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This is really yummy today. There’s a thick, chewy mouth feel. There’s also a bready thing going on.
In fact, drinking this is reminding me of eating a piece of warm sour dough bread.
That’s an awesome thing for a rainy day like today.
It may not be like this next time, but for now, I gotta bump the rating.
Flavors: Baked Bread
This was, again, my first morning tea.
Today was the first day in a while that I didn’t have as an initial tea something I wasn’t wild about and was trying to sip down. Not having that hanging over my head made for a very pleasurable tea experience.
I have a full sized tin of this and I hit the halfway mark today, so this is becoming a candidate for sipping down. But this is the way it should happen—naturally, as a consequence of being enjoyed, not because its owner is on a mission. ;-) It’s still a solid, middle-of-the-pack Earl Grey that I enjoy drinking, but it isn’t off the charts in any respect. That’s fine, though. Sometimes I just want a tea that isn’t so incredible that I spend all my time thinking about it while I’m drinking it. Sometimes I want something that doesn’t call attention to itself with every sip. That’s this tea.
We have finished our bike ride and will soon be heading out to laser tag. I’m having this in the interim.
I didn’t really get to see it the last time I had it because it went straight into the Timolino. This time I’m having it in a cup, and I can see a sunshiny yellow clear liquor. It smells like sweet, buttery, fresh hay.
I forgot to steep it shorter (I see in my previous note I meant to do that). I’m not getting as much of a bitter note this time, though. It may be because I used a bit more leaf? I’m also getting just a tad of roastiness today which is pleasant. Not quite as strong as a roasted veggie flavor, just a nice note under the surface. I’m still getting buttery vegetables in the sip and a green nuttiness in the aftertaste.
Quite nice, and feels like the right thing to put in one’s body after an hour of cycling.
Another of the many LeafSpa teas I ordered a while back (before they closed their doors).
I steeped some of this in the Breville and poured it into my brand new Timolino to take to work. (One of the several tea ware items I allowed myself to buy at my recent visit to DAVIDSTea since I wouldn’t let myself buy any tea other than what I could drink there.)
Really loving the Timolino. The best travel gadget I have. I love the fact that you can sip it from any direction without taking the lid completely off, and you don’t have to push or poke anything to get the tea to come out. But that’s beside the point.
I didn’t spend a lot of time with this prior to pouring it in the Timolino so I’ll have to do a more detailed note later invoking other sense perceptions, but for now I wanted to record my first experience of the flavor.
I think I might steep it a bit shorter next time because I get a little bitterness around the edges, but other than that, this is a very refreshing tea. It has a vegetal flavor that isn’t overly sweet or buttery but has a little of each. I’m thinking a very light bok choy? Maybe a little spinach, too. There’s a pleasant aftertaste that’s vaguely nutty, in a very light, greenish way, like the aftertaste of Brazil nuts.
I’m going to enjoy getting to know this one.
My first Earl Grey in a few days. It’s nice to change things up every now and then.
Had a terrible scare this morning. Okay, I probably over reacted, but no. 1 got into an argument with his dad and left the house without saying where he was going. I figured he’d come back in in a few minutes, but he didn’t. Took no. 2 to President’s Week Camp figuring that perhaps no. 1 had walked over there. He wasn’t there. Came back ready to call the police, but cooler heads prevailed—got in the car with the BF and started to cruise the neighborhood. Got out of the car to ring the neighbor’s bell and no. 1 was coming out the front door right when I walked up.
We had a long discussion about leaving the house at age 9 without asking permission or saying where you’re going.
My throat was a bit tight from the length of the discussion and from the panicked tears.
After my two highly flavored experiences this morning I needed a palate cleanser.
Gosh, I’m looking back at my original note on this and I see that the exterior lighting project that we just recently finished was started four years ago. OMG! We started the project, we got busy with other things and dropped it, then we went back to it. I have to say if I was the only person whose opinion had to be taken into account it would have been done faster. ;-) But it got done and it’s amazing, so there’s that.
In any case, this is tasting pretty much as described in my original note. Except the cola I noted before… well, I’m not getting that this time. ;-)
It is an excellent palate cleanser, though. I can feel its briskness cutting through all the stuff I tasted this morning and replacing it with a nice, medium strength, naturally sweet tea flavor.
I have some untasted Earl Greys and some I’d like to revisit and do a better job of documenting, but I learned my lesson yesterday: don’t try something new you want to write a note about when in a rush. So today I’m returning to a solid Earl I’ve tasted a number of times. I have a lot of this, but at the same time once it’s gone it’s gone because LeafSpa is gone.
This remains a good, solid Earl without bergamot that is too strong for me. Today I am tasting the “orange” finish which livens up the flavor.
