Earl grey…hot

I like drinking tea…a lot. I have at least 4 types of tea stashed in my desk drawer at work and around 7 different types of tea at home. So perhaps “liking” tea doesn’t even do my obsession with it justice.

Whilst surfing the net one day I stumbled upon this article asking the question: “Are tea shops taking over Toronto?” Admittedly, it’s not even an article. Actually, it’s a weak attempt to segue into a review of a tea shop. But what can you expect from blogTO? It can’t be quality all the time!

However, the article did get me thinking about tea. I have, on lonely weekend days, wandered around the city and into the David’s Tea shop on Queen West. I was quite impressed with the selection they have there, including the ever cool blossoming teas – which are cool and perhaps, if I am ever in a situation where I want to impress the Queen of England or someone of importance, I may consider purchasing a blossom along with the glass teapots which facilitate the full blossoming experience.

At home, my family uses a Chinese clay tea set similar to the one pictured below.

I remember coming home after school and my Dad will be brewing some tea for us before dinner. I loved that part of the day. It was nice, relaxing and great way to wind down.

What is particularly nice about these tea sets, called Yixing clay teapots, is that the clay absorbs some of the tea you brew in it and after time, enhances the flavour of the tea.

Anyway, Conan, who is a pretty nerdy guy, just so happens to work at a pretty nerdy company. One day he was making some Earl Grey in the kitchen and one of his really nerdy co-workers comes up to him and says, “Hm. Earl grey…hot.”

When he told me that part of the story, I thought to myself, “Is his co-worker hitting on him? How awkward…” But I was quite wrong.

It took a while for Conan to get the reference, but when he did, it was quite a good reference. Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the Starship Enterprise orders his Earl Grey from the replicators and says “Earl Grey…Hot.” After Conan got the reference, he and his co-worker started to discuss how the computer would know what “hot” meant to Picard versus other temperatures for “hot” according to different people. This is just how nerdy they are.

Since that day it’s been somewhat of a running joke between Conan and I and my cousin.

The other day I went out to buy a package of Creamy Earl Grey and while researching how to make the perfect cup of Earl Grey tea, I stumbled upon this article in which the last step states:

Now if we were on the Starship Enterprise, then we would have just gone to the replicators like Captain Picard does, and state, “Tea. Earl Grey… Hot”. Alas, since we do not have that option available to us, we shall prepare and enjoy a perfectly brewed cup of Earl Grey Tea, which shall tantalize our senses.

Touché, internet, touché.


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