Peet's Coffee & Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

Normally, I share a pot of this with several of my coworkers. Today, I am in the office before them…and I think I will be drinking a pot of it by myself.

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Finished the last of this. While it was good, I do not think I shall miss it.

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Chilled, first thing in the morning, because I didn’t want to drink it last night.

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Needing a morning, sweet kick.

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Too little sleep. More tea!

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89

Just finished this tin. It was good, but I cannot say that I would rush to buy more, now.

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89

Leftover from last night – this was not bad, cold.

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89

Not just for breakfast anymore!

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89

First tea of the morning, while walking to work.

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89

Oh the irony that this should be the first tea that I drink in 2014…
Happy New Year!

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89

This morning’s pot of tea in prep for singing.

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89

Making some of this for a coworker and myself.

Bonnie

I love reading notes that people are sharing their love of tea!

Spencer

My coworker was quite excited to try something new!

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89

Made a big pot of this to push through the morning and keep things going!

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89

Couple cups for an early meeting.

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89

As we enter the fourth quarter for 2013, I figured that I should take the opportunity to share a review of this highly relevant tea: Peet’s Anniversary Breakfast Blend for 2013. The blend combines some of the best teas that Peet’s has found that year. I have not tried any of the previous anniversary blends, so this one will stand alone, compared only to itself.

As recommended on the packaging, I begin my tea session by steeping a little over a teaspoon of loose leaf in a cup of water, whose temperature is just off boiling. Four minutes later, my tea is done, and I compare all of the aromas. Dry, the malty, tangy aromas were persistent and dominant with some sweet, grassy undertones. Wet, the smell of the leaves is subdued on the malty front, and the sweet, grassy aromas are joined by a sharp wood scent. For some reason, I am reminded of alfalfa.

Four minutes of steeping has produced a cup with bright, chocolate undertones mixed with a malty Assam flavor, barely touched by a bit of sweetness. Without it being much stronger, this tea could easily stand alone as a solid black tea with no need for milk or sugar. The addition of such may bring out more nuances of the tea. The aftertaste contains just the barest hint of bitterness, but any heavy astringency is offset by other flavors. For fans of heavy black teas, this one should definitely be tried. I would rate it an 89/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.

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

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