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Recent Tasting Notes

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This is an okay earl grey. After the last cup I wanted one that actually tasted like EG, but sadly this one isn’t as fruity as I’d like. The tea base is assertive and the bergamot is floral without being too much, but there’s something missing and I think it’s the fruitiness that I associate with my favorite EGs. In this case it’s completely a personal taste thing and nothing wrong with the tea itself; it’s drinkable and smooth, and I’ll have no trouble finishing off what I have. It’s doubtful this will go on the list to buy, though.

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79
drank Dublin Cream by Compass Teas
779 tasting notes

I have been wanting coffee lately, especially since the boyfriend is really wanting to start into grinding beans himself and buying the good stuff, a la 100% Kona style.

So, I remembered that I had this tea and it reminded me strongly of coffee and then it seemed like a good idea to have it last night to help me stay up and get school stuff done.

It is thinner in body than coffee but it does have a nice french vanilla undertone to it that creamer brings out nicely. It gave me the hit of energy I needed to power through, as well.

I can’t wait for this week to be over – one more night at work and I can maybe focus on myself and recuperate from the crazy. I hope it goes by fast.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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53
drank Coconut Macaroon by Compass Teas
2229 tasting notes

My faith in Compass Teas is sadly fading…. not a big fan of this one. At least I can taste the coconut here, and it’s alright (whew, not rancid!), but it’s a very plain, boring tea, with a very unremarkable base that’s verging on astringency with even just a short 2-minute infusion. It’s not terrible, and if milk/sweetener didn’t cover up the mild coconut flavour, it might actually be good that way, but I’m not keen to have this one again.

Oops – forgot to thank JoonSusanna for passing some of this along :) Always curious to try, even if a tea doesn’t work for me!

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

I have only tried one of their teas before and was not a fan. I have not sought out anymore since then and it would seem that I am not missing out on anything.

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drank Butter Pecan by Compass Teas
2229 tasting notes

Thanks to JoonSusanna (I think) for passing this tea on! Unfortunately, I’m not getting even the slightest butter-pecan flavour; it just tastes like a mildly astringent basic black. I don’t know if it could be age, but it’s in a nice sealed pouch, so that would surprise me a bit. I may give it another chance at some point, but sadly was pretty unimpressed this time.

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

haha look at you finally getting in to those ones

Kittenna

Heh, a bit!

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88
drank Earl Grey Classic by Compass Teas
4366 tasting notes

Backlog:

I love Earl Grey tea – as many of you probably know already. There are few teas out there that make me as happy as a good Earl Grey and this one qualifies as good! A strong bergamot aroma, and a tangy flavor with just a tad of sweetness to it. A very uplifting taste. Not soapy or perfume-ish, just beautifully bergamot-y.

A rich, medium-to-full-bodied black tea base.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/25/earl-grey-classic-black-tea-compass-teas/

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drank Dublin Cream by Compass Teas
779 tasting notes

Note #700 and it’s a tea I’ve had for a while but never tried.

I think I was just nervous because it had a coffee like scent to it. And well, Dublin cream? It just sounds like it would be coffee-esque. I have an on-again/off- again relationship with coffee and since I’m liking it okay of late I figured I may as well just suck it up and try this for breakfast.

Steep notes: 1 tsp. leaf to a cup, below parameters. Creamer to sweeten.

That creamer really does make it seem like I’ve having a cup of coffee. French vanilla coffee, even. Strange. I did take a sip plain and it didn’t taste like much of anything (vague hints of vanilla at best) so I wonder how much of this is the tea and how much is the additive.

Anyway, I liked this. I just don’t feel like I actually drank tea this morning.

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

ooh sounds tasty heh though not necessarily “tea like”

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drank Spiced Doughnut Chai by Compass Teas
4840 tasting notes

this was in the BBB box grab bag so i pulled it out to try. I must try ALL THE TEAS so even if i don’t think i’ll enjoy something, if it’s going to be tossed, i am happy to try it lol. This isn’t quite spiced donut but it IS a decent chai. I like the blend of spices going on in this one.

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drank Banana Pancakes by Compass Teas
1879 tasting notes

Sipdown!! (163)

I made the last of the sample JoonSusanna sent me and this tea is incredibly underwhelming. More than anything, I get a mediocre black tea base. If I search very, VERY hard, I can mildly detect a hint of banana but it is a lot of work to pick up a very subtle note. There is also a bit of thickness that might represent the pancakes. All in all, I was not impressed but I am glad I got to try it. You never know what a tea will be like unless you try it out first and with that in mind, thank you JoonSusanna for sending a sample my way :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Banana Pancakes by Compass Teas
1879 tasting notes

JoonSusanna sent me this in a take it away package. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any steeping recommendations so I used 1.5 tsps and brewed it in just-below-boiling water for 4 minutes. That definitely was not right for this tea because all I am getting is a bitter base. I still have more to try to get this right so I will hold off numbers for now. Anyways, thank you JoonSusanna for sharing this with me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Smooth Earl by Compass Teas
779 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday.

