526 Tasting Notes

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Well, it has been a long time since I have written a note. My English teacher loves tea and she keeps a very well stocked basket of teas. I found this review on an index card with my notes with a note on it to put on here after class. Well, that didn’t work but I remember writing the note! Here is what it said:

faint carmelly taste
probably needs sugar to bring out more of the sweetness
drank hot
would make a better sweet tea, not desert tea

I remember not being very impressed with it but I may take a bag to try it out as a sweet tea sometime during the weekend. My teacher keeps her room open and urges us to come and relax in the room. And I have two reading days coming up so I will probably be making this tea again to try as a sweet tea. As much as I love the school’s normal sweet tea, I need more variety.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Earl Grey by The Tea Nation
526 tasting notes

So, I’m finally getting around to writing about this tea. I find it a very light Earl Grey but I like it a lot better than Stash’s Earl. It is very nice to drink before bed and at any time of the day really. I bet this would taste a lot better if I didn’t have to estimate steeping time but I have been rushing at college recently. Maybe next time I’ll be able to slow down and actually enjoy a cup of tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Darjeeling Tea by Twinings
526 tasting notes

Yummy. After putting up with a no-name tea with coffee creamer at work, this is fantastic with a little bit of milk. It is a bit of a balance to find because if I put too much milk in it then I dilute the flavor but I find the flavor to be lacking with no milk in it at all.

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drank Darjeeling Tea by Twinings
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/Backlogging

Don’t remember how long I prepared it but I do remember that it tastes really good with the leftover milk from my honey nut cheerio bowl.

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drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea Company
526 tasting notes

I figured out how I like drinking this.

Two teabags for about 4-6 minutes, a half a mug of water, and fill the rest with milk. It isn’t my favorite tea so far but I have apparently been on a kick because it is now all gone.

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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This is quickly becoming my standard cuppa. Hot water, steep for 4 mins (mostly), add a splash of milk, and enjoy. : D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea Company
526 tasting notes

After a dirty cup ruined my first cup of tea this morning, I’m making another one. This time I am making it strong and adding a little bit of milk to see if that improves the flavor or not. I have 20 bags worth of this stuff, I have to experiment with it to see if I can make it pleasant or to see if I shouldn’t buy it again.

Edit: The longer brew made the flavor a little stronger and the milk helped cut any bitterness in two. I am just not impressed with this Earl at all. I would much rather Twining’s Earl. Worse comes to worse, I’ll just pitch the teabags at the end of the summer. I will have to see how long it lasts.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Darjeeling Tea by Twinings
526 tasting notes

I wanted a nice warm drink before going to bed but I know that if I drink a stronger black tea I will stay up a little later than I mean to. (Still have to go to work in the morning.) So, brew it weak, put milk in it, and out comes an instant cup of comfort that will actually help me get to sleep. For some reason this type of tea really helps me relax.

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

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drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea Company
526 tasting notes

Having a nice hot cup of this. If I add the milk right after it has finished steeping I can taste more of the flavor in the cup. I might have to remember that. I am trying to see if I can make it differently to bring out even more of the flavor.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea Company
526 tasting notes

This tastes….different. Hot and plain. I might end up drinking this one with milk. It isn’t bitter, it just doesn’t really have the flavor that Twinings did. It doesn’t have the aroma that the Twinings did either. Not bad…just not the OH-MY-GOD good that I was looking for.

It tastes like tea that has something else in it but you can’t tell what exactly it is. I think that is supposed to be the signature Earl Grey flavor. It just doesn’t taste like much. The more I drink it the more I go “meh”. I mean, Twining’s Lady Grey has more flavor than this. I must try it with milk next time. Maybe that will help.

Edit: With Milk Thoughts

Dark Builder’s Brew: brings out the flavor a little more

Builder’s Brew: the flavor is a little stronger than the first

Dark English: it starts to get creamy here. Not really any more flavor.

English: Nice and creamy. Probably tastes like a very traditional black tea with milk.

Milky: tastes oddly like a weak glass of chocolate milk to me. The flavor is mostly the milk. This would be a very nice cup to give to little kids that want to drink what mommy and daddy are drinking.

Overall, I will probably drink this probably with some milk. I’m going to try it with different sugars to see if that has any effect on the flavor at all. Other than that I am going to share it with my little brother because it is a very boring tea for me but it would be a nice black tea for him. I don’t think I would pick this tea up again unless it really wows me sometime in the close future.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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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.

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