survivors singing in the rain
I was the one with the world at my feet / Got us a battle, leave it up to me

Find us a trap door, find us a plane / Tell the survivors help is on the way
I was a blind fool, never complained / All the survivors singing in the rain
I was the one with the world at my feet / Got us a battle, leave it up to me

What it is and where it stops nobody knows / You gave me a life I never chose
I wanna leave but the world won’t let me go

poor watson. i keep drinking his tea but never wanna actually review it.
but listen, the number of times i’ve had a friend over for tea tasting, and they declare this is one of the favorites teas they’ve tasted so far, always surprises me. this tea is good but it obviously doesn’t speak to me they way it does to them.

this blend of irish breakfast, cinnamon, earl grey green is obviously perfect for them!
i’ll use my sister as an example. she loves rose teas and earl greys and lavender teas and chamomile teas. just last week she was like “you never buy earl greys” and ….pause pause…. she’s right. and even when i buy anything with roses in it, it’s usually only because i know she will love it and drink it!! besides, who better to drink your tea than your friends.

Watson is the perfect support team. a dedicated and loyal friend. the most thoughtful and reliable of my company love this tea. and i like to think that says something.

and i’ve got their back too. xo


I really like that song. Thanks for sharing!

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drank Coconut Truffle by Tea Guys
744 tasting notes

it smells great dry, but has a weird smell in the cup.
i keep drinking it but something is off…
i’ll brew another cup tomorrow ad make sure the strainer and everything is super clean before i do just in case.
weird start to my monday.


I liked this one all right,but their Chocolate Delight was really amazing.


that’s good to hear! i have a sample of that one too :) yum

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
744 tasting notes

Tea Tasting Session with Emily(the mighty).
(tea number one, the rest have no notes and are just logged)

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first of all, i thought i’d never see this tea again! thank you Anna!
second, why the hell did David’s Tea stop selling Santa’s Secret. i think selling Santa tea in the middle of the summer is a GREAT idea! also it was my only good excuse i had to place a David’s order. so now i don’t even know what.
third, the comment below about The Pu’erh Collection was an awful awful idea. they were gross and no one should buy David’s Tea Puerhs cuz there are SO MANY better puerhs out there. i actually spend time worrying that people will taste them and think that that is what puerhs are like and will be scarred for their tea tasting life.

good bye Classic Apple. it was memorable!
sweet warm apple awesomeness.

unrelated, ….

omg DavidsTea now has something called The Pu’erh Collection?!?
i’m so on board! i wanted to try them all so bad cuz i love Chocolate Orange, and was gonna maybe start with the Cinnamon Heart one but A.) i have too much tea to even let myself buy samples really but B.) now i don’t have to choose and can just get them all so in a way i am being good by ordering it instead of say, potentially ordering each tea individually. right? i mean kinda?
anways, rad.

oh, also Joe Biden is on campus today. but not for a public event. so really he’s just here to be kinda bad-ass and shut down lots of streets to traffic. yo joe!


update, The Pu’erh Collection was dumb and i wish i hadn’t bought it. cuz other thank chocolate orange, davidsteas puerhs aren’t very good.


I had a mini meltdown over Santa’s Secret too! It was part of the 250g web specials the other day and now it’s gone. I really hope they’re not discontinuing it!


Alysha! are you serious!! i missed the Santa’s Secret selloff!?!?! gah! whhhhyyyyy?! they better NOT discontinue it erg.


I bet they’ll bring it back around Christmas time. They do the same thing with Pumpkin Chai, don’t they? They seem to always bring that one back.


Whew okay. i mean, i was just about to call them and everything hah


I really hope they do! I missed the selloff too. I decided to think about it before committing to 250g of tea, and then when I decided to just go for it, it was gone! Ah well…gives us a reason to look forward to winter I suppose, lol

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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.

some tea pictures!

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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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