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I’m almost out of this one. Casey moved his stuff out yesterday, and he brought my teapots with him. I had accidentally sent them to his parent’s place. We used to share an Amazon account, and I guess I forgot to change the default shipping address.

I brewed this per the instructions, and it’s much better than I remember it. I think I will brew the second steeping like I would a more typical black, and see how that turns out. This is definitely among the very lightest in body of Chinese blacks that I have. I could have used something stronger this morning.

Oh well, off to go walk the Fritzy with my mother.

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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So, I’ve still been kinda down over the breakup. I still haven’t received my new water boiler or teapots in the mail…So, yeah, the only tea I’ve had in the past few days has been this stuff. I gave it a pretty poor rating, as it is pretty bland and has citric acid added as a “preservative” ( you are allowed to add stuff like this and it’s not technically considered a preservative even though I believe this is added for that purpose). But I’d still recommend this as it’s a pretty good drink to grab when your choices are limited.

Once I get my new teaware, I’m planning to try all of my love/romance themed samples just for irony’s sake.

If anyone has a good recommendation on TV series I might want to watch as my breakup therapy, please tell me your suggestions! I watched HIMYM to get over the last one. I have started Veronica Mars, and although I’m enjoying it, too many of the episodes I’ve seen so far seem to have the takeaway message that “you never really know anyone” or “you can’t trust anyone” and it’s hitting a little too close to home right now.


I’m home right now on Mat Leave and here are some shows I plowed through recently:

Still working on House of Cards
A cute mini series called The Guild about a bunch of nerdy gamers, surprisingly charming
A British comedy about a bunch of horny teenage boys called “the in-betweeners” – really funny

Netflix is a wonderful thing

Hope you find something you love!


The last two are more humorous so that might be more appropriate to help distract :)


I (re-)watched a lot of Arrested Development the last time I was in need of breakup therapy—funny is good, I think, and it didn’t hit on too many sensitive points for me, anyway.


I was hooked on 24
Now it’s House of Cards
I can always watch Seinfeld


Thanks for the suggestions! I have been forgetting to catch up on Homeland, and I have a friend who has been trying to get me to watch The Inbetweeners for a while. And Arrested Development is the best! I’ve only watched it once through, and I should definitely watch it again…


I’ve never watched a single episode of 24. I’ve heard it’s great, though. Ugh. House of Cards got too absurd for me. Maybe I will try the original? Why won’t Orange is the New Black come back already??? Also, Seinfeld is awesome, but I think it would make me miss home too much. (I’m originally from NYC.)


I hope you still coming to NY


I will visit again in about a week…!


THE GUILD… yes, I agree! Also, Community.

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So, this morning, Casey, my boyfriend of 10 months (8 months of which we were cohabitating) decided to break up with me. We weren’t even fighting. I asked him how he was doing this morning and his answer was (to put it only slightly more succinctly than he did): “not good”. And then he packed a bag. Life is weird sometimes. It was literally only yesterday afternoon that I booked us tickets to visit my father in New York on Easter weekend. I was encouraging him to stay at home because the tickets are expensive, he has limited PTO at his new job, and the trip isn’t exactly a vacation. But he told me that he wanted to go because he wouldn’t be able to sleep without me. He referenced a night recently when I stayed up all night working in our living room and he told me that he missed me in our bed and that really wanted to be on couch next to me all night…And less than 24 hours later, he spoke the words that amounted to he never wants to sleep next to me again.

I’ve been through enough in my life to know that I am okay being alone…But I loved and trusted this person more than anyone else. I always knew that, emotionally speaking, he wasn’t getting as much out of the relationship. He had a very hard time opening up and putting his feelings into words, but I thought that pushing him would only make things worse, and that it would get easier for him with time…But now our time is up.

Tea was fine.

Terri HarpLady

Sorry to hear that, Charlotte.
Big hug for you :)


Thanks, Terri.


It breaks my heart to read this and I empathize. Absolutely a big hug for you.


Thanks, TeaExplorer…


I hate to hear you are going through this, unexpected break ups are the worst! Big hugs!


So sorry to hear that….hopefully you find at least a little comfort with tea. hug


Sorry to hear that :/


I’m so sorry, Charlotte. Hugs


Oh god charlotte, that must have come as such a shock. I’m so sorry, but for what it’s worth, I promise it won’t always hurt this badly, and I also promise you’re stronger than you feel right now. If you need anyone to talk to at all, my pm box is always open. huge hugs.


Oh man…what a shock. I’m so sorry :(


sorry, I hope you are doing ok!


