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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
329 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.

Preparation
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
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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:
http://instagram.com/p/xm5ANpFIQ8/

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drank Sweet Ginger Plum by Tea Forte
329 tasting notes

Le sigh. I was pretty sure I posted a review of this, as it was sent to me by TeaBrat. But the review is gone, and it is missing from my Cupboard on the site.

I just brewed the second (and last) packet.

I rather like this. It’s nice and fruity. I think I will go by the one place I know carries it and see if they have marked it down now that the holidays are over.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Plums, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
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I’m glad you liked it! Bummer about the lost review. :(

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Adagio Teas
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They say you should start a new year out doing what you intend to do in the new year. So for New Year’s Eve I am drinking tea (it’s already next year in about half the world now), and will do so all of my 5 day birthday weekend. My b-day is Monday, so I took Friday and Monday off. My office is closed tomorrow and we closed at noon today, so I am having an early start on my long holiday weekend. I shall have a tea-filled holiday.

I decided to try and polish something off, so I brewed the last of my Adagio LS. I actually had to toss in a little A&D Assam to get enough for a pot, and it blends in quite nicely. Now the next time I am in the mood for LS, I will get to try my Mandala LS. Yay!

So Happy New Year to all my Steepster friends. I hope you have a lovely one.

Flavors: Smoked

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Pretty good herbal, both warm or iced. I made a double strength cup, and then added it to soda water with Angustura Bitters and lemon juice over ice. It’s nice for something different, especially with the usual thick/overly sweet drinks from the holidays, like eggnog and cocoa.

Flavors: Hibiscus

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 tsp

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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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