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drank Earl Grey by Unknown
1298 tasting notes

Hello steepsterites!!

Honeymoon is nearly over and we are leaving Norwich after breakfast. I’ve ticked a few more of those Very English things off my list such as fish’n’chips and brown sauce with breakfast sausages. Also banoffee pie and a large number of J2O flavours.

Most importantly though, THIS was as close as I got to a real proper cream tea. I could have had it. I was supposed to have it. But I’d had a large lunch and I don’t know if you are aware of this.steepsterites but cream tea involves an awful lot of food. There are little sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and cakes, and I just couldnt eat all that without bursting, so we went for just tea and cake instead.

So clotted cream and cucumber sandwiches are still unticked but i saw someone else having it so I was definitely close.

I hope you all have been behaving yourselves in my absence. It was the plan to try and keep up womewhat with the phone but the B&B wi-fi is dreadfully slow.

Azzrian

Oh yes a proper cream tea is WONDERFUL! I had one at The English Tea Store last time we went to St. Louis. I don’t think we will have time or funds to have one this time around but I so loved it! I did a review under places here on Steepster with photos! :)
It sure IS a ton of food!
You can get clotted cream on many tea sites just FYI and it is SO SO GOOD! I got some from Harney and Sons recently.
I LOVE that stuff! :)
There is Clotted Cream and Double Devonshire Cream – similar but a little different. I think I prefer Clotted. A little sweeter I think.

ashmanra

Thanks, Azzrian! I bought Double Devon Cream in Raleigh and thought it was great, but I didn’t know if it was the same as clotted cream. Next time I go up there I will get some more. You can buy it here in town but it is $2 more. Then maybe I can put some colored cream on my next Harney order and compare.

ashmanra

Clotted cream! Stupid autocorrect.

Azzrian

LOL its okay … I pay about 6 bucks or more USD for mine in mail order. How much is it there?

Bonnie

Some Whole Foods stores carry it too. My local King Super has a large British food section with clotted cream…(they have a whole long isle of european food) . City Drugs in Old Town carries Dutch and Russian goodies (kind of odd) .

Dylan Oxford

Yeah, there’s a place not far from here that does ‘High Tea’ that Sandy is pretty fond of. I’ll make it there one of these days… :)

CHAroma

I’m surprised you’re on here at all if you’re on your honeymoon! Best wishes for a long and happy life with your new husband!!

LadyLondonderry

Yes, our Angrboda is one dedicated tea lover, posting from her honeymoon!:)

Angrboda

Thanks everybody. Unfortunately no second chance for cream tea arose, so I’m still unticked there. Will probably invest in some imported clotted cream eventually, but it’s just not the same. I’ve also seen a recipe for making it myself, but I’m not sure I can bring myself to actually boil cream. O.o

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drank Earl Grey by Unknown
1298 tasting notes

Backlogging, yesterday during work.
Or, work and work, I was at a course all day and this is what I assume they gave us. It was definitely citrus-y and when you serve a citrus-y tea to a large group of people without bothering to tell them what sort of tea it is, this is usually it.

It was watery weak and synthetically citrus-y. Drinkable, but only for the lack of better. On the next course day, if we’re not having it somewhere where I can pop into my own lab and make me a quick cup, I think maybe I’ll just drink coffee instead.

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drank Blueberry Rooibos by Unknown
17 tasting notes

This tea is best after it has cooled to room temperature. Drinking it cold doesn’t let all the flavors come out; same with drinking it hot. There is something about having a glass of this once it has cooled that is really refreshing.

Not complicated, but lots of fruit flavors. Definitely a must for blueberry fans. No sweetener needed – it’ll confuse all the natural flavors that are in it.

This tea was purchased from a Wegmans grocery store. At the time of this review it did not appear on Harney’s website.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Unknown
421 tasting notes

This smells like black tea. You can see I’t when you look at I’t. This brewed up quick, I did not have to steep this long. This was really good.

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64

The oolong with the tangerine but the vanilla was too stong.

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76

This I’s a nice white tea with a medium raspberry tea.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Unknown
6770 tasting notes

Backlogging from yesterday – from Holiday Inn – in-house restaurant…I think it was (Here’s) Howe’s but I am not totally sure. Average Black Tea in a tea bag…good in a pinch – but nothing special…did the job

Cofftea

Better than no tea!:) I get this a LOT at places like Perkin’s so now I tend to say “I’ll have hot tea, green preferably”.

gmathis

Desperation tends to make me a little less picky! But it just tastes better at HOME in your own mug.

