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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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Good lord it’s been a long few weeks. Last week I had the ear infection from hell, I couldn’t swallow or sleep for a week, and that was with the help of antibiotics. Then, the lovely antibiotics gave me thrush. So I’m still recovering from an ear infection that hopped from one ear to the other and made my throat raw and now I’ve got thrush. Boo. It’s been two weeks since I got sick. Hot tea or spicy food makes my throat better, but makes the thrush worse. Cold drinks soothe the thrush, but do nothing for my throat. So I’ve been chugging cold water and not wasting good tea on a bad system.

But I had to break that for this beauty. My wife had another really crappy experience at the Scarborough Town Center DavidsTea, and I contacted customer service about it, because I know it was not the level of service Davids expects of their stores. Part of the issue was my wife tried to purchase some Blue Mountain Twirl and the employee just laughed and said she hadn’t even heard of it, so they probably didn’t have it. As she was leaving, she saw it on the wall, but just wanted to get the heck out of there. This was about a month ago.

Natalie, wonderful customer service rep that she is, was apologetic that she didn’t have any Blue Mountain Twirl to send us, but she did offer to send some of this tea. Of course, I accepted the offer.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the package today to find a full 100g of this tea. Holy crap. And it is gooooood. It’s delicious and roasty and there’s a hint of stone fruit and omg I just love it. I looove it. If you can get your hands on some of this, do it. Now. I’ll wait.

1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Wow, that’s generous, because this one’s super expensive. I admit though, I always get irritated when I know more about DT than an employee, in particular about previous teas. But I work in customer service now too, and I understand not being informed about “the way things were” or anything that happened in the past.

(I realize that in this case, BMT should definitely have been a tea the employee knew about if it was on the wall, so different situation.)

aisling of tea

Well, De also had to point out where all the teas she wanted were on the wall, and the employee corrected her pronunciation of pu-erh from “poo-air” to “pooer”. >.

aisling of tea

Well, De also had to point out where all the teas she wanted were on the wall, and the employee corrected her pronunciation of pu-erh from “poo-air” to “pooer”. She didn’t know where anything was and was rude about it. Not to mention the number of times we’ve gone in and been ignore because the employees are chatting behind the counter. But! Davids customer service is amazing.


Ugh. Sounds like someone who should perhaps no longer be employed. But yes, thankfully their head office customer service is fantastic (though I don’t believe I’ve ever had to deal with anything personally, and have just heard stories).


Oh yikes, well that’s great that they have awesome customer service at HQ which makes up for that appropriate behaviour.

Man, and I can’t stand when ignorant people “correct” one’s pronunciation especially given the fact that there are thousands of Chinese dialects and the phonology of both languages are very different, resulting in different pronunciations. Ugh.

Hope you feel better soon!


You got 100g of that stuff given to you? That’s a pretty nice gift. I really like this tea.

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drank Rhubarb Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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This is tasty. But it also tastes like a funky cough syrup. Hey, I’ve got a cough, though, so it’s all good.

I don’t think this is one I’ll get any more of.


I hope you’re better soon!

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
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This actually cold brewed for two days because I forgot about it until about 5 yesterday evening and since I wanted to sleep last night, I left it for today.

It’s good! The mate didn’t take over, which has been an issue with past mate coldbrews. It’s nicely balanced and juicy and a perfect pick me up for this sleepy afternoon.

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Coldbrew overnight because it was close at hand and I just wanted to go to bed, so I threw this in my mason jar and fell into bed.

It’s good! I’d forgotten how much I enjoy Earls cold. This is nice, but Earls will always be a “once in a while” tea for me.


I feel the same way. I like Earl Grey, but only with milk, and only occasionally.

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I ordered the cutest tea pet from berylleb (http://www.ebay.ca/itm/321108625852?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649) for my wife for Christmas, and it came in yesterday. Oh well, she still loves her little green tea friend. And it’s so freaking cute that I immediately ordered another for myself, requesting a blue one, since she’s taking hers to work.

Included with our new tortie friend was two packages of this tea, which is wonderful. I live for milk oolongs. They are, hands-down, my favorite, so I’m super excited to try this one.

I definitely see the peach note, and then it evolves into this wonderfully creamy mouthfeel that leaves the taste of vanilla behind. It’s very, very good. I can’t wait to try this one cold.

However, I have a tin of DavidsTea’s milk oolong, and a tin of TeaVivre’s milk oolong on the way to me (hopefully), so I can’t in any way justify buying any more of this. But if I had room for it, I would be mighty tempted.


The tea pets are really cute. What is the purpose of the tea pet?

aisling of tea

Well, my wife’s is keeping her company at work and mine will be fed daily a healthy diet of tea dregs, since I don’t tend to drink the last sip or two of my tea. Also, these torties can do tricks! He spits water at you when prepared properly lol.


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drank Kokomo Green by DAVIDsTEA
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If nothing else, as I brewed this tea up yesterday, I realized I know all of the words to “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys (or the Muppets, depending on your childhood). Hot, I did not care for this at all. But then I coldbrewed it overnight and the coldbrew is lovely and fruity and delicious. It’s juicy and definitely quenching my thirst. Delicious.


I too could probably sing most, if not all, of that song.


I know it better from the Muppets :)

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Coldbrew overnight and it’s just cinnamon deliciousness and I love it. I think I need to grab more of this when we stop by the mall this weekend.

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drank Gold Rush by DAVIDsTEA
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Coldbrewed this overnight to see if it was worth using one of our rewards to pick up more. But before I even put it in the fridge, I knew my answer. We had a 25 g pack, and it took most of that 25 grams to make a 24 ounce cup of tea, and I underleafed. Even free, that’s a bit rich for my blood. No, Gold Rush will forever be one of those teas I enjoy to go, but I can’t bring myself to keep it in the house, it angers me too much. It’s 11.50 for 50 grams now, so that would be 5.75 per coldbrew. Not worth it.

….but it’s so good. Sooooo good. I wish they would take the white tea out and sell this as an herbal. The other flavors overwhelm the white tea anyway, there’s no point to it except to make it bitter when oversteeped. But this coldbrew was a butterscotch dream. So I would recommend getting it as your to-go cup, but I would not recommend buying it.


I suspect it’s also the white tea that makes it so damned expensive, which is so annoying since it doesn’t serve any purpose being in there.

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drank Key Lime by DAVIDsTEA
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Coldbrewed overnight, the lime really came out in this one. Still not too hibby, and still not my cup of tea ;)

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m enjoying this more than I thought I would. It tastes like a sugar cookie with an abundance of cinnamon, which is fairly close to what a snickerdoodle is. Close, but not right on. And there’s a weird aftertaste I can’t really describe, but the flavor left on my tongue is not one I’d search out. A pleasant cup, but not one I care to repeat.

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have four live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put sugar in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.


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