Grrr…. Thanks to the Mother Nature’s arctic temperatures and almost no sun (the sun comes out when it’s -20C but I don’t want to go out then), I found myself all stuffed up as well as smell and taste handicapped. I can’t smell or taste my tea!! This is tragedy!

I made this yesterday for my oldest daughter who was visiting, when I was still able to tell the difference between tea and water. She took a sip and said “wow… what is this?? This is such a treat! I’ve never tasted anything like that before!”

Yup… pretty much the same reaction I had when I tried it for the first time. Pure bliss…

This is such fragrant and delicious tea… I wish I could smell or taste it right now. I resteeped the leaves from last night hoping for some taste or aroma, and I am getting ever so faint something, but it’s just not what it should be. This is a third steep and there should still be a lot of flavour left but my taste buds are just refusing to work.


180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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It’s been a while since I joined Steepster and I think it’s time to write up a bio.

I’m a stay at home, married mom with 5 kids, most of them grown up. Only one remains with us now, my 7 year old sunshine which I push out of the house to school every morning and it’s not an easy thing to do.

I’m an avid gardener during a growing season and my goal is to grow most of the food we eat and save some for winter too. I’m also an artist and a huge nerd. I read books, I play computer games. My very first game was World of Warcraft (was addicted to it solid for a year, lol), then came Skyrim, Minecraft (with my 7 year old) and few others less memorable along the way.

I began drinking tea on regular basis just over 2 years ago when I decided to kick my morning coffee habit. It wasn’t pretty… I couldn’t function for 3 days straight but survived. A year ago I discovered loose tea and found Steepster… The rest is history.

Some of the staples in my cupboard are Dragonwell green tea, Japanese sencha, Silver Needle white tea, green roobois, darjeeling and pu’erh. I also drink variety of flavored teas for fun and I like to order tisanes and mix them with straight teas for even more variety.

Recently I found out how much I love oolong so will be stocking up on that as well.

There are few other tea lovers in my family: my mom and dad, my oldest daughter, my son and my youngest 7 year old. She loves when I try out different teas and I always have to remember to make enough for her to have a little taste.


Ontario, Canada



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