drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
330 tasting notes

Small tin from the Russian sampler. Drinking plain, no cream, no sugar. In my Lock & Lock Double Wall Tea Bottle, which means the leaves stay in it.

On smelling the unbrewed tea, I was a little doubtful. It smells like candy from an old lady’s purse, or something. But it seemed like there was potential there.

On brewing, that scent goes away, and I’m left with an Earl Greyish taste that doesn’t jump up and slap you in the face. Good for a morning where I want a gradual return to awareness, instead of something to wake me up right now.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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When I was a very young child, I swallowed an ice cube whole. It got stuck in my throat, and my mother had me drink hot tea to melt it away. That started a love affair with tea that has never abated.

I dabbled with Celestial Seasonings and other grocery store teabags for awhile, in my young and foolish days. But a few years ago, I received a tea of the month subscription from Adagio, and I found that there was a whole other world of tea out there that I had never experienced.

I love drinking tea, and I love the personal ceremony of making a glass or pot of tea for myself. It’s like a meditation.


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