We were in a rush to get out of the house this morning because No. 1 had an appointment to get braces on his teeth. So basically, I put this in the Breville and forgot about it until we were halfway to the orthodontist. When I got home after dropping him at school, this was only slightly above room temperature. Which is actually interesting. I can almost imagine it as an iced tea, and I think it might be a good one. The bergamot doesn’t seem to become stronger with cooling and the flavor maintains its balance. Thinking about trying it iced now, except it’s not really the day for it.
Another Earl from the stash, and another company that is no more.
I have a mostly full container of this. I really couldn’t remember how it tasted before I tried it again. I expected, somehow, stronger bergamot even though I see my original note didn’t find it too strong.
It’s interesting, I think I prefer the Simpson & Vail’s tea base, but this is a better Earl Grey because the flavor profile is more typical. (Sometimes it feels like judging a dog show doesn’t it? The dog is adorable and has a great personality but doesn’t fit a basic criterion of the breed. Not that I’ve ever judged a dog show but I like watching the one that comes on after the Macy’s parade on Thanksgiving.) I see I rated this one the same as the S&V but perhaps that’s okay because they’re good at different things.
I almost didn’t go for Earl Grey at all this morning. Lately I’ve been waking up on Mondays with a feeling of dread in my tummy that makes everything seem unappetizing, but this was nice and mild and isn’t making it worse.
The July TeaLog Catchup !
In the beginning, I thought darjeelings were perfectly fine and good tasting to drink, but didn’t see what all the fuss was about. I was pretty neutral on them when it came to black tea loves.
Hankering for a lighter black tea late one afternoon, I pulled the one out again. With the lower water temperature and more leaf than previously used, I found this one winey and delicious. I believe I also drank this one again a day or two later, but it didn’t get jotted down onto my list.
Sipdown, 182 (oh, samples, you increase my cupboard so). Cold brew. This tea came to me thanks to Tea Sipper!
I decided to cold brew this one after realizing I had just the right amount of leaf. I love a simple jasmine cold brew and this one was pretty nice. When I first tried it I thought it was too strong, but in later sips it mellowed out somehow. It was vegetal but not too grassy, and the jasmine was appropriately the most dominant flavor. This was a tasty tea to have with my lunch.
Thanks again to TeaEqualsBliss for the package of teas! I love jasmine! But seeing this as a green tea and thinking about it, I might have ZERO green teas in my stash! That is by accident, I think! I like green teas but I like the flavor of red, oolong and black teas better. This one isn’t bad. It definitely has that vegetal taste that the description above mentions. I can’t taste too much of a jasmine flavor or scent. I may have oversteeped. Even when it cooled I couldn’t taste it! But it’s nice to have a green tea in my stash for once!
Another tea from the lovely TeaEqualsBliss
The jasmine is light both on the nose and tongue, but is still present.
The green tea is sweet and produces a darker liquid then most green teas, I am wondering if this is because the leaves are partially fermented?
Great afternoon tea.
I’ve always wanted to understand people’s fascination with Darjeelings. It sounds so tasty and exotic when others write about it. But my palate just isn’t suited for black teas and I can’t tell what the big deal is. Then TeaEqualsBliss sends me this Darjeeling, except it’s a green tea! Wow!
I had a whole glass of it, but I wasn’t paying attention because my husband was telling me about this movie he saw, and then we had a debate on something, and then my cup was empty. oops. Next time I’ll pay more attention!
From what I gathered though, this tea was a little woodsy and toasty, but also grassy. It reminded me a bit of Japanese greens, but not so smooth and brothy. This tea had a light sparkling quality. My husband tried a sip and said it tasted like black tea. I think I’m making some real progress with this guy! wooo!
Oooopsy! Totally forgot about this one! It’s never been opened…so…I will try it now…send a small sample to Courtney and then the rest to LiberTEAs!
I remember having a hard time with two or three other Bi/Chun’s in the past but this one looks and smells different so I’m optimistic!
It smells like buttered veggies!
It tastes…WOW!!! It tastes lovely! It’s a sweet-green veggie type taste! It has natural hints of lemon, it seems, too! A delight! I was assuming it was going to be overly grassy like the last one I had from a different company but it’s completely different! This is a nice surprise!
I received this in a swap. I can’t remember who sent this to me, but I managed to get several steeps from this! Thank you! It has the typical metallic, light, peppery taste to it. I like this black tea since I don’t need to have any additives in this. It tastes good with or without milk or sugar. This is a nice, light tea.
This is my first “real” experience with green tea. Meaning something other than the green tea with citus that’s sold bottled in stores hahaha. But I was feeling brave after meditating this afternoon…
I was a little worried regarding green teas because I always imagined they’d just taste like chewing grass or something. Well there is definitely a plant-y flavor here, but it’s not the bad taste I was expecting. Not sure really what to make of it yet, but I’m interested.
I think I’ll have to add another tasting note to this one after I’ve got a few more greens under my belt. Thankfully Anne was very generous with my sample :)