1558 Tasting Notes

drank Pyramid Teabags by PG Tips
1558 tasting notes

Haven’t had time for tea the last couple days. Did manage to get this one in. I thought I would try something different when brewing. I heated the water to just below boiling and only steeped about one minute. Big bold black teas can attack my stomach in a hurry. This, short steeped was much more to my liking, and it didn’t hurt. I think this takes me down to only 118 teas (mostly samples) but fortunately I have maybe 7 on the way. Not bad for a guy with no job.

Rachel J

This is what I drink first thing in the morning. Drinking anything better would be a waste when I am half asleep. Also, my stomach is really funny in the mornings, so whatever I drink has to have soy milk and sugar in it to cut the astringency. I discovered, like you, that this stuff is pretty good with cooler water and a short steep. I still need the milk and sugar, though, if it’s first thing in the morning.

K S

I guess I am weird. I do some of my best tasting first thing in the morning. The rest of my senses are too asleep to interfere I think. I have never been a milk or creamer person. Sugar (Splenda actually) helps me taste. Milk just hides flavor. Of course if you brew this traditional style that is a good thing!

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drank Premium Ceylon by Bigelow
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I am not going to have a lot of time for tea today and I am feeling lazy this morning. So I grabbed a bag of this. Apparently I haven’t logged it here before. Bash the lowly bag if you must but this is actually a tasty little Ceylon. Not bitter or drying. I’m diggin’ it. Now where are my Fig Newtons?

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I am just getting started today with this tea from Nicole. Half a cup in and I can tell you I love this. A light oolong that is not, so far, heavily floral (though I don’t mind if it becomes more floral). It has a sweetness to it, there are citrus notes, and I taste cinnamon faintly. I am not getting the peach notes yet but I just started. Very good!

I cruised over to Mountain Teas website and found this in the clearance section. It is $10/5oz! I have no idea what shipping rates are as I can’t tell where this ships from and the site doesn’t allow me to check rates. Anyway for those interested this could be the deal of the week.

K S

I am three mugs into this now. On the second I could taste peach like notes late into the sip and early aftertaste. The floral notes linger long. The third mug is fresh, gentle, and green with more what I consider typical oolong qualities. Each cup is different and all of them have been really good.

Nicole

The shipping didn’t spook me so I’m thinking it was US that it ships from.

Nick

I went and investigated. For multiple types of orders that I put in, shipping was a simple 3$. If I didn’t have other obligations and places for my money (and a million teas I haven’t finished…) it’d be very easy to convince myself to buy more from here. :)

kOmpir

I got that tea on clearance too, sadly it failed to reproduce anything in the cup. The leaf smells nice, milky and fragrant, but the liquor is next to tasteless, with only hints of flat greens.

K S

kOmpir – what a shame. This was so good. Do you ever add a touch of sweetener? That might bring it to life.

kOmpir

No, I don’t add any kind sweetener to my cup… OK, maybe if I overdo my black (like 6-10 minutes), I add some milk or sugar. Regarding this tea, they refunded me after I presented the issue. I really tried everything, different water/leaf ratio, different temperature, even tried cold brewing it… it was hopeless.

K S

At least it is good to know they stand behind their product.

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drank Earl Grey Black Tea by Primula Tea
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This morning was awesome. Our praise band rocked. There couldn’t possibly be any dust left on the rafters. Not bad for the former frozen chosen. lol

Came home and fixed bacon, egg, and smoked Gouda sandwiches. More awesome.

I needed tea so I brewed a cup of this. Then the power went out. It was white out conditions as the winter, I mean spring :( storm rolled in. I had to wait until the power came back on to say this was pretty tasty. Healthy dose of bergamot and floral notes. Not bad for a flowering tea I have had for two years!

Lala

At least you got the tea made before the power went out.

