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Darjeeling this afternoon. I hadn’t had any Darjeeling for a while, so I broke open the tin of this, to give it a try.
Initial pot is not encouraging. Its turned bitter, and not even a splash of almond milk really helped it. Hmm, not ideal.
Next time I’ll try a shorter steep time, and see if that works.

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So the world has happened, as it often does, very suddenly and very overwhelmingly. I have started rehersals for a youth Shakespeare program (I’m assistant director), and of course that’s not overly organized. It is, today, 109 degrees, up from 107 yesterday (110 tomorrow, I am told). Plus my normal work duties!
I require air conditioning and tea.
I almost never sleep with the air conditioning on. I usually like to open my windows at night, get fresh air and hopefully cool down the house that way. But, with the temps being as high as they are it never cools down, so last night I slept with the air on, and had the first good nights sleep in days.
My tea, this morning, was this blend, which I always found to be fruity and pleasant. It is also a sipdown, to my great pleasure. It was a lovely blend, but I’ve had so many lovely blends in my cupboard that I am suffering from blend overload.
So, this was my final cup of this (at least for a good solid while), and I hope it gets me through the day well.
Sipdown!

Fjellrev

What a badass job!

gmathis

What age kids are you working with?

Rosehips

Teens. Ages 13- 18. Its my first time directing in any capacity (I used to act), so I’m a bit nervous still, but the kids are great.

Indigobloom

I know the feeling of blendy overload! You have an awesome job, that’s amazing!!

Evol Ving Ness

Seriously super-fun job—though I see the potential for stress too. And that heat, oy! Awesome that you have air con as an option.

gmathis

Oh, sal—-oot! Fifth and sixth graders are my area of expertise…once they hit middle school, forget it! :)

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I’m near the bottom of this tin, which I’m more disappointed with than I expected to be. It was very light, fruity and refreshing this morning, which was a lovely way to wake up!

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Its been such a busy morning that I hardly remember drinking this, but I know I did. I was left with a pleasant floral fruitiness to it, but that tea is now just a memory. Time for more tea!

teepland

It’s always time for more tea! :)

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Once again I am struck by how not wintery this feels to me. With its fruit and floral tastes I think of it more as a spring or summer cuppa, regardless of the name.
Ah well. It was still nice enough for the morning.

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Went to bed to the sound of rain, and woke up to the sound of rain. Ahh, that’s how I like it.
I am sort of a thematic person. I like matching flavors, clothing, smells, and the other details of my life to a theme, even if that theme might not make any sense to anyone else. So I was pleased with the idea of a storm tea for a stormy morning.
This is a very pleasant blend, light and refreshing. That’s not exactly the flavor profile I would have given to a tea called Winter Storm, but hey. It was good, it cheered my morning, why am I really going to complain about it?

gmathis

You’re not the only one. Along with swapping out winter clothing for spring, I also stored my fall/winter DVDs and brought out the spring movies. One must watch Walt Disney’s Robin Hood and Mulan in March and April :)

mtchyg

I too share a love of themes and pairing

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In my neck of the woods we’ve been having truly epic storms. We don’t get storms like this, usually (in fact, we’ve been in severe drought for years now), so the wind and the rain is throwing us all for a loop.
So I thought this would be appropriate today, even though this is the one morning that its not been raining on us.
I like the idea of this a little better than I like its physical presence. I’m always a fan of a fruity black tea, but this one has maybe a touch too much citrus, which is not contrasting enough with the slightly bitter base.
Its still generally enjoyable, though.

Fjellrev

Epic storms! I hope they’re not too epic.

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As we are experiencing a winter storm at the moment (complete with pouring rain and potential flooding) I thought this would be a good choice for the morning.
Its a nice blend on a cold morning, with a touch of spice, a touch of fruit, and just the tiniest hint of rose in it.
Ahh.

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The weather reports tell me we’re going to have a major storm today. Well, I’ll be ready, I love rain!
So, because I love a theme, I grabbed for this.
It smells effervescent in the tin, light and fruity and fun. It brews up a bit heavier than it smells, but its still a good blend of fruit flavors. A touch of brightness on a winter morning.

