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drank Bohea by Teas Etc
357 tasting notes

Maybe it was the tea fairy’s plan all along to have me spill my Rosy Earl Grey which then forced me to place another Teas Etc. order with a sample of this tea included. Perhaps the tea fairy is less capricious than I had thought. Because I loves me some of this tea!

The dry leaves smelled…like an old ashtray?…but not tabacco-ey at all. I was majorly concerned. Steeped it’s a very light smoke (says the Lapsang Souchong lover). I wasn’t impressed with the first few sips. I was getting a woody taste, almost like cardboard and no sweetness. It seemed rather flat. And then slowly this tea started to morph. It seemed like a yummy wood taste (now reading the description it’s like “oak!” ::facepalm::), the smoke is still more of a feeling than a scent/taste, and there’s the nicest sweet aftertaste left over from the sip. Warm Fuzzy detectors engage. My “I need MORE NOW!” feeling kicked in and I knew that this tea’s a keeper.

I’m drinking the second steep right now (added 1 minute to steep time) and I’m liking it more and more. The sweetness is shining through. It’s not as aggressive as most LSes, all the flavors I associate with smoky teas are present, but much more subdued. You know how tv shows and comics have a tendency to turn their characters into babies? http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SpinoffBabies
Well, this is the baby version of Upton’s Black Dragon. If I had to chose between the two it wouldn’t even be a contest: Upton would win with its maturity. But this tea is yummy in its own rights and has earned a permanent spot in my cupboard. TG

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
-Jessica-

It tastes like oak?! Hmmm this is interesting, I may have to try this one!

Ewa

yeah so, now I have BOTH the mighty morphin’ power rangers theme AND the muppet babies themes stuck in my head. Thanks a lot >:|
On the other hand, they’re replacing Jesse’s Girl, so I guess it IS an improvement.

Rabs

(laughs like Nelson @ Ewa) Hah-hah!

Rabs

@ Jessica: if only you were swapping with someone who has some of this in stock ;)

malomorgen

morphin tea. tempting…

Rabs

I think that’s why I love oolongs and lapsangs so much — because of how much they morph. “Go! Go morphin’ tea-ers!”

-Jessica-

@Rabs – Touché lol

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

Hey Rabs, I’ve been working on an earl grey cream, do you want to sample it for me?

Rabs

Are you kidding? Sampling a new product? Count me in! I’ll PM ya :D Thanks so much!!!!!

Rabs

Rock on, good sir! Rock on! :D

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-Jessica-

It tastes like oak?! Hmmm this is interesting, I may have to try this one!

Ewa

yeah so, now I have BOTH the mighty morphin’ power rangers theme AND the muppet babies themes stuck in my head. Thanks a lot >:|
On the other hand, they’re replacing Jesse’s Girl, so I guess it IS an improvement.

Rabs

(laughs like Nelson @ Ewa) Hah-hah!

Rabs

@ Jessica: if only you were swapping with someone who has some of this in stock ;)

malomorgen

morphin tea. tempting…

Rabs

I think that’s why I love oolongs and lapsangs so much — because of how much they morph. “Go! Go morphin’ tea-ers!”

-Jessica-

@Rabs – Touché lol

Daniel Mann - Georgia Tea Co.

Hey Rabs, I’ve been working on an earl grey cream, do you want to sample it for me?

Rabs

Are you kidding? Sampling a new product? Count me in! I’ll PM ya :D Thanks so much!!!!!

Rabs

Rock on, good sir! Rock on! :D

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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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