Thanks, everyone, for the words of support. I’m feeling a bit better today, having finally gotten some sleep last night. My amazing friend, Allie, has taken today off work so we can hang out and I can get my mind off of things…

Terri HarpLady

Amazing friends are awesome! :)


I’m sorry, Charlotte. That sucks. Big hugs to you.


Aw, I’m sorry. :/

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I received this in a swap from ashleyelizabeth. Thanks!

This was a really nice black tea. Casey thought it was excellent. I have more mixed feelings about it. I would have liked this more without the smoky note, or if it had a more robust body. I’m not sure if I would order a bigger quantity of this, but I’m glad I have more to try it again.


this one has grown on me… i don’t get a smokey note anymore..just rich chocolatey notes heh

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drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
374 tasting notes

This is a sipdown this morning. I am bumping the rating up a bit. While this tea in unremarkable, it is still a solid Golden Monkey with nothing that I would consider a flaw. It’s smooth and easy to drink.

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I broke my favorite 25 oz teapot yesterday, and its replacement isn’t coming until next week. :-( I have not been wanting to brew small quantities of tea in my bigger teapot, so I chose this one tonight because I love it and don’t mind drinking lots of it at a time. :-)


sorry I hate breaking tea ware!

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So, this is the tea I had with my meal at the Thai restaurant last night. I was eating a very rich red curry, so some of the subtleties of this tea were definitely lost on me. I was expecting not to like the pomegranate flavoring at all, but I was surprised at how pleasant it was. It reminded me a lot of currant, and it hadn’t occurred to me how similar pomegranate and currant smells (to me, at least) until last night. Anyhow, the disappointing factor in this was the base tea. I was just not liking it, and it had a weird taste in the back palate/aftertaste. I wouldn’t purchase this one again, but I remain open to trying another pomegranate tea from Harney & Sons with a different base…


is it possible that thai flavors just overpowered and didn’t go together? Its not bad cold steeped and refreshing during the summer.


It could be…I guess I would give it another try, especially since the pomegranate flavoring was so pleasant…


I also really enjoy this one iced (and hot, if I’m in the right mood).

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Casey and I decided to go out to dinner last night, and I brought some tea samples with me. (Maybe some will think I am incredibly rude. I only do this at more casual restaurants, and I insist upon paying for the hot water as if they were serving me their tea, and if they don’t charge me, I make up for it in the servers tip. So I’m comfortable enough doing this, although I probably seem like a crazy person, which, well, is accurate.)

I was not expecting to like this at all. Harney & Sons teas are very hit and miss with me. This was really good, however. I also really liked the sachet was translucent enough that you almost couldn’t tell that it was there. It’s always a nice visual treat to watch pearl tea unfurl. I could see making this a staple jasmine tea in my cupboard.

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I picked this one up when Yunnan Sourcing was having a sale, I believe it was in December, but hadn’t tried it until tonight. So, so, so good. It tasted like Cheerios and chocolate, both in the best ways imaginable. I’m glad I finally tried this tea. It will be difficult not to drink it up fast!

(While searching for when the sale was, I noticed that Yunnan Sourcing sells tea via Amazon??? Has anyone here ever purchased tea from them that way?)

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

oh man i adored this one… so on my wishlist to buy more of later!


I can send you some! I also realized, of course after sending your tea to you,
that I have a few other things on your wishlist…


haha not to worry…my wishlist is a combo of things i want to try and things i want to remember to buy again. :) Get through some of the things i sent and we can always do another swap!

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My Butiki order came in the mail today, and I think I’m going to be the first one to review this! I was worried when I first smelled the dry leaf that the lemon would be overpowering. It smelled very much like those amazing frozen lemonades I used to get sometimes as a kid in the summer which were flavored with nothing but perfect fresh lemons and sugar. Anyway, brewed the macaron is much more apparent. I can smell the almonds, cream, and even though I did not add any sugar to this it tastes perfectly sweet. This is a wonderful new tea and I hope Stacy keeps it around!

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

cannot wait til mine arrives!!!!!!!!! =0D

Butiki Teas

So glad you are enjoying this one! :)

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Tea means so many things to me, it is so deep and it is revealing new meaning to me all the time.

Tea is a mindfulness practice, and a doorway through which to explore different philosophies, cultures, and historical times. Tea is hospitality and a way of communion. Tea is an art, a ritual, and a tradition. Tea is a complement to the foods I eat (preferably vegan desserts) and is something I enjoy collecting and curating.

I love to swap, or even just send people samples, so if there’s anything in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message!


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