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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.

ashmanra

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. :)

Daddyselephant

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”

ashmanra

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! :)

Kittenna

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

Daddyselephant

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.

Fjellrev

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

Daddyselephant

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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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
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I cold brewed to help satisfy that craving for cold teas, and I only have enough for maybe one cold brew left and I’m kinda okay with that. If I want a cold blueberry tea, I’m going to reach for Blueberry Jam. This was just…overwhelmingly sweet, and I like my teas sweet.

It’s good, but I’m not sorry to see it go.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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We grabbed Egg Nog lattes while wandering around the mall on Saturday and I, of course, had to have this. De wanted Santa’s Secret too, but I made her try something else so, well, I could try it XD. I know, I’m the worst.

This was so. good. She had buttered rum, and while it was okay, this was amazing. So, so yummy.

VariaTEA

It really is delicious as an eggnog latte. So far, I think Cranberry Pear is my favorite though.

Kittenna

Agh. You guys are hyping up the Cranberry Pear eggnog lattes so much. I need one.

Daddyselephant

I told the chick making my latte about the cranberry pear, but she looked at me like I had three heads. Ah well.

VariaTEA

Not cool. It is awesome. She should try it before judging.

Kittenna

It is a vanilla-y black underneath the fruit. I’ve heard of people having weirder teas done as lattes (actually, the girl at my DT mentioned a few strange ones. Not that I remember them.)

Daddyselephant

She was actually a little rude about it, but that seems to be the par for the course at the Scarborough Town Centre Davids. I was spoiled by my Sherway Gardens crew, they were awesome. At STC, I feel like I’m interrupting them in order to get my tea. Meh.

VariaTEA

I find that a little bit at the Bayview Village one as well but honestly I think that is in comparison to the Promenade store where everyone is soooo friendly. I found the people at Yorkdale are also really sweet.

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Lately, despite the fact that it is freezing outside, all I want are cold drinks. Tons and tons of ice cold drinks. Which is all well and good, but requires some planning on my part. Either I need to cold brew or stick soda in the fridge or harass my wife into refilling the brita when she uses it. In a 24-hour period this weekend, I went through two sprite “double gulps” from 7-11…which I just discovered were 64 ounces each. Yikes. I meant, they were 3/4 ice, but I ate the ice too, so I don’t really get much leeway there.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is I am thirsty. This is a cold brew I made for today and it was heavenly. Sweet and floral with a berry burst that I adore. So, so good. It went perfectly with my lunch of a reuben, homemade chex mix, and clementines.

I used 2 bags for 25 ounces of water.

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Mrrrf. Day number two of waking up at 2 and being unable to get back to sleep. I told myself I’m not allowed to nap today because we have a full day tomorrow and I need to sleep tonight. And I was doing okay until about…now. 11:30. On top of that, I have a package coming and the mailman usually delivers around 12:30, so if I nap now, I’ll miss the delivery of a jacket I want to wear tomorrow.

Grrr.

Matcha to the rescue!

Or so I thought, But the first gulp of this brought along a major headache that is only getting worse as I sip. I’m trying to power though in order to get the wake-up boost, but it just isn’t working. I am disappoint.

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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.

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