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drank jasmine black tea by Fleur Tea house
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this one came to me via keychange who knew that i wouldn’t likely enjoy this one but i WAS curious about a black jasmine versus a green jasmine, which seems to be the worst of everything for me. Soooo this one. yeah, i still don’t like it, and i couldn’t drink much of it…BUT! BUT! i actually DID prefer this to a green jasmine. Something about the black muted the floral blaaaaaaaah and made it close to tolerable…almost hahahaha. So thank you for sharing Keychange… it was a fun experiment :) Still a success for me!

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So before going to bed last night, I downed a few Advil in an attempt to at least dull my joint pain. Woke up in the middle of the night (but uncomfortably close to morning) and realized that my joints actually do feel a bit better if I dare say so myself, but I had, like, raging cramps. And I was very wtfy about the whole thing because seriously? cramps? who gets cramps at my age? (I’m 28). And as I lay there remembering my teen-aged years, I felt so juvenile. Like I didn’t want to go into work only to sit in my office doubled over and have my boss ask what the matter was and have to tell her I have cramps of all things! anyway, after a cup of this tea, I’m actually feeling a bit better. Moving around a bit helped, plus this tea is quite gentle and unobtrusive at the best of times, and despite overzealously getting like 200 g of it back in November, I’m kind of glad I had it. We complain about it from time to time, but it’s just so wonderful to have a real tea collection isn’t it? And it’s funny how intrinsically bound up with memory it all is—as I was sipping my tea, I remembered the first time I had it. I was in Ottawa, and had just finished my last licensing exam, and it felt so wonderful to sit in the warm, cozy teahouse with my best friend and drink lots of tea with breakfast.

No breakfast for me this morning though—just this tea. Now off to go to work. David’s tea after work today!!

Anna

Feel better! Also, not to make you feel worse or anything, but cramps can be a reality at ANY AGE (well, almost).

Sami Kelsh

I totally still get cramps and I’m teetering on the edge of 30. I feel your pain. warm cuddles

Uniquity

My cramps have never gone away – I didn’t expect them to so at least it doesn’t bug me on that front! I also get ‘growing pains’ sometimes which makes me want to laugh. Feel better!

keychange

Thanks, anna and sami. I suppose they can materialize at any age, although being on the pill has kept them at bay for the better part of my life now, and I was kind of hopeing that’d just last forever. Cuddles are always welcome!
And uniquity, it’s funny you mention still getting ‘growing pains’. I get them as an adult too and think it’s so very peculiar. Because I’m done growing upwards…maybe my legs are resisting growing outwards? LOL

Anna

Are you the cuddly type, keychange?

And man, don’t get me started on going on/off the pill.

keychange

I went off the pill once, and it was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made. went back on it, and that decision could easily claim second-worst decision. I feel like I’m damned either way.

yes, I am the cuddliest person in the world. There’s pretty much no one I won’t cuddle with if they let me. Snuggling is like, a friendship requirement.

But sitting too close to strangers on the bus is disgusting. Or when randoms fall asleep leaning against you. Or (ooh hate this one) when someone in public is like omg blind person, must grab her and vacuum her away from car (even though I’ll be like walking down a sidewalk and be nowhere near the intersection).

Are you the cuddly type?

__Morgana__

So… the cramps would explain the joint pain. I always get arthritic type pain in my knees with hormonal changes. Advil is a wonder drug!

Sami Kelsh

Cuddles good! snuggles everyone

keychange

Yay for endless snuggles! Like a good cup of tea, there’s very little that can’t be solved by snuggling, imho.

and morgana, you might be onto something.

Cavocorax

I hope you feel better!
And I was on the pill for 10+ years, and finally went off it because I relized the increased cramps were better to deal with than the emotional instability I had when I was on it. It was like insta-tears all the time. Yikes. At least I can take advil for cramps!

Anna

Yes and no – I think I’m probably much like you. It’s not possible for me to be chosen family-close to someone who doesn’t like being touched, because that’s one of the most important ways for me to share love.

When it comes to people I dislike, or people I just don’t want to be touched by, though – no. No touchings.

keychange

That’s exactly it. Strangers and people who I’m only medium fond of-no touching. ever. And family and chosen family: snuggles always.

Anna

You know what it’s called when you cuddle a Steepster friend?

…wait for it…
…wait for it…
…wait for it…

TEASPOONS!

Hue hue hueee.

keychange

Oh my god. My day has just been made. That’s perfect!!!

