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If this isn’t the same Ti Kuan Yin that Teas, Etc. sells, I will lose that nickel I just bet!

This is a good everyday drinker, a bit darker than some of the more modern TKY’s. A mere three teaspoons made 36 ounces of tea of very good strength, as I made 18 ounces at a time and resteeped once so far. And it must be decent, because I already drank all 36 ounces by myself. I had a really horrible day yesterday and didn’t eat or drink from 9 am until 9 pm. Terrible, I know, but I am making it up to my body today by feasting on good tea! And M&M’S may get involved later but we won’t talk about that…

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Peachy fresh light green tea, smooth with no bitterness. Great stuff! If you cant buy frkm Tin Roof Teas, this is the same as Madame Butterfly, which is sold by many vendors though I like buying it from Gurman’s of Ireland since we have had great customer service from them!

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I have been stalking Tin Roof Teas waiting for this to come in! My daughter purchased a tea called Madame Butterfly from Gurman’s in Dublin, Ireland. So many guests really love it, and I am especially pleased that it is a tea that children love with no added sugar! My bag is getting low, and I was hoping to find a US source so I could save a bit on shipping. The description of Fuzzy Navel sounded like it was going to be the same tea, or close enough to it.

The dry leaves look the same as well as the flavoring bits like the flower petals. The two cups of steeped tea side by side are exactly the same color. The aroma matches. The most important part is the flavor, and if it isn’t identical it is at least close enough to be virtually indistinguishable.

My whole kitchen smells like a peach cobbler. Warm, peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream would be so good right now, but I am exhausted and need to go to bed!

Hooray! I have a US source for a tea I want to keep on hand, and I don’t even have to pay shipping because I am up there often enough to buy what I need. Plus a little extra. :)

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
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I just restocked this last time I went to Raleigh. This is the same tea as the TeaGeschwendner. I hope I spelled that correctly. My youngest gets cravings for this and we had run out, and it is really popular at tea times, so I like to keep it around.

When I first had Marco Polo I really liked it and so did my husband back in his lots of milk and sugar days. We both noticed that it MP could be really finicky – bitter one time and excellent the next.

Well, this little lady isn’t finicky at all. They bill it as strawberry and yogurt flavors, and I do detect that tangy flavor like a sweetened sour cream or yogurt. Bottom line is I like it much more than Marco Polo and it doesn’t matter if I leave it a little too long.

My daughter and I drink it plain and find it perfectly sweet and smooth. It will take milk and sugar well if you prefer it that way. You can add a little more leaf and a little more time and have a hearty but well behaved breakfast tea. Love this blend.

Sil

totally agree on this one!

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
2236 tasting notes

Rats. I just finished this and as looking forward to clicking Remove From Cupboard, only to find it wasn’t listed as in my cupboard. How can that be?

It is not a happy sip down though, only a needful one as I am trying to eliminate older teas. I enjoy three marvelous steeps this morning off of a slightly over leafed Kamjove. I like this better than Marco Polo. It isn’t finicky but tastes good even if you aren’t paying close attention to temp and time.

This is the very same tea as Teagschwendner. I hope I spelled that correctly. Tin Roof Teas used to source exclusively from them, but now have a variety and some of their own blends.

For summertime, I highly recommend their Moroccan Mint. It is more faithful to real Moroccan Mint tea with its spearmint and Egyptian mint. Delicious. It is their own in-house blend.

As for Anna’s – I will be buying it again. It is my favorite strawberry tea. But first I need to drink down my cupboard a bit. I don’t have my samples listed nor my Amsterdam teas with the unreadable labels. I have too. much. tea.

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
2236 tasting notes

I can’t believe we finished this pouch of tea tonight. And I can’t believe that I immediately thought, “Oh no! I have to get to Raleigh to get some more!” I NEED to sip down a bunch of tea without buying replacements! But I will be getting this one, because it is one of the few flavored black teas hubby likes. This is his replacement for Marco Polo, as he finds this one smoother, less fussy, and tastier.

