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85
drank Black Dragon Pearl by Teavana
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Backlog from yesterday. I tried this tea as an iced tea and have to say that its near perfect for my tastes. The bold, clean flavor is excellent for iced tea…especially if you like your tea plain, no sugar.
I used 3 balls, 205 deg water for about 2 minutes, poured directly over ice.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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73

Broke this one out again today…daylight savings time change and I don’t get along. As before, this is a good, bold blend. First cup was 45 seconds at 205 deg. F and the resteep about 3 minutes at 205. Both cups are about equal in strength and each has plenty of flavor and a punch of astringent tannins. Just the thing to wake you up!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
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I think I’ve finally perfected this tea. I kept getting bitterness but I’ve overcome that issue with the following: 1 Tsp leaves to 12 oz hot water @ 200 F for 30 seconds. basically, when you’re done pouring and have put the kettle back, its done steeping. I get the nice bergamot aftertaste without the bitterness.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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90
drank UVA Highlands by Harney & Sons
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Resteep…worked out good.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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90
drank UVA Highlands by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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84

Found a rock in my tea this morning. Decomposed granite from the looks of it. Insert bad puns about mineral taste in the tea :-)
This is the end of this sample. I believe I’ll have to get some more. Its a good anytime tea thats a little stronger than average.

SoccerMom

A rock :(

LENA

not a nice additive….but at least the tea was still good.

Atacdad

yep, came out of the sample bag when I up-ended it to get all the remaining tea out for the last cup. I didn’t see it, I heard it hit the side of the filter with a much louder, more solid thunk than tea leaves ought to make

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72
drank Scottish Breakfast by TeaFountain
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Slightly embarrassed to realize I’ve been calling this an Irish Breakfast when in fact it is their Scottish Breakfast. Whatever its called, I like it. Needs to cool a bit to get the maximum flavor effect…that is, its a good slurping tea, none of this prissy sipping thing! Strong flavor. Good amount of astringency to leave your mouth refreshed. Malty, as it claims to be. I drink it without sugar and don’t think sugar would go well with it.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Himalayan Majestic by Teavana
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85
drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
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Check out the steep time…yah, forgot about this one. It actually cooled off while steeping. Decided to give it a shot anyway…no pun intended, but my coworker asked me if I was doing “shots” when he saw me take a drink . Wow! I’ll hand it to Adagio though; even though the tea was waaayyyyy over strong, the flavor of their Earl Grey came through loud and clear. I ended up diluting it 50/50 with fresh boiling water and brought it back to something approaching only mildly oversteeped…a testament to good tea, I believe.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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84

Having this over ice this afternoon. Quite tasty. The smokiness helps it stand up to dilution by the ice.

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I remember when I discovered that there was more to tea than hot or iced. I was given a loose tea sampler (M.T.W.) and a stainless steel tea ball as a Christmas gift many years ago. That was the start of what will be a life-long love of fine tea. I discovered Steepster from a blog entry on the Mark. T. Wendell website…and have, from Steepster, discovered even more fine teas and vendors. I decided to post my thoughts in the hope that others discover a good, fine tea.

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