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Backlog from yesterday. I had this with my dinner while at Panera. At first I had my doubts about eating there but it was super convenient at the time and then I saw they carry Republic of Tea and I took it as a sign. (Have some nasty memories associated with that place, Kristaleyn, they can be replaced!)
Anyhow, this tea… Hmmm. Well it was great, I really felt as if I was drinking red velvet! with a fraction of the calories (I did add a packet of rock sugar). And no milk needed! sometimes I find milk enhances/detracts from a rooibos dessert tea. In this case, I feel it would have taken away from the natural creaminess that was already there.
When it was really hot, I found the intense astringency a bit annoying but as it cooled… it toned down significantly. Also, I wish the flavour was a bit more intense, just a tad. Otherwise, I am in love! :)
Anyhow, I’m headed to a tea tasting today!!! I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks now. Yeaaay!!

Kittenna

Good to hear your bad memories have been pushed aside :)

Where is this tea tasting? What sorts of fun teas are you going to be trying (or is it a mystery??)

Indigobloom

Me to! relieved actually.
It’s at Tao Tea Leaf in Toronto. This is all I know:
2012 Spring Tea Tasting Event

Our tea sommelier has returned from China with exceptional fresh teas. Tao Tea Leaf invites you to join our 3rd annual Spring Tea Tasting event. Travel through our 2012 tea tour stories and photos. Taste our newly arrived fresh and rare teas.

Kittenna

Ooh! I expect to hear about how it went when you return! :D Sounds like tons of fun!

Dylan Oxford

Packets of rock sugar? They make packets?

Indigobloom

errr well not really rock sugar. that sugar in the raw stuff, only it was a different brand…

Indigobloom

Ahhh it was amaaazing!! tea heaven, oh yes it was! :P

Bonnie

Butiki has raw pellets…I bought them…like brown crystals, small jewels. I have them in a pretty jar for special tea times…guests…or ME!

Indigobloom

LOL do they sparkle in the sunlight :P

Bonnie

No, I do!

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Kittenna

Good to hear your bad memories have been pushed aside :)

Where is this tea tasting? What sorts of fun teas are you going to be trying (or is it a mystery??)

Indigobloom

Me to! relieved actually.
It’s at Tao Tea Leaf in Toronto. This is all I know:
2012 Spring Tea Tasting Event

Our tea sommelier has returned from China with exceptional fresh teas. Tao Tea Leaf invites you to join our 3rd annual Spring Tea Tasting event. Travel through our 2012 tea tour stories and photos. Taste our newly arrived fresh and rare teas.

Kittenna

Ooh! I expect to hear about how it went when you return! :D Sounds like tons of fun!

Dylan Oxford

Packets of rock sugar? They make packets?

Indigobloom

errr well not really rock sugar. that sugar in the raw stuff, only it was a different brand…

Indigobloom

Ahhh it was amaaazing!! tea heaven, oh yes it was! :P

Bonnie

Butiki has raw pellets…I bought them…like brown crystals, small jewels. I have them in a pretty jar for special tea times…guests…or ME!

Indigobloom

LOL do they sparkle in the sunlight :P

Bonnie

No, I do!

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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!

Location

Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)

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http://hrslinger.wordpress.com/

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