882 Tasting Notes


I love having this tea in my cupboard. It’s so good. There are layers and layers of flavor from stone fruit to malt to tobacco to berries to molasses to floral to salted caramel. It’s a tea I enjoy being able to sip and savor because there’s so much to enjoy inside one little cup. Thankfully it resteeps well because I’ll always want another cup of this.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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Almond + Cranberry + Good Base Tea = Yum.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another mint tea just because this one is yummy. I think I’m going to steep a second cup and take it with me while I brave the stores and finish my Christmas shopping. Hopefully the mint/vanilla combination will soothe me while I deal with all the crazies. Oy.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I woke up feeling less than stellar, so I’m having the last of my cold brew of this in the hopes that it’ll settle my stomach. It’s mighty handy having a mint tea ready and waiting in the fridge.


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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Thank you Flyawaybirdie for sending this tea my way!

Of course this is an amazing cup of yum. The deep cocoa flavor combined with the earthy, grainy flavor is soooo good. I also love how thick, creamy, and silky smooth this tea is. It’s just a pleasure to drink. I’m sure I’ll resteep the leaves many times today and enjoy each and every cup.

What a way to wake up! I feel totally spoiled. :)


Added to my wishlist! :)

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drank Berry Blues by Adagio Teas
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It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had this one, so I thought I’d make it my before bed tea. The fact that it has hibiscus in it keeps me away, but to be honest there’s not a lot of tart hibiscus flavor going on here. Mostly I get sweet, juicy blueberry and apple. The herbal is sweet enough on its own, so I didn’t add sugar. This is really pretty good. Now if I can just remember to drink it on a regular basis….

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is usually my I’m-sick-and-need-something-that-taste-good-with-honey tea. Tonight I thought it’d be a nice herbal. The lemon flavor is strong, and while I can taste the ginger it’s not heating up the back of my throat the way a lot of ginger heavy teas do. Instead of adding honey I added a little white sugar, and the result is something very close to lemonade. It’s not bad, but I think I like honey more.

I’ll still save most of these teabags for when I’m feeling sick, but it’s a nice lemony herbal to have just ’cause every now and then.

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I’ve been drinking this a lot lately. It’s great as a cold brew, and because it’s in tea bags it’s a lot less messy. I like the mint and green tea together. Even though this isn’t a gunpowder green it’s still pretty good.

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drank Pirate Tea by Design a Tea
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I am barely staying awake, and today is going to be a long, long day, so bring on the Yerba Mate and black tea. If those two things just happens to be flavored with pineapple and chai spices so much the better.

I will do all the things!

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

good luck :)


Lol. Thanks, I’m going to need it! :)

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First tea of the day. I was getting ready to make a different tea, but as soon as I saw this I grabbed it. It’s such a good breakfast tea! It’s has strength and body, and lots and lots of flavor. The malt note is strong, but there’s also an earthy note as well as spice and leather. The smoke note helps to bind it all together so that I feel like I’m at a great B & B that’s tucked into the woods sitting in my room in a super comfy chair, a roaring fire in the fireplace, and cups and cups of this tea ready for me to drink. With a good book. My daydreams often have good books and good tea in them!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

love these teas… they’re just great “every day” sort of teas

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

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

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.


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