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1624 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey by The Boston Tea Company
1624 tasting notes

I may never find an Earl Grey that I deeply love (and I will continue to try). However, this is at least an Earl Grey that I don’t mind. Runs a little closer to the Lemon Pledge/floral side than to plain ol’ citrus, which I prefer. Lemon Pledge in a pleasant way.

Terri HarpLady

Have you ever noticed that the people who seem to love the Earl the most are mostly guys? :D
Maybe that sweet perfume reminds them of their mothers.
just sayin…

Sil

hahahaha

K S

No name calling. I’m telling…. Moooommmmm!

Terri HarpLady

:D
K, thanks for being a good sport!

Lynxiebrat

LOL…I’m a girl and I adore EG. :P

Terri HarpLady

Oh well…it was just a theory ;)

gmathis

Female stereotyping again—-but I wonder if the soap & polish vibes remind us subliminally of housework?

NofarS

Try Ronnefeld’s Darjeeling Earl Grey. Just the texture of that tea drives me wild. And I’m not an EG fan

gmathis

Darjeeling sounds like a nifty base for EG. I’m not familiar with Ronnefeld…will have to investigate.

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drank Warwick Assam by Ahmad Tea
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A sipdown this morning. This has been a faithful, smooth, no-fuss breakfast standby. Recommended for Assam lovers who need a basic cupboard tea; too many packets and tins in the hopper for me to hunt this one down assiduously, but if a tin just happened to cross my path at TJ Maxx or a local grocery, it might have to come home with me again.

(I’m a little put out at our TJ Maxx…I realize it’s pot luck and overstocks there, but the tea selection that was giving me such great joy has dwindled down to nothing.)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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A sloppy dollop from the Junkyard Tea Jar: custom blended, changes almost daily. Lots of cocoa and keemun today. This is how great tea sommeliers and blenders get started, yes?

K S

Junkyard Tea – you should grab the rights to that name before they’re gone.

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This little jar of nuggety goodness was a gift; normally I don’t choose chai for myself.

However, it’s fun to play “Where’s Waldo?” with all the ingredients—cinnamon chunks, fennel, fennel and more fennel, black peppercorns…tried a few sips straight up and it was not too bitter as a stand-alone. However, the addition of half-and-half and some brown sugar smoothed it out beautifully. Available in bulk, this gets a Cheapster Steepster thumbs-up for frugality as well.

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I don’t generally catch myself saying, “Self, you need to buy yourself some green tea.” (It’s usually, “Self, you need to spend more money than you need to on bundles and batches of black tea and caffeinate yourself into a coma.”) But if I told myself that, this would be on the short list. Precise balance of greeny and cereally; a second steep holds up nicely; even better when you’re drinking it from your Favorite Sunny Spot.

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Having an oh-my-ears-and-whiskers-I’m-late-must-write-no-time-to-steep afternoon, so this works well. Still comes out more floral than fruity, but with a light touch and cooler temp, it’s a good quality bagged tea that makes you feel like you fussed.

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Overindulgent snack days at work call for something light and mildly medicinal at home. Straight up lemongrass, no additives, clean and mildly sweet to compensate for too many Lil’ Smokies in barbecue sauce and Chex Mix.

Like chamomile and peppermint—it’s pretty hard to distinguish any major variance in lemongrass flavoring, so my Cheapster Steepster recommendation is to buy it loose and inexpensively at the health food store instead of boxed, bagged, and branded.

Fjellrev

I totally agree about your recommendation.

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The problem with pearl teas is that you never come out with the right number at the end of the packet. So I popped in a Mandala Black Pearl and sailed the door with a cup of co-smoke-coa.

Fjellrev

Love “co-smoke-coa.” :)

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First morning in days I didn’t need high-octane to wake up. This one is quickly turning into the “okay, let’s just get this one drunk up and over with” category, but it’s a plausible lighter-end morning tea.

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From my teapot friend. Straight up tonight; no additives. It’s rooibos’ perkier, slightly sharper cousin. (Rooibos is a sleepy granny cat; honeybush is a kitten chasing its own tail?) I’m exhausted this evening, but at least my tastebuds are peppy now.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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