drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
862 tasting notes

I’m so glad I remember to put the steep parameters at the bottom of my tasting notes – since I go entire seasons without hot tea my memory tends to fade.
That said, I’ve learned that I really like my black teas at around 4 minutes – so even though I stayed with 3 minutes in previous notes I decided to take my 3 tsp. tea leaves to 16 oz. water and let them sit an extra minute.

This steeping is quite dark, and very heavy on the vanilla scent – but that scent is played down a bit in the taste. In fact, it seems a bit more balanced with the bergamot this way. And the black tea makes itself known, too, which I don’t remembering happening in past steepings.

It’s a great way to start a cool, September Friday morning.

ETA: OK, this is just a note to myself: I think that I may be sensitive to bergamot in this quantity. After drinking two cups I felt slightly headachy from the aroma and the taste. I like bergamot, so this is sad – but I either need to limit myself to one cup next time or just mix it 1:1 with a straight black.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 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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