1324 Tasting Notes


I am being bolder and trying more “plain” blacks. I’m a lover of flavored tea, but I can see that there is great deliciousness hiding about in their unflavored sisters.
So I picked this up. Its bagged, which is not super ideal, but I’ve liked what I’ve had from Steven Smith before, and am willing to put my tastebuds in his hands.
This is pretty good! I’m delighted with how smooth it is, and, while its not exactly sweet, it is light and refreshing and quite good indeed. I’ll enjoy having this, on the days I feel more like a classic cup of tea.

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Its time for tea experimentation. Please, if you would, imagine a lab coat, goggles, and test tubes full of tea.
Now that we’ve all conjured up the correct mental image, I can get down to experimentation.
I used less tea, as my first experiment, just a tiny amount, less than I thought would be useful, but its worked well.
I also steeped it for just three minutes, which is two minutes less than I’d done before, and that also improves the flavor.
This will never be a favorite, but its much imporved this way. Though I’m still drinking it with milk.

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It never cooled down last night. This happens every year, we start to fall into the weeks of 100 degree or nearly 100 degree weather.
Bring me autumn, with its sweaters and the tea drinking weather! Gah.
On the plus side, I woke up and realized it was Saturday. Thats always nice.

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Goodness. What a morning. The high up boss came in, unexpectedly, with the desire to redo the orginization of the office. We do need it, so I’ll be interested to see what she’s done when I go back in this evening.
I’m exsausted. I need tea.
The last of these little tea blossom bits. Its a light tea, not too dense or intensly flavored, but its tasty, even though its light.
Thanks to my sister, who gave this to me. Not bad!

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The enternal question- why is it so hard to wake up?
I’ve said before, but I stand behind my opinion, that you need at least one good bagged tea, for the hurry up and go mornings.
Ginger peach fills that niche.
Sip, sip, sigh.


I agree with your theory!

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drank Vanilla Rooibos Parfait by Tazo
1324 tasting notes

Its been a long day. Very long indeed. I am glad to be sitting with a cup of tea.
I like rooibos in sachets. Clean up is so much easier.

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I had a cup of this last night.
This is my boyfriends favorite tea, and when I go visit my friends out of state I make sure to pick him up some. So we brewed it up and had it last night while catching up on Game of Thrones.
Its good! As said in my note about Paris, I like fruity black teas, and this one hits the spot. The blueberry really comes through, and its quite enjoyable. Maybe next time I’ll pick some up for myself. Until then, I’ll just raid my boyfriends cupboard when I want a sip.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Backlogged from yesterday.
An afternoon cup. I love black and fruit blends, and this one is one of the queens of my cupboard, always there for me. Its current incarnation is bagged (or sachet I should say), which is not as good as loose, but you know, sometimes you just gotta have a quick cup.

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This continues my teas that I’m not crazy about, are granuels, and are improved with milk. I dont normally like milk in my tea, but my little creamer is getting quite a workout this week.
Improved with the milk, but I’m still finding bitterness luring around in it. Next time perhaps a cooler water temp.


Those little granules also do better with a bit less leaf (thinking about PG Tips; one of my favorites…little dab’ll do ya.)


Thanks gmathis, I was wondering! I’ll try a lighter steep next time.

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I’ve owned this for quite a while. I think my sister gave it to me.
I’m trying to be organized and drink down teas that have been neglected. This one might be a problem. For starts, I have a ton of it. For seconds, I’m not very impressed by it at all.
For starts, its not leaf, but these little weird granules, but hey.
And its a bit bitter. There are undertones of maltyness, but its really dark, bitter and heavy.
I normally drink my tea without additives, but today I filled up my little creamer with milk, and am going to try a cup with an additive, and see how I think of it.
With milk its a bit easier to drink. It cuts the bitter down, but unfortunatly I’m not much more enamored of the taste of the tea.
Oh well. I’ll think of something to do with this.


What temp are you steeping it at? I find I like darjeelings better if you use water that’s below boiling, like 195 F


RE the granules, it’s probably a CTC sort of deal. Weird, I didn’t think they even made Darj that way. Keeping it at a short steep might help with some of the bitterness.

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I love tea! I confess that I was a hot chocolate lover for most of my life, but recently a switch has gone off in my brain, and suggested that I might just love tea. And I do!
I’m a bit of a novice, but an enthusiastic one, and am happily sipping new varieties all the time.
I love vanilla, fruity, and caramel flavors, and cant wait to try more.

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