Tonight was Writers’ Group night at my house and as usual tea was requested. I was shocked to realize that only three of us were drinking tea, yet we finished four pots this evening!

This is a nice black tea base with a fruity raspberry scent and a distinct sharp tang that is referred to as yogurt but that reminds me of that wonderful fruit topping made of sour cream and a bit of sugar, like Jason’s Deli serves. (The actual recipe is sour cream, a touch of orange juice concentrate or a bit of orange juice, and brown sugar. Mix thoroughly, then use for dipping or topping strawberries, cantaloupe, etc.)

My friends and I take it plain, hubby likes it with a wee bit of sugar and some milk.

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
2236 tasting notes

As I mentioned in last night’s note on Marco Polo, I usually only steep that one for 2 1/2 minutes. It is fussy, but it is worth the trouble because you get a really amazing cup of tea. But hubby was a little disappointed in last night’s pot of tea because it went for about four minutes before I got the leaves out. I told him I would try to make it up to him soon by making this one, Anna’s from Tin Roof Teas. It has a similar taste but the base is more forgiving and a bit smoother, without being a generic Ceylon base. I am pretty sure there is some Keemun in this base and possibly a little Darjeeling.

He tried it tonight and said he liked it better than Marco Polo! At first he said he thought it was more floral, which I thought strange because there is no floral flavor at all in Anna’s, yet there is in Marco Polo. He adds milk and sugar to both, I take them plain. The bottom line was that he likes this one better, and that is great because it is less expensive.

The bag I sent to my oldest daughter’s BF in Ireland reached him today and he has already tried it. He liked it as well, and commented on the fresh berry taste. So it is a hit in general, and is somewhat comparable to Marco Polo, Paris by H&S, and Tower of London.

Josie Jade

I live in NC too, and discovered Tin Roof Teas recently, I love that place! It’s about the only tea store that is really good in NC. Have you found any others that have a nice selection?

ashmanra

A Southern Season has a lot of tea but some of it doesn’t have the quality I would like. I have also gotten some misinformation from people working there, but it was my starting point for loose leaf. Teavana in Crabtree Mall and Streets at South Pointe, but I don’t really like their tea much and it is soooo expensive. I love Tin Roof Teas. There is also Old Wilmington Tea down at the coast but I haven’t been there yet. Just over the border, the Calabash Tea Room has some teas for sale in the front building, mostly repackaged Harney and Sons, American Tea Room, etc. Nice to meet you! Are you near Raleigh?

Josie Jade

Oh, I’ve seen Southern Season listed before and will have to definitely try it now. I’m not a huge fan of Teavana either, they always seem very pushy to me. I actually live in the Greensboro/Burlington area but try to stop by Tin Roof Teas each time I go. I’ve had nothing but great experiences there – the staff are always so patient and helpful! It’s nice to meet another tea person in NC finally! :)

ashmanra

I went to college at UNC-G! I live in Fayetteville so it is about an hour and a half for me to go to Cameron Village and a little farther to A Southern Season. I love ordering from Harney and Sons and Teavivre. A Southern Season has a PDF of what is available in their daily teas and on their fine tea wall. They also carry a lot of prepackaged teas like Mariage Freres, Steven Smith, Harney, RoT, Twinings, and on and on. They have all kinds of gourmet food, a restaurant, a take out deli counter, hand made chocolates, and if you go, be sure to visit Night Gallery/Branching Out in the same mall. Wonderful mix of antiques, clothing, and garden decor. So eclectic, and they are recently featured in Victoria Magazine.

