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drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
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My kid had a bad day, so I made a strong pot of Strawberry Vanilla and whipped it with hot milk and sugar. I also put mini cocoa marshmallows on top (the little crunchy dehydrated kind. I love those things). I’m pleased to report he feels better now.

This is definitely best as a dessert tea. I don’t add too much sugar, though, because I don’t want to pay for everyone to get new fillings done every six months…just enough to make a slightly sweet and pleasant strawberry latte.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
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Here is my official tasting note: OM NOM NOM.

Proper notes later, when I don’t have a huge stack of homework to do. x_x

Claire

This is totally a proper note.

Kittenna

^^ like

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drank Kangaita OP by Harney & Sons
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drank Assam Calcutta Auction by Lupicia
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This is a bad tasting note in the technical sense—more like a review. But I’m not terribly good at tasting notes anyway, SO! Short and sweet:

This is a decent cup of tea. I’ve been drinking gallons this past week, sometimes oversteeping (SQUIRREL!), but it doesn’t hurt anything. Little bit molasses and raisin type notes, especially on second steeps. Strong enough, no sharp unpleasant flavors. Not outstanding, but smooth and very drinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
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I’m having trouble with this tea. The rosemary and “cherries” (pink peppercorns, not a cherry fruit at all) give it a strong medicinal scent and flavor. Plain, it is tough for me to sip. I’ll try it with milk, then milk and sugar, and see if it fares any better. My husband likes it, so there’s that; to my palate, it feels very unbalanced. Unfortunately, I don’t know yet what it’s missing.

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drank November Bouquet by Handmade Tea
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I tasted this before and it’s great, as usual; just having a quick (for certain values of “quick”) cup of this before I go off to speech class. It’s making me less nervous already. :)

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drank Morning Tea by Lupicia
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First brew is almost entirely malt, which I like. (Chocolate malts and malt balls are some of my all-time favorite candies. I wonder what this would taste like with chocolate in it…?)

More complex as it cools; leaves a mild tingle in the back of the throat. I love the use of vanilla here more and more. It’s an enhancement, not a flavoring—just a little bit of vanilla pod to give it depth.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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I can’t believe I forgot to write about this one. It was so good, and now it’s all gone…

Well, I do remember this: it was pretty, had a fantastic mouthfeel, and strength/flavor lived up to the complex and warm, slightly sweet fragrance. I may buy some of this later, when my Lupicia stash starts to diminish.

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The smell of this tea in dry form is SO STRONG. I was terrified it would be undrinkable perfume water, but brewing did take a lot of the edge off. I want to see this blended with a fruit/citrus flavor to balance out the floral. I like floral teas, but this is really close to the edge for me!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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I love tasting things. Slowly, I’m getting better at it.

I am a coffee convert; the 5+ cups of strong coffee I used to drink every day has trickled down to 1-2 cups a week, if a pot’s already brewed and I’m feeling lazy. Otherwise, tea all the way!

It’s been a few months now, which is enough for me to know that everyone likes different things about their cup. Personally I like my teas the way I like my men—strong and naked, with no artificial flavors or preservatives. Also dry, and in a tin. Hah!

Life is interesting and occasionally irritating. Because of this, I am sometimes laser-eyed, but a nice cup of tea usually helps.

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