322 Tasting Notes

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drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
322 tasting notes

Got this in the March (I think – not looking at the card now) Steepster select box.

This is quite marvelous. Reminds me of my favorite Keemun a bit, not quite as malty though, and it does have that honey-ish taste.

Made into a latte, and happily sipping away. Paired with leftover duck curry from last night’s D&D game. It’s just the thing for a lazy, very late-rising Sunday morning.

I would gladly add a tin of this to my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
322 tasting notes

Snagged from a box in the breakroom at work, because I was curious. Not generally a big fan of tisanes, but this wasn’t bad. Strong flavor, I liked the sage. Wouldn’t refuse an offered cup.

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

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I got an offer for a free month of Steepster Select, so I broke down and got it. This was in the March box which I received.

It’s really interesting, I can see why it was noted as being a common companion to ramen. It’s a tisane, not tea, so it doesn’t check that internal box, but it’s likable, and I will definitely brew the second pouch.

Very foodish. It’s like drinking breakfast.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chicken Soup

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
322 tasting notes

This came as a sample in an order, and I am out of cream today. I have almond milk, but if I drank a black tea today, I want something nice and creamy. So I went looking through my greens and herbals for something interesting.

I need to reduce the size of my stash a bit, so I figured getting rid of one entire sample envelope would be a good idea, and apple pie sounds appealing on a rainy afternoon when I have a bit of a sweet tooth.

It definitely smells of apples, both steeped and unsteeped. Not as candy-like as I had feared. I took a sip before adding some stevia, and it was palatable, but I had a sugar craving so I added in a sweetener. In the first cup, I didn’t really catch the cinnamon after adding sweetener, but it came out more in the second. I think it could actually use more cinnamon – it’s pretty light.

I probably oversteeped it as after I added the water I promptly started having problems with my Mac. But it’s not astringent, so it seemed to handle it well. I am not sure what kind of green tea they used – nothing spectacular, I think.

End verdict: Good for a sweet tooth on a rainy afternoon. Not something I’ll order a tin of, but I wouldn’t refuse a cup if offered.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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Finally brewed up some of this after having it my cupboard for over a week. I have been having some heartburn so I’ve been cutting out the caffeine for a bit. Finally feeling up to brewing up a pot.

This is a lovely, gentle keemun. Not as smokey as the keemuns I get from Adagio, but it’s a charming drink for a lazy morning.

I prepared it as a latte with almond milk and stevia.

It’s a relaxing cup, and took my mind off some big changes that are coming my way and inducing stress. :) Good changes (hopefully) but that doesn’t make them any less stressful.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
Terri HarpLady

My guts have been acidic for about a week, about the same time the trees started pollinating here. I checked my journal, & I had the same problem a year ago. I guess if I’m breathing it, I’m also swallowing it. :(

Skulleigh

That’s what I have been suspecting too. I noticed I have been feeling better when remembering to take my allergy pill. Silly trees and their yearly orgy.

Terri HarpLady

I suspected it last year too. With all my food allergies & such, a part of me starts thinking “what did I eat?”, but I have been really ‘good’ lately, & I can’t think of anything. Same as last year.

Skulleigh

I think what happens to me is that when I sleep, my sinuses are draining down to my stomach and starting off a chain reaction. I also have been eating more gluten-y stuff than works for me. I don’t think I’ve got a full fledged gluten allergy, but it definitely affects me. I need to get back on my personal diet bandwagon, and stop falling off so frequently!

Terri HarpLady

I miss bread so much…sigh…gluten debilitates me :(
I miss milk, cheese (oh cheese…sigh…)…
I miss grains & legumes…
But I don’t miss autoimmune problems & feeling like crap.
Now if I can just get rid of the airborn stuff, I’d be golden!

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I did not enjoy this tea. I tried it a couple of times, and it just had no strength, no body to it. I ended up throwing it away because I would rather devote the space to tea I actually enjoy.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am sipping my last cup of this tea at the office. It makes a good office tea- it’s sturdy and takes pretty well to the office “mini moo” tubs of half & half. Once I finish my self-imposed tea ordering moratorium, then I might have to order a new tin.

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Haven’t been drinking much new lately, and I don’t want to order more stuff until I clear out my cupboard more. This is starting to get low, as are a few others. I might be able to make myself a birthday order in January. We will see.

Definitely won’t be reordering this, or any other Earl Grey. Just not into it anymore.

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drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
322 tasting notes

I’m getting pretty bored of this tea, but I have sooo much left! I need to start handing it out like candy! :D I think I’m just over flavored teas, other than Chai.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
322 tasting notes

Sipping my first cup of my new batch of this before calling my mother on the phone. Malty and good. Very calming before the dealing with the parental unit begins :D

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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, I received 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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