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Sample Sipdown! (SRP #14)

Special thanks to Scott for the tea, and the fact that he sent enough so that I could try it a few times. I really like this one, and will likely buy some once I get a handle on the inventory.

Complex and well rounded. Very satisfying. This is my hard core black tea of the day! And I made a whole pot this time!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

Where is Scott? :(

SimplyJenW

True. I have not seen any posting from him, lately….

ScottTeaMan

I feel like a lost soul in this tea world right now…….but I am back. :)) Glad you like it Jenn.

LadyLondonderry

I like the idea of having a “hardcore black tea of the day.” :)

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Second tea of the morning…… (SRP #13)

Another Teavana sample courtesy of Fairyfli. (Thank you!)

I brewed up a pot of this not really knowing what to expect, but with a word like Assam in the name, I was thinking more along the lines of hard core black tea. There are lots of things in there….some black tea, some fruit pieces, some spice pods, lots of lemongrass. Really, I think I probably should have used more leaf (but I ran out….I still used over 3 perfect tsp for my pot…). The other thing I probably should have done is not paid attention that this was Assam. I was kind of looking for a good black tea to keep the morning moving. This is not that tea. It needs to be reclassified in my mind as a black, fruit, and herbal blend. And by using a similar amount of tea blend as I do to black tea, I am left with not much black tea flavor, but a whole lot of other going on. Notes of tropical flavors for sure, but the lemongrass is probably the foremost taste.

Usual teapot method, but with much less sweetening. It is a Teavana fruit blend, afterall.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88

Tea of the morning……

Usually, I don’t drink green tea in the morning. However, the aroma of this one just kept calling to me. It smells just like a milk oolong. The leaves kind of look oolongish, but still somewhat like a large leaf green when they are brewed up.

First steep. I have to admit that I was not at all blown away by the first few sips, but I totally agree with Indigobloom on this one, that it draws you in more with each sip. By the end of the cup, you are so taken, that you immediately resteep it, and the process starts all over. Second steep is not quite as rich, but it is still very good. First sips are lightly vegetal, and then the butteriness kicks in. I do agree with TeaEqualsBliss that it tastes like buttered popcorn. Definitely a keeper!

Mug method, about 180 degree water, 3 minutes first steep, 4 minutes second steep.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

oooh, I am so tempted by this!

LiberTEAS

@Amy oh – I highly recommend it. Bird Pick has really awesome teas, and I think this one might be one of my faves.

ashmanra

Recommend some from Bird Pick for me! I need to order again soon. I can’t believe we have almost finished this is just over a month.

ScottTeaMan

Buttered popcorn?!?

SimplyJenW

Yep, buttered popcorn. A definite buttery taste and I only get the littlest bit of vegetal on the first few sips. Popcorn……well it is warm, probably more like white popcorn than yellow (yes, I am crazy about popcorn, although not anywhere as obsessed as I am with tea.)

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89

Tea of the afternoon……

Yes, I know. All the complaining about the amount of tea I own and here is a new one. I had a friend who needed a pound of tea, and I have had my eye on this one ever since Harney announced it. So, we ordered together. This was all I ordered.

The whole Titanic story has a place in my heart because my Grandmother was born on that night. I can remember her talking about it, and how she felt like she had some kind of connection to that tragic night. I did not even realize she would have been 100 this year had she still been alive. When I saw this tea announced, I knew I would be buying some. It kind of represents a moment in time of beginnings for our family amidst the tragedy for others.

My tin of tea says it is a blend of Keemun, Assam, Ceylon, and Oolong. I think the description is kind of vague regarding the middle two teas in that list. Maybe I read it wrong. Anyway, it is good, smooth, and rich tasting. It makes a very well rounded cup of tea. No real earthiness, or maltiness, maybe a hint of cocoa, just very rich. There is not a break in the flavor from the front of the taste to the end. You know how there are some things that are almost all aftertaste (I kind of feel that licorice root is all sweet aftertaste) and others are all in the front notes (I have had some Keemuns like that). This one is good all the way through. I will definitely enjoy this tin of sachets.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Gee, thanks! I had been resisting up to now…

teawing

yep, me too, now I must order, I simply must.

TeaBrat

It does sound good!

CHAroma

What an interesting combination of teas!

teawing

I also applaud your SRP, recognition of a problem is the first step to resolution… :)
I just noticed your updated profile.

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Second tea of the morning….. (SRP#12)

After seeing Amanda’s tasting note on this that it reminded her of Cadbury Mini-Eggs (my all time favorite chocolate…so thankful it is seasonal!) I had to pull out my sample and give it a try. Anything close to my favorite chocolate in tea form has to be in my possession at some point!

She is right. I get notes of chocolate and the floral of the jasmine just comes across as sweetness. I have to say that I really like this. It was on my shopping list before writing the tasting note. (Usually, I do the tasting note and then put it on my list, but if you can’t catch the subtlety in the order of events from someone who is usually pretty methodical about things……) Love this. Want. (But need to wait a bit. I may make this a reward tea of some kind. Now to work out the details of my quest/task!)

Usual teapot method. 5 minute steep.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

I too love mini-eggs – only (in Canada at least) they are no longer seasonal! They are sold all year long now, this started last Easter or maybe the one before.

SimplyJenW

No, they can’t do that to me in the US! I cannot stay away from them for 2 months out of the year. How bad would it be for all 12? Ahhhhhhh.

