64 Tasting Notes

I had a 20% coupon from a grocery vendor, and got free shipping at a certain point, so I used it for more tea! Wanting something convenient to keep in my desk drawer, I ordered a big ol’ box of these Yorkshire Gold teabags, knowing the worst case scenario would give me something for iced tea.

Not the worst case, at all! I have actually enjoyed many morning cups so far. Nothing fancy, just a brisk, malty blend that brews a deep copper cup of flavor. Perfect for the morning, but I’ve enjoyed several cups after dinner, too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I purchased a 4-ounce tin of this to round out an order for free shipping recently, and am quite pleased. I don’t really have a daily go-to, but I like a brisk drink in the morning, and this fits the bill. I have to take the edge off with milk and stevia, and that makes it a perfect cup for me. I steep it at 205° for 4-1/2 minutes for the best cup – or at least the cup I enjoy most.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
64 tasting notes

Nice March weather in NC, so when my wife announced she was walking to a local store I couldn’t resist joining her. Since I had no agenda, I wandered to the tea and coffee aisle where I spotted a box of PG Tips. At about a dime a tea bag, I took a calculated risk and took a box home. Exactly what I’m looking for in a morning tea! Brisk, bold, flavorful and capable of handling some milk and sweetener.

gmathis

Yep. My kind of wakey-upper.

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Returned to a utilitarian cup to start my day, and was immediately reminded how much I love this tea. Rich, flavorful, pleasantly astringent.

Sometimes the greatest adventure is simply enjoying where you’re at.

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In search of a convenient and mellow cup for my “low caffeine days”, I ordered this unique blend in sachet form so I could carry it along to work or wherever.

It’s really interesting! It’s nutty, and a bit sweeter than I expected (not a bad thing!), but there’s a vegetal edge that reminds you those pellets of buckwheat are coated with matcha. Great aroma, nice flavor…I like it!

Flavors: Artichoke, Nutty, Spinach, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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What a delicious start to the weekend! I received a nice sized sample of this tea from Upton a few months back, and it was the perfect “something different” in my first few cups this morning. A wonderful convergence of malt and sweetness, the long, dark leaves with their golden tips produced a deep amber cup with just a hint of chocolate as it lingers.

Steeped for 4:45 just short of a boil.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sweet

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When you’re willing to try something again, the second time may turn out to be the charm. That was the case with this tea. Maybe my expectations were off, or perhaps it was the method, but whatever it was, I was not thrilled with my first tasting. Not so this time around! Our good friend ashmanra offered some tips, and I just enjoyed two perfectly steeped cups of a tea I had previously written off.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
ashmanra

Hooray! Darjeeling tea is very particular, but worth it.

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After steeping these delicious leaves the second time, I pulled this tea up to tap out a quick review. The first thing I noticed is that ashmanra has a history of gifting Zhen Quo to friends, and I consider it an honor to be in that circle.

Full of golden tips , the big fluffy leaves yielded a golden brown liquor as sweet as it is beautiful. I had a similarly flavorful Yunnan Black from Silk Road Teas a while back, and I love them both!

ashmanra

So glad you enjoyed it! It is a real treat to me!

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My first of any Russian Caravan, so I can only compare it to itself. The Keemun is delightful and accented nicely by the gentle smokiness of the Lapsang. I wanted a second cup right away. Thanks to ashmanra for the generous sample.

Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
ashmanra

They sell this at A Southern Season, and you will be in Chapel Hill soon…:)

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As a coffee drinker, I preferred single-origin, freshly roasted coffees. Not being a snobby purist in any way, I tried many, many coffees that didn’t fit that bill…that’s how I know my preference.

The same is happening with tea. I have discovered single-estate teas are my preference. There are blends I enjoy, and I have several teas with organic or herbal additives, but for the most part, I lean toward something more pure with a flavor I don’t have to hunt for.

After drinking several Assam blends and truly enjoying their unique bursts of flavor, a good friend (ashmanra) sent me a tin of this pure Assam from Grace Rare Teas and suggested I’d like it. She was right!

These leaves yield a beautiful copper cup with all the flavor you’d expect from an Assam tea, but somehow more mellow. While I typically add milk to Assam blends, it’s absolutely unnecessary with this tea.

If you’re an Irish Breakfast fan, try this! You might find out you’re really a fan of Assam tea. I did.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
ashmanra

Grace loved this one, and I thought it had Comm Guy written all over.

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I’ve heard others refer to me as a Renaissance man. I’m more apt to describe myself in a sentence ending with “…and master of none.”

I play music. I design and build things. I love art and quirky stuff. And I have a really cool wife.

In an attempt at a more graceful aging, I entered the wonderful world of tea for its health benefits in 2017. A home roaster and seasoned coffee-ologist, I dove quickly in, gleaning knowledge from every source possible and tasting all I could afford to buy, beg or borrow. Hundreds of cups, pots, bags and blends into it, I still consider myself a neophyte Steepster.

I’ve discovered I am a huge fan of Pu-erh and Assam, and quickly warmed up to Oolong, Yunnan Blacks, Keemun, and Matcha.

I enjoy Tisanes, too. We buy herbs in bulk and blend for both benefits and taste. In that order.

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