I’m taking a short break since today is a long day and I will be working very late tonight in order to compensate for taking a shorter day tomorrow. I decided to gongfu brew some of the Banchang in a 50ml gaiwan. This time around I used a lot of leaf. I think, I prefer less leaf for this one. With less leaves, the apricot notes are very strong but here they are much lighter though still present. The spice notes are stronger now and more upfront. I’m getting a lot of clove, pepper, and cinnamon and some anise but also a nice creaminess and fuller body. Actually, I’m starting to love this despite missing the stronger apricot notes. Very delicious. The rhubarb is now making its way through a little bit. This is definitely my favorite Sheng! Shhh, don’t tell the Wild Purple Buds.

For the rest of work, I’m doing a Joy Division marathon. Unknown Pleasures followed by Closer, and finally Still. As the days are getting warmer, I’m just in more of an old school goth, industrial, and jazz mood. Just came out of a hip hop/rap mood which lasted through the harshest days of winter. Anyone else noticing their preferences shifting as it gets warmer? Here is Joy Division’s A Means to an End because it is awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oMFMRv5c3o. If I make it through all 3 albums then Sun Ra or Peter Brotzmann will be playing, which I can only listen to at work or with headphones.

Also, have to share this. I just funded this Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/159974695/calamityware-dinner-plate-3. This artist takes the classic Blue Willow pattern and adds ‘calamities’. Super awesome. Can’t wait to serve my guests food on this plate and see if they notice.

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Those plates are fantastic!!!

Butiki Teas

Nicole-So excited about those plates! :)

Cheri

I’m not just loving this for the plates and the tea, but for the Joy Division marathon! There just isn’t enough Joy Division out there.

Butiki Teas

^So true! Glad to see another Joy Division & tea fan! :)

Stephanie

This tea is super exciting. I’ve been enjoying more mellow music this spring :)

OMGsrsly

So tempting, but $30 shipping to Canada. Wow!

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-So glad you are excited for this tea! Mellow music is great for spring. :)

OMGsrsly-For a second I got confused and thought you were talking about the tea. Hahaha. $30 shipping to Canada for a plate is pretty insane.

OMGsrsly

Haha! No no, your shipping is reasonable. :) For the plate it is a little over the top. If it was $10, I’d totally buy one!

TheTeaFairy

The plates are beautiful and so much fun, loving the bats!

Aww, You made me put on my old Joy Division reccords this morning, listening to Transmission right now, sipping on Premium Taiwanese Assam. yummy!

I get music mood shifts as well with the seasons. This is what I’ve been into lately, can’t wait to listen by the pool!

http://youtu.be/cAjXL_21HOM

Cheri

I, too, turned on the Joy Division this morning. It’s still going. (I’ve got every Joy Division track on Google Play in my queue right now.)

Butiki Teas

OMGsrsly-When the shipping is more than the plate that just seems out of whack.

TheTeaFairy-Yay, for more listening to Joy Division & sipping on PTA!!!!! :) I’m really digging your link to Hollie Cook. Very chill, lazy summer day feel. Perfect pool music! Love your music taste! :)

Cheri-Awesome! For me Joy Division is one of those bands that I end up listening to nonstop until I get sick of. :)

TheTeaFairy

Glad you liked her Stacy, she’s the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, I think she’s amazing, the whole album has that breezy vibe…

Butiki Teas

Interesting! I’m going to have to check out the rest of that album. :)

beelicious

OMGsrsly, the artists FAQ explains how to get around the international shipping to Canada:

Yikes! What if I live in Canada?

I once lived and worked in Toronto. So I want to help out my friends north of the border. If you live in Canada, shipping will be included in your pledge.

But you need to pledge in a special way. Here’s what I want you to do. When you make your pledge, pretend that you live in Pittsburgh. (It’s nicer than you think.) Don’t ask for international shipping. Don’t pledge the extra $30USD to ship overseas.

Later, when I ask you for your current mailing address, you’ll tell me that you live in Saskatoon, or whatever. We’ll need to trick the system once more by pretending that Saskatewan (or whatever province) is in the USA. I’ll change the mailing labels from US to Canada and you will have saved $30. That seems to work.

OMGsrsly

Ha! I didn’t even go there. I see the “additional shipping” and click the X. :) Thanks, beelicious!

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Nicole/Tea-Historic

Those plates are fantastic!!!

Butiki Teas

Nicole-So excited about those plates! :)

Cheri

I’m not just loving this for the plates and the tea, but for the Joy Division marathon! There just isn’t enough Joy Division out there.

Butiki Teas

^So true! Glad to see another Joy Division & tea fan! :)

Stephanie

This tea is super exciting. I’ve been enjoying more mellow music this spring :)

OMGsrsly

So tempting, but $30 shipping to Canada. Wow!

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-So glad you are excited for this tea! Mellow music is great for spring. :)

OMGsrsly-For a second I got confused and thought you were talking about the tea. Hahaha. $30 shipping to Canada for a plate is pretty insane.

OMGsrsly

Haha! No no, your shipping is reasonable. :) For the plate it is a little over the top. If it was $10, I’d totally buy one!

TheTeaFairy

The plates are beautiful and so much fun, loving the bats!

Aww, You made me put on my old Joy Division reccords this morning, listening to Transmission right now, sipping on Premium Taiwanese Assam. yummy!

I get music mood shifts as well with the seasons. This is what I’ve been into lately, can’t wait to listen by the pool!

http://youtu.be/cAjXL_21HOM

Cheri

I, too, turned on the Joy Division this morning. It’s still going. (I’ve got every Joy Division track on Google Play in my queue right now.)

Butiki Teas

OMGsrsly-When the shipping is more than the plate that just seems out of whack.

TheTeaFairy-Yay, for more listening to Joy Division & sipping on PTA!!!!! :) I’m really digging your link to Hollie Cook. Very chill, lazy summer day feel. Perfect pool music! Love your music taste! :)

Cheri-Awesome! For me Joy Division is one of those bands that I end up listening to nonstop until I get sick of. :)

TheTeaFairy

Glad you liked her Stacy, she’s the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, I think she’s amazing, the whole album has that breezy vibe…

Butiki Teas

Interesting! I’m going to have to check out the rest of that album. :)

beelicious

OMGsrsly, the artists FAQ explains how to get around the international shipping to Canada:

Yikes! What if I live in Canada?

I once lived and worked in Toronto. So I want to help out my friends north of the border. If you live in Canada, shipping will be included in your pledge.

But you need to pledge in a special way. Here’s what I want you to do. When you make your pledge, pretend that you live in Pittsburgh. (It’s nicer than you think.) Don’t ask for international shipping. Don’t pledge the extra $30USD to ship overseas.

Later, when I ask you for your current mailing address, you’ll tell me that you live in Saskatoon, or whatever. We’ll need to trick the system once more by pretending that Saskatewan (or whatever province) is in the USA. I’ll change the mailing labels from US to Canada and you will have saved $30. That seems to work.

OMGsrsly

Ha! I didn’t even go there. I see the “additional shipping” and click the X. :) Thanks, beelicious!

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My taste for tea started at an early age. As a child, I would frequently enjoy a cup of tea with my family. Tea has always been a significant part of my life, through all the challenges and all the accomplishments and celebrations. Naturally, I became interested in the variety of high quality teas and the very culture that encompasses tea. Today, I want to share my passion and love of tea through Butiki Teas.

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