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Work tea #2

This is from yesterday. I picked up a sample when I placed a small Upton order a few months ago. On a whim I took it to work with me, and I regretted my decision. This is so good. I wanted to sit and enjoy it, but we had a full day of patients waiting to be seen. What I can say about this tea is that it has a silky mouth feel. There are muscatal and apricot notes followed by a mineral finish. It reminded me of why I love so many teas from Nepal.

I think I’ll go to work tomorrow and get the rest of the sample so that I can enjoy it over the holiday weekend. Or maybe I’ll sleep in and stay in my pj’s all day. Who knows?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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92

Sipdown.

This tea is 7+ years old, and it’s still one of the best Assams I’ve ever had. It’s a wonderful breakfast tea, bold and full bodied. I’ll miss being able to make a big pot of this on a cold morning.

As for today’s cup, there were notes of plum and honey instead of the rich raisin I usually taste. Still enjoyable if a bit different. The notes of bread and malt are present throughout the sip. And no bitterness. None. The smoothness of this tea has been one of my favorite things about it.

Saying that Andrew and Dunham is still an active company (it looks like they are?), I might pick up more of this at some point. I’d like to try a few more Assam teas from other companies, but this will be the one I compare them to.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
tea-sipper

I’m also drinking a 7+ year A&D tea today. haha.

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87
drank Puerh Bordeaux by Rishi Tea
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Work tea #1

I found this very enjoyable. There were woody, earthy notes from the puerh as well as sweet spicy grape flavors. There was also a slightly deeper note that hinted at wine, but I think it fell a bit short. The tea was full bodied and had a nice creaminess to it. All in all really good. I’d happily drink it again. I wish I could’ve tried several steeps, but work is work. If I can I’ll pick up a box to keep at home. This is a good one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Martin Bednář

That sounds like a tea I would try.

Veronica

It surprised me. Since it was at my work I’m guessing one of my co-workers bought it but didn’t like it. We have a collective tea/coffee area, and people often bring things to share.

Martin Bednář

That’s nice, my brother has got something similar, but as they are working mostly from home this ending year, I haven’t got much teas from him. I have only one experience with Rishi and unfortunately not a good one.

Veronica

My experience with Rishi has been similar, which is why this one surprised me. :)

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I had a full work day followed by a three hour wait at an urgent care to get the COVID vaccine. Man oh man am I happy today is over. I started thinking about this tea on my drive home. The vanilla caramel yumminess. The bready black tea base. The warmth and comfort of an oversized cuppa and the bliss of still being able to sleep tonight. So, so good.

ashmanra

How soon do you have to get shot #2? My husband is supposed to get his first one around Jan 4.

Veronica

28 days after shot #1.

tea-sipper

YEAH for vaccine :D

Veronica

I’m so excited that vaccines are starting to become available. I’m holding out hope that this summer might be something close to normal.

ashmanra

Yes! I am hoping we can get ours soon, too!

Veronica

The doctor I talked to said they’re expecting to start giving it to the general public in a month. Folks over 65 and individuals deemed high risk by their doctors in two weeks. I’m hoping he’s right.

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70

Work tea from yesterday.

This is ok. It definitely needs precise water temp and brewing time to bring out the berry flavors and any hints of the white tea base. Overstepping results in a cup o’ hibiscus.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Courtney

“cup o’ hibiscus” XD

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87

Sipdown.

It says something about the way this year has gone that I haven’t reviewed this tea yet. For the most part it’s a boozy chocolate tea with caraway and spice. I’m usually not a fan of chocolate in tea, but this was deep and rich and really good. The mix of chocolate, scotch and the combined spices was well blended. I’d usually add this back to my wishlist, but after dealing with August Uncommon’s customer service (or complete lack there of) I think I’ll look for a chocolate tea elsewhere.

Cameron B.

Oh no, what happened with customer service? :(

Veronica

I was trying to track a tea order I had mailed to my daughter while she was at school. No tracking number was ever sent, so I emailed… three times… and never received a reply. Ever. The package did eventually arrive, but the complete lack of customer service was a real turn off. :(

Cameron B.

Wow, that is discouraging…

gmathis

I’ve never seen a tea with caraway—interesting!

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86

Happy Boxing Day, lovely people! Hope everyone is having a safe and peaceful holiday.

I picked this tea up a few weeks ago, but today is the first time I’ve been able to try it. It’s a very nice rose and strawberry blend. The fragrance of the dry leaves is highly perfumed, so much so that I didn’t think I would be able to enjoy this. Once steeped the smell is softer. It’s discernibly rose with a sweet general fruity note mixed in. There’s also a bit of an earthy note which made me hopeful since I like being able to taste the base tea in flavored blends. The taste is delicious. The mix of rose and strawberry is well balanced. There’s also a dried hay note and the slightest touch of astringency, which I found pleasant. I drank the first half of the cup without adding anything and found it enjoyable. I added a touch of monk fruit sweetener to the second half to bring out the strawberry flavor a bit more. It was also nice, but I think going forward I’ll drink it sans additives.

This one was a nice surprise. It’s like a bit of summer in a cup, and I’m here for it.

Flavors: Hay, Rose, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

Happy Boxing day!

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drank Hot Apple Spice by Harney & Sons
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I can post again! Yay!

I’m working on Saturdays for the foreseeable future, so this is the start of my short weekend. I’ve been wanting to try this for awhile, and I’m not disappointed. Cinnamon is the main flavor, much like Hot Cinnamon Spice, but it’s not quite as strong as HCS. The apple flavor comes at the end of the sip. It’s more fresh apple than apple pie, which I like. All in all a simple tea but a delicious one.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Red Apple

ashmanra

I was just thinking that I need to try this one again. I had a sample long ago and liked it but was overrun with tea at the time.

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98

Sad sipdown!

Finishing this off as my morning cuppa . I have enjoyed every cup of the bread-y, cocoa-y, sweet, malty, rich flavor of this lovely tea. Since it was my last spoonful of leaves I decided to be good and follow the brewing parameters Brandon sent. Half a tablespoon of leaves, 212 degree water, 3 minute steep. It was a delicious way to wake up.

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92

Argh. Steepster keeps eating my note.

Short version: Great tea. Happy that it’s kept it body and flavor even after 7+ years in my cupboard. Made a pot today and enjoyed as much as ever.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cherry, Cocoa, Malt, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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