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drank Smoke by Adjourn Teahouse
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Geek Steep S3E7 – Andy Shauf

This is the tea I picked out while listening to the album we focused on for this week’s episode – The Neon Skyline. It’s one of my all time favourite albums so at this point I’ve paired it with dozens of different teas. I do usually like the brew gongfu while listening to the whole album, but this time around I went with a Western brew.

Smoke is an unflavoured Lapsang Souchong blend with cinnamon, cherry, and pineapple pieces. I chose it because I was thinking a bit about the atmosphere of this dive bar and the kind of drinks that the unnamed narrator might be drinking when he moved on from his Bud Light to something a bit heavier because, well, that’s how the kind of evenings that this album describes always goes.

It’s a very, very smoky tea that kind of reminds me of clove cigarettes (something referenced very early in the album), so that was already a really nice tie in. It has a bit of a whisky-like quality to it as well. Those deep smoke notes with hints of cinnamon and dark, cherry undertones that creep into the cup are perfection – I feel like I’m right in the heart of the smoky low-lit interior of the Neon Skyline.

It’s moody and evocative in all the ways I think this heavily introspective album is as it dives into the single night for this small friend group. I just love it. The tea. The music. The pairing. They all worked so well together and I was so happy covering this episode!

The Album: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ7QPuvv91JtXpZDvjCEf_1V7Ij1ojb1E

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drank Smoke by Adjourn Teahouse
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I love a good smokey tea so it should really be no surprise that this tea which is literally called Smoke is right up my alley. It mostly tasted like a slightly savory leaning massive wave of thick full bodied smoke, but there’s hints off cinnamon and just a little bit of pineapple sweetness that you can faintly taste in the undertones. Today it reminded me loosely of these vegan pineapple pulled pork sliders I used to get from a local cafe before they stopped selling them – and maybe that’s a weird comparison, but I’m pretty sure that cafe just loaded them up with liquid smoke. That’s probably why they didn’t sell well, but I loved them and I love this tea too.

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drank Smoke by Adjourn Teahouse
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Y’all – I love smoked tea so, so much and this is just a beautiful one!

I find this a very “dry” smoke with some really interesting savory kind of undertones and elements to it – much of the body of the sip was very brothy to me (in a good way) and the overall smoke level is quite robust and assertive. The cinnamon certainly adds an interesting element to it – the notes seem woodier and more nuanced with this back of the throat warming sensation that not all smoked teas have. It’s like sipping on campfire smoke and then having the coziness you feel from being near the heat of the campfire rise up from within yourself after each swallow.

I wish the notes of the pineapple and cherry in the blend were stronger – because there is no flavouring used here and only these stunning large cut dried out fruits there isn’t the same level of flavour that a lot of people are used to in blended teas. Not a bad thing by any means but it’s just super different stylistically. For me, I got an undertone of sweetness beneath those brothy smoke and spice notes that reminded me of the syrup quality of ripe pineapple without so much having the distinct taste of it.

This is a tea I want to steep up again and again and just sit with and sip – mulling over the intricacies of the blend. A very good “thinking” tea.

Shae

Beautiful note! I loved reading it. This tea sounds really special.

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Steeped this one up on Friday after getting home from work. It may not have been Sunday – or even morning – but I wanted to channel that relaxing vibe right away as I wind down from the week. This is soft and soothing with the perfect delicate sweetness of strawberries and warming kiss of ginger. Here’s hoping I can carry that restful feeling into the remainder of the weekend!

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CgnDcqtOr9Q/

This is the teacup that my mom painted at the Ceramic Cafe while she was visiting!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWRlisQu4fo

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Sipped on a mug of this during, you guessed it, Sunday Morning…

I added a tiny bit of very fancy honey to my mug and although this is a very gentle and delicate tasting blend I thought the honey did a nice job of pulling some of the lemongrass and strawberry notes a little more to the forefront and complimenting the soft grassiness of the green tea base. Not something I would always want, that’s for sure – but it was a peaceful and pleasantly soft cup which is what I needed that morning. Definitely suits the idea of a lazy and calm Sunday Morning very well – so aptly named!

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Sipped on this one on a… Sunday Morning. I just couldn’t resist the pun.

It’s actually very nice for such a simple and delicately flavoured blend. There are no flavourings in this, so the taste is very subtle and unrefined – in the best way. Soft and gentle grassy green tea, a light hint of citrusy lemongrass, a whisper of strawberry. I worried the addition of stevia leaf would be a bit much for me, but I think it helps carry some of those fruit notes just a bit further than they would reach otherwise. If I had to describe this in one sentence I think I’d have to pick something poetic like…

This tastes like the first signs of fresh green Spring grass after a long and cruel winter.

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drank Puddin' by Adjourn Teahouse
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Started my morning with a mug of this tea! It’s very, very thick and starchy with a lot of up front woody, mineral and nutty flavours from the base tea. However, there’s also hints of sweet corn and buttery coconut that give it more dimension of flavour. I wish I got more banana, but otherwise this is a very smooth and satisfying blend that leans into the rich, thick mouthfeel and naturally occuring flavours of the ingredients themselves.

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drank Puddin' by Adjourn Teahouse
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Geek Steep S2E8 – Misfits

This is one of two teas that I drank while recording this episode. My entire goal during recording for this fandom was to pick as many dairy themed teas as possible to tie into one of the episodes we watched which is centered around the absurd super power of lactokinesis. However, I also wanted to challenge Marika to figure out my secret theme so I chose this one because it fit the theme but was a little less obvious that some of the other things I was considering – I mean, if I had picked three teas with “butter” or “milk” in the name it might have been a little too on the head.

It’s a delicious tea though with a subtle taste of starchy sweet corn, almond, and bananas that made for a light and cozy cuppa on what was a surprisingly cold recording day!

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drank Puddin' by Adjourn Teahouse
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P is for… Puddin’!

I had this one soooo late at night that I honestly think I was only half conscious as I was drinking it, but I did really enjoy it! It’s basically this hybrid of banana pudding and cornbread, with almond, toasted coconut and spices in the mix too. I didn’t really taste much banana in this mug, but it was very rich/thick with great warming cinnamon and nutty undertones and a lot of starchiness from the corn and honeybush. Definitely a cozy cuppa – and I’m excited to continue playing around with it.

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