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This tea is now outstripping much beloved teas in the times-drunk games. That’s what happens when its a work tea!
And yet, there is still so much more of it! Why are the bottomless tea tins never the ones of your very favorites? This is a good, not great bottomless tea blend, which is also a rare duck. Usually the bottomless ones are the teas you don’t really care for at all.
Its been one of those endless, breakneck mornings, where each time you finish a task you see that it has been replaced by six brand new things that all need to be done right now.
So, after a monumental effort, I have smashed through a great number of to-do’s, and now can sip a cup of tea. While, of course, working.
But tea helps grease the cogs of my brain, and adds pep back into the step!
As the weather slowly starts to get colder, it gets harder to get out of bed. There I lie, snug as the proverbial bug I in the rug, and the world seems far too bright and cold to go into.
Well, tea helps to banish the lingering cobwebs, and perk me up for the day.
I have sooo much of this. If I drink a cup a day I might be done by December. But, as I am involved in the great cupboard bust, and I’ve had this for a good long time, its time to batten down the hatches.
The good news is that I like this, and its very good on a colder morning.
Its hard to celebrate Halloween when at work. I am keeping my spirit as spooky as possible, while still being a professional person.
Tea! Yep, I liked this but don’t love it. Its a very good thing to have at work.
It smelled very lavender-y today, which was nice. I love lavender, the smell, the taste, the look of it!
A very good autumn tea.
With my triumphant sipdowns of the weekend, it was time to select the next office tea, and this was the lucky winner.
I don’t dislike this blend at all, but I have a ton of it, and it has been more or less untouched for absolute yonks. Time to bring it to work and get it properly sipped down.
Firstly, and as I observe every time I drink this blend, I cannot believe that this is an Earl Grey. I cannot detect any hint of bergamot anywhere in it. Lots of lavender, yes, but no bergamot. In fact the whole tea seems smokey, which I associate more with lapsang, but may just be the lavender.
It shall be a very good work tea!
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!