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drank Keemun Concerto by Adagio Teas
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It’s my day off, so I’m sitting on the sofa with my jar of oatmeal (I make my oatmeal 5 servings at a time in canning jars on Sunday, and keep it in the fridge. Steel cut oatmeal – yum. Best discovery I have made in awhile.). I opened the cabinet where I keep my tea, wondering what I was in the mood for. One of the Kusmi Russian teas? A chai? No! My eyes spotted the sample bag of Keemun Concerto I got as a freebie in my last Adagio order. I had been waiting for a nice unrushed morning to try it out. It’s time!

I opened the bag and took a sniff. Sweet and cocoa-y. Other people call this tea “malty.” Perhaps that’s really what I mean when I say cocoa-y, but I am not sure. Calling to mind the taste of the inside of milk duds… yes, I think that might be it. I’m still going with cocoa-y though.

The leaves pretty much look like Keemun Rhapsody, and the smell is similar, but it’s less tobacco-y to me. More cocoa/malty but less pipe tobacco-like.

I brewed it in my ingenuiTea and after a short steep, decanted into my mug, added half & half and sugar and whipped it with my milk frother. Yuuuuuuum.

I may change my mind again on the in-case-of-zombies tea stash. This is gooooood. It’s more filling than my oatmeal! I’ve barely touched the oatmeal, but I have already sucked a mug of the tea down while writing this post.

Though I still agree with Hester June that pearls are probably the most efficient zombie stash. I had a sample of black dragon pearls that are probably quite similar in taste. Dang, I think I am out of that though – it would have been nice to do a side-by-side comparison.

I did my second Zombies, Run! mission after dark last night. I didn’t go as far though – not because I was fearful of zombies, but because I was afraid to busting my butt on our uneven sidewalks in the dark. I think I will stick with daylight runs for now.

Decanted the seconds steep into my mug. Trying this straight. It brewed longer, of course. Strong, and smokey. I don’t get the cocoa/malt taste in this cup. I don’t like it straight as much as I like Keemun Rhapsody – it’s heavier. Serious, if you will.

Definitely a thumbs up as a latte though. That was great.

Now to get going and start my day. I need to go bra shopping. Oh joy. :/

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Bonnie

I make steel cut oatmeal too on a crockpot on low at night and throw in dry fruit or a few cut up apples and when I wake up it’s waiting for me.The rest I container in portions like you do. You’re right about the latte.

Skulleigh

I don’t even use the crockpot. There is a method I found a few weeks ago where you boil, then simmer for 3 minutes, ladle the oatmeal in jars, put lids on, and leave them overnight to stew themselves. It’s delicious.

Hesper June

The way both you gals prepare your oatmeal sounds very yummy!
I like steel cut, once you eat that, the next time your mouth touches instant or minute oats you can’t believe you ever ate that mush:)
My hubby had an interesting take on the Zombie Stash, Skulleigh.
He was thinking that those tea leaf packed bricks might be best, since they are so well packed, you could carry them around forever and chunk off what you need as you go, instead of crushing delicate loose leaves down to a powder.

Hesper June

Have you seen this, Skulleigh?
The Zombie Love Song:)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPNqub966Tw

Skulleigh

Thanks for the link, that was cute!

Yeah, a brick does sound like it would work well too :) I haven’t tried anything in brick form yet!

Hesper June

I have not either, its on my list of things to try:-)

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Bonnie

I make steel cut oatmeal too on a crockpot on low at night and throw in dry fruit or a few cut up apples and when I wake up it’s waiting for me.The rest I container in portions like you do. You’re right about the latte.

Skulleigh

I don’t even use the crockpot. There is a method I found a few weeks ago where you boil, then simmer for 3 minutes, ladle the oatmeal in jars, put lids on, and leave them overnight to stew themselves. It’s delicious.

Hesper June

The way both you gals prepare your oatmeal sounds very yummy!
I like steel cut, once you eat that, the next time your mouth touches instant or minute oats you can’t believe you ever ate that mush:)
My hubby had an interesting take on the Zombie Stash, Skulleigh.
He was thinking that those tea leaf packed bricks might be best, since they are so well packed, you could carry them around forever and chunk off what you need as you go, instead of crushing delicate loose leaves down to a powder.

Hesper June

Have you seen this, Skulleigh?
The Zombie Love Song:)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPNqub966Tw

Skulleigh

Thanks for the link, that was cute!

Yeah, a brick does sound like it would work well too :) I haven’t tried anything in brick form yet!

Hesper June

I have not either, its on my list of things to try:-)

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When I was a very young child, I swallowed an ice cube whole. It got stuck in my throat, and my mother had me drink hot tea to melt it away. That started a love affair with tea that has never abated.

I dabbled with Celestial Seasonings and other grocery store teabags for awhile, in my young and foolish days. But a few years ago, my husband got me a tea of the month subscription from Adagio, and I found that there was a whole other world of tea out there that I had never experienced.

I love drinking tea, and I love the personal ceremony of making a glass or pot of tea for myself. It’s like a meditation.

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