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Well, what can I say? This time, I steeped for four minutes, and added a dash of cream and a bit of sugar. I’m afraid I “under-creamed” though, because there was a wateriness to it that I just didn’t like. And I’m getting an astringency that I hadn’t previously gotten—you know, when I nearly emptied my container of cream into the mug.

So the conclusion, I think, is that I’ll likely finish up my sample of this, but won’t be repurchasing. I’m still in the market for a good cream of earl grey for sure, but my biggest issue with this one is its lack of forgiveness—steep it a second too long, a second too short, add just too much or too little cream and the cup is a goner (well, in my picky mouth at any rate).
I’m embracing my love of blacks, though, and so I am pleased to say that my Butiki order is winging its way towards me! I ordered:
Premium Taiwanese Assam
-Wild Taiwanese Mountain Black
-Caramel vanilla Assam
-maple pecan oolong
-cantaloupe cream
I’m hoping that although the cantaloupe cream is white, it won’t be too weak for my liking. The rave reviews on steepster suggest that I’ll fall head over feet for it though, so I’m really excited. I also got samples of their premium chai, the rose violet calendula oolong, and another assam that Stacy recommended (I actually got to place my order with her on the phone, as parts of paypal aren’t accessible for us blind folk-I felt as though i was talking to a celebrity and got all tongue-tied and said all sorts of awkward things haha).
Anyway, so there’s my update for today. I’m looking forward to this weekend; we have a friend coming from out of town to visit for another friend’s birthday party, and then I start my new job on Monday! (I’m terrified about that by the way, but at least I won’t be able to work myself up into a frenzy over it all weekend).
Totally unrelated, but there’s some…thing buzzing around my room, and I’ve yet to find a blind person to this date who doesn’t like, legitimately consider moving houses when they hear buzzing or flapping insects inside! I know they scare a lot of people, but I can’t even see where it is
-I only hear it buzzing around, dangerously close to my head, and I’m pretty sure that in a few moments, I’ll feel justified in calling 911…aaaahhhhh!!
Let’s just hope it’s a fly. A fly. A fly! I’m hoping Arden (my guide dog) will make himself useful and catch it!
Ok, that’s enough from me today.

Rosehips

I hope that it is indeed just a fly! And what an amazing order. That sounds just grand. I’ve had a few of those, and they are just wonderful (caramel vanilla assam, and the rose violet oolong).

keychange

I hope you’re right about it being a fly! It’ll be perfectly silent for a few minutes, and then I’ll hear this frantic buzzing before it stops buzzing again! My fiancé is blind too, so even if I tell him about it, we’ll both just stand in the room, flailing helplessly and shouting every time we hear it buzz—it really is quite the sight, pun intended!
Yes, I’m so so excited about my order. From what I’ve read, butiki teas are flavourful, generally full-bodied, and very very rarely disappoint. And there are so many of them that I imagine there’s one for pretty much every preference. My next goal is to research how rock sugar differs from ordinary sugar in the tasting sense

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Rosehips

I hope that it is indeed just a fly! And what an amazing order. That sounds just grand. I’ve had a few of those, and they are just wonderful (caramel vanilla assam, and the rose violet oolong).

keychange

I hope you’re right about it being a fly! It’ll be perfectly silent for a few minutes, and then I’ll hear this frantic buzzing before it stops buzzing again! My fiancé is blind too, so even if I tell him about it, we’ll both just stand in the room, flailing helplessly and shouting every time we hear it buzz—it really is quite the sight, pun intended!
Yes, I’m so so excited about my order. From what I’ve read, butiki teas are flavourful, generally full-bodied, and very very rarely disappoint. And there are so many of them that I imagine there’s one for pretty much every preference. My next goal is to research how rock sugar differs from ordinary sugar in the tasting sense

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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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