Ladies and gentlemen, with this sipdown, I come to the end of an era.

Spring Morning was one of the first loose-leaf teas that I ever bought (probably within the first 10) and it was one of the ones that I made sure to keep in stock. When I found out that Teavana still had it in stock last year, I bought 100 g, and I’ve made sure to make it last.

But now, Teavana no longer carries this tea, and I’ve been saving the precious little leaf I had left out of nostalgia.

No more. For today was the last cup, full of broken leaves and dust.

This really isn’t the best flavoured tea in existence, I know that. But the strawberry and redcurrant together smelled so juicy, and it really was one of the teas that turned me on to loose leaf in general. And I needed to finish it off, or else it would have gone stale and just sat there.

Godspeed, little green leafy friend.

1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Sad to say goodbye to an old friend. Teaopia had some nice flavoured greens.

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Sad to say goodbye to an old friend. Teaopia had some nice flavoured greens.

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Updated March 2016:

I’m a writer and editor who’s fallen in love with loose-leaf tea. I’ve also set up a site for tea reviews at http://www.booksandtea.ca – an excellent excuse to keep on buying and trying new blends. There will always be more to discover!

In the meantime, since joining Steepster in January 2014, I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on my likes and dislikes

Likes: Raw/Sheng pu’erh, sobacha, fruit flavours, masala chais, jasmine, mint, citrus, ginger, Ceylons, Chinese blacks, rooibos.

Dislikes (or at least generally disinclined towards): Hibiscus, rosehip, chamomile, licorice, lavender, really vegetal green teas, shu/ripe pu’erh.

Things I generally decide on a case-by-case basis: Oolong, white teas.

Still need to do my research on: matcha

I rarely score teas anymore, but if I do, here’s the system I follow:

100-85: A winner!
84-70: Pretty good. This is a nice, everyday kind of tea.
69-60: Decent, but not up to snuff.
59-50: Not great. Better treated as an experiment.
49-0: I didn’t like this, and I’m going to avoid it in the future. Blech.


Toronto, ON, Canada



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