358 Tasting Notes

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Another new Angelina’s Tea to try. And sadly, it’s the last day of fall break. Of course I never did my homework this whole time, so today will be spent doing homework, running errands and getting organized for the week. Yesterday was a fun day of shopping with the fiancee and having lunch. We also got started on our Halloween costumes, yay! Every year we always wait until the last minute and don’t have time to put together any thing really good. This year we’re more on top of it, and I am so excited. Come on, October 31st!

This tea smells wonderful, with a creamy vanilla scent and just a hint of nuttiness. The flavor is completely malty at first, with hardly any other flavors. I was able to coax out the vanilla and hazelnut with a little milk and sugar, and now its a perfectly rich cup of hazelnut and vanilla yuminess. I wanted to like this tea a little more, but it’s still not a bad cup. I’m looking forward to enjoying this tea on the upcoming chilly fall days!

-Dry blend has large black tea leaves and twigs with large yellow petals.
-Dry leaves smell like creamy vanilla with a hint of nuttiness. Tea liquor aroma is of rich sweet vanilla.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark reddish brown color.
-Deep malty flavor with a sweet and nutty finish. Strong malty aftertaste with a hint of hazelnut.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A sweet cup of vanilla with a hint of toasty hazelnut.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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70

This is one of the new teas from Angelina’s. I don’t know why, but when I read the description I started craving this tea. Maybe it’s the cold, rainy weather outside. Anyway, this tea is nice. I was expecting more of a creamy vanilla flavor, but it’s more of a milky caramel flavor. Very strong black tea base with a definite milkiness about it, like fresh milk had been added. I did add milk and sweetener, and it brought out some caramel hints. I think this will be a nice tea to enjoy on cold mornings this fall and winter!

-Dry blend has small grainy black tea leaves with large black tea leaves and twigs with a few white petals.
-Dry leaves smell lightly malty with a faint hint of milk. Tea liquor aroma is of strong black tea and warm creamy milk.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy very dark brown color.
-Extremely robust flavor with an almost bitter finish. Light milky caramel aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. Robust flavor with hints of creamy milk and sweet caramel.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Janefan

My fave from Angelina’s is the Scottish Caramel Pu-erh. I bet I’d like this one for days when I don’t want to fuss with it. Mmm I am “on hiatus” but I think I’m visiting Angelina’s with my tea group next weekend, and it would be rude not to buy something!

Josie Jade

I absolutely love Angelina’s Maple Blueberry and highly recommend it! I’ll have to try the Scottish Caramel Pu-erh, thanks for the recommendation!

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40

Another tea that I am just not crazy about. It’s nice, but nothing too special in my opinion. It’s almost a little too tart. I’m going to keep a few bags of this one for the fiancee and the rest is up for grabs!

-Standard teabag with a tag.
-Teabag smells of sweet blueberries and fresh tea. Tea liquor aroma is of tart berries.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy medium brown color.
-Tart berry flavor and finish. Overly sweet blueberry aftertaste.
-Best with sweetener.
-Fair tea. A refreshing cup with a strong blueberry flavor and a hint of tartness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Rose by Numi Organic Tea
358 tasting notes

I’ve had a box of these teabags for a while now, and think that I’ve had maybe one cup. I’m just not impressed by this tea. It’s very bland, although if you like white teas this would probably be more enjoyable. The rest of this box is up for grabs if anyone wants it!

-Standard teabag with a tag.
-Teabag smells lightly of roses. Tea liquor aroma faintly floral.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy medium yellow orange color.
-Fresh grassy flavor and finish. Light rose aftertaste.
-Best with sweetener.
-Fair tea. A very bland cup with not much flavor.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
sherapop

The loose leaf version is better than the filter bags (unsurprisingly). It’s also beautiful, with tons of vibrant rose petals.

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70

First cup of the day. I’ve been perusing Angelina Tea’s website while enjoying this cup. The fiancee is in Winston today for work and is going to stop by to pick up some teas from Angelina’s, and I’m so excited! I’ve been so good lately about not ordering any new teas (mainly because I’ve been too busy!) so this will be a little fall break celebration. The fiancee is excited too because he’s fallen in love with Angelina’s Blueberry Green tea and we’re all out. I tried not to go too crazy, but I am getting 5 new teas and the Maple Blueberry that I’ve been missing since using the last of it. I like Angelina’s since you can order just 1 ounce, which is perfect to try a tea and see if you like it. Plus their prices are the lowest I’ve seen for such good tea!

Ok, on to this tea. It used to be one of my favorites, but I’m not really loving this cup this morning. Maybe my tastes have outgrown this tea? I will always have fond memories of this tea, since we first discovered the brand on a trip to Wilmington at a really cute little restaurant after dinner. There is something a little off about the aroma from the teabag. It almost smells artificial. The tea itself has a nice nutty coconut and rich chocolate smell. The flavor is very strong and robust – almost coffee-like because it is so strong. There is a very light, fresh coconut aftertaste. It’s creamy with a little milk and sweetener added, and dulls the coffee-like flavors. This is a good tea, and I have a few teabags left, but I probably won’t be buying more of this one.

