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thanks VariaTEA!

this was very cool! like a coconut spice cake…. i erred too much on the side of caution and understeeped. sigh. i tried to resteep…. i think i really like this, but i can’t tell because of operator error- argh!

based half way on what i tasted and half way with what i think would of happened i will number-ify-y-y.

really! not bad for a bagged tea! most of them i taste paper, not in this case! =0)

=0( don’t do a three minute steep.

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Yvonne

Sounds delicious!

Cavocorax

Oh no – that’s too bad about the understeeping, but how could you have known? I hope you have another one to “get it right” with.

And it seems like this one is in the ‘quite good for a bagged tea’ category! I’ve had a few people get that impression, so next time I hit the pharmacy I will take a look.

Oh. No, I’d better not. (Just took a look at my overflowing tea shelf!)

VariaTEA

Oh no. I am sorry I was only able to send one for you to try. Well, even with operator error, it seems as though you liked it so yay ?

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Thank you VariaTEA for sending this my way!

i got no chocolate? but i got a lovely creamy, vanilla-esque cinnamon bomb though! very nice. might have to look into this shop- next semester!

on a completely separate note, had to drop a line to my prof asking for more pages for an assignment….. i will cut and paste his reply:
‘… you should strike some balance between your school work and life.’ buwahahahahaha! yeah! if you promise me A+’s no matter what.

did he just obliquely accuse me of having no life? or would you call that direct? hmmm.

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VariaTEA

I am glad you liked it. And yes, your prof may have accidentally (or perhaps not accidentally) accused you of not having a life.

JustJames

thank you so much for sending it! gotta love a prof that puts up with grading extra work and then calls it like he sees it…. politely! lol!!!
yours should be there soon i hope!

yyz

Maybe he’s a little envious. I remember some of my undergraduate profs (mostly department heads) complaining that 70% of their time was dedicated to finding funding/politics, 20% to their own research and grad students, and 10% to the classroom.

JustJames

well, he might be indulging me a bit because i appear to be the only tech savvy student willing to work with networking software for the NGOs, not just mine. also the fact that i have over 100 hours in and it should be more 36 and i’m trying to make it self-sustaining for after i leave as well. my classmates are just starting now, i’ve been at it full time for a month. (no sleep, lotsa tea…. that’s why no reviews!)

yyz

Goodness, with that amount of work in, it would be nice if you could at least get a tax receipt for your volunteer time. Sounds exciting, but don’t push yourself towards burnout!

JustJames

you say what i think…. and yet there’s no one else with my particular spray of skill sets: art, language, people, programs, photo editing with a strong real world network as well. it’ll be fine…. probably. lol.

yyz

Anyways I feel for you…

JustJames

thank you! xoxo…. are you enjoying your bits and pieces?

yyz

I am.. So far I have revisited Hepburn, and Toffee Dream, I was kind of too busy to give a tea proper attention today. I wm planning to explore something new tomorrow, looking forward to it!

JustJames

i’m crazy busy, if you don’t have time to review i’d be the last one to gripe. just thought i’d ask!! =0)

yyz

No harm in it, James they all look fabulous! I think I’m going to have to close my eyes and reach in, to decide where to begin. I’ve also been wasting time contemplating a Betjeman order.

JustJames

i did NOT just read that. i have enough tea… i have enough tea… i will not look them up online!! lol!

yyz

It’s a little bit more effort. To get decent shipping you have to do a phone order from Fouvrac in Montreal. They carry the full line, but don’t have a webstore. So you have to check out the teas at the Betjeman and Barton site. Shipping they said was cheap, someone had an order sent to California for $10.

yyz

Fouvrac seems to carry a lot of companies. They have Betjeman, and a lot of Kusmi, but I have also seen Fauchon, Compagnie Coloniale, and Marriage Frères tins in the pictures on their Facebook page.

VariaTEA

I saw Montreal and perked up. I suppose I have another store to check out now.

