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Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts
Act III scene 3

“A high hope for a low heaven.”
Love’s Labour’s Lost, Act I scene 1

I really wanted to like this tea. It’s got both “garden” and “party” in its name, therefore it must be like a floral party for mah mouth — amiright? Oh nose! I am wrong. I actually had this tea yesterday and the disappointment was so great that it took me until today to write about it. Perhaps I set my expectations way too high.

Both the dry leaf and the steeped tea’s fragrance screamed potpourri. It’s rather what I’d imagine chewing on a big-ole mouthfull of potpourri would be like. After it cooled a bit I sort of enjoyed holding the liquid in my mouth (more like having just chomped down on some fresh flowers), but then I’d swallow (back to bitter potpourri), and finally the aftertaste was sort of nice and flowery.

Therefore I picked a rather “Meh” play for this “Meh” tea. Furthermore, Love’s Labour’s Lost has the greatest percentage of rhyming couplets of any Shakespeare play: flowery language for a flowery tea.

I have enough for another pot of tea so I shall try adjusting the preparation perameters. If the adjustments help, then I’ll re-dub this tea “Love’s Labour’s Found.” M

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Me sorry. :-( This was so very sad: ..disappointment was so great that it took me until today to write about it. A sure sign of tea fail.

Rabs

Danke lady! Didn’t mean to make anyone else sad :( I was going to retry again today, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

__Morgana__

I’m sad for you but happy for me — I’m on VACATION as of tomorrow!

Rabs

Hoorays! I’m happy for you :D May you have an awesome vacation with lots of awesome teas!

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__Morgana__

Me sorry. :-( This was so very sad: ..disappointment was so great that it took me until today to write about it. A sure sign of tea fail.

Rabs

Danke lady! Didn’t mean to make anyone else sad :( I was going to retry again today, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

__Morgana__

I’m sad for you but happy for me — I’m on VACATION as of tomorrow!

Rabs

Hoorays! I’m happy for you :D May you have an awesome vacation with lots of awesome teas!

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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.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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