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673 Tasting Notes

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I am almost out of this (horrors), but decided to have a cup this morning. My sleep has been thrown, as there was a somewhat scary disturbance around my house a few nights ago, and I’ve been living from cup of tea to cup of tea ever since.
So, today, faced with a long day of work, it was time to face the morning with a cup of beloved Tower of London, which always grounds me and puts me in a good mood. This will absolutely be going on the reorder list.

JustJames

the tower of london is precisely where scary sleep disturbers should be sent. what happened?

Rosehips

Oh, someone broke into my backyard in the middle of the night, to use my yard as an escape route. Unsettling. To the tower they go!

JustJames

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you could have imperiously shrieked out the window: ‘away, away ill favoured one!’ and go ‘mikado’ on them! lol.

Rosehips

Always tempting to go all Mikado on them. I shall try and remember it for next time.

JustJames

it would have been more suave to go all shakesperian on them, except the quote wasn’t his. sorry.

Rosehips

Well, its hard to run after someone using a battle speach from Shakespeare (as much as I would love to. My degree is in Shakespeare studies!). Next time.

JustJames

LMAO…. brandishing something stabby on a chain while humbly shrieking ‘the quality of mercy is NOT strained!!!’ (first time around i was honours english and lingustics.)

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Peppermint! That was the first thing that struck me when I opened up my packet of this. Very clearly peppermint.
This is a very low key mint tea (pardon any rhymes). Not an in your face mint flavor, the gunpowder green really helps to temper any agressiveness that the mint flavor might be inclined twards. This will be a good mint tea to have around, for those days when a nice cup of peppermint tea is just what the doctor ordered.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
673 tasting notes

Wow, what an interesting tea. It smells like a cinnamon/chocolate/spicy thing, with an underlying sweetness to it and just a hint of nuttiness. It sips like that too. Rich, complex, and very flavorful.
That said, I cant quite decide what I think about it. On one hand, the layers of flavor are what makes it interesting, and on the other hand, it may have just a little too much going on. Hmm. And this was a sample, only enough for one cup! Who knows what I would think of it with more time to experiment.
Positive review, however. I like it, I just cant quite decide how much I like it.

Nightshifter

I felt the same way! I ultimately decided that I liked it quite a bit after my second mug. :)

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My continued day with the Earl of Grey.
This is very smooth. Possibly the smoothest Earl Grey that I have ever tried. The bergamot blends very well into this.
The trouble is, that even with this smoothness, I’m finding just a hint of bitter in it. Hmm.

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Today I have decided to have a date with the Earl, and drink the various Earl Greys that have made their way into my cupboard.
This was sent to me by Fuzzy_Peachkin, which was a nice surprise. I had been toying with the idea of this one, as I love vanilla and creamy teas. If anything would convince me of the magic of the Earl, then an infusion of vanilla would do it.
Not as vanillay as I would hope, though as my cup cools it does get creamier. The downside is that the bergamont doesnt mellow, and remains a bitter note throughout the cream.
I might add milk to this next, to play around with it. This seems like the Earl that I get along with the best, at the very least.

keychange

Yes, I too found that this wasn’t vanillay enough for me.

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61

Tonights cup of meh is this. I am beginning to suspect that Zheena’s tea is just not for me.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
673 tasting notes

As this cools it becomes even creamier and creamier. Yum.

JustJames

i do like this one.

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42

It is time to sipdown. Goodbye peculiar tea. Its been weird!
(thanks again to Fuzzy_Peachkin for this sample!)

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
673 tasting notes

Today was the first day that I woke up and said to myself “its almost fall!” Hooray! I cannot wait until fall.
So I decided to open up this sample, which I had been saving for a more autumnal day. It sounded like a fall tea.
Its good. Really good. I like this a whole bunch. Fruit teas and teas with almond are some of my favorites, so this blend is just lovely.
This order of Harney & Sons samples was supposed to rule out teas for me. All thats actually happened is that my “I should really buy this in full size” desire has gone up.

caile

Haha – I know what you mean by the samples!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Samples are dangerous! ;-)

Rosehips

I am now seeing the treachery of samples. They lurk around and then bam! they take my money. To be fair, they do give me more deliciousness in return, but still…..

ashmanra

Yes, I keep this one on hand. Love it for quiet, book reading time, but it is well received at tea parties, too.

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In my resolution to drink at least one cup of something that I find meh every day, (in an effort to get it drunk and move on to bigger and better teas) I have poured myself a cup of this.
Memory serves that I found this really underwhelming, so I double bagged this cup in an attempt to enrich the chai and to lure out the promised vanilla. It has not worked.
Meh.

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