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Sipdown! If I didn’t have so much bloody tea I might restock this. As it is, I have too much similar teas in my cupboard. I was going through a chocolate and caramel phase and overstocked those to the point that 80% of my cupboard is black teas with caramel, chocolate or coffee flavours.

It is tasty, I do get caramel (maybe not so much salt and chocolate) and I am a little sad to see it go but I have so much more tea to go through… If I keep restocking favourites I will never drink the not-so-favourite ones. My goal is to almost empty out the cupboard and then restock with favourites. No more random buying. I don’t have the patience and motivation to do swaps and then the tea I don’t like either ends up in the garbage or I drink it because I have to. Neither of those is how I want my tea experiences to be.

So by now I have enough favourites that I can just buy those. For now anyway.

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I started drinking loose leaf tea in the spring of 2013 (why do we feel compelled to mark the date of tea drinking somewhat like addicts counting their sobriety days?)

Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician and insurance adjuster, I gave up the corporate world and am now a professional chef. I drink wine and sometimes cheat on it with tea.

I lean heavily towards flavoured black teas. I’ve started to crave the occasional straight oolong and green but so far unflavoured black teas leave me unimpressed.

I’m learning so I drink them all. Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

Note*: The virtual cupboard does NOT contain any of the samples I hold since most of them are one-cup quantity.

Note**: My partner, our home improvements, gadgets, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.

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Toronto-ish, Canada

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