More A&D to try and write first notes about today. Yowza.

In between, I’ll be binge watching season 4 of The Wire. I need to find another show for after this one is done. Suggestions?

It’s not stated what’s in this blend, but I’m going to go with assam and ceylon. The color is that reddish burnt-orange that I associate with Ceylons (and which may be the reason for the red-tailed reference). Whenever I see it, I wish for a sweater in the same color. And the dry leaf is a mix of leaf that looks similar to the Tiger Assam of yesterday mixed with some very dark bird-nesty twists of leaf. The dry leaf smells a little bready, and a little winey-pungent.

The steeped tea has a sweet potato and baked bread smell. I steeped for three minutes and I don’t get any bitterness, but do get some maltiness. There’s something that even heads toward chocolate. The tea is somewhat astringent, but it’s very satisfying.

I find this smooth and flavorful. No throat grab, not harsh on an empty stomach. I may prefer it to the Tiger Assam because of the chocolate note, which gives it more depth.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Malt, Red Wine, Sweet Potatoes

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

That’s funny, I saw a red-tailed hawk on my lunch break today.

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

My current process for tea note generation is described in my note on this tea: https://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/6990-the-des-impressionnistes


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