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Tea of the morning. This is another sample that came to me from the kind Naylynn via the Christmas Card Swap. Thank you!

When I think Irish Breakfast a few words automatically pop in my head: strong, bold, and malt. Irish breakfast teas are famous for their thick malty flavor that stands up to cream and sugar so very well. Today I learned there are Irish Breakfast teas (or at least one tea) that break that rule. I love a rule breaker.

The first thing that caught my eye was the low water temp for this tea. It’s recommended at 195°F, and since I’ve never had this tea before I followed the directions. I’m glad I did. I took my first sip and possibly gave myself whiplash. You can imagine the double take I did at my mug when I sipped this and found a distinct lack of malty notes. I sipped again and what I tasted was a rich, creamy, wonderfully thick tea that tasted like the French rolls my favorite bakery sells. Oh… holy… yum. As wonderful as the bready note was the texture of the tea was what had me smiling. It was like sipping velvet. As the tea cooled the malt flavor began to appear, and I got more of a traditional Irish Breakfast feel from the tea, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Next time I have this (Naylynn sent a generous sample!) I might add cream and sugar just to see, but this is wonderfully tasty all on its own.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68
drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
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My before bed tea. It’s a simple chamomile and mint tea. Nothing too outstanding about it, but it’s soothing and nice to sip on while reading a cheesy mystery novel.

gmathis

What cheesy mystery? (I like ’em that way myself, sometimes.)

Veronica

The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters. It’s the second book in the Amelia Peabody series. It’s complete mind candy, and I’m enjoying it thoroughly. :)

gmathis

I love Amelia and Emerson! Have read almost all, but the earlier ones are the best.

Veronica

Please tell me Ramses is in the later books and a holy terror! He cracks me up.

gmathis

He grows up! Holy terror evolves into a hero/daredevil.

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95
drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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Thanks, Cameron B., for sending this my way! It taste like vanilla orange custard, and I want it in my life forever and always. Amen.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cameron B.

Ooh, I’m so glad you like it! Sorry the sample of this one was a bit smaller than I intended, I gave you all I had left. :(

Veronica

Thank you for sending me the last of your tea. That was very kind of you! It was the perfect amount to know that I like it. :)

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80
drank White Ginger Pear by Tea Forte
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The two ounce tins of this were on sale for $3 at my Wegman’s last week. I like ginger and pear, and while white teas aren’t my favorite they are growing on me. Long story short, this came home with me, and tonight seemed like a good time for the two of us to get acquainted.

I’m pretty sure my eyes doubled in size when I took my first sip because it was all ginger. White hot, how-ya-doin’, ginger. After the spice settled into my throat the pear flavor sort of bloomed around it. The flavor was more poached pear rather than fresh and juicy, but it worked well with the ginger. I took another (tentative) sip. This time the ginger wasn’t so shocking, and I found that I liked the hit of ginger followed by the cooked pear note. As the tea cooled I could taste the base tea which was slightly floral and a tiny bit sweet. Nice.

I’m glad I picked this up. It’ll be something a little different to add to my cupboard.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

I was thinking about this tea earlier today, but I didn’t have time to make a cup. Now that my day is starting to wind down it’s nice to sit here with this beautiful tea. I love preparing this and admiring the bright green, tiny, flat leaves. I love the soft green color of the liquid. I love the flavors of chestnut and clean sweet grass. I love being able to sit and enjoy having something so pretty in my life.

It really is the little things.

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

Agreed! :)

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80
drank Thé des Poètes by Dammann Freres
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The last time I had this I found it to be too perfume-y. Tonight I’m not finding that at all. In fact, this is super tasty! It’s smooth and rich with the flavors of apple and caramel and just a hint of lemon.

I wish I knew what I did differently this time because I want this tea again!

Bumping my rating up. It was previously 65.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank The des Muses by Nina's Paris
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This tea is all citrus and roses which is just lovely. The first thing I taste is grapefruit, followed by a high, bright lemon note. The rose comes in right at the end of the sip, but it’s soft… delicate rather than like perfume. The strawberry is noticeable in the smell but not in the sip which was a tiny bit disappointing, but I also liked smelling berry while tasting citrus and rose. It all worked together to make a very, very nice tea.

Thank you Blodeuyn for for this tasty sample!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

This is such a unique tea. It’s broth-y but sweet. There are vegetal notes followed by citrus notes which is a lovely combination. The vegetal notes leaned more toward green bean for me, but at times there was an artichoke flavor. There’s an over all clean feeling to the tea with no aftertaste, and no bitterness.

Another one to add to my shopping list!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank St. Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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Thank you Cameron B. for this sample. My first Kusmi tea!

This tea is nice, but all of the flavors are so subdued that I find myself wanting more. I wish the bergamot was just a bit stronger, and I keep hoping for a little more berry flavor. The caramel note is present more as the tea cools, to and while it’s nice it’s not enough to make me want more. All together it’s a nice enough blend, but it’s nothing that I have to have in my cupboard.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Yeah, I found most of the Russian blends to be fairly mild, with the exception of Bouquet of Flowers.

Veronica

The few teas I’ve had from Russia have been such big, bold teas, so that was what I was expecting. Now I know! :)

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83
drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
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I’m not usually a chocolate flavored tea gal. I find most teas that have chocolate flavoring added to them end up tasting like watered down hot chocolate, so I wasn’t expecting much when I steeped this. In fact, I was tempted to set it aside for another day, but I’m glad I didn’t. This sample exceeded all of my chocolate tea expectations.

My thought after steeping this was that it smelled and like a mocha. There was a dark cocoa note and an edge to the tea that reminded me of coffee. I added cream and sugar, and… oh my. This turned into a creamy, rich, chocolaty treat with base notes of cocoa and malt. Delicious! I can honestly day I’ve never enjoyed a chocolate tea more.

Thank you, Naylynn for the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I’m picky about my chocolate teas, too. Most of them taste thin. :(

Veronica

Yep. I’m also not a fan of the strange artificial flavor that is present in a lot of chocolate teas. This one had none of that!

Nicole

Scratch n’ sniff chocolate is what I call those teas. Blech.

Veronica

Ha! That’s exactly what it is!

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Single Origin Teas
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

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64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

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