Tuesday Tea Time – Loose Leaf v. Sachet

Tea Time – June 21, 2016

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4 years ago I discovered Harney & Son’s Hot Cinnamon Spice (purchased at Barnes & Noble café) and I have never been without it since. Living overseas it has been a bit of a challenge to find my favorite brew but I have Amazon.com to help me out.

The tea snob within me wants loose leaf tea only. I’ve tried the tea bags and the sachets but I only want the GOOD STUFF. Last month I couldn’t find loose leaf that would ship to me so I ordered a big bag of 50 sachets.

I have a touch of loose leaf left so I have conducted a little experiment to see if loose leaf is really better than sachets.

Here we go…

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Same mug, same amount of cream, same amount of Truvia, same Culligan water boiled in the same kettle. The only difference – the tea.

Timer set for 4 minutes!

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Add the cream and Truvia (ssshhh don’t tell my Doctor – I’m supposed to be avoiding artificial sweeteners)

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They LOOK the same.

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The taste:  He stole the sachet tea!! He guessed right away that the tea he liked was the sachet tea. I said, “Why do you think that?” and he (can’t get anything by this guy) said, “It’s fresher.” Good point!

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Conclusion: The sachet tea is fresher. Must complete experiment again with tea of equal freshness. (good excuse to refill my future tea reserves)

 

Tuesday Tea Time

Tea Time – June 10, 2016

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Today’s tea is English Westminster from Tee Gschwendner in Nürnberg.

The Buy

We stumbled upon this shop on a stroll back to the train station at Königstraße 45.

Luckily my family enjoys the occasional “cuppa” so they didn’t mind stopping to sniff a few blends and show me what they thought I should get. I was a little low on my black tea supply and knew that there were only a few grams of English Breakfast left. I decided to give English Westminster a try instead.

The store provides me a typical paper bag but the label is removable and came off very nicely. As you can see, I was able to easily transfer it to this Tea Purple jar I had leftover from South Korea. Of course, I realize that a clear glass jar isn’t the optimal storage solution for your tea investment but I don’t plan to have this in stock for long.

EXTRAS?

The store offered me a free sample of another chai tea I was interested in. I haven’t tried it yet but it was nice to have a small sampler to take home even though I was not making a huge purchase. The store owner spoke great English and offered me a free plastic teaspoon (in the photo) with my minuscule 50g tea purchase. It was a nice experience! I also tried one of their tea-infused candies and they were yummy!

THE TEA

The tea is basically English Breakfast. A little milder if anything. I drank it on the run and almost forgot I wasn’t drinking English Breakfast. Very smooth. Little to no bitterness (4 minute steep) and no after taste. I will be getting more.

The rating

Very nice quality tea. I give it an 8.2/10 because it is so similar to English Breakfast that I may as well have had the original.