VariaTEA

Also this is a list (granted an incomplete one) of the tea companies they have: http://www.lefouvrac.com/grocery-product/en_tea.html

yyz

https://m.facebook.com/lefouvrac?id=220918191303544&rdr. They have 2 locations. I’m not sure which is better but the Betjeman site lists the Fleury location. blank">http://www.betjemanandbarton.com/en/content/9-world

They have really cute teaware as well!

VariaTEA

The other location is closer but realistically the difference is insignificant unless you are driving there.

JustJames

I AM COVERING MY EYES!!!!!! i am not reading! i have been SO well behaved. CURSES! lol.

yyz

Looks like you’re fine going to the Laurier location anyways. They apparently have an annex to the store dedicated to the Betjeman teas. http://voir.ca/voir-la-vie/art-de-vivre/2012/12/06/home-sweet-home/

VariaTEA

Yeah. Damn. I really shouldn’t be buying more. It is just so tempting though.

yyz

Beware, according to the fleury St description they carry 48 companies teas.

yyz

And it’s smaller than the Laurier one

VariaTEA

Hahaha. This could hurt my wallet. Perhaps I should avoid the store.

yyz

True, it does look dangerous. If you go set a limit, but it looks at least you can buy 50g.

yyz

James, we kind of hijacked this discussion, but you know when I finally get around to placing an order, some samples will be coming to you.

JustJames

ha ha ha ha…. hijack away! i am a man of mettle! i’ll misbehave- i just have to save it up for next semester is all =0)

OMGsrsly

Oh wow, yyz, that is a serious thing to consider! I could get a lot of things I’ve been wanting to try all with just one order. :D

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91
drank Pleine Lune by Mariage Frères
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96
drank Hojicha by Zen Tea
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this is lovely. i’ve hardly had a moment to stop and i don’t imagine that will change much…. a light green nutty cup of ‘stop and take a breath’…. not a traditional green. definitely not a chinese green…. i taste marine air and have a sense of salt though not the taste. a savoury element, but when i try to pin it down it skitters away.

striking.

i foresee a long and happy friendship. =0)

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Terri HarpLady

I used to drink a lot of Hojicha, & I still enjoy a cup from time to time. :)

JustJames

this was my first…. very nice after a trying day. =0)

Amariel

I like hojicha. Nice and low in caffeine too, so good at night. I had a caramel hojicha once, which was nice.

JustJames

sounds lovely… sadly i would not be able to taste it. =0(

Amariel

It merely added a subtle sweetness with a little toasty notes. But I know you have trouble with caramel. :(

JustJames

such a random glitch 80\ HOWEVER i found one i can taste: chocolate caramel by simpson and vail- their tea is so strongly scented that it seems like i taste it even though i know i was smelling it.

TheTeaFairy

Yes, I just sent out what I had left of this to someone who’s not crazy about green tea. The fact that it has that nutty feel to it, with no gassy notes makes it perfect for the non green tea lovers I find.

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100
drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
344 tasting notes

crazy school day… dipped into my strictly monitored stash of black lotus from ifjuly…. such a lovely, lovely thing. with every sip i will see stacy catching glimmering black gold lotus with a spider web net in the middle of the night…. =0). it’s my story and it makes me smile.

by my calculation i have 4 cups left if i resteep cautiously!!!

dammit- this scale needs to go higher than 100!

OMGsrsly

This is on my list for another Butiki order. :) That’s gonna be a while, though.

JustJames

same here…. but it’s good to want things? lol.

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drank Aloe Vera Berry by Zen Tea
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91
drank Pleine Lune by Mariage Frères
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assuaging my lack of weekend with this lovely tea…. in my other class, studying psychoanalysis, they asked us if ‘i have at least one relaxed, easy evening a week to do what i want and go to bed early’. must admit i snorted…. and then i may have guffawed. but this tea slows time down for me. makes it feel like my answer could be ‘yes’ for the duration of my cup….

Fjellrev

I HATE when people make comments like that, especially professors. Like are you kidding me?

JustJames

yup. lol…. right up there with my other class saying they expect 6-8 hours a week outside of class. i sit at 24 AVERAGE. the charity hasn’t had anyone tech savvy to run the social media portion. i am waving maniacally at you, looking completely deranged… can you see me? lol.

