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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
814 tasting notes

Had a heaping teaspoon of this in 8 oz water directly after my French Vanilla Assam from 52 teas as a sort of comparison, if you will…I know they’re different animals but they fill the same niche in my life and one has to prevail.
This one wins on scent of the dry leaf…but it is a much thinner mouthfeel than the assam. I think that could be remedied with milk and sugar, though, and maybe doing longer steeps, as I did have to increase the assam to 5 minute steeping to get that mouthfeel.
I think for today the Assam is winning, though…good thing it’s being reblended..

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

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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