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drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
1942 tasting notes

Hi all! I have been offline for a bit as you may have noticed. Work became impossibly busy and there were a few dramatic incidents with the kids (who are now teenagers — I may not survive, it was hard enough when I went through it the first time) and then I got off the habit. My coffee consumption went up because of the work things. I needed mega-caffeine to get through the very long days. But now things may be getting back to normal. Plus, I like the idea of bringing my own drink to work in these days of communicable diseases. So I’m going to try to get myself back into the tea habit.

This is a backlog, as are the next three entries. I can no longer remember whether this sipdown occurred in October or November of last year, but it was either November or October of 2019 because by December I was off of tea.

So let’s call this Sipdown no. 5 of October 2019 (no. 104 of 2019 total, no. 592 grand total).

My original note on this will have to suffice as I have no notes. But it reflects my recollection of how I experienced this.

gmathis

Good to see you back! Will pray for your sanity and teenage survival skills!

ashmanra

Welcome back! Oof, the terrible twos were nothing, NOTHING, compared to teen years. You are gonna make it! Holler if you need an ear! Praying for you!

LuckyMe

Welcome back!

Martin Bednář

Welcome back and prayers from me as well!

mrmopar

Welcome back!

__Morgana__

Thanks everyone! And appreciate your support. I need all the help I can get! I suppose every generation thinks “I didn’t put my parents through that” but I am now pretty sure I did and I’m getting my comeuppance now. :-)

tea-sipper

Welcome back! and wishing you luck with the kids. :D

Shanie O Maniac

Welcome back! As a former teacher, I can confirm that teenagers are way worse than toddlers. Toddlers will throw a random temper tantrum to get attention. Teenagers will throw a much worst temper tantrum when they don’t get their way and will give you massive attitude while doing so. I would never want kids. Three years as a sub was enough.

Shanie O Maniac

Welcome back! As a former teacher, I can confirm that teenagers are way worse than toddlers. Toddlers will throw a random temper tantrum to get attention. Teenagers will throw a much worst temper tantrum when they don’t get their way and will give you massive attitude while doing so. I would never want kids. Three years as a sub was enough.

__Morgana__

Totally true about the temper tantrums. I had hoped they would end at age 4.

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gmathis

Good to see you back! Will pray for your sanity and teenage survival skills!

ashmanra

Welcome back! Oof, the terrible twos were nothing, NOTHING, compared to teen years. You are gonna make it! Holler if you need an ear! Praying for you!

LuckyMe

Welcome back!

Martin Bednář

Welcome back and prayers from me as well!

mrmopar

Welcome back!

__Morgana__

Thanks everyone! And appreciate your support. I need all the help I can get! I suppose every generation thinks “I didn’t put my parents through that” but I am now pretty sure I did and I’m getting my comeuppance now. :-)

tea-sipper

Welcome back! and wishing you luck with the kids. :D

Shanie O Maniac

Welcome back! As a former teacher, I can confirm that teenagers are way worse than toddlers. Toddlers will throw a random temper tantrum to get attention. Teenagers will throw a much worst temper tantrum when they don’t get their way and will give you massive attitude while doing so. I would never want kids. Three years as a sub was enough.

Shanie O Maniac

Welcome back! As a former teacher, I can confirm that teenagers are way worse than toddlers. Toddlers will throw a random temper tantrum to get attention. Teenagers will throw a much worst temper tantrum when they don’t get their way and will give you massive attitude while doing so. I would never want kids. Three years as a sub was enough.

__Morgana__

Totally true about the temper tantrums. I had hoped they would end at age 4.

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

My current process for tea note generation is described in my note on this tea: https://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/6990-the-des-impressionnistes

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Website

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