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drank Earl Grey by DAVIDsTEA
242 tasting notes

My tasting note was just eaten :(

I’m not rating this tea, because I had a very strange experience with it. I made it up in our small teapot, and with the first cup I was in love. It was balanced and smooth and wonderful.

I wasn’t expecting its evil twin for a second cup. I had removed the infuser basket on time, but something must have continued to happen, because the second cup was bitter and bracing and just plain horrible.

While I finish up the rest of the 50g package (the smallest they sell on their website) I’m going to try to only make single-serving batches which will be enjoyed hot and quickly… hopefully I’ll only see the nice side of this tea, and not the nasty!

You can read my full review here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/08/earl-grey-by-davidstea.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
242 tasting notes

This is the first sample DAVIDsTEA has sent me that tempts me to actually go out and get the tea! I think I’m going to try to wring all the re-steeps I can out of this, because it’s just perfect for this evening. I’m fighting off my allergies something horrible, and its sweet tang allows me to release some of the tension that’s been riding my shoulders.

At first this reminded me of Teavana’s Dragonfruit Devotion but its aftertaste is fresher than the slightly perfumey note that plagues theirs. I have no firsthand knowledge of passionfruit or dragonfruit (other than the fact they sound like sci-fi tropes) but judging by these teas I’m left wondering if they taste similar.

We’ve been steadily replacing our Teavana teas with better (and less expensive!) versions from other sellers, so I’m glad this fell onto our radar. My husband absconded with half my cup, so I think he agrees with me!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

It’s pretty good iced as well :)

wheezybee

I’ll have to order more so I can try it that way, thanks!

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80

My DAVIDsTEA order came in today, and I am so glad that I decided to give this a try! It’s just so delightfully sweet and creamy – both in aroma and flavor. My husband has been tearing through the ice cubes lately, so I had to try it hot instead of cold first, but I am making up a batch to put in the fridge with a “no touchie!” sign! ;)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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70

This was the last of the three samples I was given for my Battle of the Earl Greys project. Like the others, it won’t be listed on their website until the release of the new fall lineup in October, so I had to make some inferences about it and how to prepare it.

Overall, it’s a pretty good Earl Grey. The black teas and bergamot are nicely balanced, but some floral elements (cornflower and rose, I think) have been added and they make themselves known in the aftertaste. The astringency is surprisingly potent when compared to how mild the tea is in general, but a nice dash of milk evens it out.

The biggest surprise with this tea was how well it re-steeped. The second cup tasted nearly identical to the first, with the bonus of reduced astringency. I have enough left for one more cup, and when I make it I will definitely re-steep it.

You can read my full review here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/08/queen-victorias-earl-grey-by-tealicious.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by EnjoyingTea.com
242 tasting notes

I was very pleasantly surprised by this tea. It was just wonderfully smooth and layered, and so nice to just sit back and enjoy.

You can read my full review here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/07/earl-grey-black-tea-by-enjoyingtea.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75

I found a tin of this on clearance at Target, and I figured $2.88 was low enough to take a chance on something new. It’s okay… not something I’m going to go out of my way for, but a nice change for now and then. The smell is nearly identical to the taste, which is almost entirely fruity.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Your Target has H & S? Awwww!

ashmanra

My daughter JUST texted me today from Target in her town to tell me that they had Harney and Sons! I think ours does, too, but I haven’t been in a while…

wheezybee

I think it’s only the Super Targets, but ours has something like eight varieties in stock. Only the sachets though, no loose leaf.

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I’m trying to work my way through the rest of the samples I received with the 5 for $5 promotion, and after this I only have one more to go! I ended up dumping the cup and leaves. It was bitter and gamey and just not enjoyable for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Tealizzy

I felt like I was the only one that didn’t like this one! Thank you! ;)

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This was one of the samples I received with the 5 for $5 promotion. I’m not rating it yet because I’m still working on telling greens apart, but I have finally made it to a point where I’m making them without any additives. This has more of a sour and even bitter bite than I enjoy, so it will not be on my list of things to re-order.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I actually struggled to write as much about this one as I did. It’s overwhelmingly smoky, and any other elements are incredibly difficult to identify. It doesn’t taste like Earl Grey to me, just smoke. Lots and lots of smoke.

If you do like their Pine Smoked Black tea, this tastes nearly identical.

You can read the full review (as short as it is) here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/07/smoked-earl-grey-by-tao-of-te.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Aries by Nina's Paris
242 tasting notes

This is the second of the samples I received from Laurent of Nina’s. Since I tend to bounce off the walls half the night if I have too much caffeine, I’m always interested in new caffeine-free alternatives.

This packet was labeled “Bélier”, and when I couldn’t find that on the website I emailed Laurent, who told me it was this blend. I was a little surprised, because it smells more like a fruity caramel to me and lacks the colorful petals, but that may be due to the small sample size.

I used two teaspoons of tea in my 16oz infuser mug and added my usual tablespoon of raw sugar. I wanted to make sure I didn’t over-steep, so I paused at six minutes. It was still a little light, so I went the full eight.

Now that it’s steeped, I’m having an easier time picking out the cherry. I guess I was expecting something more… potent, since the last cherry tea I tried tasted like cough syrup. This is wonderfully light and fresh. It’s just slightly woodsy and pleasantly sweet, and it makes me think about the tiny chips of wood that would fall from grandpa’s carving knife, and how wonderful it was when he taught me to whittle too.

Overall, this was pretty enjoyable – and even more so because I can have it without going into super-hyper mode!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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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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