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I finished breakfast with a cup of this, because that’s the only thing worthy in the selection at the restaurant. The other options were (all by Numi) Rooibos, decaf vanilla black, & gunpowder green (which I wasn’t in the mood for). Their aged earl grey isn’t bad with stevia added. The Bergamot is nicely mellow.

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Tony & I went to breakfast & their tea selection was a little lacking, but I had a package of this & my Tuffy Tea Steeper from the Tea Spot.
I got 3 nice cups worth, steeped at 3 min, 4 min, & 5 min. Sweet & chocolatey, it’s so good & really rivals Laoshan Black for me.

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Here’s my first cup of the day.
I went a little crazy on the amount of leaf, So it’s really very bold & kind of brash today. I’m feeling the brightness & astringency of it in my sinuses, & my throat is getting dry. The flavors are of malt, oaky tannins, & sourdough rye bread. I know I’m making it sound bad, but it’s actually quite good, LOL! I much prefer the premium Taiwanese Assam, however.

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Sipdown of the day #5
I went with a heaping Tbl & steeped 4 minutes this time. That extra minute made all the difference, as the toastiness of the rice enhances the already roasty laoshan black flavor, & I can really taste the chocolate too. The resulting cup was sweet & wonderful!
Definitely a re-order…sigh…in june…

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Sipdown #4
I went ahead & steeped this 4 minutes, & IMO it made all the difference! The banana flavor really came out. Very delicious & the perfect tea to bring along when I left the house this for the afternoon. This will definitely be a re-order in June.

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I’m claiming this 2nd sipdown of the day for Leif, who enjoyed this tea more than I did. He says, “It’s actually pretty good with stevia & french vanilla coconut milk creamer.”
And now it’s gone.

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Sipdown #1 (for the day).
This Tea was shared with me by Sil, so once again, thanks my friend!
Not bold or malty, but a mild cup that it somehow sweet & a little marine-like. What I’m getting is a slice of a good quality french bread slathered with lightly salted butter. Yup. There is also a hint of stone-fruit in the background.

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I’m enjoying a cup of this as my first cup of the day. It’s a big departure from the bold Assams & mouth filling Yunnans that I usually start my day with. The initial flavors while still hot are making me think more of green tea, with essence of spring shell peas & asparagus, which seems really strange.

Letting the cup cool down a bit…

Now I’m starting to get the hint of peach. This is probably more suited to be an afternoon tea for me. It is nicely mouthwatering too. I mistakenly brewed it at boiling (oops!), but it didn’t ruin the flavor at all. No bitterness or astringency, just a mild & pleasant cup.

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I still haven’t tried this blended with either of the TOMC teas from Feb, but was looking for something without caffeine, & also trying to work my way through ALL of my teas this month, so I gave it another try by itself. It’s ok. I had forgotten there was frankincense in it, but during the last couple of sips, a perfumy taste arose & I began to feel a bit quesy. I had the same problem with the Earl of Anxi.

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Like most of the other steepsterites, I prefer the non-upgraded version of this assam, however, this one is also decent. I drank it this afternoon while I was working on cleaning my office, which keeps getting better. I can actually walk around in there now! :)

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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