361 Tasting Notes

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There was an epic accident with Tim the Teapot yesterday and his lid got massively cracked. Remembering Ewa’s epic loss and revelation (through failed time machine) that teapots can still be used with patched-up lids, my lid is epoxied like crazy and waiting to set. But since it was a relative’s fault (who shall remain nameless), that relative offered to buy me a replacement pot. So new pot should arrive by next week :)

All that’s to say that my two options were to ice something and use my JOEmo today. So last night I decided to cold brew this tea to see how different it tasted since palate cleansing this week. It still just seems musty to me, but I did pick up some more vanilla, but just a hint (coconut was dilly-dallying around somewhere too). It was nice and refreshing. NE

Preparation
Iced
Ewa

Yes, but…will he ever play the piano again?

__Morgana__

Awww, Rabsy, so sorry about Tim. And good to see you around, I misses you when you posts less.

Rabs

Lol — thanks for that one Ewa :)

And Morgana — I think that I must be going through a cycle. But I think a big ton of why I’m less around is the sheer amount of stress that I’m under (which was compounded last night when the head of the Library Science program contacted me and said “apply for this job” which would make my work weeks 6 days-a-week for quite some time — but the possible end-result would be a full-time job at one library which is ideal). So I’m hoping that by August I’ll be back to my normal silly-self ::crosses fingers::

__Morgana__

Deep breaths, and lots of tea! Sounds like a great opportunity.

Rabs

::Breeeeaaaath::

::Breeeeaaath::

::sip, sip, sip::

::Breeeeaaaath::

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This has been my go-to tea for the day. From morning, through work, and now home it’s hitting me just right (so temps and times would be all over the place). Plus it’s named “Weight Loss” and that’s been on my mind a lot lately :P It’s still nice and fruity and tea-ey. TG

Preparation
8 min or more

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drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
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Still tryin’ ye olde palate cleansing to get things back in order in mah mouth! Oolong again called to me so this is all that I drank yesterday. Just nice and veggie sorta buttery with a hint-o-sweet by the 4th steep. Ahhhh… This may be how Rabs gets her tea groove back. NE

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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“Back to basics” day 3. Shockingly, the thought of a black tea this morning had me cringing — and that’s unusual since I’ve gained a love and appreciation for them. I was leaning more toward oolongs when I realized that I hadn’t had my favoritest favorite oolong in awhile. I quickly (well, for mornings it was quick) got out my precious underused yixing pot and a packet of this tea.

I’m only on the first and weakest steep and already I’m reminded why I love this one so much: yummy green freshness that’s gonna evolve into even yummier green floral freshness. This one’s gonna be steeped like crazy today. TG

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Formosa Oolong Finest by TeaFrog
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drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
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“Back to basics” day 2. This is really hitting the spot this morning. I needed oomph, and I gots the oomph. I added a bit extra leaf to the pot and it really…took it to another level. I’m liking it. NE

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Ceylon OP1 by Teas Etc
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Thought I’d go back to a very basic for my morning tea. I took the generous advice from other Steepsterites and relaxed — and it helped a ton! I feel like this will help reset my palate (at least that’s my hope). It tastes like a yummy Ceylon should :) NE

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
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Oy — I’m having a heck of a time keeping caught up on Steepster and making notes on my logs right now. First family, now I’m trying to be “healthy,” and now there’s some bonus work stress :P

All of this has culminated in what I think is my tastebuds staging a revolt. I had my Black Dragon this morning and it was meh — meh I tell you! And now this is meh as well! I know that two of my all-time favorites cannot be suddenly blech. I am the only common factor. Therefore, it must be me and not my tea (at least I hope it’s just me and that it’s a temporary change). :(

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

I’m sorry to hear that!

You know…to be honest, I think there isn’t any tea on earth, no matter how delicious, that I want to have all the time. The surest way for me to ruin a favorite thing is spend too much time with it, be it music or a movie or a type of tea (video games and certain authors seem to be almost exempt from this).

Usually when that begins to happen, I just know I need to mix it up and surprise myself with something radically different, and when I come back to things they are still full of the awesome they always were.

Ewa

Nooooooo! Not meh tea! Ok, ok, ok, here’s the plan: we’re going to need some tea you don’t particularly like, some cat hair, glue, a towel and a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle.
1. Combine the cat hair and glue in order to make a fake mustache
2. Try to bring your tastebuds into line by inflicting not very good tea on them (perhaps they have gotten complacent!)
3. ?
4. Profit!
(why do you need a towel and a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle, you ask? WHY WOULDN’T YOU?)

PS: Sending calming thoughts in your direction!

JacquelineM

I think taste is tied into emotions in a huge way. Big hugs to get through this time of stress and change.

Rabs

Thank y’all so much! I guess I’ve known that stress can affect taste, but wowsa — I didn’t realize how much it could.

And Ewa: I laughed until the tears came and my cat fled in terror. Thank you!

__Morgana__

Being healthy is worth it though, and in the long run should help with the stress. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. Hugs.

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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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