1048 Tasting Notes

drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1048 tasting notes

I am moving at a snail’s pace today, but I’m alright with that since it gives me more time to enjoy this tea. It’s thick and malty with hints of smoke and raisin. So good. So worth another steep.

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I have been loving this tea this week. It’s been my go-to afternoon tea. I’ve enjoyed the beautiful leaves and watching them steep. It’s kind of mesmerizing. And the flavor – a nice mix of bean, butter, and new grass. Sounds strange, taste awesome.

My full review is here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/09/17/premium-tai-ping-hou-kui-green-tea-teavivre/

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I’ve become a little too lackadaisical in my tea preparation lately, so I went back to basics with this one. I carefully measured the amount of tea leaves, double checked that the water temperature was correct, and set a timer. Most importantly I watched the timer rather than waking away and forgetting it for 10 minutes.

Lo and behold, I was gifted an ever so lovely cup of tea for my efforts. Really, this tea is dang tasty. Lots of fruit, honey, and chocolate flavors that blend nicely into each other.

So, it turns out that following the directions can be a good thing. Go figure. But the resteep.. all bets are off there, and I can play forgetful mad scientist again. :)


And careful measurement also rewards one with a consistently enjoyable cup of tea. It also minimizes frustration, and wasting valuable tea & one’s time.


Yep. Isn’t it amazing how that works. ;)

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Tea of the morning. I haven’t had this tea in quite awhile, but it’s just as wonderful as I remember. It’s malty, spicy, and smokey. There’s also a sweetness that helps give balance to the stronger, more earthy notes. Plus, this tea is potent enough to kick my rear into gear on a Monday morning.


This sounds good!


i love this one. so glad i was able to pick some up!


It is good! I’m hoping they’ll reblend this one.

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This is my reward to myself for a full day of house cleaning. It’s possible that I’m a wee bit high on bleach fumes, but I’m still enjoying this EG immensely. I like the lemon-y flavor combined with the vanilla and bergamot. It taste like grown up vanilla pudding. I like.

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My tin of this tea was tucked away in a drawer, and when I saw it I realized I had not prepared this one in months and months. The horror! Fear not though for the situation has been remedied. This tea is full of chocolate and sweet, fruity notes along with hints of peppery spice. Delicious.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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Today was supposed to be my last day of work, but the woman I trained as my replacement feels ready to fly solo. She knows she can call me if she runs into any problems, but for all intents and purposes I am d-o-n-e! I’ll happily resume my role as stay-at-home mom and keeper of home and hearth. As much as I loved working with antique fabrics the travel and crazy hours were just too much.

To celebrate my first day of staying home I made myself a lovely cup of this tea. I’m slowly accepting that summer is all but over, and I’m starting to want fall flavored treats. The almond and cranberry flavors in this tea are so good and perfect for this time of year. I know pumpkin spiced everything is about to hit stores, but in my opinion this tea has captured the perfect flavor of autumn.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Happy homecoming!




Yay, congratulations!

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Tea of the morning. I over brewed this, (probably a 6 or 7 minute steep) and the result was a cup full of chocolate and smokey flavors. I’m a fan. It was full of body while having no astringency or bitterness. Again, I’m a fan. I won’t over steep this every time because I enjoy all the other flavors this tea has to offer, but on the days I get distracted and let this sit a bit too long I certainly won’t hesitate to sip and enjoy. You know… ‘cause I’m a fan.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Tea of the morning. I’m mostly drinking iced tea these days, but I like that it’s still cool enough early in the morning to sit out on my porch with a cup of hot tea and enjoy. In a few more weeks I may be drinking all iced tea all the time, but that’s ok since this EGC is mighty tasty over ice, too.

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

Iced earl grey… I think some money just fell out of my wallet…


Try it. It’s all kinds of delicious.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Halla-Hallelujah my kids are finally finished with school! I am unreasonably excited that my alarm is off and I will not be forced to wake grumpy kiddos up at 6 in the morning. To celebrate I’m getting ready to snuggle into bed with my book (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern) and a huge mug of this tea. My plan is to read into the wee hours of the morning, but I like having a decaf tea that won’t keep me awake should I decide that it’s sleepy time.

Hello summer. I missed you.

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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.


New Jersey, USA



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