644 Tasting Notes

87

Nice! This is one of those “bit of” teas. There is a bit of malt, a bit of orange, a bit of crusty bread. I’m also tasting cane syrup. I haven’t had cane syrup on years and years, but I’m loving the dark sweet note in this tea. The combination of all the flavors is delicious. It’s something I can see myself thoroughly enjoying as an afternoon tea.

This one is going on my shopping list.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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100

Tea of the morning. I was having a hard time waking up, so I chose a tea that I knew I would love and would help my poor brain start to function.

I do love this chai. While this was steeping the honey scent was really pronounced. That combined with the smell of the spices was soooo nice. It was like a mini aroma therapy session. And of course the taste was outstanding. Spicy, sweet, bold, smooth. Seriously delicious chai.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

I’ve been on a massive cleaning spree today. Usually I clean a bit here and there throughout the week and by the weekend everything is (mostly) done. Today, for a reason I can’t even explain I need the whole house to be clean. I guess there are worse problems to have. Anyway, I stopped cleaning to pick up my son from school, and when I got home I realized I was exhausted and was craving a dessert tea. Something decadent that would also give me the boost I needed to get dinner started. Enter DTT’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie.

It has been a while since I’ve had this tea. I used one perfect teaspoon of leaves for a six ounce cup. The result was a wonderfully sweet cup full of vanilla, spice, raisin, and cookie notes. It was exactly what I wanted, and I enjoyed it from start to finish.

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

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96

I have been sipping on this all day. I didn’t write down my thoughts on the individual steeps, but my overall thought is this is some mighty tasty tea. It’s creamy with the buttery smoothness of a good Oolong. There is also an orchid note that is usually present at the end of the sip, but in one or two steeps it was missing entirely. I do pick up more of the grassy flavor as the tea cools. I really like the grassy/milky combination. Very soothing.

Lariel

There was one day I steeped that one until it ran out of flavour.

Veronica

That’s my plan. I think I have a couple more steeps until the leaves are truly spent. I’ve enjoyed having it in my cup all day!

Lariel

I tried it with the Strawberry Oolong… it’s even better.

Veronica

Ooh, I need to add that to my order. Thanks!

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75

Tea of the morning. It’s after nine o’clock, and I’m just sitting down to my first cup of tea. I usually have my first cup three hours earlier, so I am yawning and desperately grabbing for tea at the same time. Such is life.

I chose this tea because I wanted a milk and sugar tea. It definitely fits the bill, but I do wish it were a bit more robust. Still, it’s not bad. It’s basically your run-of-the-mill EB. It is doing a fine job of helping me wake up so I can get going on my to-do list.

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

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72

I’ve been sipping on this for the past two days, and while I like it I don’t love it. The strawberry flavor is nice, and I get definite chocolate notes, but the vanilla seems to be missing. There is also a strange floral note at the end of the sip that throws me off. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t remind me of Neapolitan ice cream.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec

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95

This was my after dinner tea. We cooked out, and I was loving all the smokey flavors in the food, so I decided to keep it going with this tea. It was also nice to have the mint to help settle my food. When I bought this tea I thought it would be one of my fall/winter teas, but I enjoyed it so much today and can see myself reaching for it at other cook outs and barbecues. I guess a good tea is good any time of year.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89
drank Irish Breakfast by Wegmans
644 tasting notes

Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m sitting at my desk drinking a cup of this malty deliciousness when my son comes in and tells me happy Mother’s Day and that he is so glad he’s my son. It’s going to be a good day. :)

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

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100

Oh, this is good. Really good. There is a definite salted caramel flavor that I’m loving. There is also a rich fruity note that floats around between sips. It lends a lot of depth and sweetness to the tea. I keep sipping and trying to place the flavor, but I can’t quite put my finger on it (ok, I cheated and looked at the tea description – caramelized plum. Yes.). I keep sipping and trying to think of how best to describe this, but all I’m coming up with is Wow. Yum. Amazing.

This one is a keeper.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
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Sounds really nice!

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85
drank Pear Spice by Design a Tea
644 tasting notes

Backlogging.

This was a custom blend from Design a Tea. I love pear flavored teas, and I thought the spice might lend a poached pear flavor. The tea I received had a lot of spice. So much so that I set the tea aside for several moths hoping the flavors would mellow a bit. It worked! I’ve found with a shorter steep (3 minutes or so) I get a nice pear flavor and the cinnamon and nutmeg from the spice in a much more balanced cup than I had when I first ordered the tea.

The next time I order from DAT I’m going to get pear tea with no additional flavors. I think the company has a wonderful pear flavor – very juicy and sweet – and Id rather have that than pear plus whatever else.

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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