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958 Tasting Notes

81

My afternoon tea after, yes, more shoveling. Definitely does not do well with oversteeping. Once I got the steep time right, it was lovely with sweetener and milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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73

My morning tea after shovelling wet snow. Luckily, I remembered the milk this time and it made a huge improvement. Lightly smokey, rich, and packs a good morning punch. Definitely needs milk and sweetener for my taste.

Watching the news about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. My heart goes out to those affected.

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drank Decaf Apricot by Adagio Teas
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My evening cuppa listening to my Girl Scout Troop plan for a campout we are having this weekend. I am wondering if the 6-10 inches of snow in our forecast will slow us down any…. I did pack my tea for the weekend first!
Lightly sweet and I can definitely taste the apricot. Lovely and relaxing with a little sweetener. (I am seeing a pattern here….tea greatly adds to my relaxation. Awesome!)

gmathis

What a brave woman you are! What ages are your girls? (Fifth graders are about my favorite people on the planet.) Will GSA headquarters allow you to award badges for skill in tea preparation? :)

SimplyJenW

My girls are 7th graders (12 and 13), but I have had them in my troop since they were in K! We are managing the early teens pretty well. They are all good kids, just loud! We are at about 6 inches of snow with at least 4 more expected. At some point it will become a safety issue (not to mention the latrine is a bit of a walk from the cabin). We may have to plan differently.

LOL on the badges for tea prep, but then I wish I had known how to prepare tea properly much earlier than I did!

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77

I needed a cup at the mere mention of this tea. Yum. I think a version of this tea will always be in my cupboard…..and I will start to panic once I see the bottom of the tin. Nah. It’ll never happen…that I see the bottom of the tin, that is. I have the stock up gene, and will always have extra!

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82

Good Morning to my new breakfast blend! I wish I could concentrate on just you in the mornings, but my breakup with last breakfast tea was messy. I was ready, but my past love was not. I still have some things from the past relationship unfinished, which I will need time to work through. Please be patient.

Love this one. The smokiness is light, but definitely still gets me going in the morning. And I can even see a few afternoon pick me ups with Mincing Lane in my future.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Another evening cuppa? Yes, I could not resist. This is another of my reliable evening teas. Slightly sweet. Always good.

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My evening cuppa. Yum. I think any blend with Vanilla Comoro is a sure winner. Sweetend and enjoyed!

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80

I purchased this one without sampling…..I know, so weird for me. I am definitely happy with the tea. The chocolate and bergamot flavors are subtle, and I loved the touch of lemongrass. I also liked that the brew is light, rather than heavily flavored or scented. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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81

I think there are two versions of this tea on Steepster. This is actually my second tasting note on this tea. I really like this one regarless of the fact that it is probably the most inexpensive loose tea I own. The really cool part, it is toward the top of my list! A tea bargain that makes me very happy!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Monk's Blend by The Tea Table
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My morning tea of the day. Good solid tea that is slightly sweet. Nice balance with the grenadine and vanilla with the black tea, but be careful not to oversteep. The back story on how this blend kept the monks awake for long periods of meditation……I am hoping for a little of that kind of energy today. Yes, I am going to be the optimist today and accomplish much.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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