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47 Tasting Notes

76

My boyfriend is from Montana and honestly that’s why we grabbed this tea while on vacation in Leavenworth, WA. Much to my surprise (but not his) it was amazing! The Cup & Kettle is worth checking out if you’re ever in town.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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73

A delightful, mild darjeeling. It called to me when I started baking bread for the house earlier. This rainy Seattle day needed something warming. I really love the almost honey-like sweetness this tea imparts.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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75

Today I needed something with an extra boost. I have a lot of crafting I want to do today as well as moving plans to make. Wish me luck!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70

I’ve found, recently, that I like the tea steeped just shy of five minutes. Previously, it’s astringency was too overpowering. The smokey notes in this Keemun have a very classic feel. As it cools I taste roasted chestnuts and pecans. Perfect for a walk in the snow.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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56

I have, in the past brewed this tea in 3 steep for three minutes each which comes out very nicely. I was recently gifted with The Way of Tea by Master Lam Kam Chuen which is really exciting. The book details not only the proper brewing of tea in the Traditional Chinese tea ceremony, but also a history of tea (I’ve read a few already so it will be nice to compare) and the steps of cultivation and processing. The last is something I’ve always wanted to learn and though I’ve read some of the STI’s information on the topic, I still feel I have much to learn.

So this brings me back to oolongs; the tea used in the Chinese Tea Ceremony. I gave away the nice Tung Ting I got in Chicago to my friends in Seattle. This Iron Buddha Oolong is at least a year old, not that it was much when it was fresher. If anyone has a favorite oolong please let me know. I’m going to Park and Shop today to look at their tea sets and see if they have any of the more traditional ones. Yay!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

After all the Christmas sweets, I really wanted something tart but strong enough to give me a good buzz. Thank you lemon mate.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75

I’m all out of my Fujian Baroque so I turned to this number instead. I do like it, but it just has none of the cocoa and an added smokiness that isn’t always to my liking. It makes a nice morning tea and it’ll have to do before this next round of shopping.

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75

For some reason, cranberry really appealed today. Maybe because I plan on baking homemade bread and wrapping gifts?

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

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79

I made this today with a bit of dark brown sugar and a splash of cream. Just what I needed considering the weather.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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75

When I woke up this morning and realized I was out of melitta filters I figured it was a sign for this to be a tea day. Digging through my stash I looked for something I hadn’t drank in a while. I really like this tea, though I prefer it iced with a splash of cranberry juice. The snow outside is making me want hot beverages though. ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I am a professional barista and tea geek. I have been in the industry for five years with one year as a trainer of both coffee and tea knowledge. I love vinyl records, video games, my teddy bear, and playing guitar.

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