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I had a tea disaster earlier this evening involving expired milk that was mis-labeled so I decided to go with something safe and relatively simple. I haven’t had this since I first got it in March, actually (I’ve honestly had too many new ones to try since then—I need to stop buying tea!) but it’s just as comforting as I remember. The dry leaves smell like heaven, creamy and almost caramel-like.

That caramel smell carries over to the actual tea, though it’s not really that present in the taste which is as sweet and creamy as I expect it to be. That’s kind of vague, but… basically, it’s a very sweet & mellow tea with lots of milky flavor. It’s got that hint of floral/vegetal taste that you’d expect from a lighter oolong, but those notes are definitely in the background. I’m not ashamed to admit that I add a pinch of sugar to this to bring out the milky notes even more! Sugar in oolong is kind of blasphemous to some, but it really works here for me. I almost want to add some milk just for the hell of it… but I don’t have any. Ah well, next time!

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190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Gosh, that does sound rather disastrous! O.o

Missy

I had a near miss with tea last night. I basically forgot how to do the math for adjusting my leaf ratio. I came out on the very low side for a tasting, like half as strong as it should be. It wasn’t nearly as hard to fix as that milk sounds though.

Alphakitty

There are few things in life more disappointing than pouring milk into tea and watching it curdle ;~; However, I saved the leaves and made a second steep today so nothing really went to waste thankfully. Tea is pretty forgiving of the abuse we put it through!

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Angrboda

Gosh, that does sound rather disastrous! O.o

Missy

I had a near miss with tea last night. I basically forgot how to do the math for adjusting my leaf ratio. I came out on the very low side for a tasting, like half as strong as it should be. It wasn’t nearly as hard to fix as that milk sounds though.

Alphakitty

There are few things in life more disappointing than pouring milk into tea and watching it curdle ;~; However, I saved the leaves and made a second steep today so nothing really went to waste thankfully. Tea is pretty forgiving of the abuse we put it through!

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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