1893 Tasting Notes

drank The Earl Grey by Twinings
1893 tasting notes

We are continuing our sip downs of older teas, trying not to be wasteful. Yes, I have given away boxes of tea, I have swapped, I have invited people over and poured tea down them.
I bought way, WAY too much tea plus people give me tea and thus I am blessed with an abundance.

This is the special black box called THE Earl Grey, not just Earl Grey. I truly feel it is higher quality than the bagged or the American yellow tin. Although I don’t buy Twinings often I was pleased to see that our local grocery carried their Earl Grey and English Breakfast in loose leaf in a tin, and recently noticed that they no longer have it. I guess it wasn’t selling.

I oversteeped this a little because I was making breakfast at the same time and got distracted straightening a drawer for what was supposed to be a couple of seconds but turned into a couple of minutes. It didn’t really get bitter, though. It will never be Nina’s old formula with the nice Keemun base, but it isn’t terrible for a quick pot of tea on a chilly grey morning.

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
1893 tasting notes

Just an okay Earl Grey. I bought the sample pack out of curiosity and my curiosity is satisfied. It wasn’t horrible and I am not scarred for life or anything, but it was just tea, nothing special. I have purchased these while on vacation with minimal teaware and it sufficed, but Twinings has much better tea available than this one and I take loose leaf with me and find a way to make it work now! Their Blossom Earl Grey is preferable to this one for me.

On another subject, Steepster seems to be glitching horribly. I went to several friends pages and there are dozens, if not hundreds, or reviews that I have “liked” that no longer show it! Seriously, I am reading your notes and liking them, but for some reason it gets removed! I comment now and again, but I don’t know if those are being erased or not. :(

K S

The trouble with this one is the base is just too meh. It is a wallflower. Nice and polite but I couldn’t pick it out of a lineup.

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
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Still trying to finish the older teas in my stash. I never reach for teabags, which means these boxes last forever. I am making a heroic effort to reduce the number of boxes in the house before ordering more tea. I have already failed.

It has been gray and overcast for days and days with only brief peeks of sun. If I didn’t have Christmas in the air keeping me happy I would be depressed. I need sunshine! After going out in the cold mist this morning to feed and water the chickens and carry out the recycling, I made a pot of this to warm up.

I love mulled cider and that is what this reminds me of. I don’t know if I oversteeped it a little but the orange flavor was a little harsh, as if you have gotten a bit of the white rind in with the zest. It didn’t make it undrinkable, it just reminded me how fantastic the pure, fresh orange flavor of Nina’s Fete de Versailles is. Thus I am planning to serve Nina’s at Wednesday tea time!

This is a serviceable cup, but I don’t think I will repurchase when the box is gone. I bought it out of curiosity because of all the Steepsterites who said it was their first tea!

mrmopar

My first one for sure.

gmathis

We…have…clouds…fog…and…drizzle…in…the…forecast…for…at…least…a…week. Maybe…more. (Think Eeyore.)

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This is it, the end of this tin. I am okay, though, because I already ordered a large bag of their Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls so I was able to refill the tin as soon as it was empty.

We squeezed all possible goodness from these last pearls. Hubby and I had a Gongfu session on the floor by the Christmas tree with my tiny glass pot and the bamboo tray he gave me a few years ago for Christmas. I managed to use a liter of water on this teaspoon of pearls. The last steep had just the ghost of green tea remaining, with a whisper of jasmine, but somehow it retained the creaminess.

I checked their website and noticed that I have tried every one of their jasmine teas except for the jasmine raw puerh. I accept this as a challenge. I will try to acquire that one as a sample in my next order, and meanwhile I have the excitement of awaiting my latest order, which I saw today on the tracking is in Chicago. I stalk my tea on its way here.

Teavivre’s jasmine teas are like a drug to me, so calming and so soothing. They make a happy place for you and then fluff the cushions when you get there. The tea base doesn’t disappear under the weight of a heavy perfume, but the flavors instead co-exist in perfect balance. Even the economical Silver Jasmine Green, when paired with food, is excellent, though for drinking sans food I prefer the others. Still I can stretch my tea dollars with the Silver Jasmine Green.

I think I HAVE to have a Teavivre Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea and Silver Needle Jasmine White on shelf at all times.

Miss Starfish

Their jasmine tea’s are just fantastic aren’t they? Just, SO good! and I’ve also found that they keep going, and going, and going, regarding resteeps.

So lovely :)

gmathis

We all need to have our cushions fluffed from time to time :)

Cameron B.

Aw, so cute, tea under the Christmas tree! I’m not a floral person, but jasmine is one of the few I enjoy.

And I totally stalk my tea mail, too! :D

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I had given my son’s girlfriend a cup of green tea a few weeks ago and she noticed that it tastes a great deal like steamed kale, one of her favorite veggies. She liked it, but said she still found it disturbing for her tea to taste like food.

I set a pot of this on the table and walked away saying, “How would like to try a tea that tastes like buttered popcorn?” They continued playing their game and a few minutes later I heard her tell my son, “Taste this! Taste this! It tastes like kettle corn!”

This was new to me, as I always thought of buttered popcorn, but I can see where she got the idea of kettle corn from the natural sweetness of this tea.

