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Thank you LiberTEAS for this sample. I’m gonna jump right in and say that this is a bold cuppa. My palate was a little sleepy from the half hour I laid down- that was supposed to be sleep (4th week on third shift that this has happened) so the first sip GRABBED me. I was about to write something to the effect of ‘if this is Canadian breakfast I’m starting to think that they’re all lumberjacks and steelworkers-including the women’, but within a few sips I got used to and started to really appreciate the boldness it has (and yes I realize that women can equally fill the roles of lumberjack and steelworker. My wife and I are both commercial/industrial painters who may be climbing steel,hanging off the side of a building,or just painting the walls of a brand new hospital on any given day,so no offense intended).

Soon after I got used to the initial boldness I started really seeking out the malt aspect. I must agree with the makers description that there is an oak characteristic, though I’m not too sure how flowery it is. For me the touch of sweet I find is subdued by an equal touch of smoke…almost a mesquite, but ever so slight. I- ‘THE ASTRINGENCY WEENIEam shocked to find that the astringency most other taste notes spoke of was hardly present…at first. This may be because, out of fear, I elected to steep this for two and a half of the three to five minutes suggested. At first, I only found slight dryness on the roof of my mouth with very little on my tongue not sure if that’s normal or not.
As the cup cooled, as cups always do, the astringency rose a bit as well as the malty notes. Now my tongue was getting that dry, almost chalky, feeling.

Second steep was three minutes with a little less water. As before the cup started out smoother before cooling. Out of curiousity I checked it when pouring my cup-one hundred ninety degrees farenheit. It’s not as complex either. Maybe a little less water still would be in order. Mostly what’s left is a semi-sweet malt flavor that gains astingency when it cools. That’s all I got, a pretty good cuppa especially to start the day with.

tunes-Benny Goodman=Mambo Swing,Louis Prima=St.Louis Blues/Just A Gigolo(David Lee Roth didn’t write this song),Charlie Byrd=So Danco Sambo/A Carol For All Seasons

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
tunes&tea

Not sure how I ended up crossing out that portion of note, but I meant for it to be in there.

Charles Thomas Draper

I used to see Sam Butera and the Wildest {I do not know if he wrote it but he made it popular way before Roth} perform at the Rendezous Lounge at Resorts International in Atlantic City in the early to mid 80s….

Autumn Hearth

Ha, your judgement of Canadian Breakfast made me laugh, I have not tried one but I remember thinking similar things of Irish and Scottish Breakfast. Also the first time I tried an Oriental Beauty I read the back of the tin and it said it was a favorite of Queen Victoria. After the first two sips I declared out loud “Well the Queen’s taste in tea was rubbish!”. I actually ended up enjoying it on later infusions, I never wanted the buttery notes to end, wasn’t able to replicate it in subsequent sessions though :/

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! As a Canadian WOMAN your review worried me at first with the lumberjack thing, but great recovery!

ashmanra

I get a little breathless on anything over the third step of a ladder, so props to you and your wife. I did FORCE myself to go on my mom’s roof often to sweep just so I wouldn’t have to call it a phobia. And I painted the outside of my mom’s house, even the fascia boards and soffits, and only hyperventilated a little bit! LOL!

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tunes&tea

Not sure how I ended up crossing out that portion of note, but I meant for it to be in there.

Charles Thomas Draper

I used to see Sam Butera and the Wildest {I do not know if he wrote it but he made it popular way before Roth} perform at the Rendezous Lounge at Resorts International in Atlantic City in the early to mid 80s….

Autumn Hearth

Ha, your judgement of Canadian Breakfast made me laugh, I have not tried one but I remember thinking similar things of Irish and Scottish Breakfast. Also the first time I tried an Oriental Beauty I read the back of the tin and it said it was a favorite of Queen Victoria. After the first two sips I declared out loud “Well the Queen’s taste in tea was rubbish!”. I actually ended up enjoying it on later infusions, I never wanted the buttery notes to end, wasn’t able to replicate it in subsequent sessions though :/

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! As a Canadian WOMAN your review worried me at first with the lumberjack thing, but great recovery!

ashmanra

I get a little breathless on anything over the third step of a ladder, so props to you and your wife. I did FORCE myself to go on my mom’s roof often to sweep just so I wouldn’t have to call it a phobia. And I painted the outside of my mom’s house, even the fascia boards and soffits, and only hyperventilated a little bit! LOL!

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Dave here.
I’m trying to get back into the swing of things as far as writing reviews. my tastes have changed greatly from when I was last on here, Now I typically drink sheng puerhs daily, though I’m really looking forward to getting enough good blacks to equally divide my time between the two. I occasionally drink white, yellow, & greens but still stay away from blends & non-camellia sinensis. I’m no authority & always welcome suggestions.

I’m a wimp when it comes to astringency so take anything I say about this characteristic with a grain of salt(ASTRINGENCY WEENIE MAN, or AWM for short).

Other ramblings;
About tunes; I, like many, love them. I like adding them to my notes, but I feel like if someone were, let’s say knitting or painting or reading a book, that it would help the readers to get a better feel for how the writer may be impressioned about his environment toward his tea experience.

I wish I would have paid more attention to the grammer teachers so many years ago and not doodling band insignias. I should revisit the proper use of commas for starters, which I love.
I also love, and probably over use, parenthesis (the use of them may be a second personality coming to surface).

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