Josie Jade

Ohhh, I went to UNCG too! I got a degree there, but am now going back to school for nursing at GTCC. We live in Whitsett (right outside of Burlington), so it takes me about 50 minutes to get to Tin Roof Teas, which isn’t too bad. I usually plan to go when we are passing through Raleigh or have someone to pick up at the airport. I am definitely going to check out Southern Season. Harney & Sons is my favorite brand, and I recently discovered Steven Smith. I do most of my tea ordering online since we don’t have that many local stores here (besides TRT), but I love those little stores that carry other brands so you can get a little bit of everything to see what you like. I tend to go overboard if I am ordering online, I feel like I have to get everything I’m interested in! Thanks for all of the tips about Southern Season, I can’t wait to visit!

ashmanra

Have you contacted Teavivre yet for free samples to taste? They are amazing! Great service, and usually fast shipping though my last order got held up in Hangzhou for some reason. They have high quality tea, excellent prices, and always send a sample with your order. Free shipping over $30 and a rewards points program like H&S. they have sent me four boxes of free samples so far, and there is usually enough for about six cups of tea without counting resteeps.

Josie Jade

You know, I’ve heard so many good things about Teavivre, but just haven’t gotten the chance to try them yet. I am definitely going to check them out today though, that will be my treat for myself during my breaks from studying! Do you know if Harney & Sons starts the reward points automatically? I actually didn’t know they did that and didn’t notice anything about that when I placed my last order. Is there a place to check your points on the website?

ashmanra

When you go to Harney.com, it says My Account over to the right near the top. When I started buying there, they set me up automatically when I made an account with them. The Millerton always does reward points, but theirs are separate. The nice thing about Millerton is that you can buy different amounts and just get tin refills, etc. and sometimes they have tea the website is sold out of. If you didn’t set up an account to order, but ordered as guest ( if that is possible) I bet if you set up an account and didn’t see points, they would probably pull our order history and give them to you. Their customer service has been really great for me. And do check out Teavivre! They have sent me so much free tea…which I love so much that I end up buying it, and so do my friends!

Josie Jade

Thanks so much for the info! :)

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
2236 tasting notes

This was the first tea of tea party today and it was my guest’s favorite tea of the bunch! We served it with home made pound cake made from freshly ground soft white wheat and topped with sugared strawberries.

The aroma of this tea is lovely, and the neatest thing about it is how the yogurt aspect of it comes across. When you sniff the tea, there is a nice black tea base well-balanced with the raspberry flavor, and then the yogurt adds this creamy tang, even in the scent. It is smooth and good! Definitely a keeper.

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
2236 tasting notes

I finally got to Raleigh today to go to my favorite local (well, a little over an hour but close enough!) tea shop. I was supposed to go in and just buy some Fuzzy Navel to compare to Madame Butterfly, but my bestie mentioned that she wanted some greens for her cupboard so I had to look for a green I thought she would like, and the owner is evil evil evil – no, wait, he was just trying to make me happy – and made me smell the Ti Kuan Yin and I had to buy that, and I finally caved and bought this one! I really HAD to because one of my daughters is named Anna.

They were gracious enough to sell me the tea split into two bags so I can send half of it to her boyfriend in N. Ireland. AND they offered to do a special blend for me to replicate a tea I can’t get anymore, so I am pretty excited about that!

Isn’t it great when you buy something for a silly reason and discover that you love it? I steeped this for 3 minutes, right in the middle of their recommended steep time, and it is delicious. It is not bitter at all, there is no astringency, you can taste the black tea base just fine, and the raspberries are so sweet and fruity, with the yogurt lending a creaminess so the raspberries are never tart. This is quite a winner!

Want to save a fortune on buying Marco Polo? Try this. It is smoother. It is less fussy to make. You won’t be missing a thing, and the price is great – about half the price of Marco. And it is absolutely perfect without sugar or milk. If you were inclined to add those, I think this could probably handle it just fine.

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I am drinking this cold today. The heat index is supposed to hit 115F so staying hydrated and cool is the theme of the day!

