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Well, it feels good to finally be out of this one. It’s one of my oldest teas, and one I never really enjoyed a whole lot in the first place; I’m not big on spice. Damn my naive, early tea drinking self for getting talked into buying 100g amounts of things I’ve never had before.

This last cold brew was pretty decent though; I have to give it that. It was like drinking liquid cinnamon candy – either those cinnamon hearts they sell around Valentine’s or Hot Tamales. So I can’t really complain about the taste of this last one.

I’m just glad I’m through with it now, though.

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That moment when you’re lying in bed with all the lights off except for the glow of the computer screen and, out of the very corner of your eye, you see the movement of something on the edge of your bed. At first the realization is slow, but then it hits you all at fucking once. Spider.

I swear, I nearly shit myself. I don’t know if I’ve bolted so quickly anywhere in months but in two seconds flat I had moved from totally stretched out across the whole couch (my bed) to blanketless in the fetal position pressed into the far corner of the couch on the opposite side. I fucking hate spiders, and that this was like four inches from my face. Plus, it was HUGE. Like, the size of a Loonie or a Twoonie. I had to call Tre from his room and make him kill it for me because I was too paralyzed with fear to go anywhere except farther away. When he squished it; we could hear an audible “pop”. I may have cried a little. He may have cried a little.

And then I couldn’t sleep for a few hours, so I made a cup of the most calming/relaxing thing that came to mind – the last of this roasty toasty tea, with extra vanilla notes present in this last cup. I had the heebiejeebies for days afterwards. So much nope.

Anlina

Oh god, that sounds awful. I’m glad Tre came to the rescue.

VariaTEA

Haha we had spiders in my apartment in Montreal and usually we just let them hang out. The only ones I killed were the ones that decided to dangle over my bed because they were being rude and getting in my personal space. If they stayed on the walls/ceiling/ground, I just let them be.

Shadowfall

Loonie or a Twoonie?
Also, ugh. I hate when that sort of thing happens. Though I mostly get more when the cat stills and stares intently at something and then I spot the spider/bug/whatever. /shudder/

Roswell Strange

I forget some of you aren’t Canadian. Shadowfall, Loonies and Twoonies are, respectively, the (nick)names of Canadian one dollar and two dollar coins.

Kittenna

VariaTea – My roommate and I have also given up on our house spiders. Mostly, they are unobtrusive, and hang out in corners, or up on ceilings. But every now and then, one decides to scurry quickly out from under something, and it must be relocated (I have a little trap thing, and take them outside). I don’t like it when they move quickly. Also, anywhere on the bed is grounds for relocation. They only die when they’re stupid enough to greet me in the shower – I really have no other options then!

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drank Pear Tea by Fauchon
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Made a very large mug of this on my last day off to finish it off. I’m happy I took the time to really properly enjoy the last of Cameron B.’s second sample of this. Even though it was tasty last time, the food pairing really drastically detracted from how good it could have been.

This time around I got to taste it in its full glory; very authentic and genuine “cooked pear” flavour mingling perfectly with a smooth and silky black base. This needs nothing added to be perfect; and I really hope that someday soon I’ll have the chance to actually stock up on it, instead of mooching samples from people in swaps.

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It seemed like such a missed opportunity to not make this one into a matcha soda so, to switch things up, that’s how I prepared the last of this one. I mean, champagne is meant to be bubbly right? So bring on the bubbles!

Taste wise; this was ok overall – it definitely tasted like champagne; but not as good as it was in milk. Also, there was an oddly floral quality to the soda version that wasn’t so present in the milk one. Both ways are tasty and sweet; but contrary to my expectations milk is superior. Next time I order matcha (probably not for a while; I still have lots from my last order to get through) this is gonna be included!

Cheri

I have to admit, you have definitely piqued my interest on this one.

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Well, it was an absolute honor getting to enjoy as many cups of this as I did. I wish I’d gotten in a couple more but alas cold brews use up so much leaf, and that was my prep method of choice for this blend.

Same ol’ same ol’ for the flavours (coconut, banana, orchids, lilies, marzipan, vanilla, etc.) for this one – not that that’s in anyway bad. I love that this blend is so consistently delicious! The reliability of it are a huge part of what made it great in the first place.

It does really suck though that I’m losing the “perfect” coconut cold brew again; first Coconut Grove and now this one although this was never JUST a coconut tea.

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Thinking about tattoos again; my list is growing so much – and I’ve yet to get any of them done. I just need to set the time aside to get started; I have the money set up, and a friend familiar with tattoo shops in the area willing to help me find the right one, and come with me.

If anyone is interested this is the list of what I want done:

1. “Luke Jeremy Hohner” tattooed on my left wrist, under this image:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tf1EZirjtIg/TaYG4y5i4BI/AAAAAAAAAMs/-3WbJMXvIJI/s1600/shel-silverstein-welcome.jpg

It’s really important to me that this one is my first tattoo; it’s a memorial tattoo to my late cousin using an image from one of my favourite poem’s by and illustrated by my favourite poet. Luke means “Light” so I think the candle is the perfect symbolic representation for that, as well as the poem itself (Invitation by Shel Silverstein).

