I had recently abandoned my variable temperature kettle and lovely cast iron pot for more convenient teas, and boiling water on the stove. It was pure laziness.

I took a roadtrip to Tea Store in Ottawa and chose this one on the recommendation of a girl there. When I got home, I pulled out my trusty old friend and my special kettle, and I was mindblown. Despite my being sick and having no taste whatsoever, I had a strange sense of calm come over me. It was beautiful.

I am thankful that this oolong is re-steepable (is that even a word?) because it is quite expensive ($25 per 100g).

Tastes: Well, milky (obviously) and smooth. The first steep had a very high-quality black tea type quality, and the other steeps have had a high-quality green type qualities. Wonderful.

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My foray into steeping happened with tin of Oreo cookie and salted chocolate caramel tea, back in college in 2009. I probably bought them for the novelty more than the taste— which sounds like a reason for many of my college-era purchases. The lovely little tea store was bought out by David’s Tea soon after I finished college. While I do enjoy getting tea from places other than malls, it’s difficult to find quality without going online. Most of my stash ends up being from there due to convenience.

I’m an early childhood educator. Tea is a big part of my daily life. I’ve yet to find anything as soothing and as energizing as it.

I’m on a big kick of blacks and herbals, especially straight ones.

90-100: Must get more of this. One sample isn’t enough.
80-89: Great! Would drink it again sometime
60-79: Decent, but probably won’t go back for more
40-59: Glad I tried, but one cup is enough
~40: No thanks. Never again!


Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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