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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
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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:

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drank Sweet Ginger Plum by Tea Forte
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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

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 tsp

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Drinking this single bag someone sent me while back. Glad its just one, not my sort of thing. Too much woo. Doesn’t taste too bad, once I added some lemon, but not something I will buy.

Flavors: Licorice

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drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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I got this as a free sample in my recent Adagio order. Upon opening the bag, the scent came exploding out – it’s very loud :D I brewed it up and it calmed down a bit, and is quite good. I drank it with splenda and half&half, and the second cup with splenda and milk. Good both ways. I am not sure that I would order this, as I tend to prefer a maltier or smokier tea. But as a freebie, it’s good and inoffensive.

I hope all my friends here had a good holiday. I had a very quiet Christmas – spent C. Eve with friends at their house, but then was home alone Christmas day, playing with Lego and watching bad TV. I still have today and the weekend off. I need to get off my butt and go out and pick up the workbench for the garage my folks sent me money for as a present. I don’t think I am quite ready for the crowds though!

Flavors: Caramel

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More “Mount Gray Bravo” for me. The scent seems to have mellowed and meshed a bit more, and it’s not so offensive to me once it’s brewed now. I think I will still retire the tin once it’s empty again, unless I can figure out a way to exorcise the Bravo scent from the metal. Maybe a peroxide soak, or something…

Anyway, it’s another dead quiet morning at the office. I am looking forward to my 4 day weekend, and hoping they close the office early tomorrow. My employer is always really good about that, but I try to never take it for granted.

In return, I’m going to try to actually get some work done, but it’s soooo hard! It’s holiday time! :D

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Christmas week here at work is going to be sloooooooow. All the developers are going to be out, so at least I will have time to catch up and test everything in this build before they make another. And then, I am off Thursday and Friday, so 4 day weekend, woohoo!

I brewed up the last of the Adagio Earl Grey Bravo I had at work last week, so I brought the tin I used home and filled it with Mount Gray (it’s so hard for me to spell grey that way!). That may have been a mistake. I think the potent scent of the Bravo that permeated the tin has overwhelmed the lighter scent of this tea and turned it into Mount Gray Bravo. It’s palatable, but barely.

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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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