1146 Tasting Notes

drank Gold Blend Tea Bags by Barry's Tea
1146 tasting notes

If you get tea at a shop or restaurant in Ireland, this is most likely what you’ll be offered. It also lines the shelves in plentiful supply at every grocer, Spar, or Dunnes. So of course, I’ve had plenty a cup now in almost a month in Ireland.

Do I love it? No. Yet I get why it’s so popular here. It’s a solid, robust tea. It stands up to oversteeping impeccably, and it’s definitely tea, as opposed to coffee (that foreigners drink). As an Irishman informed me before I came here from Canada: our tea is strong and dark, you must have it with milk or it will rot your stomach.

Good call. And so, I enjoy at least a pot of this daily, pretending I’m a local until I open my mouth, and enjoy the conversation that invariably ensues over every cup.

Preparation
2 tsp 36 OZ / 1064 ML
Sil

Miss you!

gmathis

“Stands up to oversteeping impeccably…” that is my gold standard for blacke bagged teas!

yyz

I still miss coffee with double cream in Ireland, I wasn’t really into tea when I stayed there. I hope you continue to enjoy your time there.

ashmanra

There is a pretty decent brand over there called Robert Roberts that isn’t a stomach rotter, and if you are near a Marks and Soencer they have some decent tea that can be taken plain. Where are you in Ireland?

MissB

Sigh. Having a hard time replying on my phone. I’ve sent some of this and some Mark’s and Spencer to Sil. Yay! Currently in Galway, next up, Cambridge, England.

OMGsrsly

Have fun. :)

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drank Lemon and Ginger by Knightsbridge
1146 tasting notes

Currently in an AirBnB in Limerick, Ireland, and this is the non caffeinated option for the morning. It’s bright and cheery, although I get little ginger out if it. Mostly lemon in the background, and a thickness I can’t place. Won’t go out of my way to have this again. Still a nice cup.

Can’t add any details on my phone, so boiling water, one tea bag, 12 oz cup, rating of 70.

Flavors: Lemon, Thick

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
yyz

I only spent a few hours in Limerick though I did see their team play at hurling semifinals at Croke Park.

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drank Detox by Two Hills Tea
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Shared a bit of this and then decided I needed to try more without reading previous notes. This time around — shorter steep, almost all ginger, barely any leaves — and it’s much more palatable. Very ginger-y, without any bite (odd). Getting zero orange sadly, and there’s barely any puerh in here. Meh. It’s okay. I’ll be okay finishing it, or sharing the rest. Won’t restock.

Flavors: Ginger, Smooth

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

Funny that I’ve sent this to others and have yet to try it. For months! Smells amazing, like a creamy chocolate treat. Tastes more like cream than anything, which is lovely, but I want the chocolate, dammit!

Flavors: Berry, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82

First steep: 1 minute. Beautiful Yunnan, really standard, a bit disappointing because of the cost and time to get it home. (I literally bought a new bag just to bring home pounds of tea).

Second steep: 1 minute, 30 seconds. Still a standard Yunnan, but less chocolately and more honey-d, dry. A touch of hay. Not sure if I’ll keep on steeping this. Boo. Still tasty, just now WOW tasty.

Mind you, I do have a sample of their $74/oz black… maybe that’ll cheer me up!

Flavors: Cocoa, Hay, Honey

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kapha Balance by Rootalive
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Interesting tea. Can’t for the life of me remember where I grabbed it. Cranbrook, BC I think, in one of their amazing health food stores. Yep, that was it!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kashmir Chai by Pekoe Tea Lounge
1146 tasting notes

Smooth, creamy, and a touch spicy. This doesn’t work at a higher temperature, and I do prefer it hot vs. cold. Grabbed a bigger tin of it the last time I was in the area, and so glad I did!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
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Grabbed more of this (after jump32659 send me some initially) when I was in San Francisco a few months back. I LOVED it hot when I made it. Sweet and tangy, really in-your-face flavor. Now that it’s cooled though? I’m getting green tea first, then only a hint of the flavor that initially seduced me. Dammit!

Measured the tea exactly: 2.5g for 12oz. which I realize now was less than it should’ve been. Ah well.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank White Cacao Mint by Spicely Organics
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Not getting a lot of cacao or cocoa in this at all, other than perhaps in mouthfeel. I do get the mint – it’s soft and velvety, and surprisingly buttery/thick for a while tea. It’s okay, in that it’s a lovely tea, just not as billed.

Flavors: Butter, Mint, Thick

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Zhu Rong Chai by Verdant Tea
1146 tasting notes

I needed to enjoy this more today, the second steep left over from last night. So I added a teaspoon of Verdant’s Chai Spice to the mix, brewed it again, hoped for the best. Is it good? Yes. Better than before? I’d say so… but nowhere near as good as it was. Boo. Reducing my rating.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in Ireland) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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