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My newest “haul along to work & drink in the office tea” is this fellow. I thought it would be a good fit, as an Earl is a nice, basic blend that I can work while drinking, without falling into little rapturous sighs. That sort of thing is frowned upon in the workplace.
And I made a good choice! Its got an almost candied bergamot smell in leaf form, but brewes up to a pretty standard Earl, perhaps a touch mellower than the un-cream version. I don’t particularly find this “creamy”, but nor did I find it bitter or unpleasant or tasting like soap. All good things.
So, its gonna be a good work tea! I can tell.
Its beginning to feel like spring around here. The spring in these parts is truly gorgeous, before the weather turns into the baking, mysery filled world of a California summer. So I’ll try to take advantage of it while I can.
I thought it would be good morning to try this one, which is a very citrusy blend.
The trouble is that I’m going to have to watch the steep time like a hawk. It was a bit too bitter for me. The base should be milder, ideally, to stand up to the tart citrus in this blend.
So, an uneven beginning.
My pot of the morning.
I need to take better notes when buying teas from little shops. This has no info on the packaging, and I bought it a bit ago, so I don’t quite remember what it is, other than black tea which sounded good to me at the time.
Aha, I think its got currant in it. Both the leaf and the brew have that fruity tartness of current. Also, I love current teas, so that sounds like me, alright.
Its a decent tea. It has a tart, fruity flavor to it. I think it would probably do well with a minute lighter steep then I gave it.
So far these Tea Cozy teas have done well.
I’m getting soft in my old age. I usually like me tea as black as a Goth’s wardrobe, with no sweetener or additives. But I found myself sipping this today and thinking that a splash of milk might not go amiss.
I mean, I still like it, even without the milk, but it might be nice, even with a little sugar.
I’m going soft, obviously.
I woke up to the rain this morning, so I decided that I needed a cozy blend.
This is from a local tea shop, and its their house blend. I’ve been waiting for the right day to brew it up, and that day has arrived!
I’m afraid the packaging leaves something to be desired, in that it does not list the teas that have gone into this blend, but one of then is clearly Lapsang. But its not just Lapsang.
Its a really nice blend, with the smokey quality I love in Lapsangs, but also some mellow sweetness to it. I don’t know what is causing that, but I’m not about to argue.
It was a very cozy cup this morning, I am happy to say. And I’m glad they are local, because this might be something that, once I drink this particular package down, might be worth bringing back into the cupboard.
So I need to do a little grocery store run, and I’m holding a list at the moment, which simply says “bananas. Tea filters” on it, and if that doesn’t sum up a great deal of my grocery life, then I do not know what does. (I take it back, I do know what does. I will get home, suddenly remember the six other things I wanted to buy but did not, and then promptly forget to write them on the next list.)
(I use the paper filter for my work tea drinking- there is nowhere to clean a strainer at work, so it simplifies life. I am all for the simplification of life.)
That’s a fairly long winded way of saying that I brought the spare filters I had at home to work, and drank some of this tea. Its a busy week in the office, so tea is required. Plus I suspect I’m not fighting a cold. Argh.
I’ll need more tea filters asap, I can tell.
Do you ever just sit and think about how lovely tea is, and how happy you are to drink it, and how wonderful that there is a world of tea, a history of tea, a culture of tea?
I do. I’ve been doing that a lot lately, thinking about all the tea rooms I want to visit, the tea houses I want to experience, the books about tea I want to read. I’ve been thinking about the flavors I’ve got currently, and the ones I want to try, and the just total, enveloping niceness that is a good cup of tea.
I’m sipping this, which is full of sweet lavender today, and feeling happy that such a wonderful thing as tea exists in the first place, and that I get to share that vibrant culture with all of you.
I’m in a lavender mood, today. I’m wearing a lavender based perfume (again), and very happily drinking this as a work cup of tea.
What is it with weeks when you’ve got Monday off? Tuesdays are always bonkers.
This is just the right amount of soothing and peppy to help me through a very busy morning.
I felt like lavender today. Maybe its the pouring rain that inspired me. I for some reason really love lavender when its raining.
So I’m wearing a lavender perfume today, and this lavender Earl is my first cup of the work day.
