1382 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey by Twinings
1382 tasting notes

Last time I had this one I thought I was so over it. I said it was meh. Today I thought I would ice ice the last bag but once brewed the bergamot scent was so wonderful I never got around to ice. There is a reason this is such a popular grocery store tea. It is the standard by which I measure all other EG’s. I like Ahmad a little better as it has more Ceylon bite but this is still very enjoyable. Another Cheapster Steepster Sunday Sip Down.

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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I feel like calling winter into my office at 3:45 on a Friday and telling it to find another job. Church was cancelled today because of black ice. I had a suspicion last night when it started misting on the windshield. So I declared it a house pants day for all of an hour before they started bugging me and I had to find actual clothes. I can’t believe it either. So now I have decided its Cheapster Steepster Sunday. At least till it starts bugging me. Starting with this tea bag sip down. I used to really be apathetic toward EB. I used to call it beige. Not bad just never remember what I just sipped. This one has actually grown on me. It is smooth, malty, and comfortable. Sometimes that is enough.

TheTeaFairy

Yeah, K S, Lets do this Trump style: Winter, YOU’RE FIRED!!

Sami Kelsh

Indeed ‘tis. I was at a friend’s house, and he apologised for only having Yorkshire Tea in because I’m known as the Brewmaster and all, but, like, sometimes you just want a simple cuppa!

K S

Yes! Or a gentler approach: I’m sorry winter, you have been eliminated. Please go back to your workspace and pack your kit. Not sure if that is my Heidi Klum or McKenzie Westmore interpretation.

K S

Sami Kelsh – I love that you have friends who understand your love of tea enough they think they have to apologize for their commoner approach. I also love that you have not lost the appeal of a simple cuppa!

TheTeaFairy

Yes K S, I can totally picture you doing a perfect impression of Heidi Klum, lol.
And I so agree with your comment about what Sami said…some common teas are like old friends are they not?

Sami Kelsh

My mother will pretty much only drink her supermarket’s own brand Earl Grey. If she’s visiting company, she’ll bring a little bag of tea with her.

(To be fair, I’m out of town for 5 days coming up, and I plan to bring enough tea to keep me going)

Also, please do make winter stop – I’m trying to bake bread and my flat’s so cold that the dough won’t prove! :(

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OK, let’s be honest. The first thing I did after opening the envelope was put the sailboat together. Who doesn’t love a cool cork sailboat? It is now proudly displayed but not in a bottle because I lack the patience and attention span – squirrel. I love the packaging except once you cut the top you remove the tag with the tea name, so open one at a time.

I am not a big fan of assam type black as it is too hard on my stomach. Not being sure how this black will react I held the steep to 2 1/2 minutes. I had no ill affects – yeah. Prepared as I did I found this to be light-medium bodied. Malty, smooth, silky, and pleasant with a nicely fruity aftertaste. I enjoyed the cup and look forward to trying it again.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Never heard of the vendor—but packaging you can play with? I need to make this for my fifth graders! (Hey look, a bunny!)

K S

I don’t recall my wife doing this with the cub scouts years ago but it would have been fun. Afterwards we could have sat around, dipped girl scout cookies in our tea, and discussed sailing.

gmathis

Tomorrow we’re going to play a tweaked version of Battleship and blow feathers at each other. You are cordially invited.

K S

5th graders and a battleship feather fight. You are a brave woman. Take no prisoners!

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I could look at the dry leaf all day long. Beautiful and interesting. This is topped only by the aroma out of the bag. Just Wow! honey drenched burnt caramel. Again, just Wow! I steeped one minute per directions. I think two would be more to my personal tastes. It is a little lighter than the scent suggests. But man is it tasty. White, puerh, black, oolong – its all in there. It tastes mostly of Yunnan black and dark Wuyi. Malty, light cocoa, burnt caramel, light hints of cinnamon. As usual I liked it best as it approaches room temperature. Thanks Terri for sharing this jewel.

TastyBrew

I love this one. I didn’t at first, but by the time I finished my bag and wanted to buy some more, it was gone. sigh

BrewTEAlly Sweet

(Clicks wishlist) how have I not seen this one?!

gmathis

(mouth watering)

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drank Cherry Green by Simple Loose Leaf
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I have enjoyed all the teas I have had from Simple Loose Leaf. They even made me respect chai – not an easy feat. I love the bags they use with the vent to help remove air from the bag. That said, I am not sure what I think of this tea. I picked it because I have never had a cherry tea before. I used to think strawberry and tea sounded awful together until I had one, now I think it is a great idea. Cherry though, I mean what is cherry supposed to taste like? Cherry pie? I wish, but no. Maraschino cherries? Thankfully no. I hate them. Cherry Kool-aid or cherry pop tarts? It is quite sweet. Hmmm. Yes, I think that flavor neighborhood describes this. Is that good or bad? I have no idea. As the cup cools I can taste the hyson. It is nice enough. Reserving judgment for now.