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s hilarious! :D

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My my, it’s already been a bit of a hectic morning. I am really, really sick of this weather. But in good news, we’re meeting with our wedding planner this evening, so that’s kind of exciting. But I also have cramps that are fairly distracting, so that kind of puts a damper on things.

This tea shines its brightest with milk and sugar, I feel, as it did this morning. It’s still a great combination of jasmine and a nice malty base, which you wouldn’t necessarily imagine going well together except that it works wonderfully. I’m starting to think I have a bit too much of this tea left, but it’s also a fairly solid breakfast tea, so I imagine it’ll get used up sooner or later. I also just placed my second h and s order, and ordering tea pretty much always makes my day.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

can you plan my wedding while you’re at it? k thnx. :)

Courtney

Haha this is exactly why we’re eloping. :P

keychange

Haha oh god, planning a wedding was way, way beyond me (procrastinator+genrally being overwhelmed = it so, so wasn’t going to happen without one). and Courtney, that’s definitely one way to do it, although I kind of want the wedding experience…minus the planning and all the social awkwardness

Courtney

I’m sure it’ll be amazing! When’s the date?

Sil

I’m pretty sure that my other half and i have decided on wedding at city hall and then going to a bowling alley or something for the evening to just hang out haha

Courtney

That’s awesome Sil :)

keychange

Sil, that sounds relaxing and lovely. :). And Courtney, the date is still to be determined…we’re just that organized! LOL

Sil

yeah…i’d elope but i do want to celebrate with friends..but in a casual style. Like a barbeque in the park where people can play music, toss around a frisbee, have some good food…

Courtney

Ah yes fair enough. I think we’ll elope somewhere, since we have absolutely no family out here – then next time we’re home we’ll probably have a BBQ in the backyard kind of thing.

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I needed a gentle tea this morning. It’s a good tea to drink when all you want to do is hide. Unfortunately, there’s no hiding to be done today, but the good news is that I can hide all weekend once the day is over.

I’m really liking the black base with jasmine. I tend to like black bases in general, and perhaps I may not have yet tried the “right” green jasmine. Admittedly I’ve just had the pearls from David’s tea, and although I liked them, I found the underlying grassiness or plant taste to be far too intrusive for me to really enjoy the taste of the jasmine. The hunt, however, continues, because I imagine there’s a nice, gentle jasmine green out there in this world. I also like white jasmine teas, so I should probably explore that a bit, too. I hope you guys are all as glad as I am that it’s Friday!

Indigobloom

Are you my tea twin Keychange? I hate Jasmine green/oolongs, they make me wretch lol. But black tea with Jasmine? Oh sooooo good!

sherapop

Some combinations of jasmine and oolong make me nauseous as well. Alas…

keychange

indigobloom (sorry I’ve been spelling your username wrong all along-I blame speech software!), would you like me to send you some of this?

Indigobloom

Omg Keychange are you suggesting a swap :P

keychange

Well, more like I could send it to you along with anything else you see in my cupboard that you like. I don’t usually participate in large-scale swaps, the reason being that I can never tell the packages apart (though justJames and I came up with a cool way to do it so I could feel the difference) but I don’t like to inconvenience anyone. But yeah, you’re totally welcome to whatever you’d like!

Indigobloom

Aww that’s too bad I was gonna send you a bag or two of Christmas Morning. It’s a Stash tea with black and jasmine :)

keychange

Oh, that sounds lovely! We can pm and figure out a way to make it work. I’m heading out tonight but will pm you once I’m settled again. Just expect slowness on my end in general LOL.

Indigobloom

No worries, I’m not very on the ball with swaps myself! I’ll look for your msg, whenever is easiest! :)

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I was actually hoping to have The Queen this morning, but as I rummaged around in my still packed suitcase, this tin was all I could find. I know I packed the rest in there though, so unearthing it is only a matter of time and greater organization on my part. I swear, if I didn’t have tea and perfume to unpack, I’d probably just live out of that stuffed duffle for weeks or months. In fact, I’m sure I have a few semi-packed duffels lying around LOL.

This tea, though not what i’d planned for the morning, still managed to hit the spot. It’s gentle but flavourful, and helped me transition smoothly into the world of awake people. I had a really tough time sleeping last night, so this gentle, heavily fragrant and creamy tea was perfect this morning.

