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74

A cup of this has done wonders for my headache this morning, and I am feeling slightly more hopeful about my day.
Still wish they hadn’t stolen my delivery of tea, though.

Evol Ving Ness

What! Someone stole your tea delivery?! Scoundrels!

Evol Ving Ness

Will the company replace it? Does that happen or is it gone forever?

Rosehips

I just ordered more, and am having it sent to a safer address. In the history of hoodlums stealing things off my porch (unfortunately a longer history than I want), sometimes the company will replace it, sometimes not, but as its not the companies fault (and it is not a one-of-a-kind thing, and I could replace it) I often just order more.

Evol Ving Ness

Wow. This has become more common here, where thieves will stalk a postal truck and steal whatever package they drop off. Once this became a thing, or at least a more common thing, official-looking brand packages now need to be picked up.

As for ordering more, here we pay big bucks for shipping from the States, and sometimes even custom duties, so we tend to make BIG or joint purchases to make that shipping cost well worth it, so having to replace it is not something we could easily entertain.

It’s all a pain. Sorry that this is an issue.

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74

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.

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74

Whew, a busy morning. I need a nice fortifying cup of tea, and this fits the bill.
I’ll be both glad when I’m done with this, and a little sorry. Its been solid!

Evol Ving Ness

I admire your persistence with this one.

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74

I am freezing. I feel the icy hand of death on my shoulder, and its all because my boss keeps it so cold in the office.
I am huddled under my shawl, and clutching the tea for warmth. Keep me warm, beverage!

gmathis

Stuck in freezing conference rooms all day—I hear ya!

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74

Golly I have a lot of this. That makes a sipdown seem very far off.
But its just lovely on a cold morning. The spiciness of the lavender really warms up a cold brain.
I still would not classify this as an Earl Grey. I never get any bergamot out of it, but its nice none the less.

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74

Its raining today! Its grey, and chilly, and the air is full of the scent of rain! Yaaaay!
That means that this cup, wafting its rich and spicy lavender scent, is even better today. This is the perfect weather for this flavor!

Evol Ving Ness

I will be keeping my lavender earl in mind the next time that it is rainy and grim. The weather fortune tellers are predicting this is coming soon.

Rosehips

It pairs very nicely with a rainy day.

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74

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.
Sheesh.
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!

gmathis

Paperwork Hydra. I get it.

Rosehips

Paperwork Hydra! That it exactly!

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74

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.

gmathis

It doesn’t get cold enough there for flannel sheets, does it? I switched last week and oh, mercy, the a.m. gravitational pull is triple that of Earth gravity.

Rosehips

I do own flannel sheets, and live in hope that it might be cold enough for them. So far, no. Which is just as well, I support.

ashmanra

Switching to flannel next week here, I think. We had a couple of nights that they would have been welcome, but we are having a week of daytime highs around 75-80 so even the chilly night doesn’t warrant them yet. Soon. Soon.

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74

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.

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74

On a sleepy Monday, such as today, I am very happy to have a strong tea to help me through the morning.
This is proving to be an excellent work tea. Strong, not too fussy, and easily ignored if the phone should happen to ring just as the cup is ready.
Tea really does help the world go around.

Rosehips

What can I say, you are an influencer!

Evol Ving Ness

hahaha, nothing like the comments of others to remind you of what you have and what you could be drinking.

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74

First cup of work tea, brewed strong, to prop me up.
Feeling slightly more human now.

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74

I have so much of this. Really, its an almost overwhelming amount. Its a good thing I generally enjoy it.
But its been ignored at home, so it, in its stout little canister, is now going to cheer my desk up. A lot of tea at work is still a lot of tea, but it makes it easier to drink it all down.

Evol Ving Ness

What a marvel you are with these various work teas!

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74

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!

Evol Ving Ness

Hurray for triumphant sip downs! Good work!

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74

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.

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74

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.

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74

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.

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74

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.

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74

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.

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74

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.

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74

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.

Sami Kelsh

This sounds wacky. Is it good?

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64

I like this tea. It’s usually what I go with when I go to Peet’s. Even when you leave the bag in for a long time it’s not overwhelming. I’ve bought it a few times to have at home too.

Flavors: Green, Jasmine

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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76

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!

Kristal

Gotta love Jasmine green tea. Hope you feel better soon!

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76

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!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Doug F

I have missed your reviews! You were one of the most reliable reviewers on my feed. But I understand—I drink a lot of tea at work and then forget to post or I won’t buy tea for a bit and therefore have nothing new to review.

TeaBrat

Hi Doug, thanks! It seems like the only time I am at home is on the weekday evenings when I am not inclined to drink any ea. I’ll try to step it up a bit in the next few weeks :)

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