55 Tasting Notes

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drank Lemon by Whittard of Chelsea
55 tasting notes

This is another London purchase and it’s spectacular. Very, very lemony and robust. This will be a staple. Just a dab of honey brightens this up even further.

This tea is very straight forward.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Flowery Earl Grey by Harrods
55 tasting notes

Yes, I’m giving this 100. I’m in love.

Harrods’ description doesn’t do this justice. It doesn’t have a “hint” of bergamot. It’s lousy with bergamot. It also has lots of lovely blue and yellow flowers.

If you want a light Earl Grey, this isn’t it. It’s heavy on the bergamot. Just like I like it. I picked it up loose in London. It’s very smooth tasting, but gets bitter very quickly if you oversteep.

Seriously folks, yum.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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69

I’m drinking this one hot today. It’s supposed to be summer, but it’s raining. I digress.

This is a nice tart tea which brightens up nicely with a little bit of raw sugar. Not too much hibiscus, which I know is a big turn off for a lot of people. The cranberry comes out nicely with a bit of pineapple and a hint of vanilla.

I’m going to try this iced if the weather warms up…maybe with some gin in it. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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I’ve drank this several times now and I’m still lukewarm about it. It’s just not quite something enough. I can’t put my finger on what’s missing. I want to drink this at night before I go to bed, but it leaves me pondering what’s missing. That isn’t restful.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate it. I think I’ll try blending it with something else and see where that gets me.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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I hadn’t drank this for a while and decided to have it with breakfast this morning.

I’m still putting this at a 78. I really want it to have more bergamot. It remains inoffensive and not a bad choice for a chilly morning. Still…it really needs more bergamot.

LiberTEAS

This is one of my favorite Earl Grey blends. I think it has more to do with the tea blend, though, than the amount of bergamot. I like the level of bergamot here, but, what I really like is how well-rounded the tea itself is.

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98

A month or so I stopped in at Steven Smith. It’s a really charming little shop that had been pissing me off for months. You see, they’re only open Mon-Fri and I can usually only make it to Portland on a weekend. Ok, that’s out of my system…

The shop is charming and the gentleman working there was really friendly, which I like. He sat me down and had me sample their four RTD teas. I walked out with two bottles of this one and two of the Hibiscus.

This is a really light, floral, fruity concoction that I’d be satisfied to drink all day, every day. It’s made with apple and pear infused water in small batches.It’s naturally a little sweet. It’s also very refreshing.

I recommend a trip into the shop if you can make it on a weekday. I also really highly recommend this tea. It’s extra yummy.

Geoffrey Norman

I concur…this stuff was amazing.

CHAroma

Fruitsmithing….how interesting.

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I’m having a hard time rating this tea. I made a big batch of it iced. I originally thought it was blackberry, not black currant and that it tasted like blackberry leaf, not blackberry.

That said, I’m perplexed. I originally didn’t love it, so I did what any respectable girl would do and mixed in some lemonade. That made it better.

Then, I tried it again. Still not black currant, but the flavor improved after sitting in my fridge for a while.

The jury is still out on this one. It’s just odd.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Mango Ice Cream by 52teas
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Let’s just say….yum.

This is a lovely, creamy, just the right amount of mango-y tea. I made this iced with a small amount of raw sugar.

I’m really delighted my friend Dylan doesn’t like mango. More for me that I don’t need to share. =)

I think I’ll go make a glass of this now.

Srsly, folks. Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Backlogging:
This is a genuinely silly oolong. It smells like Grape Crush steeped and in the bag. That alone put a smile on my face. (I don’t actually like Grape Crush, btw.)

That said, it’s very grape-y, very yummy and not remotely artificial tasting. The grapeness is rounded out nicely with the earthy oolong. It’s good with a little rock sugar and is definitely good for more than one steeping.

I’ll be keeping this on my oolong list.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Backlogging:
Another sample from Azzrian, this one originally from Indigobloom.

In a word, yuck. I paid attention to the steeping instructions and only steeped for 2 lousy minutes. This was so profoundly bitter that after about 3 sips I gave up and threw it out.

Seriously, yuck.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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