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Oh gosh. Sleeping schedule has gone completely to hell. woke up at 4:30 again and of course couldn’t get back to sleep. There are a few loose ends going on in my life right now, and I expect I’ll probably be feeling a lot better once they’ve been addressed. Still though—possibly uncomfortable work situation today, and I think I’ll just be glad for the weekend.
I needed the type of comfort only a warming tea could bring this morning. And this tea manages to be both assertive and warming, which suits the outlook I need to have quite perfectly, actually. I sullied it a bit by adding too much milk, but hey-if that’s the worst thing that happens today I’ll be lucky. you know how all tea is warming, but some are more warming than others? this is among the warmest, I think.
Bad day at work. I want to go home and stay there and hide and only leave when it feels safe to.
This tea is largely unremarkable. Pleasant enough, if a bit nondescript. artificial mango taste, although not distinctly mango, if you ask me. Had it without additions because of general feelings of nausea. Not a bad blend, but am not inspired to acquire more.
Ugh. had one of those nights where I slept fitfully and then finally woke up for good at around 4:30. It wasn’t all that bad though—I just read and entertained myself until it was time to get ready for work. Lately, I’ve been feeling randomly nauseated, and so my tea preferences have kind of been all over the place. This morning, I wanted a tea that was reliable but not too nausea-inducing, and somehow this fit the bill perfectly. Thick creamy vanilla mouth feel with a hint of bergamot, just the way I like it.
In other news, I’ve been feeling kind of hopeless about my career prospects lately, although nothing substantive has actually changed to bring on this current bout of anxiety. I just keep on thinking I wasted my time getting a stupid degree, and that I didn’t pursue what I should have pursued, even though I distinctly remember choosing this option at the time over the other one for very specific reasons. Still though. I just hate the thought of having to job hunt once this is over, because looking for jobs is among the worst first world problems ever.
That’s enough from me about that. Now to get to work and enjoy my tea.
Took the carry mug for a test drive to work today, and so far I’m really loving it. I especially love the mesh top for drinking, because it simulates drinking out of a normal mug so unbelievably well. I’m going to keep using it for the next little while and then write a proper tasting note.
But this tea was a great choice as my first tea in this mug. I take it without additions (I know, I fainted, too), and given that I’ve been feeling prone to random bouts of nausea lately, was exactly what I needed. sweet but not too sweet, with a pleasant combination of pineapple and blueberry. This cup was a bit more pineapple heavy, and there was a bit of lemongrass at the end of each sip to make the tea taste appropriately refreshing. I was determined to bring spring into my life despite its glaring absence, so I opted for a spring tea and a spring perfume (nerolia bianca by Guerlain).
Good travel mug tea overall, and good travel mug.
Oh, and it finally cooled down at like 1:00 this afternoon and tastes steller that way also!
Look at the MF trend in my life lately! I’m actually really glad, because I actually got these teas in October of 2013, and figure I need to actually get to them instead of just hording them because they’re “too nice”. But I was craving this tea ever since I got home last night, and chose to have it with breakfast this morning. As I sipped at it, I found it passingly reminiscent of glitter and gold, but only vaguely. Perhaps it’s because both have a touch of spice to them, although this one also has the delicious marzipan component, whereas glitter and gold is more similar to a pumpkin tea (in my opinion anyway—I know it’s an odd comparison). I also like that I could really get a hefty base here, and I don’t know how to describe it other than to say that it’s a base that MF is proud of, because there aren’t any attempts to obliterate it with a ton of flavour, although this tea is very flavourful indeed. and not in the “delicate but nice” way—there really is a lot of flavour here.
I’m doing a bit of backlogging this morning, although I actually didn’t drink much tea at all this weekend, because the hotel we stayed at didn’t even provide us with a kettle! and there’s no way I was going to have sloppily brewed tea, so this note is actually for the tea I had Friday morning.
And let me just reiterate that the French really know how to make a mean cup of tea. Mean, I tell you. The trick with this tea is to avoid overleafing at all; just a tsp for 8 oz (and not my usual tsp and a half) yields the perfect combination of spice, warmth, and chai. I took it with milk and sugar, and this had the effect of toning down the ginger just enough to make it a perfectly balanced cup, whereas before, I found the ginger to be a touch too prominent, with the clove not far behind. So yes. Four minutes, bit of milk and sugar, and only one level tsp. Perfection.
Ok so I’m sure this tea can actually be quite scrumptious indeed, and when i was at DT today, I thought I’d order it in what I’d previously thought to be the fail-safe method of ordering a latte. But alas, it was not to be. It was the same guy who helped me last time, and although he’s alright, he’s a bit awkward and polite but not too friendly or chatty (which is seriously not usually a problem with me, only I’m so giddy and ridiculously over the top with joy and excitement when I go into any teashop that I want to chat up everyone in the vicinity (well the sAs I mean) and they all probably heave a sigh of relief when I leave), and he isn’t the best at the water to milk ratio when making lattes, because this one turned out so watery and thin that I took one sip and abandoned the cup. Like I said, I could taste the potential, but it just wasn’t going to happen at such a watery consistency.
But I got the carry mug! I kind of want it in a nicer colour, so, you know, I’ll probably just do the irresponsible thing and do just that once nicer colours come out. fml.
Ok, off to bed soon. A friend and I are heading to the thousand islands for the weekend to use a groupon and live the good life for a few days. Swimming pools, hot tubs, spa vouchers, good food, good conversation, great tea…should be solid. Oh, and I get to fly Porter which is always lovely.
Well, as promised, this is a sipdown. The tin will soon be replaced by Blue Lagoon, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of the sipdownery that has taken place this morning. I took this tea with a dash of maple syrup as I did yesterday, and, even with the tiny bit of astringency I got, was a wonderful cup to accompany my breakfast. I anticipate that come the fall and winter again (which, what a joke—it’s still resoundingly winter where I am), I fully expect to have this in my collection, so we won’t be parting for very long I’m afraid (especially because the summer lasts like five minutes).
This tea came to me from a place far, far away, and from the lovely Anna. You know the one: great hair, ziplock university, secret millionaire, very dear…
The scent of the dry leaf smells kind of like the inside of your trick-or-treat bag from Halloween. Or, you know, maybe that’s the smell of lychee. I must admit that I don’t tend to gravitate towards things of the lychee persuasion, so I tried this tea a bit cautiously. And I think I either brewed it wrong or I simply don’t like lychee. I gave it a four minute steep because that’s what I’ve done with all my other oolongs and they’ve come out delectable, but somehow this had very little flavour to it. remarkably, however, I could taste lychee lingering for like an hour after I was done sipping, although the taste of lychee wasn’t in the sip itself. Isn’t that so odd? Anyway, a most unusual tea, that’s for sure. I have enough left to try it again, and I may try a shorter steep time, but perhaps it’s just that I’m not a big lychee fan.
Thanks, Anna!! I’m so glad you introduced me to lupicia, because now I feel compelled to try Lupicia everything.