2. I’d like to get the words “Camellia Sinensis” tattooed on an arm, not sure about the placement. I’ve been sure about getting a tea themed tattoo (for obvious reasons?) for awhile but have never been able to get around the idea of getting a teacup or teapot, or a teabag like I’ve seen some people do. I do love teaware, but teapots aren’t even something I use on a daily basis preparing my tea. And I love words. So I think, personally, the most fitting tattoo for me is the words by themselves.

3. On my right wrist I’d like to get a Semi Colon (yes this ; thing). It’s a metaphor for depression and life – something I’ve definitely gone through in my life. Basically the idea is “A semi colon is where a writer could have ended a sentence, but chose not to”.

4. And lastly (for the time being) I want the word “Scuba” somewhere on my body. I was thinking maybe on a foot, but not totally sure yet. I have to confess, the idea for this comes from a Tumblr post – but it’s one I immediately fell in love with, and haven’t been able to get over since. But here’s the meaning: “To keep breathing even though the water rises all around you”. Isn’t that beautiful?

Dexter

Those are all great ideas Ros. Knowing what you want and having something that has personal meaning is the first step. Check. Now you just need to need to take the plunge and do the first one. LOL the rest just sort of happen.
I like your idea of the words Camellia Sinensis – I too have been thinking about a tea tattoo. I don’t want a standard tea pot covered with flowers. I would consider a yixing pot but unsure how to go about getting the size perspective, worried that it would just look like a brown pot. Tea leave might also look like pot…. etc.

sundaysipping

These are beautiful ideas! I especially love the semicolon.

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
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What a nice surprise! This last cup (my last cup of this EVER) turned out to be so much more pleasant than I could have ever anticipated or imagined it to be, which was a truly beautiful way to sip this down/finish it off with.

It was pleasantly sweet and fruity with distinct plum and date notes among some less descript stonefruit flavours – and then the black base was smooth with a little bit of malt and some sweet caramel flavour to round it out with.

I’m thankful I had the chance to try this one, even if I didn’t always love it.

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Whisked in milk to finish off this sample I got a while back from Courtney.

It was like a cup of maple walnut milk with that sort of dry nut sweetness to it. This definitely hasn’t been my favourite matcha overall but it was still good and I liked having it around, and it will be missed.

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Thank you 221Tea and Brian for the sample; sorry it took so long to get to!

Steeped this one up Western style; I thought it produced a very nice, smooth malty cup with some sweeter cocoa notes and some light handed earth notes. It was pleasant to sip on while I was getting ready to go out!

I ended up going out to work, on my day off, since we just hired four new people. I wanted to meet them on their “first day” when I was off the clock – and they wouldn’t yet know who I was or that I’m in a position of authority over them. That’s sorta the best way to form an impression of them. You can tell a lot about how someone is going to be based on the way they treat total strangers going through their checkout.

Do they smile? Make conversation? Do they seem confidant counting back change?

So it was a good afternoon out of the house. And they all seemed ok based on that one snap impression (which I have since expanded on working alongside and training them).

Michelle is my age and very fun and friendly; great people skills. She lacks a lot of work experience, but is trying very hard to learn and is catching on to things at a consistent pace. Ka Yan is the only one of the four who isn’t a cashier; she’s a fulltime stocker/aisle owner. She’s pretty quiet/shy but very kind and soft spoken when she does talk to you. She works very independently and doesn’t need much direction. Laura is absolutely the strongest worker/cashier of them all and catches on to new things the quickest of all of ‘em – but she’s not good with people at all and has a very brash/harsh demeanor. So we’re gonna have to work on that.

And then there’s Noah. Noah is also my age and they’re probably the one I’d most likely be friends with outside of work. We’re both pretty damn nerdy, Tumblr/fandom type people. This is their first job – so they have lots to learn but Noah’s definitely making an effort. I know they’re having the hardest time, out of all the new hires, connecting with other coworkers though – there’s NO ONE else “nerdy” or like them at work other than me – it’s the same thing I kinda had difficulties with (my at work BFF Bobbi has admitted to really disliking me at first because I was “weird”) but I kinda had an advantage since I was in more of a position of authority – and Bobbi had to spend time with me for our position and got to know me that way. I also had more confidence because I had previous work experience very similar to what I do now. And then, there’ the fact that Noah’s “real” name is Maryam, but they don’t identify that way and they’ve asked people to please refer to them as Noah. No one we work with other than myself has even the slightest clue how to broach that request and people feel a little unsure about what that even means. So currently I’m the only person doing it, even though I’ve tried to advocate on their behalf and explain why it’s important and respectful.

I’m hoping they’re stop being so ignorant the longer they work with Noah. But all in all, I’m rooting for them! I like Noah as a person, we get along great! They have some room for improvement as an employee – but they’re learning! Like Bobbi did with me, they’ll just have to first connect with other things to grow close as coworkers…

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Mini Queue to work through today!

