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drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
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When a sampler of this arrived with a shipment that happened to fall close to my birthday, my reaction was two-fold: I thought it was very cute of Adagio, of course, but the tea’s description made me quite skeptical of it as well. Vanilla, cream, caramel AND sugar sprinkles? There was no way this wouldn’t be completely overpowering, cloying, and too sweet. (The older I get, the less sweetness I seem to be able to tolerate – and I’m only in my mid-20s! By 50, my diet will probably consist solely of pickles)

In any case, imagine my surprise when I tried this and it wasn’t overpowering at all! In fact, the flavors seem very nicely balanced, while still being faint enough for the tea to actually taste like tea. Today I’m having it with breakfast – which wasn’t a good idea since the cinnamon in my oatmeal has managed to completely eclipse the entire flavor of the tea. Ah well, lesson learned.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m a Pole who grew up in Texas, is currently a graduate student in California studying Japan. How’s THAT for random?

Being Polish, my family has always drunk a lot of tea, and I am no different. I may drink more tea than water. On the other hand, I can’t say that I’m very particular about it; I’m generally pretty careless with steeping times and water temperature and I don’t even have a proper teapot (mostly because the lid broke during the move to California ;_;).

I always drink my tea unsweetened and I only add milk in the case of the most egregiously chai-ish of chais. (not really a big fan of milk in general)

Given that so many of my entries seem to be about my morning tea, I felt I should add something here about me and mornings: I fail at mornings. I fail at them a LOT. Therefore I often also fail at proper tea making in the mornings.

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