1030 Tasting Notes

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This is one of my older teas, and I still have quite a bit of it. In an attempt to sip it down I’m drinking it iced. The peach flavor is ok, and I still enjoy the woody note, but I’m definitely not as in love with this one as I used to be. It’s alright, but there are other peach teas that I enjoy much, much more.

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

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94

A peppermint and vanilla cup of Christmas. Bonus points for being a decaffeinated green tea and still tasting good.

Cameron B.

I was hoping to find this one, but my Target only seems to carry Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride, Gingerbread Chai, and Harvest Pumpkin. :(

TeaBrat

My boyfriend made fun of me last night for having this and “Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride” in my tea cupboard :)

Veronica

Cameron, I’d be happy to send you a box! My grocery store carries all of the CS holiday blends but none of the Bigelow. Strange.

Cameron B.

Aw, that’s so sweet of you Veronica! But that’s okay, I really don’t need more tea right now. XD

K S

TeaBrat, I used to think like your boyfriend until I tried a cup. Not ashamed to admit I stockpile enough to last all year of Candy Cane and Sleigh Ride.

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85
drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
1030 tasting notes

I noticed that Capital Teas recommends that the water be 195°F for this tea. Last time I made this the water was closer to boiling, so I lowered the water temp, and it made a difference. Now I taste fig. Yum, yum, yum. There is still the cherry note, but the fig has equal footing, and the two play very well together. I like.

There’s no way I’ll get through all four ounces of this the during the holiday season, but I’m ok with that since I think this will make an equally lovely spring/summer tea. I’m also curious to try it iced. Me thinks it’ll mighty tasty that way, too.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
khamilton611

Going to try very hard to visit them next week when I am in the area for work.

Veronica

Are you going to be in Philly or D.C? I love the Philly store. The sales people are very friendly.

khamilton611

I went to the DC store at Dupont Circle. Sales person was AWESOME!, but I don’t like having to buy 4 oz at one time.

Lariel of Lórien

Some day I will make some figgy pudding, and it will be fabulous.

Veronica

@khamilton611 – 4 oz is a commitment! I wish they had smaller sizes, too.

@Lariel- Yum! Now I must go look at figgy pudding recipes. Why have I never done this before?!?

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92

This was my daughter’s tea choice this morning. She loves this tea. She says it’s , “a peppy happy tea,” and I totally agree with her. I resteeped her leaves, and I’m enjoying that this tea is light but still has strength. There is also a zippy bell pepper-ish note that I’ve never tasted in any other tea. I’m liking it here. It gives a balance to the natural sweetness of the tea. Really, really good.

Flavors: Bell Pepper, Leather, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

ooo, I’ve had my eye on this :)

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87
drank East Frisian by Harney & Sons
1030 tasting notes

I ordered this tea on a whim with my last H&S order thinking it would be nice to have in my cupboard in the wintertime. I figured if this is the style of tea the East Frisians drink to warm themselves up there by the North Sea then surely it’ll do the job for me. And it does! As an added bonus I now have a new place to add to by list of places to see before I die. Although I think I’ll visit in the summer. Northern Germany during the winter doesn’t sound like fun to me even if there is tea.

The tea itself is a mix of Assam, Ceylon, and Darjeeling. It has a thick malty note from the Assam that’s brightened mid-sip by the lemon flavor of the Ceylon. The Darjeeling also adds a lighter flavor, and it also adds some astringency which works really well in this tea. This is definitely a milk and sugar tea, and once added this is comfort in a cup, pure and simple. It’s doing a great job of waking me up and chasing the chills away.

I think I’m going to pick up heavy cream when I’m at the store today so I can try this tea with rock sugar, which I already have, and cream since that’s the way they drink it in East Frisian. I have a feeling it’ll be good.

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

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90
drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Wegmans
1030 tasting notes

Yum. Lots of almond flavor with vanilla. It really does remind me of cookies. Great afternoon tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
khamilton611

Which Wegmans are you finding these teas at? Do you bag it, or are they pre-packaged?

Veronica

The Wegman’s in Cherry Hill, NJ. I bag it myself. They have several shelves of loose tea that’s stored in large canisters. I just bag it, weigh it, and print off the sticker that has the price and bar code.

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97
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1030 tasting notes

I’ve spent the morning working on a spreadsheet for my teas while sipping on this. I enjoy this blend a lot. It’s smooth with nice deep cocoa notes and just a little bit of smoke at the end of the sip. Perfect for today’s rainy cold weather.

Back to spreadsheets… I’m thinking about having a separate spreadsheet for my samples/swap teas. Does anyone else do this? I’m trying to find a way to stay organized, but I think I might be making this overly complicated.

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

Yes. I have two spreadsheets – one for tea I buy, which contains approx. purchase date and size (samples do still go on there), and one for swaps, because I used to track what I sent people in return. Now, it’s so haphazard that I only track what’s been given to me.

Veronica

Thanks for the reply! Yeah, I think I’m going to use two spreadsheets. I might even use three since I participate in several ttbs and I don’t want to put the same tea into the same box over and over again.

Kittenna

Good idea! I haven’t participated in any of those quite yet.

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86
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1030 tasting notes

My morning cup of cranberry almond yumminess. I’m going to miss this one when it’s gone, which will be soon, but I’m sure I’ll order more next year. This is one of my favorite fall teas.

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

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84
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
1030 tasting notes

Whew! I spent the day planting bulbs and putting my vegetable garden to bed. I also managed to weed my front flower bed and get most of the pruning done. We’re supposed to have a mix of rain, sleet, and snow for the rest of the week, so I’m glad to have a lot of my end-of-the-year gardening chores done.

After being outside for so long I wanted something light for an afternoon tea. This tea I usually prefer iced, but I like the bright pineapple flavor and grassy note of the green tea hot, too. It’s simple, but good.

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90

My first cup of this was fairly sweet with lots of plum and date-like notes. There was also cocoa, malt, and honey. Really nice. The resteep was much more earthy with lots of wet earth and grain notes as well as something else a wee bit dark that I’m having trouble identifying. Again, really nice. I may go for a third steep in a while just to see how the flavors play out. Right now I’m going to go plant bulbs. It’s December 1st and the high today is 60°F. There’s no way I’m staying inside!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 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

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