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drank SBT: Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
970 tasting notes

Iced tea of the day……

I was having a minor panic attack. You know the one you have when you are running low on your favorite loose tea for iced tea and it is just the beginning of July….. Well, I went stash/cupboard diving, and I uncovered a wonderful mess of SBT iced teas. Jackpot! I completely forgot I had several of these left from last Summer.

Smooth, fruity, and somehow, a note of creaminess in there. Yep, this is tasty!

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Tea of the afternoon…..

I am late on the tribute day for John Harney, but for me the tribute would have gone well on past one day. I really attribute Harney & Sons and this particular tea for beginning my true love for tea. I felt like once I had tried this one, everything changed. Prior to drinking this one for the first time, I was content with drinking mostly flavored and lower quality teas (not saying those are bad things, just different from where my tea journey ended up leading). This was the tea that showed me the complexity and richness that can come from a well crafted black tea. As for the company in general, I have found their service to be above and beyond the norm, and their tea wonderful quality for the price, even though every blend might not have been for me. I truly appreciate John Harney’s legacy.

I just opened a new tin of this today. I must have not opened a new one once I finished the last, so it has been a while since I last had this one. It is still wonderful. Notes of chocolate, slight smoke, malt. Great body. Still one of my absolute favorites.

Usual teapot method.

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93
drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
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Iced tea!

I think this is about the first pitcher of iced tea I have made recently! Lychee makes the best iced tea. It has just the right fruity floral note to add a bite at the beginning of the sip, and then you are left with the smoothness that is all good tea. I am guessing this has a Chinese black tea base, because I love it so (that and I am pretty sure Lychee tea is traditionally a Chinese tea!)

This makes me happy ( and is refreshingly cooling me off at the same time.)

Usual iced tea method.

Preparation
Iced

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90
drank Hong Tao by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning…..

Mmmmmm. It is so funny. After a week on vacation drinking that bitter coffee, all of my tea tastes so good. Even the ones that are on the heartier side (for me, anyway) taste pretty sweet. This is one I need to be drinking up. I have a decent supply, and it isn’t available anymore at Harney, so my tendency is to hoard it. Always remember: Drink the good tea!

Typical Keemun profile, lower on the smoke, some malt, some cocoa notes, some earthiness. Very smooth, but not too fancy. A great everyday Keemun.

Usual teapot method.

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88
drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Matcha!

I was so happy that Red Leaf made this the sample of the month. I have been waiting to try it for a while, and this was my big chance. I have to admit that the scent put me off at first. However, it tastes pretty yummy. I am to the point where I mix it up in about 8 oz of almond milk with just a little sweetener. I also had some chia seeds on hand, and threw about a half tablespoon in and then blended it all up. You know, this is not a bad combo at all. I may even put in half a frozen banana next time. Also, I would consider buying this, but I need to seriously drink some of the matcha I have. Sweet with the taste of almond. I wonder what flavoring level this is in the sample…..it is perfect.

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94

Tea of the morning……

I am recently back from vacation. I will admit that I don’t drag the tea paraphernalia along with me any more when I travel. Just a few tea bags make their way into my luggage, and even then, I usually just drink coffee. Vacation is time for a change of pace. However, I am definitely ready to greet my tea stash when I get home. It is right up there with getting to sleep in my own bed. Both make me happy.

This is a tea that I thought I could finish up and eliminate from my stash. I know you hear lots of that from me. I mean, how many black teas does a girl need? In a quest for simplicity, I am trying to reduce, but most of the tea I have now are favorites, or very close to them. My last pot of this seemed too earthy and brisk. I am thinking I must have had an issue with my parameters. My guess would be that I added too much tea.

This pot is perfection. Malty breadiness, honey, light cocoa, and yum. How could I ever think I could live without this?

Usual teapot method.

Cheri

We’re taking a long weekend next weekend, and I’m trying to decide exactly how I want to pack my tea to bring with me, and what tea and supplies I really need.

Dinosara

Yeah, I’m pretty much a sachet girl when traveling these days. I figure I am unlikely to be able to get specific temp water or anything like that, so I want it as non-fussy as possible.

MzPriss

A girl (THIS girl anyway) needs a LOT of good black teas, as they are the best teas :)

Cheri

I don’t have too many sachets, but I should probably get more.

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88

Tea of the morning….

Another sample from my last tea adventure from Upton. Originally, I was not going to take the time to add it to the database, but then I got further into the cup. Rich and complex taste. Deep. Kind of a coffee drinker’s tea. It does remind me quite a bit of Black Dragon Pearl tea. But with a hint of chocolate and roses. Yes, this one might need to make a home in my stash for a while. More data needed!

Usual mug method.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 13 OZ / 384 ML
MzPriss

This reminds me that I got 5 or 6 Upton Keemun samples a little while ago and I have yet to try any of them. Maybe for breakfast tomorrow.

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98
drank Anji Black by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning…..

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women out there. And I mean all the women, because I am sure at one time, you made sacrifices for another. We are kind of wired that way. So, I raise my cuppa to you and say, Thank you. Someone out there comforted me when my own mother passed, another brought a few meals when my children were born, another listened to me when something weighed heavily on my heart. You are all remarkable regardless of whether you have children, or a living mother. And don’t forget it.

I picked one of the teas I hoard for today and made a whole glorious pot. It is wonderful! So, I say, today, drink the good tea!

Usual teapot method.

MzPriss

I’m not a mother (except to my dogs) and won’t ever be one but I’m grateful for my own Mom. This is beautifully expressed. Thanks for this. And YES! Drink the good tea.

looseTman

An excellent and very fitting Steepster tribute to all the women in our lives! Well done!

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Tea of the morning……

And this is the end of my sample. I really do like this one, but not sure it is worth the cost. It is like my favorite Keemun Mao Feng without the smoke note. Smooth, cocoa-noted, and malty. I do still get a little bit of a floral note at the end of the sip. I suppose I would consider buying it if I did not have a stash full of other wonderful teas. Tasty, but not remarkable.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea of the afternoon……

I have had this one for a week or two. It is a generous gift from Angel at Teavivre. Normally, I am not a drinker of green teas, but lately I am trying to eat more healthy. One thing I remember about the short time I did try to learn to like green teas was that I did like them best without additions. I know I sound like a broken record when I mention that I am trying to cut back on sweetening, but I thought it was time to give green tea another go. For certain, Teavivre carries fantastic green teas. And after this one, I am intrigued once again.

Lightly steamed asparagus and clarified butter! Very brothy and full tasting. The leaves are a gorgeous bright green and so aromatic on their own before steeping. Yes, I need some Dragonwell in my life again. I may not choose this one, but Dragonwell is definitely going on my list.

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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