429 Tasting Notes

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I’m really beginning to like Kenyan tea. The CTC tea looks like little grape nuts and infuses quickly. This is a very thick, brisk, robust, and malty tea. Any steeping over 3 minutes and you can stand a spoon up in it. It does have floral rose notes and is a very good cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Since this is unofficial Ceylon day, I pulled this one out. This is a smooth malty tea with only a touch of bitterness and astringency. It makes a full bodied breakfast tea and has a dry aftertaste. Drinking ceylon teas is new to me and I’m liking them.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey (loose leaf) by Twinings
429 tasting notes

I had to have Earl Grey this morning. I’m thinking its a plus that my favorite EG is also one of the most inexpensive on the market. It’s also one of the easiest to find. My parents drank this and so do I. I’m really used to the taste and its my favorite so far. Many of the EG add too much bergamot and others don’t add enough. I’m still looking for the perfect Earl Grey and until I find it this one will have to do.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
LadyLondonderry

I agree that many Earl Grey blends are too bergamot-heavy … it’s like drinking perfume. A well-blended one is very enjoyable!

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78
drank Emerald Lily by Rishi Tea
429 tasting notes

This tea has beautiful long leaves and smells a little of hay. The taste is reminds me of toasted corn and the smell is slightly floral. A very nice cup of green tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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82

I’m really beginning to enjoy this tea. I swear I can taste some yunnan in it. This is a nice mellow smooth blend for breakfast or afternoon tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
429 tasting notes

This is a very malty strong tea. I can only steep for 2 minutes (no milk or sugar) or I can’t drink it because of the astringency. It can be a very good tasty tea. This is a very fine tea and you will get some small tea leaves in your cup. I really can’t imagine anyone drinking this tea after a 5 minute steep but some do. They must have cast iron stomachs. This tea is similar to Lifeboat tea (which I prefer) and is a good wake up tea for breakfast.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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79

This is a very brisk, robust, malty tea. Its a very good choice for breakfast or for waking up in the afternoon like me when watching soccer. I can taste the assam, but the ceylon really stands out in this blend. It doesn’t have too much bitterness and does have a little astringency. I was hoping to taste the keemun, but alas I just can’t find it. Sill a nice cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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79

A very nice darjeeling tasting tea. Very good for afternoon tea, clean and light tasting.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lifeboat Tea by Williamson Tea
429 tasting notes

This has got to be my favorite tea bag. A 2 minute steep gets you a robust, brisk, malty, and chewy cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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