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Had a hot cuppa this morning when I woke up. But it was getting hot outside, so I iced down the rest and drank it on the back porch while doing maintenance on my spinning wheel and listening to Adele. That made for a nice early afternoon!

I definitely will try this over ice again, though I don’t have a whole lot left. Will have to try the other Assam I have from A&D iced as well.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank White Peach by Adagio Teas
275 tasting notes

I am out of half & half, so my morning latte is unattainable. So I went rummaging through my stash, and dug up this sample. There was just enough for a small pot, so I am finishing it off. Yay, stashdown!

The tea itself was pretty light this morning, and actually pretty good. Not astringent, mild on both the vegetal tones and the peach isn’t too artificial. I was much more careful with my water temp this morning, so I think it brewed up pretty optimally.

I doubt I will ever order more of this, but I would like to try a few other white teas.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Rose Green Tea by Kusmi Tea
275 tasting notes

Dangit. I really should have converted the Celcius on the package to Fahrenheit. I used water too hot for this tea. It shows. It’s astringent and not tasty.

I want to like rose tea, but I never seem to have good luck with it.

I just have the one teabag that was sent as a sample with one of my Kusmi orders, so I can’t even try again.

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I need something to wake me up slowly this morning, so this tea, of the ones in my stash at work, this fit the bill. I like that it’s pretty subtle for a Christmas tea, so I don’t really feel weird drinking it “out of season.”

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
275 tasting notes

My throat is kind of sore after last night’s drinking and talking loudly with friends. So I thought I would give this a try. I have a small tin of it from Kusmi’s wellness sampler.

I get what another reviewer said about it having a cigarette flavor/smell. It’s not overwhelming in my cup though. I think I might try steeping for a shorter time next pot – I set it to steep and then folded a load of clothes, so it is a bit strong. I was unsure of the water temp since green tea wants cooler vs boiling for herbs. I went with 190. As a result, I think the mate is overwhelming everything else. I get just a hint of lemongrass.

So shorter time, cooler water next time I think, and I want to try it iced.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
275 tasting notes

Woof. Do NOT let this stuff oversteep. I got my cup together to steep and got distracted – now it’s bitter. Blergh. Even added more splenda and it’s not helping.

I made bad tea :( I’m still drinking it, slowly and unhappily.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
275 tasting notes

Grandpa style tea time, now that my first cup of the day was consumed.
Grabbed this tea to bring to work this morning since I didn’t have time to refill my mini-tins with other stuff.

Got this with the spring collection I ordered a bit ago – in April, I think.

I want to like coconut, but I think I’ve been a non-fan too long. The leaves unfurl big and beautifully, and from what I can taste of them, I think they’d taste quite nice on their own. But the coconut flavor just overwhelms everything.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
275 tasting notes

This makes for a nice, gentle, breakfast tea. It doesn’t overwhelm you, it’s not astringent, and has a slightly malty scent.

I think I need to explore more Assams more intentionally now – I’ve had a few now – this one, another from Adagio, and one from Andrews & Dunham, and I quite like them. So after my summer buying fast, I’ll probably look for some ordering ideas.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
275 tasting notes

Yay! An empty envelope! I am polishing this sample off today.

It’s an interesting tea, and I am glad that I tried it, but it’s not something that I will be ordering.

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
275 tasting notes

My morning tea was Prince Vlad + 2 Splenda + a Mini-Moo (single serve tub of half&half)

My stock at work needs replenishing. I need to sort out the cupboard at home and bring some more in.

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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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