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drank Dorian Grey by Steam Tea House
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Still working on perfecting the steeping time, but enjoying this tea nonetheless.

I’ve always had trouble with Earl Grey and I thought this sounded perfect when the lovely employee at Steam told me it was without bergamot. Yes!

The base is a touch finicky with steeping, but the other floral ingredients compliment it, even when I don’t manage the perfect steeping. I can only imagine how delightful it will be when I do.

For the moment, this is on my desk at work. It was a nice treat at work this afternoon.


welcome back heh

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
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A few years ago, a friend I gained from working in the yoga studio went to China and brought me back this oolong. It’s been unopened in my cupboard ever since.


I have been just craving and oolong to resteep and resteep all afternoon at my desk. I was on the Taiwan Tea Crafts website for far too many hours attempting to build the perfect oolong cart, when I finally gave in and emailed for help. Did you guys know how awesome TTC is for information? I received an email back very promptly – the next day (time differences), with significant information in order to place my order. Yay for new teas!

I’m on my second short steep of this (30 seconds first steep, 1 minute second steep). As far as this tea, it’s tasty, with that mineral-y taste I can pick up from some oolongs. The mineral-y isn’t my personal favourite, but I can appreciate it. It’s about mid-way oxidized, solely judging from the colour and that was perfect for my mood today. Not too close to green, not too roasty. Overall a nice, but not extraordinary oolong.

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
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I went with making this one this morning at work. All the teas in my ‘tea drawer’ have lost the majority of their flavour, sadly. It’s my own fault. I need to organize myself this weekend, and put my loose teas within bags, then within extra tins I have lying around for my work tea drawer. Ziplocs are just not the way to go. Sigh.

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I was staring at my bagel with cashew butter I’d brought for my breakfast and got such a craving for breakfast tea with milk. I headed off to my favourite office around the bend, where they keep a lovely stash of bagged teas. Of the three ladies that work in that office, one is from Ireland and brought Irish breakfast back on her last trip home. I snagged one of this for my milk tea and bagel this morning. It’s really hitting the spot, now that’s it’s nearly lunch hour hah.

Any suggestions on a great Irish breakfast are welcome – both for my own cupboard and to share at work.

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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I often forget just how delicious this tea is. Went against my judgement tonight and made this. I’m so happy I did. The creaminess of it is really hitting the spot. I love the black green base and the roastiness, too. Just all around an amazing tea.

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In this moment, this tastes like hot buttered raisin toast. Brilliant.

That is all.

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I mixed it up again tonight after going on about what specific straight black teas I most enjoy to Alexa. Yum, assam!

This one turned out perfectly. I have a real love of TTC, just from the one small order I placed with them months back.

The tea is rapidly cooling now, and tasting even better. More sweetness is coming through, with subtle stonefruits, and maybe even some hay. Delightful.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
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I brought this tea to my entire afternoon meeting yesterday and made it for us to bring to the Remembrance Day ceremony this morning. I really have found a love of this one much greater than the first time I tried it.

It tastes like a liquid speculaas cookie!

Also, it inspired me to check out the Verdant website, which I haven’t opened for months, since the disaster of all my teas being smoky on my last order – especially my beloved Vanilla Citrus Spice. Sigh.

However, I’ve made my peace with that when I gave those teas to A’s family. I am wondering though – are blends available from Verdant any longer? I couldn’t find this one on their website.


No the blends are no longer on their site…but the last time I looked they listed the recipes and ingredients.


Yup, I just found that out too! They have ingredients. Not sure if it’s oz or measuring cups. I should email and find out.

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Now that our tea cupboard has been reunited, I noticed CVA and PTA when I went to make my second cuppa today. I much prefer them mixed half and half, and it is awesome still.

Just the subtlest hint of caramel vanilla – more vanilla, and then much more of the base tea, which as we all know, is just amazing.

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Sipping away at this early this afternoon. I actually prefer this one a touch more cool than I normally do for other teas. I find the cantaloupe comes through a bit more clearly. Tasty.

I don’t often crave this one, but we just brought it back from A’s family and I felt like throwing something different in the mix for the never-ending studying.


nice seeing you around again :)

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.



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