1060 Tasting Notes

96

Sometimes my “Thou Shalt Not Hoard Tea” mantra is difficult to practice. I really, really like this tea, and now that it’s discontinued I’ve been holding it instead of drinking it. Silly, but true. This is much, much more enjoyable in my cup than sitting on the shelf, so I made myself a nice strong cup and enjoyed. It’s a great mix of clean, bright mint and the base tea which is full of chocolate notes. It’s a spot on mint chocolate chip flavor. Delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

I was proud of myself this weekend…made it through a World Market without bring home any tea. It nearly killed me :)

Nightshifter

I really wanted to try this one- probably good it was d/c’d before I could spend even more money there, lol

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89
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

I’m semi-desperate for a cup of Earl Grey right now. The Earl Grey Cream I bought from Zen Tea is sitting in my closet calling my name, but it’s technically a Christmas gift, so I can’t open it. Super sad face! I also have some Twinning’s Lady Grey tea bags which I was about to use, and then I remember that I have this!

Paris!!! A wonderfully lovely tea with bergamot as well as vanilla and lots of stone fruit notes. It’s light, sweet, and downright tasty. The bergamot isn’t as strong as I normally like in my EGs, but today it is just what I’m craving.

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

I love this one, too. :)

Fjellrev

You make me very grateful that I can touch my EGC from Zen then haha. Such a wonderful creation.

Veronica

Zen’s EGC is soooo good. Having it in the house and not drinking it is an exercise in self control! :)

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95

I forget how good this Assam is. It’s thick and bready with fruity notes and a sweet honey finish. It’s a great breakfast tea, but I think it’d be just as pleasing in the afternoon. I wish I would have purchased more of this in my recent Upton order. It deserves a spot in my cupboard.

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

nice! is it different every year?

Veronica

I’m not positive, but I think so. I read some of the reviews on Upton’s site, and some people mention how one year’s pick is better than another. They also have season’s picks for a lot of different teas.

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92

Well, today has been less than wonderful. We were supposed to have our annual gingerbread house building today, but my daughter had a health scare, so we ended up in the ER instead. We’re home now, and she’s resting, but oy… I am exhausted.

I was really grateful to come home and put the kettle on for this tisane. I needed comfort, and I needed super yummy. This delivered. I really like the blueberry flavor here. It’s sweet but doesn’t taste fake or candy like.

Now I’m going to bed. Tomorrow will be better.

Shae

What a rough day! I’m glad you were able to come home to a bit of comfort. Here’s hoping tomorrow’s better for you.

Fjellrev

Aww, I’m glad she is ok.

yyz

I feel for you. I’m glad she is at home and everything seems to of turned out OK.

Veronica

Thank you!

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83
drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
1060 tasting notes

I had this earlier today. It’s so creamy and vanilla-y. Bigelow did well with this one!

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95

I used my last three pearls, and while I’m sad to no longer have this tea in my cupboard I really enjoyed this today. Wonderful dark chocolate and baked bread flavors. It’s as tasty as ever, and I enjoyed this cup from start to finish.

Cameron B.

Ugh, they need to get this back in stock! :)

Fjellrev

I’m proud of you for braving it out and actually using yours! I’m still hoarding my last two packets.

Veronica

@Cameron B. – Yes, they do. It’s been out for a while… at least it seems that way!

@Fjellrev – I’m trying to break my pattern of hoarding teas. It’s entirely possible I’ll be crying into my tea cup at some point because all of my favorite teas are no longer in my cupboard, and my pocketbook says I can’t buy any more! :)

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92

I enjoyed this one so much last night that I’m having it again this morning. It’s incredibly smooth and delicious. It morphs from steep to steep with some cups tasting deep and earthy while other cups are full of chocolate notes, hints of bread and honey, or leather and leaves. Every steep has been nice.

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84

The cooked apple flavor in this tea is yummy. It’s not exactly apple pie, but between the apple and the spices it’s pretty close.

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84
drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
1060 tasting notes

From the SanTEA Claus TTB

I think this is the last tea I need to review from this ttb. It’s taken me a while, but hey, I got it done. :)

I’m not a huge fan of white teas, but this one was a treat. The toffee flavor was light but present throughout the sip, and the tea itself had a clean – almost sweet – flavor. It was nice and refreshing while also feeling like a dessert tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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92

This is good. This is so good. It’s incredibly silky with a woodsy/nutty flavor that morphs into something chocolaty as I sip. There’s earth and leather as the tea cools. Yeah, this is a good one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 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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