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TeakuTuesday!!!: “Geoffrey’s Folly”

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Sep 7

News about TeaCuplets

To the whole whoppin’ eight of you who’ve tuned into this Tumblr page for my TeaCuplets entries, I thank you.

But…

I have to put this poor, poetic pet to pasture. They weren’t what I thought they were going to be, nobody was reading them, and…they weren’t really that…good. That and I think vendors thought the same thing as well.

(I can count three tea vendors that refused to send samples - after they approached me! - after I told them they would be used as TeaCuplets fodder.)

As such, future teas will be featured/reviewed on my main tea site, www.steepstories.com.

As for this place. Well…I’ll think of something. In the meantime, it will remain a home of my #TeakuTuesdays posts.

Thanks for the reads.

-Geoff

TeaCuplets: Red Lodge Books & Tea “Leaf on the Wind”

I’m finally home from a trip through Montana,

A trek that was quick with nary a bandana.

All I have to show for it is bags full of loose tea.

A few wares bestowed by Family Robson to me.

***

The first one I decided to tear open was an herbal,

A category for infusions of which I’m rarely verbal.

But green rooibos was involved in this special case,

So lip service will be paid with all my “usual” haste.

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The dry herbs smelled sweet with a tickle of spice,

Betraying gentleness amidst their greenery – nice!

Wintergreen danced with rooibos needles in vigor.

Sparse cardamom pods showed off zest and rigor.

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On taste, it was honey followed by mint and fruit,

If spice was there, it was a gentle, patient brute.

In my pajamas, I sit with two teacups in sync,

I’m a leaf on the wind…watch how I drink.

For more information - or to buy - this tea, go HERE.

Aug 5
Smith’s Lord Bergamot,
Iced on a too-short lunch break.
WHERE’S MY CITRUS CROWN?!
#TeakuTuesday!!!

Smith’s Lord Bergamot,
Iced on a too-short lunch break.
WHERE’S MY CITRUS CROWN?!
#TeakuTuesday!!!

Teaku Tuesday!!!: Oolong on the Rocks

Last of the oolong.

Taiwanese roasted treasure.

A pint over ice.

The tea used: Temple Road Tea’s Tiger Monk

Teaku Tuesday!!!: Returning to the Ali Shan Well

An end-of-day steep

Of large leaf Ali Shan in

A Chewie chalice.

Teaku Tuesday!!!: J-TEA Bourbon Barrel Oolong

O’ bourbon barrel,

Adding further flavorful

Bite to this bouquet.

For more information on this tea, go HERE.

Jul 8

Teaku Tuesday!!!: Experimental Un-Roasted, Mid-Oxidized Large Leaf Ali Shan Oolong (courtesy of Norbu Tea)

Fruit-smelling large leaves, 

Unlike oolongs of brews past,

Steep with quite a fight. 

Jul 5

TeaCuplets: Tealet Golden Feather Tea Co. Paw’s Tips Green Tea

I met this unique man at WTE this year,

And he brandished a grin from ear to ear.

A new tea grower from the ol’ Golden State,

I wondered how well his teas would rate.

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The leaves were long, twisty, and varied green.

Their aroma possessed a strange smoky lean.

I didn’t complain as I prepped a brew or three.

Smoked was a way I preferred a lot of my tea.

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The tea brewed pale green with a roasty smell -

There was also a bit of fruit from what I could tell.

It reminded me of a Darjeeling or Taiwanese green,

Only with that mandatory North American glean.

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This actually happened after I finished the brew,

There were leaves left for another steep or two.

Alas, they got wet amidst all my finagling.

So, I brewed up more for further caffeinating.

For more information, go HERE.

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Jul 4

TeaCuplets (FREEDOM EDITION!!!): Tealet Onomea Tea Company KoKo Ki 2010 Black Tea

I could think of no other way to celebrate

The birth of this nation in a way, first-rate.

A Hawaiian black tea that was aged four years

Was awaiting cupping amidst silent cheers.

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The leaves were dark and smelled of hot cocoa

With a toasty presence to make my mind loco.

It reminded me of a black from Li Shan, Taiwan,

Deceptive, curly leaves with a lot going on.

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To the taste it was tropical, burly yet mild,

With a faint coffee kiss that quite beguiled.

There was a medicinal edge along for the ride,

Lending credence its to earned and aged pride.

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As the morning of the 4th of July rolls along

No freedom in my cup would feel rather wrong.

Here’s to tea I would never throw off a harbor…uh…

I can’t think of more to say…so, God bless ‘Merica.

For more information, go HERE

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