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drank Earl Grey by Tazo
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drank Passion by Tazo
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drank Pan Asia by Harney & Sons
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Today’s batch of Harney & Sons Pan Asia tasted a bit more floral than I recalled this tea having been. I also noticed that the floral aroma was much stronger at the beginning of the glass than about half way through, so the floral essences must be volatile and wafting off the surface of the hotter but not the cooler tea. Looking forward to the second infusion of my two spent sachets after dinner….

Flavors: Flowers

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Gyokuro Ureshinocha by Tealux
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Knowing that this was a sip-down, I was very careful in my preparation of the final small pot of Tealux Gyokuro Ureshinocha. Cooler water, short steep. It’s perfect: smooth and satisfying with no bitterness whatsoever!

Now out of my cupboard but on my wishlist.

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Well, I still don’t find this to be a true sencha specimen, but it did taste better today than last time. My thinking now is that this may be a Chinese bancha blend or perhaps a bancha-sencha blend. It’s definitely potable, and I’ll continue to fiddle with the parameters in an effort to find the optimum preparation method for this particular tea.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 22 OZ / 650 ML

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drank White Ginger Pear by Tea Forte
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Perhaps white tea is best brewed from big billowy leaves covered with white fuzz? Somehow filter bag whites, including this flavored blend from Tea Forte, always start tasting indistinguishable from grocery store greens. This is okay, but the ginger is quite light and polite. My preference is for a bolder ginger bite.

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drank Tazo Thrive by Tazo
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Scrounging around the tea which has yet to be packed, I found a cache of Tazo filter bags. I don’t know why these white envelope filter bags are so disappointing to me. Maybe because in most cases they changed the ingredients, so naturally I’m expecting the same tea as the whole leaf, but usually it’s not. It’s not just that the tea inside the filter bag is not whole leaf—the proportions and even the ingredients are different, too.

I don’t recall what the ingredients of the whole leaf Thrive are, but I do know that I prefer it to this blend. It’s not bad, mind you, but it’s just not that good. The green tea and the green yerba mate and the green rooibos are combined with mint and pepper, as in the whole leaf, but somehow the end result is not that flavorful.

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I brewed up a couple glasses of Wissotzky Timeless Green. Satisfying as usual. The liquor was a bit more brown than I recalled it having been before, so I may have oversteeped, but the tea was not bitter at all.


I hate when a tea gets a little oversteeped and it just turns really bitter. I had that happen yesterday.


Yes, Cheri, the temperature and time really matter!

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I am attempting to finish off my box of Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer tonight. I was unable to finish everything I needed to do for my move this morning at 7am, so now I really need to relax and unwind so that I can cope with the consequences. Que sera, sera.

I am going to stop working for today and go watch an episode of the BBC series Hustle. Anyone who is interested in the wheelings and dealings of con artists would enjoy this show. The grifters are portrayed as totally likeable people—it’s just that they live off other people’s gullibility and greed. In reality, when we encounter such people in the real world, we tend to regard them as low lifes, so the show offers an interesting, almost amoral perspective on the creatures who prey on people naive enough to trust their fellow human beings. Kind of nihilistic, actually.

So, more Tension Tamer is in order.

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A long-time tea and perfume lover, I have recently begun to explore the intersections between the two at my blog: http://salondeparfum-sherapop.blogspot.com//

I participate at fragrance community websites, and I care about tea as much as perfume, so why not belong to Steepster as well?

A few words about my ratings. In assessing both teas and perfumes, my evaluation is “all things considered.” Teas do not differ very much in price (relative to perfumes or any luxury items), so I do not usually consider the price when rating a tea.

What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

From 60 to 70 means that the tea is drinkable but I have criticisms of some sort, and I probably would not purchase or repurchase the tea as I can think of obvious alternatives which would be better.

From 70 to 80 is a solid brew which I would purchase again.

From 80 to 90 is good stuff, and I probably need to have some ready at hand in my humble abode.

From 90 to 100 is a tea (or infusion) which I have come to depend on and look forward to imbibing again and again—if possible!

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