44 Tasting Notes

70

When I saw the name “Empress Grey” I was quite curious as I hadn’t seen Grey in this title before. I love Earl grey and I can appreciate Lady Grey teas, but this Empress Grey is more like a blend between a very aromatic Earl Grey and a lemon tea, and I’m not such a fan. Too much lemon for my taste.

Flavors: Earl Grey, Lemon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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70

Tried it again, so many months later, when mornings are colder and a Christmas type blend is more appreciated. Still not too eager about this blend, too much cinnamon according to me…cinnamon dominates too easily other fragrances according to me. Important to have this tea brew for a very short time if you don´t want to have a too spicy result.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrusy, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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78
drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
44 tasting notes

I have a small tin of this tea I hadn´t looked at for a long time, but today I decided to give it another try. Still very fragrant nose, still a fading away fragrance when steeping, but I liked it better than when I logged it last time. Maybe I even noticed the orange blossom today (very subtle) as well. I was skyping when having the tea and so, it cooled down quite a bit, but the drink didn´t turn bitter and kept its aroma, which I consider a positive thing.

Flavors: Bergamot, Orange Blossom

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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85

A nice full-bodied black tea. I didn´t know this tea, so I bought it as much for the container (will be reused for some loose tea without any doubt) as for the tea bags. Complex taste, a bit coffee-like, which I prefer to drink later on during the day. It doesn´t turn too bitter when steeping for a longer time, so ideal when you – like me – sometimes forget you´ve made yourself a cuppa.

Flavors: Coffee, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

In the morning I like a nice cup of tea quickly made, so using tea bags is perfect. This supermarket brand does the job, and at a very competitive price. Further more, it doesn´t turn bitter that easily when having it steeping too long.

Flavors: Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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55

I finished these tea bags I had for a while already. Not too big a fan of green tea, but this is surely the other opposite, of a near tasteless brew, that gives you the same amount of apple flavour as of pear as of green tea…making it a hot drink that even tea haters can have without any problem.

Flavors: Apple, Pear

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80

As I am “living” in a British hotel for a while (in order to find our own place soon, I hope), I just couldn´t continue trying to enjoy the tea bags of PG Tips provided, so I discovered a Whittard of Chelsea tea stand in the shopping centre nearby and opted for a pack of Russian Caravan teabags. I know it could be a lot better, but in a hotel room, using the water boiler and cups provided, teabags are just plain practical. This tea can be drunk all day, has a slight smokey feel to it, but is never headed plain bitterness…that´ll do nicely on hotel, as far as I can tell. I´ll try to check out the loose tea variant at home pretty soon.

Flavors: Smoke

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

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78

Still had a bit left to make the last batches of iced tea for this year, and it´s a good choice : a good green tea base with banana, or rather green banana=plantain I think (no sweet aroma here). The resulting tea is very aromatic, and lacks the (artificial) sweetness of a lot of fruity green teas, and when drunk cold it is very refreshing. Originally I had picked the tea for its fragrances. According the pack the recommended steeping time is 2 minutes but I never had a problem letting it steep for a lot longer.

Flavors: banana, Green

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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85

I bought this tea in Madrid in a newly opened tea shop. They get it from a German importer , but I don´t have any more details of its origen. When I smelled the selection of black teas they sell, I inmediately liked this one, for it being different, quite strongly aromatic with a smokey hint to it. Once steeped, this smokey side is still clearly present. The tea has a reddish colour, is strong in taste but without the bitterness of most black teas, almost floral (which it isn´t, fruity it says on the “menu” of the tea shop, but I don´t really agree). One of the better teas I´ve tried recently.

Flavors: Oak wood, Smoke, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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81

Picked this almost automatically the last couple of days in the afternoon…nothing special, but at the same time it´s easy going, the weather being bad outside and you want to get something hot while getting on with all the other work. And if somebody calls or you need to go to another room for a moment, the tea won´t be ruined. I´m not sure I want to buy more of this when the tin ´ll be empty…wait and see.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Introduced to tea by my sister-in-law in my country of birth = Belgium more than 30 years ago, I still love tea, mainly black, which I enjoy without sugar or milk. Having lived in UK, near good tea shops (e.g. Betty´s all over Yorkshire), I tend to buy most of my tea in bulk from tea shops (as such, most of these are not represented in my on-line cupboard). Nowadays, I live in Spain where tea gives me another sensatory bliss (as wine or beer or coffee can give me too).

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