123 Tasting Notes

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Now, THIS is what I wish I had been brought up on instead of Lipton. I’m thinking maybe it just wasn’t imported to the States for many years — otherwise, my Anglophile grandmother would certainly have insisted upon it despite living in the deep south.

So glad I picked up somewhere that I shouldn’t over-steep. I think I steeped only about 3 min., added half-and-half but no sugar. Now I understand what malty means.

I have been drinking wimp teas for breakfast. Not that those others aren’t lovely, and I won’t be able to drink this stuff every morning, but I’m definitely keeping it on hand at work and at home for those mornings when I just need to get over myself and buckle down!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Aged Earl Grey by Numi Organic Tea
123 tasting notes

Third tasting, this time with stevia and nothing else. Started with 1/2 packet because I don’t often sweeten tea unless I’m trying to turn it into a dessert, and also because I am not used to stevia.

Had to add the whole packet of stevia and then I was getting this weird psychedelic tea-stevia-tea-stevia taste. Not the two tastes blended into sweet tea.

Do not like. I’m pretty sure that’s mostly the fault of the stevia, which I will have to try in some other tea before giving it to my sister or leaving it on the workplace tea/coffee table. In the Aged Earl Grey, it’s contributing its own aftertaste to the bitterness I mentioned last time, and not enhancing the bergamot at all. I shall now dump a bit of half and half in and see what happens.

…dum-de-dum-de-dum-de-dum,,,,

…and reheated it a bit.

…dum-de-dum-de-dum…

That’s better. Not as good as the first batch, when it was unpolluted by anything sweet, but acceptable. I will be enjoying this with half-and-half or 2% milk from now on. So there you go.

P.S. Numi’s website has it as loose tea, so I may go that way next time also.

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drank Aged Earl Grey by Numi Organic Tea
123 tasting notes

Second tasting, this time with nothing added. It was a little bitter for my taste, especially as it cooled off. I’m going to try it once more with a bit of stevia added and then again with just the half-and-half.

Still enjoying the subtlety of the bergamot, though. It’s like a whisper.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Aged Earl Grey by Numi Organic Tea
123 tasting notes

This is SO good and so smooth and subtly flavored! I had it this morning with half and half. I had planned to try it again plain or with a little sweetener because I used up the last of my work stash of half and half. Maybe later today, plain.

I think this will have to be in my regular stock.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Well, this time I made sure the mug was rinsed multiple times and I removed the bags after about 5 minutes.

So no soap, but no particular flavor of anything else, either. Aside from an unidentifiable aftertaste I’m getting. Orange and mango ought to taste JUICY. Again, the aroma was pleasant, but not worth the trouble. Maybe I got a bad or stale box — others have seemed to enjoy this.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Wild Orange Blossom by Teavana
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A friend gave me a sample of this. I have developed a jaundiced view of Teavana based almost wholly on some comments about their merchandising style in the shops. Ditto for tea with hibiscus in it, based mainly on the Zinger family.

What a pleasant surprise this stuff was! I am not overwhelmed by hibiscus at all and definitely taste the orange/fruity flavors. The red color is very deep, probably because of the beetroot as much as the hibiscus. My friend said “it tastes just like it smells” and it actually does.

I too assume the “orange juice bits” must be freeze-dried orange juice, but it doesn’t bother me. I think this would be very nice as an iced tea or the basis of a summer punch mixed with ginger ale. The flavor actually reminded me a bit of some Sangrias I used to enjoy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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I’m going to withhold rating this until I give it another chance or two. No scent at all when I opened the box, but after steeping it smelled very promising. Lots of orange in the steam. I left the bag in the mug and let it cool a bit.

It tasted like soap.

I had just washed my mug so it’s POSSIBLE that I didn’t rinse it well enough, but I was still so discouraged that even after washing again I wasn’t ready to give it another try yet.

On the plus side, no hibiscus.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
Kittenna

Icky, soap. Hands down my least favourite flavour in tea.

Barb

LOL! I haven’t tried it again but plan to soon. I will be sure to let everyone know whether it redeemed itself.

Barb

No soap, but no taste to speak of, either.

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81

I have now seen the light, thanks to (Liberteas?) who advised me to seek out an unbagged chamomile. I’ll be trying samples of others, probably, but in the meanwhile this herbal tisane has also redeemed Old Wilmington Tea Company for me.

Elsewhere I mentioned recently that I was going to have to give up on their blended teas but that I had a sample of Egyptian Chamomile and one of Amethyst in my recent order.

Reader, there truly is all the difference in the world between loose, good-quality chamomile like this one and bagged, semi-crushed chamomile which is all I had ever had before.

It’s a very delicate flavor, but it’s there. The scent of apples is lovely and innocent, like slipping into a cool white cotton nightgown on a mild summer night. I steeped it about 10 minutes and did not add anything to it.

Just a sweet old-fashioned treat for bedtime.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 45 sec
Daisy Chubb

There is such a difference isn’t there!

Barb

Yes, I was really surprised. Steepster has been teaching me so much!

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Visited my sister yesterday. I had given her several bags of this from my stash. When she reported the “double bergamot” was definitely double bergamot, I gave it another try.

I could definitely smell the bergamot this time when I opened the wrappers. Since I was using a big mug, I also used two bags. So far, so good.

The aroma was a little diminished after steeping. I tarted up the cup with a dash of brown sugar and some 2% milk, and sipped.

Well, yes. It is Earl Grey. It still doesn’t taste like what I would call “double bergamot,” but it’s a perfectly serviceable and pleasant Earl Grey for those times when I’m in the mood for Earl Grey.

I checked my cabinet and what I currently have is a Twinings decaf Earl Grey and a Taylor’s of Harrowgate caffeinated Earl Grey. I cannot tell what others I’ve tried (probably Bigelow at least) but I guess I’ve just never developed any brand loyalty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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I’ve been enjoying this right along, just not logging it. I wonder whether this will show up correctly, or at least be intelligible if not?

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

(Yummy – today a dash of amber agave nectar and a sploosh of half and half.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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