523 Tasting Notes

89

This is soooo good cold. Steeped strong hot and chilled in fridge. Wonderful dark fruity flavor.

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87

Oooo… now that I’ve had this twice more I can say with certainty that I like it quite a bit. It’s a thick, leathery, masculine Earl that still smells very feminine. The bergamot is really bold and strong. Mom noticed right away today that it also smells of roses when dry in the tin. I hadn’t picked that out before but yeah – really, really rosy. In scent only, though. In taste, this is pure bergamot with that thick, mildly malty Yunnan base.

And having tried this with 3 different preparation methods I now know how I like it. My first time was here at home with tap water. Just kind of meh and somewhat disappointing. Second time was at work with filtered water. Okay, but still underwhelming – I have since discovered that my hot water at work isn’t really hot enough for most of the teas I drink at only 150F!

This time I made it here at home with boiling spring water. That’s more like it. I no longer feel like I wasted my money buying a tin of this. :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ysaurella

that sounds great

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80
drank Walter Bishop Honeybush by 52teas
523 tasting notes

I do like this a LOT cold brewed. I used it as a “non-tea” for the tea party at work today. Steeped 24 hours in the fridge (about 3 tablespoons to 1 1/2 quarts of water) then added slices of fresh strawberry. Yum! Upping the rating based on how much I like it cold.

No one really said much about it specifically, but everyone drank their cups down so it must have been okay. :)

http://s1165.photobucket.com/user/dagony/library/July%202014%20Tea%20at%20work?sort=3&page=1

boychik

Nicole, those pastries … Oh you teasing us right ?

Cameron B.

Aw, I wanna have a Steepster tea party with you guys! D:

Sil

i miss this tea sigh also when we get closer to st louis day we need to coordinate with terri!

mj

I wanna have a tea party too!! We should totally have a Steepstercon

Marzipan

Love that green floral teapot.

Nicole

Steepstercon! What a great idea! Needs to be somewhere with lots of restrooms… I foresee a LOT of tea being downed… :)

@Sil: did you ever pick up any of the reblend and try it to see if it matched up to the original? I got some of it, but I have been hoarding the old one and haven’t even opened the reblend up yet.

Nicole

Marzipan, that one is from Pier One. Not sure if they still carry it or not but worth checking. It pours pretty well, too.

Sil

reblend was close…but not the same :(

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91

This is soooo excellent cold. The flavor is lighter when it is cold steeped but it is super refreshing.

Virginia

Hell yeah

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100

I can’t believe I haven’t logged this. And somehow it wasn’t in my cupboard. Could have sworn it was but since it wasn’t even in the database I guess I was just imagining things.

This is a lovely chamomile. Gorgeous large flowers. It steeps up to a pale, delicate buttery yellow. Smells of honey and well… chamomile. :) There is no honey in this but the taste of it is certainly there. Chamomile is the only drink I like putting honey in, but this one doesn’t even really need it. I put less than half a teaspoon in an 8 ounce cup. I also like it a lot with a couple drops of vanilla extract added along with the honey but I didn’t put any in tonight.

On a sad note, somehow one of the Jane Fern bumble bee bone china mugs my mom got me a couple of years ago has a huge crack in it. :(

http://tinyurl.com/qy4emu9

I thought it was just stained and was telling myself to take the baking soda to it, but I inspected closer and I could feel the crack. All the way down the side. Have no idea how it could have happened. I’m always very careful with my cups. I guess I still have one but it makes me sad to lose the set.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89
drank Black Pearl by The Mountain Tea co
523 tasting notes

Yup, still like this one a lot. It’s thick and brothy and smooth and yet still mineral-y and sweet. Still get no apples, though. :)

I have been looking at my tea stash(es) and my tea cupboard and my tea shelf and thinking “Man, you really have got to drink this stuff before you buy anything else, on sale or not. This is getting obsessive and probably it probably indicates an addiction. Not to caffeine but to collecting and hoarding.” So I threw out things that I knew from the last tastings were past their prime and not very good. I’m newly resolved to not let my tea “go bad” anymore. And if I do without a favorite for a little bit while I still have a second favorite or two, so be it.

And in pursuit of yet another stash reduction, anyone who wants to try something, let me know. No swap needed, please don’t send me anything. :) My cupboard is up to date. Browse and let me know!

Sil

you can dooo eeeet nicole! if i can get down from 350+ you can get manageable!

Sil

also…this is totally the part where i go… “i’ll take that…and that…and that….” lol

Nicole

LOL…looking at my online cupboard it doesn’t look that bad. But they aren’t sample sizes and they take up huge amounts of real world estate! :)

Dexter

LOL – I can only dream of being that under control….

Sil

steps away from dexter and nicole’s cupboards before the urge overcomes

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drank Golden Tippy Yunnan by Tealeaves
523 tasting notes

While this is woody and spicy and without bitterness, it is an overall disappointing cup. I can get Yunnans I like much better, with much more depth of flavor, for less or equal price from other companies. It’s not awful enough to not drink but I can tell it will be a long time before this gets to a sipdown.

First cup was at work. Filtered water, probably around 190F and for 3 minutes, then 5 minutes. Second cup was here at home with unfiltered water just off boiling for 3 minutes, then 5 minutes. I’ll keep trying with some different parameters, but for now there just isn’t much there there to this tea and it won’t be the first or even fourth thing I reach for when steeping a cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

Maybe gongfu is in order

Nicole

I think I’ll try that method this weekend.

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85

Cameron B was right when she sent me this, saying that I might like it because of my high rating of Paris. :) This is fruity and while not exceedingly bergamotty, it is there in the background for me along with some cocoa notes, oddly enough. This would not replace Paris for me but it is good to have tried it! Thanks, Cameron B!

boychik

I find this similar to St Petersburg .

Nicole

Yes, I hadn’t thought about that but it is similar. Of the two, I think I prefer this one. But that could be because I have had it most recently. :)

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70

This is not one of the tiny CTC teas like a lot of the African teas are. The leaves are not huge, but still much larger than you find in most standard tea bags. There is an odd taste to this – fishy? Lake-y? Lake-y, I think is the best way to describe it. Woody and lake-y. It is a fairly consistent taste across Tanzanian teas I have had. All the bagged teas I had while over there had this same flavor profile. Not sure if this is because maybe the bagged teas I had were all made with Livingstonia Estate teas (doubtful), or if it is the terrior there that leads to the similar flavor.

Regardless this is a perfectly acceptable cup of tea. Nothing awesome, nothing standout, nothing to keep around but nothing to refuse a cup of. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Pear Oolong by Tealeaves
523 tasting notes

Wow, the leaves unfurl to majestic proportions! I do love that about oolongs. :)

Light and delicate with some of those buttery notes that I like in oolongs. The pear is subtle – as with most pear teas I’ve had the scent is stronger than the flavor. I’ll have to try this one at work with filtered water. And I perhaps had the temperature a tad too high as there are small bitter notes leaking in around the edges. I thought I let it cool down enough but I am fairly impatient. :)

No rating for now, but I have high hopes.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Megan

This sounds like a tasty combination! And I think oolongs might be my favorite just because of the leaves.

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