973 Tasting Notes

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drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
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Iced tea of the day…..

Iced tea season is in full swing for me. This is one of my all time favorites. I know it comes in pitcher sized pouches, but I usually have it loose on hand. It makes a fruity/berry iced tea that is so refreshing. So glad I decided to skip trying to ‘use up’ some of my lesser favorites and just went for one that I knew was great. In fact, I have since binned that pouch I was trying to finish. Life is too short to drink tea that is ‘meh’. This could mean another wave of stash reduction very soon.

Usual pitcher method.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Queen of Suburbia by Custom
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Tea of the morning…..

I have had this for several mornings of late. As I drink it, I just keep calculating in my head how much I can blend up before all my ingredients are gone. I’d say that is a pretty obvious indication that it is one of my favorites. (And I think I will run out of the Assam first, but I am hoping not to buy any tea for a few months.)

What this packs is a morning touch of briskness with a roasty chocolate and smooth finish. I completely feel like the queen of something or other while drinking it, even if it is just ’Mom’s taxi service’.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Queen of Suburbia by Custom
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Tea of the morning…..

I did it. I blended it. My last Franken Breakfast blend has been reblended, making it a favorite of mine. Now to design a label….

Notes of malt, slight briskness yet still smooth, with a punch of cocoa at the end. A great way to wake up!

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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reviewed Brew In Mug Infuser by Forlife
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The bulk of my teaware…

I have ForLife Curve teapots (three of them) and ForLife Curve Tall Mugs (five of them). They all use the same infuser.

The 24 oz teapot is my everyday pot. I love it so much, I bought a back up just in case something should happen…. The 45 oz pot is just for big groups as the infuser does not go all the way down into the pot to make smaller amounts of tea. Just remember to buy the size for the amount of tea you need to make.

The mugs are what we use every day. I don’t often use the mugs with an infuser except when I travel or am drinking a tea that resteeps well, but I do pour from the teapot into the mug. I love the handles. There is plenty of space to put your hand in the loop and not burn your knuckles on your hot cup.

The stainless infuser is perfect for loose leaf tea and easy to clean.

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86
drank Qu Hao Silk by The Tea Spot
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Tea of the morning…..

Needs more input ;), but this one is very smooth. I have many ounces to put together a thoughtful review with a numerical rating, but for today, you will just have to be happy with “Yum!”.

Usual teapot method.
Resteep of the same pot….

More Yum! Notes of cocoa, no smoke, maybe a slight bit of malt. Full body. So happy with this one.

Resteep at the same parameters. Adding my rating!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Second pot of the day…..

Score! The last time I bought this, I purchased 100g. Little did I remember that they packaged them in 50g amounts. Here it is, I thought I was almost out. And then I found another pouch in the recesses of my stash. After having a good look at the items back in there, I have decided that waiting until September for new acquisitions of tea will not be difficult at all. I also had some Dragon Pearl Black Tea back there, 100g unopened, lots of Keemun Mao Feng, and lots of Hong Tao. Yes, my tendencies to stock up for the zombie apocalypse will pay off.

This tea is wonderful. I love the natural sweetness of this one. Caramelized sweet potato. And back on the staple list this goes (I was hoarding what I thought was my last bit of this!) After all, there are several favorites of mine that TeaVivre offers. It is never difficult to shop there, even if your tea tastes run very specific.

Usual teapot method. Yes, a whole decadent pot all to myself!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning…..

I have reached the end of my ‘super sample’ from my Millerton order. (I ordered 2 oz of all of the black blends I found interesting a while ago….a 5-6 cup sample just did not seem enough to get a real feel for the teas, and the 2 oz minimum at the shop came out close to the same price as a sample online.) I have some Eight at the Fort left, plus some Organic Assam, maybe even some Anniversary Blend and some Supreme Breakfast….

All I can think about, though, is that the end of this pouch as well as the remnants of my older tin of Keemun Mao Feng have altered my Franken Breakfast Blend slightly as that is where the tea goes if it is less than a mugs worth. The first blend of three teas was near perfection, which means I will probably have to order the two main teas that were in it at some point and reblend it. I am hoping to wait until September to order tea again if I have the restraint to make it that long. Yes, I do think my last version of Franken Breakfast will become a real blend in my cupboard. Time to start pondering a fun name for it. And a cool label will be the icing on the cake.

Palm Court is a good tea, but I have others from Harney that work better for me. Still an enjoyable cup.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I love the Franken Breakfast Tea idea! Usually if I am getting to the end of a tea & there’s just a little left I just include it in the last strong cup, LOL, with maybe a little less steep time. Maybe I’ll start a tin for ‘smidgens’, especially the blacks that aren’t overly exciting anyway. :)

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Tea of the afternoon….

I am down to one jasmine-ish tea in my stash. Lucky for me it is my favorite one. I think once I get through a pound of this (I bet I have at least 10 oz), I won’t likely buy more as it is the only tea among my staples that comes from thePuritea. I am definitely getting lazy in my tea ordering. Efficiency is starting to come into play. Does that mean I am an old tea drinker getting set in my ways? ;)

Still choclatey with a nice, sweet floral note. Yum.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Here’s to being old and efficient!

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Tea of the morning….

I have not had this one in a while. It was buried in the recesses of my stash. I do have to say that I think the flavor has definitely gotten lighter over time.

I guess this should be a PSA: Drink your tea before it loses its flavor!

What I have left is not undrinkable, but the light floral of the jasmine is now so light that it could be mistaken for the sweetening. Fortunately, it is a good tea base and I can still drink it. I have a few other teas that are on the ‘chopping block’ this week. I am so happy to finally be getting the stash into a reasonable state, though I still have too many favorites.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea of the morning…..

I am onto a new Franken Breakfast Blend. The last batch got over smoked by some Lapsang Souchong (and that will permeate everything in the blend, so go very, very sparingly if you blend with smokey teas as they take over!) Right now it is 2 parts Mountain Rose Herbs Assam, 3 parts China Panyang Congou from Upton, and 3 parts Gen Ben Shi, a Yunnan from Upton. At one point, I was going to give this whole blending thing up, but today I am glad that I did not.

The resulting blend is very good. Smooth, malty, cocoa-noted, and cozy. Not a hint of bitterness or astringency. There is a slight difference in leaf size on these three teas, so I did my scooping from the bottom of the tin (the Gen Ben Shi is a huge tea!) It also reminds me that I probably need more of the Congou at some point as it is perfect for blending tea and smoothing everything together.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I used to watch the Musters all the time. How cool that someone made a blend inspired by the show. :)

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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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