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Pearl Fine Teas

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The Final Sipdown: Day 4.3

There we are. Delightful.

This tea smells of vanilla, and is that hazelnut? Maybe it’s because I’ve got hazelnut on the brain right now. I put way too much tea in here and tried to compensate by lowering the steep time. While it seems it could have stood [I just tried to use the word standed…what?] to have been lowered more, I can still taste the vanilla.

Not much to say about this tea. It tastes of rooibos. It tastes of bourbon vanilla [mainly in the finish and in the aftertaste]. Both flavors are fairly loud so if you don’t like one or the other, I wouldn’t bother with this tea.

Also, while it is tasty, as is bound to happen I’ve had better in the span of a year. And thus, a bump down is in order.

That’s all folks; I need bed. Bed needs me. Bed bed bed. And so on. I go to sleep on a cloud of vanilla. Not a bad way to hit the sack.

Teas Downed: 12

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Really good, but I’m not crazy about the aftertaste.

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84
drank Counting Sheep by Pearl Fine Teas
223 tasting notes

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92

Thoroughly enjoyable golden monkey tea, with a warm chocolate finish. Definitely an everyday tea.

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

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drank 3pm Tea by Pearl Fine Teas
417 tasting notes

This has black tea,coconut,chocolate,vanilla.and roobios. you can see the ingredients. I’t smells sweet and slightly coconut like. I steeped it up. I wanted to give this the chance because I like black tea,chocolate and vanilla. But all I am getting is a sweetness and coconut. And I do not like coconut so this is not for me. If you like coconut you will like this.

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94

I found this tea by happenstance, at a tent down by the National Harbor. I saw a sign that read “I love sipping tea!” and wandered over. This was the tea they happened to have for tasting. I’ve never liked Earl Grey, I’ve always found it too ashy, but lovely Elise from Pearl Fine Teas suggested I try it, just try it.

I was amazed. I went back and bought another cup once I finished the first, along with a pack of tea. It’s smooth, I can taste the earl grey flavor, but the ashy taste that always put me off is eased over by the slightest hint of vanilla. It looks and tastes like it should, should be a very light tea, but there’s something hearty about it. It’s definitely worth a try.

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

The husband and I visited that tent, but no one was there! We stood there for a few minutes, waiting, then shrugged and went off. Glad you had a better experience!

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drank Counting Sheep by Pearl Fine Teas
223 tasting notes

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drank 3pm Tea by Pearl Fine Teas
223 tasting notes

A delightful milky caramel fragrance. It has a very light taste, not heavy at all. I had stir fried Brussels sprouts for lunch and needed a sweet chaser. This is a nice one.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Counting Sheep by Pearl Fine Teas
223 tasting notes

The dry leaves and flowers are beautiful and they smell like old fashioned orange rind candy. The chamomile adds a honeyed note. It is not all that different in the cup. It brews up into light liquor with a sweet citrus smell. It tastes strongly of orange with notes of chamomile peeking through. There is a very slight hibiscus note, but I wouldn’t have noticed it unless I was looking for it. I can’t say that it makes me sleepy, but it is a nice relaxing cup of kindness before bed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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71

Shhhh. I’m just going to sneak in here quietly and pretend that I haven’t gone AWOL for the past…you know what? That’s not important. While you’re cooperating, we’re also going to ignore how late it is and strike anything that might come out in Stupid instead of English, okay?

I’m not going to elaborate on how bananas [B-A-N-A-N-A-S] school has been, except to say that when this semester ends I am going to do nothing but smoke hookah, drink tea, sleep, sleep, sleep, and maybe play some HALO or something.

Three things have been helping me wade through life.

1. http://www.youtube.com/user/nervouscircus

2. 30 Rock.

3. The tea that Carolyn sent me.

In no specific order.

This smells like vanilla. It tastes of vanilla. And it does so in a sweet, sashaying kind of way. [As opposed to a lure you into an alley to knife you and steal your wallet kind of way, I suppose.] What’s particularly lovely about it, is that it doesn’t smell like artificial vanilla or even have that pungent edge that vanilla extract can take on. It’s more of a fresh, wafting variety. Those of you who have ever slit open a vanilla bean pod know what I’m talking about.

