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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
1789 tasting notes

Sipdown! (191)
(and how crazy is it that 191 is something I’ve gone DOWN to…)

Anyway I’ve lowered the rating on this. The first time I made it it was amazing, but I’ve never been able to replicate that amazingness and it’s too expensive a tea to mess around with.

So! Moving on!


You don’t get a soapy taste from it? No matter what I do, that’s all I get :(

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Monday… :|
Monday means that I brought some of this to work just so I could have it for my morning tea, and because it’s Monday (and morning at that!) I ended up dumping it all over the floor. Whatever. I’ll risk it and drink it anyway! #badasseryachieved

It’s a good tea.


I just had an image of you with a straw attempting to drink tea off the floor. :P

Terri HarpLady

You won’t be the first steepsterite to rescue tea from the floor, nor the last!


Hahaha. That’s too much work, Courtney.
And Terri – that’s so true. Sadly it’s probably not my last time rescuing spilled tea.

Terri HarpLady

When I got my first order from A & D, I dropped the double knit canister & the lid popped off, spilling about a third of it’s contents. I scooped it back up into a different container, & Ms Theresa made a rule that we had to drink it before we could start drinking out of the tin. :)


The way I look at it, you’re going to pour boiling water on it, so most bacteria it could pick up will be neutralized. But I agree Terri, I don’t contaminate my main stock with tea that’s been on the floor!

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Thanks Dexter3657! (194)
I drank this yesterday and today and now it’s gone, and both times I had interruptions that messed up my careful consideration of this tea. I know that I really enjoyed it, but couldn’t say why.

That’s ok though. I’ve never really had Capital Teas before and now I’m curious about them. They seem to do straight black teas well!

ETA Wait a minute! I remember people talking about them before and they are SERIOUSLY like a 10 minute drive away from my house. What? I wonder if I could just pick up from them? I mean, eventually. After I pick up my box(es) from Sil


Pickup could be nice!


cavo….we can do a joint shopping order with capital teas. I’ve had a few of their teas but their quantities are larger…sooo yeah.


Sounds good Sil! I looked at the site, and while I’m interested, I’m a little overwhelmed by the choices. Splitting sounds like the best plan!

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drank Dewy Cherry by Adagio Teas
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Sipdown! (195)
Thank you 221tea for sending this sample to me! I’m always curious about the base teas Adagio uses since I only buy the blends. This one was a nice fruity mix that my daughter and I drank all afternoon as iced tea. It was a little tart with the hibiscus but not terribly so, and I could have added agave if it was really bad. We drank it up so quickly – that’s a good sign! I’m glad I got to try it, and if the price is reasonable, I’d consider getting more some time! (If I’m doing an adagio order anyway… I def wouldn’t do it JUST for this tea. :P)

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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I drank a few cups of this today, and then set the rest aside for VariaTEA! She’s passed on so many great teas to me, and now that she’s thinking about dabbling in more straight teas AND puerh, I figured she should try this.

Everyone should. It’s so amaze!

And if it’s a little too strong, add a dash of milk and steep it for less. I steeped it for 1 min, 5 min and 10 minutes this time around.


I agree, everyone should try this one! too late for tonight, but I think I will make it my morning tea tomorrow :-)


:) Sounds like a great start to a Sunday!


Haha I am NOT trying pu’erhs. I have tried a few and I am just not a fan however I did agree to try this one as a result of your positive comments :)


So upset I can never taste all this deliciousness….only mushrooms. Grrrr.

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It’s a sipdown! (197) I saved this cup for today because it’s the last season of Season 2!

I’m still reeling a little bit from the SPN finale (yet I’m really excited about where they’re going to go with this, and EVEN MORE excited about the fic it’ll generate) but I’m nervous and excited about tonight’s Hannibal finale.

But at least I WILL FINALLY be able to talk about what’s going to happen!!!

Here’s a quick crack!vid for your friday viewing pleasure:


That video was hilarious!


oh no..now I’m worried… I haven’t seen the SPN finale yet because baseball is on every week when SPN is on. Then they move it to Saturday!


Oh phew. I’m happy I didn’t actually say anything that was a real spoiler. I would have felt awful. :P I forget that not everyone goes onto tumblr and sees a billion reaction gifs!


OMG, the SPN reaction gifs have me rolling on the FLOOR. Umm. Which might not be a normal reaction? But. Show.


Hahahah. It’s pretty great. I alternate between OMG it’s going to be awful to OMG but what about… I’m really excited about the fic. There are going to be some awesome Destiel fics…

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drank Sakura Vert by Lupicia
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Another tea from Dexter3657! (198)
I’m really really happythat I was sent this sample because it was a tea I was interested in trying, and nearly bought on my last order just because I was curious.

Boy… am I glad I didn’t. It’s an ok tea, but it’s not for me. It’s not what I wanted. :P

So thank you Dexter3657 for letting me try this out first!


That’s what swapping is all about. Sometimes you fall in love with a tea that you would never have bought for yourself, and sometimes you get to avoid one that you would have. Always happy to share. :))

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And here’s another sample from Dexter3657! This sipdown puts me back at 199. #cackles. :P I keep hovering around that number. I’ll probably be at 200 a month from now!

But this was a really lovely Assam. I drank a cup this morning, and enjoyed it so much I made it again for the afternoon. Sadly I oversteeped it (10 minute? Or more? Whoops) but it still tastes good. I just diluted it a little bit to fix it. It’s really malty and bold and deep. I had RiverTea’s assam just yesterday so I think that helps make this one stand out in comparison.

(Sorry RiverTea. I love your fruit teas, but your unflavoured ones are not as good. But I totally rec your fruit ones. ILU. :P)

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drank L'Abricot by Fauchon
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Thank you Dexter3657! I’m happy I got to experiment more with Fauchon, but I found that this didn’t have enough fruit for me. It was barely apricot? I still enjoyed trying it; I just wouldn’t buy any.

I bet Lupicia would have an amazing apricot tea! :D


There are a lot of flavors I think about and think that Lupicia would do an amazing version of.

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Time to be brave and drink another puerh!

I didn’t know how to steep it so I gave it a 10 second rinse, after bringing it to boiling. Then I steeped it for 1 minute because I’m too much of a coward to go for longer. :P

I really could have gone longer. This cup is really light and mild. It’s earthy but good earthy? As it cools I detect a little bit of honeyed sweetness. Lovely! :D I’m going to have to steep this a few more times to get a better idea of this tea but I am enjoying it so far.

Thank you TerriHarpLady and Sil for passing this on to me. :)
Sipdown: 187 (which is good timing as I have a pkg from Dexter arriving today!)


That sounds good! And I’m not really a pu’erh person. :)


I do long steeps and treat them like coffee and add milk.

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.


Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a little girl and a devoted bf, two cats, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, fandom!, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

I keep trying to learn languages on Duolingo and failing. I’m currently failing Esperanto. :P

1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)


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