828 Tasting Notes

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.

Preparation
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
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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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100
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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I don’t know why I consider this a breakfast tea, but I do. Especially on the weekends. But then, around Thanksgiving I do tend to eat the leftover pie for breakfast, so maybe it’s not terribly out of character for me.

Steeped and prepared my usual way, served with homemade waffles because it’s Saturday and I can. :)

I am going to have to put this on my reorder list sooner rather than later – I’m going through the pouch quite fast (for me)!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

When I looked through my box of Teavivre samples tonight I was between this one and the Yunnan Dian Hong. This one won because it’s smell was a tinge darker and more earthy compared to the slightly brighter (maybe fruity?) scent of the Yunnan.

But I remembered that this tea had a note of smoke when I made it previously, so I decreased the steep time by about 30 seconds to avoid it. It worked pretty well, I think – the cocoa notes I got before are stronger than the smoke essence. It still retained its thick texture, and seemed very bready to me again tonight.

It is still perfect without additives, and I think because of the reduction in smoke I will raise it up a few points. A wonderfully satisfying black tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100

I made the strawberry pie honeybush last night and saw this one sitting next to it, and made a mental note to make this today. Ah, memories….this was my very first foray into 52teas and the start of my addiction. :)

Prepped my usual way – 8 minute steep of 1 tbsp. leaves in 500 ml. water.

I have been going through my supply of Coconut Cream Pie black since the last time I’ve tried this, so I wondered how the two would compare. This one has the tang of cheesecake at the front, followed by the coconut, while with the black tea I feel like the coconut is more front and center, with buttery, flaky pie crust following close behind.

I like (nay, LOVE) both of them – the only deciding factor between which one I drink is the caffeine content, and really, it makes me so happy that I have a coconut tea I can have whenever I want one.

One of my must-haves (luckily it’s part of the permanent collection!)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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97

This was exactly what I wanted tonight – I’ve been in the mood for something strawberry-y and this was better than any food dessert I could have whipped up.

Made latte style and tonight I’m really getting the graham cracker crust and strawberry notes. Fantastic!

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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