1917 Tasting Notes

72
drank Shalimar Oolong by ESP Emporium
1917 tasting notes

This cup is more floral and rosy today for some reason, though there’s definitely tropical fruit (primarily mango) underlying it all. It’s fitting in well with my recent kick of floral teas. I’m really liking this one, so I’m going to bump it up a few notches on my rating system. I like that it’s an Oolong because I think it goes well with the delicate flavors; a black tea might overwhelm it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Wild Grey by ESP Emporium
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I really like this blend, but I’ve been thinking about Earl Greys and Jasmine today, so I mixed in an extra tsp of my unnamed chinese jasmine green into this cup. It probably ended up being a little too much tea for 12 oz of water, but its still enjoyable. The green tea flavor is strong and grassy, but the underlying citrus of the Earl Grey and the floral of the Jasmine do work well together. I think this one will improve on the resteep when the flavors are a little more subdued.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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63
drank Earl Grey Special by TeaFrog
1917 tasting notes

Hmm… I think I brewed this one a little weak. I don’t know what happened, but it’s just overall kind of weak this time. Oh well… my sample should give me a few more cups, so I can try it again at full strength, since I did enjoy this tea the first time I had it.

ETA: Occasionally I get a hint of jasmine from this cup, which I actually didn’t get the first time I had this! I guess the jasmine isn’t overpowered by everything else this time.

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

Jasmine & EG?! Yum! I’m slowing entering the EG waters… I’ll have to try this one. Plus it’s by TeaFrog (and clearly I love frogs). :)

Dinosara

I agree it’s a winning combination! I didn’t get a lot of jasmine the first time I brewed this, but it’s definitely there. I saw you liked the lavender earl grey you had recently… you also might want to try the Lavender Earl Grey from Tea District, which also has Jasmine.

KeenTeaThyme

Sweet – I’m in! Thanx for the tip! :)

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73
drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
1917 tasting notes

This is my last sachet of this tea, and I’m sad to see it go! The rose just seems to pair so smoothly with the chocolate. The beginning of the sip is all roasty chocolate, and the tail end is floral rose. I guess it’ll have to go on my shopping list!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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83
drank Earl Grey by Joy's Teaspoon
1917 tasting notes

Sampling this one again… and I’m amazed at how good it is! Not bitter, not too astringent this time, with a warm, almost spiced flavor at the end. It’s different from the Tavalon EG I had yesterday; they’re both smooth and well, blended, but they have different flavor profiles. Tavalon was bright and very citrusy, whereas this one is warm and more floral (though still with distinct bergamot-fruit notes). I have just about enough of the sample to make another cup for an Earl Grey side-by-side comparison with a bunch of EGs from different companies. I think this one will come out as one that I’d like to have a stock of, though!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Earl Grey Reserve by Tavalon Tea
1917 tasting notes

Bumping this one up a bit. I’ve had a number of traditional Earl Greys now, and I wanted to try this one again. Definitely tasty; I think I like a Ceylon base, which this has. It’s not bitter, not much astringency, and it has a lovely smooth bergamot taste. At the very end there’s a hint of bright citrus that gives it a little lift. This is pleasant Earl Grey that I could drink regularly.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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73
drank 1001 Nights by TeaFrog
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Mmm, I think I’m going to have to bump up my rating on this one. I love that the overall foundation is that of a jasmine tea, but overlayered with other floral and even fruit notes. I’m digging these kind of sweet floral teas right now, so this is right up my alley.

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62
drank Sally's Secret by Harney & Sons
1917 tasting notes

This is a tea that I was dying to try. I love Earl Grey, I love rose, what’s not to like? So I got a sample pack from Harney and tried it… and I didn’t like it at all. This was before I figured out that if I put 2 tsp instead of 1.5 tsp in my 12 oz Kati cup, Harney black teas taste way bitter to me no matter how long the steep. This time, with my proper brewing parameters, it’s much better. There’s still a hint of bitterness (I think I might drop the temp on my Harney blacks and see if that takes care of it) and astringency, but now I can actually taste the rose and it seems to play well with the bergamot, but I don’t get a lot of citrusy bergamot from this one. Overall a decent tea, but not my favorite Earl Grey blend. There are some Harney teas that I love love love, but I’m finding there are others (like this one) where the black tea base just isn’t right for me. Oh well, I guess rose and Earl Grey is one of those combos I will be looking for in other places.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I wanted a black tea this morning that wasn’t Earl Grey or chocolate, and I didn’t feel like rose, which limited my options, so I decided to try this lavender tea again. It’s amazing how much the aroma of the dried leaves and the fresh brewed tea is powerfully lavender. The brewed tea is much more mellow as far as that’s concerned. I do think I like lavender in teas cut with other things (lavender and jasmine is a winning combo), but this one is pleasant too. It’s just more herby than most other florals, so it’s a different taste profile.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
1917 tasting notes

I was craving chocolate this afternoon, so it was time for some Florence. I am now almost out of my sample package, which means I forsee a Harney order soon (or perhaps a trip to their Soho store!). In any case, this tastes really nutty today, and super delicious! I definitely need more teas like this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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Ohio, US

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