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drank Grön & Skön by Kobbs
300 tasting notes

I don’t really know how to rate this – it’s the best green available at my home airport lounge, so I drink it whenever I’m traveling – more out of habit than strong preference. It gets bitter very easily, and I rarely finish my cup. I’m making this sound so much worse than it is – it really does have a pleasant citrusy body to it, and it goes well with my traditional lounge melon and banana platter.

In other news, my luggage is (half) lost again. It was the bag in which I had placed my sandwich, so this is all very sad. I might have to go out into a torrential Rome and score some more foods. BAD airline. BAD.

ETA: The sandwich was in the other bag! The sandwich is safe!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec
caile

Yay! Enjoy your sandwich!

Kamyria

Yay for the safe sandwich!! Now enjoy it!

TeaExplorer

The security man lowered his head slightly and pressed his ear bud to make sure he heard the update correctly. The hint of an unprofessional smile breaks through his normally iron demeanor, but he is quick to suppresses it. He raises his sleeve and crisply reports “The sandwich is safe. I repeat, the sandwich is safe”.

His partner eyes him quizzically. “Ben, are you crying?”

At least that’s how it played out in my mind.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, nice touch!
Anna, glad you get to enjoy your sandwich, hopefully the bag is found :)

Anna

Hahaha, TeaExplorer, that is hilarious – and thanks, all of you! It was one of the best sandwiches in sandwich history.

cteresa

Don´t tell me it was Finnair loosing your luggage… Finnair and luggage, never ever check in anything important with them.

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caile

Yay! Enjoy your sandwich!

Kamyria

Yay for the safe sandwich!! Now enjoy it!

TeaExplorer

The security man lowered his head slightly and pressed his ear bud to make sure he heard the update correctly. The hint of an unprofessional smile breaks through his normally iron demeanor, but he is quick to suppresses it. He raises his sleeve and crisply reports “The sandwich is safe. I repeat, the sandwich is safe”.

His partner eyes him quizzically. “Ben, are you crying?”

At least that’s how it played out in my mind.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, nice touch!
Anna, glad you get to enjoy your sandwich, hopefully the bag is found :)

Anna

Hahaha, TeaExplorer, that is hilarious – and thanks, all of you! It was one of the best sandwiches in sandwich history.

cteresa

Don´t tell me it was Finnair loosing your luggage… Finnair and luggage, never ever check in anything important with them.

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I’m going to try all the teas.

Then I will choose a lucky few perfect specimens, and we will live happily together in my tea cupboard.

Forever.

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2014

This year, all bets are off. I am going to drink both peppermint and chamomile and possibly suffer a little. But it’s okay – it’s for science.

I’m doing Project Jasmine, Project Peach and Project Unflavoured Green.

In terms of flavoured teas, Lupicia and Mariage Frères have become my massive favourites, and I have learned that Dammann Frères/Fauchon/Hédiard and Butiki aren’t really for me.

The O Dor, Adagio and Comptoir des thés et des épices are all on this year’s I’d like to get to know you better list.

2013

Getting back into tea drinking last fall, I was all about rooibos. This past spring has been all green tea, all the time, with some white additions over the summer. Currently attempting a slow, autumnal graduation to black teas. Oolongs are always appropriate.

The constant for me, flavour wise, is the strong presence of fruity and floral notes. Vanilla is lush, as long as it’s not artificial. Peach, berries, mango. Cornflower, rose, lavender.

No peppermint.

No chamomile.

No cinnamon.

Ever.

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My ratings don’t reflect the ‘What does this tea do for me?’ standard, but rather my own ‘What would I do for this tea?’ scale.

100-90
My absolute favourites. Teas I would travel for – or, in any case, pay exuberant postage for, because they simply have to be in my cupboard. Generally multi-faceted teas with complex scents and flavours. Teas with personality. Tricky teas.

89-80
Teas I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again if and when I came across them. Tea purchases I would surreptitiously weave into a travel itinerary (Oh! A Lupicia store! Here?! My word!).

79-70
Teas I enjoyed, but don’t necessarily need to make any kind of effort to buy again.

69-0
Varying degrees of disinterest and contempt.

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