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Finishing up my sample of Harney & Sons’ Cranberry Autumn. Didn’t have enough for my daily work tea, so I used Joy’s Teaspoon’s Plum Crazy to fill in the gap. It was about half and half, I’d say.

The result is predominately plum in the scent and taste. The cranberry does come through, as does that raspberry leaf flavor, with the faintest whisper of orange peel. Even with 4 tsp at 3:45, this comes out kind of weak. I need to remember that I have to steep Joy’s Teaspoon teas like Early 20’s Tabby would, who always overleafed and oversteeped.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Finishing up Harney & Sons’ disappointing Chocolate. I had almost enough for my daily work tea, but I filled in the remaining gap with Joy’s Teaspoon’s Cinnamon Roll. Sort of a 3:1 ratio.

The cinnamon doesn’t really show up. This is still a tea that tastes like chocolate alcohol. Good riddance.

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
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I got a sample of this from Cameron B.! Thank you!

While I’m happy to get to try another one of Kusmi’s Earl Greys, I had been avoiding this one because of the name. It reminds me of a boy I should have been kinder to in high school. I’m sorry, Marcus! I was a monster back then!

Anyway, this one doesn’t really stand out to me. It’s basically just a mild EG with a bit of orange essence. The orange is almost muted by the bergamot, too. I feel like I’ve had this before. It’s really similar to Mélange Hédiard, if you’ve had it. I dunno, I’m just not really feeling this one.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Fruity, Orange, Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Finishing up Fortnum & Mason’s Assam Superb, but I didn’t have enough, so it’s 2 parts Assam, 1 part Darjeeling. Still working on whittling the sampler down.

This is an improvement from the plain assam, I think. I can’t really taste the darjeeling’s muscatel flavors, but it keeps the assam from being so dang strong.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
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Couldn’t keep this one unopened for long. After a rough night last night (someone crashed into my parked car), I wanted something I knew would be comforting and good.

tea-sipper

I’m sorry about your car. :/

Maddy Barone

Oh, no! Your poor car. Poor you! That is awful.

gmathis

Few things are more stressful than car woes. Glad you’re safe.

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drank Momo Oolong Super Grade by Lupicia
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I got this from Mastress Alita! Thank you! This is just what I need after a week of heavy winter teas.

This brews up to a pretty greenish yellow. Hot, it holds onto a bit of that distinct musky oolong aroma, but what I smell is mostly peach. That fermented flavor fades away as the tea cools. I love the idea of peaches and rose, and the pieces of dried fruit and rose petals look so nice together.

As far as flavor goes, peach is in the forefront. In fact, I can’t really taste the rose notes at all. (Not that I mind – I love fruity oolong blends.) Maybe it’s just the peach, but I feel like I taste osmanthus instead of rose. I adore osmanthus, so that makes this tea pretty perfect for me. Another winner by Lupicia.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Osmanthus, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Assam Superb Tea by Fortnum & Mason
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Daily work tea. Not too much left. Still trying to knock it out so I can move on to less harsh teas. This stuff leaves me craving light, fruity things.

My mom asked me to update my Amazon wishlist and it is basically just a long list of teas I want. I hope she picks some of the white or green teas. I need a break from these heavy black teas!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Finishing up what Sips by sent me. Sad to see this one go! It’s very good.

Speaking of Sips by, I got my preview for December and 3/4 of the teas are spiced. Haha, talk about getting into the holiday spirit. I’m excited about that, especially since one of them is extra caffeinated.

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I… may still be dipping into the tub of this I bought 5 years ago. It just goes so well in sleepy tea that I can’t toss it!

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Using up my sample of Kusmi’s Anastasia in an effort to make my Cupboard one page again. Slowly but surely, I’m getting there.

I used one part Anastasia, one part Harney & Sons Earl Grey Supreme. The lime notes from the Kusmi tea are present but nearly buried beneath the Supreme. That doesn’t matter much, though. This is still a hearty, lovely cup of Earl Grey.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Fruity, Lime

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Quiet, strange, and in love with the world of tea. Living just outside of Atlanta. Cat lover, electronic music geek, balcony gardener, and collector of fossils. On the hunt for the perfect tea in each of my favorite categories.

I have officially been here on Steepster for 10 years.

I prefer black teas, and my preferences change with the seasons. I drink my tea iced from March – October and hot during the few cold months.

You can assume that I’m preparing my tea using the Western method. I use stevia or honey as my sweetener. My tea cupboard always contains an earl grey, a chai, a sleepytime, a dessert, an herbal, and a plain black.

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