Backlog, as I actually had this tea yesterday evening when I got home from work.
I tossed a bit of cream and rock sugar into my cup even before brewing, because “I am who I am” and all that jazz. I think I brewed it a minute or so longer than the suggestion, which I’m actually happy about because i always end up doing it anyway. In the bag, this smelled of delicious toasty maple, and the scent continued to grace me as it brewed.
although I don’t think I quite detected nearly as much maple, I think it did come through more clearly once the tea cooled a little. But when I took my first few sips, there was a sort of generic (but still very pleasant-tasting) sweetness, and i’m certain I could detect the pecan, which made me really happy.
Bottom line: I’m going to keep playing with this one, and am glad I have enough left in my sample to do so. I have a feeling I could be quite smitten with it if I let it steep for a million years before sipping.
In other news, I spent the entirety of yesterday at the Apple store, basically bribing and begging the technicians to look at my phone. Finally someone looked at it, only to conclude that it was likely fried (the apple symbol would just cycle endlessly). 250 dollars later, I have a replacement phone, and the amazing thing is that because everything had been backed up on the cloud, it’s literally as if I have my old phone back—complete with text messages, missed calls, and all my apps still exactly as I’d left them (complete with the specific screens that I had open at the time!). The moral of the story is: no more phones in back pockets (I’m not quite at the point where I can say I won’t bring it into the bathroom at all)