2025 Tasting Notes

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the afternoon.
There is something so satisfying about watching the times-drank number rising. After this tea had languished for so long untasted and unloved, its deeply satisfying to see myself sipping it down in real time.
I’ve mastered how I like this- a very, very brief steep, which brings out the flavors I enjoy, but I don’t love it, and won’t replace it when its gone.

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drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
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One of the unexpected downsides to hot weather is that my boss cranks the air conditioner up to frozen tundra levels. I cannot tell you how often he popped out of the office and tinkered with the AC yesterday. I can see layers will be critical in the coming months.
Also! Also I will drink lots of hot tea.
This was a warming cup in a cold office this morning, though I am still wildly unimpressed with the flavors.

Super Starling!

I keep an enormous (like, 3 sizes too big) hoodie and also a neon pink blanket in my office for that exact reason. Stay strong.

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drank Morning Sunshine by Tea Cozy
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It will be cooler today, only in the 80’s. for which I am exceptionally grateful. Its too early for the summer weather!
Once again this is more bitter than I would like. Boo! I must remember to steep it lighter next time, and see if that helps.

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drank Lady Grey by Lovejoy's Tea Room
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It is once again 100 degrees. In May. Oh the humanity.
It is also one of those days where I woke up and the day has not stopped since, flinging one thing after another at my cranium. Its been bonkers, and I, for one, will be happy to collapse at the end of the day.
And its only a Tuesday!
I did manage to hack my way far enough through my paperwork and clients to grab a cup of this, which was sweet and pleasant. It helps, having a cup of tea in hand.

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So this weekend I spent watching the BBC Hollow Crown, the Henry VI and Richard III parts, and that probably stuck the Tower of London in my mind. (I am a total Shakespeare nerd, and just loved this BBC production. )
This shall always be a safety blend. You know, a tea you can count on to always be appropriate. I drank it with great pleasure this morning.
I can’t say that it reminds me particularly of the Tower of London, but hey. I should not quibble about tea I like so much!

teepland

That whole series is on my “to watch” list! The library where I work has those on DVD; I am going to have to check some episodes out this weekend!

Fjellrev

Sounds like a sweet marathon.

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
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Yep, a very small steep time, just around a minute, is exactly what I like here. It gives me the almond and rose and a touch of cream, and not too much coconut or anything too bitter.
I will learn you yet, white tea.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I remember this being a tricky one to amp up the flavours without having the base go too bitter.

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drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
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Once again not a good night of sleep. I lay awake far longer than I wanted, probably due to the heat of the night.
I hate summer, have I mentioned that?
So up and to work, armed with a trusty cup of tea. This should help.

Evol Ving Ness

Ahh, yes, I like summer far less than I used to given the killer humidity we have here.

teepland

:( Hope the day goes better for you!

Super Starling!

Now that I’m an adult, summer no longer means “time off.” It now means “being insufferably warm” and “thighs touching each other uggggh.”

Fjellrev

I hope you’ll be able to catch up on some sleep!

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drank Rose Royal by Lupicia
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Aha, the first 100 degree day of the year. It begins. Blehhhhh.
So its time to embrace the fruity, floral and otherwise “light” tea blends I own, to help me through this miserable time.
I remembered something about this one too late- namely that a light steep is critical for it. Too long in the water and it gets a bitter edge, as it did this morning.
Alas. But what can I expect from the first day of summer misery?

Fjellrev

100?! I would die.

Fjellrev

And thank you for calling that summer misery. I know so many people who just looooove the heat, and think the hotter the better.

Rosehips

Oh I can’t stand it. I was raised in a warm place, but every year I am an unhappy ball of misery. I hate this weather. Bring back the cold!

gmathis

I always thought it grossly unfair that when it’s 10 degrees, staying inside and canceling activities is perfectly acceptable, but when it’s 100, the weather is not considered inclement enough to scratch plans and stay in :)

Evol Ving Ness

Summer misery—-ouf! We had a taste of the upcoming humidity last week. I wilted.

Fjellrev

Excellent point, gmathis! Apparently heat exhaustion isn’t a big deal.

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drank Royal English Breakfast by Teavana
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What I’ve decided is the real problem in this blend is just how dry my mouth feels after having a cup of it. The malt is so intense that I feel thirsty after consuming it.
Not brilliant, but it was a blunt instrument to thwack me into wakefulness this morning, and I needed that.

teepland

Sometimes, a “blunt instrument” to wake you up is the best you can hope for in your morning cup! :)

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I have been having trouble sleeping this week. My dreams are unusually vivid (not nightmares, just strong dreams), and I’ve been waking abruptly in the wee hours with no idea why I’m suddenly awake.
Bleh.
Its going to be a long day, so I’ve turned to my trusty friend Malachi to get me up, dressed, and on with life.
Bleh. Oh Malachi, how I’d rather be in bed! But if I must be awake, you are a dependable companion.

Maddy Barone

Ugh. This morning I must have turned off the alarm and then back to bed. I have no memory of the alarm going off, just the cat stomping over me and my eyes shooting wide open when I saw that I had 1 minute to punch in at work. So you an I have opposites problems. I hope next week is better for you, with a full night of restful sleep.

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