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drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
540 tasting notes

I think I have been trying to drink down some of my teas and I have been hitting my teabags really hard recently.

It is important, even with teabags, to maintain a proper water temperature to steep times to any additives you put in or else your tea just won’t taste the way you remember it tasting. I apparently have not been heating my water to boiling and the quality of even this tea suffered. Bad me for being impatient.

I don’t think I’ll be picking up this tea again, but it was pretty tasty for a lemon tea. Definitely worth a try if you think that you are stuck in a rut with your teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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Apparently, I have been finding time to drink tea because this is all gone. Splash of milk and a hint of sugar makes for a nice chocolate mint cuppa. Surprisingly addictive, but I miss brewing my loose leaf.

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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Hello there Steepster! I missed you too. Crazy things happening with my work schedule with the upside that I’m going to have more time for my tasty teas.

So, I basically squealed when I saw a tin of this tea in Target. I just had to pick it up. I was expecting it to be loose leaf, but it was in sachets. Not that sachets are bad and I really should have been expecting that. After all, it is a Target. Not exactly the best demographic group for loose leaf teas.

This smells heavenly. Very minty with a hint of black tea.

With no additions added, it was mostly mint. A nice pleasant mint. Not a candy flavored whoah this is way too much mint type of deal. But a nice crisp and refreshing sort of mint that is very pleasant to have on a cold winter morning. But there wasn’t a strong taste of chocolate. If I concentrated I could pick out a hint of bittersweet chocolate, but nothing more.

With two teaspoons of sugar there was no change to the chocolate note. You could taste that it was sweetened. So it really doesn’t need sugar. Doesn’t change a thing.

I was reluctant to add milk to it because in my experience, milk often dulls down the flavor of some teas. So I added just a drop. Just enough to turn the tea color from a rich dark brown to a milk chocolate brown. Luckily, that brought out the chocolate note how I wanted it to. It is now a milky chocolate with a light bright peppermint note on the finish all dancing around on a subtle black tea base.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Oh man this sounds amazing! :P

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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So, I’ve woken up this morning to a little lesson. Don’t drink wine before bed and then be surprised if you wake up with a headache when you also stay up late because of your paranoia over spiders.

At least this morning will get a cup of tea. Hot with milk and it is comforting. Good way to start my day before work.

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Thanks to Teavivre I have a lot of new samples and a lovely little gaiwan to try out. I figured I would try it on something that I know first.

Wow! Bitter! Either I used way too much leaf or this was not a good first tea to try with this method. Or a little of both. I tried five steeps of this, each with a shorter and shorter steep time getting down to pouring out the steeps as soon as I got the little bowl covered. Still bitter, bitter, bitter.

Not the teas fault, just my inexperience.

On the other hand, the gaiwan was really easy to use. It is the perfect size for my hands and it wasn’t awkward at all to use. And it is amazingly fast to clean up. I didn’t even spill any water anywhere. As soon as I figure out the right tea to use and the right steeping times, this little thing might be my new best friend.

I’m going to try an oolong next as soon as I research a little bit about leaf amounts and steeping times. The bigger leaves should be easier to handle in the gaiwan than the small leaves in this green. (I thought the leaves were bigger, but no! They are small.)

TeaBrat

How hot was your water?

MegWesley

It had just started to make a light noise, so barely starting to bubble. The normal temperature I make my green teas.

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
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Yeah. I really don’t like this one as much as the caramel one. I think the next time I have it I’m going to double bag it and then try it sweetened over ice and see how it is. If I don’t wait until late at night then it won’t be too cold and I might have a new drink to take to work.

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I really, really like this one. Just sweetened enough for my taste and the spearmint is wonderful. It goes well with everything I’ve eaten as well, so there are bonus points for that. I also like that it is packaged in a glass bottle. It helps hold the temperature of the tea even though it is sitting for me out in my car.

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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I wish I didn’t have to go back out and get my schedule for my other job tonight. It is such a pain how they do it. And they won’t post the schedules either. Frustrating.

Oh well. This will help me relax some. Hot with milk.

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Fair warning: my first cup of this was actually the second steep because I gave the first steep to my dad at his request for a green tea with a bit of sugar to help his sore throat.

When I first smelled the leaves, it smelled like matcha tastes. Full and green and seaweedy. It was fantastic! That would be another smell I wish I could bottle up and wear it around my neck in a perfume locket.

The second steep is just smooth and mild and buttery. It is my first Japanese green and compared to my Chinease greens, it would be much too buttery for my fiance. But it is just so creamy that I love it. Smooth and relaxing and calming.

And to think I saved this from my fiance’s mother who just wouldn’t appreciate it. (or to be fair, he stuck it in my purse as a surprise for me a few months ago) She had a total of three packs and I don’t think she even drank any of them. Oh well, I will appreciate the heck out of this sample packet.

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Red Rose
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So, I was drinking this the other day and I gave the cup to my mom to try and I almost lost my tea. Dad thought that was hysterical of course since she already had a cup of tea next to her.

She thought it would taste better with some milk in it, so I tried it with milk. It tastes exactly like a lemon cream puff. Not as good as the caramel tea, but still a pretty good tea. I’ll probably finish the box without too much thought to it because I’ll be sharing it with my mom.

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I like Steepster, but I find that I come and go as I please. I might spend months on here and then disappear for no apparent reason. It depends on how busy my life is.

I have been moving solidly into the loose leaf tea territory lately and loving it. I have a french press I like brewing my teas in and I have all of my teas straight with no additions the first time I try it.

I like to try everything and I am starting to like everything. I love black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea, yerba mate,and honeybush. I’m still not the biggest fan of roobios, but that is probably because I haven’t found the right brand yet.

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