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Will this blasted humidity ever end?

I went out for a brief slow walk after brunch today and feel like I’ve been wrapped up in saran wrap after having taken a steam bath. I lie here sticky and prone in front of my fan and hope for rain. Soon.

The tea is a bright spark though. Berry goodness.

The ingredients are the following: Black tea, rooibos, orange peel, dried apple, strawberry and papaya pieces, coriander seeds, flower petals, blackberry leaves and natural flavours.

Good lord, this is good. All the dark luscious berry fruits in perfect harmony underscored by all the other ingredients. All the other flavours disappear into the deep natural berry taste and loveliness. Did I mention really lovely? I am drinking it hot and lukewarm and plain, with no additives. However, I imagine that sweetened and iced, it would be a real winner as well.

Flavors: Berries, Black Currant, Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

It’s starting to feel like we will have this horrid weather forever. It’s the humidity like this that makes me not complain about our winters. I will take the cold any day.

Evol Ving Ness

You and me both.

Fjellrev

Eww, nasty weather woes.

Sil

Sooooo glad I’m missing the ’ve got a bit here but only after it rains heh.

Evol Ving Ness

Where are you, Sil? And lucky you! Today seems to have lightened up a bit. Hope that it continues so.

Sil

We spent a week in Vermont and now we’re in New Hampshire in the white mountains. Tons of hiking and being in the forest.

Evol Ving Ness

Omigoodness, that sounds glorious. Good to hear that you are having a blast. And drinking tea.

Evol Ving Ness

Or rather, still managing to drink tea and check in.

oasis

I’m with you about the never ending heat and humidity. I’m dreading our hydro bill as the air conditioning has been running all summer long.

Evol Ving Ness

No air conditioning here though this summer has moved me towards changing this despite the cost to my finances and to the environment. It has been unbearable.

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VariaTEA

It’s starting to feel like we will have this horrid weather forever. It’s the humidity like this that makes me not complain about our winters. I will take the cold any day.

Evol Ving Ness

You and me both.

Fjellrev

Eww, nasty weather woes.

Sil

Sooooo glad I’m missing the ’ve got a bit here but only after it rains heh.

Evol Ving Ness

Where are you, Sil? And lucky you! Today seems to have lightened up a bit. Hope that it continues so.

Sil

We spent a week in Vermont and now we’re in New Hampshire in the white mountains. Tons of hiking and being in the forest.

Evol Ving Ness

Omigoodness, that sounds glorious. Good to hear that you are having a blast. And drinking tea.

Evol Ving Ness

Or rather, still managing to drink tea and check in.

oasis

I’m with you about the never ending heat and humidity. I’m dreading our hydro bill as the air conditioning has been running all summer long.

Evol Ving Ness

No air conditioning here though this summer has moved me towards changing this despite the cost to my finances and to the environment. It has been unbearable.

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Note to self—-you do not actually need any more tea.

My real tea obsession began in February 2015.

Not, sadly, when I had been living and working in China, though I very much enjoyed sampling a variety of teas during my travels there as well. No, no, that would have been far too sensible.

I am a reformed coffee drinker. I still enjoy a long double espresso with a good quantity or milk or cream from time to time, but for now, tea is my thing. All day.

*note—this is way out of date, so if we are doing a swap and you are checking to see what I like and dislike, mostly never mind what you find below. One of these days, I will update this. In the meantime, check what I’ve been drinking and use your own judgement. I like all the teas. Well, I am open to trying all the teas.

I tend to drink black, green, or oolong tea in the morning to early afternoon. Rooibos or
Honeybush or herbal in the evening. And perhaps some sort of sleepy-type tea in the wee hours.

This year, I’ve been discovering flavoured teas, so it may look like that is all I drink although that would provide a false impression.

Not a big fan of chocolate or mint in teas, but I will try them and, from time to time, have been pleasantly surprised. Also, usually I dislike a prominent cinnamon flavour, if untempered with other things, in teas. Again, I say usually, because there are exceptions.

Also, please note that haven’t quite gotten into the habit of updating my tea cupboard on Steepster, and it is unlikely that I will do this on any kind of regular basis.

I drink my tea black and unsweetened. If there comes a rare moment that I add something to it, I will mention it.

Finally, while I thank large and successful tea companies for tantalizing and beckoning me to the world of tea, I prefer to support independent ventures with real people, real enthusiasm and commitment, and real dreams.

Currently, I am researching monthly tea subscriptions. Perhaps it will keep me out of tea shops.

And here is Shae’s rating scale— which I am using with permission, of course— which more or less describes the way I have been rating teas. I am going to make more of an effort to stay very close to these parameters now.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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