1030 Tasting Notes

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My morning cup. This is biscuity with a sweetness I don’t normally associate with Assams. The sweetness was almost floral in nature, and, though it threw me for a loop, I liked it. It’s a full bodied tea, but it’s also very smooth. The combination of the two gave the tea a cream-like texture. Between its strength and smoothness I’d place this firmly in my breakfast tea category. It’ll get ya up and moving!

It’s definitely different from the other Assams in my cupboard, but that’s a good thing. I’m happy I have more of this to play around with. I can see myself possibly becoming attached to this one.

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

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85
drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
1030 tasting notes

I messed this one up by using water that was too hot instead of the recommended 197° F. The resulting tea was all cherry all the way. It wasn’t bitter or astringent, but plain it did have a bit of a cherry medicine flavor. I added sugar and cream which brought this back to the cherry cream flavor I tasted the first time I drank this tea. It was still nice, but I definitely prefer steeping this with cooler water so that the fig notes can be tasted.

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90
drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Wegmans
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Much of my day was spent traveling, so I was happy to finally settle at my friend’s house (I’m house sitting at the moment) and relax. I was even happier that I had brought along a few of my teas. This one has such a great almond flavor, and with the addition of sugar and milk tastes very much like an almond cookie. Without additions the tea is still very nice, and the almond and bread notes are easily discernible, but I can’t say that I get a true cookie flavor. So, sugar and milk it is. No regrets.

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

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60
drank Herbal Ambrosia by Wegmans
1030 tasting notes

I cold brewed this thinking I would like it best that way, but this is a meh tea in my opinion. It’s like many other fruity herbals out there with a good dash of hibiscus thrown in as well. There is rooibos in the blend, but I could barely taste it.

I’ll finish the small amount I bought, but I won’t repurchase.

Preparation
Iced

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87

I’m a big fan of both Earl Grey and lemon, and this tea combines the two in a unique and delicious way. The bergamot is present but it’s not super strong which allows the lemon flavor really sparkle and shine. Then, there is the vanilla note which isn’t a flavor as much as a creaminess added to the tea. The result is a lemon custard-y Earl Grey, and I throughly enjoy it.

In fact, I enjoy it enough that I purchased 250g of it over the holidays. Yeah. If you’ve ever been curious about this tea let me know. I have enough to share. :)

Also, bumping my rating up. The previous rating was 82

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tealizzy

250g! You must REALLY a like it!

Veronica

Funny story about this purchase: My favorite Earl Grey Cream is from Zen Tea which I was out of back in Novermber, so I bought some and told my husband that it was one of my Christmas gifts. When that tea arrived he wrapped it and set it aside for Christmas. Well, I went through Earl Grey withdrawals and in a moment of weakness bought 250 grams of this. When it arrived my husband got to the box first, assumed it was also a Christmas gift, and wrapped it! For a couple of weeks there was a ton of Earl Grey sitting under my tree and none in my cup. I was so,so, so happy to open those boxes!!! I made everyone stop unwrapping gifts while I went and made myself a cup of tea. It was glorious.

Tealizzy

Lol! Awesome!

carol who

:D I’ve hidden tea from myself before. In trying to save it for whatever reason, I completely forget I have some. The surprise! ;p

Veronica

@carol who – Lol. I’ve set tea aside thinking I would open it after finishing off some samples or bits and bobs of old tea only to forget about it. I even have a few apology letters in my tea log to teas I’ve forgotten. I recently started a spreadsheet for my stash, so hopefully I’ll forget less! :)

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78

I only make this as a cold brew these days because I find it the tastiest way to have this tea. The mint and green tea are well balanced, and, although it’s not my favorite Moroccan Mint, it is a decent one. In fact, I’ll probably pick up some more of this once I use the last my stash. This is a good cold brew to keep around, and I’m sure I’ll drink even more of it come summer.

Preparation
Iced
Shae

Which tea would you say is your favorite Moroccan Mint? I’m on the hunt for a stellar mint tea but haven’t found one yet.

Veronica

Moorish Mint from Samovar is my favorite Moroccan Mint. It’s excellent! I also like Teavana’s Moroccan Mint. It’s simple, but it’s good.

Shae

Thank you! I will check both of those out.

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91

I used my last bit of this earlier this evening and have been resteeping it all night while switching between watching old Friends episodes and reading . Yes, my life is that exciting. Back to the tea… the combination of floral and mint is so relaxing, and the tea has a natural honey-like sweetness that I really enjoy. There’s also a smoothness and an almost creamy texture which plays well with the honey note. Some steeps (I did five or six, I’m not sure) were almost entirely floral with the honey only becoming noticeable as the tea cooled, but most of the steeps were consistent with the mint, floral, and honey flavors throughout the sip.

I feel like this is a running theme for me and Whispering Pines teas, but I need more of this. Must have all the teas. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Love by Pukka
1030 tasting notes

Overboard TTB

Backlogging from last night.

I don’t drink a lot of floral herbals, but I need to reconsider because this was nice and a pleasant way to wind down at the end of the day. I could pick out the elder-flower, lavender, chamomile, and rose but I enjoyed the tea more when I quit thinking about it and let the flavors blend together. The licorice root gave small notes of sweetness, but thankfully it didn’t dominate the tea. All in all a nice little cup.

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92

It’s a cold, rainy day here, so I thought I’d break out the green teas in an effort to lighten things up a bit. Green teas always remind me of spring and sunshine.

This. This tea. There is a wonderful chestnut flavor followed by a vegetal note that is reminiscent of sugar snap peas. Yum. The finish has a mineral note that is clean and every so slightly drying. I find this pleasing since it allows me to taste the chestnut note fresh with each sip. I also pick up a very slight buttery note as the tea cools. Very, very nice.

Thank you Angel and Teavivre for allowing me to sample this!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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73
drank Fig Formosa Oolong by Tealux
1030 tasting notes

Many thanks to The Cookie Lady for sending me this tea!

This is a very nice floral oolong. It’s smooth and has an underlying buttery oolong note along with high floral notes of honeysuckle and jasmine. There isn’t even a hint of fig. That’s disappointing because I adore a good fig tea. Still, this is a nice tea even if it isn’t what’s advertised on the label.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ThainofBuckland

The honeysuckle and jasmine notes sound good.

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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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