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This is for the 2012 harvest. I noticed there isn’t a separate tea log for the new harvest, so I’m just adding it here.

I brewed this in my 12oz mug. It brews several times, I start with short steeps (about 20-30seconds) working up to 2 minutes. I can usually get about 5 steepings this way with plenty of flavor.

This tea is creamy, beany, smooth as usual. Like soy milk. It’s good. This harvest, this year, seems to have more smokey notes to it with a hint of a salt note. I get a nice oatmeal note mostly in the aroma, but definitely some smoke and a hint of a roasty note. This is not a bad thing, I typically don’t like smoke, but it fits this tea, this harvest. It’s more bold, more robust, but not in the way that a black tea is, it is in its own way. This tea, no matter the harvest, is always a pleasant companion.


Story
I’m always a little hesitant about telling stories, I feel as if I’m letting something so terribly personal out to the world, as if I am somehow judged for my memories. This story is a new one, one that I am always even more hesitant to tell people. Whenever I tell people this story I know they judge me. I feel as if I am put on a higher pedestal because of it and I am unable to live up to it.

Today is Veteran’s Day, I want to honor the veterans who are serving, those who have served and those who have paid the ultimate price. I have comrades in each of those categories. Some are family, some are friends, most were coworkers. Yes, I am a veteran. I had served 5 years active duty, I was a helicopter mechanic, and yes I did go overseas to the Middle East.

But in my eyes I did my job. I did nothing more, I did not sacrifice anything more than my own personal comforts and some frame of mind. I feel, if anything, that my eyes were opened to the world, my mind broadened. I learned to live with less, a more simplistic lifestyle, for the better, that I didn’t need all these materialistic things to keep me happy. I learned what I really needed to keep me alive and healthy and happy. Food, shelter, companionship, family. I also meet my husband in the military.

I was in a war zone, but I never fought. I just repaired the damage. And in many ways I am thankful for that. I know many that have, and not a single one comes back the same. Never. I never wanted to be a destroyer, I wanted to help, not hurt. Even if all I did was repair helicopters, those helicopters were used for anti-piracy, cargo and mail loading, and as air ambulance. There was an incident were those that I worked with died in one of our helicopters. Four people I worked with gone in a flash. Investigators never did find out what was the cause. That was 6 years ago, almost 7. It was within my first six months of actual service.

Twice a year, once in January when they died, and on today, I think of them. I think of those I worked next to, served with, served after me and before me and no matter how hard I try I cry every time I hear taps. It’s amazing how such a simple piece of music can carry such emotion and memories. So, to those who have served, to those who are serving, to the families, and to those who have sacrificed everything, Thank you.

Preparation
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gmathis

Wow. Thank you for your behind-the-scenes role, and for sharing that story.

Michelle

You told a beautiful story. Thank you for everything you do and did. Just because you were never in combat doesn’t mean that your role wasn’t integral. Please don’t ever feel hesitant to share your stories. We are all here to listen.

Ninavampi

Thanks for sharing!

ashmanra

Thank you for sharing your story. Blessings!

ssajami

Your story brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing it! Here in Israel everyone serves in the army (as did I for 2 years), and so every one knows someone hurt or killed in the service. Even if not in the front lines, every job counts and helps others do what they do. Our veterans day is in May, but I too will have a cup of this amazing tea today in remembrance and honor of fellow veterans overseas.

Invader Zim

Thank you all, I’m glad you appreciate it :)

Bonnie

You should always tell this story and often. Thank you! You served, and it does not matter that you were not in direct harms way! Those helicopters couldn’t afford to malfunction! You did a fine job and are appreciated!
You carry something inside you that will always be there, the remembrence of those who died and this story. Memory Eternal!

Ysaurella

thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

TheTeaFairy

I understand what you meant by« letting something personal out to the world» . I am in life a very private person, who never shares anything on the web…but somehow, Steepster makes me feel «safe» in some strange way with no fear of being judgedll…Maybe it’s the fact that we all share the same passion and that so far, I found only good people here?
Your review is truly inspiring and very humble…I think you described the true essence of what serving is all about…Thank you, I’m glad I got the privilege to read it…

Invader Zim

I too feel very safe here on Steepster. It really is a good community. I’ve been apart of other forums and this one is by far the friendliest and non-judgmental. Definitely good people here, you guys prove it!

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gmathis

Wow. Thank you for your behind-the-scenes role, and for sharing that story.

Michelle

You told a beautiful story. Thank you for everything you do and did. Just because you were never in combat doesn’t mean that your role wasn’t integral. Please don’t ever feel hesitant to share your stories. We are all here to listen.

Ninavampi

Thanks for sharing!

ashmanra

Thank you for sharing your story. Blessings!

ssajami

Your story brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing it! Here in Israel everyone serves in the army (as did I for 2 years), and so every one knows someone hurt or killed in the service. Even if not in the front lines, every job counts and helps others do what they do. Our veterans day is in May, but I too will have a cup of this amazing tea today in remembrance and honor of fellow veterans overseas.

Invader Zim

Thank you all, I’m glad you appreciate it :)

Bonnie

You should always tell this story and often. Thank you! You served, and it does not matter that you were not in direct harms way! Those helicopters couldn’t afford to malfunction! You did a fine job and are appreciated!
You carry something inside you that will always be there, the remembrence of those who died and this story. Memory Eternal!

Ysaurella

thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

TheTeaFairy

I understand what you meant by« letting something personal out to the world» . I am in life a very private person, who never shares anything on the web…but somehow, Steepster makes me feel «safe» in some strange way with no fear of being judgedll…Maybe it’s the fact that we all share the same passion and that so far, I found only good people here?
Your review is truly inspiring and very humble…I think you described the true essence of what serving is all about…Thank you, I’m glad I got the privilege to read it…

Invader Zim

I too feel very safe here on Steepster. It really is a good community. I’ve been apart of other forums and this one is by far the friendliest and non-judgmental. Definitely good people here, you guys prove it!

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I’m an avid tea drinker, it’s what I drink all day and why I’m here. I don’t sweeten my teas except for the occasional iced tea or cold-brewed tea. I typically brew my teas with a brew basket in a 12 oz cup. If I brew another way I will always note it.

Dislikes: black teas, milk flavored oolongs, hibiscus, red rooibos, licorice, dessert teas, mate, guayusa.

Loves: straight teas, especially Chinese green teas, sencha, jasmine, dan congs, mint, coconut.

My ratings are based mostly on the smiley faces. If a tea is of good quality but not to my taste preference I try not to rate it because I think that is unfair.

I drink a lot of the same teas and will not record every time I drink them. I log them the first time I try them and then again if I did something different and/or got different results.

I also try to keep my cupboard updated to what I actually have for those that wish to swap, although some of them are merely samples.

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