778 Tasting Notes

Noooooooooo !! Say it’s not true!!
I just now learned that American Tea Room is closed. Where am I gonna buy Brioche now!? There’s no other tea like it.
Dangit I always feel bad for buying too much tea at one time. But there are those few teas that I never get tired of and it always feels special to drink.
I’ll buck up and look forward to searching for Brioche 2.0. I’m sure there are a few to choose from.
Onward into 2019!

Cameron B.

I don’t know if you’ve tried Almond Sugar Cookie from Simpson & Vail, but I believe it has very similar ingredients.



I believe someone (maybe you @Cameron?) told me that they’re sourced from the same place?

Cameron B.

@Nattie – It was not me, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Although Almond Sugar Cookie doesn’t mention being organic and there’s no cinnamon listed?


Hmmm, maybe that’s not the one I’m thinking of then…

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My first tea of 2019!
I’m home and cozy and making, like, 4 different kinds of soup to enjoy over the next week. Yum.
Also the tea! YUM!


Nice to see you still around Steepster! :D

Cameron B.

I must know the soupy details! ❤

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who gave me this sample? when did i drink this sample?
did it arrive through the mail? or did i get it from a fancon? or did i nab it from a restaurant? i don’t remember…
but now, i have a tasting note to edit, a spot saved, for when i do recall the facts.

i’m cleaning my kitchen, and listening to All The Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister.

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There are maybe 3 teas from Della Terra that I will always always miss, but this Vanilla Tea isn’t one of them!! Cuz I buy it in large quantities from Anna Marie’s.
I drink it every week. several times a week. usually days in a row.
I even mix it with other teas on occasion. to make the other teas better. : )

I just joined Audible for the first time and then binged Robert Webb’s memoir “How Not To Be A Boy” and he said Numberwang in the book! he also said Wanganumb. I laughed sooooo hard.


Always nice to find a lost tea that was loved! I wish I could find DT’s Lime Chiffon.


That’s numberwang!


Dustin – I agree. Lime Chiffon was so delicious. I think I have a tiny bit left because I’m hoarding it.


Careful with the hoarding on that one, Kittenna. The citrus will turn on you after a while. I sadly had to dump the rest of my Lime Chiffon after letting it sit to long. It went flat and had a bitter tinge. :(

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Umm apparently I drank this tea once already!

But really I’m here because I told a guy via text I wasn’t interested in dating. After more conversation he eventually asked What counts as a date? And what’s just hanging out?
He’s 15+ yrs younger than me.
I’m 41 and antisocial. Idek what to say. And I’m not crazy enough to google this crap.
I’m not interested in intimacy. Is it even possible to just be friends with ppl?
I really wanna be friends, but is that just naive of me.
I’m bummed and need advice. So bummed.

Thanks for being the only place I feel comfortable enough to post! Steepster will always be special.


I have to say I don’t know what counts as dating any more. It’s very generational, it seems. My 13 year old thinks it means snapchatting and going for pizza after school, and maybe Facetiming. Maybe it’s better not to use any terms and just say happy to be friends but not interested in anything romantic or physical?


Omg I’m seriously glad I asked because that definition of dating is a keeper! Hilarious! I love it so much. And laughing really helped my mood instantly.


I don’t purport to know what dating is. I have been married for 31 years and my husband and I never actually dated. We met and then just…hung out. Listened to music. Played guitar and sang, and then got married eight months later. But what troubles me is that it sounds like this person may have been persistent enough to make you uncomfortable, and that’s not cool. He is pretty young, so maybe he didn’t mean to be that way, and maybe I don’t know enough about what was said and it wasn’t really that way at all. But if he did pressure you and make you uncomfortable, he might be looking out for only what he wants, and not being considerate of you. And we here on Steepster stick up for our won! Go with your gut instinct on whether to “hang out” with him because the pressure might continue, but I do think SOME people can just be friends. Others don’t get boundaries!


own not won!


You guise are really making my night! Thank you! I don’t think he’s being pushy. He’s actually being very normal which is why I didn’t think it was going there. I’m just THAT awkward. On top of which I’m WAY out of my depth. I value your perspective. Your comment helps me to ask myself more questions!


I kinda think dating and hanging out can be the exact same activities….it’s more about the expectation of those involved. Ie. going to the movie with a friend, going to the movie with someone you’ve got romantic feelings for. If he’s truly ok with being friends then you should be able to do whatever…. it if he’s just hoping to hang out in the hopes that something more will come of it….blah. I’m pretty anti social as well, so I value the time I spend with others a lot.


you guise are Great. so great.
also, you might find this as hilarious as i do.
but his text today simply said “We should go with my two goth girls. They are married and your age. Theyre the ones with the passes haha“
i laughed at myself so hard.
and now this ex-dance-major is REALLY looking forward to dancing!!


the club is private so we need passes which is one reason why i’ve never been.

