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356 Tasting Notes

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drank Thé des Poètes by Dammann Freres
356 tasting notes

I finished up the sample that Doulton sent me in the Shakespeare box. ::Sigh:: I shall miss you lovely tea! I really got the apple and cinnamon this time around, and it’s still very yummy. TG

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

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100
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
356 tasting notes

I’ve got my frou-frou groove back! Awww yeah! TG

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

Weeeeeeeeeeeewt!

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95
drank Magnolia Oolong by Stash Tea Company
356 tasting notes

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85
drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
356 tasting notes

There’s more family visiting so things have been hectic (but fun) here. I also potentially may have some extra-good news on the job front, but I don’t wanna jinx it (I should know by the end of the week). So I was feeling pretty upbeat this morning even when the family brought over doughnuts (of which I did not partake). Instead I treated myself to this uber-yummy tea. It’s wonderful in that I’m not experiencing any sort of “doughnut remorse” (which can be caused by either having or not having doughnuts). Hooray for this tea! TG

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

This tea is AMAZING! If you like black iced tea (I just happen not to unfortunately), you should try this iced. I bet it wouldn’t need any extra sugar- even if you normally sweeten your iced tea.

Rabs

Thanks — I’ll definitely try this iced! :)

Ewa

ahahaha, I love that doughnut remorse will get you regardless of what you do. you’re d0000000000med

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90
drank Colonille by SerendipiTea
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This is the first sample that JacquelineM sent me that I’ve used up :( It was absolutely wonderful this morning — all vanilla-ey and comforting. This definitely will be purchased in the future. TG

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

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My new teapot from Upton arrived this morning (I shall call him Colin). It’s one of the 4-cup Chatsford Bone China (on-sale!) pots that I’d been eyeballing for over a month — so I’m thinking that it’s fate that Tim was mortally wounded (Tim’s now chilling on one of my bedside tables right next to my Wonder Woman lunchbox — every now-and-then he gets to wear the cozy Doulton made just for fun).

Anywho, since I was ordering from Upton I naturally had to get a few samples (I’m so weak). I held myself to the three that were on my shopping list. And this is the one with which I decided to christen Colin.

I could very much smell the bergamot when I opened the packet, but it was almost a woodsy bergamot. After steeping it’s a lot more woodsy than bergamotty. It’s a pleasant, innoffensive cup of black tea. The description mentions grapefruit — I get no grapefruit. Maybe in the distant aftertaste, but I’m not a fan of grapefruit so this is a good thing.

Overall it’s a decent breakfast tea, but I don’t plan on buying more of this. NE

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
mpierce87

Don’t ask me why, but “every now-and-then he gets to wear the cozy” is seriously cracking me up!

Rabs

It’s like dress-up for my teapot! And the ensemble looks quite fetching next to the lunchbox (since the box has red and white stripes on it). XD

__Morgana__

Poor Tim, I guess that’s the good thing about being sick, you get to wear the cozy! Lol.

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90
drank Jasmine Yin Hao (#9) by Adagio Teas
356 tasting notes

I got the job! I got the job! I got the job! ::checks one stressor off her list::

So, Jasmine seemed like the perfect tea to celebrate this morning. And how ‘bout that? It’s the best that any tea’s tasted in weeks! I’m truly thinkin’ that my tea mojo’s returning for realz :D TG

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 8 min or more
Angrboda

YAY RABS!!! :D ♥

sophistre

Congratulations, Rabs!!

TeaEqualsBliss

CONGRATS!!!!!

JacquelineM

HORRAY!!!!!!!!

-Jessica-

Yay, congrats!!!

LiberTEAS

Congrats!

LENA

YAY! Congrats!!!

Cinoi

Congrats!!

Rabs

Aw, thank you all so very much! ::blushes and shuffles feet:: It could mean 7-day workweeks for awhile, so I’m a bit concerned, but if it turns out to be as wonderful as it appears, then I’ll have to leave my other library (and take a paycut) but it should be worth it — I hope! :)

Stephanie

I’m reading this late but—congrats Rab!! :)

Rabs

Aw, thank you Stephanie! :)

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90
drank Jasmine Yin Hao (#9) by Adagio Teas
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Had this this morning using the ForLife mug I’d bought my mom as a gift (since replacement teapot has yet to arrive). I think that my tea mojo is slowly making a comeback. There’s still a ton of stress in my life (job interview tomorrow and the GRE looming), but I think that I’m starting to handle it a bit better. I think. NE

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Good luck on the interview and GRE—I’m sure you’ll ace both!! :)

__Morgana__

I remember the GRE. I actually had fun taking it, but that was because I’d already taken the LSAT

Lori

Good luck and I know what you mean about tea mojo….

sophistre

Funny…I was just going through a 4800-word GRE study list. Not because I’m taking the GRE (I’m not) but in general vocabulary maintenance mode. I enjoy studying it for fun, but I think if I was on a time-crunch it would be different. Good luck Rabs!

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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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