This is quite nice as an iced tea. I steeped this yesterday, hot, and made a resteep right away. I put about 40 ounces in a glass pitcher and stirred in a little less than 2 Tablespoons of sugar while it was still piping hot and let it cool briefly on the counter. It has been refrigerated since then, and if my tea is already cold I do not add ice.

The tea is beautiful, not cloudy at all, and even though there is some black tea in this blend, the color is a medium orange – really lovely! The fruity part of this is subtle and just adds a really nice touch to the tea. It is great by itself, and would be good with a meal as well.

Nice blend, TIn Roof Teas!

Michelle

Eep. Stay cool!

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My friend bought this today on our trip to Raleigh. She left enough for me to make a pot of tea, so I decided to make it several different ways.

First I tried it absolutely plain, and it tastes like a very nice, subtly orange flavored oolong. The orange tasted natural. I thought it was quite good. My friend was really wanting a total Creamsicle experience, so I played with it a little.

I added a little whipped cream and a tiny bit of sugar to one tiny cup of the tea. At this point, I would really have preferred it natural. I take almost all my tea with no additions so this didn’t do anything for me. Then we added a serious amount of sugar, and WOW did we have a sweet cup of tea, worthy of any Southern lady’s refrigerator. And that was really good.

The next stage of the experiment is underway. I resteeped the leaves and got a nicely colored liquor and pretty nice strength for a resteep. I combined the remainder of the first steep and the all of the second in a glass pitcher and put it in the refrigerator to cool and meld for another scorcher tomorrow. The heat index is supposed to be 115F here, so a cold, refreshing citrus-flavored tea will be very welcome.

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drank Asian Pear by Tin Roof Teas
2236 tasting notes

This needs to be the next sipdown. Three years old is getting up there for a flavored green, but it was still pretty good today. It was the last tea of tea party and even my friend who prefers black tea liked it a lot. I consider pears to have a light flavor, and this tea does, too. They didn’t try to pump it up and make it artificial.

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drank Asian Pear by Tin Roof Teas
2236 tasting notes

It was 65 degrees and completely overcast when I went out on the patio for breakfast. That really put me in the mood for a pot of tea but I know today is tea party day and we usually have lots of black or oolong tea. I went with a nice, soft green with refreshing taste. This is so smooth and mild. I am not sure what the base is, but they call for 194F temp and 2 minutes steep time if that helps. It is as if pear juice has been added to a cup of really mild and smooth green tea.

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Tea Party day. I like the sound of that! :)

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drank Asian Pear by Tin Roof Teas
2236 tasting notes

I am 100% sure I have reviewed this before! Yet it didn’t even show that it is in my cupboard.

Ah well. We begin again. I bought this at Tin Roof Teas in Raleigh, NC. They used to be a Teageschwender shop so I expect this is sourced from the very same place. I found it to be delightfully smooth, and the pear flavor is light, as if you are eating a pear and the juice is still on your mouth and you taste the sweetness on your tongue. This is a sweet and subtle cup with no green tea bitterness at all, no sour taste.

ashmanra

Found my other reviews, oops! That was the day it wouldn’t let me add a new tea so I reviewed it under Teageschwender’s name!

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I had this iced and lightly sweetened last night. It is my favorite Moroccan Mint because I prefer spearmint to peppermint and this one is blended just perfectly for me. The funny thing is that when I finished my tea I refilled the glass with water, and it tasted like mint water! It was unbelievably refreshing! Now I want to make peppermint and spearmint simple syrup, and maybe some plain unsweetened cold mint water. It has been ridiculously hot with little breeze here, so I am in a mint mood.

On a happy note: one of my hens went broody last year and it took a while to break her of it. She went broody again this year, but we have no rooster so her eggs will never hatch. I let her sit three eggs for a week. Then last night, I slipped three babies in with her and took the eggs out. Hens are pretty dopey when asleep and can’t see a thing in the dark. This morning she is very, very happy to be a mommy at last! She is a French Black Copper Marans and the babies are Cuckoo Marans. One little girl is shy and hides under mama when I go out to look at them, which I have been doing all morning long!

