884 Tasting Notes

90

I picked this up at the Philly Coffee and Tea Festival, and it’s been just about the only tea in my cup for the past few days. It is wonderfully thick and malty with a light smokiness. I love, love, love the grainy note. Very reminiscent of the wheat flavor in some beers. I also like the hints of leather and sweet stone fruit that slip in and out as I sip.

I’m really glad I bought a canister of this because it’s a great fall/winter tea.

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

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74

From the Santea Claus TTB

This is ok, but not great. The chocolate and coconut are lacking, and while the mint is nice it’s nothing the amazes. I added sugar and cream, and while the sugar brought out the coconut a bit more I still felt like I was missing the chocolate.

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

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89
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
884 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. This is a fun twist on the normal Earl Grey. I like the citrus notes, the vanilla, and the kick of caramel right at the end. I also like how everything is toned down a little. There’s lots of flavor, but the base tea is also present and very tasty as well.

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

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96

Finishing off my last bit of this chocolate-cherry-molasses-malty goodness today. It’s as delicious as always, and, while sipdowns of my favorite teas usually make me sad, I know I’ll be ordering more of this as soon as November rolls around.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

Tea of the morning. I’m absolutely enchanted by this tea. It has a nice toasty note as well as lemon and rose. As the tea cools the muscatel flavor appears which blends beautifully with the citrus and floral notes. So, so good!

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94

Peppermint and vanilla… I like. I also like the ease of a tea bag when I’m tired, so I often reach for bagged herbals in the evening. This one is simple but good. I’m impressed that the vanilla holds its own with the mint given how stong the mint is in this blend.

TeaBrat

I bought this today… ran out from last year :)

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86
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
884 tasting notes

Sore throat? Check. Ears hurt? Check. Scratchy throat? Check.

Oh well, at least I have good tea. This is soothing and tasty at the same time. Definitely one of the under appreciated H&S blends.

Cameron B.

I always get earaches when I’m sick, too… Hate it. :(

Fjellrev

Aww, hope you get better soon!

Fjellrev

And I totally agree, it’s underrated to the max.

TeaTiff

Hope you get feeling better.

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100

Tea of the morning. I woke up to frost on the ground this morning, and I knew I wanted this in my mug. It’s so warming and unique. There’s a sweet fruity note along with smoke and spice. The combination is absolutely delicious. The end of the sip is very clean leaving just a touch of heat in the back of the throat. Nice.

I removed my infuser a minute earlier than I normally do, and the difference was amazing. There’s a lot less smoke and the longan fruit note is much more pronounced. Because I’m a fan of smoke I’ll keep to a longer steep time, but this one was very nice, too.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
884 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. This is full of nice, rich chocolate notes as well as roasted grain. The end of the sip is a tad dry, but it’s not unpleasant. So good as my morning eye opener.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

This has been in my cup all day. There’s the flavor of good crusty bread along with a squash-like note mixed with honey. The end of the sip is all salted caramel. Mercy all, I do love this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
MissLena

This sounds amazing. Salted caramel, crusty bread…mmmmm :D

gmathis

Sounds like that could be breakfast all on its own!

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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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