The Art of Tea

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drank Mount Wellington by The Art of Tea
646 tasting notes

A beautiful, light and sweet brew with clear vanilla and fruit hints. I pulled it out for afternoon tea with my friend today, partly due to her flavour profile request and partly due to the fact that Hobart woke up this morning to a mountain absolutely coated in snow. This is definitely the most snow I’ve seen on kunanyi since I moved here two years ago, and a lot of locals are saying it’s the most snow they’ve seen for far more years than that. It’s very exciting for this little ex-Queenslander, though I was restrained and stayed off the roads instead of rushing to the mountain—the pinnacle road is closed due to the heavy snow but I was strongly considering parking and trekking up a bit further to some heavier snow to play in. Having said that, a lot of local roads in and out are closed due to the snowfall and I don’t expect I would have been the only rubbernecker on the road, so I played it sensible and stayed inside. To be honest, it was a LOT warmer inside than out today, too! I think we barely got above zero celcius in apparent temperatures. This is a perfect winter day for me. I wish it was like this more often.

Anyway, tea, yes. I wonder if Art of Tea will consider renaming the tea, based on the dual naming policy that came in for the mountain at the start of the year. I love the word kunanyi and I hope it will overtake the white word in usage, as uluru has done.

Flavors: Vanilla

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

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50
drank Snooze Blend by The Art of Tea
646 tasting notes

Oh, boo. Picked snooze for my bedtime tea last night, I have three different sleepy herbal teas at my bedside tea station… overkill? Nah. Anyway, I had a bit of an upset tummy last night and I think it decided the hibiscus was a bit too bitter.

Why do people put hibiscus in sleepy teas, anyway? Riddle me this.

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The more I drink this, the more I enjoy it.

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50
drank Snooze Blend by The Art of Tea
646 tasting notes

Tucked in bed with a cup of Snooze after venturing out to the T2 Tea Society Mother’s Day event tonight. I was wrong, we didn’t get a random box of T2 tea tonight—there’s a first time for everything! What we DID get was a whole medium tin full of a blend we got to come up with by ourselves, from a small selection of T2’s teas. Overwhelming pressure on a perfecteaonist like me. I’m going to have to add mine as a custom blend on steepster because hey, I’ve got a whole tin of it now…

Also bought one of this month’s limited edition teas because I couldn’t resist that lush box any longer.

Also took a bunch of teas along to swap with a friend and ended up getting more in return than I bargained for. Sipdowns coming up… eek!

But for now, Snooze and then snooze. And then in the morning… snooze.

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50
drank Snooze Blend by The Art of Tea
646 tasting notes

Welp, can’t have a sleepy blend without dat chamomile now, can we?

This one’s been in my physical cupboard since December (a Christmas gift from work) and yet somehow I missed it in the Great Steepster Cupboard Own-Up of 2014. I spotted it tonight when I was shuffling things around and decided to unbox it and bring it upstairs to join my bedside tea station.

Yes, I have a bedside tea station.

No, I don’t have a problem.

Anyway, yes. Here’s another tea in my cupboard, bloody bollocksy bum-bums. My sipdowns were going so well! AND I just got four new teas in my new Monstrositea box this morning and that means my Mr Earl box won’t be far behind and I’m going to a T2 Tea Society event tomorrow night where we always get goodies including a free box of tea LIFE IS SO HARD. ALL I WANT IS A NEAR-EMPTY CUPBOARD. WOE.

#firstworldproblems or WHAT

Anyway, goodnight teahearts <3

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85

Ohhhhhh actually this is pretty delicious with around a half teaspoon of sugar per 12oz and a bit of milk! Milk and sugar strikes again! There’s enough of a difference of taste with the lemon myrtle for this to be interesting, and hopefully enough caffeine to assist in restoring me today. Bumping up the rating a bit because this is a nice black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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87

Thanks to Memily for sending this one to me!

I have been waiting to try this one because it has chocolate in it, which means sugar, which means a big no-no on my diet. I decided that this morning would be a cheat morning and am trying all my black teas from recent swaps with agave in them.

This one is really good! The chocolate is very subtle, but I like that! The black tea base is malty and delicious! I will save this one for my cheat days!

Memily

Hooray, a winner!

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62

Thanks to memily for sending me an unopened box of this!
My first experience with this tea was not as good as I had hoped. This tea tasted almost exactly like grape expectations, but without the horrible bitterness. I didn’t get any strawberry or champagne. It also tasted kind of dusty or stale. I think next time I will give it a shorter steep and also try it iced at some point.

Memily

Always a bummer when reality doesn’t match expectations :( happens all too frequently for me with reading so many glowing reviews though!

