771 Tasting Notes

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
771 tasting notes

A very complex cup indeed! Purchased as a sample, the sample size is perfect for my regular 4-ish cup teapot. The black currant is the strongest flavour, I think, but the bergamot and caramel come through in the aftertaste. I’m battling a bit of a stomach bug so tea is about all I can handle at the moment and this is very nice. I spent the morning held hostage by a cat-in-lap so finally tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Starfevre

And since I have to share, why does facebook think I’m interested in Boob Polish? Why is this a thing?

Kawaii433

Paris is a good one :) Feel better soon!

tea-sipper

haha, lordy. Also, I hope you feel better!

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This is a lovely Earl Grey variant. I love the lavender and the floral taste to it. It is very creamy also. Which is good because I didn’t realize before what a giant bag of it I bought so I have enough to last me a while.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 44 OZ / 1301 ML

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tasty, but not my favourite version of earl grey. i won’t be getting more once it’s done. the tin is nice but takes up way way too much space for the amount of tea in it, though i may fill it with a bunch of looseleaf when finished. i also keep overleafing it despite it being bags, need to move down to a different sized mug, i think.

otherwise tasty, definitely extra. a good choice for the beginning of fall.

ashmanra

I have this one loose leaf and love it, but I am not a fan of all Earls. Harney and Sons says their sachets do twelve ounces instead of the six to eight expected from a bag, but honestly I usually resteep a sachet and combine the two steeps for 24 ounces per sachet. Those tins are beautiful but they do take a lot of space. I just have the four ounce loose one which is a lot smaller.

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back from the red leaf tea days, this is still surprisingly tasty although the flavour is toned down a little.

back from vacation and my keyboard has broken my ability to use capital letters, apologies – another is in the mail from amazon. i will start logging teas again today. don’t want to disappear again.

ashmanra

Welcome back!

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drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
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Today is a day of travel, my Uber is coming to take me to the airport in about 5 hours. I will have a few tasting notes over the next 2 weeks since my Mom does have tea but not a lot of variety so probably only a few.

This tea has taken me through the final stages of packing this morning and while I still have to do some cleaning up and prepping for the cat sitter, at least the packing is done. This tea is quite fruity and delicious. The black currant very distinct and on a good base to hold it up. Despite being a bagged tea, it’s doing quite well with 3 teabags to my oversize beer stein/teamug. Might squeeze out one more tea today after this but no more than that.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

I hope you have a lovely and safe trip!

mrmopar

Enjoy the family time. It is so important.

ashmanra

I haven’t had this tea in ages. I probably should revisit a sample. Have a safe trip and a lovely time with family!

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83
drank Breakfast Blend by Ringtons
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I have the looseleaf variety of this blend, purchased from Rington’s with a few other things. I was introduced to this company when they were present during the 2019 Northwest Tea Festival and purchased some of their Northumbrian blend then. I got more of that but felt like trying the Breakfast Blend today.

Very delicious. Very robust and very malty. I see that the teas came from both Assam and Kenyan varieties which makes the strength of the brew make sense, those are both very robust black teas. Added milk and sugar and it’s quite the treat. A tiny bit minerally in the aftertaste. I will enjoy this and likely a second steep.

The looseleaf is still very CTC looking but it lets me control how much I’m brewing much better than the bags. I have some bags of the Gold Blend, which I’ll have to figure out how many bags to my teapot or various mug sizes. Right now using a ~4 cup teapot which measures out to 2 servings in my 22 oz repurposed beer stein/glass tea mug.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 44 OZ / 1301 ML

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Much better the second time around although passionfruit is still not my favourite fruit flavour for tea. When I like it, it’s usually in combination with some other complementary fruit like mango or something. Drank the last of this from my sampler. Happy to try it and happy to see it go.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Another super strongly flavoured tea from this company. It is just too much for me but if anyone likes flavours strong enough to smack them upside the head, I’d recommend this sampler pack. You can get it on Amazon in the USA.

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drank Mango tea by BOH Seri Songket
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I like flavoured tea but this is flavoured like getting punched in the face.

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Not sure what I expected but I like neither lychee nor florals so this just wasn’t to my taste.

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

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