2378 Tasting Notes

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Uh oh. I woke up with that slightly sore throat that indicates post-nasal drip. Drat, I’m getting the illness that the boyfriend had last week!
Grumble.
So I’m packing tea today. I’ve got tons of the stuff, to get me through this working day, and then when I get home, I will have even more, probably with some honey while curled up under a blanket.
Its a busy week. I gotta get it under control. And tea is the only home remedy I really know.

Evol Ving Ness

Hope this passes quickly and easily.

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It was time for a sipdown, and this fit the bill.
I think I let it wait for too long, and its flavors and charms were greatly hurt by the age. I only really got a touch of the flavors. The pumpkin and the milkshake are now but memories.
Alas.
Sipdown!

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Ooof, what a day. I’m running around like some sort of madwoman today, and need tea.
So I’ve brewed one of the sachets of this I’ve brought with me. Delicious and smooth!
Help me, Portland Breakfast!

Evol Ving Ness

It didn’t take long for the moment to appreciate teabags to arrive.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
2378 tasting notes

And Boston has taken the lead as most logged tea in my cupboard, squeaking past Tower of London. Harney and Sons knows how to treat me right.
I finished Nanowrimo yesterday! 50k words, all done. Of course, its a terrible draft, but that’s what the first draft is for.
I had time to brew a pot of this in the morning, and it wa just lovely. Exactly what I wanted. Autumnal, rich, layered, crisp. Ahhh. Contented sighing sounds!

Roswell Strange

Congrats! Draft or not, that’s a great feat!

Rosehips

Thank you!

gmathis

A quote my writing buddies and I bat back and forth: “Write something, even if it’s stupid. You can always edit stupid.” :)

gmathis

Comma in the second sentence optional!

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I unearthed my Japanese corn tea today, to bring along to work. Its got what I think is an expiration date on it, for January of next year. Plus I’m on that whole sipdown thing.
Plus, why havn’t I been drinking this more often over the autumn? Madness. Its quite nice, with a toasty, earthy quality to it that I really appreciate. Mmm, this will be a nice work tea.

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drank Apricot Vanilla Creme by Tazo
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I’ve gotta pay more attention to my steep times, not just to avoid failure, but to replicate successes, when they occur.
This turned out so nice today, sweet and light and fresh, a breath of springtime on this cold and blustry day.
Next time, self, pay attention!

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I’m really pleased with my current progress in my sipdown/try the untried teas goals. Its working really well, and now more of my cupboard is tried than not tried. Progress! Though now we’re getting into the section where the sipdowns will be a little further apart, as I’m almost out of samples, and now will be working on the higher quantities.
But I can still try new blends, and that’s where I’ve come with this.
When I ordered Silent Night from Smith (I pounced on that sucker), I decided not to let the tea fly alone, and tossed this in my cart with it. Hey, why not? I love black tea, and while I’m a novice with breakfast blends, why not give it a shot? Its in sachets, not loose leaf, but hey. There are days I need a sachet.
So, on to brewing.This brewed up really well! Its strong, but very, very smooth, with lots of layers of rich flavor. I get nothing too heavy or earthy, but a lot of almost wood-y flavors, and hints of baked bread or toasted grains, lurking under that polished surface.
I’m glad I got this, as there are going to be mornings where this is exactly the thing.

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drank Cardamom French Toast by DAVIDsTEA
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Whew and hello! I swear I was drinking tea this weekend, but I was so caught up in all the weekend festivities (and there were a lot) that I didn’t log anything. Oh well.
So lets get back into the swing of things with this blend!
I am happy to say I’m getting the hang of brewing this again, though I could not tell you exactly what I did. Its just nice again.
I also wanted to review both the chocolate bar with this in it, and the infused shortbread cookies with CFT in it. Both were good! I’m glad they only came in small packages, or I would have scarfed a lot of them.
I cant believe we’re almost through November. I’m nearly done with Nanowrimo, and I can’t wait. This particular novel has been a bit tricky. But last night I had the idea for what I wanted to do next, so I’ll get that started as soon as this draft is done.
I loved my weekend, but now its good be be back in routine.

Inkling

Good for you for sticking with NaNoWriMo all month! I participated 3 times and actually finished twice…an amazing experience, but so hard to stick with it, especially through the Thanksgiving holiday.

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drank Gingerbread Cookie by The Tea Spot
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So I’ve been mindlessly sipping on this at work for a while now, and today marks my last sachet (I am determined to sip down, as I’ll probably have some Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping to do).
Its rooibos, I’m afraid. There a hint of cookiness to it, but its not particularly gingerbread. Just fine, nothing special.
Oh well, another sipdown!

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
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For some reason this smelled like bubblegum to me today. At least in the sachet. The hibiscus flower, maybe?
I really have to say that green/white blends are just not for me. They always turn bitter on my tounge, and are just never what I want them to be.
This is my final sample of this, and I’m glad to see it gone.
Sipdown!

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I love tea! I confess that I was a hot chocolate lover for most of my life, but recently a switch has gone off in my brain, and suggested that I might just love tea. And I do!
I’m a bit of a novice, but an enthusiastic one, and am happily sipping new varieties all the time.
I love vanilla, fruity, and caramel flavors, and cant wait to try more.

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