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the water in Ottawa is slightly different from the water back home, so while i’ve been enjoying this one, it’s not the super amazing delicious tea that it is in Toronto. Still good but i miss what i KNOW this one can taste like haha.

On the upside, i have managed to get a few sipdowns in while i’ve been here, and made good progress on drinking up a few of my older teas. I’ll be happy to get home tomorrow to be with my full cupboard. :)

Kristal

Recently, I bought a Brita water filter to clean out the chlorine and whatnot from my tap water. HUGE difference.

Sil

i always use brita water :) the water is just treated differently here and there i think

Kristal

Ah, makes sense!

boychik

When im away i use Poland Spring

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86
drank Diyi Cornfields Shu by Verdant Tea
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78
drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
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Farewell formerly delicious tea. It wasn’t quite the same blend it originally was at some point. So while i’m sorry to see it go, i’m not that sorry. Rather i’m looking forward to seeing what else verdant comes up with. :)

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81
drank Nuit D'hiver by George Cannon
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Noms. I really should remember to update this tea when i’m back in toronto. I have the brochure from george cannon but forgot to do it when i added them to the database. This is a nice sweet fruit tea. Not much else to say about it..it’s tasty.

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78
drank Laoshan Village Chai by Verdant Tea
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having a cup of this today because it’s COOLFINALLY! the weather in ottawa is so nice right now. that fall sort of coolness but with lots of sunshine. I am loving it. I may need to take a break today and go for a walk outside. I never did enjoy the version of this one with the goji berries as i did the original version way back when, but it’s still a decent chai, and i’ll enjoy getting through the last of this. Still excited to see what the team comes up with for blends in the future. NO MORE INTELLIGENT NUTRIENTS!!!!! (thank god!)

Kristal

I must admit, even though that summer is short and in certain ways I will miss the heat, I do love fall with it’s tea drinking, sweater wearing, and cool temps. Then again, I am a winter baby so it must be in my blood :)

Sil

Fall is my absolute favourite season.

Sami Kelsh

Fall is the best. I am so happy the temperature’s going down and we can drink hot teas without heatstroke! (Less so about the relentless rain, though mostly because I haven’t got the shoes for it yet)

Christina / BooksandTea

I’m all about the spring. The returning sun! The returning (but not too hot) warmth! Green thingies pushing up out of the soil! Leaves on trees!

Sil

spring = allerrgies for me hahaha. I think i’m a fall>winter=summer>spring kinda gal…

Kristal

I live in Northwestern Ontario so for us, spring is disgusting. Gigantic puddles everywhere that cause soakers and have the potential to freeze and cause worse driving conditions than in the winter, and the temperatures go up and down like crazy. Take May long weekend for example: That Saturday, it was 20 ish Celsius and gorgeous, Sunday, rain. Monday, -1 and snowing. This is the end of May!

boychik

Fall. More tea. no allergies. Foliage. love all the different colors.

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93
drank Coffee & Cigarettes by Butiki Teas
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woot woot! yeah that’s right… i’m drinking this one. I have a bunch of this one, and thankfully, the flavouring hasn’t been lost…and even if it does, i happen to enjoy this puerh, so i’m still set on this one. I really do enjoy drinking this one, even without any sweetner or milk. I don’t smoke, never have but i love that this makes me feel like those scenes in a movie where the person has clearly been out partying too hard, has woken up and while drinking coffee to chase the hangover away, can still taste cigarettes from the evening before. or something. i dunno. lol

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86
drank Diyi Cornfields Shu by Verdant Tea
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I brought these with me to Ottawa as well, since they do well with “gonfu” in a basket. I figure i can drink this every day as my afternoon working tea and have another tea sipped down by the time i get home, or shortly after :) This isn’t my favourite sticky rice sort of tuo but it’s a nice one and makes for a pleasant cup on this rainy day.

Kristal

Interesting- I will be visiting Ottawa in October for my sister in Law’s wedding. Any recommendations for tea shops?

Sil

There aren’t a lot out here that i’m aware of. I haven’t been to “Tea Store.” World of tea is nice if you’re looking for straight teas. Shanti tea has had some nice teas that i’ve tried – you can place and order and pick up from their location in Ottawa, but i don’t think? you can just go in and buy from them here..that being said, someone’s asked that question on their FB page and it looks like they’ve never answered…any of their FB posts.

Christina / BooksandTea

If by “The Tea Store” you mean the one in Byward Market, I was there in February, and it was kind of meh. From what I remember, most of their loose-leaf tea was Metropolitan blends, plus there was the usual assortment of “funky yet still non-threateningly mainstream” teaware.

yyz

There’s still World of Tea,http://www.world-of-tea.ca

yyz

Ignore the above, very tired. There is also cha yi in gatineauhttps://chayi.ca/en/contact-us/

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91

Don’t like this harvest. I’ve tried to drink this version in multiple ways and all I get is dirt. I’m channeling my inner “omgsrsly” i think. Not the end of the world, but i have ZERO desire to drink the rest of this. So i’m not going to. A waste of tea but i am really not a fan of this harvest and i refuse to drink things that i don’t enjoy.

Original version of this was a 91 for me; this year is closer to a 54.

boychik

I gotta try mine

Sil

if you try it and love it, let me know. I’d happily send you the rest of mine so it goes to a good home.

boychik

Ok. Thanks dear ;)

Dexter

Such a great tea…. sad face that you aren’t enjoying that harvest. :(

Tealizzy

Agreed. I bought some based on the rave reviews and I’m just not getting that flavor everyone fell in love with.

Sil

i think that’s one of my complaints with Tao – would like to see harvests on his teas so that I could be sure i was getting the same year that i enjoy. The nice thing is, i can stop buy the store if i need to, but not everyone has that luxury.

Sil

@tealizzy – i’m sorry to hear that. the version that has the rave reviews, was a totally different beast than this version. it was wonderful. this is..dirt.

boychik

Do you think we should let him know? If new harvest is not that great why offer it at all :(

Sil

he might be out by now… that was 2014 harvest..i’m guessing.

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78
drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
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I still prefer the first version of this blend, but this version is still decent. Not that it really matters at the end of the day, since these verdant blends will be no more!

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drank Warm Cinnamon Bread by Butiki Teas
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noms. I’m “working from ottawa” for a few days this week while i wait on my dress to be adjusted. I’ll be happy to have that off my list so i can focus on all the other details of the wedding. We’re getting down to the end of things, and it’s all starting to really come together now. Since i’m here for nearly a week, i brought a number of teas with me that i want to get closer to finishing. I figure since i won’t have access to my entire tea cupboard, it’ll force me to focus on these teas, :) I just wish i could have packed up my tea tray and gaiwan for more puerh enjoyement. I’m still enjoying this one and will be sad to see it go when i finish it. It’s much less cinnamon roll than red heart candies, but i am still a fan! :)

Sami Kelsh

Wedding times! Glad to hear the planning’s all going well. Weddings are awesome. :3

(Also I’m super bummed I didn’t get a chance to order this tea before it went away. Ho hum. I live vicariously through other people’s tasting notes.)

Sil

Think of all the tea you don’t need to sipdown! :)

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