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OMG is it possible i never logged this tea?

i purchased the 24 days of tea this year.
i have a bad habit of hoarding the tea samples so this year i’m hoping to drink them at a steady pace and on schedule.

i like this tea! better than i thought i would. i tend to not love david’s chocolatey ones so much.
yay 24 days of tea win.

In other news…
I got a hamster!
i’ve never had a hamster before. he better get ready to be spoiled rotten.


yay for pets! :)


Yeah! I normally don’t like their chocolate either but this one is awesome, in my opinion.

Roswell Strange

Ooh – what’s the hammy’s name? :D


i settled on a name this weekend. I’m gonna stick with Oddree’s first suggestion and name him Bauhaus. When I posted it in a hamster message board this weekend someone said it’s the name of a swedish hardware store haha.
which is weird but also funny as heck.
Art Movement,
Goth Band,
Nordic Hardware Store

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i bought this off amazon, it arrived yesterday, and put Kusmi Apple in it overnight.
i don’t think i used enough leaf, but it was still GREAT to be able to enjoy a very cold & brisk cup of tea before I started my day.
you put the loose leaf directly into carafe. when i poured the tea through the built in strainer, only one single little measly scrap of a single leaf ended up in the cup. … I think that’s amazing.
i’m very excited about this cold brew carafe.
it’s so convenient, i would even just store cold water in it in the fridge. but i have SO MUCH back stock of tea, i’m hoping this will help me drink it down through the summer.
(Hey! maybe i should get one for my work fridge! — best idea ever.)


i got one for my work fridge. destiny.

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drank Candy Cane Crush by DAVIDsTEA
778 tasting notes

I drank this tonight as I watched more SMASH episodes.
it’s low in caffeine so it’s a good bet for the evenings.
and i love the vanilla and mint teas always.

i watched the eps where Jeremy Jordan sings one of my favorite songs, and i couldn’t stop giggling because the man has some beautiful pipes! but sadly he really can’t dance.
and they do what they can to cover it, but even the little bit of dancing they show is hard to watch.
in the recent Supergirl episode they put him behind the piano and left him there. and it was beautiful.
his singing brings me chills and often ends in my spontaneous fitspump.


Omg, SMASH! I haven’t thought about that show in ages!


welcome back!

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cavocorax gave me this tea sample in February 2014.
and i’m just drinking it today.
it’s yummy. but i should probably try it again with some sweetener. i’m still a total newb when it comes to matcha.
i was eyeing the david’s tea matcha mixing tumblr last night. i think i’ll love matcha once i’m patient enough to figure it out. currently i’m just a little lazy. i put a couple mini scoops in a small rounded cup, use a matcha battery powered whisker to blend it with the water, then add some almond milk and whisk some more.

my side topic right now? i have too many planners. i have a journal/bujo, a weekly hobonichi planner and a daily hobonichi planner, and i keep a 6 ring Filofax style planner, i’m only mentioning this now, because i realize i should probably create a section in my 6 ring planner for tea. i currently keep a section for money, one for fountain pen inks, and one for tv shows i (binge) watch. i’m gonna work towards adding a health and a tea section. don’t worry. you can expect updates. : )


OMG Fountain pens! I keep an old fauxdori with an insert made from big box craft store sketch book paper in it for ink tests. I should crack out a new insert for tea!
Currently using an Erin Condren but I think next year I’ll switch back to my color crush/filofax copycat planner from last year with new inserts. Or go crazy and get a ARC style one.


HAhahahah at the time that i read your comment, i had literally just opened a package containing 2 storage 6-ring binders, and a planner for office meetings. and the day before that, i received a delivery that included 2 other planner binders i’d bought on super sale. i’m fully aware that it’s too many binders.
i don’t have any Color Crush or Erin Condren in my collection but I’ve watched So Many youtube videos about them heehee!
i love talking paper products :)
if you go crazy and try ARC, please let me know how the experiment goes!!

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had this for breakfast today.
nom nom nom.
it does say pancakes in the name after all.
not as tops as the tiramisu, but still pretty yummy.

other things that happened today,
i bought chapstick for the first time in years,
i helped my sister set up her new apartment, and
i learned that lego now makes legos for girls and they include the makings of a yacht and an RV for glamping.


…and a very sweet little LEGO mobile observatory with telescope and little astronomer. Got it a while back for a good friend to put together with her granddaughter.

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i have 2 hamsters named Bauhaus and Danzig.

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.

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i only log each tea i taste once.

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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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