-Silken pyramid-shaped teabag with a tag and with medium black tea leaves and coconut slivers.
-Teabag smells of fresh coconut with a strong odd artificial note. Tea liquor aroma is of nutty coconut and rich chocolate.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy very dark brown color.
-Strong and robust almost coffee-like flavor with a rich chocolate finish. Light fresh nutty coconut aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A creamy and chocolatey cup with an authentic coconut flavor.

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

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drank Orange Bliss by Twinings
358 tasting notes

Afternoon tea time with a cup of this and a slice of orange cranberry bread. The weather has turned cold and rainy, and I’m thankful to be inside with a warm cup of tea. It’s almost that time of the year to start using the fireplace!

I’ll admit that I wasn’t expecting much out of this tea. Even when I opened the wrapper, I was about knocked over by the overwhelmingly strong, artificial orange scent. The tea itself had a malty aroma with a hint of juicy orange – much better! The flavor was a nice black tea base with a sweet orange finish. There is a fresh, juicy orange aftertaste that is dead-on with a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. We went to the fair last weekend and had fresh orangeade, and this tea reminds me very much of that. It’s perfect with a little milk and sweetener. I am definitely going to check the next time I’m at the grocery store to see if they have some of this. It would be wonderful for a breakfast tea, and I’d love to surprise my fiancee with some of this since he loved the orangeade at the fair so much!

-Standard teabag with a tag.
-Teabag smells strongly of artificial oranges. Tea liquor aroma is malty with a hint of juicy orange.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy dark brown color.
-Strong black tea flavor with a sweet orange finish. Fresh and juicy orange aftertaste that lingers.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Strong and sweet orange flavor. Reminiscent of a fresh orange juice orangeade.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

I am fairly sure A Southern Season has it, but if you don’t find it I can have my girls pick it up in London next week! :)

ashmanra

Oh, and if you have Christmas Tree Shops near you, they get a lot of Twinings and other UK teas that are hard to find here.

Josie Jade

Thank you, Ashmanra! We have so many stores around us, I am sure that one of them has it. The Lowe’s Foods near us actually has a very good selection of Twinings from what I remember. I am hoping to visit A Southern Season soon, so I can check there too. :)

Janefan

sounds yummy! I need to finally visit A Southern Season one of these days too (but not until I’ve drank down more tea!)

Josie Jade

Definitely don’t go until you’re in need of lots of new teas – I always buy way too much every time I go. Love Southern Season!

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My new tea goal is to get through the big box of teabags that I have in our pantry. This one was on the top, and one that I’ve been meaning to try for a while. I believe this is from Serenity – thank you! The teabag smells nicely of bergamot, and the tea itself has more of a malty scent. The flavor is very robust and malty with a lemony finish and a soft bergamot aftertaste. It’s a very lightly flavored bergamot, rather than those EGs that are all in-your-face strong bergamot. Milk and sugar almost overwhelms the delicate flavor, but I added the tiniest bit of both. Overall, a very nice and relaxing cup.

-Standard teabag with a tag.
-Teabag smells strongly of bergamot. Tea liquor aroma is malty with a hint of citrusy bergamot.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy medium orange brown color.
-Robust and malty flavor with a citrusy lemon finish. Soft bergamot aftertaste.
-Best with the smallest amount of milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A malty and delicately flavored bergamot cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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50

First cup of the day. I was so excited to try this tea that I actually made a cup a few days ago, but did not like it at all. I’m trying it again and hoping that I enjoy this cup more. It smells very fruity – of peach and apricot, and there is a strong gingery aroma noticeable from the steeped tea. The flavor is mostly ginger – I can only taste a tiny amount of the fruitiness in the aftertaste. This tea isn’t terrible, and it would probably be good if I liked ginger more or if the peach or apricot flavors were a little stronger, but it’s a little too gingery for me. I’m glad that I got to try it though (thanks, Nicole!) and I will take the rest of this to my mom, who will probably love it.

I am officially on fall break! Yesterday was actually the first real day of my break, but I spent the day reading and napping. I think that I am just so worn out from my crazy day at the hospital on Thursday and my whole clinic group actually felt pretty poorly, so I think we’re all fighting off some kind of sickness.

Our little parakeet also passed away yesterday. I’ve had him for 5 years, and he came from the shelter as an adult, so we think he was probably older when we got him. He hadn’t had any outward signs of illness, just gradually was getting a little more quiet and losing a few more feathers than normal. He started chirping really strange yesterday and when my fiancee and I ran in there, he was on the bottom of his cage. We tried to pick him and sit him back on his perch, but he went right back to the bottom. Thankfully it was very quick and he didn’t seem to suffer terribly. Yesterday was the first day in weeks that my fiancee and I were both home at the same time, so I can’t help but feel like he was waiting for us all to be there with him. The dogs, cats, and my fiancee and I sat next to his cage so he wasn’t alone at the end. The house is unusually quiet this morning, and I’m missing his cheerful chirping already.

Today I have a nice and clean house to myself, so I plan to spend the day with my pups/kitties and read and drink tea. I also need to get half of my paperwork done for clinic so that I don’t have to worry about it on my actual days off (Monday and Tuesday). I’m going to savor every minute of this fall break!

