This is a backlog, as I’ve been pretty busy at work all day.

After trying this tea for the first time yesterday evening, I was excited to take it to work in my timolino. In order to compensate for the extra water, I used an added perfect teaspoon of leaf, a bit more sugar, and the usual amount of cream. It resulted in a perfectly balanced mug, and I’m looking forward to taking it to work again. I really enjoy the added sharp hotness of the peppercorns, although they’re by no means overwhelming, and somehow seem to lose their effect as the tea cools. I also really like that the creamy white chocolate places this tea squarely outside the realm of your average peppermint tea. If I remember to pick some up, I bet this tea would be out of this world with a dash of vanilla creamer added to it! I felt all validated in my choice of tea as I left the house this morning, only to be greeted by a thin but indisputable layer of snow on the ground, crunching nicely beneath my boots. Some sort of crossover between snow and rain was falling from the sky, and I knew I’d chosen my tea perfectly. I was actually really disappointed when I finished my tea late this morning, as I found myself freezing and wanting more all afternoon. There will certainly be more of this in my future if I have anything to say about it!

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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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