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drank A Walk in the Woods by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 131)

A is for… A Walk in the Woods!

Third tea for today, and another green! This one also introduces one of the themes in the “A” tea names – 4/6 that I located for today just start with “A”. Surprisingly, none starting with Apple.

I hadn’t remembered that this tea contained turmeric, which is among my less-favourite ingredients. Interestingly, the tea didn’t turn vibrant yellow, though, so I guess the effect of the yellow colouration is less when the root isn’t ground up.

Flavour-wise, wasn’t really expecting to like this, and I don’t. It’s earthy and otherwise kind of boring. There is apple in the tea but I don’t really taste it.

ETA: So, I don’t have any 52teas starting with the word “Apple” today because apparently I’ve already drank each of the four once in 2022 already. Haha.

Mastress Alita

In the library world, we never alphabetize using “A”, “An” or “The” (or equivalents from other languages like “La”, “Le”, etc.) I’ve been in the profession for so long now my brain immediately just sees “That starts with a W…” Hahaha. (I now recall how this started a fight with my stepmother once when I saw all her DVDs that started with “The” such as “The Client” were in the Ts, and when I pointed it out, she got super defensive and mad…)

Kittenna

I was debating on whether to follow that logic or not, but decided that it works best in my spreadsheet to include the “A” and “The” as A and T, respectively. It’s also uncommon, otherwise I might have reconsidered!

Mastress Alita

Ya, I’ve never understood why computers don’t just automatically sort by omitting preceding “A/An” “The”. It bothers me enough that I actually have my teas named on my spreadsheet as “Walk in the Woods, A” so it’ll sort correctly… professional hazard, I guess!

(I realize no one else would ever be as anal about something like that as me, heh.)

Martin Bednář

If I have my own spreadsheet, I would do it in the same way as you Mastress Alita. A bit of technical info — omitting is pretty much hard for sorting and slowls it a bit. It takes too much of CPU time (not my knowledge, but my brother’s programmer)

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Mastress Alita

In the library world, we never alphabetize using “A”, “An” or “The” (or equivalents from other languages like “La”, “Le”, etc.) I’ve been in the profession for so long now my brain immediately just sees “That starts with a W…” Hahaha. (I now recall how this started a fight with my stepmother once when I saw all her DVDs that started with “The” such as “The Client” were in the Ts, and when I pointed it out, she got super defensive and mad…)

Kittenna

I was debating on whether to follow that logic or not, but decided that it works best in my spreadsheet to include the “A” and “The” as A and T, respectively. It’s also uncommon, otherwise I might have reconsidered!

Mastress Alita

Ya, I’ve never understood why computers don’t just automatically sort by omitting preceding “A/An” “The”. It bothers me enough that I actually have my teas named on my spreadsheet as “Walk in the Woods, A” so it’ll sort correctly… professional hazard, I guess!

(I realize no one else would ever be as anal about something like that as me, heh.)

Martin Bednář

If I have my own spreadsheet, I would do it in the same way as you Mastress Alita. A bit of technical info — omitting is pretty much hard for sorting and slowls it a bit. It takes too much of CPU time (not my knowledge, but my brother’s programmer)

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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