1696 Tasting Notes

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
1696 tasting notes

Second cup with yesterday’s leaf @ 3 1/2 minutes. This is a good balance between the apple and the rose. I still can’t imagine the two flavors work together but they do and very well. This is a very nice cup of tea. Keep the time under 3 1/2 if great big gobs of green apple aren’t your thing.

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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Thank you Ashmanra this is just what the doctor ordered today to get rid of the lousy breakfast tea grumpies.

The sample I got from Nina’s, a while back, I steeped 3 minutes. It was a lovely lightly rose flavored black tea with a hint of apple.

Today I went by Ashmanra’s comments and steeped 4 minutes. Wow! What a difference. Now this is GREEN APPLE with a lovely rose background. It is almost like how I remember apple wine tasting.

I have more, so next time I will try it at 3 1/2 minutes, just for giggles.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
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I have praised this simple bagged tea many times. Today is not one of those times. The waitress brought me the little silver pitcher and I noticed the water took its time turning dark. I picked up the cup and tasted. It was lukewarm and tasted like bland nothingness. Asking for a new pitcher, thinking she had gotten distracted on the first, the second cup was no better. I started to ask for a third, telling her someone may have turned off the hot water dispenser.

“Oh, the machine is broke, that water is just hot out of the tap. I guess I should have told you.”

Do you think?

Anyway, this makes my point. Bagged tea too often gets a bad wrap it does not deserve. Is it as good as loose leaf? No, but many bagged teas are quite nice, you just have to take care in preparing them, otherwise you get bland nothingness.

Off my rant. Leaving my score from past experience.

gmathis

So sorry…I have never encountered that level of tea ignorance.

ashmanra

Wow. I just don’t know what to say to that.

KatNa

lol, wow… I would have said, “Hot tap water, is for washing ones face, … not brewing tea!”
Jeee Hosophat.

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drank French Vanilla Decaf by Bigelow
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Had this last night. Once again, I find myself at odds with the other reviews. I liked the vanilla flavoring in this. It is not overwhelming. I find it to be nicely creamy. Admittedly, I do not drink a lot of vanilla teas. The problem with this tea for me is the black tea being decaf and bagged has no real presence or definition. As a late evening vanilla-esque cup this was pleasant. I just wanted more tea flavor in it.

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drank Milord's Grey by Kally Tea
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Not the proper way to end this one. I kind of steeped way too long because I walked off to look for a guitar cord and strap – and of course they weren’t where I thought they were. So this is a bit harsh. Still drinkable but not its best. The caramel comes off as kind of vanilla.

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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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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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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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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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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