Fjellrev

Have professors forgotten what it’s like to be a student? I know that they have a ridiculously busy schedule themselves. I can’t imagine. But if they really think you’re only spending eight hours on their class per week, outside of class, they are sadly mistaken. And that’s not even “studying” which is what I consider putting in your own extra voluntary time to review stuff or whatever.

Ysaurella

I am so happy Pleine Lune helps you ! This is my favourite tea, so comforting and friendly :)

Sil

pleine lune is such a good tea!

JustJames

just stopped by starbucks which is carrying one of my drop boxes (collecting obsolete but functioning cell phones) they had 30!!!! with the chargers!!! i was expecting…. okay, i don’t know what i was expecting, but really not that. the donation box was crammed full and they another box in the back. HOLY CRAP! let me frame this a tad more: one store, suburban location, less than a week.

i am stunned. they’re all going to uganda.

OMGsrsly

Woohoo! That’s awesome, James! Also, good luck with your classes. :)

JustJames

thank you =0)

i have committed a year to Africa Calling. i predict very little sleep this year, lol.

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84

HA! i can taste the caramel! AND i have a theory….

i’ve noticed that all of my new simpson & vail teas are very strongly scented. i don’t think i’m actually tasting it on my tongue…. i suspect the smell i so strong that i’m smelling it as i sip but probably not actually tasting it. STILL it’s a nice illusion =0).

not my favourite tea… not bad though. good thing because i have lots! very smooth. honestly, i was mostly caught up in tasting caramel and didn’t take as many notes as usual, lol.

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Sil

hahahaha nose trickery!

Lala

well isn’t it something like 90% of taste is smell, so I think it is safe to say you are tasting the caramel. I declare a tea party in celebration of James tasting caramel, other than Butiki, finally!! :)

JustJames

Lala… you are awesome. i’m totally up both for that very persuasive argument and a tea party!

VariaTEA

Caramel success!! And a tea party is probably needed as this is quite a wonderful moment!

caile Yay for the caramel!

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85

this is a very cool tea! strawberry jam in the tea, and cupcake in the smell… they achieve strawberry cupcake by clever layering… i really have no idea how they do that!

cake without being sticky or heavy, strawberry including an essence of seeds!

very nice…. i’ll buy again.

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MissB

Oh, yay!! Was wondering how this one would work out.

VariaTEA

Onto the shopping list this goes…

VariaTEA

Nvm. Apparently it was already on there.

JustJames

lol. weeeeeeeeeeeeeell…. i kindof have a bag. as long as a letter envelope doesn’t offend i could ship a bit off as a teaser? =0)

VariaTEA

That is very kind of you. And I would hope letter envelopes are inoffensive as I use them to :O

VariaTEA

Perhaps there is something I can send in return? Let me know! I will be going to the post office tomorrow so if anything tempts you I can have it sent out in no time.

JustJames

I HAVE ENOUGH TEA FOR A WHOLE SEMESTER! lol. but, i’ll ask a favour? can you review the mityana tea for me if i include it? honestly. they need whatever feedback you honestly have. =0)

VariaTEA

Of course. I review all the teas I drink :) And are you sure there is nothing at all I can send? I see Transsiberian Chai on your shopping list and I have about 40 g of it upstairs :P

OMGsrsly

I feel a need to play cheerleader again. Do it, VariaTEA! Send James the tea! :D

VariaTEA

hahaha OMGsrsly, it might already be in the envelope…shhh

JustJames

lol, geez. i can’t think of a chai i didn’t want to try. that would be lovely. thank you! OMGsrsly… now i see you with tea bag pom poms :0P

Aimee Popovacki

this sounds SO good.

OMGsrsly

That’s an idea, James! Maybe for Halloween!

JustJames

i want a picture!!
Aimee Popovacki… you’re back! it’s a great tea. my favourite simpson and vail so far.

Aimee Popovacki

lol ya finally, but i’m behind in reviews haha… i dont even remember like half of what i’ve drank…. i definitely want to try more simpson and vail.. i’ve heard good things : )

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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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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