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90

Cup from last night. Not sure how any one can hate on this one. Much love from me. I do always sweeten this because, hey, its sugar cookie.

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90

The picture looks lighter and greener than this did in my spoon. Maybe I should add more light. OK, so my first unflavored bao zhong. I never know how I am going to respond to an oolong. There is no pattern to my likes and dislikes that I can figure out. This one I really liked. Sweet, floral (but not in your face floral) like lilac or light rose, and unexpected melon notes. It becomes more creamy as it cools . Something I didn’t note on my blog, as I just caught it while typing this – there is a darker earthy flavor that pop up as it cools even further, it is like a hint of roasted flavor. This is a really nice cup of yum.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
The Persimmon Tree

We’re happy that you like it! :)

gmathis

I like the roastier oolongs better than the floralier ones.

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drank Criss Cross by RiverTea
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158 F is a little tough to do for me, so I am pretty sure I just used the lowest setting on my kettle previously (175 F). Today I stood by the kettle and watched as the temperature gauge started to rise. Just before it read 158 I turned it off and poured. I really did not think it would make much difference as I really liked this before. It definitely did make a difference. The wet leaf has the typical steamed spinach aroma at first then suddenly blossoms with a very green vine like scent. I inhaled twice. It is an instantly recognizable smell but one I can’t place. Whatever it is it translate wonderfully into the cup. Really enjoying this one on a snowy day.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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We had yet another winter storm warning for last night and this morning. Yawn. I am so over winter. Ended up only getting a couple inches of snow/sleet/ice mix. Makes me very happy I no longer have to force myself out the door in the morning. It is officially a house pants day. Saw Gmathis started her day with Ahmad English Breakfast. This is as close as I have to that one. It is bagged and still very satisfying. I did have to fix a multi-grain bagel with it as it gave me just a little stomach burn. Very nice combo. Now I am off to rescue Kerbals. This time I trapped then on planet Duna without enough fuel to return. I am on my fifth attempt to design an unkerbaled craft capable of a return flight. The landing site is starting to look like a used spacecraft lot. Low mileage. Only flown once. :)

gmathis

Did a TJ Maxx flyby over the weekend—-they’ve restocked with a few Ahmad bagged teas, but I couldn’t justify the $$. Tea packets are creeping out of their designated hidey-holes and taking over the kitchen tables…a little like The Man Eater of Surrey Green (Avengers, UK production, circa Emma Peel, 1965).

K S

Our TJ Maxx never has anything fun. We have a world food market 30 miles up the road that carries a good selection. I just have to make sure I check the expiration dates. Doesn’t matter, right now I am getting that look. You know the one. Unless it just shows up on my doorstep no more tea for a while. Tea-Rex sad.

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Started this one yesterday and just continued on into this morning. I am used to shou being very dark. This one was clear and the color of sun tea – light orange. The wet leaf is very dark and musty/earthy smelling but the brew is extreme mellow horse tack. Very, very easy to drink. I started with a 30s steep and the last I let steep about 4 minutes to see if it would turn inky. The answer is nope. A very nice poo-air.

__Morgana__

Poo-air. ;-)

boychik

I like it a lot

mrmopar

poo-air is good!

K S

It’s funny, it is hard enough to find agreement on how to spell it puer – puerh, much less how it is properly pronounced. Poo-air is my best guess. Here locally IF they have even heard of it they are more likely to pronounce it pure-ray (yeah, we’re hicks) or less likely pew-err.

gmathis

…and then they snicker about poo in tea. I live among barbarians.

boychik

My hubby jokes that I’m drinking compost. Sometimes he steals a cup from me

TeaExplorer

Funny … my wife refers to it as compost as well :/
The barbarians are at our very gates!

K S

The first puerh I bought was not a good one. I recorded it as smelling like fish wrapped in newspaper and stored in a damp cellar. I drank it anyway. Fortunately, this one has no fish heads. The compost smell does tend to keep the barbarians out of my cup. Apparently boychik isn’t as lucky, or her husband is a closet one of us. Gabba gabba hey! (obscure Ramones reference)

mrmopar

We don’t like fish heads much. I saw Andrew Zimmerman eat some “stinkheads” in Alaska I think. One taste and he was done.

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