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Tea of the morning…..

Why is the week of daylight savings so hard? I just can’t seem to adjust as quickly as I used to. And it is only an hour. I am so hoping I am not alone in this.

Anyway, I finally made it to Saturday. This is the kind of day where I can pick a tea that I will resteep. This one is a perfect choice. Always very good and special. Cocoa notes, caramelized sweet potato notes, heavy mouthfeel. Resteep is usually spectaular, too.

I used to reserve it for special days as I only had a small amount in my stash. That was until Teavivre had their Anniversary Sale over the summer and this was 30% off. Yeah, I bought a little. 500 grams. The way they package, that is 10 50g pouches. I love that I know it will be fresh when I am ready for a new pouch because of their awesome packing methods. I know some would not be comforted by having so much of one kind of tea in their possession, but for me it is perfect. My stash is settling around favorite teas. I have tasted enough of what is out there, that I am satisfied I have my favorites covered.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

No, I was having a hard time too, felt tired all week!

Terri HarpLady

I’m there with you both. Why do they even bother with a time change anyway?

Tea Sipper

Oh I could never settle on favorites.. I would think there was a really great tea I was missing that I hadn’t tried yet!

SimplyJenW

See, Tea Sipper, that might be true, but I guess I am tired of ‘kissing frogs to find that prince’.

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Tea of the morning…..

Yes, an odd one for me these days. Right now, I feel like I am coming off of a sugar high from Halloween. Plus, I have decided that I am slowly going through my flavored teas to eliminate some as I rarely drink them. I know I will never drink all of the flavored teas I have in stash. I just don’t crave them at this point. I am down to about 20 non-traditional flavored teas. (I am not including the jasmines, straight Earl Greys, and straight rose scented teas as I consider those traditionally flavored/scented.)

At first sip, I was thinking this would be a good one to give to my teenage tea friend. Well, maybe she can have half of it. ;) While I will never get thought the whole tin, I am kind of glad I pulled this one out again. I get light cocoa notes…a little more so than my favorite Fujian black teas. There is also a sweetness from the roses. Really, as flavored teas go, this one is well done. Yes, I can’t completely pass this one along…..I will be drinking some of it for sure!

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Nicole

I hear ya on the flavored teas. I’m just not as into them as I used to be.

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90

Tea of the morning……

This is a sample i have had for a while. I had a pot of the regular Bailin Gongfu a few days ago, and decided this was a good time to give this one a go. I am generally not as concerned about a tea being Organic, but I know others are. I did notice that it is currently out of stock. The other thing to note is that it is twice the price of its non-organic counterpart.

So far, this seems very comparable in taste. There are definitely differences, but they are subtle. I still get the malty, chocolatey notes in the regular version. This one might be a tad less earthy, but that note is subtle in the regular version, too. Definitely a great tea if your teas being organic is important to you. As for me, I will continue to drink the other.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea of the morning……

Sample provided by TeaVivre.

It has been a few years since I last had this one. TeaVivre very generously offered a sample package of oolong teas to me recently. Since I know myself very well in that I nearly always stick with black teas, I respectfully declined. I know there are oolong drinkers out there that would be better served by their offer. Angel offered to send me black teas in place of the oolongs. I cannot tell you how happy that made me! There are a few I had not tried, as well as a few I had not had for some time. I am also at a place in my tea journey where I don’t seek out free samples as I have reached a point of being quite content with my tea stash. However, a custom black tea sampler from them was very tempting as I shop there frequently and will likely buy some of these at a later date. They also added in a gaiwan to my package. Can I just add how wonderful this company is? They really take care of their customers.

This one is every bit as good as I remember. It is definitely a classic Keemun taste, and the beginning of the sip is a hearty blend of cocoa, malt, and slight earthiness with a touch of astringency. But, by the end of the sip, the astringency disappears. How do they do that?! It is like the aftertaste cleanses the palate to prepare you for the next sip. Wonderful. It is definitely a more refined Keemun. I am not sure why I did not purchase this before, but it is definitely a contender. We shall see how it stacks up the the Hao Ya. Stay tuned.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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91

Tea of the morning…..

Yes, I have a thing for black teas of funny shapes. I have loved black snail teas ever since Harney offered one years ago. This one is very good! I have had the sample in my to try pile for a while, and for some reason, yesterday and today were the right time to try them.

Notes of light cocoa, a little spice, and it is very sweet with a thick mouthfeel. There are quite a few golden tips….it reminds me of the Harney version quite a bit, except that I think this one is sweeter and a little less earthy/malty. I know they are running out of this one, so I had to buy some! Upton’s Season’s Pick version of black snail is not as sweet or spicy, and it is heavier on the malt/earthiness than the Harney.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea of the morning…..

I have been revisiting what is left in my stash that I don’t consider part of my standard teas (you know, the ones you must have in there at all times or there will be a disruption of the time-space continuum…) I thought this one might be one I could cut. The last few times I have been drinking it, I decided it must stay. Unfortunately, Upton is all out. I guess I will have to just savor this bargain tea.

Notes of cocoa with a very decent mouth feel. Roasty and light malt. I cannot believe I ever considered getting rid of it.

Usual teapot method. OMG, the leaves swell up so huge!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92

Tea of the morning…..

Happy Fall! I thought this would be an appropriate tea for today. I love the spicy sweetness that I get from this tea. I also love that I can drink it without additions. For me it is a love, but it needs to have chilly weather to go along with it!

Usual teapot method with the tea scoop slightly heaping to accommodate those orange pieces!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Nicole

Coworker was all excited last week because it was finally cold enough in the morning for him to have Hot Cinnamon Spice again, so you aren’t the only one. :)

Rebecca

This sounds lovely! I need a good selection of fall teas.

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Tea of the monrning…..

I love this. It is a basic China black tea with notes of malt and cocoa, which is then lightly scented with rose. It is not the super floral variety, but there is just enough that you know what you are tasting. This is my favorite bargain tea.

Here we are pretty far into September. I know I set out to not buy tea for most of the Summer. There was at least one company that had a 2 year anniversary sale that got me twice, but other than that, there were very few new tea acquisitions. Just one or two that had been on my list to try for ages. Now that I am sitting here in September and perfectly able to try something new, I have to say, that I am so enamored just drinking my favorites. I will admit that it takes quite a bit to catch my interest to try new things at this point. Who knew I would ever get here? I like what I like, and I am tired of teas not living up to their hype for me. I completely think it is just where I am in my tea journey, and really not anything to do with the teas I have tried as of late.

I guess it is just time to enjoy what I have. What a great place to be. Content.

Usual teapot method.

TeaBrat

I haven’t been buying as much lately myself and that’s fine with me! :)

ifjuly

i’ve been curious about this one, and your description makes me think next time i order from upton i should go for it! thanks.

ifjuly

and i agree, i’m getting to that point too where it takes a lot to catch my eye and even when i’ve got exciting new stuff in my stash often i just want my tried and true favorites. it’s a great place to be finally, agreed.

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drank Tan Yang Te Ji by TeaSpring
956 tasting notes

Tea of the morning…..

Yes, this is perfect to get me going on a Monday! Time for a resteep!

Notes of awesome and coziness. Yeah. Not really descriptive, but that is what I am feeling this morning. I absolutely love this one! I highly recommend picking your perfect tea for a rough start on a Monday.

What would be your perfect rev me up tea?

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 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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