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bit of a guilty review here… sortof sleep-steeped this one today as a black… oops!

however, lovely anyway. christmas in peking (at least when steeped as black) is orange… not a typical orange though. i taste tangerine. well, tangerine when hot…. tangerine/apricot as it cools. honestly, while it was an accident to steep it so strictly, i would do it again =0)

thank you for the treat yyz!

very nice… back to study.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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88
drank Fauchon Blend Tea by Fauchon
343 tasting notes

a sample of this came to me by way of ifjuly.

hardly slept, thumped out of bed after a few hours sleep and threw the rest of my sample in my mug as an incentive eye opener.

the first time round i wasn’t inspired… good but not great, i guess? this morning it was awesome though! exhaustion? timing…. wait wait…. i didn’t rinse out my mug from the aloe vera berry last night.

wow, do those blends blend well! even as an oops.

and i’m off again. (insert whoosh sound)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
ifjuly

huh, interesting! and i hope you get more sleep soon. (:

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95
drank Aloe Vera Berry by Zen Tea
343 tasting notes

omigod…. this is so stupidly good! and i love the aloe vera baseline! and even though it’s 3:30 in the morning it’s still not time to sleep nd i have no time to fully review it.

HOWEVER. HIBBIE HATERS… it is totally balanced in this blend! fruity, flowery, not overpowering, juicy…. beautiful. again, i have to go =0(

bye.

omigod…. can’t live without this one. wowie!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Fjellrev

Good to know! I skipped out on this one since I wasn’t sure what the aloe would be like.

JustJames

it’s a very nice, cool. soothing neutral. there are a alot of ingredients in this blend, if i’m not mistaken it’s the aloe that makes them work by smoothing the edges.

ifjuly

this is something i’d never try on my own because too much hibsiscus is ugh and i only know aloe from those drinks where it looks kinda like (sorry if this is too gross) snot. but now i’m intrigued! yay steepster.

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i had a bit of ‘little litchee raspberry’ from yyz and an assam from MissB, no time and deadlines everywhere i look. chucked them together and wunderbar! back to the grind.

bye!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Have fun! We miss you though ;-)

JustJames

miss you too! =0)

Fjellrev

There you are!

JustJames

last semester was like a high school dance…. lol.

Fjellrev

Aww, I’m sorry. :(

JustJames

it’s going to be great… somehow i managed to impart to the NGO that i’m working for that i really know what i’m doing (? how did i do that again?!!!) and now i find myself with a surprising (did i say intimidating? i meant to say intimidating) amount of responsibility. =0\

OMGsrsly

You can do it, James! You have a bunch of tea loving cheerleaders on here. :)

JustJames

i am channeling yoda: do or do not…. there is no try.

TheTeaFairy

To help you cope, let me know if you want some tea from my cupboard, it’s finally all up to date! No swap, just a one way trip to BC, you obviously don’t have time to waste right now on anything else :-0

JustJames

you are so nice to me… =0)

TheTeaFairy

For real, don’t be shy, just let me know whenever :-) At 258, my cupboard will thank you!!!

JustJames

hmmm… i might! lol. ;0) (who doesn’t love tea parcels!!!)

Sil

Hahaha. Why isyourcupboard so high tea fairy :)

TheTeaFairy

My dear sweet/evil friend Sil, first, you inspire me to «clean» my cupboard, then, you send close to 30 samples my way!!! Awww, you are so sweet my darling :-)

Sil

giggling that’s what friends are for!

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yyz, must say… don’t know that i’m as kind a person as you. this is a cup of lovely calm that i might not have shared!

didn’t even bother steeping outside of your recommended parameters. i am usually very picky about black and green blends too… very nice indeed.

very, very distant tobacco taste. not unpleasant. not bitter. very creamy. lovely vanilla. sense that the tea has thickness….. is making me sleepy! (not like i needed a big push, lol).

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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92

thank you to yyz for this lovely cup… and after a loooooong day!

be wary when a prof brags that a course does not hold exams- what they may actually be saying (as in this case) ‘all the time i would expect you to be studying for exams you will instead be working your butt off in other ways times 2!’ fascinating, brilliant, exciting….. also exhausting! lol.

dragged my butt up the stairs and cast about in yyz’s envelope for a ‘feels right’ sample. ooh, christmas in prague? sounds good!

i did have momentary concerns. the dry tea has a heavy smoky component… not usually my thing. i skimmed over the ingredients- VODKA? hmm. jury was out on that one; i had no idea what effect that would have on a tea! lol. the only way to know was to boil the kettle and add h2o.

with water the smoke vanished. deep purple almost overripe but not quite plums…. stonefruit! like when you bite a bit too deeply and your teeth graze the pit. there is a hint of stone flavour in this blend!

don’t think i’d want to drink it every day, but a lovely experience and one i’d be happy to repeat from time to time.

this is a clever tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
yyz

So, so true! Especially if you have term long project. A similar warning could be given for open book exams, which are usually more work than the regular exams. I listened to a rant about just this topic at Christmas from a journalist who was already professionally active and had two jobs while obtaining her credentials. She is still under to this day that they were only told about it on the last day of class.

Glad you liked the tea. I wasn’t 100 % sure what I thought of it the first time I had it, but I find that you can get a variety of flavours out of it depending how you brew it. I added vodka to it one day and if became more fruity.

JustJames

hee hee hee, you added more vodka? excellent. just spent 45 minutes on the phone with the head of the NGO i’ll be working for….. very nice guy. it is going to be a long semester, awesome, but long! lol.

yyz

Sounds good, and more useful than the CIDA internships back about when I did one. So, this is a project with real world applications?

JustJames

it does, as does the course. it was designed with the concept that education is less helpful if it is not immediately applicable. the student retains more, learns more, gains problem solving skills as well as experience all the while benefiting worthy causes. this is who i am working for the next 4 months: http://www.africacalling.ca/

i’ll be building a video with them, working locally with marginalized populations and internationally. lots LOTS of work!!! and i am not the sort to partially commit… =0)

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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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.

Location

Victoria, BC

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