184 Tasting Notes

89

Sipdown on the Queen. I enjoyed this one, but I really don’t know that it ages well. It has definitely lost some of its oomph and complexity that I loved so much at first. I still enjoyed my last pot this morning with nice malty notes, but there are other straight black teas that hold up better over time. If I had the opportunity to get this on sale or something, I’d give it another go, but otherwise goodbye for now Queen Catherine!

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
keychange

I agree. This tes is best consumed quickly.

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99

I love this tea. That is all. :)

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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99

It is one of those rainy mornings where I have a ton of work to do at the computer. Made a giant pot of this glorious tea and have been sipping for at least an hour already. All I can say is that I love Caramel Vanilla Assam and pretty much always plan to keep it around. Sweet, smooth, and anything but finicky, it is a perfect tea for a morning like this one. Have a great week everyone!

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Rosehips

This tea is one of my favs. Perfect start to a week.

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89

Sipdown and I may need to reorder it again at some point. Lovely lemony bergamot goodness, though admittedly I did add just a touch of Harney’s vanilla black as I was a teeny bit short on the last of this. A little odd for me, but I prefer this with a touch of whole milk to add a creamy note. Goodbye for now Earl Grey Supreme!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

Dry: First of all, I love organic teas. I try to buy organic and fair-trade foods whenever possible, but some of my very favorite teas just don’t come with the organic certification. Always glad to try an organic tea that I like. Anyhow, the black tea leaves in this blend are literally loaded with dried blueberries that look coated in sugar (stevia?). My heaping tablespoon for the infuser had at least 10-15+ blueberries. There are also various flower petals stained by the fruit and the whole lot is a pretty natural purple-violet and smells heavenly. Almost like a blueberry muffin, but very rich and sweet for sure.

Steeped: My whole kitchen smells like sweetened blueberries. The steeped tea is a very light brown with an unusual hint of purple. It looks even more bizarre if you add a dash of milk (which I tried on one teacup seeking a creamy note, but don’t recommend for this tea overall). I tried this at 208 for 5 min and at 212 for 4 min. I definitely prefer the longer steep at the lower temp.

Taste: This is a tasty, if a bit watery, blueberry tea. I am not really getting much in the way of the sugar-sweet tang from jam, but it is still fruity and has a nice flavor. I was craving blueberry muffins or scones and this was a nice alternative since I am trying to get back in shape after vacation. It is only 39 degrees right now, but it is expected to be 75 and sunny this afternoon so I might need to break out the iced tea jug and give cold-steeping a go. Have a nice day everyone!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nxtdoor

Tried cold steeping? It’s good!

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91

Sipdown and I will be sad to see this one go. Might need to reorder a larger bag at some point. I overleafed to use up the dregs and it was so caramel-y and sweet with nothing added. Perfect cup as I was craving sugary goodness. Yum!

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

I’m back from our ski trip in body today, though mind is another matter entirely. Sipping the Queen to prepare for the day. I’m liking it, but not finding much in the way of the bold or complex. Just subtle-sweet malty notes for the most part. Maybe my batch is getting older, but I remember loving it more than this when I had it previously. Not bad in any way, just a bit meh.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

Sipdown of the morning. I will not be sad to see this one go. I had it with a dash of whole milk and it makes the somewhat artificial (to me) honey notes more subtle. Really more like bee pollen and powdered honey maybe. The base of this tea seems pleasant enough, but I just can’t get past the flavouring or whatever additives are in this. There are a number of other H & S teas that I enjoy more so I will just need to focus on them for my next order. Goodbye Elyse’s Blend!

In other news, sorry I haven’t been around as much as usual. Been busy with work and preparing for our upcoming ski trip. Woo hoo! :)

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

Have fun on your trip!

Nightshifter

Thank you! :)

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99

I’ve been obsessed with this tea all week. I have a ton of flavored teas to choose from, but I’ve gone to this one at least the last three mornings or more. Each one steeps just a teeny bit different with a little more honey here, a little more baked bread there, or a touch more malt or raisin. Yummy yum yum. Less than 2 weeks until Colorado vacation, too. Yay!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94

Sipdown and one that I am sad to see go. I am bumping the rating up for this one because I brewed it stronger tonight and new and fragrant notes came through that were light, savory, fresh, and mineral all together. It was particularly purifying after an afternoon of sampling craft beers from Colorado and Georgia both. I am headed to Colorado in a couple of weeks so we wanted to try some from there before we arrive. It was fun, but I was really looking forward to a mild green tea afterwards with nothing added and this fit the bill perfectly. Resteeps nicely also. I am moving on to my third and it is still quite lovely, if a touch watery. Goodbye for now, Liu An Gua Pian!

Flavors: Mineral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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