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Last night:

TV: " Legs spread same width as the shoulders, body tight, then hit the ball like you’re defeating the enemy. Here the pinky finger is the key. Then you just hit hit hit kaking-bingo!"

Me: -.o

TV: “What are you talking about?”

“He who conquers the left side conquers the world chief. Setting the parameters … that’s really the hard part.”

Me: …zzzzz…

Vespa on the TV: SCREEEEEEEEECH

Me: O.O OH GOD WHAT

Bad times. Baaaad times. Mastering my sleep schedule has always been difficult. With the con today, waking up too early would not have been good, so falling asleep early was not an option. Cue this chai.

I’m not sure why, but the dry blend smells, to me, like an antique store…or reminds me, maybe, of some of the re-enactment houses and locations in Colonial Williamsburg, which I adored visiting every summer as a kid when we would drive up the eastern seaboard. I can’t tell you what it is in the blend that triggers these memories…only that something assuredly does. It may be the very subtle, lingering scent of something smokey in the tea…in fact, I’m certain that’s part of it.

It tastes, after being prepared like a chai, almost exactly like it smells, only with more depth than it’s willing to give your nose. The smokey quality is really appealing to me. It’s very subtle, but very definitely there. You take a sip and you don’t have to look for it, but neither does it overpower a fairly well-balanced, internally-warming blend of the usual chai spices. I have trouble finding the vanilla in here, though.

Prepared 1c. water, some sugar brought to boil, tea added, simmered 3-4 minutes, 1c. 2% added, allowed to get foamy, removed from heat and let sit for a while. Strained/poured/sipped in front of the tv.

Nothing amazing happens here, everything is ordinary. A huge factory that can be seen from our town, the Medical Mechanica plant. All the adults got excited when it came here, like it was really a big thing. The white steam that billows out every day at the same time, it looked to me like smoke that signified some kind of omen. Smoke that spreads out and covers everything.

Ahhhh.

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teaplz

So happy that you’re enjoying your SerendipiTea stuff! They’re on track to be one of my favorite companies!

Doulton

What a fantastic note. I know what you mean about the smells unique to Williamsburg and there’s a slight variation on the smells at Sturbridge Village. These smells descend from and are kin to the smell of the mummy rooms at various museums. The smell made me feel frantic and trapped when I was young, but I can now see it as something nostalgic and to be embraced.
I love your tasting notes and hope that you get enough sleep to carry on.

__Morgana__

PAX sounds like fun. Have a good time.

cultureflip

youre weird ; )

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teaplz

So happy that you’re enjoying your SerendipiTea stuff! They’re on track to be one of my favorite companies!

Doulton

What a fantastic note. I know what you mean about the smells unique to Williamsburg and there’s a slight variation on the smells at Sturbridge Village. These smells descend from and are kin to the smell of the mummy rooms at various museums. The smell made me feel frantic and trapped when I was young, but I can now see it as something nostalgic and to be embraced.
I love your tasting notes and hope that you get enough sleep to carry on.

__Morgana__

PAX sounds like fun. Have a good time.

cultureflip

youre weird ; )

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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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