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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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I feel like my tealog is becoming a list of “Ways In Which I Fail At Mornings” but, this morning I somehow managed to get up an hour early (4am!) and not notice it until I’d already showered, made chai, and been online for a good 45 minutes.

I think I may have brewed this a little weak in my slightly off-kilter state, so I’m withholding my rating until I do it nice and proper. I made it with equal parts water and soymilk, with a touch of vanilla sugar this morning, but it didn’t have the… zazzle? that I was looking for.

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Adagio Teas
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Definitely not the best Ceylon, but I’ve been pretty desperate for an unflavored, decaffeinated black tea. Sometimes I just want TEA, not an herbal blend, but I can’t take caffeine after about 3pm.

I’m currently drinking this while working on a paper for my pastry class. I decided to write about scones, and I might be working a little tea into it as well. :) (But great googley-moogley, I would love a scone right about now.)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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Hoo yeah!

Yep, it is definitely this tea that gave me an epic buzz yesterday. Not a bad thing, I just need to file away that information and make sure I’m getting enough to eat when I drink it.

This is a nice, bold blend. I still wouldn’t say that it’s my favorite Irish Breakfast, but it’s a good one.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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I don’t think I’ve ever had quite the buzz I was on this morning from a cup of tea before. I have no idea if it was this tea, or just a weird situational thing. It was awesome while it lasted, but man oh man did I crash about six hours later.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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I’ve been drinking this for the past few mornings. I took a leap and bought the 3oz bag, having never actually tasted it before. It’s good, but it’s not the greatest Irish Breakfast that I’ve had.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Joy's Teaspoon
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Immediately surprised by the spiciness. Sumatra and I were not previously acquainted. :) It’s got a bit of pepperiness to it, but the Assam still keeps it as smooth and malty as I like it.

Definitely a good wake-up blend.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Teavana
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I haven’t been logging much lately, but I’ve been drinking this one a lot. I think Irish Breakfast might be my favorite tea… Maybe. It’s either above, below, or next to Assam. I can’t decide. :)

Currently enjoying this with toast and jam by Christmas tree light before class.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Assam Harmony by Adagio Teas
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My precious.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Yerba Mate by Samovar
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Recently got a sampler pack from Samovar through a Twitter contest-thing. So, adding that to the two samplers sets I ended up with from Adagio… it looks like I better get around to trying (and liking) mate.

Having only tried a toasted mate before, this is my first ‘real’ experience with yerba mate. It has an interesting herbal, almost minty sort of taste to it. But it has something else to it that I can’t quite put my finger on. (I think in the toasted, I referred to it as tobacco-y. This is not the same… something.)

Definitely an unofficial rating at this point.

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Lori

Unroasted mate has a grassy, fuzzy hay flavor to me. I much prefer the roasted mate..

Michelle Butler Hallett

Stevia (much more so than sugar) can improve green mate.

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“You and the Cap’n make it happen.”

Sorry to steal your thunder, Cap’n Crunch… but this morning me and a certain other Cap’n are getting things done.

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