DaisyChubb

I’m sitting here, looking into a giant bag of mini eggs myself. Thank you, post Easter sale :)

Dinosara

At least a few years ago they sold mini-eggs in sphere form at Christmas time, calling them ornament balls or something, but I haven’t seen them in the past few years I don’t think. Though I haven’t looked in a Walgreens, either, which was the only place I found them. I do have a bag of mini-eggs waiting for me when I get home from Asia… :D

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drank Red Dragon Pearl by thepuriTea
956 tasting notes

Tea of the morning…….

This is one that got stuck in the back of my tea cupboard. Ack. Once I get a handle on the samples in my stash, I need to get a handle on the larger amounts of tea, too. Maybe if I stopped buying tea for a year…..(who am I kidding?!)

I used my ForLife mug and 5 pearls. I am thinking it should have been 6, and I think I will add one for the resteep. Very good, but weak this time. Definitely a preparation error.

Off to prepare more!

Mmm. Yes. The 6 pearl resteep was perfect!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea of the afternoon…. (SRP #11)

My cello lesson was cancelled for today, so I had an extra half hour to burn! I really wanted Earl Grey Supreme from Harney, but I remembered that I have a few Earl Greys in my sample stash. I still have a few from LiberTEAS, but I settled on this one since it has been in my stash since last September. I think what happened is that I love Earl Grey in warmer months and can’t get enough of it then. In the colder months, I am more of a chai and spicey flavored tea drinker.

Well, I wish I could say I was taken by this tea. It is good enough. Just not something that will work for me. This is a very sweet version of bergamot, but it lacks the brightness of Lord Bergamot from Steven Smith or Earl Grey from Lupicia. And it does not have the fabulous tea base to carry it with a lighter bergamot taste like my beloved Earl Grey Supreme. It finally came to me that it is more like a candy version of what I would expect Earl Grey to taste like. I did experience that with Upton’s Earl Grey Creme when I tasted it relative to others…..Upton’s Earl Grey Creme is kind of more like Creamsicle tea to me. Ah. Definitely not a wasted taste test, but I think I am going to brew up something better. Time for sachet 2 of 15 from my Lord Bergamot box…..

Usual teapot method.

PS. The cello lessons are going well. My greatest piece of advice, you are never too old to do something big.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I agree! You should be proud of yourself!

Dylan Oxford

The cello is an amazing instrument. Enjoy yourself!

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90

Tried an experiment today.

Apologies before you read further, because in some places what I did might cause a pretty good uproar.

I made this iced. I thought it would be fabulous. Not so much. All of the things I love about this tea are enhanced with the warmth.

Note to self: Reserve the pricey Premium Dragon Well for hot tea in the future. It tastes so much better that way.
Thank you for remembering!

Also, this makes me think that I will only like herbals or black teas iced. I might try a flavored green at some point.

Azzrian

I use less expensive (such as tropical tea company) green teas for iced – their strawberry green does well. I don’t fault you for trying this though if we don’t try things we will never know! :)

teawing

I make gunpowder green and add mint leaves over ice (Moroccan Mint) and actually crave it at times…

teawing

and no judgement from here either, you don’t know if you don’t try…

Missy

I try every thing iced. I figure it’s a good way to push the parameters of each tea to find out how I like it best. So I raise my beaker to you!

gmathis

Green with peppermint (steeped correctly, then chilled) is very nice. We salvaged a peppermint plant from House that Was that is bearing huge leaves right now. I’m drying them for summer experiments, but the dried-leaf aroma isn’t very strong. Any mint-drying experts have any advice?

SimplyJenW

I know some of us are not tea purists, but iced premium long jing is kind of a pearl clutching moment for some.

Dinosara

I’m very fond of flavored greens iced, especially jasmines (though never use the pearls of course! :D)

SimplyJenW

I do have a jasmine green (Chung Feng) from Le Palais des Thes. I might have to try that one iced next.

teawing

+1 jasmine green iced…

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Tea of the morning…… (SRP #10)

This is pretty much just a basic longer leaf Assam. There are definitely some golden tips, and it brews up very smooth with really no astringency or bitterness. It makes a good strong cuppa, which is greatly appreciated in the morning. (It is the second morning of waking up early to get to school after being on our own schedule last week for Spring Break…the bus comes at 6:30am….. Needless to say, my drama club teen was in rare form this morning!) The tea is dark and malty, strong and fortifying. Perfect for a morning like this one. A pulling up by the boot straps kind of tea.

Usual mug method for 3 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Second tea of the morning…. (SRP #9)

(Loose leaf version) From my foodzie box from LiberTEAS. I still have a ton of samples in that box. At least another 12, and I am sure I have tried close to 10. It has been very fun!

This is definitely Springtime in a cup. It is light, floral, and slightly sweet all on its own. I have to admit that the few things I have tried from this company have been stellar. The jasmine does not overpower the green tea base, and it is just relaxing.

It has been great to get kind of a feel for the quality before diving into a purchase because there are no samples available except for a variety pack of bagged teas, and the shipping is a little steep. I do feel his prices on loose leaf are pretty good, especially for the quality. I know there will be an order to this company in my future. I do have access to a few bagged teas locally, but I am pretty fond of loose leaf, and it just seems like a better value.

Mug method at about 175 for 2 minutes. No additions.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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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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