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After my wife got two steeps out of her leaves yesterday, I claimed them for my daily overnight coldbrew. It’s really good! Kinda creamy, definitely nutty, green and delicious.

It is very good, but if I had to choose between the two, I would choose the Taiwan Monkey Picked Tie Guan Yin. Let’s see how I feel after trying that one coldbrewed tomorrow. But while this tea is good, it isn’t something I feel the need to get any more of.

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I told my wife what was going on with my neck/shoulder and she came home from work to make me go to emerg. >.< In her defense, though, I probably would have asked her to take me to emerg when she came home at the regular time because nothing is taking the edge off. But the ER doctor said my spine is fine and neurologically I’m fine, so I just need to rest, keep heat on it, and he gave me an Rx for naproxen, which I keep around for my migraines anyway. So….reassuring that it isn’t anything serious, but frustrating because it hurts like hell.

Anyway, so because my wife panics when I’m hurt or sick, she’s home now and we can share a pot of tea, yay! She had the other Tie Guan Yin provided to us by Teavivre last night (she will review soon, I promise!), and it smelled so good that I requested this when we got home from the hospital.

It is so good. I’m not a fan of straight oolongs, but TeaVivre is making me a believer. It’s sweet and roasty and just plain delicious. It’s creamy and vegetal and perfect.

Cameron B.

Love this one! The Superfine Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding is yummy too. :)

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drank Vanilla Bean by Say Tea
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I had an awful night and woke up craving the comfort of a creamy vanilla black, so I immediately reached for this one.

I was having some intense tummy trouble at 3 am this morning that was so bad that I managed to pinch a nerve in my back. My shoulder is swollen, my neck can’t move, my arm is numb, and the pain is so intense that it had knocked the wind out of me when I moved unexpectedly and set it off. If it isn’t any better by the time my wife gets home from work, I think I’m going to go to emerg.

So yeah, I’m more than a little grumpy. Figuring I’ve earned it, I added splash of eggnog to the tea. Not really an eggnog latte, just eggnog in the place of milk. It’s goooood. Definitely the treat I was craving. Now to go change the popsicles on my back.


Eep! I hope you feel better soon. That sounds just awful.


oooh i need to get out to this company sooner rather than later! sounds good! and i hope you feel better.


Oh no! Feel better!

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My wife fussed at me until I let her take me to emerg. I’m okay, just sore and hopped up on pain meds. Hopefully I’ll get sleep tonight.


Ugh, pinched nerves in one’s back are awful. I did that last summer and it was the most helpless I’ve ever felt. In my case, it was in my lower back, and I couldn’t lift my legs enough to walk up stairs, meaning I was stranded in my living room for about a day.

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I am always pleasantly surprised by these blends. I’m hoping to actually sleep tonight, so herbals for me! This was just a sweet, relaxing cuppa.

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The hibiscus really took over with this cold brew, even blueberry agave couldn’t save it.

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Yesterday we learned that The Glow is not good coldbrewed. Instead of tasting like yummy oatmeal, it tasted like cold oatmeal water. Blegh. Hot, this is delicious. Cold….not so much.


I learned to say your username while in Ireland. Some of the people we met kept saying a name, and I thought they were talking about my husband, Ashley. Finally figured out they were saying “Ashling” and remembered that one of the relative’s name is spelled like yours. :)

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Funny story, “aisling” is a nickname my wife gave me while we were still long distance, so I never really heard it said, we weren’t big phone people. So I flew out to meet her while she was in school in Halifax and I was trying to connect to the internet there. I asked her what her password was, and she said “I heart aisling”. However, it sounded like she said “I heart Ashley” and I lost it. I had just spent far too much of my own money to fly to another country to see her and she loves some b*tch named Ashley? Aca-scuse me? When I finally calmed down enough to let her explain, she couldn’t stop laughing. So now it is still a running gag between us. The worst was when she worked with someone named Ashley, the refrain “WHO THE F*CK IS ASHLEY” was heard quite often in our home XD.

So yes, I am glad I am not the only one hearing “Ashley” in “aisling”


LOLOL! I once got a phone call from an irate woman asking to speak to Ashley. I said “Ashley is at work. May I take a message?” Fairly boiling, she asked when Ashley would be home. My sweet, gentle, mild hubby getting a call from a woman mad enough to spit nails? So I said, “Ma’am, are you aware that Ashley is a 6’4” tall bearded male?" She calmed right down and explained that she had found a business card of Ashley’s in her fiancé’s wallet and thought it was a woman, apologized, and hung up. But if she is going through his wallet, they have more problems than she admits! LOL! Well, I am glad I won’t make the mistake of calling you “ay-sling of tea” now! :)


Ahahahahaha, got a few good laughs you guys, thanks!! :P

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ashmanra, that is hilarious! Maybe it was me…dun dun DUUUUUN.

Kittenna, anything for a laugh XD

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Earlier today I was craving tea, but I was also craving hot cocoa.

Porque los dos? lifts up a little girl and cheers and eats a taco

So yes, I also needed a bit of a pick me up, so this tea was perfect. I decided to make a latte, but used too much almond milk, it was all I could taste…so I added a bit of cocoa mix. It was absolutely lovely.

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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
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Meh. Second coldbrew of the day, only alright. I’ve had much, much better. I gave most of this to the sister in law and I don’t regret getting rid of it. Something about the bamboo is just off for me.


Bamboo tastes off to me too. There’s just no other word for it.

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I am glad to hear that I’m not the only one!

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drank Magic Summer by RiverTea
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Coldbrew for a snowy afternoon.

Okay, it’s not that snowy, but I’m melting. I made candy for my brother, which is hot work! I was super grateful for this blend being cold and ready to go.

I’m trying to cut back my sugar intake, but even with less sugar, it was too sweet. Hmm. But it is still delicious and one I highly recommend.

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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!

My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

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