Christina / BooksandTea

Oh, that’s so sweet – but what happened to the hen who laid those chicks in the first place?

ashmanra

Not all hens go broody and they lay more eggs than they hatch. My other hens have no interest in sitting on their eggs, for instance. These chicks came from a feed store and they were hatched in a brooder. They were one day old.

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We are having a very full weekend. My son is here to celebrate his birthday and he is a very active young man who eats clean and is training for Spartan races this year, having just completed his first Spartan sprint. I have to buy mega-fruits and veggies when he visits.

Today, he and his dad and sister played catch and Frisbee on a beautiful, eighty-something degree spring day, and I prepared a snack/light lunch. We had strawberries, cantaloupe, and kiwi, and an iced pitcher of this tea.

I put five teaspoons of the leaf in my Stump teapot which is about eighteen ounces. This was steeped at 194F for two minutes, then poured over ice in a Bodum Biasca pitcher which is forty ounces. I did not add any sweetener.

Only three of us drank this tea as my daughter had already made a pot of black tea for herself. The three of us finished all forty ounces in short order and it was so refreshing and good! And the tea is sunshine yellow, perfect!

This is hands down my favorite Moroccan Mint of the many I have tried. There is something about their spearmint and Egyptian mint that makes this so sweet and smooth. I foresee a lot of this tea over the next few months, especially served with fruit as we did today.

Sil

sounds like a lovely day

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My favorite of the five Moroccan Mint teas I have tried. Miserable scratchy chest today and trying hard not to cough. Sound like Barry White got turned into a frog. Drinking this with lots of raw organic honey. Soldier on!

Anna

Feel better, BarryFrog.

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Sad sipdown. I made the very last of my Moroccan Mint today, and this is just the season when I NEED it! I tried a lot of Moroccan Mint teas last year and did side by side comparisons, and I came to the conclusion that I love spearmint much more than peppermint. I will definitely be buying more of this. It is great hot and iced, sweetened or unsweetened. The mint is so cooling, and where I live it is consistently in the 90 to 100F range and sticky icky humid. I do have some plain gunpowder green, and I just started growing mint last year. Until I can get an order placed for more of this, I shall have to make my own, even though I don’t have a whole lot of mint yet.

As for Egyptian mint, I don’t know what that is. Off to google!

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This was the final tea of tea party. My guest lifted her cup, sniffed, and blurted, “Wrigley’s Gum!” I told her she had a great nose because both are spearmint. She liked it a lot, and of course it is my favorite Moroccan Mint so far. We drink it sans additions.

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I was SO EXCITED! I got a phone call yesterday from someone wanting piano lessons for their child. I heard a beautiful accent, and was told she was referred to me by another student of mine, and right away I knew it was the Moroccan friend that I had been hearing about! As in, really, truly, Moroccan!

Naturally, I set out my Harney and Sons glasses and had a pot of tea ready! I told her that I didn’t know if this would be authentic to what she was used to, but I needn’t have worried. Ryan, you need to read this! :)

First she was ecstatic that we were going to have tea, second, she loved the glasses and said they made her feel like she was home again, and third, she said the tea was absolutely authentic to what she makes herself. She likes to add a tiny bit of honey to hers, and I gave her the White Gold honey that was recommended by my dear young friend who works at Teavana. She said it was the best honey she had ever had. Soon I will try some of the new honey from the newly added honey room at Tin Roof Teas! Yes, that’s right, they will have a HONEY ROOM!

