323 Tasting Notes


Thanks for the free sample from Teajo!

Not-Tea Notes

It was nice to see this in my mailbox today – such a good day!

In Shakespeare, we all had to prepare the same scene from Richard III. My professor announced today that we were having a surprise “callback” – he was going to pick scene partners out of a hat. We decided that the two best actors would get to pick monologues for our professor to perform for us. As far as I know, none of us have ever seen him act.

I was the last Elizabeth to go, and the universe was on my side – the Richard I was put with happened to be the girl I rehearsed with most often. I won out of all the Elizabeths (and I’m not even really an actor, I just love Shakespeare SO FREAKING MUCH) and so the Richard winner and I performed the whole scene – he was someone I’d worked with too, so we already had a sort of rhythm going, and it was surprisingly different from the first time I’d done it.

And now we get to see my professor do a Don Pedro monologue from Much Ado and a Hal monologue from Henry V… the latter of which he’s never performed in front of people before. Happy spring break, professor! :)

Tea Notes

I smelled this one, and thought “ooh, that’s strong.” I don’t have any straight Earl Greys because I’m not a huge fan of bergamot – I prefer EGCs. But I like to have one in my collection.

I put two heaping teaspoons in my 20oz Amsterdam pot, boiling water, 2 min.

The first cup was surprisingly light. It was a really beautiful Assam base, and it wasn’t overwhelmingly perfumey. The bergamot was supported because the tea itself is of a good quality.

Later cups got stronger, perhaps because it cooled. I thought it might have been due to broken pieces left in the bottom of the pot, but there’s hardly anything there.

It was smooth enough for me to drink straight. I might do milk/sugar next time, just because of personal preference, but it really is a great Earl Grey!

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Cold-brewed this overnight. I was afraid it was wayyy too long (24 hours?) when I looked at it. It’s almost black. When I pour it into a glass, it pours dark, dark purple. It looks almost like grape juice.

It tastes surprisingly light. I definitely get the raspberry and lime. I am tasting a bit of grape, but that could be a side effect of the color. I’m not a huge fan of grape juice.

Still, good!


I ran out of my box. Summer has definitely been warm and long (we got our first 30oC+ day in November last year, and we’re set for more next week afte 34 today), so I’ve been icing tea like crazy. Didn’t end up cold brewing this one, just instant icing, and it goes such a dark red in just 5 minutes I can imagine the black colour from an overnight steep! Glad you liked it.

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drank Almond Happiness by 52teas
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Yup… the way to drink this one is blended with a bit of NMTC’s Cream Vanilla. Even then it’s blah. Eh. Don’t love it, don’t hate it, but I need the caffiene.

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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Dipping Girl Scout Shortbreads into this.

Oh happy day.

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drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
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Eurgh. I do not feel good. Here’s to hoping this settles my stomach down a bit.

Josie Jade

Feel better!


Oh dear! Go to work, peppermint, and make it better!


I hope you feel better!


Thank you guys! I’m a bit better now :)

Rachel J

Glad you feel better!

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drank Strawberry Sencha by Tealuxe
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All throughout Shakespeare I was craving this. I had a cup of Golden Monkey, and this is absolutely the opposite. Smooth and sweet and scented and buttery… ohhh I’m in tea heaven right now.

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I feel like I’m getting sick. Oh no!

Big cup of this with lots of honey. Neither of which I like, necessarily… but both of which will help. Am I the only one who doesn’t really like honey?


Ok, that confirms it, I’m sending you some leatherwood honey in our next swap. Best stuff ever!


If you can change my opinion on honey then all the more props to you! :)

Rachel Sincere

I am not crazy about honey at all. There’s this weird musky?? taste to it that bugs me. Heh heh. Bugs. It’s bee spit, after all.


Tasmania has great mind-changing powers ;)

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Long, spindly thin black needle-leaves.

Yesterday I steeped a tumbler of this hot, and it was good. In between classes, though, I didn’t have enough time to heat water and wait for it to steep, so I just filled my tumbler with cold water and let the second steep cold-brew on the way to class.

It was so good! There was a beautiful honey-like sweetness that blended surprisingly well with the smoky notes! And any astringency or maltiness had faded, so it was a much softer brew.

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This is from Summer 2012. It came courtesy of Autumn Hearth

I’ve been hoarding the last few cups of this in my stash. It’s so good I don’t want to waste it. At the same time, it’s been a long time since I’ve had any really good tea.

I’m having a hard time breathing today so I’m trying to stay away from caffeine. I don’t want to make anything worse. And I decided that I’ve had a rough couple of weeks. I deserve some good tea.

Brewed Western-style, ~2tsp /16 oz. 30 sec first infusion.

So light, but it’s so thick and creamy and delicious. It’s sweet and sparkling. It has that nuttiness that I love about Dragonwell. And ohhh the lingering aftertaste.

Breathing is good. So is this tea. :)

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

Hope you feel better!


Thanks Bonnie!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Tealuxe
323 tasting notes

Nom noms. Deep and rich and hearty.

I’ve spent all night touching up the photos of my school’s winter show, and they’re finally up! :)

(this post more an advertisement than an actual tasting note XD)


You’ve been working hard—behind the scenes, too, I’m sure! Rest and enjoy a Sunday evening cuppa.


Yeah! :)

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