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Currently sipping this down after a couple coffees and black teas have made me a jittery, studying mess. Actually very happy with this cup. Details to follow (post-midterm!).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Feisty

Three more chapters to go. Need more tea. Can’t handle caffeine. Out of decaffeinated green. A herbal instead perhaps? Nope, not feeling it. Eyeing the damp, used green tea bag. Hmm…

So I’ve heard a lot of people on here talk about 2nd infusions and while I can’t remember if any have been in reference to green tea I decide to give it a try. The little damp bag goes back in, boiling water (I always forget to pour before it boils!) and a longer steeping time (’bout 6 minutes) in hopes of ending up with a decently strong tasting cup.

I don’t know if I did something right, but it tasted quite drinkable, definitely not as flavourful as the first time but a nice, mild green-tea taste and still absolutely no bitterness (despite being abused twice with boiling water!). I added just a tiny bit of honey to fill out the taste.

Tea fix obtained. Back to the books.

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Feisty

Three more chapters to go. Need more tea. Can’t handle caffeine. Out of decaffeinated green. A herbal instead perhaps? Nope, not feeling it. Eyeing the damp, used green tea bag. Hmm…

So I’ve heard a lot of people on here talk about 2nd infusions and while I can’t remember if any have been in reference to green tea I decide to give it a try. The little damp bag goes back in, boiling water (I always forget to pour before it boils!) and a longer steeping time (’bout 6 minutes) in hopes of ending up with a decently strong tasting cup.

I don’t know if I did something right, but it tasted quite drinkable, definitely not as flavourful as the first time but a nice, mild green-tea taste and still absolutely no bitterness (despite being abused twice with boiling water!). I added just a tiny bit of honey to fill out the taste.

Tea fix obtained. Back to the books.

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In hopes of standardizing my ratings a bit more I’ve devised my own scale:

1 – 19: (F-) Ugh. Given to Mr. Sink Drain to enjoy after a couple sips. Never again. Would only give away with a strong warning (or to someone I didn’t like).

20 – 29: (F) Ick. Managed to finish the cup out of stubbornness, but tasted bad the whole time. Will throw out/give away any I have left.

30 – 49: (F+) Meh. I didn’t warrant an “ugh” or “ick” it but I can’t say I enjoyed it. Will throw out/give away any I have left.

40 – 59: (D) Okay. Not a truly bad tea but just personally not my thing. Will (try) to finish but won’t reorder.

60 – 69: © Decent. Drinkable and getting towards good but just falls a little short. Will finish but won’t reorder.

70 – 79: (B) Good. Enjoyed this tea. Will likely reorder at some point but probably won’t be a tea shelf regular.

80 – 89: (B+) Very good. Would definitely put on my “reorder” list when I run out.

90 – 99: (A) YUM! A favourite. Would go on my “pre-order before I run out list” to keep it on hand.

100! (A+) OMG! Mind blowingly-good. The tried-and-true favourites that I MUST ALWAYS HAVE.

I am an acknowledged book addict, intrepid snowboarder, amateur teaite, crafter-creator, eager debater, ICU nurse, reluctant runner, animal lover, tree hugger + future world traveler.

With a palate ruined by years of hot-sauce-on-everything, espresso-based lattes and university student cooking I prefer bold teas and often miss nuances unless they are the gustatory equivalent of a two-by four. I don’t enjoy bitterness and love chais.

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