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I guess I’m finally writing tasting notes for my Yunnan Sourcing teas that I bought last year before my dad’s stroke (it will officially be a year in a few days). He is doing good! He is coming along with his speech. AND he has been riding his bike and even went kayaking recently… so to see him doing these things now after seeing him in that ICU bed last year is amazing.
Also, SO MANY awesome books were released today. Sigh. I can never keep up, even if I was reading a book a day. A new Helen Dewitt last week and now There There by Tommy Orange, a new memoir by Porochista Khakpour, and more by Lauren Groff, A.M. Homes, Marisha Pessl and a couple more that sound awesome. AHHH. I am a READER but I am SLOW. Help.
On to the tea… I did buy the 2016 harvest of this because you guys gave it the best rating. The leaves here are twisty and wrapped together, black with hints of gold. I steeped them in a teabag again to make sure the barnacled infusers had no impact on the leaves (to be honest, I haven’t really noticed a difference in the steeping of the YS teas so far anyway, between the teabags and the barnacled infusers.) I do love golden monkey teas. I expect them to result in a black murky brew though. This is more like a light red. There is a complexity to the flavor here, it’s just not as deep and dark as I would like my golden monkeys to be. It’s nice that it’s complex though. Malty, smooth, sweet… hard to describe The second steep seemed more savory but much the same. I really don’t want to have to use two teaspoons of leaves every time to get great flavor. Hmm.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 15 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 4-5 minute steep

Arby

I’m glad to hear he is doing better. I’m a slow reader too. I normally have to renew my library books twice and then I still don’t get through them all (I should know to take out one at a time).

tea-sipper

Thank you Arby. :D And happy reading to you!

Mastress Alita

I’m a librarian and still can’t get through my books in a reasonable time! I’m such a slow reader, and the worst part is seeing all the awesome new stuff every day on my cataloging carts, and having to tell myself, “Noooooo, you don’t have time for this!”

tea-sipper

Well, if it helps… it’s inspiring to me that an actual librarian can also be a slow reader? :D Even if I was reading five books a day, it wouldn’t be enough. And then I mention the crazy amount of new books out and what am I reading now? Charlotte Bronte’s The Professor. haha.

Mastress Alita

I have a stack of three graphic novels next to me right now, and haven’t even managed to get through those. And I have notices telling me that two of the three have already gone through their three auto-renewals. Now, the one perk of my job is that I don’t get late fees, but still, it’s just pathetic. I really should be ashamed of myself!

tea-sipper

haha, yep. I think I spend more time thinking of everything I WANT to read instead of actually reading… and I have that same problem. Even if I’m only thinking of the graphic novels I want to get to… that’s too many right there just in graphic novels! sigh.

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Arby

I’m glad to hear he is doing better. I’m a slow reader too. I normally have to renew my library books twice and then I still don’t get through them all (I should know to take out one at a time).

tea-sipper

Thank you Arby. :D And happy reading to you!

Mastress Alita

I’m a librarian and still can’t get through my books in a reasonable time! I’m such a slow reader, and the worst part is seeing all the awesome new stuff every day on my cataloging carts, and having to tell myself, “Noooooo, you don’t have time for this!”

tea-sipper

Well, if it helps… it’s inspiring to me that an actual librarian can also be a slow reader? :D Even if I was reading five books a day, it wouldn’t be enough. And then I mention the crazy amount of new books out and what am I reading now? Charlotte Bronte’s The Professor. haha.

Mastress Alita

I have a stack of three graphic novels next to me right now, and haven’t even managed to get through those. And I have notices telling me that two of the three have already gone through their three auto-renewals. Now, the one perk of my job is that I don’t get late fees, but still, it’s just pathetic. I really should be ashamed of myself!

tea-sipper

haha, yep. I think I spend more time thinking of everything I WANT to read instead of actually reading… and I have that same problem. Even if I’m only thinking of the graphic novels I want to get to… that’s too many right there just in graphic novels! sigh.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Plumdeluxe.com
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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