563 Tasting Notes

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Okay, so I was bad on Saturday and grabbed a tin of this as well while I was at Green Acres. :)

The scent about knocks you out when you open the first lid on the tin. Talk about strong bergamot! And it doesn’t let up after steeping. If you like your bergamot in your face, this is the blend for you. It’s not harsh, but easily might become so if oversteeped. I hope this tin wasn’t an over bergamotted bunch because if this is consistently representative of the Grey-Line, it could well become a staple Earl in my cupboard.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Sil

Come back! We miss you! Lol

Nicole

:) I’m still drinking teas, just not new ones. :) Plus, been on little vacation.

Sil

soooooo you need new teas to get you back? I can bombard you…don’t think i won’t haha. Glad you had a vacation! :)

Nicole

LOL… Oh, I came back with teas. :)

Hugo Tea Company

It is entirely possible that you purchased some Grey-Line within a few days of it being hand-packed. Bergamot oil, like all citrus essential oils, degrade (lose their flavor) faster than other types of flavorings.

We do all of our work in micro-batches so that the flavorings are fresh and lively on the shelf. Over time, the bergamot flavor will mellow.

It’s a pleasure to hear that you are enjoying it :-)

-Tyler

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So… I gave in and picked up a box of the sachets on sale at Green Acres on Saturday. I immediately gave away 3 of them to my mother so my stash didn’t expand as much as it could have. :)

It smells more strongly of bergamot than it tastes. This is one that would probably better meet my desires with 2 bags instead of one per cup. It’s a nice, tame Earl Grey. Smooth and mild base, it gets more perfumey as it cools. Nothing spectacular, but nothing bad either.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Kusmi Tea
563 tasting notes

This is pretty mild for a breakfast blend, in my opinion. It’s a decent blend but not a wake you up type of tea. It’s a tea tea. Better than restaurant offerings but nothing to go out of my way for.

I had it this afternoon for lunch with some Graham Cracker Snickerdoodles. It was a fine accompaniment. Not quite as good as milk, but it worked. :)

http://s1165.photobucket.com/user/dagony/media/IMG_2508_zps3e278426.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

I do love Kusmi’s tins! So pretty.

And here is the recipe if anyone wants it: http://www.autumn-people.com/?p=8815

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Ysaurella

the tins are sadly often the best thing with Kusmi teas…as you mention this one is probably too mild but their blends in general are often too mild…

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Graham cracker snicker doodles! Oh my!! :-)

ashmanra

I might make these for tea time Wednesday! They look delicious.

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Trying this again. Hopefully the review sticks to the right tea this time. :)

This most definitely tastes of “exotic tropical fruit.” It’s lightly sweet and smells very good. The tea base is pretty light. It’s okay hot but cold it’s really good. Continues the preference I seem to have for fruit teas only when cold.

Thanks, CK, for the chance to try this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Okay, lately when having this I have been finally noticing some of the florals. Still mostly bread and oak, though. Which is awesome.

http://s1165.photobucket.com/user/dagony/media/IMG_2506_zps0eb9fe69.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

And it goes excellently with the pumpkin bread I made earlier in the week. I love autumn. :)

Butiki Teas

great pic! love it! :)

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drank Passionfruit Jasmine by Art of Tea
563 tasting notes

This most definitely tastes of “exotic tropical fruit.” It’s lightly sweet and smells very good. The tea base is pretty light. It’s okay hot but cold it’s really good. Continues the preference I seem to have for fruit teas only when cold.

Thanks, CK, for the chance to try this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
CK

Hi Nicole! Nope, this one didn’t come from me but it sounds like something I’d try :)

Nicole

Ok. Wow. This was totally not the tea I was reviewing. I know I was on the Passion Fruit Na Pali page. How did this end up here???

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drank Bombay Chai by Tea Forte
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Did up a pot of this at work today for our tea group. Half 2% milk, half water, some sugar. I tasted it at about 4 minutes and then just left the infuser in the pot for the rest of the time it took for us to drink it.

It was very, very gingery. The other spices were noticeable, but ginger was the obvious and over the top star. Not one I’ll keep on hand but this will be enjoyed to the finish of the bag. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon OP by Kusmi Tea
563 tasting notes

This was included as sample with my Kusmi order. It was a cloth bagged tea.

It was fine. Smooth and light. This is one of the only Ceylons I’ve had that I know of for sure. Not sure they will overtop Assams for me, but it was nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Ceylon OP by Kusmi Tea
563 tasting notes

This was included as sample with my Kusmi order. It was a cloth bagged tea.

It was fine. Smooth and light. This is one of the only Ceylons I’ve had that I know of for sure. Not sure they will overtop Assams for me, but it was nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Just Plain Tea by Xing Tea
563 tasting notes

I never, ever get canned or bottled iced tea. It always seems like it has lemon and/or sugar in it. This had neither, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

Um… no. It doesn’t have lemon or sugar but does have that taste I associate with bottled teas of “been sitting around too long.” Struck out again with premade tea. Guess I’m not terribly surprised. With a choice between water and this, I’ll take water, thanks.

No rating as this is just not my area of experience, desire or anything else. Just a note to self – quit getting tempted. Just because the can or bottle says good things doesn’t mean it lives up to them!

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