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Another one of my tea bag samples that came free with my order. I was up very late finishing my final paper for a class and then spent a long time deciding whether or not to do the Steepster Select (I caved this morning). So, I needed some more black tea caffeine power and some that I could take on my commute to my final class of the semester – woohoo! It’s been a decade since I’ve been in school and I survived my first Grad-level class :D

Anywho, to the tea! I really need to experience more black teas – it’s getting silly in that my descriptive powers fail me. The packet smelled like a black tea which I guess is a good thing. It steeped to a purty dark brown color. And the smell? Are you ready for it? It smelled like black tea. There was a subtle taste of spice that I couldn’t put a finger on. It just sort of hovered there in the background. I also think that I now can identify tannins when they rear their bitter heads. They were there, but not horrible. Overall, I do not plan on purchasing any more of this. M

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

NE=Nice Enough


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