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545 Tasting Notes

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Backlogging. 7 days ago. Late Sunday night.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

I haven’t had this one in quite a while. I remember it being not really a fave but also liking it decently okay. Warm and spiced with a touch of fruity, it was a nice enough cup to drink late at night.

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

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84

Backlogging. 7 days ago. Sunday morning.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

My morning mug Sunday morning last weekend. And my last serving of Jackee. I don’t know why I chose this day to finish him off. It wasn’t a special day nor was it a bad or anything else negative day. I guess it just felt like the day to. Being from an Andrews & Dunham limited number series, I cannot get anymore of Jackee and am quite sad to see him gone. If I were not quite cold and blah feeling today, I’m sure he’d get a better last tealog from me, which he deserves. I’m not changing the rating as I think he still deserves it. I had two steeps. I will miss this tea and I don’t like having to click the remove from cupboard button.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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53

Backlogging. 8 days ago. Late Saturday night.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

Back at my place that night, I chose this for my late night cup with gaming, online, emails, steepster, etc. Definitely more blueberry when brewed on the lower end of the recommended time but it gets sour when it cools to anything less than lukewarm.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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54

Backlogging. 8 days ago. Saturday morning.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

My first cup of the day at my parent’s. My dad’s a plain Lipton’s black bagged tea kind of guy. I had asked him if he wanted tea the night before and he’d said yes. When I saw they were out of Lipton’s, I asked him what he’d been drinking and he said this. I was surprised because there was stuff in it other than just black tea. So the following morning, I chose to brew up a cup out of curiosity. The verdict? It was interesting, I think good interesting. I would try it again. It tasted like black tea with stuff in it and I’m not sure how to describe how the stuff tasted. I’ll have to pay better attention next time I drink it, if my dad hasn’t finished off the box. I cannot remember how long I steeped it for. I think around 4 minutes. I’m rating it a 54 (nice bagged tea range 50-60). I had wheaty/grainy of some type waffles with peanut butter, banana, and a drizzle of maple syrup after.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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55

Backlogging. 8 days ago. Friday late night.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

Enjoyed while gaming on laptop in bed after a mini bag of buttered popcorn. I don’t know the water temperature – it was barely steaming – and cannot remember the steep time again.

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55

Backlogging. 8 days ago. Friday evening.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

I drank this one in the evening at my parent’s an hour or two after we’d returned from an early dinner that involved a Mahi Mahi BLT, cumber and tomato salad, and two apricot IPAs followed by a short nap.

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

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68

Backlogging. 9 days ago. Thursday late night.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

Still enjoying the longer steeping time on honeybushes. Yum! Enjoyed both steeps of this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
canadianadia

I agree, long steeps are the way to go with honeybushes

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72

Backlogging. 9 days ago. Thursday early afternoon.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

I’ve had these teas since last February but this was my first time trying this one. Maybe that is why I am getting more smoke and less chocolate. The chocolate is just a little bit in the background. Still this tea is good. I drank a second steep as well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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74

Backlogging. 6 days ago. Thursday morning.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

I tealogged this the first time I had it and gave it a good rating. I remember liking it as well and looking forward to having another cup. But this morning, I didn’t really enjoy it that much. I got mostly spice with the other flavors in the background some. Like a chai. The second steep was better. I’m holding off adjusting my rating until I have it again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Indigobloom

Bah, I hate it when that happens! Hazards of drinking blended tea :/

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75

Backlogging. 6 days ago. Wednesday afternoon.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

It seems like all the black teas in the 52teas 12 days of xmas teas are not morning teas. So after my first cup of the day I reached for this. I thought I had already logged it the first time I drank it when I opened it, but I only did about half of them then.

It definitely tastes like cotton candy. Pink cotton candy. And black tea. And yes, I do think the pink and the blue cotton candy taste different. This teas is really good. The second steep was even better, I think. Rating a 75 (good range 70-80).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
gmathis

Agreed. Pink and blue taste different.

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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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