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drank Mango Ceylon by The Republic of Tea
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Maybe the bag was old. I could not taste the Ceylon. The mango is pleasant. There just isn’t enough tea in the bag to make a real cup. That’s a shame as this isn’t bad and it could be good. One of the better RoT’s I’ve tried. Oh, and I could taste the paper :(

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drank Acai Green by The Republic of Tea
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The ratings on this are kind of all over the place. Count me in the not a fan group. Can’t taste the tea. The hibiscus is just too strong (not a hater if well done – this isn’t). There is a paper taste halfway through the sip. To be fair this was an individual wrapped bagged version and it is hard to say how long it was on the store shelf. Not worthy of a rating.

K S

First tea in a long while I almost dumped out. It actually improved the colder it became.

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Previously I tried this using a makeshift teacup gaiwan. I am now steeping this using my standard press method. I used about 3-4g of leaf, and a 2 1/2 minute steep. On the first cup the leaf only partially opens and smells minty. The taste is light roasted and vegetal. It is like pulling fresh green vines out of a fencerow and chewing on them.

Cup two is a little stronger, sweeter but otherwise similar to the first. The leaf is mostly open now. Two mugs in and it is equal to the six cups of tea I had with my earlier gaiwan experience. Like the gaiwan this still has more steeps in it.

What I can tell from this one time experience is the two methods do give subtle though different results. The gaiwan does seem to give more complex results. BUT the gaiwan method is more labor intensive. The extra effort can be part of the art and celebration of tea preparation or it may just be more work. I haven’t decided yet.

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drank Ntingwe Kwazulu by Taylors of Harrogate
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From Nicole’s inventory reduction. What an interesting tea. As others mentioned the leaf is extremely fine cut. I used a Finum basket as I think it would pass through the screen of my press. I only steeped two minutes and it was not the least bit bitter. It is slightly drying. The taste is kind of like an Assam. Kind of. It is a little fruity. I can taste cinnamon and clove like notes – they are very light. I don’t know if this is part of the flavor profile or cross contamination. I will say this was not stored with any cinnamon clove type teas. This is very good!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Ahmad Tea
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Much better than the Impra from this morning. Still an inexpensive bagged tea but the jasmine is very natural. The standard Chinese green base is nice and vegetal. A good bagged choice.

Rie

Ah, your Ahmad Tea notes are making me curious! I’ll take a clue from you and try some the next time I see the brand (which is often).

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drank Jasmine Black Tea by Impra
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I am still on my Cheapster Steepster kick trying to thin the herd a bit. This is my first experience with Impra and a black based jasmine.

Ok, so that you don’t have to look it up – this was Brett’s review: Strong flowery perfumy Jasmine flavor, but it overpowered the taste of the Ceylon Black. Not bad if you like Jasmine.

I echo the review except for the last line. Having come to love jasmine recently, I can tell you in no uncertain terms, you can do a lot better. I don’t know if the jasmine is off or if it just doesn’t go well with a Ceylon base. It is not gross like a lot of cheap bagged jasmines but it isn’t satisfying either. I’d much rather have a Diet Mtn Dew.

Terri HarpLady

Spoken like a true Hoosier!

K S

lol. Yeah, I’m weak. Also love Zero Big Red but I am not sure how regional that one is.

Terri HarpLady

Lol, you know in the Ozarks everyone drinks mint dew, & they call it squirrel piss…
Just sayin’…

K S

I am not a mint fan but now I so want to find this. Wonder how my wife would respond is I wrote squirrel piss on the shopping list? ;)

gmathis

Hey, now…I consider myself an honorary (expat) Ozarkian and I don’t touch that nasty stuff ;)

K S

I Googled mint dew and got nothing. What is this stuff? My wife’s family is from the Ozarks so might not even notice it on her list ;)

gmathis

Oops…did I goof? I thought you were still talking Mountain Dew, which I think tastes like antifreeze.

K S

Gmathis you are probably correct… and so terribly wrong at the same time :p

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