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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
128 tasting notes

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83

I am impressed by this Earl Grey. It’s an heavy bergamot for sure, not the sweet kind, the floral one. The tea base is strong and malty.
I steeped my pot for almost 5 minutes and it may be too long as I get an astringency, tolerable but really there.
I’ll retry with both less leaf and a shorter steep but it is a really special EG, a morning one able to wake you up quickly.
This Earl grey is not the kind of EG I imagine Miss Marples would drink with her friends.
I know you’re strong Miss Marples…but I always imagine you very classical and fragile regarding tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100

It has been a while since I have had a cup of this. I do not like brewing the “fancy” tea at work and so I end up neglecting it more than I should. I started taking a thermos of tea to work again this week so I can not feel as bad about drinking some of my favorites at work. If you haven’t tried this tea you should. Hands down one of my favorites. Its like drinking cinnamon honey bread or something like that. Just amazing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

I just love high mountain green tea in general. This seems like a good quality one. Sweet, buttery, not grassy, smooth. First cup – excellent. 2nd infusion – a bit weak. I think I didn’t let it steep long enough. I added an extra minute onto the steep time. it’s still good .

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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96

Tea of the morning. I enjoy the malt and cocoa notes in this tea. They’re not super heavy, but they definitely contribute to the rich feel of the tea overall. There is also a bit of spiciness at the back of the sip. It reminds me of all spice I think. It’s not something I’ve tasted before in this tea, but it’s really nice. There’s just a touch of smokiness which is pairing nicely with the all spice note today. Very nice.

Thank you Angel and Teavivre for letting me sample this lovely tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
looseTman

Yum! I agree. When is the next TeaVivre sale?!

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33

Okay, I’ve finally put all the awesome Steepster data compilations to good use. I went from zero to sicky in about two hours last night and it is hitting me hard and fast. I have to work today which involved getting up at 4:45 so I decided to grab a couple throat soothing teas. Last night Detox (DAVIDS) helped a lot but I wanted some mint today, then remembered this beast. I did not like it when I was well but I noted that it might be really great when sick, so here I am wrapped up in long sleeves, a coat and a scarf with tea, fisherman’s friends, secaris, water and mints. I have already eaten a popsicle. It’s only 8:48. I’m not very impressed with the severity of this cold but I’m hoping it blows out as quickly as it stormed in.

Self-pity aside, I steeped a generous perfect teaspoon in my travel mug with boiling water for 4 minutes or so. Thanks to the data compilation, I know that is approximately what others have done. Very cool. This still doesn’t smell very appetizing but it’s a hot liquid so it’ll help. This time I mostly get ginger with a bit of floral that might be rose or maybe just my confused tastebuds re-interpreting the flavours. I don’t know if it is specifically helping, but it sure can’t hurt. I still don’t like it, but I’ve raised the rating since this is more palatable than my first approach. I saw a lot of notes that honey is good in it and I think that would do a world of good in here but sadly there is no honey at work! I can’t wait to get home so I can curl up with some warm blankets and try this again with a big dollop of local honey. I may just want the honey, but who can blame me?

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drank Dublin Cream by Compass Teas
770 tasting notes

I have been wanting coffee lately, especially since the boyfriend is really wanting to start into grinding beans himself and buying the good stuff, a la 100% Kona style.

So, I remembered that I had this tea and it reminded me strongly of coffee and then it seemed like a good idea to have it last night to help me stay up and get school stuff done.

It is thinner in body than coffee but it does have a nice french vanilla undertone to it that creamer brings out nicely. It gave me the hit of energy I needed to power through, as well.

I can’t wait for this week to be over – one more night at work and I can maybe focus on myself and recuperate from the crazy. I hope it goes by fast.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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100

Tried this cold brewed in my DAVIDs mason jar. Steeped for…24 hours? It’s been a while but I know it was a day max.

The cream note really comes out to play when it is steeped this way. Creamy blueberry on a very smooth black base. I need to make simple syrup because I do think this would benefit from some sweetener (since that’s how I have it hot) but I was surprised at how well it worked cold.

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90

My favourite colour is purple and I love ‘different’ ie unique teas, it seems only fitting that I have taken well to purple tea and it’s one of my rising favourites. On top of that Butiki created this blend with blueberry, a sheer brilliance on their part. Sitting here and smelling it steep I can feel myself salivating at it’s wonders.

The raw leaf is beautiful, finely chopped purple tea with bright blue cornflower and a sweet yet soft scent of pure blueberry.

After the five minutes steep the sweet blueberry fills the air beautifully but with an almost wood or malt scent behind it, not sure what to compare it to but earthy at an rate.

sip Wow! Blueberry! Sweet blueberry that lingers through the after taste and gives me a cuddle as it slides down my throat. The purple tea is rich and earthy but mild and matched very well against the blueberry. A little musky and almost smoky in terms of earthiness from the base.

If you’ve never had purple tea before it’s hard for me to explain what it tastes like, it’s like a green tea but also like a black tea yet not like an Oolong. That is to say that it’s light like a green yet has the rich and robust flavour of a black, albeit on the gentle side. On the whole it’s earthy and almost musky.

This blend is delicious, another Butiki triumph.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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77

I think I over-leafed this one, as it is a little bitter and sour, but still pretty mild. I measured on my bamboo spoon and seemed like a good amount, but that left less than half of the sample packet left. It is still pretty decent, aside from that, and I am surprised that such a short steep brought out as much flavour as I got. The dry leaf of this one smells so fresh and green, but the brewed tea seems to be a little heartier. Almost roasted? To me, at least. I dunno. It could be me, or maybe the over-leafing.

