33 Tasting Notes

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Steeping from the sachet form of Tower of London. The aroma is lovely with stronger vanilla and honey notes and lesser fruity notes of cherry and apricot. For me the taste starts with the rich vanilla and honey, then the earl grey layer kicks in, and finally finishing with the stone fruits in a medium body black tea. After a sip or two I added a little bit of raw sugar and found that it enhanced the stone fruit notes. I may try it with a splash of milk next time. I seldom use milk but I am branching out!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Yin Zhen Pearls by Teavana
33 tasting notes

This was my first white tea purchase and Teavana purchase. The salesperson really raved about it so I bought some, enough for me and the tea swap members.
It was really fun to watch the pearls unfurl. The tea leaves get quite large. The aroma was very mild, maybe a subtle vegetal note. The liquor was a pale straw color. The first steeping I didn’t notice any floral or sweetness and it had a powdery astringency.
The second steeping was much more pleasant with a light floral note and less astringency. I added a bit of raw sugar and this amplified the floral taste.
I didn’t have time for a third steeping but I have some of this tea left for another day.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90

The aroma of spice and cinnamon fills the room during steeping. This tea tastes like a red hot candy and almost as sweet. It really doesn’t need added sweetness, but when I had another cup I added a local honey straw I had and really enjoyed the added honey note.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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I am a nurse practitioner for my profession and for free-time I am a new tea addict (need a bigger cupboard!), woodwind musician (flute, clarinet, penny whistle, ocarina), reader of sleuthing and classical novels, animal lover, and anything that involves mountains and forests.

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