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I am sipping my last cup of this tea at the office. It makes a good office tea- it’s sturdy and takes pretty well to the office “mini moo” tubs of half & half. Once I finish my self-imposed tea ordering moratorium, then I might have to order a new tin.

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Haven’t been drinking much new lately, and I don’t want to order more stuff until I clear out my cupboard more. This is starting to get low, as are a few others. I might be able to make myself a birthday order in January. We will see.

Definitely won’t be reordering this, or any other Earl Grey. Just not into it anymore.

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drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
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I’m getting pretty bored of this tea, but I have sooo much left! I need to start handing it out like candy! :D I think I’m just over flavored teas, other than Chai.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Sipping my first cup of my new batch of this before calling my mother on the phone. Malty and good. Very calming before the dealing with the parental unit begins :D

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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First pot of this. Smell – malty, not as intense as Laoshan black. The dry leaves are very pretty – a mix of black and golden brown. Brewed, it’s chocolaty, but mild. It would make a good afternoon tea, not sure it’s quite the thing for waking me up though.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Someone sent a bag of this to me in a card. It is too late for anything caffeinated, so I pulled this out.

It made a very strong tisane in my small japanese cup (a little bigger than a juice glass). Drank a bit hot, and it’s pretty good, but I get the usual “wet washrag” taste I get from most tisanes from it. Ice got rid of it though. I really need to try some decent quality loose tisanes – I think most of the time I have bagged ones – I wonder if I am tasting the bag. Hmm.

Anyway, I kinda like this, and wouldn’t refuse another cup. Would love to try a pitcher of it, really iced.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
276 tasting notes

Ooooh. This was just what I needed this morning. I snagged the pouch with the last of my old order of this on the way out the door, since I have a nice full new pouch in my cupboard. I’ve been getting a bit burned out on my work stash, so this is a nice change up, and there’s enough left for another cup tomorrow.

Mmmm… the smell of the leaves is awesome, their appearance is neat… and then brewed up… ahhh, I needed that! Even with the low temperature break-room hot water, the half & half in plastic tubs… it’s still good.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Got a sample of this when I ordered more Milk Oolong.
Tastes pretty good, but doesn’t have the body or spiciness I look for in chai. And because of the sugar, it’s not something I’ll place an order for.

I might have to experiment with making my own pumpkin chai though :)

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drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
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I got this to compare it to the only other Milk Oolong I have had – the one from DavidsTea.

The dry teas are comparable in appearance, as are the brewed leaves. The scent of the Mandala tea is more subtle – it doesn’t slap you in the face like the DavidsTea does.

I had my first cup as a latte, which is my favorite way to sip the other version, and it was very enjoyable.

As a straight tea, with no milk or sweetener- I am quite enjoying my second cup this way. The subtle scent, no astringency, all very nice.

I may do a side by side taste comparison tomorrow morning.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
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Yarrrrrrrrrrrrrr! It be the day o’ days again, what ta celebrate seafarrrin’ criminal enterprrrise! International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Arrrr!

This yearrrr, I be drinkin’ a mighty appropriate bit o’ booty from me latest adventures on the high tea – err, sea! Black Pearrrrl, from Mandala! This be my first time raidin’ from those lubbers, and I don’t regret it one bit! The ship’s manifest contained a handwritten note o’ surrender* from one o’ the co-Captains o’ that ship, a Cap’n Garret. I ordered them ta give up 4 coffers of gold, and they were so skeered o’ being keel-hauled, they sent 2 smaller coffers as well! Quite a haul!

The cask o’ Pearls now, they be a fine lot! I’ve plundered pearls from Adagio before, but these have a fuller bodied aroma, like the ladies what hail from Trinidad. They are brighter and more lustrous when compared to those jewels. Darker darks, and more golden golds.

Bit less o’ a chocolate taste, but still malty and sweet. Quite good. I be enjoyin’ me first cup, and look forward ta more!

Arrrrrr!

*note of surrender was actually a very nice thank you for my purchase. No merchant vessels were harmed in this skirmish ;)

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Aye, Skulleigh, I see through me spyglass that we’re aboard the same ship! Hats off to ya, fellow skallowag!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

That be a might fine speech about tea! You’d make yer mother’s dark heart proud.

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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, my husband got me 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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