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This was originally when I feel in love with very good tea. Peet’s Jasmine Downy Pearls was fabulous! Cup after cup, tin after tin. It was my everyday pot of tea and was still special year after year. Then when Peet’s transferred their teas over to Mighty Leaf, the jasmine pearls went up in price AND down in quality. Over processed, bitter not delicate, the flavor went downhill. It was really depressing. That started my now years long search for a good replacement.
(Gifted to me by my friend Jen D AKA “J-Law”) I’m a coffee drinker. I have generally found tea to be boring, and often the tannins in black tea and the ‘green-ness’ of green tea are unpleasant to my palate. Herbal teas have been a thing I use when I’m sick, liberally dosed with honey, lemon and whiskey— consumed for medicinal value of the herbs rather than for the flavor. This is the first tea I’d ever had that I actually enjoyed on its own merits. This is a really good blend, with a full, smooth & smokey flavor. Yep, this tea is a smoke-bomb! It is very strong, gives a boost as good as coffee, but does need cream and sugar to balance the smoke, just like they drink it in the Motherland. This stuff will wake you up with visions of being bundled up in a horse-drawn sled, being carried across the steppes, with a warming cup of this tea in your mittened hands, breathing the fireplace odor of Baba Yaga’s hut as it looms on the horizon. This is a tea for Adventures!
I had this on Friday morning, as I thought it would be good for my stuffed up self. Strong, but not particularly a favorite, and bold enough to cut through the cold?
Well it tasted bitter on Friday, so I’m not quite sure what I did.
I can’t wait to get well, and be able to taste all the things I really love again. I shall have a subtle tasting tea festival!
I don’t know what it is about this week, but there hasn’t been a night where I have slept well, without a nightmare about work. Sheesh.
So I’ve been brewing strong tea, but also not anything that is particularly interesting. This may change tomorrow. Maybe I’ll brew up something lovely tomorrow instead of this, which is serviceable, but not special.
Have you ever had a tea day when you don’t want to drink anything particularly special? I just woke up with a case of the tea blahs, where I wanted tea, but nothing fancy, nothing that required too much focus or care.
Enter Holiday Breakfast, which could be summed up as “basic.” And it was exactly the right thing for a day when I don’t want anything special.
Now, normally I don’t try new teas when I’m in a hurry, or am not feeling well. I don’t think it gives me a good impression of the teas, and I’d like to get to know a new blend more slowly than that.
But I broke the rule for this tea, drinking my first cup of it as I rushed around getting ready, and also while stuffed up.
But I have a sense that this won’t make a huge impression, even without those handicaps. But next time I try it, I’ll do it properly.
The sore throat continues today- actually its more like breathing dust. Its not debilitating, but it is annoying. Another day full of lots of hot tea.
Due to this somewhat dulled sense of taste, I went bold today, and good heavens but this is bold. This tea, I imagine, could polarize people, and I wouldn’t blame anyone who doesn’t like this. The lavender here is STRONG, like, mighty mighty lavender. If you think you’re getting an earl grey experience out of this, think again. Its practically lapsang souchong in smokiness, and the lavender refuses to settle into the background.
It was great for my throat today, but its not an every day experience.
Wham! Pow! Kablooie!
This is one bold tea. It packs a seriously lavender punch, and the tea base is every bit as strong as the lavender it supports.
An Earl Grey this is not. I don’t care what the label says. Bergamot is simply not here. Nope, move along.
This is not a tea for the faint of heart. but if you like the occational bold cup of power, then this is your blend.
I have a mighty hankering for lavender today. Its a strong flavor, one I associate more with autumn than with summer, but its been cooler lately (read, 87 degrees), so I’m risking it.
Bold, powerful, a real wake-up kick in the mouth. Again I feel compelled to say that I cannot believe this is an Earl Grey, but hey.
I enjoyed it a lot this morning.
Now, this tea is a conundrum. I like it, I actually like it a lot. Its bold, and the lavender and the tea make an interesting and pleasant combo.
The trouble is, however that I cannot be convinced that this is an earl grey. All the defining characteristics of the earl is gone (namely, bergamot), as the boldness of the lavender, and the general smokey quality of the tea.
So, I like it, but it puzzles me.
So the local weather is completely nuts. It was 90 degrees (!!) on Wednesday, but today its pouring rain. Well, I prefer the rain, as its a chance to break out my sweaters, tights and tea again!
Not that I really put tea away, but you know the drill. Cold weather and tea drinking are just a perfect combo.
This is a very bold cup of tea. I know I say this every time, but I would not say its an Earl. Something bolder and stronger, maybe, but that suits the power of th lavender. Its a good balance.
Once again we play “you’re pulling my leg, this is an Earl Grey?”, with myself being the sole contestant.
I cannot find it. Where is the bergamot? His Lordship is unrecognizable with this much lavender in him. He’s turned bolder, darker, and altogether not like himself at all.
I mean, I kinda like him like this, but he just does not seem like the Earls I have known.
