After a long day at work I decided to try out a shop I saw while apartment hunting. On the Danforth only steps away from Chester Station was this adorable shop. If there had not been tea things in the window I would have passed it off as a regular cafe.
Once I was inside I was welcomed by a warm atmosphere and a wide selection of food and drinks to choose from, not just tea but bubble tea and different coffees. A fire place and a wide selection of tea ware which was featured not only for purchase but as art as well.
My first cup for the evening was a Yunnan Gold Superior which I enjoyed along side a grilled chicken and veggie sandwich. It paired quite well and balanced out the meal. After while reading ( I,Lucifer) I had another cup but of Phoenix Mt. Oolong Tea. Out of all the times I have had a high grade tea , this is the second or third time that I experienced “tea drunkenness”.
Tea drunkenness is the best kind, it relaxes the body from the inside out. Slowly it warms you, feels almost like hot flashes but it creates a full feeling in the stomach. Eventually it spreads and your head feels light the same that happens with true drunkenness from alcohol.
After finding a tea that creates this effect I have reserved this shop for those long days when I need a little release from the world. With the holidays coming I plan on visiting this week to relax and get back to things. I dislike being angry at people who come in looking for tea or tea ware because they are comming in large numbers and sometimes manners are gone. If you work in retail, especially one that is part of a large company (or growing one), take a moment for yourself to refresh get back to those times where helping makes you feel good. Because, helping should feel good~ Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone <3
412 Danforth Ave.
Company Description: This Indonesian Oolong is oxidized very tenderly providing the tea with a very fruity flavour. If you are new to Oolong tea the Sumatra Highland Chin Chin is great for beginners and is perfect any time of day.
Liquour: Golden honey yellow
Infusion 1: Strong smell of shrimp crackers (krupuk) in the tea.White peach, apple, sweet and full bodied taste. Leaves smell sweet and flowery.
Infusion 2: Leaves smell like sweet baked bread. Warm honey on bread smelling infusion. Apple juice and cinnamon,milk, warm and full bodied taste lingers.
Infusion 3:Fadeing smell of krupuk and more frsh bread small. Honey and apple tase.Leves smell like warm honey.
Notes: Been debateing doing full tasteings for a while, this will be the first of many. The many things that remind me of my own conections to Indonesia come through in the tea. Nasi goreng rice, the spices, stories etc. This is the first tea I have tried from Sumatra and I wish to try more after this. I used a gaiwan as oposed to the Teamaster at work, the full flavor is killed when it is brewed in those plastic devices. This Oolong has earned a place in my tea cubord and will be getting a Yixing dedicated to it quite soon. I just need to decide where to get one. Work or pay a visit to Tao Tea Leaf. We will see what happens. I will be trying different teas often from not only work but other tea houses in the area and Davids Tea which is much like Teaopia in style. Look forward to it. I know I am.
Went to my new favorite tea shop in town. It’s quite new.They have a small selection of top grade teas to offer. Many of which I have not seen before. This afternoon I tried their Edinburgh Breakfast, other wise known as Scottish Breakfast. At under $3CDN for a pot of tea which consisted of 3-4 cups I was quite pleased. They have been open for 6 weeks so far according to the employee present today.
My Scottish Breakfast was so wonderful I decided to purchase some. This location only sells 100g of each tea in either a bag or can. I choose the latter as It saves me space and it has two lids (a seal to keep it fresh and a pop off lid).
The place is quite small but very cozy and well designed. I can not see why anyone would want to pass up the opportunity to partake in such a pleasant experience. Or at least come to purchase tea ware at fair prices. My first visit I acquired a Yixing sized glass pot at $14.95 CDN. I have already used it so much that I feel I have gained back its price already through excellently brewed tea. If anyone is in the area of Queen St. East and Pape it is before Shoppers Drug mart on the North side when coming west. Please enjoy a sample once you enter.
950 Queen St. East , Toronto, Ontario