I’d say that this tea, given the faults in my brewing, is still pretty nice. I am grateful that Angel at Teavivre sent me this one. I hope my follow up steep with the rest of the package will give me a slightly more moderate flavour profile. So far, I think I like Dragonwell greens the best from China. Especially really butter ones.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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77
drank Peaches & Cream by DAVIDsTEA
511 tasting notes

Backlog…had this one last night. I think I may have used too much of this in brewing, as I got a strange taste. It was kind of a strange dough-y taste, for lack of a better description. Also, I’m gonna have to drop my rating, because this one gives me a bit of grief if using my steeper. It is fine in a bag, or in my perfect mug, but it simply does not steep well in my steeper and I have to swish a spoon around to help it filter, but it still clogs up some.

I do not know if I will refill after this bag is up.

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93

Super tasty, although again, like the other teas of the day, it’s not as good as I remember it. Everything is tasting slightly metallic to me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Suziqzer

I had an off day yesterday too. Here’s hoping today is a better tasting day :)

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82
drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
953 tasting notes

I still adore Miss OMGsrsly for giving me this, and so I’m drinking it on her birthday even. Woot! Tea toast!

I think this is a blend that needs mixing each time I drink it, because now it’s mostly large pieces of cinnamon sticks and cardamom at the bottom of the bag, and thus, that’s all it’s really tasting like. Good to know!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
OMGsrsly

I also tend to smash up the big pieces. It’s therapeutic. :)

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
1173 tasting notes

Om nom nom. Tea. And it’s my birthday, happy birthday to me.

The other teas I had today were matcha macaron with white chocolate too-soft-ganache at breakfast, and a green tea latte at sbux.

Yep.

I am so stressed about this whole moving thing. So after I got a (ridiculous photo and) drivers license update, I came home and chilled before painting my nails and remembering about tea.

Nails are a dark navy shimmer with gold and black glitter on top. Yeah! Go me! I really like them but the polishes aren’t playing nice and it’s still not set. Hopefully it doesn’t get too messy while I sleep.

Tea is delicious as always. Very gentle, vanilla and sweet. Yum yum.

yyz

Happy Birthday!

jump62359

Happy birthday!!

Roswell Strange

Happy Birthday :D

KittyLovesTea

Happy Birthday!

mrmopar

Happy Birthday!!

Veronica

Happy Birthday!

Suziqzer

Happy Birthday to you!

oddree

Yay! Happy Birthday, drink all the things with the sprinkles!

Nightshifter

Happy Birthday!

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92
drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
1208 tasting notes
Veronica

Is it the tea that’s meh or the thought of writing a tea note? :)

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78

This is a very easy sipping puerh. Not my fave type, though if I hadn’t lost track of the time(2nd steep) I might have got more menthol and been more impressed but I guess now I’ll never know. Wah.
Anyhow, I did enjoy it. Really I did. It’s just that whenever I have a lighter puerh, I always think to myself that I really do prefer the darker variety. What a shame. I really need to get into the zen of it. But then getting annoyed at myself for not being able to “zen out” is somewhat counterproductive…. ok I’ll stop.

The tea is good. There is that clay sort of feel that I have mixed thoughts on in the first infusion, along with a long and flat woody note.
Second one is sweeter, with a bit of peach and that slight minty cooling sensation. Not sure about bamboo. What does bamboo taste like again?

Thanks Jalam Teas for the sample!! (by way of my buddy K)

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drank Silver Bud Ya Bao by Tea Source
270 tasting notes

This came in my Steepster Select box.

It smells vaguely vegetal. The flavour is mellow and sweet, and semi-fruity. Not bad, but I much prefer to cold brew my white teas.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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91

This tea still makes the best hot toddy. Had it with some dark rum, Grand Marnier and honey before bed, soo tasty! Such a lovely rich, spiced tea. Delicious. Over halfway through this busy week! See previous notes on this tea :)

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83

I’m not sure if we are tasting the same tea. Mine came in a sachet. I truly love the scent; pleasant, light, not overpowering. Not a connoisseur or expert. Just at entry level here. But i certainly do enjoy this concoction.

Preparation
3 tsp

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97

I highly recommend this tea. It looks beautiful and delicate as rose petals and corn flowers were added to the tea, it looks inviting that make you can’t wait to take a sip. The bergamot taste is appropriate, not too strong and not too mild, but it is definitely there, which IMO makes it a good cup of earl grey. The rose petals add a special flowery smell to the tea, and you can actually taste it. The taste of the tea is like no other. I took the first sip and immediately ordered two more from their website. I gave one of them to my boss who is also an earl grey lover. This tea is also great as a gift :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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70

Thank you VariaTEA for a sample of this tea!

Midterms are a butt and I’ve been sitting in the same spot for hours now and I knew I wanted some caffeine-free tea to end the day.
This smells nice and spicy and cinnamonny and that’s exactly what I was craving for! Nice and spicy and warm :) I usually don’t go for teabags, but I’ve already washed up all my gadgets I use to make my loose tea, so this is just the perfect tea to end the night. Gotta get well rested for my finance midterm tomorrow!
((Freakin cash flow and feasibility studies and valuation of real estate. Last week I thought it was chapters 1-3, but NOPE! It’s 1-5, 14-19… yeah. That’s a lot to keep in my brain, but I’ve been studying so I think I’ll do well :) ))

EDIT. Had to bump this down a bit. It was nice at the beginning of the cup! But now that it’s nearing the end, I’m tasting everything that I don’t like in typical cinnamon teas. Usually, I love teas more as they cool down and it gets better as the cup goes on, but this just… no. It was great at the beginning, but now that that it’s nearing the last like 10 sips or so, it’s getting all cinnamonny and weird.

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