789 Tasting Notes

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This did not stand up well to some half and half, sadly. I was going for a strong, latte-ish experience but I guess I underleafed? I felt like I did 1.5 tsp. to 10 oz. liquid, but even after 5 minutes the steeped liquor was very light.

I got a hint of spice and chocolate but I think more leaf is probably the answer for next time. Note to self, then.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Honestly, it’s light but wakes up if you also add some honey.

OMGsrsly

I agree with Bonnie! It’s a really light tea.

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drank Smooth Earl by Compass Teas
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Backlog from yesterday.

I went through a few days where I would drink a tea and think “you should log this” but then never got around to it. So now I’m in the process of catching up.

Steeped according to package directions, meaning 1 tsp, to 8 oz water and some half and half with about 1/2 tsp. sugar. I drank it while starting a new book (Luminaries, Eleanor Catton) and finishing up another (The Drowning Guard, Linda Lafferty) since I had most of the beginning of this week off.

I do think this is one of the best Earl Grey Cream teas out there. That I’ve tried, at least. Something about the cohesiveness of it, as though bergamot and vanilla and black are actually one singular ingredient. You taste them all together and can’t believe they ever existed apart.

I think marshmallow winter will probably be back in stock from Compass Teas soon (loved that tea last year but only got a sample, unfortunately) so if I place an order for that I’ll be getting more of this as well.

Perfect for my book reading afternoon.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

The book reading afternoon sounds more delicious than the tea :)

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Steep notes, 1.5 tsp leaf, 3 minutes, 180 degree water, about 10 oz. No additives.

This is a backlog from a day or so ago. I’ve had it for a while and not even tried it yet, which is kind of embarrassing because I’ve been whining about how I have no new teas to try (in my head, at least) and DER. One right here.

I’m not normally a white tea person, is the problem. If I buy one of Frank’s white teas it is because of the flavorings involved, as in this case. Mint julep? With strawberry? Fabulous. Let’s do this.

Of course drinking it the first thing I think is how wonderful it would have been to have cold. In summer. That’s my own fault, since I HAD it in summer and did not take advantage. :(

This really wasn’t bad hot though. While the dry leaf had an artificial berry note I didn’t find too exciting, steeped it turned into a very natural strawberry scent and taste. I didn’t get much mint except for that cooling after taste on the swallow, and the white tea did what it normally does and retired meekly to the background. I don’t drink alot of liquor so I didn’t really notice the bourbon flavor, but that’s okay.

Overall it was a clean light tea that I’m curious to try cold. It will have to wait a few days though, because I’m starting 3 12 hour shifts at work tonight and not much will be on my radar except for work and sleep ’til the end of the weekend. :/

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank S'mores Chai by 52teas
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Really? Why was this not in my virtual cupboard??? I have a recent tasting note on here and everything.

Steep notes from today – long, long time. 5+ minutes, with some homemade coffee creamer to sweeten and 1.5 tsp. leaf.

Today was a smoky day for this one. Boo. My palate hates smoky as a rule and every time I go to drink it I have to fight the urge to pull away. Once I get it IN my mouth it’s okay, kind of sweet and spicy, but the smoke is definitely prominent and kind of ruins the fun.

This one seems kind of like a grab bag, best I can tell. Every cup is different. I think it would be more exciting if I preferred all the flavor notes in this – but since there’s that one I don’t like, it’s almost like russian roulette with tea. Something to drink when I’m feeling adventurous, I guess?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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I am REALLY tempted to get the iced version of this. REALLY tempted.

My one hold up is how much I like it with milk and sugar, though… you can’t exactly do iced tea with milk unless it’s like a latte refrigerated. And that takes a whole lot of forethought, not exactly my strong suit.

Anyway, I had this with homemade coffee creamer (the vanilla cinnamon recipe on this page: http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1016415/homemade-coffee-creamers-in-fall-flavors) and it was PERFECT. This tea is flexible enough that it’s good no matter what I put in it, though – that’s why it’s one of my favorites!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Chizakura

I actually find this one works great cold brewed without milk, whereas when I drink it hot, it absolutely HAS to have milk. So maybe give it a try a cup’s worth? :)

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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It’s been while, coconut cream pie!

Milk + sugar at my normal parameters. It is still really creamy and coconutty, even though I’ve had it for a while. I’ve got a nice bit left, too, so which I’ll have to hoard as there isn’t any currently for sale on the site.

Also, I’m down to 69 teas. How did that even happen? I wonder how low I can get before Black Friday?

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Backlog from yesterday.

This one’s always a favorite, but I haven’t had it in a while. Strong black tea with a nice caramel accent. Always fabulous for breakfast with milk and sugar. I think if I was forced to choose only one or two teas to have ever this would be it (this and Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, anyway). Absolutely my perfect breakfast tea.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Boiling water, discarded first rinse. 4.8 g. leaf into 4 oz. gaiwan. This will be my first time having this gong fu style – and I went to the Verdant site to check instructions and found that it’s been archived.

1st steep – 10 seconds-ish because I was slow getting myself situated to pour out from gaiwan to cup. This steep has the buttery texture and nutty flavor of an avocado with the lingering sweetness of apricots that is a signature dan cong flavor for me. It is reallllly smooth.

2nd steep – about the same steep time (I’m slow this morning). At first I almost got a sour note, but then I realized it was the floral undertone. I’m not a huge drinker of the flower teas for this reason, but if you look hard enough the apricot is hiding beneath the flowers. I hope this resolves itself in further steeps.

3rd steep – yes, better. Now more of a cocoa powder flavor is prominent, the fruitiness has disappeared but the buttery avocado texture remains.

Well – I planned poorly. I’m out of water after all the rinses and small steeps. I’ll keep the leaves and have some more tea later since I know this has quite a bit of life left in it. It was great for a leisurely weekend breakfast!

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Shamrock Tea by 52teas
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I swear this tea’s log is just a record of my stomach bugs. :/

But it does do a really good job of calming it down so there’s that. A sick time staple for sure.

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

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Backlog from yesterday.

I wanted this after seeing the most recent www.smittenkitchen.com recipe. So many good things on the internet these days!

With a little bit of sugar (no milk, sadly, as we were out) this did give me a little inkling into what that cake might taste like. Definite notes of plum and cake batter, a little bit of cinnamon. I enjoyed it with a slice of apple pie before heading to sleep after my night of work.

I was just about to write how surprised I was that I fell asleep so easy after drinking a black tea, but then realized it was an oolong blend…so I guess that explains it, haha. Oops, and I just realized I’m lucky it turned out as well as it did, considering I probably burned the leaves. :/

Glad this still has retained it’s flavoring, as it’s getting ready to be the time of year to start drinking it regularly!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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A few of my favorite teas (in no particular order):

*Dessert flavored blacks
*Breakfast blends
*Virtually any black tea (but lapsang/keemun!)
*Dancong oolong
*Sencha
*Dragonwell

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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