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My hair got a nice trimming today. Turns out that having an asymmetrical cut when you have very thick, wavy, fluffy, hair will just end up as a progressively fluffier mound of hair, much like cumulonimbus clouds on a summer day…just with water vapor and not hair. I did notice that my hair is really faded and needs some new blue, I think I will go with turquoise rather than cobalt this time around, for summer!

Today we have Della Terra Teas’ Organic Makaibari Darjeeling, a black tea hailing from the Makaibari Estate in West Bengal, Darjeeling, India. This specific Darjeeling is a FTGFOP Autumn Flush, or Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (or Far Too Good For Oridinay People, because tea drinkers are full of wit) that ridiculously long winded (or short acronym) term refers to the grading system set up back in the day, with some debate by Sir Thomas Lipton. The aroma is sweet and muscatel, with a bit of a sharp leafy aroma, similar to that of grape leaves and oak wood. It is mild and pleasant, an enjoyable sniff that is reminiscent of nature and plants and a slight sweet finish of raisins.

Once the tea has been brewed, the wet leaves are much lest muscatel and more brisk. The aroma of oak wood is more prevalent, and there is a touch of loam as well. Have no fear, I found all the muscatel sweetness, it is in the liquid. The liquid has a great aroma of fresh grapes and raisins with a drizzling of honey. There is a tiny undertone of brisk oak wood, but you almost have to stick your nose all the way into the teacup to notice it. (Note, I do not recommend this, from experience, it is a good way to get a singed nose and tea in one’s sinus cavities.)

Tasting time, I am excited, I have come to greatly love Darjeelings, especially after I learned that boiling the tea leaves will give you a cup of gross. That was a great lesson to learn about a year ago! I know, with every Darjeeling I review I have to mention the ‘do not boil’ thing, I do this because for years bad tea instructions had me believing that Darjeeling was bitter death and all those people who tasted sweetness and grapes were bonkers. The taste of this tea is deliciously mild and muscatel with notes of freshly mown hay and new vegetation. This fades to a rich, brisk, oak wood taste that really wakes up the mouth (and the me.) After this burst of wood it fades to a honey sweet raisin that that lingers as a delightful aftertaste.

For photos and blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/06/della-terra-teas-organic-makaibari.html

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Loam, Muscatel, Oak wood, Raisins

mj

A. Love the cumulonimbus reference
B. You have blue hair?? So cool! I’m not brave enough for that, but I’m currently reading a book in which the heroine has blue hair

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Hehe, thank you! I do! It has pros and cons, the pros are it looks awesome and it makes me feel like a bird. The cons are it fades pretty quickly (in comparison to ‘normal’ colors) it tends to turn everything my wet hair comes in contact with blue for at the very least a week, and the post dye clean-up is a giant pain!

Totally worth it though :)

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mj

A. Love the cumulonimbus reference
B. You have blue hair?? So cool! I’m not brave enough for that, but I’m currently reading a book in which the heroine has blue hair

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Hehe, thank you! I do! It has pros and cons, the pros are it looks awesome and it makes me feel like a bird. The cons are it fades pretty quickly (in comparison to ‘normal’ colors) it tends to turn everything my wet hair comes in contact with blue for at the very least a week, and the post dye clean-up is a giant pain!

Totally worth it though :)

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I am a nerdy, obsessive, crafty, tea blogging, gaming nut. Yeah, that about sums me up! Ok, you want something more informative….

I am a Geek, hardcore fan-girl Geek. It shapes my life. I spend a lot of time making things out of perler beads and I bet you can guess what inspires them. Other than the obsessive pixelizing of things I spend a large portion of my time doing origami (especially Lucky Stars and modular geometric designs) it is an equal obsession. I hoard dice, get obsessed with games, and will talk about whatever fandom, game, etc that I am obsessed over until I am blue in the face. I am not just a gamer girl type Geek, I also fit in the collecting knowledge and spending way too much time reading, category of Geek.

But there is more to me than just being a giant nerd. I love tea, always have and have just gotten more and more obsessed as I get older. I love trying new teas and then writing lengthy descriptions about them on my blog, I love reading and researching the history and culture of tea, I love collecting tea pots and fancy tea tools.

When the weather allows it, I love to go mushroom hunting. I don’t eat them, instead I use them for photography and spore prints. It is my dream to one day become a Mycologist studying slime molds.

I have Fibromyalgia, it sucks, but I feel people who are going to interact with me should know since I tend to vanish because of it. So fair warning!!

I also have cats, love the ocean and all aquatic life, love cheese, and collect hats.

My favorite tea is definitely Oolong, but I also love Japanese greens and…ok I just love tea actually :P I am not a huge fan of lemony teas or tart fruit teas. I also loathe hibiscus (usually)

This is my actual tea wishlist, you know that I actually update and keep track of…I tend to forget Steepster’s https://www.facebook.com/notes/amanda-wilson/tea-wishlishtshopping-list-perpetually-in-progress/10152336515414411 I use my steepster WL to keep track of teas I have had and really want more of :P

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