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drank The Shire by Curiosa Society
2902 tasting notes

Why do I have such trouble with caramel teas? I can’t quite get the steep right, so while the leaf smells wonderful, it tastes a touch bitter. Hmmm. Project!
That said, I don’t dislike this at all, but it I am doing my usual caramel tea uncertainty dance.
Someday I’ll get the hang of it!

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Let it never be said that I am not susceptible to marketing. I am a huge fan of Sherlock Homes, so when I see a Baker Street Blend, well, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that I am going to get it.
This is an Earl Grey cream blend, and its lighter on the vanilla that I would wish. I may have been inattentive in my steeping, though, so I will watch my next cup of this more carefully, so I can better judge.

gmathis

Hmm…I don’t normally associate Sherlock with Earl Grey, but truthfully I’ve read more spinoff novels than the original canon. Wonder if Conan Doyle mentioned his cup of choice.

ashmanra

This just made me remember Baker Street from Upton. That was a good tea!

Rosehips

You know, I don’t think about Earl Grey for Sherlock Holmes either. I always think of something maltier, or more like a breakfast blend.

gmathis

This conversation must have affected me subliminally…I got to spend a lovely hour at my favorite used bookstore yesterday and lo and behold, a copy of this just jumped into the bag: https://www.amazon.com/Adventure-Peculiar-Protocols-Adapted-Journals/dp/1250228956 Not an author I’m familiar with—we’ll see!

ashmanra

A couple of websites say that Sherlock is known to prefer Lapsang, but another website says that he and Watson drink mostly coffee and the tea they drink is never specified. It would be interesting to see if Lapsang IS ever specifically mentioned.

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drank The Shire by Curiosa Society
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Hello everyone! Oof, June was a wash in terms of me writing tasting notes. It was a busy month. (The anniversary of the death of my father, both of my far-flung siblings being in town, preparing for my boss to go on paternity leave, auditions and early rehersal for a play, and coming off a week where the low temp was 103 all week).
I shall try to be here more. I do love it so.
So I ordered this tea from Curiosa society, which is a shop full of “extraordinary goods”. I’ve ordered cool cards and gifts from them before, and when I saw they were selling teas, well, I jumped.
This is a strawberries and cream type blend, which always sound so lovely, but this came out a touch bitter to me. What is the steeping secret for this sort of blend? Further experimentation is needed.
On a heat related note- what is everyones preferred method for making iced tea? I have decided this is the year I really get the hang of it, but advice would be appriciated!

gmathis

I just cold steep in the fridge overnight…no science to it, but when it gets this hot (Missouri is getting some of your weather this week), flavor subtleties aren’t very important to me.

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drank Merci Mille Fois by Lupicia
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A sipdown!
I liked this, and will certainly bring it back.
It was the perfect tea for the last couple of days, as we’ve launched ourselves into our over-100-degree weather.
Ick.

ashmanra

Yes, I pretty much consider this one a shelf staple, too.

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drank Merci Mille Fois by Lupicia
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Sigh. Its gonna be that kind of day. The day where, as you are preparing your morning tea, you knock over the bag and leaf goes all over your kitchen floor.
Grumble. Not all of this was lost, but I do now have a rather high relief spiders web under my kitchen counters.

ashmanra

For Merci Mille Fois, I’m drinking floor tea. Unless it landed in something unspeakably nasty and moist, it goes back in a bag!

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drank Merci Mille Fois by Lupicia
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This is one of those Lupicia fruit teas, where the taste is more “generically fruity”, rather than specifics. A sense of summer fruits, but I couldent pick out anything in particular in this cup.
I find I need to watch these cups carefully, as if I am not careful they can oversteep and become bitter.

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The one tea I brought back from New York was this, from the Morgan Library.
It’s not very descriptive on the packaging (“black tea”), but it smells like a Lapsang.
It brews up as a milder lapsang than some I have had, which is not a complaint. This is a gently smoky tea, not dramatic, and easy enough to drink.
I’m looking forward to sipping more of this going forward.

(Steepster ate this not the first time, so apologies if I’ve somehow posted this twice….)

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Early in my tea journey I didn’t like Breakfast Blends, but I am warming to them now.
This is fairly nice. Strong, but not so strong that it affects the taste. Its just the sort of gentle hand I like to ease me into a morning.
I rarely have tea with milk or sugar in it, but i think it would taste really nice with this tea. Maybe I’ll have to try it.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Oh friends, I recently blundered, and blundered badly. I went on a week long trip with no tea!
I went to NYC to visit my brother, and I assumed my hotel would have at least something. Well, it did, depressing grey packets just labeled “tea”, and with the schedule I didn’t even have time to visit any tea shops in NYC (that will be remedied next time I go!).
I hereby make a solemn vow- I will never travel without an emergency reserve of tea again.
I am so happy to be reunited with my tea stash.

gmathis

Welcome home! There is nothing quite like that first post-travel cuppa out of your own cup with your own water.

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