329 Tasting Notes

Farewell, old friend. You were a good office tea.

I seem to have breezed through this tin as my morning office tea, which means one mug of tea four days a week, occasionally two. It’s quite good as long as it’s not oversteeped, which is sometimes a problem at work :D Distractions abound.

Lucky for me, it’s a quiet morning, so my farewell cup is perfect.

Now to just actually remember to bring something to replace it tomorrow morning!

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Good tea, but not a great work tea. It likes shorter steeping times, so if I get distracted while waiting for it to steep I have a bitter, astringent mess in my cup. However, I am starting to get to the bottom of the tin, so that’s a plus.

I can’t wait for spring. So tired of they grey skies and brown vegetation and cold weather!

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
329 tasting notes

Not bad, but just not something that really makes me happy. I think there is too much peppermint. It was overshadowing the chocolate for me. Gave the rest of the tin to a friend after trying a few cups.

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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We are having icy weather here in DFW, so I am working from home today, anticipating lots of tea drinking. I decided to give this a try – I got a few flavored samples from Adagio on my last order. I have been working through the caramel sample, but decided to go with this instead.

I want to like this, and it’s not bad, but it’s just not speaking to me. The flavor masks the base tea too much. I don’t know if that means it’s a weak base, or there’s just too much flavoring. Hrmph.

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I went through Target’s tea aisle last night, and noticed this. Decided to try it. The fruit taste is noticeable, pretty tasty. I don’t really notice a “jolt” of energy any more than any other tea. Oh, marketing :) I never notice any “jolts” with any “energy” drinks though, with the exception of matcha.

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Today’s teapot was this. Nursed it pretty much all day. I can’t believe I have had this a year and barely touched it. This will probably be my next work tea once I go through the Red Tailed Hawk at work.

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Polished this off in my teapot yesterday. I am going to miss this. Might have to reorder after I work through the other Whispering Pines teas.

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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
329 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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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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