another Monday, another cup of Lady Grey
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got a few bags of this in a tea swap I did. So glad to be reunited with my lady. Pay Day is Friday. I am buying a GIANT box. mmmmmmmmmm.
Woke up this morning an hour before the alarm went off due to an unwelcome phone call. Decided to turn the first morning in our new house into something better. So while my husband assembles the dog kennel in the rain, I am making waffles and steeping a cup of this tea. The tea bags smell lovely, almost like an Earl Grey cologne. I will be honost, I bought it because I want to plant my herb garden in tea tins, and the empty ones go for as much on ebay as the full ones do on Amazon, so I figured, hey, why not get some tea out of the deal as well.
The liquor smells like a black tea, and I can just get a hint of the bergamot in the background.
Added some milk and sugar. Quite a tasty cuppa. Not the best Earl Grey I have had, but nowhere near the worst. I don’t mind that I have 29 more pyramid teabags of this to drink in order to use the tin as a planter!
Tea of the day at work. I really need to remember to bring some milk so I can have my tea the way I like. Still not a bad cuppa with my tea honey. Wish I had a way to temp control my water at work. Guess I know where some of my first pay check is going :)
received this in my march tea swap. Just brewed it up on my break. the liquor was a light yellow green, which was unexpected but welcome as I expected the liquor to be a red color due to the pomegranate. The fact that it was not red most likely indicated that it was not full of artificial colors. It had a subtle sweet smell and a mild taste. It tasted like an oolong, but the pomegranate was there, lingering in the background. I had it with a little honey, but think I will enjoy this one more once I get back off the mountain dew (it has a way of ruining your taste buds and making everything else taste less sweet. Darn high fructose corn syrup water). Overall, glad I got to try this one, and I will drink the other packets I got, but not one I would go out of my way to drink. I am pleased with the quality of Harney and Sons so far, but like Paris much more than this.
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The dry leaf smells good. Once it is brewed, it seems to lose a much of its fruity aroma and smells much more like black tea. I think I may have steeped to long, it is a little bitter. Or this might just be strong black base I have heard of. Not going to rate until I have a chance to steep at a different temp and time and when I have regular milk instead of vanilla coffee creamer. See full review at http://akoalateablog.teatra.de/2012/03/01/10-the-jane-austen-mafia-by-adagio/
This came today after I had the Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha, so I figured I would keep the Genmaicha train a-rollin’ and dig right into it. I liked this one better than the Marshmallow, but I like cheesecake more than marshmallow. I added a teaspoon of sugar and a teeny, tiny splash of milk. Nice mild tea. I could not really taste the cherry cheesecake initially, but the aftertaste of it was there. Glad I grabbed a bag.
I have never been a big fan of rice crispy treats, but for some reason when I saw this available I had to get it. It smells delightful. I am still not very familiar with green teas and this is my first Genmaicha. It does taste a little like marshmallows, and I can taste the rice. I added about a teaspoon of sugar, and it is very pleasant. Not my favorite, or one I would rebuy, but I am glad I got to try it. I think my husband will love this one. (Link to full review will go here)
Kinda smells like an old lady before being steeped, tastes like lavender, fruit and water once steeped, not my cuppa tea tonight. I think I might like this one as an iced tea, or if I was in a more specific mood. Can’t bring myself to finish the cup. See full review at:
it is getting ready to rain…needed something to warm me up. Now my bag is empty. Better savor this cup. Not going to be able to buy some until I get through a bunch of my other tea.
EDIT: Tragedy struck. My drink got knocked over and it all spilled out. Worst part, the room now smells delicious. SOB
Years ago my mom got a tea called Rainbow Rooibos from a place called Green Goddess Herbs in the San Diego Area. We were coming to the end of the tin, so we started searching for replacements. This was the first one we opted to order and try because the dry tea looks identical.
The tea has a nice smell when it was dry, the sweet amaretto smell.
