309 Tasting Notes

94

Still one of the best Earl Grey’s out there (unless you like your Earl Grey super strong, or with vanilla). Prepared it earlier today at work, where even a non-tea drinking person caved and gave it a go. He, like all the others who have tasted, have fallen in love with this gentle tea. A great tea to relax with, and hence just what we needed now.

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90
drank Noix de Coco by Palais des Thes
309 tasting notes

Tasty, with a gentle coconut flavour, and no artificial or chemical taste. I don’t normally enjoy flavoured teas, but this is the exception.

Flavors: Coconut

Terri HarpLady

Glad to see you Nofar! :)

NofarS

Glad to see you too! :)

Sil

ditto!

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100

Still a staple and a favourite. This time I made it iced in a shaker, with lots of ice and some Moroccan mint that I grew in my garden. Working on papers, waiting for the nightly rocket attack (I live in Tel Aviv, Israel. The situation is horrible. Let there be peace and an end to this violent madness). Decided to have this as an evening relaxation treat. I know that there are a number of steepsterites that don’t like Ceylons, and I understand. This is an excellent blend, and iced, the astringency is less felt that when brewed hot. Then again, this blend is not super astringent in the first place. Very sad that Fortnum and Mason discontinued this blend.
Be safe.

gmathis

Praying for peace for you, within and without.

NofarS

Thank you. Joining your prayers.

boychik

Wishing this madness is over. Praying

mrmopar

My prayers are for you and all involved in this.praying for your safety and a time of peace in the future.

yyz

Sending you a big hug and prayers for your safety and those of your loved ones.

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84

Bought this tea during my trip to Cannes in June, from a beautiful little shop, Les Thes Duval, not far from the promenade. Decided to have it with milk and a bit of sugar, since it’s labeled as a breakfast tea. It took me by surprise. If you don’t like astringent teas, by all means look elsewhere. If astringency doesn’t bother you, and you like fruity teas with a bit of malty smokiness then this is the tea for you. With milk it gains a wonderful creaminess that makes it feel like I’m practically drinking dessert – as suddenly dark chocolate flavours emerge. Looking forward to trying it plain.

TheTeaFairy

I agree with you, this one is fruity and astringent….and so good! Perfect tea of the morning.

Sil

lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove

TeaBrat

This is actually better plain, I think!

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93

This is not a review – this is a note of mourning. Someone stole – yes stole – the container with this tea, my favourite Assam and one that is no longer available. So sad…

Sil

that’s horrible! Who would do that!

yyz

Awful!

boychik

You have to hide it under puerh cakes the funky ones

NofarS

Boychik, you are so right!
Sil, I think that they just wanted the pretty container that it was in (white with flowers)
Yyz – indeed!
Anyone know of any good replacements? A really fruity Assam that is also malty?

Angrboda

Ugh. So annoying when you can’t have your things in peace. Why anybody would make themselves a thief for a tin a tea is beyond me.

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99

An excellent black tea, I tried it today with milk and a bit of sugar and it was fantastic. Still fruity and bold, but smoothed over by the milk to a wonderful creaminess.

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100
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
309 tasting notes

Working on a paper, and drinking this wonderful old friend. I haven’t had much time for tea lately, and I’ve missed it. It’s 31 humid degrees Celsius outside, but the air-con is on, and this tea is sweetening this difficult task.
If I had to recommend buying one tea from Verdant, it would be a tough call between this and their wonderful Laoshan Black. Laoshan would probably win by a small margin, but this is still a highly, highly recommended tea.
I had a food literature course this semester (yes, English lit is that fun), and I brought in this tea for a tasting. It was a hit success, even in sub-par brewing conditions, and no sugar (Israeli’s usually like sugar and Moroccan mint in their tea).

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Sugarcane

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99

To all my Steepsterites that don’t like Ceylon – try this tea!
This is now not only my favourite Ceylon, but also one of my favourite teas. It smells wonderful – rich, nutty, fruity, with a slight smokiness to it. It tastes like rich juicy plums, chewey nuts, and brand new office supplies – newly sharpened cedar pencils, a brand new notebook full of possibilities, a shiny new bag, waiting to be filled with all matter of goodness.
Yes, it is astringent, but in a wonderfully pleasant way.
A tea that is an experperience, filled with depth and taste.

TheTeaFairy

I love the fruitiness of a good Ceylon, I think it’s underrated and gets a bad wrap for all the cheap companies that are using it the wrong way.

Anna

Brand new office supplies – possibly my favourite thing ever.

TeaBrat

Yes, I loved this too!

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85

A colleague asked me to brew this, when we were mussing over which tea would do best for our mid morning brew. He has a penchant for strong teas, particularly Assams, and so the choice was not surprising. A strong, heady tea, with a great bass of a maltiness, this tea promises and delivers a is a heady kick of caffeine to the hiney :)

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94

No other Earl Grey that I’ve had holds a candle to this tea. Had a cup of this in the afternoon, and rebreed it three more times (for colleagues). A tremendously good tea.
It reminds me of the first spring movement in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for some reason – light, cheeky, joyous.

NofarS

300 tasting notes just passed by and I was having such a good time that I didn’t notice :)

Anna

Happy 300!

NofarS

Thank you!

mrmopar

Way to go!

Sil

yay for 300! awesome :)

NofarS

Thank you both! I hope I’m back on the reviewing tea pet again. :)

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An Israeli computer programmer with a passion for tea (mostly bought in yearly shopping sprees in the UK), particularly black, oolong and white. I don’t generally enjoy flavoured teas or herbal infusions, but if a tea sounds interesting and smells nice I’ll most definitely try it. I drink several cups of tea a day, usually one or two in the morning, another one after lunch and one or two in the evening. My favourite tea so far is Lao Cong Zi Ya from Norbu Tea, but I’m constantly trying new teas. Only in the past year have I branched into Pu’erh and non-roasted oolongs. Finding good tea in Israel is difficult, so I import most of my teas from yearly visits to London, or from online retailers. If you see something in my cupboard that sparks your interest and you would like to swap with me, then please message me. I’m almost always up for a swap.

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