drank Early Bird by Tippy's Tea
894 tasting notes

This is a solid breakfast tea. Bold, a hint smokey, lots of malt and mildly astringent. The smokiness differentiates it from other breakfast blends I’ve had, but it does feel similar to a Russian Caravan I drank recently.

At the beginning of the cup there was a floral and grassy note but that went away pretty quick. There is a slightly… sour is far too strong a word, but very subtle, pleasant sourness that I tend to associate with some white teas?

I’m enjoying this cup a lot and it would probably be really good with milk and sugar. The notes are well balanced, though I don’t find it overly distinctive.

Edit: Hah! And just after I finished this tasting note I hit the bottom two sips of the cup and discovered a surprise maple note!

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Grass, Malt, Maple, Pleasantly Sour, Smoke

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.


Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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