55 Tasting Notes

94

Found this interesting blend during a recent vacation. Visually it is pretty and the aroma is sweet and intoxicating so I bought a big bag…

On the advice of the salesperson, I steeped it for less time than I would have left a typical green. I was glad that I did this, as I learned later that too much time makes it very bitter. But a short steep was fragrant, floral, sweet, and nutty. Very almond-y, as I like it.

This is a versatile tea and is equally delicious hot or iced. A little sugar is a modest remedy if you get distracted and leave it to steep too long.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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97

I am just loving this tea this summer. It is surprising, refreshing and perfect for summer sipping. Sadly, it is also about all gone…

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87

I am not a huge fan of hightly flavored tea, but this one is good occasionally. Its honey flavor is prominent, and somehow the bouquet makes me think of fruitcake. Darkly sweet, fruity, texture is a bit heavy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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97
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Dense, complex, naturally sweet; those are its nice qualities. But I have to be in the right frame of mind for this tea, on the down side it is decaf and its bouquet is like a strong vanilla candle.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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94

I really cannot add anything that has not already been said. The lovely color, aroma, and taste transports me to an exotic part of the world and makes me crave a delicious Larb salad, crispy fresh spring rolls with peanut sauce, or anything with basil.

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97

Sadly, finished off this package of tea today. Happily, a new package arrived this evening! Magical!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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97

Still loving this tea, it is pale in color but suprisingly complex and flavorful. I think I will go prepare another cup right now!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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I have way too many teas in my cupboard and so I don’t get around to visit each one that often. But I really should make a point of visiting Queen Catherine on a more regular basis as this is truly one of my faves for black tea. Tonight, I sweetened it just a tad with some cane sugar that is infused with real red raspberry juice, produced by a small Indiana company called “The Salt Girls”. (This sugar is good enough to just eat) Might need to have one more cup…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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52
drank Youthberry White Tea by Teavana
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It seemed so good in the shop. But at home, it is just sorta … meh … not offensive, just not that enticing.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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I have loved tea since I was a child, this being a gift bestowed upon me by my mother. It all began with her cups of sweetened Constant Comment (sometimes spiked with a bit of Jim Beam, to cure aches and pains) on cold evenings, and over the years I have enjoyed many teas that have made their way to my kitchen from all over the world.

I must admit from the start that am not a tea-snob. I enjoy the flavors from my own summer garden all through the winter months. There are a few grocery-varieties that will always be on hand (especially Constant Comment) that evoke dear memories of the past. And in that never-quite quenched search for the exquisite, the never-before known flavor, the ultimate tea…well, there are some of those that I love as well. The point is, the longer I live, the more I realize that free can taste just as delicious as $$$. Drink what tastes good, and what satiates your soul.

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