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drank Genmaicha by Unknown
21 tasting notes

A friend brought this tea to me all the way from Japan, so I have no idea of the company. It is packaged in a bright red patterned tin. The tea is good, but I have probably had it too long. It is good if you are looking for a green tea with a little more depth. It is a very interesting tea. If you are feeling adventurous, you must give this tea a try!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Apricot Orange by Unknown
911 tasting notes

I’m a sucker for anything orange, so of course I got some of this to try. I have no clue who makes this tea but after drinking it, I don’t really care.

Maybe I’m just moody because it’s wet and rainy and traffic was a bear. But this tea? Not so great. It brewed up decently dark but had little flavor other than sweet. And not even a good sweet. More of a sickly, artificial sweet. I couldn’t pick out any apricot or orange flavor. (It was kind of like trying to figure out what flavor the Runts candies are as you eat them. You don’t really know because they don’t actually taste like fruit but they are pretending to be some sort of fruit so you just have to go with it.) But if hard pressed, I would have said this tasted like mango. Not good mango, mind you. Runts mango (they do make a candy in that flavor actually).

And if that wasn’t enough, it left a nasty taste in my mouth, not dissimilar to the aftertaste I get when I have something with Splenda or (worse) Sweet n Low.

Bottom line: not a fan.

Atacdad

The ability to say “no, not this one” is underrated.

takgoti

I like banana runts.

That is all.

Auggy

You LIKE banana runts? REALLY?

Wow. My entire world view has shifted. I thought it was a fact of life, kind of like gravity. Gravity keeps us from falling off the earth, no one likes banana Runts.

The next time I get a 5lb bag of Runts from Costco, can I send you the bananas?

takgoti

YES PLEASE.

Auggy

Wow. Alrighty then. I don’t get the bags too often (because I eat them way too much when I have them) but when I get the next one, I’ll pack all my bananas up for you!

takgoti

And there was much rejoicing!

Jillian

Can I convince you to send me all your strawberry Runts then? ;)

Auggy

@Jillian: Hahaha! Nooooo! I like that flavor!

Jillian

Awwww! :<
;)

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drank Jasmin Pearl by Unknown
13 tasting notes

Oh this is damn good !

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Jasmin Pearl by Unknown
13 tasting notes

Oh this is absolutely delicious !

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83

I like it. Pu-erh is one of my favorite.

Life is too short to drink tea from a bag.

~paganbuddha

TeaCast

Truer words have never been spoken!

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drank Dragonwell by Unknown
43 tasting notes

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drank Dragonwell by Unknown
43 tasting notes

Made this with breakfast. Just as it was finished steeping I remembered I’d neglected to brush my teeth and the tea’s flavor will compete with Morning Mouth Nastiness. Unfortunately, taking a moment to brush my teeth would only make things worse. Having tea compete with the flavors of baking soda or cinnamon or wintergreen would definitely be worse.

Ah Dragonwell… The chocolate of teas.

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drank Dragonwell by Unknown
43 tasting notes

The current Dragonwell I have comes from the Essencha tea house in Cincinnati. Dragonwell is my current favorite green Chinese, and this specimen is a fine one. Smelling the leaves, before and after steeping, remind me of chocolate.

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drank Bai Mu Dan by Unknown
3 tasting notes

At 70C, has notes of lilac and a very light butter taste.

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drank Cui Yu by Unknown
3 tasting notes

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drank Sencha Ashikubo by Unknown
3 tasting notes

Very pleasant Japanese green tea. The leaves are very fresh and when steeped for 4 minutes at 75C, has the traditional herbal, “green” taste of Senchas but also offer notes of peach and mango.

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drank Sencha by Unknown
32 tasting notes

I’m drinking Organic Sencha from a tea shop in Canada- it was given to me as a gift.

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drank Roasted Barley Tea by Unknown
22 tasting notes

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drank Roasted Barley Tea by Unknown
22 tasting notes

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drank Matcha by Unknown
22 tasting notes

put two heaping into a bottle of water. yumm

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