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An Ode to Tea challenge – K

Had this a few days ago!  Another old tea – no note yet.  Thanks very much Meowster!   I don’t think I’ve ever had this type of tea before, from Korakundah Estate?  At least not knowingly. This is a BOP leaf (broken orange pekoe) so not the best quality of tea leaf.  But I’m not picky!  I agree entirely with Mastress Alita’s recent note (and only note for this tea from anyone so far.)  It’s funny we are both just NOW trying this tea from Meowster, but honestly, without the push of M A’s note, I probably wouldn’t have tried this yet.  It fits for ‘K’ though!  The flavor most reminds me of a Ceylon type of flavor if it was just slightly more complex.    The leaves are very tiny and choppy.  Not too dark, not too weak.  Malty, bready.  But I’m finding it hard to think of descriptors for these flavors!    But that’s a Ceylon type for me anyway. It’s a solid daily drinker.  I thought I let it steep too long on the second cup, but the flavor was fine. 
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 21 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep

Mastress Alita

I’m notorious for waiting years to get to swaps/teabox samples/cupboard sales… and pretty much all my other tea, too. sad

tea-sipper

I try to have any tea at least once as soon as I get it, to try it as fresh as I can! That doesn’t always happen though. Luckily I haven’t received much new tea in the last few months, especially to try to get to these stragglers.

Mastress Alita

I’ve stopped doing that since I figure if I keep the package air-sealed, it’ll have less flavor deterioration overall by the time I get around to it…

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Mastress Alita

I’m notorious for waiting years to get to swaps/teabox samples/cupboard sales… and pretty much all my other tea, too. sad

tea-sipper

I try to have any tea at least once as soon as I get it, to try it as fresh as I can! That doesn’t always happen though. Luckily I haven’t received much new tea in the last few months, especially to try to get to these stragglers.

Mastress Alita

I’ve stopped doing that since I figure if I keep the package air-sealed, it’ll have less flavor deterioration overall by the time I get around to it…

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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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