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459 Tasting Notes


I was looking to make a quick cup of tea this afternoon, so I grabbed my tin that’s chocked full of random tea bags and quickly decided upon this one.

Since this is called Earl Grey Supreme I was expecting to get hit in the face with a lot of bergamot. I wouldn’t consider this a bad thing. I like bergamot and the citrus in pretty much any Earl Grey. I was pleasantly surprised however when it wasn’t an extra dose of flavoring that made this tea supreme but rather very nice ingredients that were expertly balanced. The base tea was smooth and more robust than I expected. All of the citrus flavors were evenly balanced and melded together beautifully. It was such a good cup.

If this is what Harney and Sons can do with the bagged version of this tea then I can’t wait to get my hands on the loose leaf version. My next H&S order is going to be huge!

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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I over sweetened this, so it wasn’t as good as it should have been. I think I also steeped it a little too long. It was entirely drinkable, but what should have been a lovely peach-y cup was just so-so due to operator error.

Flavors: Apricot, Peach, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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When it comes to Oolong teas I’m pretty persnickety, but this tea hits all the right notes. A roasty Oolong with sweetness at the end of the sip and light, but distinct, floral notes. I like. I’m really enjoying the grain flavor followed by burnt sugar (I almost said caramel, but it taste more like burnt sugar me). Right now I’m working on my second steep and I’m letting the tea cool a bit to see if the floral notes become more apparent. I think they might.

I still wouldn’t call myself an Oolong lover, but I could see myself keeping some of this in my cupboard and enjoying it.

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My nighttime tea. I drank it while watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The tea was enough of a treat to keep me from snacking during the movie. The lemon flavor is spot on, and there is a lightness to it, a creaminess from the honeybush, that hints at chiffon. Yum. The movie was good, but I’m kicking myself for not seeing it in the theater. Still, highly entertaining (but the book is far better!).


What did you think of the movie? We saw it during the Christmas holiday. I’m torn. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the faithfulness to the book. The barrel scenes, the dragon, etc. On the other, I think making a single book into three movies is a bit of a stretch and I have to wonder about the financial motivation. By that logic, Lord of the Rings should have been at least six movies. Still, Martin Freeman is an excellent Bilbo.


I liked the movie, but I agree that making it into three movies is a bit of a stretch. I’ll wait until I see the last movie before I pass any final judgments, but right now I’m guessing that this could easily have been two movies. On the other hand, there was a lot that was skimmed or skipped over from The Lord of the Ring series, so maybe Jackson wanted to take one story and tell as much of it as he could.

I will say that Smaug looked like the kick ass dragon I always envisioned in my head, so that was pretty cool to see on screen! And I agree with you, Martin Freeman is great as Bilbo!

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
459 tasting notes

I’m sipping on my last bit of this tea. Each and every cup has been sooo good. Wonderful maltiness. Rich chocolate notes. Sweet caramel. It’s a very well rounded tea, and I’m going to miss having it in my cupboard. At some point I will restock it. I’m trying really, really hard to get myself down to 30 or so teas, and this one will definitely make the cut.

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drank Organic Darjeeling by Wegmans
459 tasting notes

I’ve been kind of ho-hum about this tea, but I have to say that today’s cup was really nice. There were the floral notes with the muscatel flavor following at the end of the sip which had been my normal experience with this tea. Today, however, there was also a silkiness to the tea that made it so delightful.

I think the reason for the change is that my water was cooler than usual when I poured it onto the leaves. I’d turned my kettle off and then was distracted for five or so minutes before I poured the water and began brewing the tea. A very serendipitous turn of events that had me practically swooning over my cup.

I may tape a note to my tea tin reminding me to always let the water cool for a few minutes for this particular tea. Come to think of it, I may need to go brew myself another cup right now just to make sure… you know… for science. ;-)



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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
459 tasting notes

I was feeling rather groggy and unwilling to fuss over my tea this morning, so I popped a Lady Grey tea bag into my cup and called it good. It was a simple citrus-y cup that helped to clear my head and get me moving. Perfect Monday morning tea.

Flavors: Lemon Zest, Orange Zest

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This was my morning tea. It’s such a unique blend, and I love the creativity and thought that went into it (or if this was a moment of inspired genius I love that, too:)). The lemongrass, spearmint, pine smoke, and berry flavors combine into something amazing.

A great first cup of the day.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

You missed the “recommended” button ;) hehe. Glad you like this one! :D


But your tasting note says “Not Recommended” at the top. Waitaminute, you just want to keep this tea all to yourself. Sneaky! Well, I’m onto you….


Oops! This is what happens when I attempt to write reviews using my phone. All fixed!!!

@Christina – I’d love to have this tea all to myself, but I’ll share if I have to. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Haha :) I might just have this one right now, too. It’s been a while!

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Tea of the morning. I woke up wanting a milk and sugar tea, and this tea suits that purpose down to the ground. Bready and rich, this is an excellent cup to wake up to.

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Yum. This is exactly the chocolaty minty treat I wanted today. So glad I have this in my cupboard.

Tommy the Toad

I love this tea :)

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I have always been curious about tea, but I didn’t give in to a full fledged obsession until 2010. I’ve enjoyed every new discovery, and my garden has loved the mini mountain of tea leaves that’s been added to the soil! Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

While drinking tea I enjoy indulging in my other passions which include reading (the classics and mysteries), music, gardening, and crochet. I have a small business called the Leaf Street Thread Company, and I’m excited to have many of my handmade items sold at stores in the Philadelphia area.

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.


New Jersey, USA



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