1475 Tasting Notes

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drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Twinings
1475 tasting notes

I’m sure I have had this at some point in history. I can’t find any notes I’ve ever written about it. It is one of the half dozen Twinings teas that have always been on the local grocer’s shelves. Thanks to Brett I will finally get to write a note on this. I read all the notes listed under the loose leaf and bagged versions of this. Normally I consider that cheating. Today I consider it good reading material while sipping tea. The comments were often of the punch in the face, kick in the butt, variety. Then there was the wow this is malty comments. Apparently my experience was less exciting.

I left the bag in the cup the whole time. After having tried the Harney and Sons Irish breakfast, this one seems closer to Prince of Wales – Not in taste rather in intensity of the cup. It does have some light malty notes. It is a bit astringent (drying) but not bitter even with the bag staying in it. I enjoyed the cup while sipping but don’t really crave a repeat. Not bad it just didn’t move me.

ashmanra

In Ireland this is labeled simply “Assam”.

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88
drank Organic Dehydrated Camellia by Teavivre
1475 tasting notes

Day two with the same leaf… petals… flowers, ummm whatever this is. The second cup is darker in color. Still very see through but with a golden green tint. This has no bitterness. It still makes me think white tea with its melon and light cucumber notes. I thought this last night but wasn’t sure until today – this has a cooling effect making my lungs feel more open. My wife is going to try it later since its caffeine free. It didn’t work as a sleep aid for me like chamomile but it doesn’t pump more stay awake in your veins either. I’m am ready to commit to a rating. I like this.

K S

Inspired by JoonSusanna, I did some tea-search this afternoon. It has me wondering now – is this a tisane or a tea? It is not the leaf of the tea plant. Camellia is the flower of camellia sinesis plant. So is it tea or not? Hmmm.

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88
drank Organic Dehydrated Camellia by Teavivre
1475 tasting notes

New Samples from TeaVivre! Woot! Not going to rate this until I get to fix it without the microwave. I quickly looked at the picture and thought what came out of the bag would be hard like nuts. Nope. It’s real soft. I steeped with below boiling water for maybe three minutes. The resulting brew is pretty clear. It has a little bit of honey color but not much. I’m wondering will this have any flavor? But of course. The website says it has a persimmon aftertaste. I was expecting closer to chamomile. It does not taste like our persimmons and definitely not chamomile. What I got is something very similar to white tea. Subtle but deep. Even prepared poorly I like this. If I were to rate it I would say mid to high 80’s. Don’t fear the Herbal. Need more cowbell?

ashmanra

I have been eyeing this one. I may have to take the plunge on my next order.

Claire

Oh KS, now I have that song stuck in my head!

ashmanra

I gotta fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!

K S

You gotta recycle the classics every now and then. Stay tuned for Dancing Queen ;p

K S

I noticed the only other review of this at the moment thought it tasted like oolong. That is cool when a cup can give up such different impressions.

gmathis

Oh, thanks…now I’m going to dream Abba dreams all night.

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drank Blue Mist by Simpson & Vail
1475 tasting notes

Another from Nicole – thanks! The leaf is kind of pretty to look at with the blue cornflower and marigold petals. There is also some white or silver colored something in there. This reminds me of mellow mango, because, well, its mellow and tastes of mango. This really is a very light flavored tea. I think sweetener is a must if you want to bring the fruit flavor out. When a tea is this subtle it needs to be really complex to draw you in. This is ok but not great.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

A big thank you to Nicole for this one. Twisted pieces of broken leaf with rust colored buds well represented. It has some similarities to the Golden Monkey I had yesterday but much much more subtle. It has more similarities to a breakfast Assam without being in your face. It does have some bite and is a little drying. A nice tea I would not turn down. First cup was a pretty reddish orange. Second was bronze and was more planty tasting.

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100
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
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I spent the entire workday yesterday sipping Black Pearl. I know that’s not its name but it makes me giggle and go Arrrr! And then that reminds of the Pirates who don’t do anything. They just sit around and watch TV. And that reminds me of the line from the show, “You look like Captain Crunch… You’re making me very hungry.” That makes me giggle too, so today I decided to grab a brownie and this tea.

I rated the Pearls at 90. Earlier I gave this one a 100. The reality, for me at least, is once a tea hits the magic 90 mark, the difference between a 90 and a 100 is probably externals as much as anything. You know, what’s on the desk. Who’s in my face. The weather, my mood. To get a 90 a tea has to make me forget where I am, if for only amount. If I lose track of time even better.

Pearls and Golden Monkey are pretty similar. Pearls may actually have a little more body. I think they are both worthy of a mid 90’s score but I’ll leave the ratings as that’s how they spoke to me at the time.

gmathis

I am so far behind on my Veggie Tales now that my one and only is grown. (But sometimes I still hum “God is bigger than the Boogeyman” under my breath.)

K S

Do they still make them? My kids are grown as well but I still sing, “Oh where is my hairbrush?” every now and then. Funny how the mind can travel backwards in time like it was only a moment ago.

gmathis

Still in production as far as I know.

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90

Most every one has been crazy for this one. Previously, I just wasn’t as impressed. Let’s see what happens today. This is the last of the sample – 5 pearls and some loose crumbs. I boiled the water and steeped 2 minutes per the label instructions.

Ooh, I do love the smell and the dark golden caramel color. The aroma is like cocoa bread or… brownies! Needs sprinkled with powdered sugar :) Mmmmm brownies, but I digress. The taste is deep and rich and malt and cocoa and delicious. There is also a big chunk of flavor in the back that reminds me of an old barn stacked with hay. Then I notice the cocoa is mixing with notes of nuts and wood. Later cups the roastiness comes out to play. This is pretty amazing. How could this not have caught my attention before? I am really wondering if I used fully boiling water in my previous attempts. I could not have brewed this correctly.

This is awesome. Wish I had realized this at the beginning of the sample. Definitely upping the rating.

ashmanra

My first time sipping this one I wasn’t wow’ed. Then it crept into my thoughts again and again, and made me order it. Now it is a staple.

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86

I thought I had logged this before…. weird. Anyway nice, grassy and buttery.

CHAroma

I love the name. Extremely green tea!! LOL!

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83

They say this smells of spices and flowers and the primary taste is lingering peach. This is a good tea but I don’t make any of those associations. Maybe Jedi mind tricks just don’t work on me. I must be tapped into my inner Yoda :) This smells of moderately roasted oolong. It tastes of roasted oolong and feels like drinking milk. Once the roasted flavor subsides it has a nice TGY floral/latex aftertaste. Maybe a little nutty. A nice oolong it is.

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85
drank Chamomile Vanilla Bean by Fusion Teas
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Backlog from last night. It must have worked. I fell asleep without logging it :)

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