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drank Tea Candy by Bali's Best
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Some of my clothes want me to lose some weight. The month of January (lack of light, lack of exercise, lack of serotonin, etc.) doesn’t care whether I do or not. While the two are battling it out, I am hoping these little babies will help stem the 1:30 p.m. “just shut up and give me a three-pack of Zingers” blues.

They were a Christmas present from my son—a three pack of Classic Iced Tea, Citrus Green Tea, and Green Tea Latte. So far, I’ve haven’t ventured further than the Classic, but it does taste exactly like southern sweet tea with simple syrup. I don’t like it in a glass, but in a hard candy, it’s pretty tasty!

Nichole/CuppaGeek

I get the “your kids got all those sour candies for the holidays and you know you want them” blues.

derk

Where did he get these?!

ashmanra

Cool gift!

AJRimmer

I get these from my local international market – they’re good!

gmathis

Available on Amazon.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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I’ll just stick this review in “Random” because my “Premium Classic Black Tea” from TeaMaze is also marked “limited edition” and is nowhere to be found on the website now.

Hubby picked this one—I would have passed it up due to lack of information—but I’m glad he did. There’s no variety mentioned in the packet description and trying to place it is a little bit like leafing through a “Where’s Waldo?” book. The bass notes have some Keemun leather-and-mahogany, but the treble is pure Juicy Fruit Gum, like an oolong. Hmm.

Martin Bednář

Yep, finding a correct data/information is a bit like finding a neeedle in a haystack.

gmathis

Somebody needs to invent a tea thermometer that identifies ingredients rather than temperature. Would you like to tackle that project?

Martin Bednář

Haha, I am logistician, I can deliver it. But inventing is for someone else. It would be awesome, probably possible with mass spectometry, but, ehem, not sure if it would be that easy. And of course, I have no idea how pricey that device would be. And maybe… it would be a huge machine too. I am afraid it won’t be that easy.

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I’m looking at a window full of slow snow—wafting down like little cotton parachutes; the kind that creates very little worry because there won’t be much and the temp is just above freezing. It’s also the kind that makes you lazy because it’s so soothing to watch.

So I’m using that as an excuse to rock in my favorite chair and alternate peeking outside with peeking at old episodes of Northern Exposure. You need to find and watch the episodes with Marilyn and the Flying Guy. They are adorable.

Sitting next to me is a little cup of Caramel Apple Chai. I am picky about my chai. I want the spice to be light enough I can taste the other ingredients. I can. The apple is nicely evident, the spice isn’t obnoxious, and you can coax out the caramel with a little milk and sugar.

ashmanra

That sounds like a wonderful day! I have never seen that show, but I think I have heard of it. I will look for it!

A little envelope may have been sent your way today with a little something for the mister!

gmathis

Northern Exposure—circa 1998-1993; quirky little Alaskan town, Rob Morrow (from Numb3rs) is a young doctor who has agreed to serve as a GP in the outback for four years because his med school tuition was paid by State of Alaska. Think “Twin Peaks,” only kinder, gentler, and funnier.

tea-sipper

oh the little cotton parachutes moved here today. :D

Nichole/CuppaGeek

My husband’s favorite show is Northern Exposure. We binged on all of the seasons a few years ago and were just chatting that once Parker is better, we will binge the show again.

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drank Apricot Amaretto by Tea Forte
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The dry leaves had a nice apricot scent which translated nicely into fruit flavor that lasted throughout the whole cup. The almond/amaretto was secondary, but detectable. That’s OK; I have terrible luck with almond stuff getting bitter, so less was more.

Good for a bedtime that I’m going to have to adjust to accommodate going back to work come Monday.

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drank Oolong by Joy Luck
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The new year arrived with a bang at our house. Lots of them, actually. For those of you who have not had the privilege of weathering a Midwest ice storm, there’s nothing like hearing frozen limbs slam onto your roof and praying that they don’t jab holes in your shingles. Come join us next time! (All appears to be well and the power lines held.)

I had already set this out to drink on New Year’s morning, but a little joy was especially in order after the lousy night’s sleep. Gifted to us by niece and nephew along with some other funny, random Chinese grocery items (smoked eel, anybody?), it was nicely and securely sealed, with big, rolled leaves.

According to my husband, who likes his oolong stewed to the consistency of mud, it “wasn’t toasty enough.” Sleep-deprived impatient steeping probably had something to do with that. However, I liked it just fine—it is does lean toward the wheat-toast flavor category rather than peachy-fruity. Perfectly acceptable second steep.

