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My thoughts on this feel similar to Auggy’s, so since she sent me this tea I’m going to do a small homage to one of her prior logs. Here we go.

Hmm…Auggy sent this. Intriguing. Have I tried a CTC before?



I don’t think so. Hee, they look like coffee grounds.

Sniff, sniff.

I don’t smell anything.

Sniff, sniff!

…Dirt? Light dirt? What the what, am I congested?

Shrug. Pour.

I’m bored. Are they expanding? They’re not. Wait… Nevermind, nope. Is it done yet? How cold is it outside? 25? Poop. Is it done yet? I want to see Avatar again. I need to make cookies. Oh, laundry.



Finally!

Pull out infuser. Hold up the basket.

Sniff, sniff.

Okay, now I really don’t smell anything.

Hold up the cup.

Sniff, sniff.

…Keemun?

Tilt head. Furrow brow. Blow on liquid.

Sip.

OUCH!

Still not cool enough.

Checking the weather… Scanning the newspaper… Tapping my foot… Making a sandwich…mmm…ham.

What the world. Needs now. Is love. Sweet love. It’s the only thiiing. That there’s just. Too little of. Ah damn it, this is going to be stuck in my head all day, isn’t it?

Check the cup.

Better?

Sip.

Mm, okay. It’s kind of…sweet. But also malty. Bake-y? Oh. OH! Bitter. BITTER!!!

Okay. Hrm.

Tentative sip.

Swish, swish.

Okay. Kinda sweet at the front of the tongue. Sort of flat at the sides. Let’s try the back…

BITTER.

Gulp.

BITTER! Breathe. Oooh. That’s kind of sweet. Kind of…darjeeling sweet. Especially if I concentrate on the center of my tongue. I wonder what’ll happen if I move to the back…

BITTER!!!

Well, that was both predictable and stupid.

Is this the reeeeeal liiiiife? Is it just faaaantasssssy?

NO.



What the world. Needs now.

DAMN IT!

Sip.

Lather, rinse, repeat. I think I need to try this again, either with additives or a shorter steep time, or both, or whatever. It was interesting. I wouldn’t necessarily call it enjoyable. Overall, it reminded me of a keemun. A very near over-steeped keemun. I hope you enjoyed the rather censored journey into my brain. Thanks Auggy, I’ll be logging this again, I’m sure.

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Auggy

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
Sorry you didn’t like it much but I loved listening to you not like it!

Jillian

LOL, that was fun. XD

CTC teas do brew up quickly and strong I’ve heard, so cutting down the steeping time might help…or it might just be a crappy tea. ;)

teaplz

THIS IS AMAZING.

And this tea looks ridiculously funny! Seriously. Adorable but so bizarre!

Ricky

I think this deserves a lol. =D So this is what goes on in that brilliant mind of yours.

Kitch3ntools

LOL loved reading this post! <3

S

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different
results.” smile

LENA

I loved it! I think your mind jumps around like my husband’s does. He can string together odd thoughts and start a new conversation out of nowhere that only he knows how he got there.
For example: Making a protein shake. Adding a banana. Monkey. Space Chimps. NASA. = “Hey Lena, did you know we might be able to see a meteor shower in August?”

yep, that’s right. :) i love him.

Auggy

Lena, I officially adore your husband. Of course, this is from the person that once made the comment, “Speaking of Superman, what about my allowance” (trust me, it connected in my mind). Plus… monkeys!

LENA

@ Auggy – lol…he’s a good one to keep around. And he loves monkeys too. Sometimes when he says something weird, I’ll just ask him…“so what made you think of that?” It’s usually pretty comical.

teaplz

Lena, I do the SAME thing… except in the middle of conversation. And then nobody knows how I made the leap. And everyone’s confused. :( But I agree, your husband is a keeper!

takgoti

@Auggy Not this time, I’m afraid, but I’m gonna keep trying it until the sample’s gone. Glad I could entertain!

@Jillian Hee, thanks. Yeah, I probably oversteeped it. Or maybe understeeped it – I’ve gotten this with keemuns before if I understeep them too. Four minutes is usually a good middling time for me with blacks, so I typically start there if I don’t know what to do. Clearly, this was a bit much for me.

@teaplz Yeah, right? Dumb LTR doesn’t have pictures on their site. I’ll take one and get it up here so people can see.

@Ricky Hardly brilliant, but yeah, if distilled a bit.

@Kitch3ntools Thanks! It was fun to write!

@Shanti Damn! That’s why I never win at slots, then?

@LENA HEE! Yeah, I’ve had to explain myself more than a few times. Tell your husband I say we win!

Auggy

Yeah, you probably have already figured out that shorter steep time is a good bet here but I just had one from Lupicia with a 1 – 2 minute steep time… so maybe that’s a good starting point for CTC leaf steep time.

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Auggy

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
Sorry you didn’t like it much but I loved listening to you not like it!

Jillian

LOL, that was fun. XD

CTC teas do brew up quickly and strong I’ve heard, so cutting down the steeping time might help…or it might just be a crappy tea. ;)

teaplz

THIS IS AMAZING.

And this tea looks ridiculously funny! Seriously. Adorable but so bizarre!

Ricky

I think this deserves a lol. =D So this is what goes on in that brilliant mind of yours.

Kitch3ntools

LOL loved reading this post! <3

S

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different
results.” smile

LENA

I loved it! I think your mind jumps around like my husband’s does. He can string together odd thoughts and start a new conversation out of nowhere that only he knows how he got there.
For example: Making a protein shake. Adding a banana. Monkey. Space Chimps. NASA. = “Hey Lena, did you know we might be able to see a meteor shower in August?”

yep, that’s right. :) i love him.

Auggy

Lena, I officially adore your husband. Of course, this is from the person that once made the comment, “Speaking of Superman, what about my allowance” (trust me, it connected in my mind). Plus… monkeys!

LENA

@ Auggy – lol…he’s a good one to keep around. And he loves monkeys too. Sometimes when he says something weird, I’ll just ask him…“so what made you think of that?” It’s usually pretty comical.

teaplz

Lena, I do the SAME thing… except in the middle of conversation. And then nobody knows how I made the leap. And everyone’s confused. :( But I agree, your husband is a keeper!

takgoti

@Auggy Not this time, I’m afraid, but I’m gonna keep trying it until the sample’s gone. Glad I could entertain!

@Jillian Hee, thanks. Yeah, I probably oversteeped it. Or maybe understeeped it – I’ve gotten this with keemuns before if I understeep them too. Four minutes is usually a good middling time for me with blacks, so I typically start there if I don’t know what to do. Clearly, this was a bit much for me.

@teaplz Yeah, right? Dumb LTR doesn’t have pictures on their site. I’ll take one and get it up here so people can see.

@Ricky Hardly brilliant, but yeah, if distilled a bit.

@Kitch3ntools Thanks! It was fun to write!

@Shanti Damn! That’s why I never win at slots, then?

@LENA HEE! Yeah, I’ve had to explain myself more than a few times. Tell your husband I say we win!

Auggy

Yeah, you probably have already figured out that shorter steep time is a good bet here but I just had one from Lupicia with a 1 – 2 minute steep time… so maybe that’s a good starting point for CTC leaf steep time.

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