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Upon arriving at my coworker’s apartment, one of the first things I noticed was a collection of beautiful English-style tea cups on a shelf in the kitchen. Her roommate is a tea head! I was shown the stash in the closet and the selection screamed ‘Steepster Member!’ at me. So much loose leaf. She said I could drink anything I wanted, but I remained modest in my selection and only had one of her teas over the weekend. I picked this Douglas Fir Spring Tips because I’ve never seen it around.

We have Doug Fir here in California, but in most of the forests I’ve been in Northern California, Doug Fir is mixed with other tree species. This tea had a damp, dewey quality that reminded me of a moist Cascadian pure Doug Fir forest. It had a sweet fir aroma and tastes of fir, light earth and citrus and nectar sweetness. Wow, what a comforting and refreshing treat for a cold morning on the coast. I have to find this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
Bluegreen

You drank what?! Mind blown.

derk

Supple fir tips. So good.

Mastress Alita

Oh man, I would totally drink that.

derk

Ima go searching for it in the city before I move to avoid shipping costs. If I find it, do you want me to pick you up a tin of bags?

derk

That goes for Bluegreen, too.

Mastress Alita

I am on a tea hiatus at the moment, part of a quite strict New Year’s Resolution that I’ve already put into effect. If you get some, and at some time in the future when my collection no longer makes me feel terrible about myself and my ordering/trading embargo has been lifted, I would happily take a single teabag to try it. :-)

derk

Noted :)

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Bluegreen

You drank what?! Mind blown.

derk

Supple fir tips. So good.

Mastress Alita

Oh man, I would totally drink that.

derk

Ima go searching for it in the city before I move to avoid shipping costs. If I find it, do you want me to pick you up a tin of bags?

derk

That goes for Bluegreen, too.

Mastress Alita

I am on a tea hiatus at the moment, part of a quite strict New Year’s Resolution that I’ve already put into effect. If you get some, and at some time in the future when my collection no longer makes me feel terrible about myself and my ordering/trading embargo has been lifted, I would happily take a single teabag to try it. :-)

derk

Noted :)

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Always up for a trade. I keep an updated cupboard. Check it out. Don’t be shy — message me if you want to try something! I send international :)

Most enjoyment:

Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, GABA oolong, sheng and shou puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, Laoshan green. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog or matcha latte. I generally steep a tea until it has no more to give.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings. Just nothing cloying especially banana, caramel, coconut, cinnamon or maple. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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Sonoma County, California, USA

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