Martin Bednář

Uhh, happy to hear that everything is fine. Smoked eel sounds okay to me :)

Mastress Alita

I slept terrible last night, too! Greens seem to “wake me up” better than blacks these days, so I’ve been ODing on Japanese greens to get by, ha!

gmathis

Funny how everybody’s body chemistry is different. I must have blood as thick as cake batter because nothing but heavy duty black stuff makes me wakey.

gmathis

Oh, and mate.

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drank Tangerine by Basilur
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I like my citrus creamy rather than tart, and Basilur has nailed it with this lovely little tea. Vanilla smooths out the rough edges. My inventory is dwindling…time to sniff out some more.

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drank Frosted Cranberry by Cuppa Geek
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Milk alchemy! I misjudged leaf-to-mug ratio and steeped this stronger than desired this morning; however, milk and a magic sprinkle of sugar not only toned down the nippiness, it pumped up the peppermint, which I knew was in the blend, but hadn’t really noticed before. It’s like getting a whole new tea!

Hope you have a minute as the year ends to stop and count some blessings that came your way in 2020. There were some. This year, you just have to look.

Martin Bednář

You are right, even this year looks like complete disaster, there are a few things that I am grateful for. It could be passed exams (in my case Algorithms and programming), or that we are still all in family, even though Covid struck our family too; or just small things that made us smile, for instance a tea-mail :)

gmathis

There you go! (And a special happy dance for passing your courses. I just barely squeaked by my college programming courses … ahem, … just a few years ago. I’m sure they’re much more difficult now.)

Shmiracles

Haha I just barely squeaked by on my programming course this semester too!
I’m grateful for the reminder that I’m a horrible student and that, for me, it’s best to learn in other ways …. I’m grateful the class is over : ) hah

Veronica

Absolutely! This year was a tough one, but there were still blessings.My little family is healthy, I was able to surpass the goals set for me at my job, and I enjoyed reading a lot (a whole lot) of books this year. I also loved all the time I got to spend with my husband and kids this year. We have so many inside jokes now, and I know they’ll make us laugh for years to come.

tea-sipper

YES there will never stop being the little things to appreciate.

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drank Raspberry Ganache by Tea Forte
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I couldn’t pick up much scent from the little Tea Forte pyramid sachet. (But they are so cute and I am in love with the little triangular boxes…) So I went overboard and started the cup bag-in. You pick up the raspberry first; sweet, not tart, with the chocolate following very subtly in the background.

Then I got distracted (imagine that!) watching “25 Words or Less,” my vacation game show addiction, and it started heading toward bitterness. So between rounds, I removed the sachet, added some milk and reheated. With a little creaminess added to the mix, I think the bottom of the cup was better than the top.

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We’ve finally hit the Christmas break point where I wake up thinking, Now what day is this? Today, you can add Is it morning yet? Sky is the color of an old bicycle tire.

The plus side is time to sneak in a good contemplative morning steep instead of grabbing a bag and flying out the door.

After nearly a year (and a huge bag, gift from husband, that I am honor-bound to appreciate), I still haven’t contemplated this enough. I like Keemuns that lean toward the grass-hay-and-burlap spectrum; this lands more in the wet wood and saddle leather flavor family. It isn’t terrible, it’s just puzzling.

gmathis

Follow-up: what Keemuns do you out there in Steepsterland particularly like?

Mastress Alita

I love Keemun Concerto from Adagio!

gmathis

Now that you mention it, I think that one was in an Advent bundle from last year, and I remember liking it. I need a replacement for the cheap (but really tasty) bulk Keemun that our local indie grocery has discontinued.

ashmanra

Premium Keemun Hao Ya from Teavivre, also their Fragrant. I do not like Harney’s English Breakfast much, which is 100% keemun. It is a lower grade and is only good with milk and sugar to me. Their better Keemuns might be nice.

Martin Bednář

I just checked my Steepster.txt and it doesn’t found any Keemun. So, it seems I never got a 100% Keemun yet?!

gmathis

I have tried (and liked) the Teavivre version also.

tea-sipper

Yeah, I agree with you guys: Keemun Concerto, and Teavivre’s Premium Keemun Hao Ya and for barely a difference (in the last harvest I tried anyway) their Grade One Keemun

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I’ve mentioned in previous Morning Thunder reviews that I’m not much of a mate fan (reminds me somewhat of cigar smoke), but it is reasonably effective when you need a nudge. It’s even more effective when you forget you left it on the counter and let it steep for 30 minutes. Reheated with a little milk and it was drinkable.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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