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So I’ve been hearing some wheezing when I breathe and shockingly after a day traipsing around the Toronto Zoo in the drizzly rain, I feel a lot worse. My throat feels sore and swollen, my chest aching. Ugh. Luckily, the wifey picked up a sample of this last night.

It’s nice! Very tasty and wonderfully soothing. It reminds me of Cold 911 but without the punch in the face of the menthol. Which, don’t get me wrong, the menthol is a life saver, but sometimes it’s not the most helpful thing ever. So this will be a nice alternative to keep on hand for when I’m sick.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I really, really like this blend. I would like it more if I hadn’t oversweetened it. Boo. Still, I am glad 10 g gave us so much dry leaf and I will definitely be buying more. I love the raspberry and it reminds me of Razzmintazz without the mint and y’all know how much I love that blend. Yes, this is one I need to buy more of ASAP. I also need to try it cold.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
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This is yummy and sweet and creamy…but this is not eggnog. Maybe with milk. Or cold brewed. There are a lot of variables to play with. I see potential, but it’s not there yet. Dang.

I don’t really know how to describe the flavor, but a word I would not use is eggnog. I almost feel like the rooibos flavor is holding it back. Once I separate out the rooibos, if I squint, I can almost see eggnog, but yeah. This is a miss for me.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Champagne by DAVIDsTEA
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I only have a bit of this left and I’m thinking that’s a good thing. I coldbrewed it overnight and something in it is just turning my stomach. It’s rare that I can’t finish a cup of tea, but if I drink any more of this, I’ll be sick. I’m not going to rate it because it is old and I may have screwed it up. The raspberry yumminess I remember is there, but then it’s just…stomach turning.

2 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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drank Swiss Schoko by Tea Emporium
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I used their parameters in an effort to finish off the bag of this that we have been avoiding for ages. I only steeped it for two minutes instead of their recommended 3-5 minutes because two teaspoons is twice what I usually use for 12 ounces.

It’s….okay. Bitter and the flavors overwhelm each other to the point that I can’t really pick them out. Definitely not one I would buy again, but I never would have bought it in the first place.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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So my biggest love is candy cane hot cocoa. It is my favorite thing this time of year. A few days ago I was craving it and so I asked the wife to make me a cup of peppermint tea and then add cocoa to it. It was okay, but the peppermint was way too strong and sharp, not sweet and mellow like I wanted. So tonight, as I got ready to head out in the rain, I made a cup of cocoa and dropped in two bags of Candy Cane Lane and a drizzle of vanilla agave.

Success! Oh man, this is good. I wish I hadn’t made it in my timolino three hours ago because it is still blazing hot when I just want to chug it. The bags have been in the cocoa this whole time and it isn’t bitter at all.

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This is the fruity rooibos I measure all other rooibos by, but as far as I’ve seen, English Tea Store isn’t readily available in Canada. But guess who will be in the States for Christmas?

I am so stocking up. I love this tea, it’s fruity and strawberry-y and wonderful. I have yet to find another rooibos I love as much as this one.

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So I accidentally let this cool all the way down to cold and it was the best mistake ever! It’s a tasty blend, but I can’t quite figure out how to describe it. It’s cinnamony, but not really, nutty, but not really, orangey, but not really.

I give up. It’s good, alright? XD

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Blegh. Cold, this is an improvement, but not much of one. Cold brewing brought out the lemon, and of course it is stronger than my pitiful cup yesterday. Still, this is no tea I care to restock.

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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For the last week or so, I’ll think a coconut oolong sounds really tasty, but by the time I actually go to make tea, I’ve moved on to something else or forgotten all about the coconut craving.

But today I remembered! And it smelled so good as it steeped, flowery and buttery and delicious. It is sweet and creamy and delicious and coconutty. I had forgotten how yummy this is. The flavor doesn’t overpower the oolong, they simply work well together. The wifey loves coconut oolongs and now I see why. I should have this more often.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Formerly aisling of tea, now you can call me ele .

“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!

New label as of May, 2015: Diabetic. I’m using tea to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings and keep me hydrated without hurting my system or messing with my blood sugar.

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 five! 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), a tuxedo cat (and the only boy in the house) Prince Erik Darien Darjeeling (JiJi) 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 stevia 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.


Scarborough, ON



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