374 Tasting Notes

92

I’ve gotten into a nasty habit at work…drinking coffee. I know, bad, bad. But I’ve been trying to kick that by bringing some of my favorite teas to work and to make a thermos full of something before I leave in the morning. For that I’ve tried pu-erh’s because they are usually super strong like coffee.

The other day I noticed that my local tea room just started carrying this blend. I knew I had to get my paws on some ASAP. So I ordered 4oz. I know you might be thinking this is a bit much for a tea I’ve never tried before. But I’ve only ever had one tea I bought in a large amount from The Whistling Kettle that I didn’t like. My order arrived yesterday and I’m just digging in today.

The dry leaves smell like coffee with hints of chocolate and caramel. Not crummy coffee either, like top notch coffee that might be served in some swanky cafe. The steeped leaf smells more like the earthiness I’ve come to expect from a pu-erh tea. The mocha and caramel notes come out and mix really well with one another in this tea. I think I found a nice way to get a little coffee and yet not feel guilty for not having tea!

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

I think we can like both tea and coffee :) this blend seems to be a nice combination

The Purrfect Cup

Oh I know we can. :) I just feel horrible when I have coffee when I could have had tea.

aisling of tea

My brother got me a Whistling Kettle tea of the month subscription for Christmas last year, it was awesome!!

The Purrfect Cup

You had this tea before?

aisling of tea

Nope, but their other teas are amazing.

SimpliciTEA

I loved reading this: “I knew I had to get my paws on some ASAP.” Sometimes I like to use the phrase, " … get my mitts on …". ‘Paws’ works too, especially as I feel sometime like I am part canine. :P

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85

First tea of the day. Yes I know it’s after 6pm here. My day got away from me, what can I say? Picked this one up at a tea tasting the other night as I thought I remembered having it, but now I think I had a similar blend from Capital Teas as this tastes a little like their Toffee Puerh, but this one from WK is very smooth and rich, with nice hints of caramel/toffee. Really yummy and perfect as it has started to snow again.

Flavors: Caramel, Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

First off, yep I changed the name back. For me it is way easier (plus I started the blog back up too).

On to the tea. We went to a tasting last night at The Whistling Kettle and as always you can buy the teas they offered at the tasting as well as stock up on other teas they carry. So I was looking over their extensive catalogue and found this. I knew I had to try it. At the time I didn’t know I’d fall so hard for it! I tried it this morning and wow. I am blown away by the flavor. Very earthy with that extra touch of spice and a hint of chocolate that make you sit up a little straighter and sip the tea a little longer.

I’m going to need to stock up on this one!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Earth, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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89

This is a very smokey smelling tea. But once brewed the smokey flavor simply lingers in the back of the pack. The spices come out to play and the game is on!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93

Thought I had reviewed this before. But apparently not. This a lovely dessert-like tea that is sweet and satisfying. I love it as a tea latte. Reminds me of a yummy sweet cake!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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94

One of my favorite go to afternoon teas. Plus it happens to be Sherlock Sunday. So I thought it was perfect to have when Mom stopped over. This one is very smokey and oh so Baker Street.

__Morgana__

Yay for Sherlock Sunday!

The Purrfect Cup

Indeed! I am tempted to break out my wedding dress. ;)

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92

Malty, with a hint of honey or chocolate. All I know is I have gone to tea heaven. This tea is good when first steeped or if I happen to let it cool in my cup for too long. This tea keeps the original flavor. So good!

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91

I’m baccck! Sorry it’s been so long, but I’ve been super busy.

Stopped into a Teavana with friends the other night and they were offering this one up as a sample. To me it didn’t seem much different from some really nice Yunnan teas I’ve tried before. I found it to be rather malty with a touch of honey. Sure it was nice, but I didn’t find it to be as special as they were claiming it to be.

I certainly wasn’t going to shell out nearly $30 to take some home with me.

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92

After sleeping most of my Saturday away (I’ve no idea why) and staying up until close to 4am today I was shocked to get up around 8:30am…of course the call from my mother might have helped that. She was asking what “red stuff” I put on the nieces eggs the last time she visited… “Paprika?” I recall as my response. Of course she thought that’s what it was, but my niece HAD to be sure and called to ask me. Good thing that kid is cute.

Once I was up and out of bed…I noticed our cats were swarming the bed. I’m the food lady in the house…so I snap, crackle, and popped my way downstairs to feed them. This also consisted of turning on the electric kettle. I needed tea…stat! I reached for this one as I thought it was a tea I had tried before. But after having it…I don’t think it was. I would have remembered this tea. It was bold, but with a light sweetness that made it very easy to drink in almost one big sip. I need to spend more time with this tea for sure!

TeaBrat

I couldn’t fall asleep last night myself – I think I had too much tea in the afternoon. :)

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91

I had this one iced last night as a parting treat from The Whistling Kettle. What a treat it was. It sort of reminded me of Lucky Charms marshmallows! In a good way – like a walk down memory lane to Saturday morning cartoons. Which were always watching with a big bowl of Lucky Charms. Very smooth and silky too. I need to try this one hot soon.

Preparation
Iced

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I am a tea lover, a wife, and mother of three cats (all rescues). I love to read, and to write. I’m also a BIG fan of the BBC’s Sherlock as well as Doctor Who.

I started drinking and enjoying tea (sure it was bagged Lipton, but it got me started) when my grandmother first introduced me to tea with milk and sugar (and peanut butter and jelly on toast) and my love just grew from there.

I was brought to loose leaf through a trip to Teavana aka my gateway to loose tea. But my taste has expanded along with my love of tea. Sometimes I right about tea on my blog – Gal In The Grey Hat.

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