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drank Cookie by Lupicia
1994 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 27 of 2021 (no. 647 total).

Big news: we got a puppy!

I haven’t been drinking as much tea as usual because two weekends ago, we did a whirlwind road trip down to Southern California to pick up Reggie, our baby Basenji. Down on Saturday (one cup of tea in the morning) and back on Sunday (no cups of tea). Baby is very fun, and very smart — he’s already learned “sit” and is learning “down” — and potty training is going pretty well. After he goes potty outside, he comes over like “bruh, where’s my treat?” which is exactly the point.

Last weekend I had an early haircut appointment on Saturday — following strict covid protocols — so also didn’t get any real tea drinking in because I wasn’t back until the afternoon.

I did drink a bit of tea on Sunday, which enabled me to get into sipdown range with this for today.

I have to say, I’m conflicted about this. I mostly stand by my original note, it’s just that my current thinking would put something described in my original note as lower than an 84. So I’m bumping it down.

As I mentioned, it suggests cookie, but it’s not very sweet, which makes it not quite as cookie-ish as I’d expect. Yes, some cookies are sweeter than others, but most of them are pretty sweet or they wouldn’t be cookies. AmIright?

What kind of cookie? Slightly almondy, slightly shortbready, I guess. Not bad for the right mood. I guess I’ve just become more of a hardass on my grading scale.

ashmanra

Puuuuuuupppppppppppy! Pics or it didn’t happen!

__Morgana__

Just for you, a post to my long neglected instagram! https://www.instagram.com/p/CMpuK1kj3BU/?igshid=9z18ta2hqc8a

Lexie Aleah

Aww Congrats!!

__Morgana__

Thank you!

Tiffany :)

Sounds like regular life, sometimes it gets in the way of having tea. Also reminds me I haven’t had a haircut since 2019. I should probably figure out how to get that done or just let my boyfriend do it for the first time.. how did it go getting it done (obviously we live in different places)?

__Morgana__

I have gone through a number of different scenarios. During lockdown my stylist put the color into squeeze bottles and my bf picked it up from her and then applied it for me. That would have been funny if we hadn’t been screaming at each other through the whole thing. So no cut that time, just color. Then we graduated to he coming to the house, cutting and coloring me and cutting my two boys’ hair. We were all masked and she had on a face shield as well. That happened a few times. Now the salon is open again, with only two customers and two stylists at a time at opposite sides of the room; everyone masked, everyone hand sanitized, no clothing changes, and if you get there early you have to wait outside. Also you have to answer a bunch of health questions. In between the home and reopening there was one small reopening before the tier went back up to purple — same deal then plus temp check.

ashmanra

Thank you for the puppy pic! My phone is almost exclusively photos and videos of dogs…mine, my kids’ dogs, the neighbor’s dog….I can always use a good “squeeeeee!” from a puppy pic!

__Morgana__

Her not he.

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ashmanra

Puuuuuuupppppppppppy! Pics or it didn’t happen!

__Morgana__

Just for you, a post to my long neglected instagram! https://www.instagram.com/p/CMpuK1kj3BU/?igshid=9z18ta2hqc8a

Lexie Aleah

Aww Congrats!!

__Morgana__

Thank you!

Tiffany :)

Sounds like regular life, sometimes it gets in the way of having tea. Also reminds me I haven’t had a haircut since 2019. I should probably figure out how to get that done or just let my boyfriend do it for the first time.. how did it go getting it done (obviously we live in different places)?

__Morgana__

I have gone through a number of different scenarios. During lockdown my stylist put the color into squeeze bottles and my bf picked it up from her and then applied it for me. That would have been funny if we hadn’t been screaming at each other through the whole thing. So no cut that time, just color. Then we graduated to he coming to the house, cutting and coloring me and cutting my two boys’ hair. We were all masked and she had on a face shield as well. That happened a few times. Now the salon is open again, with only two customers and two stylists at a time at opposite sides of the room; everyone masked, everyone hand sanitized, no clothing changes, and if you get there early you have to wait outside. Also you have to answer a bunch of health questions. In between the home and reopening there was one small reopening before the tier went back up to purple — same deal then plus temp check.

ashmanra

Thank you for the puppy pic! My phone is almost exclusively photos and videos of dogs…mine, my kids’ dogs, the neighbor’s dog….I can always use a good “squeeeeee!” from a puppy pic!

__Morgana__

Her not he.

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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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