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Of all the weird things… this weekend, I grabbed a spare 4 oz canister that I had ordered from Adagio, and filled it with Jasmine #9. I was tired of refilling the little sample canister so often to take to work.

Got to work this morning, and made my tea. Tasted it and… PEPPER? Why am I tasting pepper? Do not like!

I don’t know where it’s coming from – the canister, or if something happened to my tea bottle when hubs put it in the cupboard. Perhaps he set it down near the pepper grinder in the kitchen?

I have no idea why it’s happening, I guess I will just have to make more to see if it still tastes like pepper with another serving.

Blech.

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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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