254 Tasting Notes

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
254 tasting notes

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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70

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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70
drank Licorice Twist by DAVIDsTEA
254 tasting notes

When I ordered this, I had a bit more licorice in mind. It’s kind of blandly herbal with a little step-kick of ginger and a licorice aftertaste that kind of coats your mouth and settles down thickly for a moment before it finally gets around to hitting your taste buds.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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70

This was recommended to me by DAVIDsTEA customer service when I asked for an apple-free blend that would taste similar to Midsummer Night’s Dream or Pink Flamingo.

I don’t know what they were thinking. While it doesn’t list it in the ingredients, this tastes like camomile or clover mixed with a little bit of grapefruit and a tiny sliver of ginger.

It’s just plain weird, but as the 50g bag I ordered was STUFFED (it’s very light and fluffy) I have a lot to work through. I wish they sold smaller quantities online!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
254 tasting notes

It feels like forever since I’ve posted a tasting note! I’ve been sick for the last couple weeks, and every time I go near tea my stomach has been nearly shouting, “nay nay!”

But tonight things have calmed down enough that I’m actually able to make up a cup of this. I was very pleasantly surprised to find a fruity blend from DAVIDsTEA that didn’t sprinkle apple in it. If it’s not alone, it doesn’t have many peers.

That being said, this tastes so much like apple cider that I had to check the label twice. This is nothing like what I expected. I thought the other elements would play much more prominent parts, but still, all I get is apple cider.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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A tasty, brisk tea to help you wake up in the morning!

For pictures, and my full review, please visit:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/09/kathryne-kenyan-earl-grey-by-justea.html

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
JusTea

Awesome review, and thanks for playing with the steeping times. It’s the first time we’ve done the blend ourselves, so of course there will always be some tweaking. And I’ll come clean on my personal tea habits and admit I do like my blacks to resemble coffee…Not that I like coffee, wonder what freud would have to say to that.

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90

Jake and I sat down with a couple teas this morning for the next face/off in the Battle of the Earl Greys… and this one came out victorious!

Read on to see why:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/09/earl-grey-by-enjoyingtea-vs-earl-grey.html

Ysaurella

this tea is my favourite EG :)

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70

My husband took me out for high tea yesterday, and this was one of the pots they served us. I can’t tell you how it was prepared, but with a little sugar and a dash of milk it was a very nice complement to the savories.

It was a little heavy on the lavender, but you could still pick out the black tea and bergamot flavors. I didn’t notice any astringency, either.

Nicole

Out for tea! Lucky you. I get taken to bring your own tea bag type of places. :)

wheezybee

It was really nice… we were the last people there, so we were totally spoiled and the chef came out several times to check on us and make sure everything was wonderful :)

Tealizzy

Now, that’s a very sweet husband! :)

wheezybee

Very! :)

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95

Oops! I mixed up my tasting notes tonight. I tried two different Verdant blends and forgot to double-check the titles. So… these thoughts are actually about this tea!

Eight Treasures Yabao is odd yet wonderful, and I appreciate how it all comes together. The mix of sweet and savory really seems to work for it. I wish I had read over some of these reviews before I made this up, as I’m not sure I have enough left to try mixing with anything. I only bought one of the little samples, but I’d love to try it with some Laoshan Black… maybe next order!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 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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