1125 Tasting Notes

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drank Earl Grey by Teafarm
1125 tasting notes

Wow, I haven’t logged this tea in 2 years haha. I still have a tiny bit left in my bag from back then that I’m trying to finish off, however the flavor is still pretty decent! Made it today with milk and sugar for a treat after all the cleaning I’ve been doing today lol. The weather says winter, but my brain is kicking into ‘spring cleaning’ mode, so that’s what the day has consisted of. So a tea and truffle popcorn break is where I’m at now. This tea takes milk and sugar well, and it’s quite good on this blustery snowy day we are having.

Also, sorry for not posting on here much anymore. I do post on IG relatively often, but my social media activity has steadily been decreasing. I still peruse the forums, read up on what’s new, and am lusting after some teaware haha, but just not as active as I used to be on here. I still do exist! :D see previous notes on this tea!

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This was another free sample from Angel at Teavivre thank you!! As it’s a Saturday, I figure it’s early enough for me to have a black tea. This is my pick, I brewed it Western Style for 3 mins with 195 degree water.

The smell is honeyed and reminiscent of a golden tip tea, which is good. It smells pretty light, not overly rich which is good. Wanted something warming yet not too heavy as it’s the first tea of the day.

As for flavor; this is good! It’s different – the honey notes of other golden tip teas is there but it’s overall lighter in effect. There is a fruitiness, some type of dried fruit, with a light astringency enhancing that flavor. Just what I wanted this morning- a lighter textured Chinese black tea :)

Overall, I like this, it’s just different enough from my other black teas that it’s a refreshing change. It reminds me of warmer days, something like spring. It is also melding spectacularly with my breakfast of steel cut oats, which I sweetened with honey, it’s not overpowering but a good match. Thanks again for the sample Angel!

ScottTeaMan

MissLena, did you forget to rate your tea? :D

MissLena

@ScottTeaMan, nope! I have taken to not rating free samples :) just a personal preference!

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I finally bit the bullet and sipped down this – my favorite team of all time I think – tonight at my mom’s place. The last cup did not disappoint. So yummy. I will miss this forever. I can’t say any further notes than what I’ve already noted on this tea, so see previous notes on it :) farewell delicious, reliable tisane.

Evol Ving Ness

A sad moment. New teas await.

MissLena

Yes indeed, although I am trying to finish my old teas before any new purchases, I have a truly ridiculous amount of tea (for me). :( haha

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Well hello Steepster, it’s been a long time again! Since my last note I’ve been to Japan and back, which was absolutely amazing and I wish I was still there, and had delicious tea, partook in a tea ceremony and bought copious amounts of tea and a new matcha bowl for myself haha. But that can be for a different note, today it is the last day of bitterly frigidly cold temperatures before a MASSIVE warm up (from – 20 C to -1..overnight) so I had to have a cozy black tea today as it’s been way too long since I’ve had a good black tea!

This tea came to me as a free sample from the ever generous Angel at Teavivre, thank you so much for your kindness to send me this tea to sample!! I opened up the sample expecting a few small pearls, but there was one giant tea ball in it (large in comparison what I’m used to anyways haha) in the cutest little wrapper. Love how it looks!

The dry smell is so sweet and seductive, wow! I was reading about the roses used in this tea and I agree that they are much different than other roses I’m used to in tea, this tea was much sweeter than rose smelling, however the floral note is still there, just luxuriously sweet, so interesting! I decided to steep it Western Style as I want a cozy mug, so I used 194 degree water and steeped for 3 minutes.

The resulting liquor is quite a dark rich red, and smells phenomenal, robust honeyed Yunnan black tea notes, with some grain notes.

As for the flavor, wow this seriously blew me away with the first sip. I have not had a good black tea in a long time, mostly due to my caffeine tolerance, but this is something else!! Bready, malty, and so much honey notes!! The rose is very subdued, it is mild but adding to the mouthfeel with a bit of dryness and that floral feel, hard to describe but it is definitely there. I can’t get over how much sweet honey there is in this, it’s like a floral honey really!! Wow. Also so far not hurting me for caffeine, my heart rate is super low drinking this and I feel great.

Overall this is a super delicious tea! Lots of honey, malt, a touch of floral, but not the rose you are thinking. If you have a fear of rosey, floral teas, this one might change your mind.

It’s also slightly romantic in a way to me, maybe because rose reminds me of my garden in the summer, and evokes fresh summer memories, but it’s making me feel sentimental. Could also have something to do with that today is mine and the bf’s 7 year dating anniversary :) a perfect tea for today! Wish he was home from work!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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First review! I haven’t been the first review in a while! Then again, I haven’t written a review in a while haha :) well no time like the present! A huge thank you to Angel at Teavivre for so kindly sending me a bunch of new tea samples!! This is the first of the bunch that I am trying out, and it is a perfect day for a roasty oolong, lightly snowing, miserably cold wind, and very grey out. Time for hot tea!

The dry smell of this tea is lovely, man I haven’t had an oolong in a while, and this one is definitely orchid-like and toasty. I steeped it for roughly 3 mins Western style with boiling water. The steeped aroma is SO LOVELY! It reminds me of my favorite roasted oolong from Verdant that I haven’t had in ages..what was it even called..Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix oolong. This one is a bit different though, the toasted smell is a bit stronger, and the rocky mineral notes are also there. It smells so yummy, like I should be in a tranquil waterfall cave drinking this tea :). Oh, the color is a light orange color too, very pleasing.

