296 Tasting Notes

90

Thank you Zwi for this lovely EG! I just started to sample the world of EG last winter. Wow, there a ton of EG’s and his relatives out there. I sort of put off drinking this because I had so many for awhile. I am so glad I have this for today. My sprained knee kept me awake all night so I’m grumpy and tired. I don’t usually get up until 8 am. Today I was up at 4:30. Ugh! But luckily I had this tea just waiting for me. It’s lovely. Well balanced with my friend bergamot. I often want tons of bergamot but today I was really hoping the bergamot would take a back seat and let the black sit up front. Yeah! They were just perfect. No astringency or bitterness. Just the right amount of punch you would expect from a EG. I’m glad I got a sample of this to try so now I know that this is a tea I want to buy. I would have been pretty hesitant to buy more EG when I have a bunch in the cupboard. But now… Well, I guess I have to make an excuse to go into Chicago (about 30 miles away) and buy some of this. Oo oo oo! I’ve got an even better idea… my daughters live in Chicago and Mother’s Day is coming up! It sounds like a plan!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

I envy you for living so close and having an excuse to go to Chicago… so many tea options there! One day I’ll get my Hubby to take me back…this time for tea!

Suziqzer

Have fun visiting w/your daughters.

carol who

Oh, lol, you thought the important part of that was seeing my daughters! No the important part was getting tea!

Suziqzer

Oh no… I gotcha. They are a good excuse to make the trip so you can do some Mother’s Day shopping for yourself. Better yet, get them to take you and buy you some tea for Mother’s Day.. !

TeaBrat

yuck to a sprained knee. did you put ice on it?

carol who

I have been putting ice on it. :D I asked my husband to make up an ice bag and put it into towel to wrap it. Suddenly my jeans are cold and wet. I opened the bag… a big hole! When asked, my loving (but thrifty) husband says it was an old bag. I din’t want to waste it!
Mawwage. Mawwage. Wove, twue wove… Princess Bride

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69
drank Eve's Rose Petals by Cameron's
296 tasting notes

This tea has a lovely floral scent and appearance. On first sniff I was in love. Then I began to worry about the evil hibiscus they seem to put in fruity/herbal. And yes, there is a very hibiscus loaded taste. With a bit of stevia the hibby comes under control and leaves the flavor rosy and relaxing.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank Marshmallow Macaron by Teavana
296 tasting notes

I like a nice sweet tea and this tea certainly fits the bill. I think I’m going try it as a cold tea and see if it brings out the separate flavors. I’m not sensing a macaron taste. There is nothing wrong with this but its not particularly exciting. I would drink this again at the right time.

Okay I just have to add this… The fruit left in the basket are the best snack ever! Get out your spoon and dig in. All the flavors I didn’t find in the tea are hidden in the (?) what should I call it? can’t call it leaves, maybe “used fruit”? , “leavings”? really I’m sure you can think of a word but it is awesome!!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
lolainred

Now I’m in the mood for this tea… off to steep!

221tea

Glad you enjoyed it! I like it as a sweet treat every once in a while!

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90

Yum, yum, yum! Ya know how it is when you read other’s reviews; ya sorta lower your expectations since they don’t sound very positive. Well, I was delighted try this tea thanks to 221Tea. It has a nice lemon pound cake scent.Sweetened with a little Vanilla Stevia. Very nice cake lemon taste as opposed to the sweet/sour fruity lemon. Nice relaxing, dessert-y tea. Why am I having it before dinner? Well, hopefully it resteeps. If not. well I have gotten about 30 swaps in the last two weeks, so I think I’ll find some thing good. :D
BTW, I don’t put my swaps and samples in my cupboard. What do the rest of you do?

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

I put what I have in my cupboard, usually, so I can find it when I try it.

Suziqzer

Sounds like a good version of lemon tea.

It depends on how much of a sample I have or how quickly I think I’ll use it up as to whether or not a I put it in my cupboard.

TeaBrat

I love this lemon chiffon too! And I don’t put swaps or samples in my cupboard either.

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80

It’s amazing how you can take two pretty good teas and make them better. I took two tsp of Afternoon Delight (Gunpowder green) by SereneTeas and one tsp of Apricot (black) by Cameron and threw them in my Breville with 3 cups of water, 5 min steep and a couple drops of Stevia and Oh my goodness! What a lovely tea. I drank a lot of yerba mate this morning and didn’t want toooo much caffeine so I went with a moderately (high) black and green combo. What a scent, what a nice combo! I found before that Afternoon Delight was pleasant but more of a floral herbal taste. Not any more. I don’t taste much apricot but the black gives the Afternoon Delight more body. What a great find for a new cup of tea using what I already had in my cupboard. Always a good, thrifty thing to do!

