644 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
644 tasting notes

My before bed tea. I love the vanilla flavor of this tea. Even after having cups and cups of it I’m still surprised that it’s decaffeinated. This is easily one of the best black decafs I’ve ever had.

sherapop

I agree! The flavor of the base tea itself is quite good, along with the vanilla.

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72

Sipping on the last of this while we wait for the fireworks to start. It’s actually pretty cool next to the water, and I’m wishing I had brought a hot tea instead of an iced one. Oh well.

I still can’t taste the vanilla in this tea. Strawberry and chocolate, yes. No vanilla, not even in the form of creaminess. The floral note that was present the last time I drank this is, thankfully, absent.

This is good, but there are several SBTs I like more.

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97
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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My little town is celebrating its 100th birthday, so each weekend during the month of May there is some type of “celebration” going on. Last weekend there was a parade. Today there was a classic car show along Main Street. Along with the really awesome cars there were the typical vendors, bouncy houses, and craft tables. My kids and I had a nice time walking, looking around, and playing games. And then I saw it. A tea table!!! A wonderful lady who owns a tea house is Woodstown brought a variety of her teas to sell at the fair. Among them were several Harney and Sons teas including this one. It was meant to be. I had to have it. After talking tea with my new friend (and getting the address of her tea shop) I bundled up my little tin of the Queen and happily headed home.

It has been years since I’ve had this tea, and I think it is even better than I remember. Perhaps I am just able to appreciate it more now. The cocoa notes are deep and rich, there is a thick malty flavor, and there’s a hint of smoke at the end of the sip. The feel is full and silky. So, so good. I’m so happy to have this back in my cupboard!

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

Seemed like the perfect day :-)
I received my H&S order this week and had Queen Catherine for the first time. It’s very tasty, perfect tea of the morning.

Veronica

Our time at the fair was really fun, and tonight they’re having a boat parade and fireworks along the river. :)

I’m already planning on drinking Queen Catherine tomorrow morning. It definitely has the heft I need to clear the sleepiness out of my brain.

Christina

Sounds like a lovely day!

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For the first time in what seems like months I have nothing planned for the weekend. Nothing. I am loving the idea of a slow lazy Saturday. I wanted a good Assam to help me kick off my day of nothingness, and this is definitely a good one. It’s biscuity with great malt notes and a sweet finish. Serious yum.

Ok, I’m off to the farmer’s market. I haven’t been since last fall, and I am going to stroll around while finding something to feed my family for dinner tonight.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Nothing Saturdays are rare and precious. Hope you had a great day.

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57
drank Blueberry Rooibos by Rishi Tea
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This tea is ok. It smells amazing. As soon as I opened the package my entire kitchen smelled like blueberry muffins. Once it’s steeped there’s lots of blueberry flavor, but unfortunately there is also a strange medicinal note and it gets stronger as the tea cools.

I had no problem finishing my cup, but this isn’t a tea I will reorder.

Sarsonator

Oh bummer. I’m still looking for the perfect blueberry tea. I think I’ll avoid this one!

Sil

i really like serendipitea’s bluberry tea they have… 20% currently in may (code: may savings) though it may not be for everyone. i steep it in vodka lol for blueberry vodka haha

Sarsonator

Sounds awesome! I will add that one to my list to try. :)

Veronica

Design a tea has a really good blueberry nutmeg tea called Renaissance. It’s my favorite blueberry tea so far. You can also make your own tea and use blueberry as a flavor.

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This is actually a better herbal than my rating suggest. It has a nice sweet apple flavor along with cinnamon and a nuts. If the tea were called apple crisp or nutty apple or anything that even hinted at its true flavor my rating would be higher. Alas, it is called Gingerbread Chai, and I taste no ginger, no bread, and the spices are very mild.

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84

This was a thank you gift from a friend because I babysat her kids. She knows me so well to pay me in tea! :) This is one of her favorite herbals, so I was excited to give it a try even though rooibos is very hit or miss with me.

Yay! This one is a hit. The rooibos has an earthy, nutty flavor which combined with the ginger, clove, and cinnamon does taste pie-like. Adding some sugar and milk really took this to the next level. I don’t know if I get the crust or bready notes, but it is a great creamy pumpkin spice tea. The fact that it is caffeine free is a big bonus.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Haha! You know you’re addicted to tea when…it becomes a currency!!!

Veronica

Ha! That’s so true. And I was doubly excited because it was a tea I had never tried form a company I had not heard of. I spent a while tonight browsing their site seeing if there was anything I just had to have. :)

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I met a friend of mine for lunch at one of our favorite Italian restaurants. It was great visiting with her and sharing a delicious meal. I managed to say no to dessert even though this place has the best gelato I have ever tried. That’s saying something since I live just outside of Philly, a city that takes their cheese steaks and gelato quite seriously. Since I managed to avoid temptation, and because I was chilled from the walk home in the rain, I decided a dessert tea was in order and chose this one.

While I’m still not as in love with this tea as I used to be, today’s cup was very nice. It was heavy on the caramel with enough of the sweetness from the marshmallow to give it a dessert-in-a-cup kinda flavor. It definitely warmed me up and made me feel like I was having a nice treat (without all the calories) at the same time. Win!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
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I was babysitting for a friend this morning and decided to bring a travel mug of this tea with me. It turned out to be a very good idea because it is a cool, rainy day here, and the walk to her house was much more pleasant with something warm to sip.

The pineapple flavor in this tea is so good. Sip and sigh good. It’s sweet, juicy and taste like fresh pineapple rather than the dried candy- like pineapple. The base tea has a clean grassy flavor that compliments the pineapple nicely. It’s a very tasty tea. Perfect tea for a rainy spring day.

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Tea of the morning.

This is a nice blend. I taste malt and a hint of orange with some generic nuttiness at the end of the sip. There is a hint of astringency, but it is only a hint. Out of curiosity I added a bit of sugar and milk to my cup. The orange note is highlighted a bit more, and the nutty flavor taste more like pecan. Nice. Really nice.

This isn’t a super bold blend. It’s more of an English Breakfast rather than an Irish Breakfast. It’s kind of a soft nudge to get you to wake up instead of a loud alarm clock and bright lights. Since I’m one of those people who needs a loud alarm clock I think this tea will become an afternoon pick me up. The flavors are so nice I’m thinking this tea might give my beloved Darjeelings a run for their money as my go to late afternoon cuppa.

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

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- 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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