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1614 Tasting Notes

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This isn’t the first time I’ve had the opportunity to sample Hazelberry Pu’er, I ordered a sample from Adagio a year or so back when I first began my discovery of this type of tea. At the time I had yet to acquire a taste for pu’er although my feelings have slowly changed over time. What hasn’t changed are my feelings about this particular blend, I don’t love it, I don’t even like it a little. Rather than the strong earthy flavor I expected from the pu’er I was met with something more akin to dirt; it wasn’t a particularly pleasant flavor. Masking this taste somewhat is a large amount of tart berry flavor, which is rounded out a bit by the addition of natural creme and hazelnut flavoring. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by high quality pu’er I’ve ordered elsewhere, but I still find myself unimpressed with this blend. Of the five teas I was sent this month this was my least favorite.

You can read the full review on my blog
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/4/15/tuesday-tea-april-selection-club-simple-loose-leaf.html

Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with three free months of their Selection Club

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

Just throwing it out there, but I read this as “Halle Berry Pu’er” the first time scrolling by – and I kinda did a double take because what the heck would Halle Berry be flavoured?

K S

Halle Berry Pu’er – Hot Chocolate? Just sayin’

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85

This English Breakfast tea stands out above many that I’ve tried, it’s a great all-purpose tea that is good hot or cold and can be served morning, noon, or night. This rich black tea is made up South Indian Flowery Orange Pekoe, Ceylon Black Tea and Chinese Whole Leaf Black Tea. The combination of the three types of black tea give it a nice bold flavor without any astringency. It’s really nice to see that Simple Loose Leaf offers such a great variety of black teas. While I still consider this a bold tasting black, it is much more mellow than Four Horsemen Black, which I reviewed back in January.

You can read the full review on my blog
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/4/15/tuesday-tea-april-selection-club-simple-loose-leaf.html

Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with three free months of their Selection Club

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This blend was such a treat and ended up being my favorite of the five teas I was sent this month. Even though I love coconut I’m not normally a fan of coconut flavored teas. More often than not the flavoring is overpowering and highly artificial tasting, but in this blend everything is perfectly balanced. The subtle, sweet coconut flavor and Shou Mei white base with its buttery texture left me thinking of coconut cream pie. This is a nice guilt-free treat that I can enjoy all day, I only wish I had ordered more of it.

You can read the full review on my blog
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/4/15/tuesday-tea-april-selection-club-simple-loose-leaf.html

Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with three free months of their Selection Club

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

When I first banned juice from the house I looked for options that might be a good compromise for me on the occasions I wanted juice with breakfast or brunch. I discovered fruit based herbal blends early on in my search for a juice replacement, but most of the blends I’ve tried haven’t appealed to me. They tend to be incredibly tart and more often than not I end up adding sugar to them, which in my mind completely negates the healthy aspects of drinking them in the first place. Because of my previous experiences with fruit based herbal blends I did not have high expectations for this one, but it’s another blend that left me pleasantly surprised. I expected this to be fairly tart since it contains rose hips, hibiscus and cranberries, but the cherry flavoring adds a bit of sweetness that balances out the tartness nicely.

You can read the full review on my blog
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/4/15/tuesday-tea-april-selection-club-simple-loose-leaf.html

Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with three free months of their Selection Club

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:
Pu-erh

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Allergies
Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

Teawares:
FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea

Location

Oregon, WI

Website

http://www.notstarvingyet.com/

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