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545 Tasting Notes

73

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I remembered to use only one green cardamon pod. Still pretty cardamony but also now gingery. Perhaps I just taste cardamon too strongly? I’m thinking about adding some black tea next time to see what it does to the spiciness. But what kind?

1 cup water. 1 tbsp natural cane sugar. bring to boil. 1 tbsp chai tea leaf. simmer 5. 1 cup milk. bring to boil. turn off heat. let steep 8 min 30 sec.

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Cloves also bear a strong flavor… how many cloves do you have in there? I like to add Assam to balance spiciness. :) This sounds so delicious. Have a happy new year!

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84

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Crave, crave. Cannot wake up today. No second steep.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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30

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I brought this tea along with one other at one of those little specialty gourmet foods shops just to buy a little something after walking around. The tea bag smelled weird. The tea smelled weird. The tea tasted sour and tart and not in a good way. It had very little tea taste. I manged to drink more than I thought I would, which still wasn’t very much. I am willing to give it one more try at some point, then it goes.

I am rating this tea a 30, which is the lowest end of my meh range (30-40).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84

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Somehow Thomas has escaped my cupboard. Steepster says he’s in there, but I did not see him. I tried a single steep of Thomas with just a touch of half and half. He still retained his honeyed touch.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I had a single steep of the lovely Darjeeling Goomtee on a day that involved too many unplanned naps when I had too much to do.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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65

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Somehow this came out too strong and I didn’t finish my entire cup.

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

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84

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Tiger, did you think I’d forgotten about you for Thomas? I actually drank this later in the day cause I really needed to wake up.

2nd steep: 5 min 30 sec.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

As if one could possibly choose between a good Assam and a good Yunnan.

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Continuing on with the backlog.

I made this with lots of leaf and a long steep time. It was strong and good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Caitlin

Mmmm – I like this tea!

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84

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I’ll admit that I’m starting to go through a bit of a Thomas phase. That day Thomas had a little more bite and a little more biscuity. I had to leave right after the first mug so I didn’t get to the second steep until later.

2nd steep: 5 min 30 sec.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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70

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I must have been having a bit of a dud night because I am already hoarding this tea and drinking it only occasionally as it is a bit of a different change from the usually ‘sleepytime’ blends. It was, as usual, very drinkable and I consumed two cups like snap.

2nd steep: 9 min 30 sec.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no

Location

Charleston, SC

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