251 Tasting Notes

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Jake and I actually made our way through three face/offs today, so watch out for the scheduled posts coming out on Tuesday and Thursday morning. We’ll do the last three next weekend, so soon the overall winner will be posted.

In the meantime, this tea was the winner in its bracket today, and continues to impress! You can read the recap here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/10/bergamot-rose-laoshan-black-by-verdant.html

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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Jake and I each had some of this last night, and were more than a little surprised how much it actually tasted like the real thing. It’s not an in-your-face flavor, but it is actually there!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
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Well, this is a tasty way to start the morning! Shadowfall gave me an opportunity to try this in our swap, and with each sip I cannot help but make comparisons with English Breakfasts that I know and love. It’s not quite the same thing, but has such a wonderfully malty, brisk presence that my mind can’t help but go there. Maybe I should make some zucchini bread to go with this!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

It’s getting more and more difficult to decide between the different teas in the Battle of the Earl Greys, but now we only have six face/offs left!

This was a very close one, but in the end, there can be only one ;)

http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/10/victorian-earl-grey-by-simpson-vail-vs.html

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We finally made it – this is the last face/off of the first elimination round of the Battle of the Earl Greys. The second round will start on Wednesday!

Jake made some lovely scones this morning, and we got to enjoy them as we sat down and sipped some of this tea. It has some surprising floral notes, but noticeably less briskness than its competitor. A very enjoyable way to start the day!

You can read the recap here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/10/earl-grey-organic-by-mighty-leaf-vs.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Ohhhhh, this is just so tasty! I keep forgetting that today is what Eeyore may have called a “very blustery day” but each sip of this tastes like summer. This tea came in a swap from Shadowfall and I’m so glad I got a chance to try it!

I followed her instructions and added some sugar, which totally kicked it up a notch. This really tastes like fresh watermelon. I’m not getting any of the white tea right now, but it’s not bothering me in the least!

I’m going to go cozy up to the rest of the cup now – I wrote two classroom grant requests yesterday and today, and I’m feeling a little out of words! But, if you could, cross your fingers for me, please! ;)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Anna

This is in my Butiki order, and I am dying to try it.

And fingers crossed!

wheezybee

Thank you!

Ysaurella

this is a lovely blen, I remember now I have some left in a small tin…need to do it tonight.

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drank Earl Grey by DAVIDsTEA
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It was nice to wake up with this today! Taking a kettle to school has made everything taste so much better. You can only do so much with the microwave!

I’ve been keeping the tin of this tea at work, but I had to bring it home over the weekend for it to take its place in the Battle of the Earl Greys. Our next couple bouts should happen Saturday and Sunday, and my goal is to begin the second round!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95

I absolutely love this tea, so it’s no wonder that it’s doing so well in the Battle of the Earl Greys! It’s fresh, nuanced, and just oh, so tasty!

You can read the full recap here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/10/earl-grey-by-arbor-teas-vs-silky-earl.html

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drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
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The latest face/off in the Battle of the Earl Greys has left this one the victor! The vanilla and anise/licorice aftertaste is an interesting element, but it far surpassed the arresting briskness of the Harney & Sons Earl Grey Supreme.

You can read the recap, and see pictures, here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/09/earl-grey-black-tea-by-teavana-vs-earl.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I was curious about this one, so I added a sample to my last order. Because the samples don’t reseal, I opened it for the first time today and was surprised at how minty the aroma was. The blend smells more like an herbal than a green, but luckily it doesn’t taste that way. The buttery, slightly nutty flavors come out when it’s been steeped… as well as the complex notes of the blend, with tastes decidedly minty. I am glad I had a chance to try this, but I don’t think it’s going to be something I reorder, unless my husband (who did really enjoy it) would like more.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.


Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!

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