This is what tea drinking is all about. Over and over, she beamed and told me how happy she was, how she loved the tea, how good it felt to drink tea and talk with someone (she is a homeschooling mom who is with children most of the time and loves to have some adult conversation now and then, just like me!), and how much she felt at home because of the tea, because of the glasses. She told me how she wanted to bring glasses from Morocco but didn’t for fear they would break, but that she brought all the serving pieces. She talked about how the tea tray would be set before the oldest person at a gathering and they would make the tea. There would be three containers for gunpowder green, spearmint, and sugar, and each person would come to the elder to be served. We talked about tea rituals here, and in China, and in Morocco. She wants to come again, and drink more kinds of tea. I will be seeing her once a week now for her daughter’s lessons, but I have a feeling there are also some plain ole’ tea parties in our future! This was a truly great tea day and I am so happy I could burst!

K S

How cool! A job, good conversation, and tea!

Finn88

I do wish that the US had more of a cultural aspect to tea drinking. For some reasons Americans bond over alcohol, so many other nationalities bond over tea. Nice story to hear :)

Rabs

How awesome is that?! :D

TheTeaFairy

Very nice story…

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So after all the brewhaha (LOL!) last night with the transcript, I got up at six a.m. to get started again. Two hours later, testing the automatic GPA figuring, I put in a fake course and then erased it. But it refused to erase completely and left a “grade not available at this time” and refused to compute her final GPA. I tried to refresh the page to take it out and….took…out…everything…I had done. All of it. And I was finished.

YOUNGEST! I NEED TEA! Seeing my state, she asked if I needed Catherine, but I told her I thought I wanted Moroccan Mint instead. I can drink it hot or cold, plain or super sweet, and it’s good every whichaway.

Several cups later, the transcript is complete and printed, the FAFSA is done (twice because I didn’t see that I had clicked on the top item which was an ad for a company that makes you fill everything out yourself then charges you to file it for you so yes, we had to go to the right site and do it all over again sob sob sob) and now we can have LUNCH! If I was going to take up drinking, this would be the day.

Now to get the registration for school done and haggle with the insurance company over my son’s wisdom tooth extraction. Sigh.

There is no paperwork in heaven, save for the Lamb’s Book of Life. I bet I know what happens in hell…

gmathis

Preach on, friend! (But oh, to have a child that can gauge what tea to bring you based on your mood—makes up for the paperwork, eh?)

No paperwork…but I can’t wait for eternity to catch up on all the good books that Tolkien and C.S. Lewis have been cranking out for us all these decades ;)

JacquelineM

I LOVE that she asked if you needed Catherine :) :) :)

Hesper June

Whew! What an ordeal! Glad its done and so sweet that she made you tea:)

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Backlogging from yesterday: This is the tea that was the raison d’être for yesterday’s tea party.

My student mentioned during a lesson that she and her mother used to drink tea with a Moroccan lady who had moved back home, and said her mother really missed the fun they had. I invited them to come try some of my tea!

She said that the tea smelled identical to what her friend made, but her friend used fresh spearmint in hers so it may have been a little different. She seemed to really like it. I love it. I didn’t add anything at all to mine, but she and her daughter added White Gold honey and liked it.

I enjoy spearmint more than peppermint in my area and wanted to grow some, but by the time I got around to going to the nursery they we sold out. Maybe next year!

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After reading Dylan’s paeans to Moroccan Mint, I broke down and bought some at Tin Roof Teas. He was right about how indispensible it is for summertime! After trying it, I began a quest to find the one I would love best.

Today I had a face off between four teas from four different companies. Tin Roof Teas won for me because the gunpowder green base is smooth, not smokey, and supports the fresh, tingling spearmint flavor so beautifully. Perhaps there is something about the addition of Egyptian Mint that makes it sing for me, too. I do not really enjoy peppermint in tea. Much as spearmint, so that is a big factor in my choosing this one. If you love peppermint more, you would want to go with the Market Spice version. Serendipitea was next, and very close, while Teavana lagged seriously far behind.

Dylan Oxford

Thank you so much for doing the field research for us :)

Azzrian

I had to google the meaning of the word “paeans” lol

ashmanra

It was fun! I <3 my new tea glasses!

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