1963 Tasting Notes

93

Another one of my favorite teas. I haven’t had this one in over a month, mostly because I look at the tin, consider it, then don’t drink it because I don’t want to use it up too quickly! But today I decided it had been too long since I’d brewed it, so now I’m happily sipping away.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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99

Not much to say here; just decided to have this delicious tea for my morning cup. I’ve started brewing my Harney blacks a bit under boiling (yay for my utiliTEA teapot that easily controls the temperature!), and they always come out fantastic.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Earl Grey Cream by ESP Emporium
1963 tasting notes

Right now, this is my go-to Earl Grey Cream tea. I haven’t had very many, and I plan to try more, but I enjoy this one a lot and so it pretty much becomes the one to beat. The bright, citrusy bergamot (without being bitter!), complimented by the creamy vanilla, are very well done.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1963 tasting notes

There’s something about trying a tea you really dislike, especially one you dislike so much that you can’t finish the cup. I needed a recovery tea, something to wash the bitterness off my taste buds and fill my nose and mouth with a flavor I love. I thought about having a cream Earl Grey I do really like, the one from ESP Emporium, but the steeping basket for my Kati cup needs to dry out to get all the tiny pieces of the previous tea out, so I reached for a sachet of Paris. This one hits the spot. Thank you, Paris, for being a tea I can always turn to.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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50
drank Cream Earl Grey by TeaFrog
1963 tasting notes

Trial number 2 of this tea, with a very precise steeping length this time. It certainly smells really creamy, with a hint of citrusy bergamot underneath. I’m afraid I’m still getting some bitterness in the taste, and now I’m thinking it’s the bitterness of the bergamot actually. It doesn’t taste as much like tannin bitterness as it does the bitterness of citrus, like eating the bitter pith of an orange. I feel like this cup is even more bitter than the last one I tried! It completely overwhelms any other flavor in the tea. I’m actually dropping my rating on this tea, because I don’t think I can finish this cup! Other folks like this one, so it could just be my extra sensativity to bitterness, but this tea is not for me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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63
drank Chocolate and Cream by TeaFrog
1963 tasting notes

Roasty, toasty chocolate. This one is tasting even more toasted than I remember last time; it’s tasty, but I don’t know if I want that much toasted flavor in a chocolate tea. I don’t know if it’s my taste buds today or what, but I’m getting more bitterness from this one despite the fact I brewed it a shorter time than last time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Shalimar Oolong by ESP Emporium
1963 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
1963 tasting notes

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
1963 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
1963 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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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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