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My order of the stuff I liked best out of the GM sampler (Lapsang Souchong, Sinharaja, Coconut Pouchong and the Imperial Formosa Oolong) came in today, woo! My review of the flavors in this tea still stands. Nothing new to add about it here, save that after brewing I caught the VERY distinct aroma of gardenias. That’s a heavy, cloying smell that’s hard to mistake for anything else; perhaps I can attribute it to having been too impatient to cool the water as much as I did the last time I had this tea.

Today’s weather is MISERY. It’s sleet-snowing like precipitation is going out of style, and bitterly cold. It’s the sort of weather that makes a person want to hibernate.

So, of course I’m having a dietary explosion of epic proportions. I ordered some pastries (delivery! Sinful!) and when they came in, I brewed up a big fat cup of this to sip on while I ate a napoleon. Paired together alongside the prospect of a cozy day indoors in my pajamas playing the recently-released Mass Effect 2, and I am at this moment in time almost giddily, inappropriately happy.

(Actually, some of the excessive giddy silliness might have come from being made to sit through watching Johnny Weir ice-dance to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. That is the sort of thing that definitely changes the course of one’s day, lemme tell you.)

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec
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Wheee! I still haven’t tried this one yet, but my box is slowly narrowing down… and this one looks like it’ll be very good. Mmm. I can’t wait!

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teaplz

Wheee! I still haven’t tried this one yet, but my box is slowly narrowing down… and this one looks like it’ll be very good. Mmm. I can’t wait!

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Ohhh, I dunno. I like tea but I’m kind of a tea newbie. At this point I can say with authority that I may never be anything else, no matter how many teas I try…there is always something new out there.

I write a lot.

I also play way too many video games.


Ratings! (Bout time, wot?) This is a new arrangement, so…subject to change!

1-10: Not potable. First-sip disasters.

11-30: Intensely unpleasant…won’t catch me finishing the cup.

31-50: I really don’t like it…but maybe somebody else out there would.

51-70: Drinkable, but probably not the first thing I’m going to reach for.

71-90: Pretty good tea, and stuff that there’s a good chance I’ll have on-hand. Will do in a pinch at the low end, all the way up to regular visitors to my infuser on the high end.

91-100: Teas I really do not want to be without.

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