1691 Tasting Notes

90
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1691 tasting notes

An Ah-Oh moment. What was I thinking. I finally hit the bottom of the seemingly bottomless tin. I can’t justify buying more until I drink down some of my other teas. Fortunately I have nearly a pound of Ahmad Green with Earl Grey to tied me over. :)

Today I used my usual amount of leaf and 6oz water from a drip coffee thingy. I only let it steep in the press until the water stopped dripping. Poured into my cup and this is very aromatic and flavorful. A worthy ending to my favorite cheap earl.

gmathis

Cheap Earl…didn’t they make a sitcom about him?

K S

I think it was a Dixie Chicks song.

Nxtdoor

“Good bye Earl” was the Dixie Chicks song. One of my favourites although the lyrics tell a pretty awful story.

K S

Good bye Earl sounds appropriate and pretty awful ;)

mrmopar

Goodbye Earl that’s a good tie in with the song.

Terri HarpLady

This is Tony’s current favorite Earl.

K S

It is pretty close to Twinings but the base has more guts and the bergamot is not as bright (less lemony?) Tony has good taste ;)

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83
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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I know there isn’t strawberry in this, but that is what it smells like this morning. I even used near boiling water because I was in too big a hurry for caffeine to wait. The result – No bitterness! I do need to cut one of these sachets open before they are gone and release the bancha. It fills the bag to overfull. I like this a lot.

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From last night – A pleasantly aromatic bagged decaf. As expected not a lot of depth but for late night sipping this was pretty good.

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85

Sip down! Thanks Nicole. Ok, not sure what I did different this time. Man this is really good. The water was boiling and I kind of let it steep a pretty long time. Anyway a great ending to this neat tea.

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90
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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First caffeine of the day. The bottomless tin keeps plugging along. This was prepared with my new living room tea station. The water is heated by a one cup coffee maker. I put the press with the tea under drip. I think it will be too hot for green tea so am going to have to work on what I can do. Maybe add the leaf after the water cools? Anyway, it worked great for this black based Earl Grey.

Lala

I have a hot shot at work, but most of my travel mugs don’t fit under it. So I have a small tea pot that I drain the water into and then pour into my mug. This works great for when I drink green or white tea, I can let the water cool a bit in the pot before I put it in my mug.

K S

My hot shot died and I have not found another like it. I miss it.

Lala

I had to buy mine off of amazon.com. They are not for sale anywhere in Canada.

gmathis

Hubby bought me a spare Hot Shot for Christmas just in case from a local True Value Hardware dealer. I doubt the local store does online commerce, but you might Google True Value and see what you get…

K S

I have to make due for now. I figure around back to school or Christmas they will have them at target. Maybe by then I’ll be able to splurge for a lower end programmable kettle.

mrmopar

Have you tried the Ahmad cardamom tea? I have been wanting to find someone that had tried it.

K S

Mrmopar – yes I have tried Ahmad cardamom. I have a couple review posts on Steepster. I had the bagged version but I have seen it in loose. I liked it. My rating is my standard for bagged tea that I like that aren’t staples. It is definitely worth trying.

mrmopar

Thanks, we were looking to get some of this! I will check your review of it.

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From last night. Not my favorite tasting night time tea (that would be Two Leaves Better Rest, sadly it is over twice the price). I am not a big fan of spearmint but this is better than it has to be, fairly inexpensive, readily available. It’s comfortable. And it helps me relax so I can get some sleep.

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90

Sipdown of the bags generously sent by gmathis. It took a couple cups to figure out my personal favorite way of preparing this. (1 bag, 8oz, close to boiling. I even leave the bag in) Once I got it right, this is so satisfying to sip and tastes just like the name implies. I now have a reason to look forward to colder weather in a few months. I can stock up on this and Candy Cane Lane. Celestial Seasonings you have surprised me.

KatNa

This is the second time around for a comment here, because I can’t speel worth beans,
This is one of my all time Favorite teas. I could drink this All. Day. Long. hahah Now, I have to wait for cooler weather to find this in stores.

K S

I would have missed this one completely if not for Steepster. I just never took Celestial Seasonings seriously. Go to show you never know until you try.

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90
drank Super Fruit Sencha by Fusion Teas
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A sipdown sort of. I finished off the sample bag. I still have about half of the 4oz bag I bought.

Superfruity and delicious. If you like gojiberry you really should try this one.

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85
drank House Blend by Tropical Tea Company
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I seem to like this one more than most of the other reviewers, once again. I don’t even like pineapple, so go figure. I forgot this was a white tea. The water was a little hotter than I would have used if I had remembered. The coconut and pineapple blend so nicely, yet each is clearly tasted on its own. It would get an even higher rating if I could separate out the white tea in the sip.

Rabbit trail ahead: This is the first cup I prepared in my new den (the wife’s former junk room – she moved her stuff upstairs). I went to Walmart and bought a unit made of 4 stacking plastic drawer type bins. You have probably seen them, they stands about two feet tall (abt 2/3 m). Two drawers are about 8" tall and two are about 4". I put it in the den and filled it with my tea. I had to leave the tea bags and decaf out so it would fit. I also left out the teas that are two aromatic to be trusted with other teas. Oh, and like Bonnie, I have hardly bought anything in six months. I think maybe $10/month and that includes the stacking drawers.

Anyway, so I now have my main station with my kettle in the den. I also have a smaller station set up in the corner of the living room with all the bagged and evening decaf teas. I have a press and a Finum basket at each station. Pretty awesome.

gmathis

We won’t worry until you own up to stashing some under your mattress.

K S

Under the bed sure, but not under the mattress – it might hurt their tiny little tender leaves.

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83
drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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My first from Lupicia. Wow, most everyone seems a bit hostile towards this one. Not understanding why. It smells wonderful when you open the bag to remove a sachet. Mango, pineapple, assorted citrus. I did not use boiling water as directed nor a 5oz cup. With 10oz of steaming water this turned out a bit weak. I think it tastes nice. It is cooling and the aftertaste is a bit like watermelon. The problem is I have had low cost bagged teas that tasted nearly as flavorful and were much stronger in a mug. I will try again with a smaller cup later. I like it but expected more.

Dinosara

I like it pretty well! It’s really tasty iced as well.

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