1041 Tasting Notes

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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65

I used the last of my tea bags for this cup. Of course since it was my last cup it was also the best. It actually tasted more like gingerbread this time. In the past I thought this treated like apple crisp, but today the spices were really apparent with the ginger heating up the back of my throat. So, not perfectly gingerbread, but closer than all the previous cups I had.

I can’t see myself buying more of this, but it was a nice herbal to have on hand.

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100

I like the strength of the malt note in this tea. It’s significant, but it also helps to highlight the cocoa and sweet potato notes. And then there is the salted caramel note at the end of the sip which I absolutely enjoy. This is a nice tea to wake up with.

I’m thinking this tea will pair well with Christmas cookies. With any luck I’ll get to find out in the next few days. :)

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

Thanks for the reminder Veronica – I just made a huge cup. I love this tea

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92

I snagged this out of one of the ttbs I participate in, and, while I can’t remember which box this came from, I want to tell the sender thank you. This is yummy. It almost has a blueberry muffin flavor to it, and it’s creamy even without adding milk. Rooibos blends are very hit or miss with me. This one is a hit!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60
drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
1041 tasting notes

From the SanTEA Claus TTB

This is alright, but I don’t love it. It taste like a roasted butterscotch to me, and, while I didn’t have a problem finishing my cup, it’s not something I’d want to purchase.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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I ordered more of this yesterday, so I thought I’d use the very last of my current stash in order to make room for the 100g that’s on the way. Merry Christmas to me! :)

This tea continues to be one of my favorites and easily my favorite Earl Grey. I love the balance between the bergamot and the vanilla, and I love the creamy feel of the tea itself. Good stuff.

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

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90

If this tea doesn’t wake you up in the morning then you need to check your pulse. It’s thick and heavy with lots of malt-like notes along with leather, fruit, spice, and tobacco. It keeps from being too dark and overwhelming by the lighter/sweeter notes being well balanced against the deeper flavors. The result is an outstanding tea that’s just perfect for these colder shorter days.

When I bought this I was concerned about getting (yet another) 4.4oz of tea, but now I’m so glad I did. This is exactly what I want in my cup at this time of year.

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

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78
drank Orange and Spice by Bigelow
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My mom bought me a sample box of Bigelow herbals when I visited my family back in May, and for the most part it’s sat untouched since then. I’m trying to drink more herbals at night, so I thought I’d give this one a try.

This is pretty nice. The orange flavor is sweet and fruity, and the cinnamon is strong, but it doesn’t overwhelm the tea. I’ll happily use the remainder of these tea bags.

CHAroma

I found this one surprisingly delightful too.

gmathis

To me, it’s the caffeine-free version of Constant Comment, which is a nostalgia tea for me.

donkeytiara

That’s so sweet that your mom bought you this tea…. I love moms.

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I haven’t had this tea in a while, and I’m wondering why because it’s dang delicious. The vanilla and caramel flavors are comforting… like coming home to a clean house and a cozy fire. This is still one of the only decaf blacks that I enjoy. There’s no strange chemical aftertaste that is often found in decaf teas.

Just good black tea… and vanilla… and caramel… yum.

sherapop

I agree! I say the same thing every time I brew up a cup. ;-)

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90
drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Wegmans
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Ok, this is delicious. It actually taste like an almond sugar cookie. I added sugar and milk, and I have to say it’s one of the tastier dessert teas I’ve had in quite a while.

Yum.

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

Clearly I need to go to Wegmans and see their winter tea selection!

Veronica

Definitely! I honestly don’t remember the other winter/holiday teas my store stocked, but I want to say there were six in total. I’ll have to pay closer attention the next time I’m there. :)

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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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