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A backlog from this weekend.
I’ve been waiting for the weather to get a bit cooler, as only seems appropriate for a tea named “Winter Storm.”
Its a very, very pleasant blend. Its fruity, with a hint of spice to it, which does not overpower the freshness of the fruit. My main complaint is that it wasn’t very strong, but that could probably be fixed by adding more tea next time I brew some.
Another tea tried! Now more of my cupboard than not is tried, of which I am very happy.

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My sample bowl has depths I dreamed not of, and I’ve just logged a batch of samples I’d completely forgotten about, and now am pushing 100 teas. Just when I think I’m making progress, too!
So my goals of sipdowns/trying unlogged teas continues, and this is what fit the bill first thing this morning.
This is not a sample, but instead something I picked up earlier this year at the local pirate festival.
I may have a patchy history with Earls, but I’ve always really liked her Ladyship, and this one is a particularly interesting version, as she’s dressed up in lavender!
And I think the flavors really do work here quite well. The delicate citrus is nicely complimented by the lavender, which is a sweet and dainty lavender, not anything heavy or medicinal. A really nice combo!

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Not enough of this to make a fully rich cup, but enough to get the basic flavors.
Nice enough, but not repeatable, I think.
Sipdown! Whoo!

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I am nearing the end of my little tin of this chai. Its been a pleasant drinking experience, but its not something I’m going to seek out to bring back into the cupboard.
It was a good choice for this morning, a soft and gentle way to wake up on this Monday morning, which has been nuts (I was nearly rear-ended, and the social media I checked this morning all seemed to be grumpy.)
But the tea has put me in a good mood, and I’m feeling generally positive about this Monday.

Indigobloom

Glad you escaped that car accident! Social media gets all nitpicky about awards ceremonies, and last night was quite the blunder. I guess the mood spread :/

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A moment of “ugh” this morning, when I had finished measuring out my leaf, and then knocked my tin off the table, spilling leaf all over the kitchen floor. Ugh.
I managed to get the tin with a serving or two left in it, but the stuff that hit the floor, well, no. No way I am drinkng floor tea. And at least I’d measured out my breakfast cup.
I like this, but I don’t love this, and I’m not even sure that I like it well enough to bring it back in the end.
But still, I didn’t want to spill it.

Maddy Barone

oh, man, how frustrating!

Indigobloom

I won’t cry over spilled milk. But maybe spilled tea? maybe! blech.

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Ooof! Hello everyone, I’ve had a very busy few weeks, so I’m happy to have a bit time to catch up my logging!
Its a day of errands for me, as these holiday days often are. Its good to have a holiday weekend to run around in. Makes life that much easier.
But even though I have a lot to do today, its an easy morning, which is great. So I can induldge in a more low key tea.
I like this, but I don’t loooove it. Its a vanilla tinged chai, which is not particularly heavy on the spices. This is actually a feature, not a bug for me, and I appreciate its delicate balance. Good for a lazy morning!

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So last week I had a doctors appointment. It was fairly routine, and, at the time, we had some good solutions for the small problem I was currently having. They took some various samples, however, to run the basic levels of tests, and they got in touch yesterday.
One of the tests has come back bad. Its now a question of just how bad. It could be something that is handled easily, in a few treatments, and then I’m on my way again. It could also be something that could have some very serious, long term health problems.
Its not cancer, I’ll throw that out there right now. My life is not in danger, as far as I know. But if its progressed pretty far, then it might have changed what will happen to me for the rest of my life in a fairly significant way.
I feel a little blank, and a little upset, and a little worried. I’m not quite sure what happens now.
I’m not really sure why I’m telling you all this. Because you are friends, I guess, and my immediate circle of people are not going to get told until I have a more conclusive answer to “how much will this affect my life”.
So I drank this today because I wanted something soft and gentle, and this fit the bill.
I don’t know if that means I’ll be here a lot more, or a little less. I know I shall be needing tea at this time.

