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So i screwed up this tea again, this time it was because I was in a frantic hurry this morning, was running on like three hours’ sleep, and was generally a bit disgruntled (and of course I arrived at my doctor’s office without my health card, because I’m just irresponsible like that). Anyway, as I tilted the carton of cream over the mug (it was David’s perfect tea mug, actually!), a whole stream of it kind of came gushing out. I just swore and tossed in some sugar and let the tea steep as I paced about the kitchen, cursing at the fact that I would have to chug my tea in a hurry (I’ve always thought that tea evokes calmness and a sense of serenity an peace, whereas coffee is a bit more harried and frantic in its reputation), so it bothered me that I had to chug my tea at all—that’s not how tea is supposed to be enjoyed!
So yes, because my cream of earl grey was like three quarters cream this morning, it was far too creamy (even for me), but it did temper the sharpness of the bergamot down a fair bit, which was nice. A bit more tinkering and I may even want more at some point. It still seems like a cold or rainy weather tee, though.

Oh, and while i’m here writing, can I just say that it makes me a bit sad to read the discussions where people “diss” various tea companies because “they can find better tea elsewhere/this tea is just for newbies/true tea can only be acquired by personally going to the mountains and foraging around with your nose, etc”. Of course people have preferences; that’s a good thing. But we also like what we like, beginner, connoisseur or otherwise, and, I don’t know—I often think that if something exists, there’s probably a place for it somewhere in this world. It kind of reminds me of some hardcore perfumistas who downright refuse to even sniff the latest offerings at major department stores, because “only niche fragrance will do” and it’s just unfortunate, I think, to limit yourself arbitrarily like that, or to judge people who embark on a different journey of discovery from your own. Wow, that was deep. I’ll stop talking now haha.

Rosehips

I agree wholeheartedly about those discussions! They make me a little sad too. Not everyone will like the same things, and I feel that some companies get bashed on a bit, which is really too bad.
And, as you said earlier, it is interesting how we associate some teas with certain weathers. Some just feel right or wrong in certain atmospheric conditions.
I’m sorry your morning was so rushed. Hopefully it calms down!

keychange

Thank you. My day actually got progressively better, so there’s a plus! and yes, it’s funny how some teas can only really be enjoyed to their full extent in certain conditions.
The good thing is that the tea snobbery does seem to be more rare here—I think most people just love tea and love the fact that we all love tea and so we don’t really care which tea you drink, how you take it or make it, etc. It’s also, I don’t know—perhaps it’s the allure of a new hobby, and a way of distinguishing one’s self from the average person by becoming an expert. But again, I think the best experts recognize that no two people will experience something exactly the same, and that’s what makes this world so neat.

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Rosehips

I agree wholeheartedly about those discussions! They make me a little sad too. Not everyone will like the same things, and I feel that some companies get bashed on a bit, which is really too bad.
And, as you said earlier, it is interesting how we associate some teas with certain weathers. Some just feel right or wrong in certain atmospheric conditions.
I’m sorry your morning was so rushed. Hopefully it calms down!

keychange

Thank you. My day actually got progressively better, so there’s a plus! and yes, it’s funny how some teas can only really be enjoyed to their full extent in certain conditions.
The good thing is that the tea snobbery does seem to be more rare here—I think most people just love tea and love the fact that we all love tea and so we don’t really care which tea you drink, how you take it or make it, etc. It’s also, I don’t know—perhaps it’s the allure of a new hobby, and a way of distinguishing one’s self from the average person by becoming an expert. But again, I think the best experts recognize that no two people will experience something exactly the same, and that’s what makes this world so neat.

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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