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So I had an incredibly stressful day at work yesterday. If I said that a girl went home sick and we had to re-do the zoning schedule on the fly and my best hour on the wall got cut, that would make no sense to most of you. But that is what happened – although it was okay in the end, I still kicked butt. We all did, so we’re going to have fun beating that by ten percent next year. But my day started out on that bad note.

And then someone at work cheerfully told me (as a joke? I guess?) that they had a dream about making out with me and I reacted by stiffly freezing and slightly panicking because I am horrible with social interaction stuffs which are not work related. So we both ended up horribly embarrassed and not looking at each other, and they apologized for freaking me out, which they did not in the way I think they mean – I think they think it is a sexual orientation thing because of that comment, which means they may be offended in that, “oh that was threatening to you, was it,” way, but I am actually bi and just a huge goober SO WHAT A MESS. And I do not want to talk to anyone else at work about it to sort it out in my head because I am in a leadership position and that is the worst position to be in and spread gossip.

ARGH.

And then I came home and binged (which I actually have not done in I-don’t-know-how-long, I have been good about fishes and veggies and fruitses and moderation) on baklava, macaroons, popcorn, ice cream, chocolate, brownies, candy, Turkish delight, 7-Up with vanilla syrup and orange extract (tastes like orange cream soda), and a donair in there somewhere to pretend I was actually eating dinner and then I fell asleep.

Then I got up this morning and was like, KILL ME. And I can’t even drink a detox tea because I have to work. Oh, and I forgot about the time change, so I’m up super early when I could have slept in.

So like.

Peppermint. Tea.

If nothing else, I can calm my stomach because it’s making threatening twinges like it wants to go into murderous spasms of betrayal. I mean, like I said, I’ve actually been treating it well lately. It took me forever to find the 10g of this I have, and now I really know the ridiculous number of teas I have. Wow.

I probably should have read the other tasting notes before I brewed this up. Other people are saying 30-60 seconds. Um. I left this steeping on the counter for like, 10 minutes. Well, now I know why people say only a few seconds. OH MY GOD, THE MINTY BURN. coughs

I might actually have to stop drinking this because the mint is so strong that I’m getting that funny feeling in my stomach you get when you accidentally swallow toothpaste. It’s just such a huge kick-to-the-face peppermint taste.

Some weeks ago, my mother took me out for dinner for my birthday, and since the waiter wouldn’t tell me the brand of tea they offer, I played it safe with a peppermint. I remember that pot very fondly, but the difference between that bagged tea and this is mind-blowing.

I don’t want to rate this until I’ve tried it at a shorter steep time! It’s not unpleasant taste-wise (I absolutely love both peppermint and spearmint), but it’s a bit tough to handle at this strength.

Steep time, beware!

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205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
momo

…an actual schedule? hahahaha my decision gets better every day. I like mint around 4 min, I cannot even imagine 10 despite how long I steep it, dang.

Daniel Scott

What, you don’t use one? Not even on weekends? How do you survive?

Haha, am I just an idiot? Is it common knowledge that you don’t steep loose peppermint very long?

Uniquity

I steep peppermint endlessly, but I LOVE mint. When it’s so strong it feels cold even though it’s hot tea, that’s good stuff. I couldn’t imagine a 30 to 60 second steep. Maybe I’ll try some day.

Babble

I would have steeped the peppermint really long too. I was under the impression you can steep herbals as much as possible. Sometimes I even leave it in the cup.

momo

Nope. Never had any idea what was going on. Pretty sure they felt like only managers/keyholders should get the actual sales.

Daniel Scott

@momo – Oh, you left? LOL, see what I miss? I’m too busy.

facepalm Don’t know what to tell you. Managers and keyholders should generally get the best hours on the wall because they should (in theory) be the store’s top sellers, or they wouldn’t have those positions. Then it steps down to weaker permanent people during deader hours, then seasonals when it is really dead. Seasonals are mostly hired just to work the floor, unpack shipments, etc. in the first place, but you still want to try them out on the wall and bar (places they aren’t “supposed” to touch) ’cuz you never know. We had one seasonal hire turn out to be a fireball, so we stepped her right up to good wall hours. We had another one turn out to be a fast learner on bar and enthusiastic about drinks, so we moved him to a barista position. We try to give almost everyone a little time on the wall because the floor gets tedious.

But the rationale and the schedule should be really clear. We make up the zoning schedule in advance, and post it where everyone can check where they are each hour.

I don’t understand why Atlanta wouldn’t be following their own stated way of doing things.

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momo

…an actual schedule? hahahaha my decision gets better every day. I like mint around 4 min, I cannot even imagine 10 despite how long I steep it, dang.

Daniel Scott

What, you don’t use one? Not even on weekends? How do you survive?

Haha, am I just an idiot? Is it common knowledge that you don’t steep loose peppermint very long?

Uniquity

I steep peppermint endlessly, but I LOVE mint. When it’s so strong it feels cold even though it’s hot tea, that’s good stuff. I couldn’t imagine a 30 to 60 second steep. Maybe I’ll try some day.

Babble

I would have steeped the peppermint really long too. I was under the impression you can steep herbals as much as possible. Sometimes I even leave it in the cup.

momo

Nope. Never had any idea what was going on. Pretty sure they felt like only managers/keyholders should get the actual sales.

Daniel Scott

@momo – Oh, you left? LOL, see what I miss? I’m too busy.

facepalm Don’t know what to tell you. Managers and keyholders should generally get the best hours on the wall because they should (in theory) be the store’s top sellers, or they wouldn’t have those positions. Then it steps down to weaker permanent people during deader hours, then seasonals when it is really dead. Seasonals are mostly hired just to work the floor, unpack shipments, etc. in the first place, but you still want to try them out on the wall and bar (places they aren’t “supposed” to touch) ’cuz you never know. We had one seasonal hire turn out to be a fireball, so we stepped her right up to good wall hours. We had another one turn out to be a fast learner on bar and enthusiastic about drinks, so we moved him to a barista position. We try to give almost everyone a little time on the wall because the floor gets tedious.

But the rationale and the schedule should be really clear. We make up the zoning schedule in advance, and post it where everyone can check where they are each hour.

I don’t understand why Atlanta wouldn’t be following their own stated way of doing things.

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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.

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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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