279 Tasting Notes

86
drank Keemun Concerto by Adagio Teas
279 tasting notes

I woke today with a headache, so I cancelled my plans for the afternoon, and after pushing myself to get on the treadmill and at least get my exercise done for the day, I brewed up some of this, and headed for the couch. I’ve had an afternoon of browsing reddit, playing a little Minecraft, and bad TV :) Oh, and pizza.

But I digress… this tea is so very good. I am a fan. It’s tasty and comforting. And it takes so little to get a nice strong brew.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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It’s my last day of the work week, and I was not wanting to wake up this morning. Forgot to wash my Lock & Lock, so I grabbed my generic tea bottle. I am not fond of the basket in it, so I left it at home and decided to stick with bagged teas today.

As far as this specific tea goes, I’m pretty much just trying to drink it down and empty the tin. It’s not one I look forward to, I’m just trying to get through it.

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

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59
drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
279 tasting notes

My afternoon was taken up with a very important meeting with my CEO. In which most of the development department played a card game. LOL! So this was a pretty good choice for a light afternoon iced drink.

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

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90

Rough seas this morning. I steeped too long, and a sip of it tastes like a shot across my bow instead of the lapping of a calm harbour.

A bit of sweetener helps a bit, but it still shivers me timbers a bit.

Hope everyone else has smoother sailing today.

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

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75
drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
279 tasting notes

Oh the indignity. To treat a princess like this…

It’s Monday, and I wanted something with a little more kick to it, so I tossed some Anastasia into my tea bottle to bring with me to work.

Arrived, and added some suboptimally heated water to the bottle, let it brew, then poured into a mug with a packet of Splenda and a tub of breakroom coffee creamer.

A true princess rises above these things, and comports herself with grace. As does Anastasia. You can tell she is no common working class tea. She would be much better with sugar and real cream, but she will make do with what is here.

I really do need to start bringing half and half with me to work…

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

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68
drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
279 tasting notes

Had a latte of this to accompany my lunch of rice and meatballs. Very good, the citrus was a good match to the beef.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Oh dear. I’m starting to get to the bottom of this tin. I definitely haven’t logged all the times I’ve drank this!

I made some blueberry cheesecake muffins from a mix for an afternoon snack, and this is quite a good match.

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

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86
drank Keemun Concerto by Adagio Teas
279 tasting notes

It’s my day off, so I’m sitting on the sofa with my jar of oatmeal (I make my oatmeal 5 servings at a time in canning jars on Sunday, and keep it in the fridge. Steel cut oatmeal – yum. Best discovery I have made in awhile.). I opened the cabinet where I keep my tea, wondering what I was in the mood for. One of the Kusmi Russian teas? A chai? No! My eyes spotted the sample bag of Keemun Concerto I got as a freebie in my last Adagio order. I had been waiting for a nice unrushed morning to try it out. It’s time!

I opened the bag and took a sniff. Sweet and cocoa-y. Other people call this tea “malty.” Perhaps that’s really what I mean when I say cocoa-y, but I am not sure. Calling to mind the taste of the inside of milk duds… yes, I think that might be it. I’m still going with cocoa-y though.

The leaves pretty much look like Keemun Rhapsody, and the smell is similar, but it’s less tobacco-y to me. More cocoa/malty but less pipe tobacco-like.

I brewed it in my ingenuiTea and after a short steep, decanted into my mug, added half & half and sugar and whipped it with my milk frother. Yuuuuuuum.

I may change my mind again on the in-case-of-zombies tea stash. This is gooooood. It’s more filling than my oatmeal! I’ve barely touched the oatmeal, but I have already sucked a mug of the tea down while writing this post.

Though I still agree with Hester June that pearls are probably the most efficient zombie stash. I had a sample of black dragon pearls that are probably quite similar in taste. Dang, I think I am out of that though – it would have been nice to do a side-by-side comparison.

