95

Just one more cup before I run off – and as always, this makes for a flawless one.

I have a little more than half of this tin left, which makes me ponder the logistics of tea storage. I mean, I have a lot in my cupboard now, which I assume is typical for this stage of tea obsession – you tend to overbuy once you get completely hooked, because you want to explore certain brands and tea types.

There are definitely numerous new teas I’d like to try now, too, but I’d really prefer to have a cupboard consisting only of teas rated 80+ before I get anything else. However, that’s roughly 1/4 of the 100+ teas currently in my cupboard, which means I’d have to finish 3/4 of all the tea I own before I buy more. I don’t see that happening, even though I have not yet purchased any tea this year, which is quite a feat in itself.

I really like when there’s a system, though. I need a system.

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keychange

Oh god, I need a system, too. I don’t seem to have a system for anything. Like when I order new tea, I don’t have a system for when I’ll open each tin: do I open them all at once? finish one before visiting the next? open two or three at a time and cycle through? what if I open one or two and don’t like them? can I move on? aaahhhh!

Sil

i have a quasi system…it’s mostly working lol but i think i need to sit down and figure something better out haha

keychange

do share, sil! inspire us!

Sil

Maybe when I geta. Second to breath!!! First day back at work is insane!

Anna

We clearly.
Need.
A system.

gmathis

Nah, organization takes all the fun out of it.

Anna

Organization amps the fun up for me!

Sil

i’m with anna haha

keychange

Yeah, organization gives me hope…and a nice concrete plan for buying more tea! although this is no claim to being an organized person: I am not one.

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keychange

Oh god, I need a system, too. I don’t seem to have a system for anything. Like when I order new tea, I don’t have a system for when I’ll open each tin: do I open them all at once? finish one before visiting the next? open two or three at a time and cycle through? what if I open one or two and don’t like them? can I move on? aaahhhh!

Sil

i have a quasi system…it’s mostly working lol but i think i need to sit down and figure something better out haha

keychange

do share, sil! inspire us!

Sil

Maybe when I geta. Second to breath!!! First day back at work is insane!

Anna

We clearly.
Need.
A system.

gmathis

Nah, organization takes all the fun out of it.

Anna

Organization amps the fun up for me!

Sil

i’m with anna haha

keychange

Yeah, organization gives me hope…and a nice concrete plan for buying more tea! although this is no claim to being an organized person: I am not one.

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I’m going to try all the teas.

Then I will choose a lucky few perfect specimens, and we will live happily together in my tea cupboard.

Forever.

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2014

This year, all bets are off. I am going to drink both peppermint and chamomile and possibly suffer a little. But it’s okay – it’s for science.

I’m doing Project Jasmine, Project Peach and Project Unflavoured Green.

In terms of flavoured teas, Lupicia and Mariage Frères have become my massive favourites, and I have learned that Dammann Frères/Fauchon/Hédiard and Butiki aren’t really for me.

The O Dor, Adagio and Comptoir des thés et des épices are all on this year’s I’d like to get to know you better list.

2013

Getting back into tea drinking last fall, I was all about rooibos. This past spring has been all green tea, all the time, with some white additions over the summer. Currently attempting a slow, autumnal graduation to black teas. Oolongs are always appropriate.

The constant for me, flavour wise, is the strong presence of fruity and floral notes. Vanilla is lush, as long as it’s not artificial. Peach, berries, mango. Cornflower, rose, lavender.

No peppermint.

No chamomile.

No cinnamon.

Ever.

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My ratings don’t reflect the ‘What does this tea do for me?’ standard, but rather my own ‘What would I do for this tea?’ scale.

100-90
My absolute favourites. Teas I would travel for – or, in any case, pay exuberant postage for, because they simply have to be in my cupboard. Generally multi-faceted teas with complex scents and flavours. Teas with personality. Tricky teas.

89-80
Teas I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again if and when I came across them. Tea purchases I would surreptitiously weave into a travel itinerary (Oh! A Lupicia store! Here?! My word!).

79-70
Teas I enjoyed, but don’t necessarily need to make any kind of effort to buy again.

69-0
Varying degrees of disinterest and contempt.

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