I went through a few days where I would drink a tea and think “you should log this” but then never got around to it. So now I’m in the process of catching up.

Steeped according to package directions, meaning 1 tsp, to 8 oz water and some half and half with about 1/2 tsp. sugar. I drank it while starting a new book (Luminaries, Eleanor Catton) and finishing up another (The Drowning Guard, Linda Lafferty) since I had most of the beginning of this week off.

I do think this is one of the best Earl Grey Cream teas out there. That I’ve tried, at least. Something about the cohesiveness of it, as though bergamot and vanilla and black are actually one singular ingredient. You taste them all together and can’t believe they ever existed apart.

I think marshmallow winter will probably be back in stock from Compass Teas soon (loved that tea last year but only got a sample, unfortunately) so if I place an order for that I’ll be getting more of this as well.

Perfect for my book reading afternoon.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

The book reading afternoon sounds more delicious than the tea :)

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drank Sunset Pineapple by Compass Teas
4366 tasting notes

Backlog:

Definitely one of the better pineapple teas/tisanes that I’ve had, and I don’t know if this is even available any longer. Back when I wrote my full-length review of this tea (see it here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/19/sunset-pineapple-tisane-from-compass-teas/ ) … back in June … yes, I’m still so very behind! This tisane wasn’t available back then and it doesn’t appear to be available now, some months later.

Unfortunate because this was really tasty.

Sweet, pineapple-y and the green rooibos base is light and refreshing. An amazing iced tea!

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74

last tea of the evening and it’s a sipdown! Thus bringing my total at the end of the weekend to 220. 70 teas to drink up between now and black friday, ignoring the few swaps/samples that are on their way to me. 70 teas in 52 days. I can totally do this! While this tea is ok, it’s likely not a repurchase for me unless i need something to up my cart to free shipping or something. At the end of the day it’s really just a rooibosy ginger blend, and it’s less delicious than the blend from tao leaf tea that i like :) Thanks though Kaylee for sharing this one with me!

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thanks kaylee! This is one from my swap with kaylee and one i was excited for. I’m always looking for caffeine free blends for days when caffeine seems to be bothering me. This isn’t a bad brew but i’m not sure it’s really gingersnap cookie to me. I do like the ginger flavouring, so i may play with this one similar to what kaylee tried and add some sugar and milk. Over all though, a nice ginger cup of tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec

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drank Butter Pecan by Compass Teas
779 tasting notes

Tea of this morning.

Prep notes: 1.5 tsp. leaf, 10 oz. water, milk, some sugar.

Mmm. I’m not an ice cream person but I make an exception for butter pecan. Seeing that butter pecan tea was a thing? Yes. Please.

As far as a tasting note, though, I’m not really sure I’ve got too much to say- it is absolutely dead on butter pecan, balances well with the black tea, and I finished the cup pretty fast. In general Compass Teas have been 100% on point with all of their tea blends, so if you are wanting to order from them you will definitely get the flavors they’re promising!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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85

BACKLOG

I had this on Friday. I wanted to experiment with the flavor a bit, so I tried adding cinnamon to the blend. I admit, I probably overdid it on the cinnamon. Still, I had the same problem adding cinnamon as I had adding vanilla – it tastes fine, the flavors are both there, but somehow it doesn’t quite mesh into anything like a cookie. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any sugar to try it with. I’m not changing my rating because I mucked around with the blend.

Also, I get to call this a sipdown because the rest is going to Sil. Whew, one more tea off the list!

EDIT: I forgot to thank JoonSusanna for the sample! Thank you!

Sil

haha

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drank Smooth Earl by Compass Teas
779 tasting notes

Backlog from a few days ago. I sent a friend of mine the Upton samples (one of which being the vanilla earl grey) and her email telling me she liked it made me go for this. I’m so suggestible, sometimes. :)

This is easily one of the best vanilla earl grey teas for my palate. It has the buttery vanilla, the pretty orange color in the steeped tea, and a subtle amount of bergamot. Everything plays so nicely together.

I drank this with only a splash of milk and that was all it needed – I’ve been less inclined to use sugar lately in my teas and this one had a sweetness of it’s own without needing anything more.

Very tasty stuff, this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Oooh, I’m always looking for an EGC/vanilla EG.

ifjuly

I’ll have to look into this if you think it’s similar/better than the Upton (I’m a fan, and of EGCs in general), for sure!

