1112 Tasting Notes

I needed this today. I love this tea so much that I am drinking the cold dregs of a third steep this afternoon – quite happily! The slightly roasty, rich tea base with that zingy bergamot has my number, alright!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Fellini's Folly by SerendipiTea
1112 tasting notes

Made a nice cup of this after coming in from class late and chilled last night. I had it with a little milk and sugar, and I find it a great caffeine free tea substitute – this one almost tastes like regular tea to me, maybe because the mint gives it so much flavor. I did read that when it was hard and very expensive to get tea, Australians used to prepare rooibos just like black tea. I think I will be an honorary old time Australian some evenings, and take my rooibos like they did!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Another rainy day. Time to pull out my ultimate comfort tea: Madagascar Vanilla. The first steep was creamy, sweet, and delightful with the addition of a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of milk. I took the second steep plain, and the true vanilla bean flavor emerged. Mmmmmmmmmm. Just exactly right.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

My youngest has recently become addicted to Harney’s Vanilla Black and has almost polished off a whole tin in just two weeks. I think I still have some of this one – I will have to give her some to try. She tasted Mariage Freres Vanilla and thought Harney was better. It will be interesting to see what she thinks of this one!

JacquelineM

Me ’n your youngest share the vanilla love :) :) :)

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drank Ginger by Yogi Tea
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My comforting Ginger Concoction after a long day of paper writing. I have really grown to love this one – even the black pepper in it! I’ve decided to definitely repurchase this. It’s easy to make at night, and so flavorful.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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A farewell to this sample – thanks again SimplyJenW! It was nice to curl up with something chocolatey after class last night. I still taste that fatiguing chemically taste despite lessening the steep time, so I won’t be purchasing. Vanilla Comoro still rules the decaf roost :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Home today to write a paper. Sound familiar? ;) I need some serious POWER this afternoon, and there is one tea that makes me feel like I can climb a mountain – you guessed it! Mountain Malt! I am sipping and envisioning coherent thoughts, good grammar, and some razzle dazzle! (just a little razzle dazzle – I know!)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
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Very much in the mood for more tea today, I put a teaspoon of my Rosy in with the Earl Grey de la Creme leaves I’ve already used. One of my favorite tricks! It gives a tiny bit of creamy vanilla flavor to the already sublime Earl Grey, Jasmine, and sweet rosiness. Ah!

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

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Needed some Happy Tea today. I had to go to the dentist! Just a checkup and cleaning, but I’m a super baby with any kind of doctor :) This one reminds me of happy days, and sweet, creamy indulgences, and sun (did I mention it’s the most miserable pouring day?!?!). I feel so much better now!!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger by Yogi Tea
1112 tasting notes

Mmmmmm! We had this before going to bed – our usual concoction of 1 bag, some crystallized ginger, and honey. It is now one of my favorite tisanes!

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

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Yes, Vanilla Comoro again :) We had it with toast spread with butter and lemon curd. Dreamy combination :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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