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A new Plum Deluxe favorite! This is a delicious blend of bergamot and fruity strawberries. I love everything about it. It steeps a strong, dark brew with bold flavors. Not too overwhelming on the bergamot either, which I appreciate. I love bergamot, but if it’s too strong I’ve noticed it gives me a bit of a headache.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 20 minutes

Unfortunately, this didn’t make for a satisfying resteep at all. It’s very lightly flavored, very lightly flavored, and isn’t really worth the extra time when I could be drinking a fresh cup of something else. But now I know!

This is my “something new” for Mastress Alita’s A June Wedding sipdown prompt.

Side Note No. 1 – I’ve been spending some time over on Litsy and Goodreads this week. Does anyone have accounts there? I’d love to follow to see what everyone’s reading with their tea.

Side Note No. 2 – I’m having a conflict of conscience. All my life I’ve added two spaces after each period. That’s the rules! My fingers automatically hit the spacebar twice but lately the two spaces look so weird. So I delete a space. But that looks weird too. Why is this?! So now all my paragraphs and sentences are inconsistent – one space here, two spaces there. It’s making me uncomfortable. I did look on trusty Google and apparently the APA (which is the formatting/style guide I learned and used growing up) was the only one that recommended, nay demanded, two spaces after a period. Even they gave it up in 2019 and said that one space is sufficient. How do I retrain my fingers after over twenty years of double-tapping that spacebar? A challenge, indeed…

Side Note No. 3 – Is Steepster broken again? Good grief.

Edit – My note posted to the dashboard, so maybe it’s just that I’m the only one having tea today.

Flavors: Bergamot, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

Ehhm, I guess not many people wrote notes today. And interesting that APA suggests two spaces — Czech system bans more than one space!

As of Goodreads, unfortunately I use Czech alternative to keep track of my read books. If I only don’t have to read the coursebooks recently!

Cameron B.

I also use two spaces after a period!

gmathis

Side notes: I use LibraryThing for literary purposes, and it took years for me to break the two spaces habit. Mrs. Ping, my high school business teacher, drilled that one deep into my DNA!

Veronica

I don’t use Litsy, but I’m Veronica Price on GR. I don’t write many reviews, but I do track most of my reading over there. I’d love to see what you’re reading. Checking out people’s bookshelves (real or digital) is one of my favorite things!

ashmanra

I think I read somewhere that our new technology already justifies the spacing of the text. (My mom actually learned to run an ABDick offset printer way back when and taught me what justification was in printing.) This is why two spaces are no longer necessary, the article said, and I think if you hit the spacebar twice, Apple products automatically put a period and capitalize the next letter.

Shae

Martin – I hope you’ll share any good reads with us once your studying is done! What types of books do you like to read for fun?

It’s good to hear I’m not alone in my double spacing! I suppose I need to start trying to break the habit. Very interesting about the article on justification, ashmanra, though I don’t own any Apple products so I’ll be hitting that backspace until I can retrain my fingers. I am still trying to figure out LibraryThing, gmathis, but I found a few really great threads there yesterday on sociology and religion so I will persist. I added my goodreads profile in my Steepster bio since I couldn’t find you, Veronica – or rather, I found about 16 of “you” and I don’t know which is the right Veronica Price. :) I don’t have much there yet, still adding books as I think of them.

gmathis

LibraryThing has a monthly early reviewer giveaway (both print and ebooks); costs nothing to throw your hat into the raffle basket except your agreement to write a review of at least 25 words. (I can take 25 words just clearing my throat!)

Veronica

Shae – I added you to my friends list. The Historian is one of my favorite books, too. :)

Shae

@gmathis – The raffle sounds like fun! I’ll definitely check it out, thank you. :)

@Veronica – I’m so glad you found me! I loved The Historian. I let a friend read my copy several years back, so I just need to go ahead and get another one. I don’t usually re-read books, but that’s one I would definitely read again.

Martin Bednář

Shae: I don’t have a particular favourite style or/and authors. I am now in one third of The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell, so I would like to finish this series first. I do like historical novels though! But I read a few autobiographies, some serious and real-based books. Some funny books and lighthearted ones too. Just I do like it or not… no matter what genre is. I used to read lots of scifi as well.

