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drank GenmaiCHAI by 52teas
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is what I was hoping Numi’s Berry Black would be and I am so happy that Ovation Tea chose to omit hibiscus flower. The floral “perfume” side of bergamot is missing, leaning toward the fruity lemon side, which is particularly enhanced by addition of orange peel. I’m not sure of the tea base; maybe Ceylon, maybe Keemun. The tartness of the raspberry hides the pure flavor of tea from my palate. I followed the instruction to brew for 5 min but I will go back to my usual 3 min next time. I do detect a dryness/astringency that might be diminished with a shorter brew. Today, I made two separate pots, one of 52teas EGC and this raspberry EG. Yay for finding another way to make EGC last longer.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ChaMei

Ok, re-reading Ovation’s description confirms Assam and Ceylon. Personally I would add a tsp of strongly bergamot tea to this to make this cup decidedly Earl Grey.

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65
drank earl grey tea by Trader Joe's
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Just a note to myself: this tea bag’s age is unknown but can be upwards of 2 years. So, that being said, bergamot is faint, can be mistaken for lemony fragrance. Tastes like a lemon Lipton’s, especially after the spoon of sugar added to my last half cup. Just used the worst type of mug to hold boiling hot tea. The kind of ceramic which makes it impossible to cradle your hands around which I love to do with my double-walled mugs and cups at home. It can be fun to visit your family but being away from all the tea stuff is hard. I am seriously considering getting this family a variable temp. kettle just to have a properly brewed cuppa. In retrospect, would use 205F for this TJ’s EG.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea Company
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Edit: my rating is more for the latte I made. As just a bagged tea, my rating would probably be in the 70s. A decent not-too-strong Earl Grey, especially if you can pick it up on sale. (A good sale to me is .20/bag as long as the expiration is 6 months out).
Following advice here, used 2 bags brewed with 4, maybe 5 oz boiling water (that is, half way of my 10 oz mug) for 3 min. Filled my Breville Milk Cafe to froth minimum line of whole milk with half tsp agave syrup and a dash of vanilla extract (Costco brand). I ended up with more froth than I needed and may add more syrup another time. This is VERY lightly sweetened but suits my taste. The Breville makes more milk than I would need per single use but I like its function more than the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus. (I know I love my gadgets). I am lactose intolerant, or rather milk is intolerant of me since I quite like it. I am hesitant to try chai lattes and matcha lattes because I want to be sure I can make them perfectly given the price to pay drinking so much milk. I am definitely enjoying this attempt. Hey, just realized I can do this with loose leaf too!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank The Witching Hour by 52teas
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Very pleasant but the chocolate and mint flavors are middling, meaning there are days when I want a strong menthol mint tea and days when I want a thick, unctuous chocolate mouth feel; then, the tea falls halfway to satisfying me. But, to have the benefit of natural, organic flavors, these tea experiences have to be reasonable in expectations. I need to not have unreasonable actual food flavor outcomes, and therefore I give this a reasonable rating because it does remind me of a minty hot chocolate.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Citrus Spice Chamomile by 52teas
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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Aged Earl Grey by Numi Organic Tea
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Used a tea bag for convenience. Bagged tea is great for mornings when you can’t decide which loose leaf to dig out. I downed the cup without really making note of tea (Assam) or bergamot strength and quality (bergamot orange peel sits with tea to impart its oils gradually rather than using oil extracts). Doesn’t mean a bad cuppa – I would have made note if it wasn’t good – rather, this tells me this can be a convenient go-to tea, especially on-the-go when I can’t be precise with all my tea accoutrements.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
ChaMei

I had mistakenly associated this with Samovar’s Earl Grey which uses Chinese tea from old growth tea bushes from Yunnan region. It was the “aged” descriptor that caused confusion (and that it was 5:00 am, having been woken with a nosebleed.) But tea makes me feel better and distracted trying to find Australian tea bloggers on YouTube. Reading other tasting notes for Aged Earl Grey reminded me I just had an Assam, not the malty notes I remember Assam being. This tea deserves a future tasting note because, clearly, I am out of it this morning.

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drank Blueberry by Lupicia
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Ha! Joke’s on me: added a tea bag of Bigelow’s Wild Blueberry Acai thinking to add antioxidants to my blueberry-scented tea and after steeping, I taste mostly hibiscus. So this really is a tasting note for a Bigelow tea. I actually remember buying this Bigelow herbal two years ago when my tea habit was mostly mint and chamomile, and definitely unflavored.

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