Brewed it is a pretty red-amber color. Taste without milk or honey is a little sweet, but nothing real exciting. It is an okay cup with milk and honey, but nothing I would go out of my way to drink. My mom likes it, which is good because the tea we were trying to replace was her favorite, but I was sad that she mixed the old tea with the new, because the old was a whole lot better. So for me, the search continues.
okay. Brewed this up again. Accidentally dropped in a bunch of brown sugar, added milk. I feel like I am actually drinking hot buttered rum like I used to get at my local theater during the holiday burlesque show. It is amaze-balls. I am ready to place my order today, but know that I am going to have to wait until my stash is a little smaller.
I’m getting ready to start a diet, and this is like dessert in a cup. I didn’t think I would ever find a tea I liked more than pancake breakfast by 52teas…..but I found one. So now I have a tea for breakfast and a tea for dessert!
I am SO glad this was in my giant box of samples from LiberTEAs!
Edit: Re-brewed the leaves. still a good taste, but sadly, lost most of its potency. Worth a try
Just got my IngenuiTea pot in the mail yesterday, and decided to give it a try. The lucky first tea…..Buttered Rum.
It smells sooooooo good. Took a sip. I can tell it is a little over steeped. I should have been patient and let the water cool a little. And not have brewed as long. I think three minutes would have been good. Slightly bitter. But I can tell under the bitterness is a very tasty tea. A little spicy, a little coconut, a little sweet.
Since this is based on rum, I added brown sugar and since when I think of buttered rum I think of the worlds most tasty creamy fattening beverage…..I added some milk. I cannot fully trust my flavor judgement right now as my nose is stuffed up and my taste buds seem wonky.
Will definitely try this again once I am healthy, but for now, I will enjoy it as a mediocre cup with a lot of potential. I will not rate until things are right in my nose and throat.
so sick. Could only bring myself to make a tea bag yesterday. Good thing Lady is so good to me. She is even better when not over steeped.
When 52teas posted that a few more bags of this had been found, I jumped on it (along with the Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha, which I will be tasting soon). It did not have the highest of ratings, but it sounded like something I really wanted to try.
The smell coming out of the bag is a little funky, and I began to get nervous. I don’t really know how to describe it, it was just weird.
I brewed it up and took a sip. Oranges, underlying sweetness. Yum. Enjoying this one with no sugar or milk (which is usually how I take my teas). I have a feeling it will be even better with sugar, but I am sitting in my Lovesac with three chihuahuas on me, so getting up is not the easiest thing.
Tried this one on Saturday when hanging out with Dinahsaur. Had this one shortly after having 52teas pancake breakfast. Personally I liked this one a little less than pancake breakfast, but I thought that the two seemed very similar.
Enjoyed this one with some milk and sugar. Once I make my way through some of the redonkulously large amounts of tea I have gathered, this one will most likely make its way into my cupboard as a permanent addition.
Enjoyed this at a tea party on Saturday with Dinahsaur. She only had dark brown sugar, so we used that. Even better! Yum
This was not drinkable by itself. It tasted a little bitter, as if the tea had been steeped to long. I will have to retry with a shorted steep time. I did not get any hint of vanilla in the steeped tea. Once the milk was added, the bitterness mostly disappeared, and the creamyness began to surface. Add honey, and you have a decent cup of tea, but with a slight bitter aftertaste.
See my full review of The Tea Tables Earl Grey Cream v. Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme at: http://akoalateablog.blogspot.com/2012/02/tea-2-and-3-creamy-earl-grey-face-off.html
I set the kettle on to boil and huffed the little pearls for most of the time. They smell soooooo good. I love the smell of Jasmine tea, and this one smells more natural than the Thousand Mountain Jasmine that I have from Teavana.
this one made a lovely pot. The little pearls unfurled in the water and it turned a beautiful clear golden yellow color with just a hint of green. The smell coming out of the pot was just as delicious as the smell from the pearls themselves.
The flavor was very light, very pleasant. I added just about a teaspoon of sugar as I like my teas sweetened. The little bit of sugar really brought out the sweet flower taste. It tasted natural, and not artificial. I really enjoyed this one and am thinking that the girl that gave it to my husband may have brewed it to hot or to long, because this tea was much better than the Teavana Jasmine tea.
See full review on my blog at http://akoalateablog.blogspot.com/2012/02/tea-1.html
mmmm. 192 water, just about two minutes, spot of brown sugar. Delish. About to try resteeping the bag. Will update in a few.