329 Tasting Notes

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Blargh. Not enough sleep. We had storms roll through DFW early this morning, and it woke me up.

Been drinking this tea at work all week, it’s a really good blend for that. Makes a nice morning cup.

PS – give to the Red Cross if you can please – between storm season and the fertilizer plant explosion in West last night, they are going to need the resources!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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81

Mmmmm. Good tea for my late breakfast. Tempted to take this to work.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Love by Kusmi Tea
329 tasting notes

This! This is the tea I wanted and didn’t know I wanted today. Got a set of Kusmi’s woo-ey well-being teas in mini-tins, and this is one of them.

It’s kind of like a very light chai, with a bit of licorice which is blended really well. I really like it, though I think it would be easy to over-do it. This is maybe a once-in-a-while tea, not an everyday tea.

Made it as a latte, with splenda & half&half.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tuo Cha Bonbons by DAVIDsTEA
329 tasting notes

Eeeeeh. Not so much.

First, I totally messed up in reading, and thought it was TWO cha bonbons. So I got more than I thought I was getting. Whoops.

Ok, next, brewed it up in my gaiwan, and oh, there’s the fishy smell. Ick.

Poured the first batch, and saw a hair in my teacup. Ok, I know these are made by human beings (almost typed OF, hehe – Soylent Cha is made of people!) and I’m sure there’s worse but in small pieces I can’t see. I just can’t handle seeing that. So I took a small sip and dumped it, because it just didn’t really impress me. I guess I am just not a Pu’erh person. Don’t know what I’m going to do with the rest of the bon-bons.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Anyanka

Blarf. Ew.

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Bear with me Steepsterites, I’m logging a teaful day. Got lots of teas recently, so I’m going through and trying them all.

I love A&D’s design sense, and adore the Mt Gray magnet that came with the tea. Even though I had a hard time finding the tea on here since as far as I’m concerned, they spelled Grey wrong :D

I made a latte with Mt Gray this morning, and it was all right. I think I’m kind of tired of Earl Greys, there’s so much else to explore. It’s decent though. But I have so many other EGs and love my Kusmis, so I kind of wish I’d gotten the trio with Russian Caravan instead of this.

I’m sure I’ll drink it though, and probably make a few for my hubby.

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

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Got a sample of this with my DAVIDsTEA order last week. Brought it to work with me to start off the morning. Unfortunately, it’s just too frou-frou for me. At least to start off this morning. I wish I had something more basic but malty, instead of this.

Maybe I’m “growing out” of flavoured teas? I’d rather have a really good plain black than something with all kind of stuff added to it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginseng Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
329 tasting notes

Got a sample of this with my recent order.
Not bad, I enjoyed it with a little bit of sweetening.
I don’t know that I would order it for myself, but wouldn’t turn it down if offered it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Be Cool by Kusmi Tea
329 tasting notes

Hmmm, I was hoping I’d like this for an after yoga, non-caffeinated drink. But no, not really. I think I’d rather have a decaf green over this. I’ll keep searching though.

Minty, not tasting the apple or the licorice. I might try it with a sweetener next time, and it might be nice iced for an after run drink.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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59

Backlog from the night before last.

Decent basic green tea. This was a sample bag I got with one of my previous orders from Kusmi. I am pretty low on good green teas in my stockpile, so this might be a candidate for a future order. Goes well with sushi. I think it would go well with some peppermint, so I’d like to try their Moroccan as well.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
329 tasting notes

Hm.

I got a teabag of this as a sample with the Kusmi order I received in the mail yesterday. I thought at first “Yay, chocolate!” but after brewing and adding in a packet of splenda and some half & half, it seems pretty watered down. The black tea didn’t have enough umph to make a good cup. It’s almost like perhaps I got an old teabag, or someone swapped it out for leaves from a grocery store teabag.

I expect way more quality out of Kusmi, so I am surprised. Definitely won’t order more.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 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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