896 Tasting Notes

91
drank Black Dragon Pearl by Teavana
896 tasting notes

I found out that the woman who was my son’s one to one aid at school is a tea drinker. She worked with my son for six years, and is just about the sweetest woman on the planet. She’s working with another child this year, but since I just found out about her love of tea I had to get her some for Christmas. She told me she is a Teavana fan, so I picked up some of this and one of their ceramic tumblers for her. Since I was already buying some I also picked up an ounce for myself. Because tea.

This is really nice. There’s a strong chocolate flavor along with some malt and leather. I used three pearls for my eight ounce cup, and I’ve resteeped the leaves twice. I’m pretty sure I can get at least two more steeps before the leaves are spent.

I wish I had some of Teavivre’s Dragon Pearls on hand so I could do a side by side tasting. I’ll have to do that at some point.

P.S. I’m also giving her North Winds from Whispering Pines and Earl Grey Cream from Zen Tea. Because tea.

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

Because tea is the best reason I’ve seen all day. :)

Ysaurella

always so pleasant to find out people to share about tea. Funny when we discover them “just around the corner”

gmathis

I discovered some tea drinkers among the 11-year-old girls in my Sunday school class yesterday. If I can figure out what to do with the bull-in-the-china-closet boys, we may need to have us a January tea party!

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93

Whoa, this is a cup of yum! It’s smooth – almost creamy – with notes of malt, sweet potato, orange (maybe orange zest?), and cocoa. I drank the first cup plain and the resteep with cream and sugar. Both were delicious.

This one’s going on my wishlist.

Thank you, Ost for sending this my way! It’s great! :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ost

I liked this one too. Happy you like it!! :D

Nightshifter

Added to my wishlist :)

Nicole

Ooo… this one sounds good.

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80
drank Moroccan Mint by Teavana
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This is a decent Moroccan Mint. The smokiness of the gunpowder green tea and the spearmint pair well together. I like that there’s no peppermint in the blend. The green tea is easier to taste with just one mint.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ThainofBuckland

Does it smell like toothpaste? I have a huge bag of spearmint, and I have to keep myself from smelling the leaves if I use it for anything.

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90
drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Wegmans
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This is a fun little tea. Lots of almond flavor, and some cookie-like notes as well. I add cream and sugar which takes this from a nice tea to a full blown treat. Happy me! :)

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

I adore this one – I went back to Wegmans and got a bigger baggie of it I was so into it. I know it is seasonal, so I have to force myself not to hoard like a freak. I have more than enough delicious tea haha.

gmathis

Would love to check out a Wegman’s…they aren’t nearly as far west as they should be ;)

Veronica

Wegman’s is a dangerous place. I’ve never been a fan of grocery shopping, but I love that store… and spend way too much money there.

Veronica

@Leah – I did the same thing! It may be seasonal, but I’d be just as happy drinking this in May as I am sipping it in December. :)

khamilton611

I had my mom pick this up for me last week…she complained that she had to drive from Greece to Pittsford to get it, but I think she secretly enjoyed doing it. ;)

Veronica

@khailton611 – That was sweet of her! I drive past several grocery stores to get to my Wegman’s. I probably wouldn’t shop there as often as I do, but my daughter is allergic to several foods, and Wegman’s carries a lot of foods that she can eat that other stores don’t.

The fact that the tea aisle is awesome is a draw, too. :)

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100

I love having this tea in my cupboard. It’s so good. There are layers and layers of flavor from stone fruit to malt to tobacco to berries to molasses to floral to salted caramel. It’s a tea I enjoy being able to sip and savor because there’s so much to enjoy inside one little cup. Thankfully it resteeps well because I’ll always want another cup of this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
896 tasting notes

Almond + Cranberry + Good Base Tea = Yum.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Another mint tea just because this one is yummy. I think I’m going to steep a second cup and take it with me while I brave the stores and finish my Christmas shopping. Hopefully the mint/vanilla combination will soothe me while I deal with all the crazies. Oy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

I woke up feeling less than stellar, so I’m having the last of my cold brew of this in the hopes that it’ll settle my stomach. It’s mighty handy having a mint tea ready and waiting in the fridge.

Preparation
Iced

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97
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
896 tasting notes

Thank you Flyawaybirdie for sending this tea my way!

Of course this is an amazing cup of yum. The deep cocoa flavor combined with the earthy, grainy flavor is soooo good. I also love how thick, creamy, and silky smooth this tea is. It’s just a pleasure to drink. I’m sure I’ll resteep the leaves many times today and enjoy each and every cup.

What a way to wake up! I feel totally spoiled. :)

Nightshifter

Added to my wishlist! :)

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78
drank Berry Blues by Adagio Teas
896 tasting notes

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had this one, so I thought I’d make it my before bed tea. The fact that it has hibiscus in it keeps me away, but to be honest there’s not a lot of tart hibiscus flavor going on here. Mostly I get sweet, juicy blueberry and apple. The herbal is sweet enough on its own, so I didn’t add sugar. This is really pretty good. Now if I can just remember to drink it on a regular basis….

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 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.

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