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My co-worker got me hooked on these Oprah Chais on ice from Starbucks over the summer. They have become my staple ‘treat’ when I have a rough day. However, they cost an arm and a leg. No surprise, really. A couple days ago I decided I’d just grab the chai myself from Teavana and make it up myself, because I’m over spending over $5. on these, when all it is is the tiniest amount of chai topped up with milk and ice.

I decided to make it straight and hot today, just to see if it’s as tasty as the Starbucks one with milk and ice. Not so much. It’s actually a bit bland for chai. Perhaps I need to steep longer, though I followed the paramaters the tea came with. Cinnamon is the primary flavour here, followed up by something spicier.

I’ll be sticking to making my chai on ice with milk for this tea.

P.S. The price of this tea I found exorbitant. $13.50 for 50g. And 50g doesn’t go very far with this tea – it’s nice and heavy. It will save me money for the Starbucks drink, but I would never purchase this tea for the price just to have it as straight tea.


Starbucks usually beefs up their drinks with a hearty 3-4 pumps of simple sugar as well! You’ve been warned.


I can’t do the Oprah Chai cos ROOIBOS! My nemesis!


Haha I generally go no sweetener with Starbucks, but thank you tantonino.

Stephanie the rooibos isn’t noticeable at all. I also pretty well despise rooibos. :P


Hmm, guess I could try it then :)


Wouldn’t hurt! I was actually surprised when I read there was rooibos to be honest. :)


courtney – there’s a coupon in starbucks that i saw today – buy 50g of a tea in store, get 50g free… so might be worth the splurge on this in that case..


Thanks Sil!

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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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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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