As for the flavor, mmmm is this ever good. It’s so very light, the mineral notes are there but quite faint, it is floral and delicious, with a sweetness that lingers almost like a mild ginseng. It’s juicy and a bit toasty. It’s really good! Wow it’s been a while since I’ve had a toasted oolong, I missed it. I was reading that this is kind of like a Tie Guan Yin like rock oolong, and I can definitely see that, it is lighter and creamier than previous ones I’ve had, and the orchid floral notes much more pronounced as in a Tie guan yin. I bet I could even convince my boyfriend to try this toasted oolong, and he really only drinks tie guan yin haha.

Overall, a very relaxing, lightly creamy, and deliciously floral tea. Smooth and serene, I am transported to a waterfall cascading down rocks with spring flowers blooming amongst the moss above. I am feeling poetic today :D

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This was never added to my cupboard, but it is about a 2 year old teabag I finally sipped down at work today. Sipdown being a relative term..I actually am throwing out the rest of the mug because it was just too bitter and blech for me. The lavender and EG really did not mix well for me, or I brewed it too strongly haha. Whatever it was, not my cup of tea! Ah well, it’s gone now! No rating in case it was just me brewing it too long (I don’t really pay attention to brew time at work haha).

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Hello Steepster, I am hoping to have more of a presence on here as I start to get back into tea, I went through my stash today and purged and made a list of teas that I need to either finish off or throw out due to them being far too ancient lol, so I am going to be on here hopefully updating my cupboard and logging tea. I was cataloging all my tea today until my tablet shut off haha so now it’s charging so I can’t access the document I was making lol. Ah well. Hoping to get my cupboard down to a much more manageable level before 2017, and with our upcoming trip to Japan, I need space for some Japanese teas haha, nothing too crazy but I’m definitely buying some when I am there!

Anyways, in the meantime I am having a cup of Second Breakfast in an attempt to finish off the bag, as I’ve been hoarding it for a long time. Amazingly this tea is still absolutely delicious, and I can see why I was hoarding it lol. Malty, bready, everything I like in a black tea! One day I might re-stock this if it is offered! Not quite a sipdown yet, probably 1 or 2 more cups left. See previous notes on this tea!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

Great to see you back and that’s so exciting that you’ll be going to Japan!

MissLena

@Fjellrev – Thank you! I am happy to be back too I have missed tea I just hope my caffeine intolerance doesn’t get too out of whack haha, and yes I’m excited and nervous about Japan, still so much left to plan! Gah, but it will be fun once we are there :)

KiwiDelight

Where abouts will you be visiting? I’m familiar with Kyoto (it’s been six years but hey).

MissLena

@KiwiDelight – we are indeed going to be in Kyoto for a bit, about 2 days total I think! We are going to (optimistically) try to go to Tokyo, Hakone, Shibu Onsen to see the snow monkeys, Kyoto, Nara, Koya-San, Kobe, Osaka and back to Tokyo for the last night haha. It will be fairly rushed near the end so we might have to skip out on Kobe and save it for when we go back and visit the southern portion :) I’m starting to get excited for it though! Any good tea recommendations / general info you would like to share about Kyoto? Feel free to PM me too! :D

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Made this stove top tonight, first stovetop chai of the season! It’s only +7 C and a chance of freezing tonight (covered my pumpkin!) so it seemed appropriate. Lovely and thick and rich with honey and almond milk. Enjoying it and it’s helping me stay warm.

It’s only 6 days til my best friend’s wedding, so this is a welcome reprieve from the last minute goings-ons! Lots of little things left to do but we are almost there :) looking forward to it!

Anyways, see previous notes on this tea. It is delicious as usual, and I still have lots left as I don’t drink it often due to the caffeine haha.

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Helllooooo Steepster! It has been a while yet again! Life has been keeping me busy with helping plan my bestie’s wedding, her stagette, bridal shower, etc..and work being extremely crazy, along with the usual summer activities ie. keeping the yard up, trying to stay healthy and run outside a lot, etc etc haha. So yeah, I honestly have not been drinking much tea as it’s been warm here and life has really just been so busy.

But this week, we have hit a cold, dreary, rainy spell of weather…and to match, my office is miserably cold. I also think I obtained a small cold from camping in very chilly weather in Banff this weekend. Thus, out comes tea again. Yesterday I had a cup of the Skinny and neglected to log it..today is my last tea bag of this. Keeping my hands and body warm. I am getting excited for fall to arrive so I can get back into the fall teas, I see DT has out their fall collection today :D going to hit that up for more Pumpkin Chai of course. Anyways, this tea is the same as always, warming, soothing, sweet and lemony. An old friend. The water at my work sucks, but ah well. See previous notes on this tea!

Fjellrev

Hope your summer’s been going well! Festival season galore.

MissLena

@Fjellrev – It has indeed been a fun summer just super busy! Haha not much down time for just relaxing and reading, or going to the lake even. Ah well, keeps life interesting :) have you been to many of the festivals this year? Hope yours has been great too!

MrQuackers

I only get sick when the weather is nice. Not while spending weeks in the rain. Lemon balm and honey sounds like something you could make with a lemon and a honey. Sooooo looking forward to Halloween.

MissLena

@MrQuackers – I definitely think the at zero mountain weather and late nights is what did me in, as well as not taking my vitamins haha, I always end up sick when I don’t take my vitamins! This tea is quite sweet actually for being lemon related, very soothing :) and cheers to Halloween, one of my favorite holidays! #soon

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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