266 Tasting Notes

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Ok, I have found this tea’s niche. If you have some, try it with oreos. Even brewing with crappy breakroom creamer, it’s so much better with crappy breakroom chocolate sandwich cookies!

Just one more teabag to go and this will be out of my cupboard!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
266 tasting notes

As soon as Word finishes its 110 mb update, I’m going to be outlining a story I’ve been working on since last year. The working title is The Goat Princess, so I pulled out another Princess for a nice cuppa while I work. A spoonful of sugar and some half & half and I have a delicate ladylike drink – probably a complete opposite of my protagonist.

It used to be that I would just start writing, and make it up as I go along. But that doesn’t seem to work any longer, and never worked incredibly well in terms of actually finishing a story. So if what I am doing doesn’t work, I might as well try something new.

Well, the silly installer thinks Firefox has to be closed to update completely separate software. So I guess that’s it for this tasting note! :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
inguna

The Goat Princess sounds cool.

Your post reminded me of one of my favorite quotes:

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.
Leonardo da Vinci

Skulleigh

Thanks! :) That is a good quote, I went looking around to see if I could confirm it was daVinci (I have a think about verifying quotes), and it was attributed to someone named Tom Peters, but I can’t find a specific source of where he said it either. Still a good quote, but people always like to attribute cool quotes to famous people.

It does remind me of something from Adam Savage – “Failure is always an option.” This is an awesome talk from him: http://vimeo.com/17884541

I was there for this speech, and I loved it.

Now to just do the “something else.” And learn from my fails ;)

Skulleigh

Errr, thing, not think, lol.

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drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
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Harumph. I made a pot of this tea in my little iron kyusu this morning, sat down to wait for it to steep, and promptly got distracted. After I got up to put the clothes in the dryer, I only then remembered. Whooops.

I don’t think I put enough into the steeping basket to make a decent pot of tea though – it tastes like smokey water. I might just dump this and make a pot of something else. :(

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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I have a couple of tea bottles I alternate between at work. There’s the Lock & Lock and the generic one (it’s like this one: http://amzn.com/B001KW03I6 ). I realized that this tea really doesn’t like the generic bottle. There’s just not enough room in the basket for the leaves to expand. So the tea ends up kind of astringent, unlike in the Lock & Lock where they float around freely like some strange species of green seahorse.

So if you’ve tried this and found it too heavy or astringent, give it some room to swim around. It’s much better that way.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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43

Only 3 more bags to go. I just don’t enjoy this tea. The coffee-room creamer might have something to do with that though.

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drank Keemun Concerto by Adagio Teas
266 tasting notes

After a delightful weekend, it’s back to work. Saturday night, we drove to Dinosaur Valley State park and sat at the entrance in the dark to watch the Perseid meteor shower with a few other random star geeks who found their way there as well. The Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex is dreadfully light polluted, but out at the park (in Glen Rose) we could actually see the Milky Way, and we were able to see quite a few good meteors.

It was all quite last-minute jump-in-the-car-and-go, but if I had planned ahead, a thermos of this tea would have been perfect. Warm and cocoa-y!

There are more meteor showers to be seen this fall and winter, and for once, hubby said he’d be willing to camp with me if it means seeing meteors. Woohoo!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
266 tasting notes

I’m moving in slow motion today. Hubs and I went out to a bar for karaoke for a friend’s birthday last night. Good thing my esophagus seems to be back in fighting shape – the AR appears to have given up for now. I still need to go make a doc appointment though.

So I am letting a prince rescue me for once – Prince Wladimir that is. I love that the Kusmi labels have both English version of the names and the European/French ones.

I am out of half&half, unfortunately, so it’s not as good and frothy as I usually make my lattes. Plain old milk just doesn’t do it for me!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

I don’t like plain milk either.

Skulleigh

Do you use half & half as well, or actual cream?

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Grabbed a bag of this from the breakroom, steeped, and iced for an afternoon, caffiene-free drink.

It’s all right iced, I’m not a big fan of it hot. Doesn’t need sweetening iced.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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An all around magical mood calls for mermaids.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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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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