This one was a cold brew that I had last Tuesday on my day off; strong raspberry, cream and vanilla notes were all present like usual with a little bit of extra floralness from the rose petals in the blend. Usually I don’t taste them, but they were coming through more so than usual.

Did anyone else watch the premier of Jane The Virgin last week? I didn’t even know it was a thing, but Tre asked me if I wanted to watch it so I watched with him – I have to admit that the premise is really far fetched but I was hooked pretty well instantly! It reminded me heavily of Ugly Betty and Dead Like Me; the same sort of bright/bubbly characters and narrative style as the former, but with some of the more twisted humor of the latter.

Basically, there’s only one episode so far (the second airs tonight) so you should all watch it so I have someone to talk about it with! ;)

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After discovering loose leaf, I decided I had to learn as much about in as quick an amount of time as humanely possible; that led me here!

Growing up, the only tea I ever drank was bagged mint tea (especially peppermint), and mint still remains a staple flavour for me. Spearmint is my favourite. At this point in my ‘tea career’ I heavily lean towards flavoured blends; doesn’t matter if they’re fruity, chocolate, sweet, savory, etc. Blacks are my favourite as far as flavoured blends go, with whites a close second. I really enjoy everything but straight Greens though, but I’ll try anything once even if I am wary.

My favourite fruit flavours in blends are cranberry, banana, pear, lychee, melon, passion fruit and especially pineapple. I am also always excited to try anything with Saskatoon Berries, which are delicious and also my city’s namesake. I have a huge weakness towards toffee/caramel and coconut teas and a bit of a soft spot in regard to black licorice. I also adore anything creamy. I am always up for trying soda inspired blends as well because the concept fascinates me. I want to try all the Rootbeer teas! I am also currently trying to try as many Sweet Potato blends as possible.

Tastes I strongly dislike are ginger and raisins. Really, those are the only two things I intentionally avoid. I also have mixed feelings about peaches, mangoes, lemongrass, and chamomile.

In regard to straight teas, I haven’t been nearly as adventurous. I’ve yet to really explore any straight oolongs, except Milk Oolongs which weren’t really for me. In general, I really like straight black teas, especially when they have strong baked bread or malt notes. I like most straight whites, but I have a preference for silver needle teas over other types. Green teas, with the exception of Genmaicha and some Hojicha, make me feel a bit sick and I often can’t finish the cup. I can handle flavoured matcha like Red Leaf Tea sells – but straight matcha is a definite “no go”. I recently survived my first Pu’erh, and it was an alright, maybe borderline enjoyable, experience.

The ratio of cold brewed and hot tea I drink is about 50/50. As far as my cup sizes go, all my daily cold brews are done in a 25 oz. mason jar and my other mugs are 12 oz. with the exception of my Adeline infuser mug which is 16 oz. Unless otherwise specified, these are the cup sizes for all teas I review.

I prefer to drink my tea without adding anything to it, and 9/10 times that will be how I first try a blend. My belief is that milk, sugar or whatever else you add to your tea should be used to enhance an already good flavour: if the tea needs something added to it to taste good then it’s probably not good tea to begin with. The exception is Matcha; I always have my matcha whisked either into cold milk or club soda as “Matcha soda” depending on which way the flavour will be best suited. My roommate, Tre, has a very different philosophy in regard to tea, and that’s to always drown out his cup in sugar – even before tasting to see if it needs any. That’s why I don’t let him drink the good stuff ;)

I’m always up for a swap, but because I have a very low income I can’t really afford to send things outside of North America on a regular basis :(

If you’re from North America and want to organize a swap, just give me a shout and I’m sure we can work something out! Many of my teas are in large quantity so I usually have enough to spare at least a small sample or so.

I’m a vegetarian and have been for more than half my lifetime. I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms, though that isn’t something that has been an issue I’ve had to deal with in regard to tea (at this point, at least).

My roommate Tre is a huge part of my life since he’s one of the only people in town that I know. Currently, he’s taking courses at Siast to become a professional chef which means sometimes I get really nice home cooked meals. He’s a huge Whovian, which means I know way more about Doctor Who than someone who’s only watched a season or so should. Recently he’s got me into Supernatural, and now Doctor Who as well. He knows next to nothing about tea, and he doesn’t really care to learn.

The other important person in my life is my friend Robyn.

I’ve known Robyn since we were in the eighth grade – and she was in all my classes all through high school. For years she was my transportation, since I’m just plain awful at driving and haven’t acquired my license yet. She just so happened to start classes at the University of Saskatchewan the same time as Tre and I were moving here, which worked out excellently. Like Tre she’s a huge Whovian and also a fan of Supernatural (is there even a fandom term for people who like Supernatural?). She was a minor inspiration in regard to this tea obsession of mine (but now I’ve far surpassed her in tea knowledge, consumption, and quantity possessed). Often times I have her over for tea or share my teas with her (and if it’s a tea I dislike she gets first dibs before I start trying to swap it all away here on Steepster).

Some brief “IRL” interests: Clay/Sculpture (or visual arts in general), Improv, Mythology, Big Brother (USA and CA), and an absurdly large amount of TV shows – geeky or otherwise.

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