drank Oolong by Market Village
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So I bought this the other day at a little hole in the wall on the second floor of Market Village in Markham. The woman who served me spoke virtually no English, but she must have seen the spark in my eye because she immediately upsold me to the higher quality leaf- which was $6 for about 50g!! At first I was skeptical, I mean for that price it must be a pretty average tea… but hooooboy, it’s good!!!! I must go back there again soon, because for that price, well I wanna try every single tea they have! :)
It was very smooth and sweet, and super buttery without going to the “milky” place. I made it through three infusions and every single one was great. Well, I added honey to the last one but that’s because I needed the soother.
Ahhhh this is just what I needed after my week of dealing with buffoons. I swear, staffing agencies really get the short end more often than not. It makes me wonder when people misrepresent themselves and twist up truths just to get what they want.
Bah. There are happier things to focus on… I’m going through a spring purge. Out with the riffraff I say! ;)

Rating here is TBD

Bonnie

Balderdash I say what! Out with the riff raff! Off with their heads!

Indigobloom

Hear hear Bonnie! into the pile of mediocre bagged teas they go!!

SimpliciTEA

Sorry to hear: “staffing agencies really get the short end more often than not.”

‘Up-selling’ to $6 for 50 grams, how hilarious! So their basic stuff is much less than that? If so, that’s getting pretty close to the cheapest I have ever seen loose leaf go for (at about $1/25grams). Ah, those ubiquitous hole-in-the-wall places. They can be such an enigma, and so wonderful at the same time!

Indigobloom

heh. It’s so sad… they get terrible reps because of the bad apple companies so the gov’t cracks down and then the good ones like mine end up suffering for it :(
Oh I so agree, this place was hidden away… I barely recognized it as a tea shop from the first floor it was so tiny! and the lady who served me seemed so… amused that I, a plain “white” girl, was buying tea, loose! Oh the simple things do delight me so… (my friend who is Vietnamese but understands some Chinese, told me that she was expressing awe etc)

Kittenna

Sounds like you found a little gem of a shop! One day I want to wander around someplace like Toronto or Vancouver just looking for random little hole-in-the-wall places like that :D

Indigobloom

hehe yes those are the best finds aren’t they? I think maybe I’ll learn some Chinese words to surprise her next time :P

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Bonnie

Balderdash I say what! Out with the riff raff! Off with their heads!

Indigobloom

Hear hear Bonnie! into the pile of mediocre bagged teas they go!!

SimpliciTEA

Sorry to hear: “staffing agencies really get the short end more often than not.”

‘Up-selling’ to $6 for 50 grams, how hilarious! So their basic stuff is much less than that? If so, that’s getting pretty close to the cheapest I have ever seen loose leaf go for (at about $1/25grams). Ah, those ubiquitous hole-in-the-wall places. They can be such an enigma, and so wonderful at the same time!

Indigobloom

heh. It’s so sad… they get terrible reps because of the bad apple companies so the gov’t cracks down and then the good ones like mine end up suffering for it :(
Oh I so agree, this place was hidden away… I barely recognized it as a tea shop from the first floor it was so tiny! and the lady who served me seemed so… amused that I, a plain “white” girl, was buying tea, loose! Oh the simple things do delight me so… (my friend who is Vietnamese but understands some Chinese, told me that she was expressing awe etc)

Kittenna

Sounds like you found a little gem of a shop! One day I want to wander around someplace like Toronto or Vancouver just looking for random little hole-in-the-wall places like that :D

Indigobloom

hehe yes those are the best finds aren’t they? I think maybe I’ll learn some Chinese words to surprise her next time :P

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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