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So I had this for breakfast this morning, and could not have picked better. I’m so glad that every time I revisit this tea, I love it all over again. I far prefer jasmine black to jasmine green, but that’s mostly because I generally don’t like green tea. I’ve figured that my magic steep with this tea is for four minutes, with a generous amount of cream and a normal amount of sugar. I think this is one of the teas I’ll be bringing with me to Toronto.
Oh, tea is so comforting, especially on a morning like this when I seriously had to threaten and bribe myself to even get out of bed. I had a nightmare last night that involved my being suspected of killing someone, only the authorities hadn’t caught onto it somehow, and so I was just, like, living in constant fear and it was awful. Then i woke up, took forever to feel relieved and convince myself it was indeed a dream, and then fell back asleep into the same dream again! Anyway, so because I spent the night participating in terrifying dreams, I don’t feel as rested as I probably actually am. Thankfully we only work a half day today (although everyone is so giddy and full of holiday cheer that I wonder if we’ll get much done haha).

Starfevre

My most recent dream involved General Patraeus, an infinitely long school bus and live eels. Don’t ask for context, that is all I remember.

TheTeaFairy

Wow, that’s a nasty dream… certain dreams just stay with you for a while, don’t they? Hope you can relax now that you know for sure you’re not a serial killer :-)

keychange

Thank heavens I’m not, eh? and it’s funny how your terror feels so real in your dreams.

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Well, I dare say that I’m pretty proud to have a really decent breakfast tea rotation going on. There are so far about four teas that I can happily rotate between: Parris, The Queen (obviously), this tea (black jasmine), and the biodynamic darj from the tea merchant. I’ll be happy once I add a few more into the mix. I would include Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain, although I tend to save that for more ‘special’ breakfasts, when I can carefully pair it with something, or linger over it to appreciate its beauty (so it’s great that I’ve ordered more!).

This tea was perfect this morning: 4.5 minute steep, a generous helping of cream, and my usual amount of sugar. The only possible drawback is that for a Breakfast tea, it’s quite calming/soothing (I suspect because of the jasmine), and so I don’t know that I quite feel like charging around being a responsible person (not that I really feel inclined to be that way at the best of times LOL), but it’s also a great way to ease myself gently into the week, which is what I needed.

As I sipped my tea, I read Amy Hatvany’s “Best Kept Secret”. I’ve finished ‘we are Water’, and really enjoyed it. I’ve enjoyed all of Lamb’s work, though, so I wasn’t altogether surprised. his writing is very raw, very accurate in its portrayal of the spectrum of the human experience, and you could very, very easily imagine yourself identifying with many of the characters.

Ok, I’ll shut up now LOL.

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Do you guys want to know something? I had absolutely no tea yesterday. None. And I thought to myself, you know what, self? Sometimes I’m just not in the mood for tea, you know? Sometimes I just want something else.

And when I took my first few sips of my tea this morning, I could almost feel its warmth reach way, way down deep into my soul and say “it’s ok, my dear. I’ve been an idiot before too, but you can learn from your mistakes.” and all was well with the world again.

I mean, I know there are legitimately times when I’m not in the mood for tea; when I need a break, or when it somehow never tastes the way it should. But yesterday I was plain lazy. Didn’t want to make, you know, the long drive to the kitchen from the living room to get a pot started. Actually, what was preoccupying me so much yesterday was the anticipation of receiving my h and s order. The UPS site said it was supposed to be delivered on Wednesday, but when I got home on Wednesday, Mr. Keychange gave me the devastating news that it hadn’t yet arrived. Sleeping with a heavy heart that night (is this dramatic enough?), I constantly dreamt that the UPS guy was ringing our doorbell, but that my limbs were too leaden to do anything but stay put (kind of like how you can’t run when you’re being chased in your dreams); that I got a call from the UPS woman telling me that they couldn’t deliver my package because it required a signature and no one was home. It was awful, not just because it reaffirmed that I obviously have a problem, but because I slept so fitfully as a result of it, and i’d already not been getting enough sleep. So anyway, I sat in my living room yesterday, making sure the volume on my speakers was turned way down so that I could hear a UPS truck rumble down the road. 3:00, 3:30, 4:00…I had a work Christmas party to attend, but so help me God I was not going to hop in the shower and risk missing the delivery. Then i heard it. The sweet, low rumble of a truck. Oh let it be him!
And I stood in the vestibule of our building, one hand hovering over the door knob in case he did ring the bell and want a signature, and the other poised just above my mail box slot, ready to either get my package or that sneaky slip saying they tried to deliver it but I wasn’t there (because yes, yes I was there!). Sure enough, this huge box comes sliding through, and like a good delivering doctor, I wrapped my hands around that precious baby and pulled it into my arms! I think the UPS guy must have been a little weirded out by the fact that he literally fed the package through the mailbox only to have it yanked clear out of his hands, but whatever. Package is mine now, baby! oh yeah!
I haven’t opened it yet. I want to savour this moment. Make it last. Think of a really, really good time to open it.