I did my second Zombies, Run! mission after dark last night. I didn’t go as far though – not because I was fearful of zombies, but because I was afraid to busting my butt on our uneven sidewalks in the dark. I think I will stick with daylight runs for now.

Decanted the seconds steep into my mug. Trying this straight. It brewed longer, of course. Strong, and smokey. I don’t get the cocoa/malt taste in this cup. I don’t like it straight as much as I like Keemun Rhapsody – it’s heavier. Serious, if you will.

Definitely a thumbs up as a latte though. That was great.

Now to get going and start my day. I need to go bra shopping. Oh joy. :/

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

I make steel cut oatmeal too on a crockpot on low at night and throw in dry fruit or a few cut up apples and when I wake up it’s waiting for me.The rest I container in portions like you do. You’re right about the latte.

Skulleigh

I don’t even use the crockpot. There is a method I found a few weeks ago where you boil, then simmer for 3 minutes, ladle the oatmeal in jars, put lids on, and leave them overnight to stew themselves. It’s delicious.

Hesper June

The way both you gals prepare your oatmeal sounds very yummy!
I like steel cut, once you eat that, the next time your mouth touches instant or minute oats you can’t believe you ever ate that mush:)
My hubby had an interesting take on the Zombie Stash, Skulleigh.
He was thinking that those tea leaf packed bricks might be best, since they are so well packed, you could carry them around forever and chunk off what you need as you go, instead of crushing delicate loose leaves down to a powder.

Hesper June

Have you seen this, Skulleigh?
The Zombie Love Song:)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPNqub966Tw

Skulleigh

Thanks for the link, that was cute!

Yeah, a brick does sound like it would work well too :) I haven’t tried anything in brick form yet!

Hesper June

I have not either, its on my list of things to try:-)

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89
drank Keemun Rhapsody by Adagio Teas
279 tasting notes

Grrrrr… argh…

I am so very sleepy this morning. I even hit snooze too many times and was subsequently late for work. D’oh!

So simplicity is what this morning calls for. Brewed this up in my generic tea bottle, with water out of the dispenser, which technically isn’t hot enough, but, again, simplicity. I was already heating my oatmeal.

This time, I am tasting the cocoa notes of this, which don’t usually come through for me as much. It’s a comforting, dependable tea though, and that’s what counts.

Last night, I downloaded the Zombies, Run! app to my cell phone, and went for a quick walk/occasional sprint with it. It was a lot of fun as I went around my own neighborhood, imagining it as a post-apocolyptic wasteland where I gathered supplies and ran away from hordes of shuffling undead.

I was thinking this morning that I would definitely have to add tea to my must-pick-up supplies in a Zombie invasion. This tea would be on my hoped for list. And Jasmine tea, as well. At some point, you might be reduced to Lipton teabags though. shudder

If you knew a Zombie invasion was coming, what tea would you stockpile? :D

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

Oh, dear…well, I believe I would have to stockpile Earl Grey, if I could only stockpile one.
But after that, it would be Jasmine Pearl.
Although…if we are just boiling water around a campfire (no electric kettles to be found with variable temp option I am sure) than maybe one should stick to black and herbals so they can handle a higher temp water…
Wow, well you sure gave me something to ponder while running on the treadmill this morning;)

Skulleigh

If cost wasn’t an object, pearl teas would be incredibly efficient, I think. It seems to take only a few pearls for a strong cup, and they don’t take up much space. Hmmm… I might have to rethink my Zombie Emergency Supply Plan :D

Hesper June

Very true.
I also got to thinking of that while I was running, that maybe it would be better to have a tea that can tolerate lower heating temps.
Most likely our tea time will have to be short periods of time while we are on the go, so having a tea that you would not have to heat the water up to a boiling might be better.
So, again…Pearls would fit the bill:)

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67

I woke up feeling life should be more magical, and that I want to run away and join the circus. So I went to see the Mermaid.

I still want to run away and join the circus, but at least I have something nice to drink while I grouse.

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, 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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