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80
drank Spiked Eggnog by Compass Teas
680 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. I decided to finish off this sample that Jackie T sent me months ago. As previously noted the tea does not taste like eggnog or rum, but it is a decent vanilla tea. I added some sugar and milk to my mug which enhanced the vanilla and gave the tea a wonderfully smooth and silky texture.

This isn’t a tea I’ll be ordering, but as a swap tea it was great. Thanks, Jackie T!

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78
drank Three Berry Tea by Compass Teas
4840 tasting notes

Sip down! (217)

Finished this one off as a cold brew and its super tasty :) I’d get this one again. Thanks again joonsusanna! :)

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drank Cinnamon & Spice by Compass Teas
4840 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! figured this might be a tea that would cut through the weirdness my taste buds are having today. This was decent enough and i thank joonsusanna for sharing it with me :) I’ll stick with other rooibos blends for non caffeinated teas but this was still a decent cup of cinnamon-ey/spicey tea!

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drank Three Berry Tea by Compass Teas
4840 tasting notes

Cold brewed this today and it’s delicious! I’m thinking maybe trying this out in my NEW ZOKU SLUSHIE maker tomorrow…or maybe i’ll make a chai slushie…licorice chai? hmmm i’m super excited to test this baby out!

Meanwhile in tea land..this one is a tea i prefer cold strangely…the cold brew evens out the rooibos taste and really lets the fruit flavours come out a bit more.

Also..just for cavocorax (today puts me at 224)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
TheTeaFairy

Aww! A Zoku Slushie maker? Thought they were just for pops! Well that will be crazy good for tea slush experiments, won’t it??

Sil

Tey have the pop makers and now the slushie one cup wonders . I pretty much only bought it for tea experiments….saves on having to make ice to grind in the blender lol

DaisyChubb

oo let us know how it goes! I love my zoku for popsicles, this may be next on the list ;)

Cavocorax

Oh, fancy! Can’t wait to hear how that thing works out. :D
Also, GJ on the sipdowns!

Terri HarpLady

I can see that I’m probably gonna need one of those Zoku slushie thinging next…I’m thinking it would be awesome for chai…sigh

tigress_al

I had to google what that was but it looks awesome!!

ashmanra

I have three! I love them! I have the pop maker, too. I love the tea pops and tea slushies – so refreshing!

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drank Smooth Earl by Compass Teas
779 tasting notes

MMMM.. bergamot and vanilla are an intoxicating combination. Had this in the morning with a slice of strawberry peach pie. I’ve almost mastered crusts, I think! The secret is lard. Well, for me it is, anyway – nothing else has gotten close to the flakiness.

Anyway. This one preps flawlessly every time if you go by the company’s directions: 1 tsp., 3 minutes. Shorter than I usually steep my black teas but I think it would definitely be too bitter otherwise. Still one of the best Earl Grey Creme’s I’ve tasted.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
K S

Alton Brown (Good Eats) says lard is not nearly as bad for you (in moderation) as we have been scared into believing and it is essential to great crust. Suddenly the salad I had for lunch is wearing off, but alas I have no pie.

TheTeaFairy

KS, I think the key here would be in moderation for sure, even if Alton Brown the Great says so! I love Alton and I miss that show, do you know if it’s still on somewhere?

K S

I know it ended first run a couple seasons ago. I was watching it everyday at 11 on Food and recently it just disappeared without warning. It will probably show up again. The lard statement is in comparison to using Crisco or something similar. Real pie crust unfortunately will never be ‘good’ for you – just GOOD!

TheTeaFairy

Thanks KS, I loved good eats for its humorous side and originality plus it was so insightful, hope it will return…
I know what you meant about the lard, i was just teasing :-) I understand that if you’re gonna have pie anyways, might as well have it the best way possible, right?

OMGsrsly

I like half lard, half butter. :) My mom and gramma have always used lard, but I love the flavour butter gives. I also tend to freeze the butter and then grate it into the dough, which is a little ridiculous.. but I make pie so infrequently I figure I’m worth it.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I must ♥ Alton here b/c ya’ll are talking bout him !

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drank Three Berry Tea by Compass Teas
4840 tasting notes

Another one from Junesusanna via cavocorax! This is a pretty tasty one. I’m not sure if it’s because there’s green rooibos in this one or what but it’s a really delicious fruity tea! I really want to cold brew this next to see if it’s a tea i can get behind cold as well. the berries are all hanging out in this one really nicely and there’s no bitterness. it also hasn’t devolved into that whole “generic” berry taste that i’m not fond of. happy to have this one to play with a bit more!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Cinnamon & Spice by Compass Teas
4840 tasting notes

This tea reminds me of another tea that i’ve had before. overall not too bad but i can taste the rooibos in this one and that woodsy taste isn’t my favourite. I don’t get much cinnamon from this either but i do get the generic “spice” flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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