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Hello, my name is Jackie, and welcome to By Golly, Ollie! (formally known as Books & Tea). I have been blogging here for nearly a decade, though recently this site has endured several name changes and facelifts. I have attempted to repurpose this space several times, but I keep going back to my roots, which is writing about books and tea– even if those books are mostly picture books these days. Below, you will find my latest blog posts, my latest TeaTube videos, and a handful of tea and book recommendations. And of course, thank you for stopping by!


Latest Blog Posts

I Failed Adagio’s communiTEA

While re-organizing my tea cabinet last week, I discovered a bag of communiTEA teas from Adagio Teas. It was dated the week of March 8th through March 14th, and each single-serving packet within was still sealed shut. I remembered I kept putting it aside…

Since I Never Formally Introduced My Gaiwan…

The second was when I discovered Adagio Teas, which would have been circa 2012. They made better tea more accessible and less intimidating when I was ready to step out of the grocery store aisles. And clearly, my love and sentimental attachment to the…

Ancient Tree Green Puerh from Masters Teas

The one thing I know about Puerh tea is I don’t know much about Puerh tea. So, I made it one of my resolutions to learn about it, taste it, explore it, and see if I could acquire a taste for it. My first…

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New on Teatube

Hello, Tea Folk! It’s July! Which means it’s time for another empties video. Today, I’m sipping the super delicious Cardamom French Toast from DAVIDsTEA while looking through the teas I polished off last month.

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More TasTEA Recs

Dragon Fruit Dream from Adagio Teas [Cold Brew]

I said I wanted to sip more iced tea this summer, but it’s mid-August, summer is on its way out, and I haven’t sipped any more iced tea than usual. That’s why I’ve dubbed August as my unofficial iced tea month! I’m trying to…

Té alla Rosa Bianca from Tea Fiori

Shut the front door! Did Té alla Rosa Bianca from Tea Fiori just make me a fan of white tea? For years, I’ve avoided white tea. That’s not to say it hasn’t somehow managed to find its way into my collection throughout the years….

Moscow Mule from DavidsTea

Last summer I was pregnant. Like, super pregnant. Which meant I didn’t get to kick my feet up on the back porch while reading and sipping a beer— a most enjoyable and relaxing summer pastime. Nor did I get to indulge in a cold…

Formosa Fancy Bai Hao Tea from Masters Teas

Formosa Fancy Bai Hao from Masters Teas

Origin: Wen Shan, TaiwanElevation: 650mHarvest: May 2018Purchase from Masters Teas It feels that lately, I have been drinking a bunch of mediocre tea. The kind of mediocrity (mediocriTEA?) that has me continually reaching for the same bag of tea in hopes of either having an “A-Ha! Moment”…

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Word of the Year: Explore

I have had this thought in the back of my mind nagging me for the past couple of weeks. I hoped I could just keep it buried there amongst forgotten To-Do Lists, knowledge only suitable for trivia games, and abandoned dreams, but it keeps…

Silencing the Internal Pressure to be the Blogger I’m Not

Blogging has been my hobby for two decades now. I mean that quite literally. And during these past twenty years, blogging evolved from inane ramblings on personal websites built on Geocities to polished content creation with the unstated intent to sell something to the…

Family Fun: Slate Run Living Historical Farm

I used to live in Ohio (the Columbus metropolitan area), but that was twenty years ago, and it was much quieter back then. Now, the population seems to have exploded, and driving down to visit family usually means I’m white-knuckling it through congested traffic…


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