drank Chloe by The Simple Leaf
1112 tasting notes

I’m in the mood for something in the green family today – must be the heat we are experiencing!

1st steep: very light and vegetal/asparagus. The tea is almost clear! I wonder if I could have used a slightly higher temperature? I’m going to stick with 175 for this whole cycle and see what happens, though. It’s very enjoyable in a virtuous way, and I think it would be good with food. I’m not getting any honey/apricot this steep (the reason I was attracted to this tea!).

2nd steep: (4 min) More color! A little sweeter, especially as it cools. The asparagus is still present, but morphing into something a bit grapey/musky. I now think 175 is an appropriate temperature. I definitely like this steep better, although I think I should have poured at 3:30 – slightest bit bitter.

3rd steep: (4 min again) Not bad. The second steep is the good one, though.

All in all, a solid green. My tastes prefer the naturally sweet greens and oolongs, but this is interesting and will have no trouble being drunk up ;) especially with a meal. I don’t think this is one I’d repurchase, though.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes


Collingswood, NJ



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