1035 Tasting Notes


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.

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

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drank Orange and Spice by Bigelow
1035 tasting notes

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.


I found this one surprisingly delightful too.


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


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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


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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drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
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I bought this at the Coffee and Tea Festival with the idea of it being one of the teas at my holiday party. I set it aside, but I wanted to drink Christmas-y type teas today, so I brewed a cup.

I should say that I’ve never had fig pudding. I have no idea what it taste like. This tea, however, taste like cherry cream. I do get more of a fig note every now and then, but mostly I get fruity cherry and sweet cream. It’s not what I was expecting, but it is really good!

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

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Tea of the morning. I’m not moving very fast today, and I’m more than happy to sit here reading tasting notes while sipping on this lovely. The beginning of the sip is sweet and malty with the sweetness having a nice fruitiness to it. I also taste a deep cocoa note as well as honey. The smokey flavor comes at the end of the sip. So good and a really nice way to enjoy a Friday morning.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Tea of the morning. This is always such a treat. The combination of flavors is so well done and just plain yummy! It’s lightly sweet and smooth at the beginning with notes of honey, bread, and creamy marshmallow while the dark chocolate and pine flavors linger at the end of the sip. Seriously tasty stuff.


How did you brew it to get those flavors to come through (especially the marshmallow!)? Mine tasted like a smokey, woodsy mess, lol.


Should s’mores taste like pine? That seems…weird.


maybe if some pine needles accidentally fell in your melted marshmallow? :)


I should have said pine smoke. :) Little bit of smoke right at the end, but it has a definite pine flavor.

Nightshifter – Do you have the old version of this tea or the new one? I’m drinking the old version, and a longer steep time really helps meld all the flavors together. I haven’t tried the new version yet, so I don’t know anything about it.


Oooooh. I think S’mores is on my Whispering Pines wishlist. Will have to double-check, because your review makes it sound delectable! :)

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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
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This was my morning cup. This has a nice creamy egg nog flavor, and I like the amount of cinnamon that’s been added. It’s enough to give the tea a bit of brightness without overwhelming the tea. Usually I’m not a fan of black/green tea blends, but it works for this tea. I’ve never had a problem with bitterness or astringency. Really nice, and the fact that it’s a bagged tea makes it even better for those days when I’m not moving fast enough to make a cup from loose leaf.


Maybe this week’s trip to the grocery store….(crossing fingers for Bigelow Holiday display :)


Our grocery sold out of the Stash holiday teas in one week. One. Week. It happened last year. Didn’t they learn? We will buy it if they will just have it in the store! My daughter now just orders it in bulk from Stash.

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I’m trying to get myself into a Thanksgiving state of mind by sipping on holiday-ish teas while working on my menu and shopping list. I added a teaspoon of honey and some cream to this tea, and I’m really liking the results. I get a definite pumpkin pie feel from this, and I like the amount of spice. There’s a good bit of cinnamon and ginger, but it is well balanced between the pumpkin flavor and the nuttiness of the rooibos.

I think I’ll be drinking quite a bit of this over the next few months. It’s totally enjoyable now, but I can’t see myself being excited about this once spring rolls around.

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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Having this again. Actually, this is my second time to have this today. I had this in my travel mug this morning and sipped while I visited with friends. This is a great travel mug tea. All of the flavors hold up well even when in the mug for hours. Now I have a nice ceramic mug of this tea and am happily sitting, sipping, and browsing Pinterest. I don’t even want to know the hours of time I have killed while looking at that site….

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

I avoid Pinterest as much as possible, though sometimes when I’m writing kids’ activities, the visuals are helpful. Facebook getting about that bad, too. This is definitely my preferred venue for wasting time online :)


I fell in love with Pinterest from the moment it was launched, but I was able to limit my time on there until we started remodeling our kitchen and living room. I feel like I have looked at every interior designer’s blog or Tumbler, and I still keep looking. It’s an addiction.

This site, on the other hand, is a joy. I love reading other people’s thoughts on tea and life. :)

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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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