Shae

Martin – this is the book series that the Netflix show is based on, yes? I’m currently in the middle of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, also historical fiction/sci-fi (time travel). I’ve been reading some light books in-between, but I’m not ready to start another series yet. This one looks good though!

Martin Bednář

Indeed it is! It was produced by BBC but abadonned then. Netflix decided to continue, but I haven’t seen single episode yet; I am waiting to finish the books first. I have read The Fort from same author when I was in Finland and that probably caused I like historical novels. There is eachyear a reading challenge but never read all 20 books that I should. Unfortunately, the time is (hopefully was) the trouble!

Shae

I agree – there’s never enough time to finish all the books!

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Martin Bednář

Ehhm, I guess not many people wrote notes today. And interesting that APA suggests two spaces — Czech system bans more than one space!

As of Goodreads, unfortunately I use Czech alternative to keep track of my read books. If I only don’t have to read the coursebooks recently!

Cameron B.

I also use two spaces after a period!

gmathis

Side notes: I use LibraryThing for literary purposes, and it took years for me to break the two spaces habit. Mrs. Ping, my high school business teacher, drilled that one deep into my DNA!

Veronica

I don’t use Litsy, but I’m Veronica Price on GR. I don’t write many reviews, but I do track most of my reading over there. I’d love to see what you’re reading. Checking out people’s bookshelves (real or digital) is one of my favorite things!

ashmanra

I think I read somewhere that our new technology already justifies the spacing of the text. (My mom actually learned to run an ABDick offset printer way back when and taught me what justification was in printing.) This is why two spaces are no longer necessary, the article said, and I think if you hit the spacebar twice, Apple products automatically put a period and capitalize the next letter.

Shae

Martin – I hope you’ll share any good reads with us once your studying is done! What types of books do you like to read for fun?

It’s good to hear I’m not alone in my double spacing! I suppose I need to start trying to break the habit. Very interesting about the article on justification, ashmanra, though I don’t own any Apple products so I’ll be hitting that backspace until I can retrain my fingers. I am still trying to figure out LibraryThing, gmathis, but I found a few really great threads there yesterday on sociology and religion so I will persist. I added my goodreads profile in my Steepster bio since I couldn’t find you, Veronica – or rather, I found about 16 of “you” and I don’t know which is the right Veronica Price. :) I don’t have much there yet, still adding books as I think of them.

gmathis

LibraryThing has a monthly early reviewer giveaway (both print and ebooks); costs nothing to throw your hat into the raffle basket except your agreement to write a review of at least 25 words. (I can take 25 words just clearing my throat!)

Veronica

Shae – I added you to my friends list. The Historian is one of my favorite books, too. :)

Shae

@gmathis – The raffle sounds like fun! I’ll definitely check it out, thank you. :)

@Veronica – I’m so glad you found me! I loved The Historian. I let a friend read my copy several years back, so I just need to go ahead and get another one. I don’t usually re-read books, but that’s one I would definitely read again.

Martin Bednář

Shae: I don’t have a particular favourite style or/and authors. I am now in one third of The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell, so I would like to finish this series first. I do like historical novels though! But I read a few autobiographies, some serious and real-based books. Some funny books and lighthearted ones too. Just I do like it or not… no matter what genre is. I used to read lots of scifi as well.

Shae

Martin – this is the book series that the Netflix show is based on, yes? I’m currently in the middle of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, also historical fiction/sci-fi (time travel). I’ve been reading some light books in-between, but I’m not ready to start another series yet. This one looks good though!

Martin Bednář

Indeed it is! It was produced by BBC but abadonned then. Netflix decided to continue, but I haven’t seen single episode yet; I am waiting to finish the books first. I have read The Fort from same author when I was in Finland and that probably caused I like historical novels. There is eachyear a reading challenge but never read all 20 books that I should. Unfortunately, the time is (hopefully was) the trouble!

Shae

I agree – there’s never enough time to finish all the books!

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

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Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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