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60
drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
646 tasting notes

Trust me to find the ideal way to drink Toasty Nougat just as I finish this stock off. Seriously, one scoop of each has made me feel so much more enthusiastic about BOTH blends—I’m almost inclined to rush out and restock the nudi… but for the sake of the sipdown, I shan’t.

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By some accident I ended up with only this at work today—I’d had a few more options in my backpack but due to the current sipdown challenge I’d whittled away at them enough and forgotten to take more options this week. It was fine. It didn’t blow my mind but I enjoyed it enough. It was originally a gift from work so I guess it makes sense to be smashing through it at work.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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60
drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
646 tasting notes

I don’t know. The more I drink this, the more I don’t particularly care for it. I tried to spruce it up with some ginger and lavender this evening. Am I mad?

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60
drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
646 tasting notes

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60
drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
646 tasting notes

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drank NUDI-TEA by The Art of Tea
646 tasting notes

Ooh chald this is pretty darn good. I picked it up for a swap with ashleyelizabeth and figured it made sense to keep some for myself—boy am I glad I did! Freshly brewed this is very rich and chocolatey without tasting sweetened or fake at all. Yum.

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90
drank Winter Spice by The Art of Tea
646 tasting notes

This is a really lovely tea, simply black.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I made my partner a cup last night and made another for my morning cuppa for work today for myself. He was blown away by it, which for someone who only a few months ago wouldn’t even try green tea is pretty amazing. He really likes it, especially the vanilla part. He’s happy that he has a lower caffeine option that is perfectly vanilla-y to have at night instead of his Vanilla (black).

And my cup this morning was lovely too!

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90

This is a new one from The Art of Tea, I immediately picked it from all the others as being new when we were setting up the market on Saturday (http://mymissingfactor.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/a-day-in-paradise/). So obviously it had to come home with me.

The vanilla! Wow! Its so creamy and sweet, but in a good way. In the way that only proper real vanilla can give to a cup. It complements the sencha perfectly, adding some creamy sweetness to the light green base. Ah! A new favourite, methinks. I can’t wait to have this iced as the warms up!

Steep conditions – around 5 mins. An accident, damn work getting in the way of my tea testing!
Temperature – I’m guessing it was around 75-80oC, but I forgot to take my thermometer to the kitchen, so its a guess.

I’ll fix this one up with a photo later…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Memily

I’m so bummed I didn’t make it down to the market! Hopefully you’re back there the weekend my family’s in town later this month.

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77

I’ve been slowly working my way through my box of this one, and after the cup I brewed up for breakfast this morning, I’m down to the last cup of that box. Unfortunately for my attempts to sort out my cupboard/teashelves/swap box craziness, I work for the company that makes this one so getting more is all too easy (practically and on the hip pocket!).

I brewed up a cup to have this morning before breakfast, my first black in about 5 days. I had a headache that lingered with my tummy bug and headaches and caffeine do not mix well in me. Just beautiful. The other half started doing his blacks at 95oC-ish instead of 100oC to wean himself off adding in sweetners as a necessity, and its a good trick! This comes out unbelievably smooth at 95, full of the bergamot flavouring and not a hint of bitterness. Beautiful.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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82
drank DUPLICATE by The Art of Tea
223 tasting notes

So after my atrocious sleep Sunday night, last night my lovely other half got a good sleep. At my expense. He seemed to like being right in the middle of our bed, with most of the doona. And rolling over on top of me left arm and side. But he slept well! He was so apologetic, and I know it wasn’t deliberate, but I can tell my barre instructor will be say a lot of “no, the other right!” to me tonight in class.

So, black tea it is! This one is still really lovely! The flavours are there, but not really strong, which I’m appreciating this morning. Nothing worse than the tea equivalent of heavy metal music when you’re still half asleep. Everything is just lovely and balanced, and gently coaxing me into the land of the living.

On Sunday we passed through the local T2 after doing a free yoga class at Lululemon and they had their Monk’s Pear for sampling. Not as good as this perfectly flavoured drop.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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97

I’ve been swapping between this and the Vanilla Chai quite extensively because they’re really tasty, Whole30 compliant, and brew with ease (and even tolerate some brewing errors well). I didn’t want to bore you all with repeats of how much I love them both so I’ve calmed down on the repeated posts a bit! But I have been drinking them both, and loving them!

The JEM is surprisingly resilient to some oversteeping. Like yesterday, when I timolino-ed up the tea, then got flooded with phone calls and it ended up getting a 10 minute steep. Usually a travesty for a sencha, but there was only the faintest hint that it had been in the water too long, and even then I’m not sure if it was bitterness or just too much flavouring ending up in the water. Just awesome.

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82

Did two steeps of this today as I had a spot of throat and sinus dryness. All good now. I love the mint in this, a perfect strength.

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