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Logging this from Monday, ’cuz I was laaaaaazy.

Tried this iced at work again. Steeped two huge scoops in 16 oz of water for about 15 mins. (I wanted it to get stronger than last time, but I left the lid off to cool, so I added a few mins onto the time to account for the water not being so hot the whole time.) I let it cool a bit more, and then I poured it over ice (in a 24 oz cup), mixed it a bit so it was cold, added about 5 pumps of vanilla syrup, and then about an inch of soy milk on top. (Yeah, an inch really isn’t a proper measurement, haha, but that’s how much room I left for it in the cup.)

It got perfect! :D I will definitely be making it that way every Monday when I work in the cafe. :P

And I’m upping my rating, because I really do like this tea quite a bit! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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80

This was so yummy yesterday, I decided to have it again today!:D

Used even more leaf than yesterday, so it’s dark and coppery. Even more delicious! :)

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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Hello! I just finished reading the Swan Thieves! Would you like to read it? If you would, PM me, and perhaps we can arrange a little tea sample trade as well :)

the quiet life

I do want to read it, but I work at Borders, and we can borrow books for free, so I’ll just borrow it from there. Thanks, though!! :) If you still want to do a tea sample trade, though, I’d be up for it!

JacquelineM

Wow – that’s a great job perk!!! :) I’ll take a look at your cupboard, and you take a look at mine, and I’ll PM ya!

the quiet life

Okay, sounds good! :) I have way more than I can drink of most of my teas, so feel free to request anything!

And yeah, being able to borrow books is a big part of why I still work there (even though it’s only one day a week)! :P

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190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80

I decided I was in the mood for this today. :) Last time, with 2 mins, it worked out too weak (though 3 mins was too strong). I wanted to stick with the 2 mins, though, so I added more leaf. Win! :D

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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95

I have been so busy the past couple of days that I haven’t had time to have tea! :( But finally I have some time today, so I made this one up first thing this morning! I was in the mood for comforting and yummy. As usual, this does not disappoint. :)

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
99 tasting notes

This is more tea-y than caramel-y today. And it’s a little bitter on the tea end of things. It turned out better when I brewed it at home with boiling water. Boo. :\

But hey. At least I can taste now!

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I love almond-flavored things and I love oolong, so this was definitely a tea I wanted to try!

The leaves smell sweet, slightly almondy, but just kind of sweet in general.

Brewed, I smell that same sweet, slightly almond scent. But it’s not what I would consider almond to smell like. I’m probably thinking of almond extract, and this isn’t quite that.

The taste? Unfortunately, I can’t seem to taste anything over the apple I had a bit ago, so I will have to try this again some other time. :sigh:

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190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100

Another tea I’ve been neglecting! Mmmm the malty goodness! I love this tea!

The last couple of times I brewed it, I did it with tea filters, but I brewed it in my steeper mug today, and I got to see how the leaves turned from the dry, teeny tiny knots into HUGE leaves! It’s quite awesome to see the change.

For some reason, this is reminding me of Thomas Sampson today. No complaints about that. :P I think I did brew it a little bit stronger today, though. Perhaps that’s why! Or maybe my tastebuds just don’t work as well this early in the morning. :P Normally, I get a rich, malty taste with chocolatey notes, but today it tastes like Thomas Sampson. :shrug:

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
itsme_timd

That’s it! Malt! That’s what I’m tasting! Thanks.

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100

OM NOM NOM. This is what I think every time I open this tea up and smell it. It smells soooo good. If it were nom-able, I would totally just nom it.

I think they should make Tencha-Kuki Houjicha potato chips. They probably do make snacks that taste like this in Japan. Maybe that’s why I want to nom it so bad, lol.

I’m sooo hungry, and to prevent myself from going down to the vending machine and getting junk food, I decided to have some of this. It was a very tasty decision.

I did end up making this a bit stronger than I had it the last time, but that’s not a bad thing. And it hasn’t made it any better. It’s just as awesome as before. :)

And now I’m thinking I shoulda had this with the sushi I ate for lunch yesterday! It would have gone awesomely together. Oh well. Next time!! :)

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190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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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!

In addition to tea, I also enjoy books and music. If you would like, look for me on last.fm (user: giragirataiyou) or Goodreads (user: thexquietxlife). :)

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