3091 Tasting Notes

drank Calm by Tazo
3091 tasting notes

Final cup of the day, & one more sipdown. This was included in a box from Lee awhile back. I’ve drank this one on & off over the years, & it’s an ok chamomile type. Nothing special.

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I really do enjoy this tea. It is caffeine free, which is good for this time of day, & naturally sweet. And it’s a sipdown!

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The first couple of sips of this were all right, but as I got closer to the bottom of the cup the taste of the Frankincense came up (I really want to make a Dr Frankenstein comment, but I can’t think of one). I can’t drink this.
Luckily it’s a sipdown.
292, I think…

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I figured I’d try the last of this one chilled, & with a little stevia stirred in it’s actually pretty tasty! It is doubtful that I’ll ever purchase any H & S teas again, because they use the cursed ‘silk’ bags, which are actually plastic & do not break down in the compost pile.


You can buy H&S in looseleaf form…at least I was able to find their SoHo blend in looseleaf form.


I’ve ordered from Harney & Sons online store in the past and found that they have just about every tea available in loose leaf form. As someone who lives in Canada I find their shipping a bit expensive so I don’t buy from them often, but when I do I’m generally happy with their products and customer service.

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Another sipdown, this one from KS.
This is the 3rd dong ding I’ve drank in 2 days. They have all tended to be more savory & less floral than the TGY I had awhile ago. They also all look very much the same, & for the most part, they have tasted about the same, with a lightly roasted veggie & sourdough bread kind of taste. This one is the sweetest of the 3, or at least it seems that way right now.

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Another sipdown from the Verdant TOMC, this from last June’s box.
I like this better than the Dong Ding, it has a lovely yellow flower kind of taste & is sweeter.

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Another Blends sipdown from Sil
Another tea I don’t really have much to say about. It wasn’t bad, but there wasn’t really anything about it that piqued my interest. I’d rather just drink a plain old Puer.
At least I’ve been knocking out a bunch of sipdowns today!

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A sipdown from February 2013 TOMC.
This is a pleasant Dong Ding that reminds me of roasted green beans & sourdough bread. It’s definitely on the savory end of the spectrum, but was enjoyable to drink multiple steepings while playing catch-up at my desk (much needed).

Now that I’ve balanced my various accounts, cleaned my purse, started doing my laundry, watered the houseplants, & all the other activities that usually occur on Monday, I can move on to another activity, as well as another tea.

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OK…so I have to say upfront that I’ve been curious about this tea for awhile. Cavocorax sent me a generous sample awhile back, but I’ve been in an avoidance pattern for weeks (months?). There is some part of me that was sure this would be yucko, because I just don’t really like lavender in my tea.

So guess what? It’s actually no bad! The vanilla aroma is especially nice, & the lavender is not particularly noticeable. Probably not something I’d keep in my cupboard, but worth trying. I drank it hot, & there is also some in the fridge, so that I can try it chilled.

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I was also surprised by this blend. I found it nice though, like you, I doubt I would ever stock it.

Terri HarpLady

I also chilled some of it, & it was ok that way too.

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Another Blends Club tea from Sil.
I don’t hate this one, & I feel like I should love it, because it has so many of my favorite herbs in it:
Burdock – I actually eat burdock root in stir fried & stews, & it’s regularly featured in my homemade root kimchi concoction.
Elderberry – How I love my Elderberry tea, my favorite anti-viral, so much so that I planted 4 bushes this spring, although none of them are showing any signs of life so far… I think I may have to contact the plant place, because I think they sent me dead bushes.
Lemon Verbena – the aroma of lemon verbena used to be a popular perfume. It’s the best aroma therapy I know, which is why I have it growing in my herb garden.
Lemongrass – I usually grow it too, although I haven’t planted any yet this year.
Rooibos – meh
Tulsi – double meh

Anyway, I’m not really in love with it, but this is an ok blend. I can’t really think of anything else to say, except I can taste all of those herbs in there. None of them really stand out, so I guess I can say they are pretty well blended, right?

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!


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