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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
1320 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
1320 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
500 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
500 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
500 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
500 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
500 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
500 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
500 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
500 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
500 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
500 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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94

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

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94

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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94

Was wary of doing a black in my Giant Thermos O’ Work Tea, but this one worked out well. Not quite the enervating zing of some of my other choices, but was a calming mellow note through the whole day. I love this tea. Didn’t get bitter, the bergamot was never overwhelming, just an all-round pleasant tea, all eight hours of it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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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
1320 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
500 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
1320 tasting notes

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
1320 tasting notes

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44
drank Peach Tea by Say Tea
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83
drank Decaffeinated Monk's Blend by Say Tea
500 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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