312 Tasting Notes

Slightly chilly today, the high will be 57, and it’s currently 39. Definitely a lot warmer than the snow-buried northeast, though, thank goodness. But it’s a good day for tea! Oh, who am I kidding, it’s always a good day for tea.

Polishing off the last of this tin. I don’t know why this shows I drank it 1 time. I know I was drinking this regularly. Whatevs.

Can I go back to bed now?

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drank Ever Spring 2014 by Tearroir
312 tasting notes

From one of my Steepster boxes last year. Definitely veggie-ish. Dry, the leaves smelled a bit like milk oolong, but once brewed up, it just doesn’t have that taste or mouthfeel.

Very light, with a sweet after-taste.

Not bad, but not something I would seek out.

Flavors: Vegetal

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Okay, it’s not quite that bad, but my head is pretty zoomy right now. Luckily, as with all the other times I’ve drank matcha it’s a handle-able zoom.

I am definitely alert and awake now.

I brought my lesser liked of the two matcha bowls I have and my old whisk and spare scoop to work, along with half of my tin of matcha. It actually worked pretty well, except for sifting. I tried bringing the rinsing screen thing I got with my gaiwans to use as a sifter, but the screen is too fine, and it just clogged up. I need a second sifter for work, I guess.

1 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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I checked my cupboard at home last night, and I am indeed out of all major Earl Greys excepting some decaf teabags and a DavidsTea sample someone sent me. Woohoo! I needed something to take to work for an everyday stash, preferably a black, so I picked through my tins. I noticed this one had gotten pushed to the back, so I decided it was a good candidate for being my morning work tea.

I brewed up a cup this morning, and it’s doing its job quite nicely. No bitterness, just a good basic cuppa. It goes well with my breakfast of hard-boiled eggs and grapes. I am actually wishing for something malty this morning, but that is not this tea’s fault.

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My last cup of this at work. I need to see if I have any more at home before I remove it from the cupboard here. I think that’s it though. Other than decaf teabags and possibly one small sample, I am mostly EG free. I think.

This cup is tasting particularly good. Perhaps it’s trying to lure me back into the arms of the Earl… no! I won’t do it! I am tired of you! :D

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Just a note, more for myself. I ordered some sort of Peppermint Candy Cane tea for a friend on my last Adagio order to save her the shipping costs. She gave me one of the bags, as we trade teas all the time. I can’t find what looks like the right one in the Steepster db so I am noting this under Random Steepings.

Unfortunately, I am not a fan of this tea. It’s a black tea with peppermint blend, but I think there’s some coconut in it. Not really doing it for me this morning. Not really bad, just not to my liking. I would not order it for myself.

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drank Cinnamon by Ahmad Tea
312 tasting notes

a friend gave me this; I quite like it!

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I love elderflower, and a twitter friend posted this tea. I immediately ordered it on Amazon. It’s really good! The blackberry and elderflower really complement each other without overwhelming the other.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My stomach is bothering me today, so I decided to try this. I don’t know if the bag I have is old, but this didn’t really have much punch, even when steeping for the full recommended 10 minutes. Meh.

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drank Yame Shincha #3 by Kettl
312 tasting notes

Second and last packet from an old Steepster monthly box. /mourn

This is really good – I made the first cup as per the packet – 6 oz @ 45 second steep, and it was good. I steeped the leaves again for much longer and it never really got oversteeped, so that’s quite nice.

In which I imitate theteafairy and take pics of my tea and teaware:

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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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