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drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea Company
550 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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74
drank Darjeeling Tea by Twinings
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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.

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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43
drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea Company
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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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43
drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea Company
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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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74
drank Darjeeling Tea by Twinings
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Second time drinking this tea and it is lovely. Very light without being overpoweringly flowery. I read on the container that it is nice to drink with milk and I have been on an Add Milk to Tea spree so I added some. I added less this time to see how it tastes. But so far I really like it.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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I didn’t feel like having green tea so I picked up some more tea when I went to the store. Apparently this is my go-to tea since it was the first to hit my shopping bag. This with milk tastes so good. Especially since I haven’t had any tea for a week.

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95
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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Just sitting here sipping on the last of my Earl Grey. It is yummy and I am so glad I tried it. I am going to have to get some more Earl Grey soon. The question is will it be this brand or a different brand? That is a decision I will have to make.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
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Backlogging:

No matter how many times I make this tea, it always reminds me of coffee. Had it today with some milk in the morning. It is now officially out.

Final Judgement: I would probably get it again but it wouldn’t be the first tea I reached for unless I needed it to get a punch in the face in the morning. It would be a good morning tea for school.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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Earl Grey, hot with a hard salami and mozzarella sandwich. Comfort in a cup.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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This is my last teabag of this tea. I have enjoyed drinking it for all the times I have drank it. I can really see this becoming a comfort morning tea. It doesn’t have the same punch as Irish breakfast but it does help wake me up gently.

It is really fun to watch tea steep in a clear mug. The color was this beautiful dark amber. I put just a splash of milk in it and it was so fun to watch the milk mix with the tea as I put it in. When I was carrying it around my brother thought it was coffee because it looks like milky coffee.

That was about an hour or so ago. My clear mug is really big so my tea lasts a while. It is now cold but it is still really yummy. This would be a great tea to make during breakfast at school. The only problem is that I would need to get a thermos to drink out of. I know they have this nice one made of recycled materials at school but I will see if there is anything out there before I go to school.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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