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I’ve brewed this several times, and I think I’m ready to review it. It is sweet, floral, and citrusy. It’s pretty much what I expected, but maybe even a little smoother.
Today’s brew is slightly weak. I think this tea might be better brewed at the 4 min mark. I’ll give that a try next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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90

So yum! I love the berry taste that comes out with just a little bit of sugar. I can also taste the nice blossoms that round out the flavor of this one. I haven’t tried it at a lower temperature, but I have tried it brewed longer. I prefer this one brewed for closer to 3 minutes, otherwise it is too strong. When I brewed it strong, I mixed the rebrew in and that helped tremendously.

Flavors: Blackberry, Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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87
drank Monk's Blend by English Tea Store
1267 tasting notes

Queued post, written April 23rd 2014

I’ve learned, relatively recently, that a ‘monks blend’ is often something that involves vanilla and grenadine. Well. Isn’t that really all the justification I need to nab this one out of the EU TTB round 2?

Vanilla and a relatively tart sort of fruit seems to generally be a winner for me. There is the fabled Late Summer blend from AC Perchs which has vanilla and cranberry, for example, and the very idea of vanilla and grenadine in tea (who am I kidding? In anything! ) holds a great appeal to me.

This one smells both tart and sweet. I can easily tell that there is vanilla in it and the grenadine is equally clear and easy to detect. I can’t pick up anything of the base, though, which is a shame.

Gosh, this stuff! This is very similar to the aforementioned late summer blend, actually! It’s just grenadine instead of cranberry, and to be entirely honest with you I don’t think there is that big a difference between those two things to begin with.

I’m tasting primarily pomegranate-y grenadine. The vanilla smooths everything out and adds sweetness before the pomegranate comes again in spades on the swallow. I should have liked to have a little more vanilla in this, but it’s very good already as it is. It’s weird with flavours, really. In almost anything flavoured I want to be able to taste the base as well as the flavour. Except vanilla. There is always room for more vanilla.

I was skimming other people’s posts about this one, and came across one written by Anna. She didn’t like this blend very much but she wrote that she thought it would probably be something for me. I laughed when I saw. How right you are, Anna. How right you are.

gmathis

A Monk’s Blend (Culinary Teas) was the first tea I ever bought a whole pound of. Loved it down to the last leaf.

Anna

SO FUNNY! I remember this!

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70

I think I’m going to keep trying this tea. I’ve had it two days in a row and I can’t seem to get the steeping parameters correct. I tried this morning to steep it for 3 minutes, and it was a nice smooth black tea but not much fruity goodness. I added a bit of sugar and milk, and that definitely improved the taste! I was hoping to find in this tea a nice strong black tea that didn’t need sugar or milk, but I guess I should be happy to drink it like I drink all my other black teas. It certainly is a great tea for it’s price point!
I think I was spoiled by Short and Stout’s Monk’s Blend – it is much more syrupy sweet, which is a plus for me.

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80

This is a very nice, drinkable, medium bodied tea. I oversteeped it accidentally this morning, and was able to cure that with a little sugar and some milk. I think I prefer this tea milked and sugared anyway – British style! But, with the milk, and the oversteeping, I mostly taste black tea, and not much if any bergamont and almost zero jasmine. That’s fine with me today, as I am drinking this one for its strength. I will write another review later, where I steep it correctly. I’m also anxious to try this one iced.

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86
drank Assam by English Tea Store
4366 tasting notes

Backlog:

A very finely chopped CTC. But that’s OK because as long as the tea is fresh, I find that the finely chopped Assam teas tend to be very robust, and that’s just what you want from an Assam. Just don’t oversteep it!

And this is a very hearty Assam. Lots of gusto, a strong, malty, rich flavorful Assam. Would be perfect as that first cup of the day. Nice caramel-y undertones. Good with milk and honey, or my recommendation would be to put a cinnamon stick in your teacup when you pour this tea into it. It won’t add a huge cinnamon taste, but just a hint of it … and it would be a really enjoyable, zesty contrast to the richness of this tea.

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86

Went through so many little pouches of this that I bought a giant amount and now I’m afraid I’ll never get through it. Oh well. Every once in a while I get the urge for Lasang and this fits the bill nicely. A strong smoky scent and a very light tasting tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

White tea antioxidants with black tea flavor? Sign me up. This tea is genius. It is so close to classic British black tea, and is strong enough to stand up to milk and sugar. I drink this when I don’t want too much caffeine but want the comforting taste of a nice cuppa.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp

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79

I received a very generous sample of this from Marcel Duchamp. I had been wanting to try another companies version of Lady Londonderry so I was really excited when I saw this one.

This was a sweet strawberry/lemon tea. It was very light and fruity with a hint of floral. I had this hot this morning but I think this would also be very good iced. The last version I had of this tasted to me like plastic, this version was wonderful. I am glad I did not give up on Lady Londonderry!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Tea?yay! First cup since Sunday and it’s soooooooo goooood!

Anna

Your body must be so confused. ‘Where did all the tea go?!’

Sil

Pretty much….haven’t had any coffee either until today heh it’s been nice

__Morgana__

How did you avoid caffeine withdrawal headache?

