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Yes, very similar to the DTs one, but this seems to me to have more vanilla cream going on, almost that of a good milk oolong. Here, the bergamot is toned down too, which is another plus. I truly dislike bergamot screeching harshly in my cup. I may prefer this over the DTs version .

And as the cup cools, I can see this blend growing on me.

Suspect that it will be over the top delicious with milk or cream.

When I moved here, this was a residential neighbourhood with low rise small businesses and familiar faces. Condo world has moved in and land is being bought up and buildings gutted. I hear fresh construction and new excavation equipment hammering away at the ground next door. Now what, now what. Ugh.

Need tea.

Indigobloom

Does it drown out the wailing toddler? :/

Scheherazade

I live on an estate that’s in the process of being built, shall we say, and the builders start before 6am every day. Even Sunday. I feel your pain.

Evol Ving Ness

Gah!

It’s a matter of quality of sound. The wailing toddler is a high pitched screeching while the construction currently is a rumbling clash thrash crash bang booming. So, no.

Indigobloom

Oh dear that’s terrible :(

Evol Ving Ness

hahaha, well, and then there are random cellphone noises at the crack of dawn and the rumbling of the garbage carts being taken out in the middle of the night and doors slammed and so on. Perhaps. in part, this is the price of living in the city. In addition to having inconsiderate neighbours.

Having said that, I had been blessed with extremely lovely neighbours for years and years and years so there’s that.

Indigobloom

Same. Our neighbours two doors down have been awful, but otherwise we have amazingly fabulous people around. Yin and Yang I suppose!

Living in the ‘burbs, we do get some noise from reno projects and such. oh and the coyotes/racoons are nasty too. What I wouldn’t do for a nice quiet nap right now…

Evol Ving Ness

Ah, sweet naps… I remember those fondly.

Indigobloom

Yes, those were the days. Is it wrong that I daydream about napping?

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Indigobloom

Does it drown out the wailing toddler? :/

Scheherazade

I live on an estate that’s in the process of being built, shall we say, and the builders start before 6am every day. Even Sunday. I feel your pain.

Evol Ving Ness

Gah!

It’s a matter of quality of sound. The wailing toddler is a high pitched screeching while the construction currently is a rumbling clash thrash crash bang booming. So, no.

Indigobloom

Oh dear that’s terrible :(

Evol Ving Ness

hahaha, well, and then there are random cellphone noises at the crack of dawn and the rumbling of the garbage carts being taken out in the middle of the night and doors slammed and so on. Perhaps. in part, this is the price of living in the city. In addition to having inconsiderate neighbours.

Having said that, I had been blessed with extremely lovely neighbours for years and years and years so there’s that.

Indigobloom

Same. Our neighbours two doors down have been awful, but otherwise we have amazingly fabulous people around. Yin and Yang I suppose!

Living in the ‘burbs, we do get some noise from reno projects and such. oh and the coyotes/racoons are nasty too. What I wouldn’t do for a nice quiet nap right now…

Evol Ving Ness

Ah, sweet naps… I remember those fondly.

Indigobloom

Yes, those were the days. Is it wrong that I daydream about napping?

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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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