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There’s already been far too much celebratory tea drinking today. First, I have milk. Second, it’s my birthday. Yay on both counts!

Yesterday, I went out with a friend for lunch to a Georgian restaurant that I’ve been wanting to visit for a long while. We had soup, spicy with walnuts. We had salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, piled high with fresh herbs. We had cheese stuffed bread. Hers like a pizza with salty cheese inside and on top. Mine in the shape of a canoe, stuffed with cheese with an egg on top. Super lovely lunch, super lovely visit.

Super lovely tea to start the day with. Milk and honey loveliness. The vanilla brightens up with milk, I find.

And now to plan my next milky birthday tea.

52Teas

Happy Birthday!

Mastress Alita

Happy birthday, have a good one!

CrowKettle

Happy birthday! :)

That sounds delicious!

ashmanra

Happy birthday! That meal sounds amazing!

Leafhopper

Happy birthday!

gmathis

Your local adventures absolutely amaze me! Happy day!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Everyone!

Yes, that meal and visit was awesome; I’ve been smiling about it all day.

Gmathis, this city is pretty great. I have taught students from all over the world and have been exposed to their cultures through them. Apparently, there are more different languages spoken here than in NYC, which augurs well for those who love to eat. I am one of those. Also, I was born here and I am curious, so I know my city well. With this pandemic situation, I stay in for days on end, so it is such a treat to get out in the world.

mrmopar

Happy Birthday, albeit I’m late catching up.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you! You’re not late. Though my birthday was yesterday, I’ll be celebrating for the rest of the month, if not longer :)

Daylon R Thomas

I very merry unbirthday-to you!

Daylon R Thomas

Sorry, a very merry unbirthday-to you! I think there was too much mercury lining my hat.

derk

Happy Birthday!

Lexie Aleah

Happy Belated Birthday! We have a Georgian restaurant that opened fairly recently and the canoe-shaped cheese bread is delicious.

Martin Bednář

Happy birthda! At least I don’t feel bad wishing late… although I read the note earlier, but missed it out somehow?!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you all! Still celebrating :)

Lexie Aleah, I am determined to try all their things. The breads are fresh fresh fresh amazing. See if yours has that cheese inside and cheese outside one that my friend had. That is on my next outing. Have you tried those golf ball things?

tea-sipper

Sounds like a great area for birthdays. I wish I could try all the things. :D

Evol Ving Ness

Tea-sipper, my neighbourhood has tons of restaurants and the at least five bakeries and patisseries nearby, more if I count the various cafes with treats. The Georgian restaurant is clear across the city near one of our lakeside beaches. It’s a bit of a hike by public transit, but I am determined. It’s all about time and money.

Lexie Aleah

I have not tried the Pkhali golf ball things but they looked good. It’s an interesting cuisine for sure.

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52Teas

Happy Birthday!

Mastress Alita

Happy birthday, have a good one!

CrowKettle

Happy birthday! :)

That sounds delicious!

ashmanra

Happy birthday! That meal sounds amazing!

Leafhopper

Happy birthday!

gmathis

Your local adventures absolutely amaze me! Happy day!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Everyone!

Yes, that meal and visit was awesome; I’ve been smiling about it all day.

Gmathis, this city is pretty great. I have taught students from all over the world and have been exposed to their cultures through them. Apparently, there are more different languages spoken here than in NYC, which augurs well for those who love to eat. I am one of those. Also, I was born here and I am curious, so I know my city well. With this pandemic situation, I stay in for days on end, so it is such a treat to get out in the world.

mrmopar

Happy Birthday, albeit I’m late catching up.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you! You’re not late. Though my birthday was yesterday, I’ll be celebrating for the rest of the month, if not longer :)

Daylon R Thomas

I very merry unbirthday-to you!

Daylon R Thomas

Sorry, a very merry unbirthday-to you! I think there was too much mercury lining my hat.

derk

Happy Birthday!

Lexie Aleah

Happy Belated Birthday! We have a Georgian restaurant that opened fairly recently and the canoe-shaped cheese bread is delicious.

Martin Bednář

Happy birthda! At least I don’t feel bad wishing late… although I read the note earlier, but missed it out somehow?!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you all! Still celebrating :)

Lexie Aleah, I am determined to try all their things. The breads are fresh fresh fresh amazing. See if yours has that cheese inside and cheese outside one that my friend had. That is on my next outing. Have you tried those golf ball things?

tea-sipper

Sounds like a great area for birthdays. I wish I could try all the things. :D

Evol Ving Ness

Tea-sipper, my neighbourhood has tons of restaurants and the at least five bakeries and patisseries nearby, more if I count the various cafes with treats. The Georgian restaurant is clear across the city near one of our lakeside beaches. It’s a bit of a hike by public transit, but I am determined. It’s all about time and money.

Lexie Aleah

I have not tried the Pkhali golf ball things but they looked good. It’s an interesting cuisine for sure.

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A monk sips morning tea

A monk sips morning tea,
it’s quiet,
the chrysanthemum’s flowering.

- Basho

(1644-1694)

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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