Flavors: Flowers, Stonefruits

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90

Amy Pond… how I miss you. Sigh! But back to the tea, I am enjoying this fruity chai which reflects Amy’s personality quite well. I added a little French Vanilla Stevia which really brings the flavors together! The cranberry and raspberry add just a little to the chai spices. Quite enjoyable.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
296 tasting notes

I was lucky enough to get this tea from Deliriums Frogs. It is a nice tea with a bit of caramel, nutty green tea. The nuttiness may be from the sesame seeds. It’s a nice light and relaxing cuppa!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I received this tea as one of the samples from JustOrganicTea. Very nice aroma and taste. I tend to drink my chais a bit stronger than some people so that I can add a touch of almond milk and sweetener. There really wasn’t enough in the sample to add more leaf. The spices are well balanced without any flavors overwhelming the others, instead just supporting the overall tastiness of the chai. This is a nice chai that I would enjoy frequently. It’s making a good wake-up cup of tea on another cold, rainy spring morning. There are some chais that have a bit more punch that I would prefer but this is still one I would keep around. It was simply “Charming”.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I always try to go with a tea without caffeine or a tisane in the evenings. I have never heard of a tulsi so I looked it up. There wasn’t much that I could see on the Just Organic tea site so I did a search and got this from learn_about_tea.com
Holy basil tea, a flavorful hot brew or iced drink, is made from the leaves and blossoms of the revered tulsi or holy basil plant.
Also known as tulsi tea, the popular herbal brew originated in India thousands of years ago and is known for its rich antioxidant and adaptogenic properties that promote wellness and longevity.
These properties support the body’s natural defense systems at the cellular level and fight against germs, stress, and disease. Drinking tulsi herbal tea on a regular basis is thought to “rejuvenate the soul” by helping to balance metabolism, promote physical and emotional endurance, and enhance thought processes. Tulsi is often referred to as the “queen of herbs” and has been an integral tonic of India’s holistic health system of Ayurvedic medicines. There are three types of tulsi plants: Rama, Krishna and/or Vana. The leaves are often blended with tea and/or other herbs and fruits for added flavor when brewed. Tulsi is caffeine free like other herbal infusions and contains vitamins A and C, calcium, zinc, iron and chlorophyll.

The tea is very tasty with a smooth herbal taste and aroma. There is a bit of spicy taste but it is well balanced. I sweetened it with a little vanilla stevia and I’m enjoying it even more.

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

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84
drank Earl Grey by SereneTeaz
296 tasting notes

Another gray (or should that be Grey) day, cold and rainy. This EG has a lot of bergamot so it works well with a short steep. 2 min. at the most. I added a little of my Vanilla Creme Stevia. A wonderful cup of tea. Still feeling lazy, but maybe the caffeine will kick in soon. I promised myself that I wouldn’t watch last night’s Marvel: Agents of Shield except if I was walking on the treadmill. So let’s get this energy pumped up and get going…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
carol who

The caffeine kicked in and i complete my first mile of the day in 18 min. with the treadmill set at 2.5 incline. I watched the first part of M:AOS and am continually amazed at the twists and turns in these stories. I am using an ActiveLink monitor from Weight Watchers and am trying to get 4 1/2 to 5 miles a day. I’m doing pretty good but I think I’ll need another hit of caffeine. I walk 3 miles later in the day with my blind friend. We walk on an indoor track so there are no excuses about weather, etc. So I need about 1 -2 miles on the treadmill. I will loose weight, I will loose weight, I will loose weight! Tomorrow is another weigh in! Hmmm, I think I’ll go to one of my favorites, Chocolate Yerba Mate.

NayLynn

What brand vanilla creme stevia do you use?

carol who

I use SweetLeaf and NOW Better Stevia drops from a local health food store, Fruitful Yield. They have a whole bunch of flavors. I really like Vanilla and have just recently tried (and like) Chocolate for my Yerba Mate since I haven’t been able to find my favorite Chocolate Yerba Mate.

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Retired first grade teacher. I tend to like dessert type/herbal teas as a substitute for sweet treats. Flavored black teas and mates to get that energy that I am often lacking :-p
My husband of 42 years thinks I’m nuts regarding the whole tea thing… but he bought me a Breville for Christmas, so what can I say.
My other interests are reading (books go well with tea :D) and beading.

I have been watching Doctor Who for 32 years. It’s almost new DW time!!!! In case you can’t tell my avatar is two daleks drinking tea! I am always open to swapping Doctor Who books for tea. I have about 120 Doctor Who books that I am eager to send them to a fan. :D Let me know if you would like any books! I love that so many people have begun watching DW!

Also I love swaps, pm me if you’d like to do a swap.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available or it’s on a really good sale :-)

50-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

Below 50 Meh! Wouldn’t bother drinking it again.

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