60 Tasting Notes

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The lower temperature was an accident rather than an experiment, but somehow it did work out better. I’ve felt like the bergamot oil and the tea are better balanced when the steep time is longer. In this case, it seems a bit less astringent that when the water is boiling.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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56

Its summer in California. The ground is dry, the grass is dead, the flowers are gone, but the fog has yet to burn off. The coastal redwoods are drinking something that probably tastes like… This. Woody, slightly astringent, without (as far as I can tell) any floral or honey notes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank English Tea No. 1 by Ahmad Tea
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I’m often overwhelmed by the bergamot oil in Earl Grey teas (including Ahmad’s). However, this tea has just enough to brighten the taste. I think it has a sort of Ceylon crispness to it. This is my current favorite breakfast tea. I normally steep for 4 minutes and I think that works better.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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61

First, did I mention the importance of adding cardamom to this tea? Ok good, also it seemed to have a bit more body with a longer steep time. I really should be at work by now but the combination of Sadaf Special Blend and a little Piazzola has put me in a spicy haze that has rendered me incapable of getting anything done (including writing coherent metaphors).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
rubicat

I’m curious… have you tried the Sadaf with cardamom? I love that one, but I also love Earl Grey tea, so I figure this blend is OK without the cardamom (although that does make sense to me). I’m wondering why you feel the need to add cardamom.. unless you’re not a fan of Earl Grey?

afitting

@raaberao, thanks for the comment. I don’t mind Earl Grey, but I personally found the actual tea in this particular blend to be one-dimensional (storage problems?). The cardamom idea came from an Iranian friend who normally drinks this tea that way.

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79
drank Black Tea by Ten Ren
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Bland, tepid, dull: my life, my tea. The same two black teas in the morning, the same yard full of weeds, the same job. It was all so exiting a while back. Perhaps this is an existential crisis. Perhaps I need some more tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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76

Time seems to move so slowly at work. That may be why my tea oversteeped. Despite its bitterness, it still has a vegetal almost woody taste.

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55

Feeling exhausted by a mediocre existence, I looked for something to help me rise above. Super Irish Breakfast, with its intensely dark liqueur and honeyed scent, seemed just the thing. The flavor is light and with a hint of acidity. So is my mood: I feel more awake now, but I have to get to work.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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76

Just another day in the life.

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79
drank Black Tea by Ten Ren
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Unlike the Assam, this tea is changing noticeably (even to me) with steep time. Its now substantially more astringent and slightly honeyed. Its still medium/full bodied and not bitter at all. The more things change, the more I’m late for work. Tune in next time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Tea by Ten Ren
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Since I can’t seem to get good information on steeps longer than 5 minutes, I’m going to switch teas. At 3:30 the Ten Ren is definitely astringent and smoky, but not bitter at all. I’m not sure if the body is full, but its definitely not light. Either the tea is mellow, or I am. Maybe tomorrow I’ll get myself stressed out and try again.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

What info are you looking for?

afitting

Basically what really happens. As I mentioned in my last post about the Assam, After 5 minutes, the tea has cooled down far enough that it doesn’t really keep steeping. So I’m stopping my tests at 5 minutes.

Cofftea

You could use a tea cozy. I’ve also heard cast iron keeps water hot for quite a while.

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