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I must preface this tasting note by saying that I am forever spoiled by the Oriental Beauty I had at Radiance, and I hold all teas of this type up to that one.

That being said – this tastes good but very average to me. I’m getting woody/nutty but very little sweetness.

2nd steep: The beginning of some sweeter floral notes. I do prefer this steep compared to the first one.

3rd steep: a little weaker, but ok.

Certainly not a bad tea, but it lacks the amazing deliciousness and honeyed, flowery pizazz of the One True Oriental Beauty of Radiance Tea Room. This one does not rate a tin for me..

ALSO!!

This was my first tea made with my new Breville variable temperature kettle! I set it to French Press (200 degrees) and let it do it’s thing. It is able to hold water temperature so I didn’t have to go crazy reboiling ad nauseam. It was very easy to use (especially since my coworkers broke it in when I was at school yesterday (!!!). I love it!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
~lauren.

Congrats on the Breville variable temp kettle – something I’ve recently been made aware of via steepster! May it give you years of tea pleasure!

JacquelineM

Lauren – thank you! I do hope so :) It’s so functional that I almost want to get one for home (but I will refrain until my olde kettle springs a leak – it’s over a decade old and still whistling!!!)

JacquelineM

Yes – my work hot pot started leaking out the bottom and my coat pocket ripped! It is true – not a dream (nightmare!!) I mended the coat but I am no electrician for the hot pot!

~lauren.

Oh, something that works and works so well! Didn’t I read somewhere where things were falling apart on you recently or was I dreaming it? I read some posts late into the night yesterday …! I just had a vision of a freckled 10 year old sitting on a rock fishing and whistling, I think lack of sleep is affecting me now!

Ricky

Woahhh, you bought it! Congrats!

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~lauren.

Congrats on the Breville variable temp kettle – something I’ve recently been made aware of via steepster! May it give you years of tea pleasure!

JacquelineM

Lauren – thank you! I do hope so :) It’s so functional that I almost want to get one for home (but I will refrain until my olde kettle springs a leak – it’s over a decade old and still whistling!!!)

JacquelineM

Yes – my work hot pot started leaking out the bottom and my coat pocket ripped! It is true – not a dream (nightmare!!) I mended the coat but I am no electrician for the hot pot!

~lauren.

Oh, something that works and works so well! Didn’t I read somewhere where things were falling apart on you recently or was I dreaming it? I read some posts late into the night yesterday …! I just had a vision of a freckled 10 year old sitting on a rock fishing and whistling, I think lack of sleep is affecting me now!

Ricky

Woahhh, you bought it! Congrats!

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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