-Dry blend has large black tea leaves and twigs with small petals and small pieces of dried fruits.
-Dry leaves smell like fruity apricot and peach. Tea liquor aroma is of juicy peaches with a strong hint of ginger.
-Tea liquor is a clear very dark brown color.
-Overwhelming ginger flavor and finish. Faint fruity aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Fair tea. Flavor is overwhelmingly ginger.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Tealizzy

Sorry to hear about your parakeet. So sad!

Josie Jade

Thanks, Tealizzy.

ashmanra

So sorry! How wonderful that you gave an older pet a second chance at happiness! You guys are really great.

Rosehips

I’m so sorry about the loss of your little singer. I’m glad you’ve got a quiet day to yourself. That can be nice, after something sad.

Angrboda

I’m sorry about your bird. :( Sounds like he was quite simply just old, though, which is not a bad way to go.

Josie Jade

Thank you, everyone!

Janefan

sorry to hear about your bird. Your home sounds like it is so full of love and positive energy though. You are so generous to share your home (and time and energy) with all these animals.

Josie Jade

Thank you, Janefan. We’re so lucky to be able to foster and to spend time with so many precious little ones. :)

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It has been such a dreary, rainy day here today. I went to take my exam this morning and came home and crawled back in bed with my dog and foster kitty. I’m sleepy, and I’m hoping it’s the weather making me feel all tired and headachey, and not a cold or something. Next week is fall break, so I just have to make it through 3 more days – woo hoo!

A couple of years ago, my fiancee came home with a mug of this tea. One of his soccer colleagues makes it in his mug when the weather gets cold and they are coaching outside. He brought my boy a few teabags since he knows that we both like tea. I was amazed at how good it is for being a teabag and also caffeine-free. We keep a box on hand now for those times when we will feel like a spicy chai, but don’t want all of the caffeine late at night. There’s a slight creaminess to it too, from the vanilla flavor. We make this into lattes sometimes, with a little cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top. Perfect rainy day tea!

-Large teabag without a string.
-Teabag smells like sweet and spicy cinnamon. Tea liquor aroma is of spicy cinnamon and sweet vanilla.
-Tea liquor aroma is a cloudy dark brown color.
-Sweet and spicy flavor with a smooth vanilla finish. Light cinnamon aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. A warming cup. Light chai flavor with a hint of sweet vanilla.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Some of those Celestial Seasonings teas are just perfect for the evenings!

TeaBrat

I’ve been drinking this stuff for years. :)

Josie Jade

I agree! This one led me to trying other Celestial Seasonings blends. :)

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We went to the fair last night. I felt guilty for leaving my studying, but I was going a little bleary-eyed and needed a break. Plus, it’s the fair, who can really say no to the fair!? We were actually supposed to go to some party at the coliseum, but when our good friends mentioned the fair we were all in! It was a perfect night – the weather was warm enough to wear a dress, but not so hot that it was miserable. We saw all of the animals, including the fancy show chickens, which I love. We got to pet all of the little lambs, and also the sweetest little baby bunny. The man tried to sell it to us, and for a minute I was worried because my fiancee looked on the verge of pulling out his wallet (even though I secretly would’ve loved to bring the little thing home!) The boys played a bunch of games, and I tried to toss the ping pong ball into the glass fishbowls to win a goldfish, but no luck. We went hungry on purpose and shared a funnel cake and pretzel. We also had a big glass of fresh orangeade, which was amazing! I want to try making it at home now. I’m already looking forward to next year’s fair!

This morning, it’s back to studying and finishing all of my paperwork from clinic, which is also due tomorrow. I had this little teabag on my counter and decided to try it. It was a really nice surprise that it is actually a wonderful cup of tea! It is everything that I like in a tea – malty and strong with a little sweetness. It has an incredibly smooth flavor with absolutely no bitterness at all, even after the 4.5 minute steeping. I added some sugar and it was perfect, so milk isn’t necessary (and it’s rare for me to feel that way about a tea). I am really loving this cup right now, and would definitely order more! I could see this being a go-to morning tea when I’m in a hurry, right alongside my PG Tips. Thank you, Nicole, for this one!

-Standard teabag with a tag.
-Teabag smells malty and slightly sweet. Tea liquor aroma is of malty black tea.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy dark brown color.
-Smooth and robust flavor and finish. Malty aftertaste with a touch of sweetness.
-Best with sweetener. Milk optional.
-Very good tea. Extremely smooth and malty flavor with no bitterness.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Just a Southern girl who loves sunshine, little dogs and all things tea!

I love animals and animal rescue. We have a rescued Chihuahua, Greyhound, Siamese and 2 Tabbies. We also foster kittens for the local humane society.

My favorite teas are sweet and malty black teas but I try to branch out and taste them all. :)

“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.”

Rating Guide:
10 – Awful tea, wouldn’t purchase again
20 – Poor tea, wouldn’t purchase again
40 – Fair tea, might purchase again
60 – Good tea, likely to purchase again
80 – Very good tea, very likely to purchase again
100 – Excellent tea, will definitely purchase again

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