Please, please reply and tell me you’re this crazy, too? Maybe? Just a little?

caile

lol ;-)

JustJames

yup! but they catch me looking out the window, but then it takes me ages to get down our stupid stairs. =0\

keychange

Well I’m in good company, then!!

Indigobloom

I used to be this way.For me, I found it wore off after a few years. I miss those days!

keychange

Hey, well that might be a good sign then! Maybe I won’t always be this preoccupied. But I know what you mean about missing those days: when I read about how amazed someone is to, say, have discovered Butiki, I remember how I felt first discovering it too, and wish I could have that first time back again.

Nxtdoor

Lol. I’m like you. I ran one day to the mailbox in pyjamas. It wasn’t too long ago so it was not warm. Basically the tracking said it was delivered but I didn’t have it. I had been checking all day the no update so had given up. Then I checked one more time, just before bed, and it said “delivered”. Out I went, RAN to the box, in my pyjamas. I felt a little crazy.

ifjuly

i totally understand this feeling, and also how good it feels when you come back to it and love it that much more for having been gone a while. for sure.

Rosehips

Oooh, I cant wait to see what you think of the H&S teas. Glad it arrived!

keychange

Ifjuly and nxtdoor, I’m so, so relieved to know it isn’t only me! and rosehips, I can’t wait to break into that box either!

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I’m actually glad I have 200 g of this tea, although I suppose it’s always possible that I’ll be tired of it in a scant few weeks, days even. I hate the fact that I keep scampering from tea to tea, always guzzling down what’s new and shiny, and neglecting old favourites only to rediscover them and fall in love all over again. Actually, that isn’t so bad, come to think of it. But I think I’ll be approaching, like, fifty teas by the time my Black Friday purchases roll in, and that’s simultaneously exciting and disconcerting. Mostly because I don’t think I’ll be slowing down anytime soon, and i’m definitely going to need a new cupboard or something. Ahh.

Anyway, this tea, as usual, was perfect. I used a tsp and a half of sugar instead of my usual two this morning though, and actually found that I liked it. The tea became more “serious” to me somehow, and gave me the appropriate kick I needed. But a soothing kick, if such a thing exists. You know, a loving shove in the right direction: gentle, kind, but firm. Because jasmine will never ever fall into the “hardcore” category for me.

And now i’m at work. With more tea!

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I had this tea again with breakfast this morning, and actually contemplated having a second cup before heading to work. I could have used the caffeine kick, as I’m currently exhausted enough to lie down on my office floor and go right to sleep, but alas that won’t happen. And I’m going to be in a meeting all morning so I didn’t even bring any new tea with me since I tend to wrestle with the lid of my timolino in a rather distracting manner, and this meeting isn’t the watch key change labour over teaware meeting, so yup. Great tea though!

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I actually got this tea while I was in Ottawa last week writing…wait for it…that test. This little teahouse has been open for about a year now, and I’m sad that I only got into loose-leaf tea after leaving Ottawa, because I would have liked to spend more time there if I could. The menu is excellent over all, and there’s a large variety of tea. I wouldn’t necessarily suggest this as a good place for beginners, because I think it’s a lot less overwhelming when you have a fairly solid understanding of tea, or at least your preferences. The owner is a delightful man, and i’m happy to support him.

Anyway, I’ve always been after a jasmine black, because despite loving the flavour of it in green tea, I can’t say I’m much of a fan of most green tea: I find it to taste…well, green, for lack of a better term, more like grass, or vegetables, and I just don’t think I like that taste in my tea. It’s too bad, too, because green tea has been “all the rage” these past years, but whatever—can’t please ’em all, right? I like my teas strong and black.

This tea tastes lovely. So lovely, in fact, that I ended up with, um, 200 g of it. So yes, I am willing to share.

This is not an incredibly complex tea. It has a fairly solid black base, and a mild jasmine flavour as well—the jasmine certainly doesn’t boll you over with its intensity or perfume or anything, but it’s certainly present, and did an excellent job at calming my wrangled nerves this morning. Despite the fact that it’s flavoured, I think it’s an excellent breakfast tea, and am actually reasonably confident that I’ll at least make a healthy dent in this bag. And of course, it’s excellent with cream and sugar. Mmm, creamy jasmine!

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