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462 Tasting Notes

85

This one has been languishing in my tea cupboard, so I decided to cold brew it. It is great this way! There’s still the peach and woodsy flavors, and I can pick up the apricot notes that I was missing from the hot tea. I added some simple syrup to my glass, and it really helped highlight the fruity flavors. Like it!

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90
drank Cherry Sencha by Premium Steap
462 tasting notes

This tea is lovely cold brewed. The base tea is crisp and light which blends well with the rose flavor. There is a hint of cherry, but it’s subtle. Overall, it’s a wonderfully delicate tea. I can see this being a hit at a summer tea or garden party.

I think I prefer this cold brewed. It eliminates the soapy taste I was getting when I drank it hot. I’ll probably end up blowing through the rest of this tea far too quickly by cold brewing it, but for something this good it’ll be worth it.

Upping the rating a bit.

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
462 tasting notes

It’s actually been months since I’ve had this tea. I went from drinking it pretty much every day in the winter and spring to not drinking it at all. Maybe it’s because this evening was rainy and cool, but I decided I had to have a cup of EGC.

I’m still head over heels about this tea. For me it’s the perfect blend of tea, bergamot, and vanilla. I’ve bought a few other EGs, but I keep coming back to this one. It’s well balanced, smooth, and there’s no funky aftertaste. Plus, it resteeps well.

Speaking of buying… my stash of this is incredibly low. I was trying not to buy tea until September, but since zentealife is having a sale I’m breaking down and stocking up now. When I told my husband he kissed me and said I made a valiant effort at reducing my stash. :) I don’t know if I’d call it valiant, but it has been tasty.

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95

I had to call my insurance company about a series of tests my daughter needs, and I was not expecting the conversation to go well. Before I called I decided to make myself a cup of this just so something good would be going on. No matter how long I would be left on hold, or how frustrated I got, there would be pineapple cake-y goodness to help me get through it (without the hundreds of calories of actual cake!). It turned out that there was nothing to fear. The doctor she needs to see is in network, and the procedures are covered. Halle-frickin-lujah!!!

Five minutes after calling I was quietly sipping my wonderful tea and happy with the entire world. I’m not sure if it’s funny or sad that one good phone call with an insurance company can make me feel this way, but I’m glad the tea was there to help.

JustJames

tea can be an excellent bolster, and far better for you than other liquid forms of courage. it makes very good sense that the world seemed better… you can only knock a problem down one domino at a time, and you got one!

hope all is well with your wee one… =0)

Terri HarpLady

This is a really tasty tea!

Lariel

Yes, it is fantastic.

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95

Another tea box tea!

I love a good Assam, and that’s just what this is. It’s rich and earthy, but it also has lots of sweetness and fruity notes. The sweetness comes at the end of the sip, and it leaves a nice lingering note of caramel. Yum! It is a touch astringent, but it’s a good thing as it works well with this tea. The flavors are really full and wonderful. So, I just read the company’s description of this tea, and they mention tobacco. Yes. That’s the earthy note at the beginning. A tiny bit smokey but mostly earth.

This one is a winner. I’m so glad I got to try it. Thanks Tea Sipper for putting it in the box. It’s delightful!

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80

Another tea from the traveling tea box.

This is a nice, smooth cup. Nothing amazing or complex, but most certainly delicious and comforting. I can see myself reaching for this on those nights when I’m not craving an herbal but still want to avoid caffeine. It’s not at all astringent, and I’m sure it would be wonderful with cream and sugar. Tonight, however, I’m drinking it sans additions, and it is very nice.

I have enough tea leaves left for one more cup. I’ll probably sweeten that one (perhaps with some rock sugar?) just to see. If I like it as much as I think I will then I’ll be adding one more tea to my shopping list. Because, you know, I need one more tea on my shopping list. Yeah.

JustJames

okay, what is the traveling tea box…. and does it ever come to victoria BC?

Veronica

If you search in the discussion threads for teabox you’ll see several posts. I think there are 3 or 4 tea boxes going around right now. Basicly, someone will say they are starting a box and see if anyone is interested. If enough people sign up then the box will be started. If you sign up to participate then when the box gets to you you drink (or get samples for later) of any teas that strike your fancy. Then, you replace that tea with teas from your own stash and send the box on to the next person in line.

As long as everyone plays nice then the traveling tea boxes are a lot of fun. I know of at least one instance when a person received the box and kept it. People pitched in to make a new box, but it took a lot of the fun out of it. However, it’s neat to follow the threads and see who has which box and read what they think of the teas.

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93

Sipdown!

I am really sad to see this one leave my cupboard. It has a wonderful base tea paired with a lovely coconut flavor . I wish more coconut flavored teas used toasted coconut. It really does make a difference. The flavor is intense without being artificial or leaving a bitter taste. It might overwhelm other flavors, but otherwise I’d say it’s worth the extra bit of effort.

I’m sure this tea will find its way back on to my tea shelf sooner rather than later. Definitely before the snowflakes start falling this tea’ll be back in my cup. If the toll for the bridge over to Philly wasn’t so insanely high I’d be tempted to make a trip to Premium Steap far more often than I do now (which is next to never)!

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81
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
462 tasting notes

I used the Tea Randomizer (http://www.jaydeee.net/pickatea.php) this morning, and Lady Grey was the choice. I kind of shrugged to myself and set about preparing it. I thought that I only have a few tea bags left, so if nothing else it’ll help reduce my stash.

Once it was in my cup (with cream and sugar) I remembered that I really like this tea! Yes, it’s bagged, and no, it’s not the highest quality. However, it is very tasty. Lots of orange and black tea with some bergamot showing up every once in awhile. It’s simple, but sometimes simple is good. I sipped my tea while getting on with my morning chores, and rather enjoyed the whole process.

So yay for bagged tea, and Lady Grey, and the Tea Randomizer for making my morning that much simpler and that much tastier.

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
462 tasting notes

I should have been in bed hours ago, but I started browsing Reddit. That site has sucked away more hours of my life than I care to admit! Anyway, I sipped on this tea while reading Confession Bear posts. The tea has a great vanilla flavor and no caffeine. It’s a win/win!

And with that I am off to bed. I’m sure tomorrow I will need all the caffeine I can get!!!

BoxerMama

I can’t seem to figure out Reddit, but I lost hours in fb last night. I’m feeling your pain right now.

Veronica

Oy. Well, my son was only five minutes late to camp this morning. All things considered that’s not too bad. Now I just need to caffeinate myself.

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97
drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
462 tasting notes

I’m still totally in love with this tea. Unfortunately, I’m almost out! One, maybe two more lemon-y, cake-y cups, and then this tea will be gone. I’m sure I’ll be pouting when I remove it from my cupboard. For now though, I’m enjoying this wonderful tea!

JustJames

i am just beginning to experience 52teas and i have NO idea how they make tea buttery without a) making it gross or b) actually adding butter! lol. but this is why they’re good.

Veronica

Yeah, I have to say I bought this tea because I figured only Frank could pull it off. I still say it’s more lemon pound cake than gooey butter cake, but whatever it is it’s yummy!

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I have always been curious about tea, but I didn’t give in to a full fledged obsession until 2010. I’ve enjoyed every new discovery, and my garden has loved the mini mountain of tea leaves that’s been added to the soil! Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

While drinking tea I enjoy indulging in my other passions which include reading (the classics and mysteries), music, gardening, and crochet. I have a small business called the Leaf Street Thread Company, and I’m excited to have many of my handmade items sold at stores in the Philadelphia area.

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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