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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
158 tasting notes

I’m not sure why it is that I hadn’t rated this tea before. Tonight is completely the wrong night to do it for multiple reasons, but here we go.

There are some nights that I come home and I’m so tired that I can hardly function properly. This is one of those nights. I am…exhausted. Completely depleted. The last three days have, as I mentioned earlier, been a gauntlet of geekdom at PAX, capped off every night with dinner out with friends, at which much bacchanalia took place, meaning I’ve consumed more alcohol in the last three days than I have in the last three months altogether, and that includes St. Patrick’s day. (I am not, admittedly, really a drinker…but clearly, I do nothing in half-steps.)

Tonight, dinner with a friend having her 29th birthday at a tapas place. Tapas was eaten. Pitchers of sangria were demolished.

I managed to remember to make a decaf/uncaf cup of tea…

But I made it at 175.

Sigh.

The good news is that it’s still pretty good. It’s not the weak and watery mess I expected once I realized what I had done.

Taken on its own merits, I’m sure this tea would get a less generous rating from me…not because it isn’t good (it is) but because it isn’t enough to get me excited.

What is exciting about it is the fact that it tastes this cozy and good, and is clearly black tea, and yet it’s decaf, and I can have it at 10pm without worrying about not being able to fall asleep…which is a big deal, as I have yet to locate too many teas other than some whites that seem capable of being satisfying, sans caffeine.

That alone is worth a handful or two of rating points. This will definitely go on my list of teas to reorder.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
wombatgirl

Did you get to watch the keynote at PAX?

Ricky

Tapas!!! Now I want some… 175, darn zojirushi, it always gets me too. I made Pina Colada at 175F, I ended up throwing the cup of water into the microwave to bring it to a boil.

~lauren.

My friends and I drank this all the time at a local Barnes & Noble years ago. Just realized, this is a nostalgic tea for me. Thanks for reminding me of special times and good tea!

sophistre

wombatgirl: I did not! I hear it was Wil Wheaton. Crazy fact: that guy used to email me sometimes. We struck up a nerdy e-penpal sort of thing after I sent him an email asking about this video, because I’d not been able to locate it anywhere else: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/weeee

Strange, I know. Yes, I was briefly e-friends with Wesley Crusher over a weird flash video meme. The internet is a weird place.

Ricky: I’d love to say this is the first time I have done this, but…hahaha. Yeah.

Lauren: Hey, anytime. ;) I wish I’d been exposed to really good tea a few years ago, myself.

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wombatgirl

Did you get to watch the keynote at PAX?

Ricky

Tapas!!! Now I want some… 175, darn zojirushi, it always gets me too. I made Pina Colada at 175F, I ended up throwing the cup of water into the microwave to bring it to a boil.

~lauren.

My friends and I drank this all the time at a local Barnes & Noble years ago. Just realized, this is a nostalgic tea for me. Thanks for reminding me of special times and good tea!

sophistre

wombatgirl: I did not! I hear it was Wil Wheaton. Crazy fact: that guy used to email me sometimes. We struck up a nerdy e-penpal sort of thing after I sent him an email asking about this video, because I’d not been able to locate it anywhere else: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/weeee

Strange, I know. Yes, I was briefly e-friends with Wesley Crusher over a weird flash video meme. The internet is a weird place.

Ricky: I’d love to say this is the first time I have done this, but…hahaha. Yeah.

Lauren: Hey, anytime. ;) I wish I’d been exposed to really good tea a few years ago, myself.

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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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