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drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
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5
drank Earl Grey Vanilla by Tetley
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This tea smelled like discount, vanilla scented shampoo and tasted a bit like sweetened bathwater. I was really disappointed and completely unimpressed. It was stale and had a very weak flavour, even though I let the tea bag sit in the water the entire time.

I thought it was all right, but right after I finished it I had a cup of Twining’s Earl Grey and it reminded me what tea bags were supposed to taste like.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
Michelle Butler Hallett

Tetley always disappoints me. Every now and then I’ll try a new blend, but invariably I say ‘Bleah.’

Michelle Butler Hallett

Hee hee — love ‘sweetened bathwater.’

Beckara

I feel exactly the same way! I mean, I think the first tea I had in my life was Tetley, so I always feel like I’m just becoming a bit of a snob if I don’t like it any more, but for real! This tea was terrible!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Tetley is incredibly popular here in Newfoundland, and I always feel like such a snot when I ask for tea as a restauarnt / cafe and immediately make sure it’s not Tetley. But there we go. Had a small pot of Twining’s bagged English Breakfast yesterday, but the water wasn’t boiling. AUGH! Quite hot, out of one of those hot water dispensers with the red handles, but not boiling. With black tea, boiling water makes all the difference. I’d already made my ‘Anything but Tetley’ fuss, so I held back on the water. I doubt they had a proper kettle anyway.

Beckara

I would rather wait the three minutes for a kettle to boil than to just have hot water out of a dispenser. I think Tetley is a pretty popular brand in Canada, period. It’s always the one I come across. A lot of places here have a little bowl with a bunch of different brands stuck in it and let you choose…

Usually it’s a choice between Red Rose, Tetley, some green tea, but Stash or Twinings show up on occassion…

Michelle Butler Hallett

Three whole minutes, imagine that. :)

I dunno, part of the big change I;ve made in my life over the past year has been learning to slow down. Not gulp coffee for the sake of caffeine, but sip tea for the sake of the many nuances of tea. (I still drink coffee, just nowhere near as much as I used to.) Boiling the kettle, measuring the leaves, timing the steep — it’s all part of that general slowing down which, in the end, makes me more productive. The TeaFiend’s Paradox.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Red Rose is generally better than Tetley. Well, I like it better. And PG Tips better than both of them.

I’ve been hospitalized several times over the past ten years, and tea has often been a major comfort. However, the best you can get on a hospittal tray is warm water in a covered plastic mug with a Tetley bag tossed into a little caddy next to it. So one of the reasons I don’t care for Tetley is that it immediately brings smells and sounds of a hospital to mind.

Beckara

My Dad has that with Jell-o. When he had his appendix out he had Jell-o in the hospital and he never ate it again, couldn’t stomach it. His operation was in the 1960s.

I had a lot of insomnia problems for years and years. Like Edward Norton in Fight Club insomnia problems, so I gave up coffee and switched to tea and it made all the difference in the world. I also realised that I never really liked coffee to begin with, I’d just been raised on Tim Hortons because my parents are addicts.

I like what you said about slowing down and appreciating the process of making tea. In a way, there is almost a ritual (or routine, if the word ‘ritual’ seems too spiritual) to preparing tea that involves the person making the tea moreso than coffee which is just…tossed in a machine and drunk. Tea seems more…personal?

Michelle Butler Hallett

More personal, more intimate. You can easily show love for another person by making them tea.

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80
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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100
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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80
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Now, I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea, but I want to be honest when I say that I don’t really know much about green tea because I don’t really like it that much. I keep trying, but I always end up leaving half my cup filled and abandoned with whatever green tea blend I try.

But that changed tonight.

I tried some Taffy Terror with a little bit of organic sugar and was completely floored! All I can taste is the taffy. Honestly, it’s almost creamy! Not a flavour I would expect from a green tea at all.

If you’re a green-tea-skeptic like me I would really recommend this!

Preparation
7 min, 30 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Good to know. I’d been eyeballing that one. It’s available year-round under the name ‘Gunpowder Taffy,’ too.

Beckara

Yes! It is, but I’ll be honest, I was a bit seduced by the Halloween themed label!

Dorothy

Have you ever tried green tea w/ jasmine before? That is the one blend that “sold” me on green tea. Wish I could send you a sample but I drank all of mine!

Beckara

Ooo, is it really good? I think I’ll try it. Would DavidsTea’s Butterfly Jasmine be a good pick, do you think?

Dorothy

The one I tried was from the Tea Emporium (Imperial Jasmine). But David’s is probably the same thing.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Oh my … jasmine green tea is exquisite! But you also get what you pay for. There are what, 19 grades of quality? I wonder is jasmine flowers don’t have a slightly narcotic effect; after two cups, I start feeling happy and a bit giggly.
I’ve tried Stash’s basic one, ‘Jasmine Blossom’ — even in bags, it’s quite good. A local teashop here in St John’s sells some Dragon Jasmine Pearls that are just … oh, bliss. The teashop owner warned me I would not be able to go back to lesser grades after trying the Pearls, and she was right.

Paul M Tracy

I just placed an order with DavidsTea right before reading this note. I’m glad I included this one. It sounds perfect for the Fall.

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80

Delicious! I can really taste the flowers. A remarkable flavour in a tea. This tea changed what I think about oolong.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more
Michelle Butler Hallett

Also good to know. I love Ti Kuan Yin and worry that oolongs are so delicate that added flavours might crush them. Thanks again for your notes.

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Hello, Steepster!

I’m a twenty-something who attends Concordia University studying English Lit and Irish Studies. I also work at an online store that sells party supplies and costumes! My life is literally a party everyday!

Besides my work/school I’m also a comic book lover. I love attending conventions and have, in the past, done so in costume! (In 2009 it was Sally Jupiter). I also co-author a web comic called Abe and Kroenen and plan on being the author for a couple more upcoming projects. You can check those all out on my website/blog if you’re interested!

Now! About tea!

Formerly an avid coffee drinker I realised that 1. I didn’t really like the taste and 2. I really wasn’t ever getting enough sleep. The switch to tea was, at first, a painful one as extensively my knowledge of tea reached only so far as what was available at Tim Hortons and what my grandmothers kept in their cupboards.

I had a roommate, however, that never drank coffee—and slowly but surely I found myself converted. Then, just last summer, I stumbled upon DavidsTea and my life was changed forever.

Besides David’s, I also visit Teaopia whenever I’m back in Ontario, I’ve recently uncovered Camellia Sinensis in Montreal and new place that I’m yet to try—Milly’s Boutique!

I’m also a strong believer in Twinings and The Stash Company, and I’ve recently ordered some teas from 52teas, The Republic of Tea and Andrews & Dunham and I’m eagerly awaiting their arrival!

P.S. I love to write, and I love tea so expect me to chatter about in my reviews quite a bit!

Current Favorite Teas:
Cocoa Paradiso by David’s Tea
Coco Chai Rooibos by David’s Tea
Lady Grey by Twinings
Rooibos Chai Organic by Camellia Sinensis

Location

Montreal, QC (Formerly Cambridge, Ontario)

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