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94

Mmmm. The bergamot perfectly rounds out this smooth, smoky darjeeling. It had a light sweetness to it and then a darker aftertaste. Definitely glad I have a whole package of this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Strawberry Tea by Say Tea
1220 tasting notes

Mmmmmmm. Learn from my (and my wife’s) mistakes, I only let this one steep for a minute and a half in not-quite-boiling water. It turned out so good! It’s a juicy berry tea where the black tea base is there, but not overwhelmingly so. This is definitely one I plan to try the looseleaf version of. It got a little bitter towards the end, but that can be blamed on the tea bag. No matter what you do with them, a bit of tea dust is going to escape and continue steeping. It’s a fact of (tea) life.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Earl Grey by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

After my very dark Monk’s Blend, I decided to try a much shorter steep for this one. I think I would go even shorter. This is a good cup of Earl, but I let it sit too long and it lost some of the bergamot taste as it cooled. When it was hot, it was amazing. My wife aisling of tea suggested I line up all my various Earls and taste test to find the Ultimate Earl. I think I do not have that kind of time, but it is a tasty idea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

I’m working on a similar feature for my blog – especially since I’m not normally a fan of Earl Grey. Maybe you could contribute some of your thoughts? PM me if interested! :)

Dinosara

I recently did that with my Earls! It was a bit overwhelming, and it just made me realize how different they all were and how hard it was for me to pick out one as the ultimate.

KeenTeaThyme

Uh-oh. Methinks the task could be too great – especially for a non-Earl fan such as myself!

Dinosara

On the other hand, not being a fan could probably help you identify the one you really like (if there is one) easier because you’d be so much pickier. My problem is that I like so many of them!

KeenTeaThyme

That’s true. I’ll continue the quest, but it’s taking a bit…since I really don’t reach for an Earl Grey when I’m making a cuppa. :)

De

I intend to scientifically annotate the heck out of the experience, which is why I think I’ll save it for a day when I have absolutely nothing else going on.

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44
drank Peach Tea by Say Tea
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So sad. I had such high hopes for this, despite it being in a tea bag. Hot, it was pretty good, nice and juicy, needed a touch more sugar, but overall pretty good.

Cold, this just tastes like achingly bitter water with a bit of peach aftertaste. Boo. Maybe a lower temperature? Who knows. I have four more bags from this sample pack, so if the next four are just as bad, I won’t be rebuying.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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44
drank Peach Tea by Say Tea
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44
drank Peach Tea by Say Tea
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83
drank Decaffeinated Monk's Blend by Say Tea
485 tasting notes

Actually drank this a couple nights ago. The Monk’s Blend was delicious and flavourful, but I oversteeped it and it got bitter quick. This tea turned almost black in like thirty seconds, it was bizarre and kind of awesome. I would recommend less than two minutes for a steep, maybe even a minute.

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

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49

Hmmm. I’ve had jasmine greens before and enjoyed them, but the floral taste is overwhelmingly clashy in this tea. Makes me look forward to trying the rest of the Earls from Say Tea, but I don’t think I’ll be making this one again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Say Tea
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52
drank Genmaicha by Say Tea
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This is my first time trying this tea. My brain hurts a little seeing little puffy clouds of puffed rice and what appears to be hamster poo all mixed in with some very vegetal smelling green tea. There were no instructions about brewing so I used a tsp in 98 deg [probably too hot in hindsight] for 4mins. The cup smelled much nuttier than before and very vegetal, which was the predominate taste. I added agave nectar to sweeten before I had tasted it and I wish I hadn’t – next time I will drink it unsweetened. I almost feel like eating something with marmite on it with this tea – strange.

I will drink the rest of my sampler, but I’m not sure if I will buy more.

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

My default for green teas I haven’t tried before with is 77C for two and a half minutes. 98 is way too hot and four minutes is a bit too long. It would be worth trying the lower temperature and shorter steeping time with this one to see if you like it better next time.

bonnievantastic

You’re right for sure – too hot for too long. Maybe I’m just too intense for green tea lol! I will try that thanks so much I will let you know how it goes :)

S

I still haven’t tried Genmaicha, but it sounds yummy!
Re:temperature, most of my green tea says 160-180 F degrees, 3 minutes, so I would try something in that range. :)

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