356 Tasting Notes

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drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
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After my tea fail I wanted a comfort tea. I realized that my frou-frou-meter was nearing “E” for the week so I steeped up a yummy cup. I’m feeling better already :) TG

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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I had tea fail this morning.

I had picked up a small packet of those powdered sugar doughnuts on my way home from work yesterday as a treat for this morning (I had barely survived my first week of the Summer Reading Program). I had actually forgotten about them until after I had started steeping this tea. So I had several very yummy sips and then started in on the mini-doughnuts. It tasted great, but on the third mini-doughnut the pairing suddenly became a bad one. My super-yummy tea morphed into (parents, cover your children’s eyes) CHICKEN BROTH!

::bursts into tears::

I went and brushed my teeth knowing that the mint toothpaste would also be a bad tea combo, but I felt that it was the lesser of two evils. I made it through the very cooled first steep and had high hopes for the second. I can sense how yummy this tea is, but I keep getting flashes of “chicken broth.” Thus I shall hold off on giving this tea an official rating. Based on the first few marvelous sips I’d say that this tea’s baseline rating for myself is probably 85.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ewa

Noooooo, not tea fail!

malomorgen

cant help to giggle a bit to this note ;) not all food goes well with tea ay?

Rabs

I’m quite aware of drink/food pairings, but I thought that this one would be okay. The extent of it’s not okayness was what absolutely stunned me. I share my fails in the hopes that others will both learn from my boo-boos as well as be amused by them. :)

Ewa

It’s a weird pairing to have not work out anyway. Doughnuts and coconut? I’m not really seeing the danger sign there.

Ricky

Chicken Soup, good for the soul I hear ;)

It’s so bad. We’re all having a blast from your tea fail.

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90
drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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85

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81
drank Earl Grey Special by TeaFrog
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85

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90
drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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NOM! NOM! NOM!

That is all.

Preparation
Iced
Ricky

Completely agree!

AmazonV

i concur!

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98
drank Lapsang Souchong by Narien Teas
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I just finished my Shakespeare sample of this ::tear:: and it was just as yummy as the first time around for me. I got the same beignet sweetness and smoke-filled oomph. The smoke this time around reminded me of when I’d clean out my fireplace in Colorado: the remnants of a cozy fire. I also got a bit more of an almost metallic-like taste — it wasn’t unpleasant, but it was worth noting since I can’t say that I’ve had that experience with a lapsang before. Just a great smokey tea. TG

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
teakettica

I couldn’t agree more. I wish I could just copy and paste your review into mine. haha!

Rabs

LOL! That’s awesome - thank you! :D

teakettica

My pleasure. Don’t worry though – I didn’t go through with the plagiarism… :)

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90
drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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::happy dance::

I cold brewed this puppy and finally tasted the fruits of my Frank’s labor tonight. Thus the dance of happiness.

I smiled when I was scooping the tea into my pitcher since I think that from any other company I would’ve freaked out at the sight of a ginourmous hunk-o-something amongst the chippies. But since it’s a 52teas blend I figured that it had to be pineapple (it was).

It’s been years since I’ve had a pina colada, but most of me says that this tea captures a non-alcoholic version. But then I start second-guessing myself. I think the solution is that I need to find a real pina colada in the near future to compare it to ;)

What I can say for sure is that this is one of the best honeybush blends that I’ve had so far. It’s also one of the best iced teas that I’ve had so far. TG

Preparation
Iced
LiberTEAS

I’ll do the happy dance with you. I enjoyed the last of this tea iced tonight also! It is SO good iced!

Ricky

Cheers!

Janefan

Oh I need to make a pitcher of this…it’s been too long since I had it (hot or iced).

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67
drank Organic Earl Grey by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts
Act IV scene 7

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red, than her lips red:
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound:
I grant I never saw a goddess go,
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare,
As any she belied with false compare.
Sonnet 130

As Act IV closes on the Shakespeare box I hate to admit it, but what I have remaining are the teas that I kept shuffling out of the way of the other teas that caught my eye. There are only a few more teabags and chais left (sorry chai lovers! I’m rather wary of chai as a loose leaf tea since I’m too lazy to do anything with it beyond steep it. Hopefully this box changes my mind in this area). The upside is that because I’m less excited about the final teas it means that my pace of writing notes will slow, thus I can stretch out the joy of writing these notes a while longer.

It was mainly for this reason that I dubbed Mighty Leaf’s Organic Earl Grey one of Shakespeare’s great sonnets. I had lower expectations, but my first Mighty Leaf experience was a pleasant surprise. The tea itself was a nice Earl Grey, but nothing remarkable. It was smooth, didn’t taste “Pledgey” to me, and was one of the better bagged teas that I’ve experienced thus far. This tea gave me pause to think about trying to experience more bagged teas on my tea journey. Even though I don’t “look down on” teabags I realized that I have almost exclusively focused on loose leaf teas.

I may not wax poetic about this or other bagged teas, but they definitely have a place in my cupboard. NE

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

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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