1035 Tasting Notes

84

I have every intention of being in bed by ten o’clock tonight. I will turn my alarm off, and I won’t get out of bed until my body tells me that I’ve actually had enough sleep. It’s going to be glorious. Because this is my wild-and-crazy-Friday-night plan I’m drinking caffeine free teas this evening. Nothing will get in between me and my pillow!

This was amazingly delicious tonight. Lots of coconut but with a smooth and creamy texture. I actually drank this much faster than I intended because I gulped it down rather than sipping it. The next time I order from 52 Teas I’ll purchase a full 2 oz of this. I like fruity herbals quite a bit, and this is a good one.

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

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86
drank Summer Rose by Adagio Teas
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I had this earlier today. I needed something lighter and brighter, and this hit the spot. The rose is strong, but the base tea holds its own next to it. Both are smooth with the rose flavor’s giving me the lift I need on such a gray, drab day.

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

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90

Drank this while watching the launch of the Orion test flight. So.Very. Cool. As an added bonus I got to watch the liftoff with my daughter, and that was a pretty cool moment. If the test flight continues to go well (it’s four hours long) then deep space travel for people will be one step closer. Like I said, very cool.

The tea… I am liking this more and more. It’s so malty and full of grain notes with a touch of sweetness. There’s a light smokiness which adds another layer of flavor. It’s robust and strong but not bitter. As the days get colder I think I’ll have this in my cup more and more often. It’s a very nice winter tea.

Bumping my rating up a bit (previously 88)

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

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66

When I saw that CS had a new holiday tea out I had to grab it. I love cranberry and vanilla, so into the cart it went. It turns out this isn’t a cranberry vanilla tea, but rather a hibiscus vanilla tea with a good pinch of cinnamon thrown in. Since I’m not a big hibiscus fan I was sad when I realized the fruity cranberry tartness wasn’t gonna happen. I did find that when I drank this while hot all of the flavors blended, and it was actually a pretty tasty cup. As soon as it starts to cool however, the hibiscus flavor overwhelms the cup.

Oh well, I guess you can’t win them all. I’m sure I’ll drink a few more cups of this, but there’s no way I’ll finish the box. If anyone out there would like to try it let me know and I’ll send some your way.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I actually saw this in the grocery store but put it down as soon as I realized hibiscus was in it. :-/

Veronica

Yeah, I should have looked at the ingredients as well as the pretty words and picture on the box. :) One day I’ll learn!

Ashley Cook Williams

Its ok, not my fave of the CS holiday teas.

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83
drank Masala Chai by Wegmans
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Took this with me while I ran errands today. Added milk and sweetened it with some honey. I really like this spice blend because it’s so light on the cinnamon. I’m a huge fan of the spice, but I feel like it dominates too many chais. The blend strikes a really good balance between the tea and the spices. It can get bitter very quickly, so I really have to keep an eye on the time while it’s steeping, but other than that I think this is a decent everyday chai.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

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
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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
1035 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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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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