3065 Tasting Notes
Here is another tea from the book club tea trade, this one coming from Three Whales. Thanks!
It’s snowing in St. Louis, but it’s not cold enough to stick. I love watching the snow fall, & I don’t mind that it’s not sticking, not one bit! That makes it easier for me to move my Harp, although I actually don’t have another gig until Saturday night. So I’m sipping tea & alternating between students, desk work, & a few other things.
I suddenly have several earl greys to sample, & this is one of them. I’m not really all that good at comparing the flavors & nuances of teas. I’ve tried, & although I can taste differences, I can’t always find the words to describe those differences. So for the most part, I’d rather just enjoy each cup as it stands alone, & not try to decide which one I like more.
Having said that, this is a nice Earl Grey too!
This one also doesn’t have a strong bergamot presence. It is there, but not in your face.
The black tea base is very smooth, & there is a very buttery quality to the cup, & an almost caramel like flavor. Perfect for sipping while I watch the snow fall.
This is a sample sent to me from Lariel, as part of our book club tea trade. Thanks Lariel!
Years ago The Republic of Tea was one of the only tea companies I knew about. I used to drink this plain over ice all summer, along with their Ginger Peach (which still makes my head wiggle with delight as an iced tea).
Then for awhile I didn’t really care much for the Earl of Grey. For some reason bergamot just didn’t appeal to me. Lately I’ve been sampling a lot of earl grey. I started enjoying them again when I tried the one from the Tea Spot. It tastes like a lemon bar.
So, this one is nice too! The Black base is substantial enough, & there’s enough bergamot that you know it’s there, but not so much as to be over powering. I like mine with stevia.
I drank this yesterday in the early evening, & it wasn’t totally steeped out, so I started sipping it again this morning, 30 second steeps.
It does still have quite a bit of flavor, & I am tasting the chocolatey & honey essence, along with a buttery texture. There is also a rockiness to the taste. There are other flavors there that I really identify, even though some of them are familiar, & there is still a flavor in there that I don’t really care for much, but have sort of gotten used to. As Sil would say, “heh”. ;)
This tea & I have had a difficult relationship. It definitely is only a tea for short steepings, very short steepings. I’ll probably drink a few more, & then move on.
It’s been awhile since I drank this tea. I had forgotten just how wonderful it is, how unique the flavor is. It is the taste of honey, a beautiful honey gold liquor, with a nice warming sensation to it. There is an underlying roasted chestnut flavor, & a hint of cinnamon as well.
I went with 5G in my 4oz Gaiwan, a 10 sec rinse & 15 second steepings for the first 4 rounds, all combined in a little glass pitcher, so that I could sip at my desk for awhile. The next 4 rounds were for 30 seconds each, & they are still tasty, although in all honestly, the 1st pitcher was the best!
I’ve been rummaging through my samples, & realized I still had this one from TeaVivre that I hadn’t tried! Thank you Angel!
I’ve been working at my desk, I’m really trying to get caught up on so many things: phone calls, bill payments, organizing crap, etc blah blah. I booked a gig while I was sitting here, I also booked a gig for one of my advanced students. I’m looking for a cellist & flute player to do a wedding with me, etc.
Throughout all this, I’ve been sipping this delightful tea. It’s delicate, but not flavorless. The heady aroma of Jasmine, the sweetness of silver needle white, and a certain buttery quality. A very soothing & gentle tea to help me relax while I play the entrepreneur/office manager.
Yay! My trade from Ysaurella arrived yesterday evening! Before I even opened the package, the aroma of so many wonderful teas was floating to me, & opening the package I was inhaling these wonderful smells!! I quickly took all the bags of teas out, spreading them on the table so they could air out a bit & not effect one another’s flavors too much.
This is the first one I knew I would sample. It is the reason Ysaurella & I swapped to begin with, because I love peaches & she offered to share some with me. So many times peach teas are a disappointment, as the flavor can seem artificial or overdone. That is NOT the case with this one. It is a delightful peach flavor, with just the right amount of vanilla, along with some floral embellishments. Ysaurella’s sample was generous, so I’ll get to enjoy this cup of dessert a few more times.
Thank you, so much, Ysaurella!!