1294 Tasting Notes

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drank Premium Taiping Houkui by Vicony Teas
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As others said about this type tea – the leaves are huge. I did a long review here: http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2012/08/vicony-teas-company-premium-taiping.html

Short review – My experience was different than others describe this. The orchid flavor tastes mineral and mushroom to me. It has a lingering aftertaste but I did not find it naturally sweet. It went great with a ham and turkey sandwich. I like it but not love it.

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85
drank Jasmine Green by Utopia Tea
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I grabbed this one out of the drawer this afternoon. The jasmine in this is really nice. This is a wonderful tea.

To echo Hesper June, this one is $8/4oz, so it is also an affordable jasmine.

Hesper June

I love when something is tasty and affordable too:-)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Last night I had some really good white peony leaves that had already been steeped several times. I added some home grown tulsi. I loved this combination. The melon and fruity of the white tea melded perfectly with the highly floral and clove like tulsi. The result had no clove flavor instead it was fruity and floral, almost like a mild rose. it was dripping with honey type flavor. This was a really good idea!

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91

Sip down. Saying goodbye to another beautiful tea.

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95
drank Earl Grey by Utopia Tea
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Sip down. It would be enough if this just had a nice Ceylon base and a healthy dose of bergamot. This has more. It doesn’t say it on the label but this seems to have a touch of smoke. It really makes this an excellent Earl Grey.

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93

See how white the leaf looks in the picture? Well, it really is that white. This leaf is gorgeous. It tastes just as good as it looks. Cucumber and melon, with a lingering sweet aftertaste. Superfine is not just the grade of leaf with this one.

For those interested Vicony asked me to mention they supply samples to reviewers. You will have to meet a few conditions and they do ask for a phone number. The few hoops were worth it to try this one.

Bonnie

That is a pretty leaf!

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89
drank Osmanthus Puer Tea by Pure Puer Tea
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This came from ashmanra. THANKS I can’t find this on pure puerh’s website. I thought I would grab a picture – apparently not. This is interesting. Beyond the horse and saddle leather it has a pepper / ginger bite to it. Underneath that is some interesting floral notes. Another thing I noticed is that several minutes after sipping this I could still taste it and feel its cooling affect on my breath. Very nice!

ashmanra

Wow! You are right, they appear to be out of this one.

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93

Ok, the Zenjala Creamy Earl Grey was a sophisticated cup. The vanilla was very mild and served to tame the uncivilized bergamot. Empire Tea Services calls their version luxurious. My take on this is it is more of a frat house version. The vanilla comes screaming out of the pouch, chased by the bergamot beast in a toga. The Ceylon base is like the bass player in the band, you may not notice him untless he stops, then you realize he was responsible for the groove. There are also hints of chocolate and something like burnt caramel or sugar. This is a party in a cup and I don’t think it is intended for meditative moments. Party on.

Madeline Alyce

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to drink earl gray again without picturing Bergamot as a toga wearing frat boy! Thanks!

gmathis

You know you make me wanna SHOUT
(Sorry I’m too tired for a food fight.)

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93

Sip down with my son. His review – funky with a grassy aftertaste. My review is less cerebral – Mmmmmm dragonwell. Love it!

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90
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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I love Ahmad. Inexpensive loose leaf in a tin. The base can get harsh if you over steep. This is my favorite everyday EG so this is what my brain thinks bergamot is supposed to taste like. Not for sissies. (Strikes manly pose)

Hesper June

Haha! Love it!
I do not like EG’s that are shy, will have to check this one out.

K S

Its similar to Twinings in bergamot intensity. It is the base that bites back that does it for me.

Hesper June

Sounds like right up my alley.
Majority of the Earl Grey I have drank is Twinings.
For some reason, I like my EG’s a little rough or “Manly” ;)
In other words, “the Earl” in my mind is not one who is sitting in the parlor reading.
My “Earl” is just coming in from a hunt with mud on his boots looking for a robust tea to revive him.

gmathis

Oooh, HJ, if I weren’t blissfully married, I wouldn’t mind meeting Earl ;)

Hesper June

Hehe! I know…me too;)

K S

I’d give you two a hard time but I find myself strangely attracted to Earl myself ;)

Hesper June

That’s Okay, he has that effect:)

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