461 Tasting Notes

This is a sample from MissB’s sample sale awhile back. Thank you!

How I do love bergamot, but the berg and rooibos together. Hmmm. A lot of my favorite Earl Grey’s are my favorite b/c of the base + bergamot. Rooibos, as much as I enjoy the cup and the no caffeine thing, it isn’t my favorite base “tea”. This is okay. Not stellar. I doctored it up with a bit of milk and sugar like I do most rooibos drinks. It is a light lemon rooibos. I would much rather have a normal Earl Grey or Lemmon Chiffon, but it will do for tonight.

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This tea a great morning cup. It is a little more fruity than I remember it, but that is not a bad thing.

I have to keep reminding myself that tea has been around for ages and will continue to be around, I don’t need to buy everything right now! Every time I have a magical moment with a tea, like this one, I want to run out and buy more, but in reality I probably have enough black tea to last me for at least a year. Oh if I could only practice restraint. This will stay on the wish list along with probably all the A&D blends. One tin at a time right?

I think I have decided that this has Darjeeling, Assam, and Cyelon. That is my guess anyway. I do wish the folks at A&D posted at least hints to their magical formulas. I hope we meet again Red-Tailed Hawk.

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drank Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons
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I received a sachet of this in my H&S order that arrived at my door step today. Thank-you H&S!

Two of my KC friends, and I went in on an order to get free shipping and we hit the 25% off 75 dollar weekend deal last week so it worked out quite nice. Free shipping and 25% off. I will take it. I got the okay from my husband to create a tea drawer and a spice drawer in our kitchen so I ordered a ton of their 4oz black tins. 75 cents for uniform tins. Heck yeah baby!

This isn’t bad. It is not run to the store and buy more good either. Since restricting caffeine I am still experimenting with the collection of rooibos I have. If I can’t find other wonderful rooibos chai I might come back to this one, but something tells me there are others that will suit me more. It is a weaker chai. The rooibos in this cup takes more of the center stage than the spices, but the spices don’t over power so much that it makes my stomach upset, which is a good thing these days. Not bad, not great. A good evening cup to settle down with my next book…. Wool anyone?

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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YUM!!!! This has been hiding in my cupboard for a year. Why? I have no idea. I made a mug of this to take with me today since I can’t be sucking down loads and loads of caffeine. I think I was really scared of this tea because of the cinnamon. This is really good. If this were sold again I would definitely pick up a pouch of it. I could drink this quite a bit.


I had one of these discoveries in my cupboard today too! Hiding gems! Like xmas but not on the calendar! yaaaaaay!

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Its Presidents Day and my husband and daughter are out of daycare and work, but working in the tech world I still have to go in. Thankfully there was this awesome mini snow storm in KC and I am able to work from “home.” Or in this case b/c the other two are home I am working from the coffee shop down the street that carry’s Hugo Teas! Yep thats right, working from home, sipping on Full Steam and watching the pretty snow get cleaned up while spending my lunch hour with my gal and hubby. What a great Presidents Day.

This is wonderful this morning. Today I am getting some serious malty and cocoa notes. I couldn’t ask for a better cup. I am hoping they let me refill my hot water over and over again today so I can take full advantage of these leaves.

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Thank you to Angel at TeaVivre for this sample!

I used about 6g of leaf in my 100ml Gaiwan. This was a light roasted green oolong. It was nice for the cold afternoon. Even though this was a roasted oolong there were still hints of fruit and floral that seeped through the roasty flavor. I haven’t had too many oolongs that were moderately roasted. This was enjoyable tea, but not my favorite flavor profile.

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drank English Breakfast by Tealated
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This was my morning cup with breakfast this morning. I am not too experienced in the realm of English Breakfast, but this was a really tasty cup. I wish the contents of the blend were listed on the web site. I would like some confirmation in what I thought I was tasting. I know that traditionaly English Breakfast is Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas, but some aspects of this tea almost hinted at Dajeeling being in the mix. It was a great morning cup with breakfast. It was strong enough that it would have stood up to milk and sugar, but it was yummy enough to drink on its own. Thank you so much for the sample Tealated.

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Thank you to Angel at TeaVivre for this generous sample!

My husband and I love to travel on the weekends, but this winter in an effort to save money for our upcoming summer road trip we decided to hang around home. It has been a lot of fun. My little one has gotten to do her first set of swim lessons, we have made a tradition of grilling meat from the Local Pig on Saturday night and Saturday afternoon has turned into a lazy book and and now that I am drinking tea again, tea time. This is the tea this afternoon.

While looking around on the Teavivre site I finally found the brewing instructions. It sure beats trying to read the tiny lettering on the package! This one said 7g in 3oz Gaiwan. Seems like a lot but, in the tea went. I brewed this one up per the steeping instructions. Despite my qaiwan overflowing with leaf, this turned out wonderful. I get hints of floral, some buttery feel on the tongue and the end part of the sip is somewhat cucumber flavor. I do not get any hints of bitterness. This is going to be a great tea for the afternoon. For the price point I am pretty excited about this one. Thank you again Teavivre for letting me sample this one!

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drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
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I received a sachet of this in the Lupicia mailer this month. I thought it would be a good morning tea for V-day. I wasn’t expecting much as chocolate in tea doesn’t usually turn out to great, but this isn’t a bad cup. The black tea base seems to have just the right amount of astringency to bring out the dark chocolateness of this tea. I am not sure it would be one I would purchase on my own, but definitely wouldn’t turn down a cup or two of this tea. Since I at home in my PJ’s I drank half the cup and then added a bit of milk and sugar and it made it into a nice breakfast treat.

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drank Kenyan Safari by Gong Fu Tea Shop
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Last cup of this sample from Charissa! This tea changed my mind about Kenyan teas. A great morning cup. Smooth, complex, and bold.

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I started drinking tea while on a 4 month long cycling trip through South America. It seemed to always be a great way to warm up when I was cold and it was always available everywhere. Mate was the big tea of choice down there and it was also a great way to get to know people. When I returned home, my sister introduced me to Teavana and this launched me into the realm of loose leaf tea. I am still new to this wonderful world, but so far I am loving it.

I am open to swapping. If you see something in my cupboard just message me and we can try to work something out!

90-100 – love, love, love must have around always or as much as possible
80 – 90 – Like, could restock
70 – 80 – If some happened into my cupboard I would drink it but will probably never seek it out.
60 – 70 – Meh, will finish the sample but don’t need to drink this again.
Below 60 – Nope not for me.


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