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I couldn’t find this or my River Shannon blend yesterday when I was sifting through my Upton samplers. I was getting weirded out and beginning to suspect tea gnomes or something when I suddenly remembered that I had transferred them over to some of my Adagio tins. Whoops!

This is my second try on this tea and I don’t know if I am just buying into the hype, but there is something about this tea that really does scream “afternoon” to me. Perhaps its because my delicate constitution is just unsuited to smoky teas in the morning. (They give me the vapors) This just feels like a good tea to curl up reading with. Like the spiced green it asserts its existence without being obtrusive; it’s a little weird to compare the two given that smoky IS smoky, but there you have it.

It also makes me happy to know I have this in case I want to make more tea eggs. Not sure if it’s quite smoky enough for that though. I really like the way the Golden Moon LS I used pervaded the eggs so I am taking a “smokier is better” policy on those. (The pinnacle would, I guess, be to just use bacon tea on them :D )

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Rabs

Oh! The vapors! ::fans self:: LOL! And I love the image of tea gnomes :)

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Rabs

Oh! The vapors! ::fans self:: LOL! And I love the image of tea gnomes :)

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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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