Sil

Uh….sooo funny story? Caffeine doesn’t really affect me, as long as I eat. Which is also why I can consume as much tea as I do when I’m home. If I’ve eaten during the course of the day, I can drink coffee/tea and go to bed. :) if I haven’t eaten, then I’m screwed. Going off tea and coffee, I’m fine as long as. I eat…which I have certainly been doing a lot of here, haven’t even switched to drinking coke…just water :)

__Morgana__

That’s really interesting. When I was younger, caffeine didn’t keep me awake, but I ALWAYS got a withdrawal headache if I didn’t have it for more than a day. I still get the headaches, and caffeine also now affects me more than it used do, so worst of both worlds.

Sil

I’m hoping that the headaches never kick in for me….that would be so nice :)

Sil

Maybe it’s cause I never had coffee until I was 24 and before that, neither tea nor pop was a Regular occurrence in my days :)

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77

Backlog:

A black and green blend … I wish I realized that before I brewed it! I really gotta start making a habit of reading a description of a tea before I brew it so that I formulate a brewing plan. I don’t like to read the descriptions ahead of time though because I prefer to base my opinion of a tea on my own palate, not what I’m told to taste by the company that sells the tea.

Even brewing this green and black blend with boiling water … it turned out pretty good. Sweet and maple-y, nice blackberry notes, and the Assam is malty and rich. The green tea is a little difficult to place and I suspect it might be easier to taste it if the tea was brewed at a lower temperature.

There is some bitterness to the cup which may be because of the Assam or it could be because the green tea scalded a bit.

The maple is prominent though and I do enjoy that.

K S

I try not to read descriptions or reviews either but do like it when suggested steeping parameters are clearly listed.

LiberTEAS

I rarely follow suggested steeping parameters. I think maybe it would just be good to know right up front what types of teas are in a blend for me … although this particular note was for a tea that someone sent to me.

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45
drank Monk's Blend by English Tea Store
300 tasting notes

This will be an uncharacteristically short tasting note, because this is so nondescript. It both looks and smells good in the bag – nice big leaf with petals, vaguely sweetfruity scent.

In the cup, though, it just sort of… sits. Sure, there’s a vague fruitness about it, and a subtle vanilla I think Angrboda might possibly like, but then there’s also a slight burnt note I don’t like at all. I think it’s the tea base. The aftertaste is the best part of the sip, but no, this is not really for me. I don’t like fruity blacks much in the first place, but I will keep sampling, because there has to be one I enjoy.

Just not this one.

Thanks for sharing, KittyLovesTea!

[Sample from the second round of the EU Travelling Box, spring 2014.]

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Yes, I’m also coming to the conclusion that anything you rate low will probably be right up my alley. :p We don’t have matching tastes, we have opposite tastes.

Anna

I know, right? It’s surprisingly helpful!

Angrboda

I just found this post again and I LOLed so much! And I quote, “which Angrboda will probably like”
I’m drinking it now and thinking omnomnomnom!

I’m not getting any burnt-ness from the base, but then again, I never make flavoured blacks with boiling water either, so that might make the difference. I feel flavours perform better for me with around 90°C.

Anna

Hahaha. Oh man. It NEVER FAILS.

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drank Vanilla Cream by English Tea Store
1877 tasting notes

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Thank you Courtney for the chance to try this tea. I am finding something very strange about this cup though. It is almost nutty in flavor. This is very reminiscent of Stash’s Vanilla Nut Creme for me and I was not a fan of that one. Nonetheless, I am glad I got the opportunity to try something new.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Ahh sorry!

VariaTEA

It is okay. You win some, you lose some and if I liked everything, I would have a serious debt problem :P. I am glad I got to try it though so no need to be sorry.

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59

2/16/14 Morning pot. 3g/6oz/212F/5min 5 minutes was a little too long for this tea – too much astringent/bitter is overpowering the berry. Still drinkable, just less then ideal. I forgive myself – it’s probably been over a year since I’ve brewed this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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54

1/27/14 3rd in an Earl Grey tasting. 1tsp/6oz/212F/3min. 1tsp. sugar. 3min cool. This tea is rather old, and the light leafing and short steep of the standard worked against it. The brewed tea had a faintly citrusy day old cookie dough kind of scent, and was a brown/amber. The taste was slightly watery, with a faint trace of bergamot and an understated pepperiness from the base tea. Once the sugar came into play it was a very drinkable, if weak, cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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54

1/19/14 A late night pot during a time of crisis. 3g/6oz/212F/5min. A strong and slightly bitter tea, very dark in the cup. A strong aroma of bergamot that enhances the drinking.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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79

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

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95
drank Ti Kuan Yin by English Tea Store
3 tasting notes

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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94

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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91

Brewed hot, this was pretty lackluster to me. I tried a few times, once with nearly double the amount of tea recommended. Still blah. However, when cold-brewed (6 T./1 gallon water) overnight, it’s fabulous! The savory notes really come out, where they just tasted flat in the hot brew. Great for cold-brewing and I’m glad I have a lot of it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Backlog:

As some of you may be aware, I tend to be a bit nervous when it comes to smoky teas, but I’m coming around to the point where I can say that I like them now, so long as they’re brewed properly.

This has a strong smoky note with caramel-y undertones. Sweet yet rich and robust. An enjoyable Lapsang Souchong.

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Accidentally oversteeped this. Woops! Anyway, count me among those that bought this tea just for the literary reference. As a side note, this tea does not come with a painting of yourself that ages, while you yourself stay forever young.

Because of my accidental oversteeping, I’m not going to bother rating this tea yet. But even oversteeped, the flavor is pretty comforting. The flavor is undoubtedly Earl Grey, but I don’t really detect any caramel.

This one of the more well-balanced Earl Greys I’ve tried. The bergamot is definitely there but not at all overpowering.

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