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drank Afternoon Ritual by teakruthi
3347 tasting notes

Thanks again for the samples, Teakruthi!   A fantastic robust black tea here.  The leaves look unique to me — they remind me of the pelt of some feral wood creature for some reason.  Dark, wiry, short leaves with touches of gold.  It somehow just appears slightly different than a usual black tea! (Maybe I’ve been watching The Witcher and it is AMAZING.) The flavor is like the image.  Robust, tough, strong, wild, but also malty with touches of sweetness and a bit of starch.  Reminds me of leather somehow, in the best way and dark dried fruits.  It’s so mysterious yet the flavor notes really meld together well.  So drinkable and comforting. A black tea I’d give an award to.  Tough to describe the details, but simply perfection on that first steep today.  I did start drinking this in the morning and it makes a great morning OR afternoon tea.  The second steep wasn’t as special with either steep session.  The first session, I didn’t brew it at boiling like I normally would for the second steep of a black tea.  But the second session was more like how I’d brew a second steep and it was a little bit brisk, with the characteristics mostly like a drying coppery assam.  Both first steeps were FANTASTIC though.  With adjustments, I can probably make the second steeps just as good. This is exactly what I look for a strong black tea and I will certainly stock up.
With much embarrassment, I’m finally finished reviewing the teas from Teakruthi, since they were so kind sending samples a while ago. Most of the teas that I tried, I would definitely buy! ANNNNDDDD… I already went ahead and placed a smallish order since I already had rewards points to use anyway. I usually like to order from a shop if they send samples. It hooks me every time…. wish I had ordered a bit of this though. Next time! But Teakruthi is a new favorite tea shop, that’s for sure.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 14 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 10 minutes after boiling //  3 min
Second steep session:
Steep #1  // 1 1/3 teaspoons for full mug // 23 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep*favorite steep
Steep #2  // 7 minutes after boiling //  4 min

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Leather, Malt, Sweet

AJRimmer

I started watching the Witcher, but I stopped 30 minutes in because I figured I didn’t want spoilers for the game if I ever get around to playing. But maybe that’s silly.

Eelong

LOVE the Witcher from what I’ve seen so far! Renewed my Netflix subscription specifically to watch the rest. It’s a great show for when you want to curl up under a blanket with a strong cup of black tea.

Roswell Strange

I really liked The Witcher as well; I watched it with my brother over the holidays. The timeline was a little tricky for me to follow without having any context from the video games, but it all clicked in the end. When you get to “Toss a Coin to your Witcher” you’ll have that stuck in your head for weeekkkks.

tea-sipper

AJRimmer – I don’t know, google says to not play the game to ruin the plot of the show. haha.

Eelong – I signed up for netflix just to watch The Witcher… and catch up on other things I suppose.

Roswell – that freakin song! The NAMES are what I can’t get a handle on.

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AJRimmer

I started watching the Witcher, but I stopped 30 minutes in because I figured I didn’t want spoilers for the game if I ever get around to playing. But maybe that’s silly.

Eelong

LOVE the Witcher from what I’ve seen so far! Renewed my Netflix subscription specifically to watch the rest. It’s a great show for when you want to curl up under a blanket with a strong cup of black tea.

Roswell Strange

I really liked The Witcher as well; I watched it with my brother over the holidays. The timeline was a little tricky for me to follow without having any context from the video games, but it all clicked in the end. When you get to “Toss a Coin to your Witcher” you’ll have that stuck in your head for weeekkkks.

tea-sipper

AJRimmer – I don’t know, google says to not play the game to ruin the plot of the show. haha.

Eelong – I signed up for netflix just to watch The Witcher… and catch up on other things I suppose.

Roswell – that freakin song! The NAMES are what I can’t get a handle on.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Plumdeluxe.com
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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