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239 Tasting Notes

85
drank Black Dragon Pearl by Teavana
239 tasting notes

Finished the bag off today…finally. Don’t read the negative into that statement; its more a testament to how many of those little pearls it actually takes to make a half pound of tea. I’m sure you can read about the woodsy cocoa flavors elsewhere, I’ll just say that this is a nice bold tea that you won’t confuse with a flower shop. Good stuff.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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96
drank Earl Grey by Mark T. Wendell
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This Earl Grey is my benchmark by which I measure other Earl Greys. I’ve found a few different better, I’ve found worse (much worse). I “inherited” a 1 pound tin from a friend who had to swear off caffeine and its kept me going for the past year. Keep it sealed in an airtight container, that’s the secret.
So this tea is a straight-up basic Earl Grey, no fancy citrus bits, no colorful cornflowers, just tea and bergamot. It has a high quality tea base…probably a blend, as I don’t get specific regional notes like Ceylon or Assam.

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67
drank Assam CTC Granular by Andees
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Finishing this one off today. I’ve been on a mission for the past year(!) to empty my cupboard of accumulated tea. I’m getting close…except I keep getting “donations” of other’s unwanted tea.
Anyway, finishing this one today…one last steeps worth sitting in a babyfood jar. Wow, is it different than the English Breakfast I finished yesterday! Strong, earthy flavor. Not bitter though. Makes me think of Autumn…appropriate since we had our first hard freeze last night.

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67
drank Assam CTC Granular by Andees
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Wow, tis been awhile, 4 years, since I entered this tea into the database. Looks like I’m the only one who ever reported it. Now I’m reporting the last of its gone. Still a pretty good tea…not my favorite, but I’ve come across Many worse.

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90
drank Lemon Tea by Dilmah
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I have been drinking this for a couple of months now…it is my “don’t have time, don’t want to take time” grab a tea bag remedy right now. Definitly still in my favorites list, still looking for more. The lemon, when brewed up a bit long, reminds me of lemon scented Pledge furniture polish…ya, not a real good thing..even a bit “waxy” :(

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82
drank Earl Grey (K-Cup) by Twinings
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As Earl Grey’s go, this is pretty far down on my list of preffered options…although ANY tea is preferrable to NO tea…well, unless its roobios (blech!). Brews strong on a “normal” cup, you can easily get two from the K-cup. I usually brew a 12oz run followed immediately by an espresso cycle to top off the mug.

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90
drank Lemon Tea by Dilmah
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Encouraged by my experience with Dilmah Earl Grey tea bags, I picked this up at the dollar store ($2.00/30ct tea bags). Brewed for 3 1/2 minutes with boiling water. I could smell the lemon in the steam. Has nice, even citrus lemon flavor. Not harsh like lemon rind or lemon oil. Everything the package claimed to be and a fine tea too.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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94
drank Earl Grey by Dilmah
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This was a Christmas present…sort of a stocking stuffer. I was expecting trash tea; I got a gold mine! I love Ceylon teas and this was advertised as a pure Ceylon based Earl Grey. The tea has a wonderful, sharp, acidic bite with a nice citrusy bergamot scent. For what is probably a bargin basement box of tea, I am much impressed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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57
drank Berry Blues by Adagio Teas
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A friend got a sample of this and I got to finish off his sample. I’m not sorry there isn’t any left. The dry tea smells clearly of dried blueberries. That is important, because I know that (to me) blueberry juice is just a sweet ho-hum… On to the tea…
It brewed up surprisingly dark for an herbal, reddish like a Ceylon. Blueberry = Sweet in my mind. This tea wasn’t sweet — It was sour! A direct kick to the back edges of my tounge with no apologies. The true components of the tea shine through…rose hips and hibiscus (I looked it up). I don’t get blueberries out of the this — I get cranberries! There were a lot of dried apple pieces, easily 1/3rd of the bulk of the tea mix. I didn’t detect any apple flavor directly..the other components were just too bold, but I think the apple smoothed over the sour components and kept the result from being puckering sour.
Bottom line: I’d drink this again, but I think blueberry isn’t an accurate representation of what it delivers.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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I remember when I discovered that there was more to tea than hot or iced. I was given a loose tea sampler (M.T.W.) and a stainless steel tea ball as a Christmas gift many years ago, by whom I cannot remember. That was the start of what will be a life-long love of fine tea. I discovered Steepster from a blog entry on the Mark. T. Wendell website…and have, from Steepster, discovered even more fine teas and vendors. Bravo!

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