259 Tasting Notes

91

Having a cup with my favorite breakfast: a scrambled egg on top of a bowl of rice. The tea is a gentle wake-up from a weird night.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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75

Having an afternoon lift to get me through the day. I added a smidge of Tea Embassy’s Georgian Caravan to the brew to give a bit of smokiness. A quite nice mix for the afternoon, I think.

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

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72
drank CS Lewis Blend by Tea Embassy
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Sencha Hanabi by Lupicia
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I have tried some other roasted senchas in the past, and was worried that this blend would seem too much like genmaicha for my taste. It turns out that this sencha has a very nice flavor, mildly roasted, not to sweet, not too nutty. It brews up a very nice golden color. I like it quite a lot.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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91

My morning cup, a little gentler than a cup of black tea.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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91

My breakfast cup.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Bergamot Blossom by Tea Embassy
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When the boiling water hit the leaves the kitchen filled with the scent of bergamot. First taste without milk is very citrusy. Added a dash of milk which smoothed out the rough spots. At first it was too hot to get a full taste, but once it cooled off it definitely has a creamy fullness to it, which I believe is from the tea itself rather than the milk. A healthy amount of bergamot without being too strong. This is the kind of Earl Grey I imagine Picard drinking to help him think. Next time I’ll try my preferred parameters – water a little less than boiling.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea Company
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Just had this at a local coffee shop with frothed milk – called a London Fog. Fantastic!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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72
drank CS Lewis Blend by Tea Embassy
259 tasting notes

Tried it a little hotter than my usual temperature. This preparation brings out a hint of bitterness and spice, which would be welcome on a cold autumn morning. Still pretty mild, which is nice for me. I generally prefer mellow black teas rather than rattle-your-teeth strength. I’m having this in the early afternoon as I settle back into work.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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88

A sweet green tea, not very grassy, closer in flavor to crisp, fresh vegetables. The company’s description is quite accurate. This tea is quite enjoyable. Second steep is pretty good, too.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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