812 Tasting Notes

100

26 degrees this morning. Bleh. I know there are others who have it worse, and to those who are even colder, my deepest sympathies. Winter is no fun when you have things to go and do.

But at least its cold enough to really want to drink a good hot tea. And this, with some oatmeal, was that tea. Lovely as always, even though I went a little overboard on the sweetener today. Now its off to study for a big test tomorrow!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Colder than that here. I think we’re getting January cold weather in February :// You know what they say about paybacks. This is a great tea for the cold weather.

Uniquity

I just did a Google search. Apparently 26 F = -3 C. If it’ll maken you feel better (I know it won’t!) it’s -16 F (-27C) with windchill here this morning. That is stinking cold for my area.

JoonSusanna

@ScottTeaMan- You’re right, it is a fabulous tea for cold weather. I hope it warms up for everyone sooner rather than later!

@Uniquity – OMG that is so bloody cold!! I’m so sorry (unless you like the cold, in which case, I’m not sorry :p)! The idea of living on a tropical island always gets really appealing to me this time of year…

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97

Lately I’ve had the biggest sweet tooth, especially at night. I usually want something desserty but we don’t have sweet stuff on hand because, well, I normally prefer salt. But luckily I have plenty of dessert teas that can fill that void!

This one was prepped with brown sugar and milk at my usual parameters.

What I love about this particular blend is that each cup is a surprise in terms of what note sticks out the most. Sometimes it’s the banana, sometimes the bread/walnut, sometimes the butter. Today I get butter and then banana, but I pretty much enjoy it any way it comes. It isn’t one of the 52teas main blends, though, which makes me sad, as I only have a few cups left. :( Pretty sure I’ll have to suck it up and by a pound of it when that happens.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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96

Did a quick rinse of the leaves, and cold brewed 6 grams of this tea in 750 ml. water for around 12 hours.

I think next time I will go for around 9 or 10 hours instead of 12 – I was worried this wasn’t long enough (it’s a very pale liquor) but it is way stronger than I anticipated! It was overwhelming on my tongue, but in a good way – the peach and nutty flavors rushed at me simultaneously and finished with a surprisingly smoky astringence (another reason why I think I might have gone too long in the brewing process). The aftertaste is very peachy and it lingers for quite awhile after the sip is finished – it is fantastic! Quite refreshing as an iced tea – which is good because I love having iced tea.

So glad I got this at such a huge discount – it makes me feel like I can justify cold brewing such a special tea!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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100

You know, I’ve really come to enjoy this latte style paired with school work in the afternoon. It keeps me from stressing out overly much and that helps me think more clearly and get it all done faster.

It is the best chai I’ve ever had, but I think when I buy more I will opt for their coconut chai – adding some dried of my own really was amazing the one time I had it on hand…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92

2 heaping tsp. tea to 500 ml. water at the below parameters in my Breville.

This is one of those teas that I tend to forget about, even though I really like it while I’m drinking it. It has just enough sweetness from the marshmallow to not need any other additives. It really is reminiscent of a rice krispy treat – albeit a slightly vegetal one.

I really do need to remember to have this one more often – it is a great option for a dessert tea!

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

I really enjoyed my sample of this from the 12 Teas of Cjhristmas, which surprised me – I’m not much for green teas, but thinking genmaicha might be my gateway. It’s a good’un!

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100

My Sunday standard – biscuits and this tea with some milk and sugar. Almond milk gives it an even nuttier caramel flavor which is, if possible, even better than when using cow’s milk. And since I’ve had this more times than I can count, I’ll go ahead and raise the rating to 100. It’s the perfect lazy morning tea for my tastebuds.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

This really is a good blend. Years ago I bought a 500g tin, and drank it nearly every day. :))

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95
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
812 tasting notes

A weekend for relaxing – finally! I can’t really remember the last time I had one of those!

Today I chose a bagged Earl Grey for breakfast – I am truly taking lazy to the extreme! But it is a Lupicia bagged tea, and those tend to have leaves of really good quality. This is no exception.

I prepped it this morning with almond milk and sugar, but I don’t think that the almond milk favors the bergamot in the tea. It is definitely still drinkable, though. I’ll just remember for next time to use regular milk or none at all.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

You deserve a lazy weekend sometimes! :-)

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95

Life has been stressy lately.

And unfortunately for me, stress is inversely proportional to tea consumption. But I made a point to stop and have some tonight, anyway.

It was a wise decision – and the almond milk I added (instead of regular milk) really takes this up a notch. It becomes almost caramel like in flavor. A perfect balm for my nerves.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

Same here…. Stress is definitely inversely proportional to tea consumption and Steepster up to dateness… Catching up today! Soooo much to read! : )

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94

This has to be one of my favorites from Teavivre. It is so very vegetal, light and clean.

When I scrape together the money for an order, this one will definitely be included!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

I flaked and added half as much leaf as I usually do, which means it’s not as strong as it usually is. :(

Oh well, it’s still a nice drink to have on a cold, January morning.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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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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