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Many, many thanks to SimplyJenW for sending me this tea to try!!!!!

I haven’t had much experience with decaf teas besides my Extremely Beloved Vanilla Comoro, and one less than stellar go with Decaf Hot Cinnamon Spice, so I was really excited to try this. I used my usual black flavored tea brewing method, which I think was a bit of a mistake – I got a little bitterness/astringency/funny decaf flavor. I get this extremely dry tongue feeling and a slight chemical aftertaste? Does anyone else get that w decafs?

Anyhoo – it reminded me a lot of H&S chocolate tea- if I could just lessen that funny decaf thing I have going on!! She also sent me a chocolate mint decaf, and I’ll bet you anything the mint will mitigate that funny unpleasantness, as will a shorter brew time/more tea trick that I do w VC (4 min, heaping teaspoon tea).

Here’s to experiments! clink tea cups

P.S. My husband drained his cup alarmingly fast and doesn’t taste chemicals – maybe it’s my very active imagination?

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SimplyJenW

I usually do 3 minutes on my decafs. I also wish they were slightly better, but my poor body can’t handle the caffeine after about 5 pm. And nothing compares to Vanilla Comoro!

ashmanra

Not an overactive imagination, but a highly sensitive palate! That is why you are a good cook. I have only had a few decaf teas, and the two decaf Irish Breakfast (or assam) teas I have tried were awful! They tasted like the rinse water from a teapot – with a little soap added! Weak, weak,weak! I love Vanilla Comoro and Harney’s Decaffeinated, which is a decaf Orange Pekoe. Have you tried it? I can send you some!

JacquelineM

ashmanra – I do want to try Harney’s Decaffeinated :) I won’t beat around the bush – lol :) A delicious plain black decaf tea would be so amazing for desserts and those nights where you just simply want tea without razzmatazz!

ashmanra

Consider it “on its way!”

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SimplyJenW

I usually do 3 minutes on my decafs. I also wish they were slightly better, but my poor body can’t handle the caffeine after about 5 pm. And nothing compares to Vanilla Comoro!

ashmanra

Not an overactive imagination, but a highly sensitive palate! That is why you are a good cook. I have only had a few decaf teas, and the two decaf Irish Breakfast (or assam) teas I have tried were awful! They tasted like the rinse water from a teapot – with a little soap added! Weak, weak,weak! I love Vanilla Comoro and Harney’s Decaffeinated, which is a decaf Orange Pekoe. Have you tried it? I can send you some!

JacquelineM

ashmanra – I do want to try Harney’s Decaffeinated :) I won’t beat around the bush – lol :) A delicious plain black decaf tea would be so amazing for desserts and those nights where you just simply want tea without razzmatazz!

ashmanra

Consider it “on its way!”

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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