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318 Tasting Notes

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drank Strawberry Sencha by Tealuxe
318 tasting notes

All throughout Shakespeare I was craving this. I had a cup of Golden Monkey, and this is absolutely the opposite. Smooth and sweet and scented and buttery… ohhh I’m in tea heaven right now.

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I feel like I’m getting sick. Oh no!

Big cup of this with lots of honey. Neither of which I like, necessarily… but both of which will help. Am I the only one who doesn’t really like honey?

TassieTeaGirl

Ok, that confirms it, I’m sending you some leatherwood honey in our next swap. Best stuff ever!

Michelle

If you can change my opinion on honey then all the more props to you! :)

Rachel Sincere

I am not crazy about honey at all. There’s this weird musky?? taste to it that bugs me. Heh heh. Bugs. It’s bee spit, after all.

Memily

Tasmania has great mind-changing powers ;)

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Long, spindly thin black needle-leaves.

Yesterday I steeped a tumbler of this hot, and it was good. In between classes, though, I didn’t have enough time to heat water and wait for it to steep, so I just filled my tumbler with cold water and let the second steep cold-brew on the way to class.

It was so good! There was a beautiful honey-like sweetness that blended surprisingly well with the smoky notes! And any astringency or maltiness had faded, so it was a much softer brew.

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This is from Summer 2012. It came courtesy of Autumn Hearth

I’ve been hoarding the last few cups of this in my stash. It’s so good I don’t want to waste it. At the same time, it’s been a long time since I’ve had any really good tea.

I’m having a hard time breathing today so I’m trying to stay away from caffeine. I don’t want to make anything worse. And I decided that I’ve had a rough couple of weeks. I deserve some good tea.

Brewed Western-style, ~2tsp /16 oz. 30 sec first infusion.

So light, but it’s so thick and creamy and delicious. It’s sweet and sparkling. It has that nuttiness that I love about Dragonwell. And ohhh the lingering aftertaste.

Breathing is good. So is this tea. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Hope you feel better!

Michelle

Thanks Bonnie!

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81
drank Irish Breakfast by Tealuxe
318 tasting notes

Nom noms. Deep and rich and hearty.

I’ve spent all night touching up the photos of my school’s winter show, and they’re finally up! :)
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(this post more an advertisement than an actual tasting note XD)

gmathis

You’ve been working hard—behind the scenes, too, I’m sure! Rest and enjoy a Sunday evening cuppa.

Michelle

Yeah! :)

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I want something sweet and decadent.

Last night I had a bad night, so I went to the music building and played until I didn’t have the fine motor control to trill and playing forte actually produced strain. I was shaky and so, so tired, but I couldn’t stop. When the kid working in the music library left after security had locked the doors, he asked if I wanted someone to walk me home. “I’m fine,” I said, “I do this all the time. But thanks.” (It was about 2 in the morning). It was so unexpectedly nice.

Today, though, I’m falling asleep. My sleep schedule’s been so wonky because of things like this. And I don’t get lunch.

So I want something sweet and creamy and heavy, and I tossed in a teaspoon of mate. Which will either wake me up or give me a panic attack. Here’s to hoping for the former.

I’m leaving school and going home for the weekend. Hopefully I’ll feel better then.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
TassieTeaGirl

It’s nice when the universe reminds you there’s good out there, waiting to help if you need it! I hope you sleep well soon.

Claire

Please take care of yourself. I know it can be hard when we’re super busy, but it is important and you deserve it!

Michelle

Thanks guys. I’m just in a bit of a funk right now. I think I’m just going to watch movies and knit and not stress tonight :)

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Another sipdown! Woohoo!

I shot our winter play last night, and I’m sitting here watermarking the photos… it’s so boring. This is keeping me company :)

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84
drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
318 tasting notes

Another sample sipdown! This one came from Azzrian, I’m fairly certain.

I have about five different vanilla teas in my stash right now, and even for me that’s a bit too much.

This one has a really interesting sort of baked goods smell wafting from it – as if it really were a “cafe” vanilla tea instead of just a vanilla tea! There’s a buttery fruitiness to it that’s really intriguing. A lovely cup.

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75
drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
318 tasting notes

Byebye! Sipdown time!

I’m actually really happy to be getting rid of some of the teas that I like… but don’t love, and therefore don’t drink a lot.

Also: this is my 300th tasting note! Woohoo!

Claire

Congratulations on 300!

yappychappy

Congrats on 300~!

Miss Starfish

Happy 300th tasting note!

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79
drank Mystery Genmaicha by Unknown
318 tasting notes

Another mysterious Japanese tea from my friend. I’m 90% sure it’s a bagged genmaicha. The bags have that distinctive sort of roasty smell, and it tastes like a genmaicha. So that’s what I’m calling it.

No information on the tea whatsoever, but it’s good. I just left the bag in my 8oz Pavina and it didn’t get bitter at all, which is wonderful and surprising.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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Michelle, 19. College student: upstate NY.

I really enjoy tea, British television and theatre. I read a lot, write a lot, dream a lot.

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