1035 Tasting Notes

91
drank Island Blend by Design a Tea
1035 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. My oldest chose this as the breakfast tea today. She’s on a vanilla kick at the moment, so any and all teas in my cupboard that contain vanilla are on her drink-it-now list. While she was sipping this one at the table I was making a different vanilla tea to go in her travel mug so she could drink it at the bus stop.

This is a really pleasant tea. The sencha is a nice base for the mango and vanilla flavors, and although fruit and vanilla are the front notes I can still taste the sweet grassy note from the tea. It works very well in the blend and I do get a tropical feel as I drink. The mango flavor is fruity and juicy, and the vanilla flavor is spot on. No candy like flavor or funky aftertaste. The tea is sweet enough on its own that I added no sugar, and I noticed that my daughter added less than she normally does. She even mentioned that she would like to try plain sencha some time which made me smile.

I find it’s good for one additional resteep with the sencha being much more noticeable. The mango is still there but much lighter, and there’s just a hint of vanilla. Again, it’s very nice.

I can’t say I’d choose this as an everyday breakfast tea, but it is a tea I like to keep on had because it is pleasing to so many different pallets. Even my youngest, who is not a hot tea drinker, took a couple of sips from my mug.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81
drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
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I shared a pot of this with my daughter when she came home from school today. It was nice with a good, basic vanilla flavor. I honestly can’t say that I paid a lot of attention to it while we were talking. However, my daughter asked for me to make it for her tomorrow morning, so it must have made a good impression on her.

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88
drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
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It is both a curse and a blessing that the Target close to me has started carrying loose leaf teas. I’m thrilled to see Tiesta Teas on the shelf, but boy, oh, boy does it make it even more difficult to behave myself while shopping! The last time I was in there I just couldn’t resist, so into my shopping cart this went.

There is a nice balance between the fruit and the base tea. I get a nice tangy zip of raspberry and a juicy passion fruit note followed by a malty note from the tea. It works well together. I appreciate that the passion fruit doesn’t taste perfume-y or overly floral. I find that too many passion fruit teas taste like something straight from the cosmetics case, so I’m thankful that’s not the case here.

As nice as it is hot, I think it’d be even better iced. If I’m right this could be the iced passion fruit tea I’ve been looking for.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

I completely understand… grocery stores have become an evil place for me, too.
;-p

TeaBrat

Oh, I haven’t noticed any Tiesta teas at my Target. They do have a couple of Harney ones in teabags.

Veronica

They just started carrying them here right before Christmas. They sell the Harney and Sibs ones as well, so I’m hoping they’ll continue to stock the Tiesta teas.

Veronica

Also, I hate my autocorrect. :/

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81
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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While I almost always choose loose leaf over tea bags there are times when ease of use trumps everything else. If that tea bag also happens to hold a tasty Earl -or in this case Lady – Grey, then that’s even better. I love the orange and lemon flavors along with the bergamot. It is light, delicate, and delicious. I do have to keep a close eye on the time while it’s steeping because over steeping can quickly cause the tea to turn bitter, but once the tea bag has been removed all that’s left to do is sit, sip, and enjoy.

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91
drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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Ugh. I’m home, and I’m grumpy, and I just want something that will be right. I grabbed this tea and am currently enjoying a cup of creamy strawberry yumminess. Why can’t all things be this easy? Oy.

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

I hope your day gets better.

Veronica

Thank you!

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83

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
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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
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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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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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