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drank Ginseng Vitality by Teavana
2006 tasting notes

Still not a favorite, but so much better than the Tulsi Dosha Chai. And easier to drink for me than Sleep Tight from TeaGschwed…whatever because not savory.

I smelled orange again and I even sort of taste orange, which is fascinating given that there isn’t any orange in this, but I’ll take it.

Time to go lie down with a mug next to me and zone out to whatever’s been Tivo’d and I haven’t yet watched.

BTW, you guys who went to the David’s Tea spring sale are really making my fingers itch in a big way. Mason jar! Whale mug! Tentacles! (And I’d even get the whale and the tentacles despite being hand wash only just because they’re so adorable…) I have to get offline before I find myself whipping out the credit card…. bye!

Fjellrev

Their teaware is dangerous, indeed!

Sami Kelsh

I’m honestly grateful there aren’t any David’s Tea shops here because I have no space and no money for any more teaware. I own like 4 mugs (not incuding the little 4oz. Roger Delgado mug that has a special place of honour on my Doctor Who Living Room Shrine Of Awesome) and can’t justify more as long as I live alone :(

__Morgana__

I know. I just had to put a bunch of old travel mugs out to pasture to make room for some newer stuff. I went through so many different types of travel mugs, most of which had a lot of small parts I managed to lose the parts to, or couldn’t remember which went with which. Fortunately most of those weren’t containers I really liked and wouldn’t have used much anyway. I have some mugs I really should get rid of because they’re chipped, but they were given to me by various people and it’s hard to part with the sentimental stuff. If I gave away all my chipped mugs I might be able to justify a couple of the new David’s ones….

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Fjellrev

Their teaware is dangerous, indeed!

Sami Kelsh

I’m honestly grateful there aren’t any David’s Tea shops here because I have no space and no money for any more teaware. I own like 4 mugs (not incuding the little 4oz. Roger Delgado mug that has a special place of honour on my Doctor Who Living Room Shrine Of Awesome) and can’t justify more as long as I live alone :(

__Morgana__

I know. I just had to put a bunch of old travel mugs out to pasture to make room for some newer stuff. I went through so many different types of travel mugs, most of which had a lot of small parts I managed to lose the parts to, or couldn’t remember which went with which. Fortunately most of those weren’t containers I really liked and wouldn’t have used much anyway. I have some mugs I really should get rid of because they’re chipped, but they were given to me by various people and it’s hard to part with the sentimental stuff. If I gave away all my chipped mugs I might be able to justify a couple of the new David’s ones….

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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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