Goodness, but this is intense. Its so smokey. I would hardly think it was an Earl Grey at all, except that it says so on the tin. I’m getting no bergamot at all.
Instead, I’d think this was a Lapsang, smokey and strong, with the lavender making a strong second note.
But my tastebuds are wrong, as its Earl Grey!
Huh. This was interesting, and will need more testing. Fortunatly my sweet sister gave me a lot.
Up to now, this is my benchmark Yunnan. I compare all other Yunnans to this, and they all fall short, at least an iota. I’m sure that will change as I learn from this community! This is an amazing tea. Can be steeped a long time without getting bitter. Smooth malty, molasses flavor. Holds up to 3 infusions. The second is similar in flavoring to the first; the third is lighter and fruitier. When Peet’s offered it, it was an amazing value. I’m sure I’ll be paying 4x that much to get anything comparable. This has been my favorite tea for years. I travel a lot for work, and when I get home, coming back to my morning cup of this tea has been a warm homecoming. I prepare it as I do all teas, in a Japanese side handle pot that holds about 10 oz. of water. I use a Japanese electric hot water pot that boils the water and then holds it at 208 °F. I put 3 loose teaspoons (perhaps 4 actual if I measured them) in the pot, add water, steep several (~5) minutes (increasing for the later infusions).
Flavors: Malt, Molasses, Nutmeg, Smooth, Vanilla
Feeling tired this afternoon and all of a sudden started sneezing so I am either getting a cold or allergy attack. I’m hoping some green tea will help me feel better. I find this is a good solid choice for the afternoon due to the relaxing effect of jasmine. This isn’t too bad for a teabag but I gave 1/2 the box to my boyfriend who prefers teabags. I am really fighting to stay awake this afternoon!
Hi Steepster. I am so far behind on tasting notes it’s kind of ridiculous. There is just no time to taste teas with me being at work all of the time and being gone a lot on the weekends. Sad but I hope you haven’t missed me too much ;)
Recently got this at a Peet’s for cheap. They are discontinuing their tea line and bringing in the Mighty Leaf brand. I find this to be kind of a bummer and wish I had tried more of the Peet’s teas when they were around.
So jasmine does not tend to be a super favorite of mine. But if it’s done well it’s ok. I used two teabags in my tall glass tumbler. For a bagged tea, this isn’t too bad. The jasmine seems fairly strong and the tea itself has a vegetal quality that ends on a sweet note. I find some jasmine teas to be a bit bitter but this is pretty good. I definitely prefer the high quality jasmine pearls as the flowery flavor is more subtle. Might try using one less teabag the next time to give it more of a watered down & subtle effect.
I will probably end up giving the rest of this to my boyfriend if he wants to drink it (he likes the convenience of teabags). If you live near a Peet’s and want to try any of their teas, you need to act fast!
This is bit of an odd bird for Peet’s tisanes, it does not brew an intense cup, in general Peet’s tisanes usually brew very flavorful. The flavor is still very light with a 10 minute steep and a tablespoon for a cup of water. The flavor is more akin to lemongrass very lightly supported by ginger with hints of mint. The mouth feel though is thicker than expected. No real tartness from the rose hips. Overall this much more gentler than I expected. Would not buy again on the other hand if you have an upset stomach this stuff is excellent for that.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass, Spearmint
One of my favorite tea beverages to buy! I love this on a hot summer day the balance of jasmine and lime utterly refreshing but with jasmine it has a unique thirst quenching bite that makes it feel unique compared to other tea based beverages sold on the market. The jasmine note makes this feel like a more grown up beverage.
Flavors: Jasmine, Lime
This was my first Assam and for years I drank it in the morning with a splash of milk. In the winter the malty sweetness so utterly comforting on a cold morning. Was this tea smooth, did I drink it without milk, nope, but in all honesty this tea just says add a splash of milk and feel comforted. Serve it your rustic thick pottery mug and let it take you through a cold morning.
I happen to enjoy a lot of Peet’s unflavored teas, in fact because I worked there they were my jumping off point into tea appreciation, yet for the most part their flavored teas frequently left me wanting. Well, Peet’s hit it out of the park with this tea blend. The chocolate and vanilla working beautifully with the base black tea. The smooth cocoa notes of the cacao shells and dusting of cocoa work perfectly to enhance the cocoa notes of the tea Better yet the vanilla is used with the right hand, supporting the maltiness of the tea, and bringing forward the depth. For a truly absurdly decadent experience brew this tea dark add a splash of half n half and a splash of real maple syrup.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Vanilla
Backlog – I didn’t like this too much when I tried it yesterday out of the store. I think this tea needs to be prepared gong fu or at least with short steeps to really appreciate the flavor. I could pick up some of the classic Phoenix flavor but mostly it got bitter and muddy after it was steeped for around 3 minutes. So I can’t really rate this either, but I feel bad for anyone whose only experience of a Phoenix Mountain oolong is trying it this way.