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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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92
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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I was feeling a bit woozy this afternoon so I decided on my way home from work that I would have either a cup of this tea or an Airborne tablet as soon as I got home. Tea wins. My sweet husband offered to make me a cup and I was glad to let him do it. He isn’t feeling his best either so hopefully we aren’t coming down with something. So today I’m drinking this not for the taste, but for the herbs that will hopefully pull me back from the brink of whatever sickness I’ve caught from work. The taste is still decent, much like a plain chamomile tea, so I’m enjoying it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML
Veronica

Hope you feel better soon!

Shae

Thank you!

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92
drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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58
drank Earl Grey White by Teavana
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I only had about a teaspoon of this left so instead of making a weak cup I decided to steep this with a bag of Twinings Earl Grey. I put the teabag inside my new Finum filter, the filter inside my tea cup, and then filled the cup with about six ounces of boiling water. By the time it had steeped close to the recommended five minutes, the water had dropped to a good 160 degrees so I added the Earl Grey White and set the time for another thirty seconds. It worked out perfectly.

The first fragrance I noticed was the bergamot, almost certainly from the Twinings. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten that from the Earl Grey White. After smelling the steeped tea leaves, I also picked up something that hinted at a little bitterness. I don’t get a hint of bitter flavor after tasting the tea though. It tastes like a typical Earl Grey but maybe one that’s trying to be more sophisticated than it really is.

I’m happy to say that I’ve officially finished my Earl Grey White after something like three years in my cupboard. It was good once I learned the best way to steep it, but I can definitely say that I won’t be purchasing more of this one.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Earl Grey White by Teavana
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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring tea fanatic.

I should start by saying that I’m still quite new to this great, big world of tea. Until a couple of years ago, my experience was limited to Twinings Earl Grey and tea lattes at Starbucks. One weekend, my husband and I happened upon a Teavana at our local mall and there discovered loose leaf teas. He jumped in with both feet, but it admittedly took me a while longer before I fully embraced tea the way that he had. Now that I’ve found Steepster, I’m amazed at the vast variety of teas. It’s an exciting place to be and I cannot wait to learn from each of you the ins and outs of this limitless brew.

I enjoy all different types of tea though I admit I haven’t tried a great deal. I love flavored black teas most of all, often with cream and always with honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor, much the way salt enhances certain foods. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of mint or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy. I would like to branch out and try straight teas at some point as well.

Regarding tasting notes – I’m not always able to complete my reviews the moment I drink a tea (if I’m at work, for example) so I keep a written log in a little Moleskin notebook to be added to Steepster later. This way, I’m able to write a review while the tea is still fresh in my mind and still make note of the exact time I had my cup. If you notice that I’ve logged a tea without writing a note, I will likely add it later.

After seeing others on Steepster with a rating scale, I thought it would be best to create my own so that others can see how I feel about my personal ratings. It may change at some point, but this is how I’ve been rating my teas as of late.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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Updated February 2015.

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