1410 Tasting Notes

This is an interesting tea. The bergamot scent is strong and so is the mint blast. It is a cool (pun originally unintentional) mix of flavors I have not seen from any one else. Might not appeal to every one but I keep going back to it.

I don’t use the flavors thing but bergamot isn’t even listed. What’s up with that?

Kat_Maria

I think the flavors that are given are mainly for straight teas and not the flavored ones… And that’s why you’ll find ‘malt’ or ‘cannabis’ (lol) on the list but not bergamot. It was confusing me as well at first.

Kaylee

ha! cannabis is a flavor option!

I’m on the hunt for a good casablanca-style tea. Would you recommend this one?

K S

Kaylee it depends on how you like your earl grey and mints. The mint is mainly peppermint with spearmint in a lighter dose. The bergamot is the main component and is not wimpy. I have gone through it pretty quick, so I guess that means I like it. I’ll check and see how much I have left to send you some to try.

Kaylee

Aw, that’s not necessary but thank you! Is there anything in my cabinet you’d like to try?

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90

According to my tasting note I have had this for two years! Two Years?! That can’t be correct. Anyway, it is still very fresh. I completely forgot how roasted this smells. Just like a hojicha I own. The taste is moderately roasted green oolong. The liquor feels quite dense. Very nice.

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Yesterday’s leaf. This is even more delicious than yesterday. Honey sweetness, orchid floral, and something lightly spicy. Much happiness in my belly.

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I used a couple ounces more water than intended but the results were good. This is a solid contender for a everyday oolong. The liquor is highly floral scented and a lovely green. The cup is much more behaved than the aroma might suggest. It is buttery, tasting of honey with a spiciness that reminds me of mild ginger. Reading the description I see orchid mentioned and yes I think that nails what I’m getting later in the sip. The aftertaste is sweet but dissolves into a drying sensation without really seeming astringent.

My favorite thing about this tea is though it smells highly floral, the taste does not overpower your senses with flowers. This is a smooth and gentle cup. Not being in love with oolongs, I found this to be an interesting and delicious cup.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I drank no tea yesterday. Truth be told until suppertime the only fluid I drank was a glass of milk first thing in the morning. I got busy and just lost track of time. I was hoping to make up lost time today but haven’t done well so far. I am following so many people there is no way I can catch up with tasting notes. I barely checked in on Steepster yesterday now I have way to many unread notes. I have got a few cups of this one in me though.

First the bad news. I cannot make the honeysuckle connection. It grows wild in the fence rows all around here. In the summertime the air is amazing in the early morning air. Slow car rides with the windows down are highly recommended.

Now the good. This is a very mellow gentle puerh. The dry leaf scent is like a fruity black tea with hints of mint. The sip is very smooth with a sweet forest floor woodsy floral aroma. My first cup was at 30 s and it was light with notes of mint. The second I went 5 minutes per The Persimmon Tree suggestion. It was a little stronger and spicier but really pretty similar to the first. I actually preferred the first. I think next time I’ll start at 2 minutes and adjust from there. This is a really nice first unflavored puerh with enough depth to grow with you for quite a while.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Finished this sample today. It passed the PBJ test – but just barely. I prefer something with more guts to stand up to peanut butter. Nice tea but maybe with cookies instead.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! I have a peanut butter category as well! I’m having Teavivre Yun Nan Diang Hong with it as we speak :-) Mmmm, nothing beats a cup cuppa tea with peanut butter toasts…

K S

I agree. Dian hong is at the top of my PBJ list! and EG’s usually hold up pretty well.

gmathis

I still love the tea with toys notion.

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drank White Monkey by Little Red Cup Tea Co.
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Not sure this qualifies as a Cheapster Steepster but it is affordably priced and it is a sip down. After the lemon green tea nastied up my taste buds I needed something to put me back in my tea happy place. This may be my last caffeine for the day and I botched it. The kettle took off and left me, running the temp up to 200 F. I should have waited. I should have. I didn’t. So this is kind of, OK not kind of, it is way off from what it should be. Feeling like an amateur about now. Time to switch to Candy Cane Lane – I probably can’t ruin that one.

This one is normally very good and I do recommend it just don’t cook it. Arrggh!

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drank Lemon Green by Unknown
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At Christmas I usually get a mug from someone. Usually it has some tea in it. Usually it is bad unless it is Twinings. This is not Twinings. A little silver bag with 4 tagless, stringless, teabags inside. The dust did plump kinda well. The cup is cloudy but green. This may contain lemongrass. It is not the fake candy lemon typically in these bags but it just is sub par. I really can’t taste tea. My mom would like it. So another Cheapster Steepster Sunday Sip Down for me and special delivery to mom who thinks Lipton green tea is just fine.

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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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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