1048 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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It’s late, and I shouldn’t be drinking this, but any time I considered getting up to make a cup of tea this was the tea I thought of. Now it’s in my cup and I’m sipping it, and yes, I wanted the baked bread, molasses, malt, butternut squash-y goodness that this tea delivers. So good!

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drank Tropical Black by Wegmans
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Wegman’s had their summer teas out today, so I did what any self respecting tea drinker who has too much tea in her cupboard would do and bought some. This one is nice and fruity – more pineapple than anything else – and I like the Ceylon base tea. It was good hot, but I think I’ll use the rest for iced tea.


Would love to visit a Wegmans! (May I borrow and revise your lead sentence? “Vintage Stock had restocked the 99 cent book shelf, so I did what any self-respecting book lover would do and bought some.” It’s just a cold tea and good book afternoon.)


Borrow away! There are few things that go together as well as tea and books.

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drank Black Dragon Pearl by Teavana
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Tea of the morning. I still like this tea, but it’s not as good as I remember. I was expecting something with a bit more oomph, but this was rather mellow. Not many cocoa notes, but there were malt and floral ones. I’ve only had it since December, but maybe it’s getting old. I’ve moved it to the front of my tea cabinet so I can remember to use it up.

Terri HarpLady

I used to be in love with this tea, & although I still enjoy it, it’s not the same tea they originally offered (at least, IMO)

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All the tasting notes for this tea have disappeared. What’s up with that, Steepster? Argh.

Anyway… I’ve been wanting to try this as a cold brew, so I set that up this morning and will try it out this evening after dinner. Once I had the box open and the wonderful floral honey fragrance was floating out I decided to make a hot cup as well. The taste is mostly chamomile with the vanilla and honey flavors slipping in and out. I enjoy the flavor combination very much. Usually I grab for this one when I’m sick, but it was kinda nice to start the day with something different but comforting.

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I have been traveling a lot over the past few months, but I’m home now with no plans to travel (for work at least) in the near future. Yay! To celebrate I spent the morning relaxing and drinking tea. Again, yay!

This tea is one of my favorites, and even though it’s called December I love it as a summer/ warm weather tea. It’s smokey and sweet with a woodsy pine note. Oh, it’s soooo good. I can’t wait until we’re back to cookouts and bbq to go with my tea. I’m all about the smokey flavors right now. It could be 100° outside an I’d still make a cup of this and enjoy.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Wegmans
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I swear this tea is keeping me from killing people. Or at least yelling at them. To be honest, I’d rather have a plate of cookies right now rather than a tea that taste like cookies, but since I don’t want to consume a bunch of unnecessary calories I’ll stick to this yummy tea and continue to not yell at – or kill – the people I’m forced to interact with today.

It’s almost the weekend. It’s almost the weekend. It’s almost the weekend….


Aww, just hang in there!


I feel you..thank goodness it is almost the weekend!


I think I may have lost a few sanity points today, but it looks like I’m going to make it. :)

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Meh. The spices are too weak for my taste. I have found that I like rooibos best with chai spices, and the mix does work fairly well here.

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This tea made me stop, sip, and just enjoy all of the flavors it has to offer. There is a fruity – almost candy like – cherry note as well as a bright, clean eucalyptus flavor. It might seem like these two flavors shouldn’t work together, but trust me, they do. The eucalyptus note is light enough that it doesn’t overpower the tea. Instead, it heightens the tea’s fruity cherry note and natural sweetness, and it leaves a clean feeling on the tongue. There is also an orange note that is most apparent at the end of the sip and as the tea cools. I find the citrus note both surprising and pleasant, and I think it brings a fullness and bit of sparkle to the cup. I thoroughly enjoy the mix of flavors and am so impressed by this truly lovely Ceylon.

You can see the rest of my review here:

Also, this is my first tea review as a SororiTea Sister. I’m super excited!

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I have a lot of samples that I really need to use before they lose their flavor. I started with this one since I’ve had a couple of people send it to me and I’ve been saving it for a lazy Saturday. Today seemed like the perfect day to enjoy the cinnamon-y, bread-y, nutty wonerfulness that is this tea. I really enjoyed sitting down with my tea pot and cup and saucer. It was relaxing and delicious.

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drank Plum by Metropolitan Tea Company
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I picked this tea up last weekend while in Cape May, NJ. While exploring the town I discovered Tea By The Sea, an adorable tea shop full of teas from The Metropolitan Tea Company as well as a few other companies. I was really really good and only bought a few teas, but I enjoyed my time in Cape May so much I’m sure I’ll go back, and when I do I’ll stop by this shop and buy more tea. Also, if you ever have the chance to go to Cape May, go! It’s one of the prettiest sea side towns I’ve ever seen, and the people there are very friendly.

On to the tea! This is a nice fruity (not candy) plum tea. The base tea has an earthy flavor but isn’t heavy. I thought I picked up a light mossy note a time or two, but it was hit or miss. The plum note is delicate and slightly sweet with a floral finish. It works well with the base tea, and I really like that the plum flavor is fruity rather than overly sweet or artificial tasting. I did try one cup with sugar, and while it really brought out the plum flavor the floral note was lost. I definitely preferred this plain.

I only bought an ounce of this, so I’ll probably blow through it pretty fast, but I’ll enjoy it!

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Moss, Plums

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
- 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.


New Jersey, USA



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