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Coldbrew sipdown (321/303)

We bid a sad farewell to our dear friend Eric Northman. He served us well and even introduced my wifey to a like of coldbrewed black teas. But alas, it is time for him to go meet the sun. Perhaps he will see Godric on the other side and be happy for it.


And Nora. They will be a happy family once again.

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Sipdown (322/304)

I was sad that I hadn’t accomplished any sipdowns today, so when I ran out of coldbrews, I made two cups of this one.

It was…okay. Just okay. The first cup I only doctored with sugar and while I got some vanilla, I mostly got astringent black tea. The second cup, I added a splash of milk hoping to up the creaminess and round off the bite, but instead it just weakened it. I’ve got too many other vanilla blacks to waste my time with a reorder of this.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This tea is in the sipdown tins pile and with good reason. It’s okay, fairly good, actually, but it’s not something I ever reach for…

…okay, now that I’ve given it a shake and the sugar has mixed into this coldbrew, my opinion is changing. The strawberry is coming forward and while I’d call this a strawberries and cream more than shortcake, it’s still yummy and deserving of the 94 rating.

Staying in the sipdowns, though.

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One day more….

Still yummy, but I’m getting bored. I need to rotate my sipdowns more, maybe I’ll have my wife finish off the last mason jar-full tomorrow, since I’ve already got it going in the fridge.

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Having a grumpy evening so I’m trying to cheer myself up with a tried and true favorite.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the greatest cup. Good, but not the cup of liquid frosting I was looking for.



Oh no. I hope things start to look up soon. Also, if you haven’t tried it yet, you should take a page out of Roswell Strange’s book and try this cold brewed.

aisling of tea

The first time I had Birthday Cake, back when it first came out, it was iced and so, so good.

And things got a lot better when my wifey got home. She makes everything better.

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Love this tea. Love, love, love this tea. Damn you, Adagio, for your insane shipping prices. Ah well, there are other teas for me to love.

I ran out of cold brewed teas and didn’t quite know what to do with myself. So I sorted the Adagio samplers into “drink hot” and “drink cold” and had to have another cup of this. I have enough for two more cups and then I will be crying forever.

It’s still delicious blackberry pie in a cup and I love it.

Roswell Strange

I watched the movie tonight with a friend! It was her first time seeing it, and she loved it :)

aisling of tea

That’s because it’s the best movie ever. I’m so sad about Honest Ed’s closing and this movie/graphic novel series is part of the reason why.

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Today I had a Moment and reorganized our tins, picking out 10 for sipdowns/giving away so almost all of the tins fit in the drawers of our tea cabinet. It looks so much better.

Anyhoo, yis. Eric is a friend of mine, but he needs t’ go. So I have him cold steeping for tomorrow and then there’s just enough for one more cold brew. And then I’m going to work on The Mad Hatter’s Blend.

Color me surprised, however. I sent a timolino of this to work with my wife and she really likes it! And as a general rule, she doesn’t like iced teas that actually involve, well, tea. So yay for trying new things and liking them!!

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drank Peach by Adagio Teas
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Coldbrew sipdown (323/305)

This is a decent tea. it’s not great, it’s not awful, it’s not a must have, but it’s not something I mind drinking, either. It’s a peachy black, but with nothing special about it. It’s just…there. If you’re in the States, it’s fairly good for a peachy black, but here in Canada there are other teas I have better access to than this one.

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Coldbrew heaven and I earned it after the honey ginger disaster. I love this tea cold. It’s creamy and sweet and oolongy and just plain wonderful.

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Once this brewed up, this smelled like Honeybee from Davids, but taste…no. Ugh no. It tastes like honeyed black licorice. It was a coldbrew I will not be repeating and the wifey has a bunch of swap packages going out, so hopefully this can be dropped into one of those.

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

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