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Wednesday Dec. 8, 2010
2nd Steep of the Day.
at 7:30 PM did a 2nd infusion of this Tea
6 Hrs. after the 1st steep.
The 2nd pot is JUST AS GOOD and STRONG.
Another 3 min. steep with 205’F Water.
It will be to late to try a 3rd steep today.
Wednesday Dec. 8, 2010
1st Steep of the Day.
This was my wifes choice at the Tea shop
She enjoys light/Green teas more then my Blacks.
But the smell was what sold her on this one.
The Dry Green is so Strong with Almond.
You can’t wait to steep it.
A 3 min Steep in 205 (not boiling water)
Starts your flavorful journey.
Liquor is Clear Green.
with the same rich Almond smell as Dry leaves.
And the Strong Flavor infuses into the Cup.
My better half still knows best.
Keep on Steepin
I was exceptionally careful to make sure I did not steep it any longer than 4 minutes. I used exactly a teaspoon per cup in order to make sure the lavender was not too overpowering. A medium amount of sugar to taste as well. All in all, I really liked it! The bergamot is not exceptionally strong, and instead is a more smoother, subtler flavor. The lavender is prominent as well, but not too astringent or “soapy”. I would describe the two flavors blending very well with each other.
This tea is so frustrating. The smell of the dry pieces is TO DIE FOR – just like thick, creamy, sweet apple butter. But the taste just doesn’t live up. I steeped for 10 minutes, the longest recommended time on the package, and it’s still pretty weak. Sad.
It’s a really rich chocolatey tea. The rose flavors are hard to taste, but I believe that’s where the sweetness of the tea comes from. I find it comparable in taste to a good tootsie roll.
Brewed gong fu style (amateurishly). Sweet peach flavor very noticeable. Increased the steeping times and got very solid floral notes.
Yum! Peachy, juicy, and tasty.
I didn’t drink tea all weekend. My stomach just couldn’t handle it. Turns out I might be trying a bit too early – I literally took one sip of this and the caffeine went straight to my head. Proceeding with caution…
Vegetal and green tasting (but not a green tea). I don’t drink this much, though it is perfectly fine. This is one I pull out when my supply of other oolongs is getting low.
Good, comforting morning tea.
Yummy almondy mate goodness.
Man, this tea smells SO. GOOD. Still tasting that sort of marzipan-like flavor.
Tasting a bit soapy today.. maybe I steeped too long? I just need hot hearty tea because my office is FREEZING. It’s in the teens outside but apparently our heat has not been turned up accordingly.
Just another really lovely basic oolong.
Just spent two hours in meetings with this. Very tasty! A great basic oolong with a taste of almost syrupy, juicy peach.
Tea Embassy, one of the shops I visited in Austin, had four or five different Earl Grey blends, including a berry version that had almost no smell of bergamot. I’d had a version of most of them – I would never betray my beloved SpecialTeas Earl Grey de la Creme – but had never tried a lavender Earl Grey. (By the way, did anyone else notice that Adagio now has an Earl Grey and cream blend called Earl Grey Moonlight? I placed an order for more filters today and saw that.. I’m scared to try it based on my terrible experience with their Earl Grey Bravo.)
The lavender is definitely most apparent in the smell, not the taste of this, which is fine. This has a nice strong bergamot taste without being soapy.
This is kind of an odd duck. Greenbelt is a mix of green yerba mate, green tea (unspecified kind), coconuts, cherry, and some flowers including cornflower blossoms and roses. I swear that at the store or on one of their websites, marzipan was listed as an ingredient, but I guess I’m wrong. There is definitely a strong smell of marzipan in the dry leaves, though.
This brews up to an almost radioactive yellow, I guess from the green yerba mate. I can definitely taste an almondy/coconut flavor similar to marzipan, but not as syrupy or sweet. Then the cherry, and a slight floral finish. I can barely taste any green tea; this tastes more like an herbal than anything else.
It’s soothing and relaxing. It’s definitely a tea to think on.
Didn’t feel like doing a note of this last night..
This is kind of odd. By the end of the pot, I was enjoying it, but I don’t get apple butter at all. It has a unique taste that combines apple with some heartier fruit flavors like raisin. Good herbal for nighttime (I need those desperately), but weird.
This must be a much older tea than I remembered. I’m down to maybe only 2-3 cups left in the bag. The big clue, however, is that I cannot find it listed on Tea Embassy’s site. It’s a nice herbal to warm me up this evening as I continue to procrastinate taking all the Christmas decorations down.
Tastes like almond and coconut without coming off as artificial. Not for people who don’t like flavored or dessert teas, but good for the occasional sweet tea craving.