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drank Genmaicha by Say Tea
388 tasting notes

This smells and tastes like congee. Not inherently a bad thing, but… not really what I’m looking for in a tea.

Thanks to whatshesaid for the sample!

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Used this to make Earl Grey lemon squares for the wifey today. It’s nice, just a hint of Earl, not in your face like others. I am very pleased.

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drank Ceylon Lemon Gunpowder by Say Tea
442 tasting notes

I’m not giving this one a number rating because I suspect that if I caught the right way ot brew this, it would be amazing. However after three attempts I have decided that I do not have the skills with this one. First cup I got a bland dull green tea with no lemon at all, and second steep on the leaves wasn’t much better. Second time I tried I got a strong green again with no lemon at all. And tonight when I tried again I found the lemon, but had oversteeped and it didn’t taste lovely at all. So farewell fair tea, and big thanks to De who was generous enough to let me steal some from her stash!

aisling of tea

This. I offer to make her tea in the morning, and if she asks for this one, she’s on her own. I will not be responsible for making a cup of this XD.

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drank Earl Grey by Say Tea
1235 tasting notes

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85
drank Funnel Cake by Say Tea
442 tasting notes

I was half asleep this morning when brewing my tea and put this one in the infuser instead of the French Vanilla I’d been planning on. Oh well, an herbal for breakfast isn’t a bad thing! Especially when it smells almost exactly like David’s Forever Nuts, one of my favourite must-haves. Brewed I found it light but lovely, exactly like the dessert the tea professes to emulate. There are hints of cinnamon and sugar and all those delightful things that I love in a dessert, minus the grease of the actual cakes. I can see why people enjoy this one, although I’m not sure if I like it more than my Forever Nuts.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Funnel Cake by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

Yum! I wish I could find a description of the tea online (Say Tea! y u no update website?), because this is a very tasty fruit and nut blend. It reminds me of DT’s Forever Nuts without the beetroot. It’s naturally sweet and very delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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15

Blegh. Blegh, Blegh, blegh. No thank you. Why is this floral? Overwhelmingly so! Blegh. Two sips in, I couldn’t finish it.

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97
drank Mountain Berry by Say Tea
1235 tasting notes

Mmmmm. Continuing with my berry obsession as of late, I reached for a bag of this, as I hadn’t tried it yet. It is delicious. It’s like Earl’s Garden without the yucky bergamot ;). It’s juicy and strong without being bitter or artificial. Yum yum yum. I accidentally let some of it get cold, and it was just as good “iced”. This is definitely one to restock when we return to Say Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Kay Kanada

Earl’s Garden without bergamot? I. must. try. it.

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61
drank Strawberry Tea by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

Not bad. Definitely need short steeps, but I managed to avoid bitterness, yay! A fruity tea, but I tasted more rose flavour than strawberry, with a bit of a perfumey aftertaste. Not terrible, but I don’t think I’ll be reaching for it again.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Ceylon Lemon Gunpowder by Say Tea
13 tasting notes

Incredibly strong, delicious lemon scent in the bag, but smooth, sweet, and balanced in the cup. It’s a shame we only have a small sample of this — it’s going on the shopping list for our next trip to TO!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Assam by Say Tea
13 tasting notes

A good black tea. Nothing remarkable, but that’s not always a bad thing.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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99
drank Vanilla Bean by Say Tea
1235 tasting notes

Oh, this is lovely. After an afternoon of terrible food, I was falling asleep, so I reached for something to wake up a bit. I tried this one and I am in love. I’ve found my vanilla blacks, both decaf and caf. Wonderful.

This tea is creamy and sweet without being overly so. The tea has its own presence as well, mingling to make a perfect little tea.

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96
drank Ceylon Lemon Gunpowder by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

I forgot how much I love this tea. For a long time it was my go-to (although apparently I am just craving lemon lately). It has this amazing soothing lemon scent – like NeoCitran without the medicine – but the taste itself is almost pure smoky green tea goodness, that sort of dark green that’s more like an oolong. I made it in one of the new David’s mason jars, which is perfect for keeping a nice head of lemon-scented steam so every sip I take is aromatherapy.

Flavors: Earth, Lemon Zest

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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96
drank Ceylon Lemon Gunpowder by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

Big Thermos. Was delicious, as usual. I moved this tea to another tin, on a lower shelf, so hopefully I’ll find myself reaching for it more now.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Ceylon Lemon Gunpowder by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways . . . once I’m done drinking all your deliciousness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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96
drank Ceylon Lemon Gunpowder by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

I think this is rapidly becoming one of my favourite teas. Made a thermos and a half of it to take to work today. The green is a nice caffeine boost and smooth smoky green flavour, and the lemon soothes everything else. Helped my headache and my sore throat, made my day a little more bearable. Heart.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
dlonie

Gongpowde!

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96
drank Ceylon Lemon Gunpowder by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

This tea smells amazing. Every time I open the package it just hits me in the face, the smoky gunpowder and the bright, fresh lemon. It’s incredible.

Brewed up, the lemon taste is very strong, but still clean and fresh, not like lemon-scented cleaner or something. The green tea is a little bit of a lighter note under the strong lemon scent. I think next time I might try brewing it even shorter, maybe 45 seconds or less, see if I can get more green and less lemon.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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67
drank Earl Grey Double Bergamot by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

I think I still have to play with the steep times and temperatures for the Say Tea blacks, because like the Monks Blend, this one brewed up dark really fast. The bergamot was a nice deep note in the tea, but I hope that I can figure out to how to brew it without it getting bitter in a matter of seconds.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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86
drank Private House Blend by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

Once again, an enjoyable but forgettable berry tea. Don’t think I’ll be replacing it, but I do enjoy it when I have it. Added half a spoonful of sugar, made the berry a little sweeter.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Private House Blend by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

Bah, the internet ate my review.

Very sweet black tea with just a bare hint of bergamot, but a nice clean flavour. Need a few more brews before I make a stocking decision, but for the price is a great little mid-afternoon tea. Next time, smaller infuser so I don’t get bitter dregs.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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67
drank Earl Grey Sencha by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

Bleh. Brewed it again with the proper specs, and the sencha taste was even stronger. Very grassy, fishy sencha with a slight citrus fuss from the bergamot. Won’t rebuy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

Sencha, as much as I love it, does not seem like the best to combine with Earl Grey…

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67
drank Earl Grey Sencha by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

Accidentally oversteeped. Was aiming for a minute thirty, and didn’t realise my timer didn’t work until a few minutes later. I also brewed it too hot, so this cup should have been a total failure – but it wasn’t! Okay, the sencha was a little burnt so it definitely tasted grassy, but there was a nice strong smoky bergamot note. I think I prefer gunpowder over sencha in general, so will have to have another cup (properly brewed) before I make a stash-enhancement decision.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Thermos for the day. I really enjoy this Earl, I think it’s one of the top five Earls I’ve ever had. The darjeeling base is sweet and kept from getting bitter in the seven or eight hours before I managed to finish it off, and it compliments the light citrusy flavour of the Earl well.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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