429 Tasting Notes

82
drank Earl Grey (loose leaf) by Twinings
429 tasting notes

Its nice to be back home and drinking a tea that I’m very familiar with. I guess vacations have to end some time. After the trip I think that I-95 through the northeast should be banned. Traffic was horrible and on a Saturday. Now on to the tea. Twinings Earl Grey is one of my favorites, I think it has the perfect mix of tea and bergamot. This is a very nice tea for any time of day.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Aged Earl Grey by Numi Organic Tea
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I have been absent for about a week traveling down the east coast with my wife. We are taking our time about it. Right now I am in a Wyndham hotel in Jacksonville. They have Numi Organic Earl Grey in the room along with the usual coffee. The package says that this is Kericho Highlands Estate tea with bergamot. I decided to list it here as the package states that this is presented by Wolfgang Puck. I probably won’t see it again. This is not a bad tea, but the Numi aged is a much better tea. The bergamot is weak and this is more like a slightly flavored black tea. Its not something I would buy, but its ok for a free in-room tea. I would rate this about a 60 but i’m not going to change the rating of the Numi aged EG.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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This is a fantastic tea. The Harney & Sons store site says this tea contains black currant, vanilla, bergamot, and caramel. I get different notes each time I have this tea. I guess it depends on the steeping time and the temp of the water. I always have this tea in my cupboard. The smell is like vanilla caramels over fruit. The taste is mellow and leaves a dry fruity taste in my mouth. No bitterness or astringency, just a delicious cup of tea.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Formosa Oolong by Harney & Sons
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I’m not sure why I felt like Oolong this morning. This is a nice nutty toasty tasting tea. This tea is smooth w/o any bitterness or astringency. I’m getting ready to leave on vacation tomorrow and I just needed a nice relaxing tea. I’m hoping to buy more tea in various locations. I’m taking 3 weeks to drive down the east coast so if anyone knows any great tea shops along the way, please let me know.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

I needed a brisk, robust, and malty tea this morning. This one sure fits the bill. The 2 1/2 minute steep time gives me the chewy taste that I need in the morning. This tea has only a tad of bitterness and astringency. A longer steep gives it too much of both.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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87
I’m not sure why I picked this tea this morning as I’m used to breakfast teas. But I must say this tea is very earthy and and is a good wake up tea. It’s black like coffee and you can steep 3 or 4 times. The taste is mild and mellow and very relaxing. This tea has a thick heavy mouthfeel. I may do this more often.
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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dan

The second and third steeps were just as good as the first. I could probably resteep until Sunday. The tea has loads of flavor.

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82

This tea is really growing on me. Its really a mild tasty tea blend that I can drink any time of day. The tea has no bitterness or astringency that I can find. Its very smooth and light. I get plenty of yunnan and keemun notes from this tea.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Invigorate Assam Black by Treleela
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I guess this is an ok assam but its just not as good as some assams that I have had. This tea is brisk and robust but I can’t find any wildflower notes or really any notes except some astringency. I really need to buy some good assam teas but I promised my wife I wouldn’t until after vacation. We are spending 3 weeks from Maine to Florida and she knows I will find some tea to buy. So, if anyone knows some good tea shops on the east coast, please let me know. I don’t mind driving a little out of the way. I won’t purchase any more of this tea as I would rather spend my money on excellent tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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83

This is a nice bagged tea. It has that wonderful yunnan taste and is brisk, bold, and peppery. The tea is organic which is a plus and has that raisiny sugar smell that I get from a yunnan. I wish I could get caramel but alas you just can’t have everything. Still a great tea.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

The tea bag is large and brews up a strong cup of tea. Its a nice replacement for coffee and is a good wake up call in the morning. This tea is very malty but lacks the nuances of a good assam or yunnan. I’m betting it will make a great iced tea. This is a much better tea than generic store bags but my favorite bagged tea still has to be Lifeboat.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Dan

This makes a great iced tea. I used 5 tea bags with 1/2 gal water and 5 splenda.

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I have been gone from steepster for the last 2 years traveling and getting to know my wife of 42 years better. Now we have retired to North Florida from Maine. We now eat organic and limit our tea selections to proven organic tea companies.
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