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Teavivre: Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea

30 May

Teavivre: Tie Guan Yin "Iron Goddess" Oolong Tea

Today’s one of those creepy weird days where last night, I totally had in my mind something like 3-5 different things I wanted to get done if I was feeling awesome in the morning. Today I woke up and had a lot of energy, but it was more like an anxious before-the-storm energy, and just wanted to do EVERYTHING – AT THE SAME TIME. NOW. RIGHT NOW. Lots of enthusiastic energy and lack of focus is terrible. You get 10 things partially done and then crash, so nothing actually gets done. You are awful, adrenal system! This isn’t helping at all. Jerk.

Fortunately, I recognized the situation after about 15 minutes of running around like a headless chicken, and realized the most logical course of action was to stop everything and drink tea. Aside from the focusing and leveling powers of tea, I’ve found that this little bit of guiding wisdom is helpful and applicable in many, many situations:

When in doubt, drink tea.

So I did. And I finished a tea review to boot. WINNING! (more…)

Teavivre: Bailin Gongfu Black Tea

23 May

Teavivre: Bailin Gongfu Black Tea

The good folks at Teavivre were very kind to offer me the chance to review some of their teas. Of course, that was at the same time things starting getting retarded in my life and I was about ready to set things on fire. Now that things have settled, I will review their samples promptly, carefully and lovingly. (more…)

A Magic Carpet Ride

27 Oct

Oh. My. Tea. I slept last night. It’s a miracle. I slept nine hours. NINE hours. I wonder if it was the Cherry Marzipan from last night. If it was, I need to buy more. Now. In fact, I got so much sleep that I’m awake enough to do a tea review early today, before martial arts. Amazing.

I saw the sample offer from Magic Carpet Tea and decided to jump on it. Oolong with dates you say? Yes, please. Interest in an oolong sample requires no explanation but you may be wondering, dates? Really? I like dates. You know why? Because Indiana Jones likes them. I know you’ve seen Raiders Of The Lost Ark. If you haven’t, get out. Right now. Don’t come back until you’ve watched it.

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Steepster Select – August 2011 – Summer Lovin’ (3 of 3)

19 Oct

 

So much tea. So little time of late. Actually there has still been much tea. Just prescription tea. Yes, one of my prescribed medications, so to speak, is a tea. Which is awesome. Just not awesome for trying new teas. After drinking 4-8 cups of this tea a day, I’m not in the mood to reflect on a new tea. But before I move on to the one new tea I’ve been drinking lately, this is what I’ve been drinking: Honso Kampo Forumlas. And it makes me wonder, why aren’t these popular here yet? I mean really, if they’ve got the excellent statistics from well controlled clinical trials to back up the formulas, it sounds good to me. Two cups, two times a day of the appropriate herbs and you’ll be feeling better without the pain in the ass side effects of more chemical drugs. In fact, why isn’t tea in general more of a medically prescribed thing? I don’t mean in the sense that you have to go to a pharmacy for it, but more in the, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” recommendation. It should be part of a standard health regiment. I’ve seen tea work its way into health publications in terms of weight loss, but just not as a good practice yet. Time to investigate! But first, the new tea… (more…)

Steepster Select – August 2011 – Summer Lovin’ (2 of 3)

28 Sep

This is nice. Amidst all of the busy busy busy everything, I am just sitting here, doing nothing, and having a cup of tea. Perfect tea moment. I should be doing other things. Lots of other things. But I’m not. This isn’t the first time I’ve had this tea and originally I had a different write up for it. Something far more chaotic as chaotic was the flavor of the day when I originally started the entry.* This moment is far more deserving of a blog spot though, as these moments are by far rarer in my schedule as of late. I’m not even going to ruin it with sarcasm or cynicism right now. *gasp* It’s a beautiful, early fall day outside and I’m going to enjoy the rest of my delicious cup before I have to go beat on people with sticks at martial arts. (more…)

Chamomile Nights! Ballad Of The Lotus Blossoms

27 Jul

The past few nights I’ve been trying to make friends with Utopia Tea’s vanilla chamomile blend. It came in the mail last week, was the first I opened from my order, and I still can’t find a way to dig it. I’ve got a few options left but I need a night off. Raiding the recesses of my cupboard produced Stash’s Chamomile Nights – an old standby from back in the day when my doctors were full of fail and didn’t know what else to do about my insomnia. It wasn’t successful, but it was my first introduction to tea brands other than the ones in my grandmother’s cupboard. She enjoys a good Lipton, so Stash, Tazo and the like were an improvement over what I grew up with. I love my grandma but I could never love Lipton. (more…)

It Must Be A Bold Black Tea

18 Jul

It’s a perfectly blah day outside. Perfectly blah Monday. Time for some effortless, better-than-blah black tea. I often scoff at teabags but they certainly have a place in my cupboard, especially for days like today where I’ve got a mad case of the blahs and don’t feel like doing anything. Even measuring tea is a tremendous expense of energy today and you can forget about cleaning out used leaves post-brew. Boiling water is almost beyond me today. No, today is time for a good bagged tea – simple, bold, and black. So very black. (more…)