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100
drank Hint of Smoke Earl Grey by Say Tea
875 tasting notes

I love this tea. Love love love. The smoke and bergamot are so well balanced. We’re running low already – probably ran through 40g of the 55 I picked up mid November which is quite a feat given just how many teas I’ve got to choose from.)

The smokiness is different from lapsang souchong – more neutral, not piney.

I will need to put in an order with Say Tea when this is gone, even though they don’t have an online shopping cart. It’s that good.

Flavors: Bergamot, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML

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100
drank Hint of Smoke Earl Grey by Say Tea
875 tasting notes

Ah this is rapidly becoming one of my favourite Earl Greys. Both the smoke and the bergamot are present in perfect balance. I’ve left this at my partner’s house, which I think is a good plan, since I’ve been mostly drinking new stuff at home and not my favourites.

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100
drank Hint of Smoke Earl Grey by Say Tea
875 tasting notes

Oh this is so good. So happy-making first thing in the morning. I let this cool a fair bit and then just gulped it down.

I’ve left my bag of it at my partner’s place, but I need to bring some home for those days when I just need something straightforward and predictable.

Lindsay

Now I have this mental image of you leaving bags of yummy tea everwhere you go. :)

Anlina

It’s dangerously close to accurate. I usually carry around a bag that has at least a few teas in it, and I leave stuff at my partner’s place, left some teas with a friend tonight and there are tea packages scattered all over my apartment.

Lindsay

I love it. :D

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100
drank Hint of Smoke Earl Grey by Say Tea
875 tasting notes

Oh, delicious! It is exactly what it says, Early Grey with a hint of smoke. The smokiness is there, without being overpowering at all, and it’s balanced well with the bergamot which is fairly robust – just the way I like it. The black base is nothing special but it works very well as a base, and it pleasant.

It’s like Lapsang Souchong and Earl Grey had a perfect, delicious baby.

Flavors: Bergamot, Smoke

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

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98
drank Jasmine Goji Oolong by Say Tea
875 tasting notes

I also steeped this one in the gaiwan today, and find it much better steeped western or grandpa style. Better balance of flavours with less leaf and a longer steep.

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98
drank Jasmine Goji Oolong by Say Tea
875 tasting notes

This oolong is so wonderful. I threw a teaspoon of this into my travel mug for going out and about toady. This time the oolong tasted buttery, overlaid with sweet goji and jasmine, with a hint of pleasant bitterness.

I am so, so glad I discovered this tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Goji, Jasmine, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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98
drank Jasmine Goji Oolong by Say Tea
875 tasting notes

Oh this is freaking amazing. It’s not too complicated – jasmine, goji berry and a slightly roasty oolong that are both distinct but compliment each other perfectly.

I got two good steeps out of this and was going to go for a third, except I accidentally knocked my steeping basket all over the floor.

This is beautiful and unique and definitely going to be a staple.

Flavors: Goji, Green, Jasmine, Roasted

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
aisling of tea

It sounds like we need to visit Say Tea again soon, these teas all sound delicious.

Anlina

I have been so impressed with the selection of their teas that I’ve tried so far. And their prices are so good.

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42
drank Genmaicha by Say Tea
500 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
1351 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
520 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
1351 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
520 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
1351 tasting notes

I had an awful night and woke up craving the comfort of a creamy vanilla black, so I immediately reached for this one.

I was having some intense tummy trouble at 3 am this morning that was so bad that I managed to pinch a nerve in my back. My shoulder is swollen, my neck can’t move, my arm is numb, and the pain is so intense that it had knocked the wind out of me when I moved unexpectedly and set it off. If it isn’t any better by the time my wife gets home from work, I think I’m going to go to emerg.

So yeah, I’m more than a little grumpy. Figuring I’ve earned it, I added splash of eggnog to the tea. Not really an eggnog latte, just eggnog in the place of milk. It’s goooood. Definitely the treat I was craving. Now to go change the popsicles on my back.

Anlina

Eep! I hope you feel better soon. That sounds just awful.

Sil

oooh i need to get out to this company sooner rather than later! sounds good! and i hope you feel better.

ashmanra

Oh no! Feel better!

aisling of tea

My wife fussed at me until I let her take me to emerg. I’m okay, just sore and hopped up on pain meds. Hopefully I’ll get sleep tonight.

Kittenna

Ugh, pinched nerves in one’s back are awful. I did that last summer and it was the most helpless I’ve ever felt. In my case, it was in my lower back, and I couldn’t lift my legs enough to walk up stairs, meaning I was stranded in my living room for about a day.

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99
drank Vanilla Bean by Say Tea
1351 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
520 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
520 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
520 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
520 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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