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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
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I’m all over the Twining Irish Breakfast at the moment .. Really, if you could read my mind and see us together you’d call me perverted, and I’d have to agree :P

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Genmaicha Japan by t Leaf T
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This sounded so interesting that I simply had to try it even though I’m not generally a fan of Green Tea ..

It’s a wonderful looking mix with a unique savoury aroma and taste .. Very vegetal, and dare I say even a little ‘fishy’ ? The second steep was my preferred, with more pronounced nuttiness .. But again, Green really isn’t my thing and though some do grow on me this one hasn’t ..

Also, unless you use a Very Fine strainer (I’ve tried a few but none avoided this) you will end up with dust at the bottom of your cup ..

Steep #1 70°C – 2 min
Steep #2 70°C – 3 min
Steep #3 76°C – 2 min


160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank China Rose by t Leaf T
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drank Formosa Oolong by t Leaf T
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This was actually my very first taste of an Oolong, and I was all prepared having watched Youtube clips while waiting for my tleafT order to arrive so I knew to give it a rinse and then pour fresh water over steep .. This was also the very first tea made in my new Japanese Zero 450ml teapot which by the way is totally cute & fills my big mug with a little left over to top up when I’m half way through – and I’m really liking them both! :D

This has quite a strong vegetal scent, and the first mouthful tasted very ‘green’ indeed .. I left it to cool off a bit and when I resumed drinking I found it to be mellow and sweet, a comforting tea with a lingering taste .. And yes I also get the fuzzy mouthfeel that Miss Sweet described, only I enjoyed it :P

I can’t wait to try more Oolings because this was really yummy!

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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After really enjoying most of the Harney & Son’s teas I’ve sampled it seems I’ve run into a couple that left me quite disappointed, and I’m afraid this was one of them ..

I couldn’t taste Caramel and I couldn’t taste Lemon – in fact it was nothing more than what I’d expect from a common supermarket bough tea-bag :(

Perhaps my sample was old ??

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

This is one of my favorites from Harney – I’m sorry that you didn’t like it. :(

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For many years I only drank coffee, and the occasional herbal tisane .. But eventually I got sick of people complaining that I had no ‘real tea’ in the house so I bought a box of cheap tea bags and remembered WHY I didn’t drink the stuff!

And so life went on until the day an English friend invited me to visit her home .. She made us a pot of (loose leaf) Earl Grey to enjoy in the garden – and finally I’d found a Tea that I truly wanted to drink!

Now-a-days my favourite alternates between home-made Masala Chai, Lady Grey with a few extra drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Dessert Flavoured Blacks, and my latest interest is Dragon Peal Jasmine ..

any less = I wouldn’t drink it again
70 – 80 = Nice, but there’s better
80 – 90 = Mmm, Yummy Stuff ..
90 – 100 = Unique, Stand-Outs, & Can Not Be Withouts!


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