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About Me

My name is Cortney Wagner and I am a writer and consultant based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. This blog will center around my passion, tea. I am exploring  and learning about tea every single day and developing my palate here, with you, on this website. I am your average tea-drinker, and not an expert by any means. I am also not a tea snob. I like green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong, flavored teas, herbal tisanes, rooibos etc. Of course, I don’t like every tea that I try, but I will try any tea. That being said, I do prefer loose tea, and that will be the main focus of this blog.

About 99kettles

1. I am not an expert. I am a regular tea drinker with a passion for tea and the desire to learn more.

2. I will be reviewing several teas a week. Some of these will be teas that I have personally purchased, some will be from tea companies kind enough to send me complimentary samples.

3. I do not receive/accept any monetary compensation for reviews.

4. I accept and appreciate free samples of your tea and/or tea related products for possible review on this blog.

5. While I will try to review every sample, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to provide each sample with a review.

6. If you would like to have your tea reviewed at 99kettles, send me an email, or comment below.

Does your company have amazing teas that you’d like me to try? I will review your teas online and post links to your website. Just email me at . I am happy to try all kinds of great tea!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2010 1:58 pm

    Send me your address and I will send you some Mama Tea. DO you prefer loose leaf or tea bags?

    The Mama

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      January 8, 2010 7:11 pm

      Thanks for the post Anna! I sent you an email with my address. I can’t wait to try some mama tea!


  2. January 14, 2010 12:04 pm

    I would like to send you some of our Mellow Monk Japanese green tea for you to review. We offer artisan green tea made on 100% independent, traditional tea estates. If you are interested, please send me your mailing address.

  3. January 31, 2010 9:34 pm

    HI, It’s Joey! You’ve totally inspired me to do something about this passion we both share. So I thought why not here! Hehe, I added you on the blog roll, lets exchange views, and learn from our experiences together. Happy blogging, can’t wait for your next entry!

    ~ Joey and Friends from Une Petite Reailtea

  4. February 7, 2010 2:24 pm

    HI Cortney, just found your wonderful tea blog – & I’m sharing your passion here in Cheshire, Great Britain! I’ve just started a blog about tea as the inspiration for living – it’s call Tea with Mary Kate, based on the character from the film “The quiet man” which is one of my all time favourite films. Really looking forward to reading more on your blog & more vids! all the best.
    Mary Kate at

  5. February 8, 2010 1:17 pm

    Thanks for the comment Mary Kate!

    I checked out your blog and it looks great! Nice work! Very creative. We share a passion that is really blowing up and getting hot! Tea is an ancient drink, but it’s becoming the next big thing! Thanks again, and keep reading. I’ll be sure to keep an eye on your blog too!


  6. February 10, 2010 11:36 am

    Hi Cortney, I am emailing on behalf of MYX, a website selling exotic and environmentally friendly teas and accessories. We would love to email you press releases and new information. Also if you email me your address, I can arrange to have free samples shipped to you for review. Look forward to talking to you soon! Louise

  7. July 27, 2010 9:58 pm

    Hi Cortney – I read your review of My Happy Place, you have described by thoughts exactly. In the final cupping for this TEA, all I could think of was, “I’m in my happy place,” and the rest is history! It seems I am doing some crazy Tea blending of late…I would love to have you pre-view a TEA that I have not even launched yet…waiting for Halloween, called O+! I am such a vampire freak!

  8. August 5, 2010 3:16 pm

    What a great blog. All this lovely tea! I’m curretnly conducting an informal survey of teas that can be made from wild plants found in northern Minnesota. Here’s m first report:

    I simpl can’t believe how good pineapple weed tea and sweet goldenrod tea is! Why don’t more people pick and drink their own wild teas? Or do they. Anyway, enjoy this blog!

  9. August 4, 2012 11:02 pm

    Nice Website. I love the awesome pictures!

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