Sil

hugs

gmathis

Praying for healing, easy treatment, and great peace for you.

Roswell Strange

I’m not a person of faith, but I’ll ask my family who does believe in prayer to keep you in theirs. I hope that on the scale of bad to worst, this is only a minor bump in the road for you.

Evol Ving Ness

Dear Rosehips, may this all pass smoothly and easily. As one who has had rather serious health concerns over the recent years with a heavy toll on my lifestyle, I can tell you that doctors and tests are not always right and often, prognosis changes several times before the real state of things emerges. And hugs to you. Not an easy thing when our body begins to betray us.

Mookit

Sending you lots of love and strength, and wishing you well <3

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I wanted chai this morning, and by gum I was going to have it!
This is a mellow chai. The vanilla eases the spices into the tea, and the whole effect is very light and pleasant. Its a pleasure to sip.
Its not an overly invigorating tea, but rather one that gently wakes you up. This is a quality I like in my morning cups. Well, usually. Sometimes you want to have your very socks blasted off.
So, thus chai’d and breakfasted, I am ready to face my day!

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Its always a little intimidating to be the only one who owns a tea. Its also a bit of a thing when you’ll be writing the very first review. I somehow feel like I’ll have done it wrong somehow…
Anyway.
Its the first cool morning of the season, and, unfortunately, the last as well for a while. Back up into the 90’s tomorrow! But I thought I’d take full advantage today, and guzzle this tea.
And its quite nice! The vanilla flavor is there, but it doesn’t overwhelm the chai spices, or make it too sticky-sweet. Its a nice balance.
The whole cup tasted somewhat mild, but that was alright. I’ll take a cozy sweater tea on a chilly morning!

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The heat has not abated, and my days are now super long, with rehersal and everything. I leave my house (in the heat) at 7:30 a.m. and get home (in the heat) at 10:00 p.m. Did I mention its going to be 107 today?
So I’m tired, and hot, and cranky, and its only Tuesday, and I brewed up all my remaining leaf of this to form my breakfast pot of tea.
This blend has served me well in its time in my cupboard, mellow, with a very subtle sweetness, and just a generally nice cuppa. I liked having it!
But, in my sipdown summer questing, it is over today. Sipdown!

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I had a really nice weekend, with both World Wide Knit in Public day, and also a high tea meet-up with some old friends.
Also it rained!
Alas, the weekend is over, and its back to work I go, where I have already accidentally printed a 178 page document that I did not mean to print.
Sigh.
This was my morning cup, which was the smooth and almost chocolate tasting cup I have come to expect/ enjoy. Not much left of it, but it coaxed me through the morning with great style.

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I woke up too early this morning, which is a cruel joke. Fortunately Tuesdays have enough time to brew a small pot of tea, before I hustle off to work.
This was my choice today, and gosh but if it isn’t a nice blend. Its got an almost chocolate quality to it, but its never heavy, and it does not change flavors as it cools down. I drank this with great satisfaction today.

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How is it only Tuesday? Surely I have lived longer than it only being Tuesday? Surely it is Thursday, or better yet, Friday? Yes? Yes?
No? Drat.
I made this as my morning pot, and as I drank it I considered that if I’d ever actually had rum I’d have a better idea if this lived up to the name. I’m not much of a drinker, so I really don’t think I’ve ever had rum.
But this tea is nice, malty with a hint of something fudgy in it. I liked it a great deal this morning, where it made me feel cozy and warm.

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Have I ever actually had rum? You know, I’m not sure I have. But, as I bought this tea at a pirate festival, rum seemed appropriate. And the leaf smells gorgeous! Rich, dense, almost like chocolate.
It tastes quite nice. Very rich, with a maltiness to it, and something that feels a bit like chocolate. I enjoyed it very much this morning.

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The dry leaf for this smells lovely, with an almost chocolate like richness to it. Very smooth and pleasant.
It looses some of its depth when brewed, but it was actually a really nice, almost creamy cup of tea. I’m glad I’ve got this to play around with a bit more.

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