It’s not so strong that I can’t taste the rooibos, and that’s something that I appreciate about this tea. The only possible downside that I can see to it is that it’s slightly one-noted. It hasn’t ever been cloying to me, but I suspect that’s because I don’t drink it every night. Vanilla, as a general flavoring, not just with tea, is something that I don’t think I would be able to intake every day, and the same goes for this guy.

In moderation, however, it does quite nicely. Warm, comforting, and with just enough of a hint of an exotic, faraway place to keep it from being boring. I’ve found myself reaching for it at night, when I need something sans caffeine and I want to nudge my mood in a better direction.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Jillian

I SAW WHUT U DID THAR! :P

Try and hang in there, it’s not long until X-mas holidays. hugs

Angrboda

I was wondering where you had got to! It’s great to see you around again. :D

LENA

you have been missed!!! ace those tests and hurry back, yo!

Auggy

Yay! Good to see you and your quirky posts again! Hope things get better with class!

And I’ve got Gwen Stefani stuck in my head now, so yeah, thanks for that! :)

takgoti

Thanks people! I expect much more activity from me on here once I’m done. Love to you all.

@Auggy BWAHAHAHAHA.

Jason

Welcome back! I was honestly thinking that we should send a search party, I actually feared for your safety (although I’m not sure what i could do with just your email address). However, I do like that the frequency of your posts has lead me to the conclusion that the only reason you might not log your teas daily is if you were in some life threatening situation. Glad you’re not though :)

takgoti

HAH, thanks! Yes, I suppose that shouting out into the ether wouldn’t do me any good if I were in peril. Maybe yous guys could put a status message feature on here so I could put something up like, “DEATH BY PHYSICS. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.” [I kid.]

Anyhow, yes, I am okay! Though my brain would probably argue otherwise.

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You can smell the black tea with abit of chocolate. I steeped the tea for a couple of minutes or so. The black tea was nice and strong but,there was not enough of a chocolate taste for me.

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drank Makiki by Pearl Fine Teas
223 tasting notes

It is a very pretty green tea with purple flowers. It brews up into a yellow liquor that smells of pineapple. The underlying tea has a vegetal note and a slight astringency.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank 3pm Tea by Pearl Fine Teas
223 tasting notes

It smells wonderful in the bag, like candy. It brews up into a slighly murky, light brown liquid that smells of coconut and some kind of sweet spice. As advertised, it pretty much tastes like a candy bar as well. I will probably steep it longer next time to get a stronger the tea and chocolate taste from it, but so far I like it.

takgoti

Psst. This has nothing to do with your post, but I know that you had proposed a tea swap a few days back. [I responded late, but I’m not sure if you saw it because I think it got buried in the sea of updates.]

Anyhow, I’m still game if you are! [My email’s [email protected].]

Carolyn

You’re right. I missed your reply. It’s been awfully busy where I’ve been and I’ve missed a lot. I’m definitely game! I’ll email you soon.

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I haven’t liked most of the rooibos teas I’ve tried, but this one is quite good. It doesn’t have the dusty taste I’ve come to associate with rooibos, though it does dry my mouth a bit, but that’s ok. It has a strong scent of Bourbon vanilla, which is one of my favorite vanillas. In the cup the vanilla and rooibos combine to create a creamy delicious whole.

It’s nice to have a soothing non-caffeinated choice for evening drinks.

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drank Jade Oolong by Pearl Fine Teas
181 tasting notes

Been busy with a move! Finally getting back to normal tea-drinking patterns. This oolong’s greener than most, but it’s good stuff!

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drank Jade Oolong by Pearl Fine Teas
181 tasting notes

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This is one of my personal favorites. A fabulous green tea blended with wild pineapple and papaya. Not overwhelming, just haunting notes of the tropic. Fabulous iced as well. I steep at 90 seconds.

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