Its a really nice balance, with neither the bergamot nor the lavender taking over completely, which I appreciate. It would be easy to have this blend be unbalanced.
As it is, I am sipping away happily, and wondering what warm and delicious thing I’ll make for dinner. I am feeling cozy. I wish I didn’t have to be at work!
So I currently have two Lavender Earls in the cupboard. Both were gifts, interestingly enough!
I decided, as I am exsausted, that I would bring a different black tea with me to be a work tea (other than the disappointing Candy Cane Crush that I’ve already got there), so this was tucked into my bag and away we went.
First order of business was to brew it up, and you know? I prefer this to the other Lavender Earl I’ve got. That one is sooo strong that I keep thinking its a mislabeled Lapsang with lavender instead of an Earl. This is a much gentler incarnation of the blend, with the lavender and bergamot in a good blend, not overpowering, and not medicinal.
Its going to be a lovely work cup, I think.
Just when I think I’ve got a handle on this whole “number of teas in my cupboard” thing, whoops, I find teas I have not logged. Gosh darn it, I’m never going to get out of the 90’s. And that’s gonna be a problem, as I totally am going to want some teas during black Friday sales.
So, this is a tea my uncle gave me for my birthday, from the local small tea shop. I’m getting a little more into chai, and I love black pepper in food and recipes, so I was well interested to try this.
Its quite a strong blend, and the pepper is most certainly a factor. I can really taste it. And while I love that flavor in cooking, I’m a little uncertain about it when it comes to tea.
I don’t hate it, but its a spicier tea than I’m used to (usually drinking sweeter teas), so I’m glad I’ve got a few ounces of this, as I want to play around with it.
And that has killed off this blend! Huzzah!
Well, that’s not entirely fair. It was a perfectly decent little blend, but vanilla is my favorite flavor, so I tend to want the very best out of it.
This was only just ok, fading into meh when I ran out of leaf. It was best overleafed.
I shall not be buying more of this, in future, but it was harmless to try.
In attempt to curtail the tiny headache I still have, I figured I’d have some more caffeine. That helps, sometimes. Sometimes, of course, it makes it much worse, but this doesn’t feel like that sort of headache.
Alas, its not decreased the headache (time to turn to a headache pill), but it was pleasant enough to drink, and really, what more can I ask of tea?
I love vanilla tea. Its one of my favorite things, a good vanilla black blend. I am constantly questing for them, and am formulating a theory that a company can be judged by the quality of its simple vanilla black blends.
This one leaves a bit to be desired. Its got vanilla flavor, but it doesn’t harmonize as I’d wish with the base. The base itself is a little bitter, which made the tail end of the sip not a creamy sigh, but a scrunched up sharpness.
This will not be the ultimate vanilla. The quest continues!
I am always questing for a basic (and yet fantastic) vanilla black. I’ve come across some really good blends, but nothing that has yet fully earned the title of “cupboard staple”. So I pick them up almost aggressively, when I spot one that seems a likely contender.
This is a blend from a local tea shop, which is a cute little place. They have some English tea imported, and lots of teaware, and some of their own unique blends, which I picked up a good helping of the last time I was there. This is one of them.
And its ok. My first cup of this was perfectly decent, but nothing to sing about. I’ll drink it down without problems, and probably some pleasure, but its not The One True Vanilla Black.
Do you guys have a good vanilla black recommendation?
Tea Cozy’s Sencha is boldly vegetal, but not so much that it turns you off. The tea itself is a grassy green color, moderately dense, and leaves your water a delightful spring green. Overall, one of the better senchas i’ve had.
The seller mentioned this was one of their best selling greens at the moment so I picked up about 1.5 oz. It is your typical fruity green, well flavored but not as smooth as I would like it. Tea Cozy sells a Fiji Green that is absolutely delicious, I would recommend that over Green Powerfruit.
Ah, nothing like burning your tongue to start off your tea review. This is actually a wonderful tea! It smells like dessert and tastes like a mild hot chocolate almost. I don’t get much of the hazelnut flavor, at first I thought I didn’t steep it well enough but i’ve done it twice now and don’t taste it. It’s a decent tea, but I think there are probably better dessert blacks available for sure.