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So I was directed to the Upton Tea site, recently, where, noticing that they have $1 samples and possessing no self-control, I promptly bought something like 15 different samples of tea. This is the first of them that I’ve tried and I really like the blend. Just the right amount of smoky. I’m not that into smoky teas so not exactly something I’ll be drinking on a daily basis, but certainly a nice break from the norm.

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Cofftea

Ummm… what’s self control??? lol! I also just had to say I’m quite a bit like you in my tea drinking based on your last paragraph- although I think I probably add milk to my chai more often than you do. My only other exception is Numi’s chocolate pu erh… but that’s pretty much chai like cuz it has cinnamon and nutmeg.

Ewa

Hmm, the entire point, for me, of adding milk to chai is to take the sharpness off the taste of the spices. Since that sounds like what you’re doing with the chocolate pu erh, I declare your milk usage valid! (and I’m sure you deeply care about my validation :D )

Cofftea

Actually not really. I just do it cuz it tastes good. The spices are way too light in the Chocolate Pu Erh to be anywhere close to sharp. It just depends if I want a milky texture or not, and if I’ve had my one serving of milk per day. (Even if I drank chai all day I’d only use a total of 1 cup of milk). A mark of a good chai (and a good tea in general) for me is that it could always be drank clean.

Ewa

Amen to that last sentence!
And now, I quietly freak out because looking at your tealog has enlightened me to the fact that there exist such things as beer tea and bacon tea.

Cofftea

Oh yes… and their goooood! I’m dying for a vegetarian to try the bacon tea (all ingredients are vegan).

Lori

Those $1 Upton Tea samples are addicting…I love this tea in the morning w.a little milk and sugar…

Ewa

They’re terrible is what they are! I have no idea where I’m going to put all those samples – my tea cabinet is already full >.< Also: afternoon blend in the morning? madness!

__Morgana__

Samples in general are addicting. It’s scary!

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Cofftea

Ummm… what’s self control??? lol! I also just had to say I’m quite a bit like you in my tea drinking based on your last paragraph- although I think I probably add milk to my chai more often than you do. My only other exception is Numi’s chocolate pu erh… but that’s pretty much chai like cuz it has cinnamon and nutmeg.

Ewa

Hmm, the entire point, for me, of adding milk to chai is to take the sharpness off the taste of the spices. Since that sounds like what you’re doing with the chocolate pu erh, I declare your milk usage valid! (and I’m sure you deeply care about my validation :D )

Cofftea

Actually not really. I just do it cuz it tastes good. The spices are way too light in the Chocolate Pu Erh to be anywhere close to sharp. It just depends if I want a milky texture or not, and if I’ve had my one serving of milk per day. (Even if I drank chai all day I’d only use a total of 1 cup of milk). A mark of a good chai (and a good tea in general) for me is that it could always be drank clean.

Ewa

Amen to that last sentence!
And now, I quietly freak out because looking at your tealog has enlightened me to the fact that there exist such things as beer tea and bacon tea.

Cofftea

Oh yes… and their goooood! I’m dying for a vegetarian to try the bacon tea (all ingredients are vegan).

Lori

Those $1 Upton Tea samples are addicting…I love this tea in the morning w.a little milk and sugar…

Ewa

They’re terrible is what they are! I have no idea where I’m going to put all those samples – my tea cabinet is already full >.< Also: afternoon blend in the morning? madness!

__Morgana__

Samples in general are addicting. It’s scary!

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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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