I’m always excited to try a tea that even suggests that it might taste like a creamcicle, since creamcicles are among my favourite things in the world. The most accurate attempt, actually, was Tim Horton’s Orange Creamcicle hot smoothie from a million years ago, and I can’t for the life of me understand why they got rid of them and never brought them back. Oh well.

I think I’m coming to realize that I need to overleaf most of dellaterra’s teas, as a teaspoon and a bit still yielded a pretty mild cup for me, and I steeped for about four and a half minutes. It tasted orangey for sure, and there may have even been a slight burnt note lingering there somewhere, although I had to try hard to find it. It was just fine. I don’t know if I’ll try it again—maybe use more leaf, and revolutionize the whole ordeal with some vanilla creamer. I also got a sample of oranges and cream, although I’m terrified to try it since it’s a rooibos and so far I haven’t been able to stand them. I wish I could say more about this tea, but I’m just not feeling it today.

In other news, my latest emotional rollercoaster…on the tea front:
Me: gee, it sucks that Harney & sons tea isn’t available in Canada
cavocorax: it sure is! It’s at Chapters! see?
Me: screams. Screams again. Rush over to website. Sure enough, it’s there.
add things to cart in a frenzied rush lest it all disappear and Chapters go out of business within the next ten seconds.
Qualify for free shipping! Feel very proud for incidentally saving some money, even if I’m spending in the process.
Then the website was inaccessible, and my spirits plummeted. I know I can call their customer service people from work on Monday, but I’ll still be within earshot of like everyone.
“Hello? Yes, hi there. I’m furious because I’m blind and your website is inaccessible, but I’d like to place an—”
Boss: “Hey keychange, how’s that memo coming along? Have you finished preparing that statement?”
aaaaaaaahhhhh!
Not fair!

JustJames

yay! and oh no! all at the same time!

creamsicles are grand.i frequently over leaf and oversteep…. most of the time on purpose? lol

keychange

oh yeah. I’m a chronic over leafer and over steeper. I almost never steep for the recommended time because I know i’ll find it weak.

JustJames

yeah, then there’s the one exception that spanks you and calls you a fool for being hardheaded, usually in the form of a one cup sized sample so you can’t try it again. … …. …… not that that’s ever happened to me…..

Anna

keyckange, are you sure you’re not actually a drinker of fairly weak coffee?

keychange

hahahahaha! nope, I’m not a fan of coffee, although when I do drink it, I load it up with cream and sugar :D
and JustJames, I know what you mean about screwing up the one cup samples. well, not personally, you know…

JustJames

i think it’s become my M/O….. sigh. i endlessly muddle the samples from butiki. you know, the little ones in the mini baggies? yeah.

keychange

I know! and they’re perfect for one cup! I think I’m about to go screw one up momentarily. Peppermint patty here I come!

JustJames

ooh, do let me know how it goes…. i’ve heard that one’s great.

Cavocorax

I’m with you there – I can’t drink coffee unless it has cream and sugar in it. Copious amounts. The coffee is just a vehicle for all those calories. :P But tea I can drink plain after a week of weaning myself off additives. (For most teas – there are always exceptions that just “pop” if you tweak them)

I hope you’re able to place your order – wouldn’t you be able to place the call during a coffee break or something? I guess it depends where you work. I’ve placed plenty of personal calls, but within reason. But yeah, it REALLY sucks when you have other people listening in while you’re in cubicle-land.

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JustJames

yay! and oh no! all at the same time!

creamsicles are grand.i frequently over leaf and oversteep…. most of the time on purpose? lol

keychange

oh yeah. I’m a chronic over leafer and over steeper. I almost never steep for the recommended time because I know i’ll find it weak.

JustJames

yeah, then there’s the one exception that spanks you and calls you a fool for being hardheaded, usually in the form of a one cup sized sample so you can’t try it again. … …. …… not that that’s ever happened to me…..

Anna

keyckange, are you sure you’re not actually a drinker of fairly weak coffee?

keychange

hahahahaha! nope, I’m not a fan of coffee, although when I do drink it, I load it up with cream and sugar :D
and JustJames, I know what you mean about screwing up the one cup samples. well, not personally, you know…

JustJames

i think it’s become my M/O….. sigh. i endlessly muddle the samples from butiki. you know, the little ones in the mini baggies? yeah.

keychange

I know! and they’re perfect for one cup! I think I’m about to go screw one up momentarily. Peppermint patty here I come!

JustJames

ooh, do let me know how it goes…. i’ve heard that one’s great.

Cavocorax

I’m with you there – I can’t drink coffee unless it has cream and sugar in it. Copious amounts. The coffee is just a vehicle for all those calories. :P But tea I can drink plain after a week of weaning myself off additives. (For most teas – there are always exceptions that just “pop” if you tweak them)

I hope you’re able to place your order – wouldn’t you be able to place the call during a coffee break or something? I guess it depends where you work. I’ve placed plenty of personal calls, but within reason. But yeah, it REALLY sucks when you have other people listening in while you’re in cubicle-land.

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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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