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This week has been a nightmare. I’ve already handed in one assignment and written one exam. Tomorrow I have two more exams, and Friday I have my physiology research proposal due. It’s a week where I want to pull an all-nighter, but I know I’ll need to tomorrow, so I have to wait, because there’s just no way two all-nighters are going to happen.

Enter matcha. Matcha has been keeping me going, because evidently I’m getting old and my body actually requires going to bed at a reasonable hour.

This matcha is still delightful. I love the buttery vanilla-ness of it. Perfect flavour to name ‘ratio’.


That does sound like a nightmare! D: Hope you can have a relaxing weekend at least!


I wish. I have two more exams next week and two more assignments. :P On the bright side, at least I love what I’m studying.


Oy. Nevermind then xD
Well hope you survive! And don’t feel too miserable through it. I imagine loving what you’re studying must help though! :P


That sounds brutal. I hope that you get through this period okay and get a nice, long rest afterwards.

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I had a phase away from this tea, but decided to steep it up on a whim this afternoon. I’m glad I took some time away, because it’s back to it’s delicious maple-y goodness.

The black base is great in the few Steam teas I’ve tried, and the maple flavour here is the best I’ve had to date. Not too cloying, nor too subtle. Just maple.


I love this one :)


This is a good one!

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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
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This + rainymood.com + physiology research proposal.

Great combination.

P.S. These oolongs from Lupicia are truly the bees knees. I’m not generally a green oolong kind of gal, but when the mood strikes, they are quite delightful. The light, yet apparent, perfectly mango flavouring paired with the light oolong base works so well.

Cameron B.

Yum, I want! :D

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drank Maya by Crio Bru
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I really enjoy this Crio Brü. It’s spicy, but it doesn’t come off to me as hot pepper spicy, more like sweet-spicy. It really reminds me of something that I can’t quite put my finger on. That makes me a little crazy, but I’ll just enjoy this cuppa while I study some more.

I de finitely need to place a Crio Brü order here soon. I must have the pumpkin spice!

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This cup turned out perfectly. Juicy blackberry and lime all wrapped up in rainforest-y guayusa. Almost like I’m munching on blackberries between sips. Delightful. I needed something to keep me going with my studying. Three exams this week, joy.

I need more of this one. I’ll have to order some for J’s mom too, she loved it when we were home in the summer.

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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I decided to leave my safe zone of LB and move forward to another safe, yet different zone of White Rhino.

As soon as I’d steeped it I knew I made the right choice. The incredibly sweet hay scent is intoxicating. The taste doesn’t disappoint in this regard either. This tea is always delicious. So smooth and malty in its own right. Seriously delightful.

It’s just the motivation I need to get a jump-start on my physiology research proposal.


Good luck on the proposal!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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This tea, again. This is all I drink lately. I don’t even contemplate other teas, just go to the cupboard and get this one out. I’m enjoying a cup of this before I take the furbaby for his morning walk then head off to school.

I have my first exam of the term today – embryology. And so it begins. :P

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Just steeped up a cup of this tea. Everything I could say about this delight, I’ve already said. This note is more of a life update. :)

I’m sitting myself down at my desk and not moving unless it means steeping another cuppa. Rescuing our new furbaby completely unexpectedly means my studying has been significantly set back. Tonight I’m rectifying that.

Here’s a picture of our boy taken two nights ago: http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/229FBE5B-FCC8-49B2-8ECA-CA54EE94F3F2_zpscmalz2gw.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Another awesome upside, is that a Steepsterite I became really close with in the last year and a half has moved close to me, which means I have not only another friend here, but a tea friend! Woot.


Beautiful dog! So happy you rescued him! :)


Oh wow! What is he? Really looks like the new baby wolves at our zoo. I have a husky but he doesn’t quite look husky lol.


He’s so handsome!

Cameron B.

Aww, I would rescue him anyday!


Thanks guys!


Yay for beautiful pets and Steepster friends! :)


Ooo… he’s very pretty!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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This tea never gets old. It’s essentially all I’ve been drinking, when I get the opportunity. So delicious every single time. I just finished up my last batch the other day (fall 2013?), and this is the first cup of my newest batch (spring 2014 I believe).

We rescued a furbaby a few days ago, and we’re all learning a new routine, which means less time for tea drinking, but it’s definitely worth it.


Congrats on the furbaby!


Let’s see some pics :)


Awe, enjoy your new pet.

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I’ve been a bit off since I got back from my visit home, and I’m really over it. Tonight I threw all caution to the winds and decided to brew up Brioche.

Surprisingly, this tea is hitting the spot. The flavours are coming together in a great way to make this the delicious tea I enjoy.

P.S. One of my genetics profs sent out an email offering free tickets to whoever could tell him about a certain biologist that will be speaking at a conference tomorrow evening and I won the tickets to see him. Thrilled!

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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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