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I’m not entirely convinced about the green-ness of this tea. It brews up darker and redder than any green I’ve seen lately. It’s hard to be sure through the jasmine, but it almost tastes oolong-y. Hmm.

Skepticism aside, I’m finding it quite enjoyable.

Wonder if I can get more without reordering the ThinkGeek sampler? (That’s expensive, since half are teas I’m not likely to drink much.) I checked Adagio’s site, and this didn’t seem to match visually to any of the three jasmine greens they’re offering now.

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

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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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Forgot about this for a little while. . . . Turned out surprisingly okay.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more

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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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This makes me even happier if I don’t overbrew it. :)

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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drank Tea Earl Grey Hot by ThinkGeek
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Actually a good tea! It has whole leaves and stuff!

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I purchased this tea for myself earlier this year because I wanted the tin to house my regular Earl Grey. To be clear, this is not the one depicted in the picture (although the tea inside is the same), but the one that came in the licensed tin. (See here: https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f07b/)

Having drunk some this morning, this is not my favorite Earl Grey. I enjoy Earl Grey in general, so it’s certainly not a loss, but this tastes very weak to me. After steeping it for three and a half minutes, there was a bit of bergamot and only a very weak tea flavor. I will attempt to steep it longer next time in the hopes it will bring out more flavor, but ultimately I am unimpressed. Luckily, it’s the tin that I was really excited for!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Pirate Chai by ThinkGeek
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This was a Christmas gift last year from my youngest daughter. I can’t believe I haven’t tried this one before, but I am not a big chai drinker. That being said, this is the sort of chai I prefer – no pepper, no turmeric, but just ginger, cinnamon, and clove as nearly as I can tell.

The tea base seems a bit weak to me. There isn’t much black tea flavor here. I am drinking it plain, but I think that people who add milk and sugar to their chai would enjoy this more than I do. It isn’t terrible, it just isn’t the best chai I have ever had.

The tins are so cool that as each one is emptied, I will probably refill it with a better version of what was inside. So Earl Grey Hot will get Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme, this tin will get Rabbit Hole Chai, Zombie Blood Orange will probably get Orange Grove Vanilla, and Timmy’s 1Up Jasmine will get a Teavivire loose jasmine.

Invader Zim

I’ve been wanting to get this set for a while now. Not for the tea though, just for the tins!

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For the past three weeks, hubby has had to work later than usual on Fridays, so we have treated ourselves to the Chinese buffet when he finally gets to come home. The sad news is that when I asked what kind of tea they had, they said black.

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IT’S A CHINESE RESTAURANT FOR CRYIN’ OUT LOUD!!

Oh well, my remedy is to have water with the meal and tea when I get home. Tonight I called youngest and asked her to prepare a pot of this and a chocolate bar for me so it would be ready when we got home.

It was the Teavivre Monkey Picked that I drank this week that had me craving this kind of oolong. This one is very good, I mean, if I hadn’t had Teavivre’s I would probably say it was excellent. I am really enjoying it, but it just doesn’t have as much flavor as theirs. So still thumbs up, but this isn’t the very best one I have tried.

It is fun to know that this particular one really truly was picked by monkeys!

K S

Sounds like we have the same Chinese restaurant. No puerh? No green tea? How can this happen?

I find it interesting that you too compare whatever you are drinking to the Teavivre version. Says a lot for them.

ashmanra

Seriously! Every time I hear Asian music I want Asian food. You would think they could keep at least a basic green tea or bagged jasmine!

Once you drink a bit of Teavivre tea, you naturally start to use it as a benchmark!

Jim Marks

Almost all the Chinese restaurants in Houston serve jasmine tea unless you ask for oolong or green, and even then, some don’t have it. It drives me a bit crazy. Especially for dim sum. I mean the whole point of yum cha is the tea! Or at least it used to be.

TassieTeaGirl

Last time I went to a chinese restaurant (and this was a classy, expensive one with fantastic authentic food, mind you), I got green tea, a jasmine green, but they brought the teapot out and it sat over heat with the leaves still in the pot, so my last few cups were bitter. Very disappointing as the first cup was lovely.

ashmanra

TTG: That is so sad! They should have provided a fair cup or pitcher of some kind. If I went back I think I would request a second empty pot to pour the tea into so the leaves wouldn’t get bitter. They could even then bring you hot water to resteep your leaves.

Jim Marks

Odd that they put it over heat…

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Sipdown. Took two sips of this and poured it out. Far too much jasmine.

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