i had to write another note about this tea. let me explain why.

i don’t know whether you would refer to this an act of accidental masochism or an act of personal tea terrorism. you know the person that leaves half a square of TP and doesn’t change it because they didn’t “technically” finish it? or the person (kid usually) that doesn’t make more juice because there’s a micro meter left and it wasn’t ACTUALLY empty? yeah. that was me with this tea.

i’m the only one that drinks it. i can blame anyone but myself. i left myself about a half a teaspoon of this beautiful tea. … ….. ……. i have a 16 oz mug. i was so mad!

i still look like i got punched in the eye, the doctor thinks it’s a bite now and i rush off to see him shortly….. i just needed some tea, THIS tea before the madness begins!

know what? 1/2 a teaspoon in my giant cup and it’s still brilliant. not weak or flavourless. brilliant.


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lol at this post! especially at tea terrorism :-)

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lol at this post! especially at tea terrorism :-)

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Time For A ReWrite!

A good friend of mine on here kindly asked me to do the Steepster world a favour and list my allergies front and center (fair enough, lol):

-COFFEE … rare, nasty, not even a bit funny if i’m exposed. (call me original)

-ROOIBOOS … is a new appearance. under certain circumstances i’m okay with it (ie if it’s GREEN and paired with mate) but because i have an auto immune disease i try not to poke at things.

*NOT an allergy, but an abnormality that drives my tea buddies bananas, i AM INCAPABLE OF TASTING CARAMEL AND TOFFEE. so i thought i’d list it at the top too. it’s very annoying. they smell great!!?

Hi! I’m James!

I’m a student: double major of human geography and psychology with the intention of chasing a double doctorate. (reading that over it occurs to me again that i must be crazy).

i’m a live and let live sort. i look and see alot of silver linings. my discovery of tea has only served to further that viewpoint. for me tea is art and nuance, watercolours and bold brushstrokes….

swaps are grand things! the element of surprise in a tea swap completely trumps forrest gump’s chocolate box life metaphor, lol.

favourites: french teas dammann freres, mariage freres and nina’s paris especially.

i have recently discovered a german tea company that has romanced me: tea gschwendner (sp?)

mandala teas is brilliant and a company i count on.

justea and tealet are companies i study because of both their exceptional products and and business models, as well as their work with farmers who are TOO POOR for fair trade certification. this is highly relevant to my studies.

90-100 i need more
80-90 i might need more, or it might be a respect vote
below 75? it was likely an oops buy. my evolution into french teas has vastly focused what i like!!

however, i’m always open to trying things.

dislikes so far: guayasa, darjeeling, most peach teas.


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