It is listed with green tea on their website unless they have changed it, but I am convinced it is a milk oolong. I saw another review site where someone held forth that it as almost certainly an artificially flavored milk oolong.

I got nowhere when I called the seller to find out about the origin and precise description of this tea, but I can tell you that whatever it is, it is absolutely fantastic.

Fjellrev

Sounds fabulous. And I’m totally the type of person who wouldn’t want tea to take like steamed kale despite liking it, yet say YES to a buttered popcorn tea haha.

Cheri

I think this is an oolong as well. It’s really good.

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drank Blossom Earl Grey by Twinings
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My continuing quest to clear out all the teas that are two years old continues. I don’t like just any Earl Grey. I find bergamot to be too sharp and it reminds me of bathroom cleaner unless it is well-done, paired with a decent base, and preferably natural.

This is nice enough to get past my Earl hurdles. My favorite Earl was Nina’s until they changed the base from Keemun to Ceylon. Before that, my favorite was Earl Grey Supreme from Harney and Sons. Diamond Jubilee is basically the same tea with ape fruit added and is also a nice tea. Youngest is working on that one.

Now I have to hunt for a new favorite Earl. In the meantime, I will finish off this little box, which should happen by the weekend if not sooner, and we will still have the last of my Nina’s to comfort us when it is gone. How I wish I could find an Earl with a Keemun base again! I am sure it is out there somewhere.

If you need a budget Earl Grey type of tea, this will do nicely.

Cameron B.

I really like the Russian Blends from Kusmi. :)

ashmanra

For your Earl Grey fix or just as a good bagged tea? I don’t know if I have had any Kusmi. They don’t sell it in our city, unless perhaps they have it at the vitamin store, which I only recently discovered has a nice assortment of tea I can’t buy at the grocery.. They do have Kusmi at A Southern Season, which is about 90 minutes away. Would you recommend one for me to buy, Cameron B.?

Cameron B.

I actually have the loose leaf versions, not bagged. My favorites are St. Petersburg and Prince Vladimir, but it totally depends on what type of flavors you enjoy. They all contain bergamot, but each has different other additions.

Prince Vladimir – Orange, spice, vanilla
Anastasia – Citrus blend & orange blossom
St. Petersburg – Red fruits & caramel
Troika – Orange & tangerine
Bouquet des Fleurs – floral

I actually have a bit of St. Petersburg and Prince Vladimir if you’d like to try those. :)

ashmanra

That would be lovely! Have a look at my cupboard and we can PM each other! I also need to get in touch with Skysamurai as I was waiting until our trip was over to do swaps, but I think I have some sanity time now.

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drank Rose Garden by Twinings
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We are finishing this and lots of other teas that are growing old. In spite of age, this is still tasty. It is very similar to Harney’s Rose Scented but a little milder on the rose part. I am pretty sure Harney’s is a pure Ceylon base, and I am guessing this has some Assam in it by the way it got cloudy when cold. It isn’t astringent, though. This is a very nice tea and I am sorry that it seems to be discontinued, because it is worth having. Fortunately, I can always get Harney’s Rose Scented, which is a delightful tea that makes me feel very pampered.

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I swear I have reviewed this one, but I can’t find any notes on here from me. So here we go…

This is one of the teas my daughter picked up for me when she went to Amsterdam and Bruges. She brought it to me while we were still in Ireland, and youngest and I had a ritual of having a pot of tea in the breakfast room of the house and then heading out for scones and more tea and at 9am, which is when the fresh scones came out at the Java Café. We had a pot then and I think I had it once since, and today we have had two big pots of it.

I was a little confused at first because I thought macarons were the same as macaroons, but they are completely different. This is definitely macaron. The dry leaves are beautiful, with the mix of flower petals and bits of nuts and dried apple pieces. The aroma is largely apple, almond, and pure biscuit. I still don’t know how they make tea smell and taste like biscuit, but they do.

I found it to be smooth and flavorful, very nice even without milk or sugar. The different flavors are well balanced and none overpowers the others. My hubby still has trouble drinking black tea without milk and sugar, but he drank several cups of this plain and enjoyed it very much. Big thumbs up here!

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drank Eve by Nina's Paris
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I had tea with some little girls who drink copious amounts of it, laden with milk and sugar. I wanted to stretch my fruity flavored blends supply since they are joining me a lot now, so I tried resteeping this to see if it keeps its pizzazz. It really does have excellent flavor.

I mixed the first steep together and I am pleased to say it made a nice big pot of lovely, enjoyable tea. I was drinking mine plain, and it was delicious. Good to know for the future so that I don’t run out as fast!
Cameron B.

Adorable! :)

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drank Pu-Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
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This is almost gone and it will be sorely missed when it is. I think this will be a birthday request. This has a nice, earthy puerh base and layers of complex flavor laid over it. Just like Coquelicot Gourmand, the flavors and beautifully blended. Who knew you could recreate biscuit flavor? In a TEA?

Youngest and I have been having a couple of pots of tea every morning lately, and we are hitting the puerh teas hard. I am really excited about the Kamjove teapot/steeper that I just ordered from Teavivre. I am hoping it will arrive next week and I really wanted it mainly for breakfast tea, especially our puerhs.

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