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The second of my Kusmi splurge. :)

The first time I smelled this, I definitely got a sense of the citrus, and vanilla, and spices (the clove comes out strongly). But then I had a revelation: This tea smells like Coca-Cola! So now all I smell is Coke. :P

Brewed, it smells more like black tea with clove. Mmmm.

It kind of tastes like Coke, too, but spicier (not overly spicy, though). It’s smooth and warm. Mmm. It has a little bit of sweetness to it too, but it’s not anything overpowering. It’s not overly anything, and the flavors just work really well together. I like! :)

Since my St. Petersburg turned out a bit strong this morning with a steep time of 3 mins, I thought I’d try this at 2 to see how that would be, and it works! Yay!

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Hmmm, coca cola…. I think I do recall it a bit, but more like really hot boiling coca cola. Now that’s just weird =P

the quiet life

Hahaha, yeah! But someday, perhaps I’ll make this iced with some sugar and try this side-by-side with Coke to see how close it really is. :P

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Ricky

Hmmm, coca cola…. I think I do recall it a bit, but more like really hot boiling coca cola. Now that’s just weird =P

the quiet life

Hahaha, yeah! But someday, perhaps I’ll make this iced with some sugar and try this side-by-side with Coke to see how close it really is. :P

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I blame half of my tea obsession on Japan and the time I spent there in a study abroad program. Tea is everywhere in Japan, and I drank it daily while staying with my host family. When I came back home, I found myself craving it!

The other half of my tea obsession I blame on my job as a barista at Borders, where we serve Tazo loose leaf teas. I hadn’t even considered loose leaf teas a possibility until I started working there! The freshness and the difference in quality really turned me on to loose leaf teas.

So bit by bit, I’ve been increasing my tea self-education, and I drink tea at least once a day. I love trying new kinds, and unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), the more I learn, the more I want to try!

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