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This is what my mom bought for me to drink at her place on Christmas, so this is what I’m drinking. It’s okay; can’t taste the jasmine, but oh well.

Got lots of tea gifts, though! I prepared this using my new Adagio UtiliTEA kettle, which I’ve wanted for forever now. Also got some Golden Monkey, Milk Oolong, Monk’s Blend, and Vanilla Rooibos, so there should be new tasting notes soon – not to mention the Rishi order that just arrived. So much tea, so little time!

takgoti

Congratulations on your UtiliTeA! Do you use a thermometer at all when you brew? I’ve been waiting to compare notes with someone to see if mine’s a dud.

Bethany

Thanks! I don’t use a thermometer; I definitely should start, but I’m lazy. Is yours not brewing to the temperatures it’s supposed to?

takgoti

It oscillates rather madly. I’ll keep the dial setting the same and it will go 210 on one go, and then 185 on the next. I think it has something to do with the water level, but I keep it within the little min/max markings, so that shouldn’t be happening. It’s really frustrating. I continue to use it because it’s so fast, but I always take the temperature first now. I think it’s responsible for my wildly varied experiences with black teas.

Bethany

Weird. I haven’t noticed anything like that yet, but I’ll have to keep an eye on it. Right now I’m just loving the speed. I haven’t been able to have a cup of tea in the morning before work because it took my kettle too long to boil water, so I’m looking forward to the utiliTEA remedying that issue.

takgoti

Here’s hoping mine’s just futzy and yours works as advertised! I love the speed of mine, too, even if it comes out wonky half the time.

rabbysmom

ooo, just reading this- thinking about getting the Utilitea kettle! It looks awesome to use with the ingenuitea

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takgoti

Congratulations on your UtiliTeA! Do you use a thermometer at all when you brew? I’ve been waiting to compare notes with someone to see if mine’s a dud.

Bethany

Thanks! I don’t use a thermometer; I definitely should start, but I’m lazy. Is yours not brewing to the temperatures it’s supposed to?

takgoti

It oscillates rather madly. I’ll keep the dial setting the same and it will go 210 on one go, and then 185 on the next. I think it has something to do with the water level, but I keep it within the little min/max markings, so that shouldn’t be happening. It’s really frustrating. I continue to use it because it’s so fast, but I always take the temperature first now. I think it’s responsible for my wildly varied experiences with black teas.

Bethany

Weird. I haven’t noticed anything like that yet, but I’ll have to keep an eye on it. Right now I’m just loving the speed. I haven’t been able to have a cup of tea in the morning before work because it took my kettle too long to boil water, so I’m looking forward to the utiliTEA remedying that issue.

takgoti

Here’s hoping mine’s just futzy and yours works as advertised! I love the speed of mine, too, even if it comes out wonky half the time.

rabbysmom

ooo, just reading this- thinking about getting the Utilitea kettle! It looks awesome to use with the ingenuitea

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I’m (almost) always up for a trade, so comment on a tasting note if you’re interested. I try to keep my cupboard up to date.

I’m a 23 year-old grant writer who loves having a good strong tea by my side as I write. I love The Mountain Goats, cooking, the Steelers, writing, beer, and singing in my office band.

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