90 Tasting Notes


Unusual tea. When drank fresh and very hot, it’s almost a hot tea with a slight cheerios flavor. When it’s cooling, at first i thought it was growing bitter, but was actually the malt and honey coming out. Not bad at all but not a favorite from the company. The taste is certainly not boring or average, it is smooth and in no way artificial, but I’m not crazy about the maltiness that comes through when it starts cooling.

Flavors: Bitter, Honey, Malt

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

Sounds interesting!

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A strong, smooth black tea that has tastes all over the place, but they arent overwhelming. Definitely sense the honey in there, although not just the sweet part of honey if this makes sense. It’s almost bitter but doesn’t quite meet that point and is easy to down. The tea is balanced, bold, not in any way artificial, soothing yet stimulating. Not my favorite from Harney but worth a sip.

Flavors: Honey, Malt

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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At first a small bitter taste but that disappeared after a few sips, strange. Definitely feel the awakening feeling almost right away, very pleasant! For the taste, it’s smooth, good, and earthy, each sip brings a different subtle flavor. As its cooling the bitterness starts coming back and with more strength, though. Will have to try the next sample with different steep time.

Flavors: Earth, Mushrooms

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Zen Tea
90 tasting notes

I keep drinking this and am bumping my rating. One of my all time favorite teas that I drink, love the smell of, the idea of, bliss. The only thing annoying is the price bumps up when I go to Zenteas to checkout.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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An uplifting black tea that has that little extra something that’s not possible to put into words. Drank my last sample of it tonight, golden. Smooth and bold enough to work but not harsh at all, it’s calming but invigorating at the same time. For me sugar really spiced it up and revved up the tea’s energy.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Their best cinnamon related tea yet. I’ve tried their ultimate cinnamon tea but it was too water taste with red hot candies for me. Their chai was okay but not the best chai. This Holiday tea was a great, smooth, even black coated with a nice dusting of cinnamon – also pretty to look at and great smell. I ordered a sampler pack so not much left, but will have to keep in mind when the holidays come up again.

Flavors: Cinnamon

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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I’m liking most of the samples from this company quite a bit, but this is my least favorite so far. It’s a well balanced tea with a smooth taste and balance, not cheap tasting at all, nor artificial notes - but to me the flavor is between tangy and sour cranberry style. I’m not sure if this is what they were going for, but not what I expected, and I happen to not like cranberry style tea, so this isn’t for me. The flavour comes across stronger as it cools. If you like cranberry and citrus styles, you may want to try this one.

Flavors: Citrus, Cranberry, Fruity, Sour, Tangy

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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My second drinking of this – still as good as the first time. A great all around black tea. Soothing but refreshing.

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Unfortunately a pretty lackluster chai tea. Has the tendency to be bitter easily for some weird reason.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

And super gritty! My infuser was so hard to rinse, lol.


Oh no Tabby that’s no good either!

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Okay, I’m much more of a tea noob than many here – and apparently a little bit of a cheapskate as well.

I can’t help it, I love the old fashioned porceline cups with dainty handles and cherry blossom tree designs. Novelty teapots will make me giggle like a child in a candyshop. I could browse online stores and stare at teaware for hours. I get all into high teas foods and treats.

I dislike mint and most florals, especially Jasmine (yech). Don’t care for Earl Grey (Bergamot flavours) but love English Breakfast. Not into bitter and highly astringent.

I’m a black tea nut. Love almost all forms of the stuff – especially digging Phoenix Pearl from Zen tea right now, divine. Strangely, I’m not a darjeeling fan. I do dig Oolongs and recently found and fell in love with Lapsang. Like golden teas.

Most of the Green tea I’ve tried isn’t for me, although I have a love for Coffee Shop of Horror’s Bog Goblin Green Ginger tea. Funny since I’m not crazy about lemongrass, dislike strong ginger in BLACK tea, and am not a green tea fan – but I love this tea. Go figure.

I’ve cut back a lot on sweet, iced tea because of weight/diet, but when I do drink that stuff, I’ve taken to iced tea cubes and fruit cubes over regular ice cubes. A lot of fun experimenting with and works so much better. No watering down.

Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
Golden Monkey (Harney & Sons or other source)
Paris by Harney & Sons
Bog Goblin Lemon Ginger Tea by Coffee Shop of Horrors
Christmas Tea (Bags) by Twinings
Lapsang Souchong by Zen Tea
Plum Brandy Cheesecake by Butiki Teas (Sadly gone)
North Winds by Whispering Pines

On the lookout for my perfect loose leaf Breakfast Tea and my ultimate Chai blend…

Besides tea, I love BOOKS and reading all sorts of things – run the website, The Paperback Stash, and active on Goodreads for several years. Also a huge music lover – books and music are my mains. Have an last.fm account and over 100 created playlists on 8tracks under JCFantasy23. Christian for life. Have a mean cat I love. People wise, blessed with the greatest son in the world, amazing parents and brother, perfect friends. Life is good.


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