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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I love this tea. I wish it wasn’t as rooibos-y as it is, but I still love it.

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drank Milk Oolong by Tealish
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Mmmm, I love milk oolongs. Loooove. Of the ones I have, this is my least favorite, even though it is quite yummy, so I’m adding it to the sipdown pile. Especially since RiverTea supposedly has a great Milk Oolong.

Even as I was making it, though, I began craving Birthday Cake from DavidsTea, so I knew I wouldn’t be coming back for a resteep. But the leaves had barely begun to open after the first cup finished steeping, so I poured them into my Mason Jar to let them cold brew. I love watching oolongs unfurl.

The tea itself is just lovely. Lovely! The roastyness of the oolong and the creamy milk….guh. Hands down one of my favorite teas.

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drank Jasmint by Della Terra Teas
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Today I learned several things. First of all, I learned that I do not like spinach pizza. Second, I learned that I can become waaaay too invested in a show ( I’m looking at you, Weeds). Third, I learned that I can enjoy jasmine!

I don’t like floral teas as a rule. They just don’t taste good to me and the scent can trigger my migraines. But I already have a migraine and foolishly grabbed the first mint tea I could find. However, it mixes well with the jasmine and creates a lovely, soothing tea. My migraine is worse, but them’s the breaks. I don’t blame the tea, I blame the Indian food last night and the dang sun this morning.

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drank Superstar by RiverTea
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I’m craving grapefruit in a big way, so I searched out this tea. The scent of the dry leaf is pure grapefruit and it makes me think of my Dad. He and I are the only ones in the house who like grapefruit, so on the weekends, we’d split a grapefruit. During the week, he had to leave at 4 in the morning, but it always made me feel special to open the fridge and find half a grapefruit, cut and ready for me.

ANYWAY, the scent of the steeped tea brings out a bit more of the strawberry, but it’s still yummy, yummy grapefruit.

I love this blend. The strawberry brings down the bite of the grapefruit, and the honeybush rounds it all out. It is wonderful.


oooh sounds tasty!

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This was the very first tin of tea I ever bought and it is a classic. I reach for it just about every time I overindulge or whenever my stomach is just not up to snuff. Last night we ordered Indian and my butter chicken was so freaking spicy. Between the cream and the spices, Indian food isn’t something my stomach handles well, and this tea helped it recover.

I love this tea.

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drank Silver Star by Red Leaf Tea
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Sipdown! (387/377)

Still weak, but okay. Will not replace, but I’m not hating this last cup!

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I really hoped I would like this one, but I just…don’t. The flavors are too artificial, the pu-erh is too…earthy, and it’s just not my cup of tea. But the wife likes it, so I’ll have her work on drinking it down.

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drank Yellow Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
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After quite a few tea misses today, I needed a win. The lemongrass and mint in this are wonderful and soothing and just what I need to wrap up a busy day.

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drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve been avoiding this because, well, I didn’t like it the first time around. I pout the rest of this in my mason jar in an effort to finish off my little packet, and it worked! Sipdown for me! (388/378)

Usually an oily film on a tea doesn’t bug me, but combined with the white floaters from the chocolate, it’s a huge turn off. It smells…weird. Like old, earthy, white chocolate with a side of…feet. Ugh.

I don’t understand how this was considered a good idea. Earthy, fishy pu-erh with pineapple and chocolate? shudder

So…yeah. It tastes like pineapple feet.


Pineapple and feet. LOL

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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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