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drank Decaf Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
4044 tasting notes

Backlog from last night

A big thank you to Nicole for this sample! I have to say there are a few earl grey’s in my cupboard but I don’t think I’ve had any of them or likely not many of them. I’m still not convinced they’re a type of tea that I enjoy but it’s possible that flavoured earl grey’s may be my thing.

I pulled this one out last night because I’m trying to get through as many of my samples as possible before my swaps and last remaining orders arrive this month. Plus it was late at night, so i figured decaf would be the way to go.

I don’t think that i’m a fan of bergamot. I’m fairly certain that’s the underlying taste that i’m not loving. Otherwise it’s a fairly smooth tasting brew. I’m going to hold off rating this for now as well because i’d like to try this with a bit of milk and sugar. Overall not a bad tea, just nothing i need to keep around necessarily.

Appreciate the Sample as always Nicole!

Indigobloom

I knew you’d see the light ;P

Sil

we’ll see about that…

Indigobloom

Don’t go to the dark side Sil! lol

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Yeah apparently i did something funny to this tea when i was brewing it last night. Today it’s a tastier cup without that “something” hanging around in the background. I am really enjoying the chocolate/orange ratio in this one :)

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drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
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Big fan of having a tea in a drawer here at work now. I love being able to grab an afternoon tea and take that 5 mins away from my desk.

While i’m still not a fan of the candy and extra crap DT puts in their teas, this is a decent tea. I’m also a little surprised that i didnt’ rate this one back when i first have it. I suppose there’s no harm done though since i’d be upping the rating a little based on my previous comments. I wish there was a touch more vanilla in this to off sent the mint but it’s a reasonable cup of tea for this afternoon.

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I’ve never had plum pudding…but i do love plums! This is another tasty treat from Stacy though so far of her holiday blends the eggnog is hands down my favourite (i’m hoping 3 friends was just steeped wrong by me).

I will need to try this again with a big of sugar added to it, to see how that changes and enhances the flavours, though it’s pretty darn good straight. As i sip on this, i get hints of plum, orange and spice. I don’t get the custard much from this but i’m ok with that. It’s not citrusy, but there is a hint of orange in this. The very tail end of this does have a floral note if i concentrate really hard on it, but since i’m not likely to do that, i’m ok with it.

Glad i picked this one up to try :) Looking forward to even more offerings from stacy!

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So sadly this cup of tea has been inadvertantly ruined by my other half. We both have travel mugs and today, he somehow managed to steal my lid and leave behind his lid…which i didn’t notice until i was at work and took my first sip of tea…coffee..wait whaaaat? exactly. Sadly his lid is a giant steaming pile of “i make eveverything taste like coffee” Even now, as i’m drinking this without the lid on, all i taste is coffee. I’m sure that’s my over reactive imagination but gross…so NOT what i wanted when i was expecting a delightful cup of black tea. gross.

Becky

Eww! I sympathize. Had to get a special ceramic mug with a girly flower design so none of the heathens here would/could ruin it with their coffees, like every other travel cup we own. Even so, I washed the silicone lid in the dishwasher once and then my tea tasted like dishwater (omg, barf). The moral of the story is that lids ruin everything.

I hope your next cup is better!

Sil

LOL yeah he made up for it by finding the shoes i was after at a store and putting them on hold for me to pick up :)

Becky

Man, all I get from my husband is terrible puns. Trade?

Sil

oh that’s almost a fair trade. i LOVE puns! my other half hates them. :)

K S

I relate. My wife takes my spoon in the restaurant to stir her coffee and then tells me I am being a baby by complaining. After a while I have learned to make a production out of wiping it off before using it myself and I am pretty sure she doesn’t ask for her own spoon on purpose. :)

Sil

Damn coffee people! Lol

Mercuryhime

This is why I have a DT Perfect Mug at work where I brew tea fresh when I get there. We have a hot water spigot at the cooler which is good enough for me since I like to brew all my teas at lower than recommended temps. If you can do the same, I’d recommend it. Maybe get one of those USB mug warmers to keep your tea toasty. :D

Sil

Mercury – open mugs and I don’t get along at work. I brew fresh at work too but it goes into the travel mug. I’ve already spilled tea all over myself twice at work with an open mug, though thankfully I didn’t kill the laptop. So no mugs for me heh. My morning mugs are just to get me started with my day :)

Terri HarpLady

One of my pet peeves is restaurants that make their hot water by running it through the coffee machine. If I wanted my tea to taste like coffee, I’d order coffee! Luckily these days most restaurant coffee machines have a hot water spigot off to the side.

Tony used to be a coffee drinker, & sort of made fun of what he referred to as my ‘tea habit’. Amazingly, he quit drinking coffee about a year or so ago, and started drinking tea. He doesn’t like most of the teas I like, of course, & pretty much almost exclusively drinks this one earl grey type blend, Jubilee, that he gets from The London Tea Room.

Helena

ICK!! I hate it when things taste like Coffee!! ewwwww!! Only cure for that is to get home and make a proper tasting yummy tea :D

Helena

by the way Contigo makes their travel mugs in various sizes and colours and they work really well :D I use them to avoid
mix-ups :D

Sil

Helena… sadly we DO have multiple colours haha that’s why it was sooo annoying :)

Kittenna

What you need are two different mugs whose lids are not interchangeable! :P

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drank Black Cherry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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oh black cherry, how i’ve missed you :) Had my usual smoothie this morning and added a dash of vanilla matcha to this one, to smooth out the cherry taste. I’m thinking that maybe this weekend i’ll try going back to the pumpkin and chai matcha i bought and try them in hot latte form again to see if they’ve improved.

