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So I was one of the ones who managed to get onto the list for Peony Tea S.‘s “free samples for Canadians if you tell us how long it took to deliver,” list. I’m 99% sure that Canada Post just tried to deliver it, but I was the only one home, slobbily dressed and was also…indisposed at the moment they rang the bell. But I heard something drop into the mailbox, and ran happily to the door as soon as I was able, anticipating the package.

…Er, what? Failed delivery notice? I have 15 days to pick it up, starting after 1 pm tomorrow? They couldn’t just put the package in the mailbox like with my 52teas and Verdant orders? Surely 3 teas and a small spatula don’t make so large a package that they can’t fit in the box?

How annoying. Thankfully, I think the postal outlet it’s getting dropped off at is the one that’s a 20 minute walk up the road, so I guess I’ll go Wednesday. (I’m working tomorrow.)

IN THE MEANTIME

I believe I have mastered my own version of the flash-chill method!

1) Steep the tea double-strong in a Teaopia Tea Master filled a bit less than half-way with hot water. (“A bit less than half-way” because of the shape of the Tea Master. The best words to describe it escape me, but it gets wider towards the top.)

2) Fill a glass cup almost to the brim with ice to measure it, and then pour the ice into a stainless steel Thermos while waiting for the tea to steep.

3) Dispense steeped tea from the Tea Master into the Thermos, seal the Thermos up and shake, shake, shake for about a minute. (Dunno what the shaking accomplishes exactly, but the SAs at Teaopia always seem to shake the iced tea and cubes together before pouring them into the cup, and I wouldn’t want to skip an essential step.)

5) Open the lid of the Thermos enough for “pouring liquid” and pour into the aforementioned glass cup. (I have a model that allows you to pour liquid without completely removing the lid.) This strains any extraneous ice cubes.

6) Ice cold tea!

I am still trying to determine exactly how much milk or cream to use in Root Beer Float to get that perfect enhancement of floatiness without shouting down the tea. Nevertheless, this cup was much, much better than my failed pitcher from earlier!

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Azzrian

You know your addicted to tea when you jump OFF the toilet and run after the postal guy anyway! LOL

Daniel Scott

Haha, I didn’t really. …It, uh, wasn’t an option. Not to put anyone off their tea…

Running after the postal guy is a thought, though. If I hadn’t basically been dressed in pj pants and the most unwashed shirts I own, I might have attempted that.

Azzrian

LOL I answer the door daily to our mail man in my pajamas which are tees with holes all over them and gym shorts! Sexy huh?! He is used to it – he is my alarm clock in the mornings – if he does not come I get to sleep in :)

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Azzrian

You know your addicted to tea when you jump OFF the toilet and run after the postal guy anyway! LOL

Daniel Scott

Haha, I didn’t really. …It, uh, wasn’t an option. Not to put anyone off their tea…

Running after the postal guy is a thought, though. If I hadn’t basically been dressed in pj pants and the most unwashed shirts I own, I might have attempted that.

Azzrian

LOL I answer the door daily to our mail man in my pajamas which are tees with holes all over them and gym shorts! Sexy huh?! He is used to it – he is my alarm clock in the mornings – if he does not come I get to sleep in :)

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I’ve always been a tea drinker – I grew up drinking Tetley’s Orange Pekoe and their Chai, and considered myself to really like tea.

I’ve been working various retail jobs to put myself through higher education. One day at my store, a customer left a newly purchased bag of loose-leaf behind. We waited for three days for said customer to return, but they (likely not realizing where they had left their bag) did not return to claim the would-be brew. Too bad for them; lucky for me! I claimed the bag, took it home, and awkwardly made my first cup of loose-leaf tea with the only strainer we owned which was small enough.

I haven’t bothered with Tetley since. For the most part (and due to convenience), my patronage is limited to David’s Tea and Teavana. I also order from 52teas and Verdant Tea.

My rating system – hah, I don’t have a rating system. I rate teas a lot like Ebert rates movies. Everything’s relative.

I may often forget to mention it, but you can safely assume everything I drink is sweetened in one way or another – most rock sugar, or honey for green and white teas. I have not yet achieved drinking most tea clear. The few teas I drink unsweetened include milk oolong and genmaicha so far.

The guy in my avatar can be bought at Teaopia or here: http://www.jas-etea.com/products/Jingdezhen-%22Easy%22-Gaiwan-%22Blue-on-White-Phoenix%22-100ml.html

I currently work for Teavana. But I just work there, and my opinions about any of their teas are entirely my own and not meant to be reflective of the views of the company.

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