1995 Tasting Notes

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drank Sapphire Earl Grey by Novus Tea
1995 tasting notes

I had this tea last night at a fancy restaurant. I was impressed at how delicious it was, so I knew I had to do a tasting note even if my tasting conditions were less than ideal. This is all from memory, and about halfway through my cup a dessert of smoked almond ice cream came and made some sips taste like a lapsang souchong. But still! Very tasty tea.

I’ve never had a tea with malva flowers in it before, but from what I can tell from some online research, they’re more for visual and textural effects than for taste. This tea came in a pyramid sachet, and dried it smelled like bergamot with a distinct sweetness. The aroma of the brewed tea and the taste matched the dried smell pretty perfectly. For a while I was having a time trying to identify what about this tea was making it so delicious; there was no bitterness, the black tea base was very smooth, and there was that sense of sweetness to the tea. The ingredients on the package list only black tea, malva flowers and bergamot, so I was surprised when I finally realized that I was getting fairly strong vanilla cream notes from it, like a really nice Earl Grey cream. I might have to grab a box of this one because I really did enjoy it immensely.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Smoked almond ice cream!!!! That sounds so good!

Dinosara

Yeah, it was really good and really kinda weird at the same time!

Paul M Tracy

This seems like a great find. I really enjoy when people review teas that aren’t run-of-the-mill.

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55
drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
1995 tasting notes

I’m traveling this week, so I haven’t had access to all my teas (hence the lack of tasting notes). This is one of the only teas my mom had in her cupboard, so I had a bag this morning with breakfast. I’m sure I’ve had Constant Comment before, but it’s been quite a while I didn’t really remember it. It reminds me of a holiday tea, with it’s orange rinds and spices.

I like the aroma a lot, clove and cinnamon and a bit of orange, but I feel like the taste falls a little flat. I didn’t get any bitterness, but I didn’t get a lot of distinctive flavor either; it was all in the aroma. A decent tea, but probably not one I’ll go out of my way to stock!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

I wish this was available as a loose tea. It was my go-to tea growing up, but I do wish it was stronger.

Bigelow Tea

Dinosara, we’re sorry to hear our Constant Comment wasn’t your cup of tea….if you’d ever like to try another flavor to sample, please give us a call to request and we’d be happy to send a sample or two….we do appreciate your comments. @KennTeaThyme, we do offer the Constant Comment as loose tea, you can buy from us directly at :

http://www.bigelowtea.com/Catalog/Product/36/4/62/Constant+Comment++Loose+Tea.aspx

Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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82
drank Rose Oolong by Tea Licious
1995 tasting notes

When I took a deep whiff of the dried leaves in the sample pouch today I again got a lot of lemongrass aroma, but also a definite note of rose!

Brewed, however, the flavor profile is pretty different from before. This cup was much less lemony today. It was just about like drinking a nice, leafy green oolong with a hint of lemon. Still no rose, unfortunately, but my first steep seems like a later steep where more of the flavor has already been steeped out. Weird.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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73
drank 1001 Nights by TeaFrog
1995 tasting notes

Getting to the bottom of my sampler on this one, and my cup this time included a ton of powdered tea leaves and flowers. Quite a bit made it through my infusion basket, and the tea definitely seemed stronger after 3 min than before, so the flavors are strong to the point of being a little bitter. Nevertheless, I like this blend and I think I’d want to keep it or something like it in my cupboard!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I was thinking about London this morning (I’ll be there in just over two weeks!), so I decided a cup of Tower of London was appropriate. I remember when I first brought a tagalong tin of this back from the Tower of London a few years ago; when I had the tea at home and realized how delicious it was, I was worried I would only be able to get it at the Tower! I was relieved when I found out it’s actually not only available in the states but made my an American tea company. And thus my love of Harney & Sons was born!

And still, this tea remains at the top of my list. Fruity, a bit of sweet honey, with caramel notes. Today I steeped a smidge longer than I usually do, and I’m getting more cocoa-malty notes from the black tea base. Awesome!

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

Lucky I would love to go back to London! Went on a school trip well over 12 years ago….I wanted to stay!

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76
drank Earl Grey Reserve by Tavalon Tea
1995 tasting notes

I opened my container of this tea today and it looked like I had never taken anything out of it before. Magically regenerating tea!

I still want to do a side-by-side taste test with my traditional EGs, but I have a feeling this one would be near the top. Whenever I have it I really enjoy the cup, with it’s bright bergamot over the warm Ceylon base.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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76

I brewed this one at a slightly cooler temp and a slightly shorter time than my last cup, and it has definitely improved it. No bitterness from the green tea, and a slightly more subdued flavor. It’s a nice, smooth, pleasant green tea with a prominent jasmine aroma and lighter jasmine flavor. This one is a good tea if you primarily want a green that’s been scented; I don’t get much of the jasmine sweetness or honeysuckle notes in this one like you might get from a more heavily jasmined tea, but the jasmine isn’t an afterthought either.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Wild Grey by ESP Emporium
1995 tasting notes

Just the ticket this afternoon; I was pondering a traditional Earl Grey but I’m still not sure if I’m really up for a hearty black tea, so I went with this one. Very citrusy-bergamot, with sharp lemongrass lemony flavor. The green tea is present here but not overly vegetal or grassy. Very tasty.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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78

Steeped this one a little longer this time at a lower temp, and it really brought out the almond. Immediately after steeping I got a very vegetal aroma with an almond background, but as it cools the veggie slides to the background and the aroma is primarily almondy bakery/cookie.

It’s quite tasty, and if I divorce my expectations of a marzipan/almond extract-like almond flavor from the tea, I’m really enjoying it for what it is: a smooth green tea with a nice cinnamon cookie-type (almost a slightly almondy snickerdoodle?) taste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1995 tasting notes

My first pot of Vanilla Comoro! I’ve been hearing about how awesome it is for a while and knew I wanted to try it, and I finally got around to picking up a tagalong tin of it at Harney Soho last weekend. This is also my first decaf black tea. I was a little surprised to find that the base tea isn’t hidden here, and I taste firstly the black tea and then the vanilla, creamy, caramel flavor blooms in my mouth. Pretty delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 5 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.

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