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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I don’t know if this counts as a sipdown since i only received a sample from stacy yesterday and drank it today but since i added it to my cupboard, i’m totally calling sip down on this one lol

As mentioned, I picked this one up in my last order with stacy because I wanted to try it before comitting to it since I pretty much HATE eggnog. This morning, i was running late but this tea called out to me. So though i NEVER do it…i made myself a cup of tea to drink while i was making my travels mugs full of tea to take with me to work. It made me late. haha

you know what though? SO WORTH IT. I’m actually really sad that I only have the re-steep to look forward to when i get home. This is for sure going on my order when the rest of my favourites are back in stock with Stacy.
It’s like a vanilla, custard, eggnoggy cup full of delicious! Greens are not my preferred type of tea but this is masterful! I think i actually like this one better than a few of my favourites gasp

Really nice job Stacy!

Edit: resteep tonight wasn’t as delicious but still drinkable….the green was becoming more prevalent in the cup. Still good though!

Indigobloom

two green/oolongs in one day… you feeling ok? lol

Sil

IB…but this tea…THIS TEA! it’s…it’s OMG I WANT MORE!

Indigobloom

Meeeee to!!

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drank Organic Sparrow Tongue by Butiki Teas
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So folks… it’s an oolong. Yeah, that’s right. Stacy was kind enough to include this as a sample for me with my last order even though she knows I am not a fan of the green oolongs (I asked, so she complied!). I haven’t yet gone through any re-steepings of this but holy this is actually kind of tasty. I’m brewing this western style to make life easier for me. I can’t even begin to describe what i’m tasting. There are no floral notes..it’s sweet…and not vegetal at all.

I have to say stacy…this one’s kinda good (for an oolong grin) Looking forward to a few re-steeps on this one. I’d probably even go so far as to say id keep this around in my cupboard for my friends who enjoy a good oolong, because i would drink it from time to time :)

CrowKettle

That’s an extremely high recommendation then ;) I’m so glad you sort of liked this one!

Sil

crowkettle…yeah this might be my fav green oolong so far. I much prefer darker oolongs :)

Butiki Teas

Hahaha, I’m taking this as an extremely high review. I didn’t think you would like this one.

Sil

Went through maybe 4? Re-steeps last night an drank all of thm! :)

Kittenna

I wouldn’t have thought she’d like it either, haha.

Sil

It doesn’t have that weird oolongy taste that makes me not happy. I need to figure out what it is. Blech. Doesn’t smell like it either. Maybe when you come over kittenna you can identify it and why/which oolongs have it haha

Indigobloom

oh my Sil likes an Oolong?? I wish I knew what it is specifically that you dislike in them lol

Sil

IB – we can figure that out when you guys come over. I’m sure i have some in my house i don’t like lol. there’s a specific taste/smell that the ones i don’t like have that just makes my face curl. dark oolongs don’t have it..and this is the first greeny oolong that doesn’t have it.

Indigobloom

Good plan! Do some green teas have it?

Butiki Teas

Hmmm, I wonder if its the floral notes that are the issue.

Sil

Yeah….. I dunno. Oolongs don’t taste floral to me like say rose, jasmine….that sort of thing. I’m hoping the girls can help me figure it out since I know I have some oolong in the house I can make them drink and say THiS! This smell and taste! Lol

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So let me begin by saying that I have a tendency to stalk Stacy, the owner of Butiki Teas when she lets upcoming teas out of the bag. I did it for her Grapefruit Dragon and this was another one that I was all too willing to harass her about. You see as much as I LOVE grapefruit, I am even more in love with chocolate orange…but specifically the kind that comes in the form of those squishy “pot of gold” chocolates that are all creamy orange inside the chocolate. I am not a fan of chocolate oranges, but those soft orange chocolates – YES please!

The dry aroma of these leaves is EXACTLY like orange chocolates. The leaves are a beautiful golden colour with chunks of orange and wonderful chocolate chips. I could not get enough of the dry smell of this tea. It is phenomenal!
Upon brewing this tea, the tea continues to smell like chocolate orange! At first sip, there is a distinct orange flavour that blends into a beautiful chocolatey taste. There’s an undertone in the tea that I’m not sure I can place yet, but that might have been because i didn’t put enough leaf in this time. I’ll be brewing this again to see how adding a bit of sugar changes this taste.

Kittenna

Haha, I am the opposite – I looooove Terry’s Chocolate Oranges, but am not a fan of goopy Pot Of Gold Chocolates :D

Sil

Lol good to know. :) I love the squish factor, hate the “feel like I’m gnawing on a carrot” feeling from Terry’s chocolate oranges haha

Indigobloom

I’m with Kittenna, Terry’s all the way! the pot of gold always gets stuck in my teeth :/

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drank Creme Caramel by Upton Tea Imports
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I had this again this afternoon as my ‘get work done so i can go home tea.’ Still an enjoyable cup of tea and I do like the caramelness of it. I’d really like to try it again though, with just a splash of milk/cream to see whether that adds to the creaminess factor in a positive way. I’m glad i picked this one up!

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

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