896 Tasting Notes

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drank Scottish Morn by Harney & Sons
896 tasting notes

Happy Independence Day to Steepsters in the U.S.!

I’m back from my camping trip a couple of days early thanks to hurricane (now tropical storm) Arthur. We figured it was better to cut the trip short than risk getting stuck at a remote campsite during a bad storm. While I am a bit bummed about not camping on July 4th it is nice to be home safe and sound… with my teas.

I spent the morning catching up on the news including several articles on Scotland. It immediately made me crave this tea. It’s such a thick, rich tea that’s full of wonderful malty notes. It’s not complex, but it is invigorating. In up fact, I’ll probably pick up a tin of this one after I use the sample I bought and finish the tin of Irish Breakfast I have sitting in my cupboard.

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

Oh good, I have this but I haven’t tried it yet.

Veronica

It’s a CTC which made me a bit hesitant at first since those can be very hit or miss, but this is a good one.

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76
drank Pomegranate Pizzazz by Bigelow
896 tasting notes

Backlogging.

This was my before bed tea last night. More than anything I want to write this note to remind myself that this is a very decent apple tea. I’ve been on the lookout for good apple teas for months now, so I was happy to stumble across this one. I never tasted pomegranate, but the apple taste is fruity, juicy, and sweet. There is no tart hibiscus flavor (always a concern with herbals), and I found it very relaxing which is what I want in a nighttime tisane.

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89
drank Irish Breakfast by Wegmans
896 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. Today this tea is full of crusty baked bread notes. Yum. There is also the malty notes which I often enjoy in a morning cup. It definitely has a caffeine jolt. It’s enough to get me going which is good even though today I’m enjoying moving a bit more slowly and catching up on the news before starting on work.

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

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96

This tea is exactly what it says it is, mint and chocolate. The fact that the chocolate flavor comes from the tea and nothing else is awesome. Love it. It has become my go-to dessert tea, but sadly I used the last of my leaf tonight. Thankfully I have plenty Mint Chocolate Chai to help ease my pain. :)

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100

I had this tea earlier today. I finished my chores before the kids finished theirs, so while I was waiting for them I thought I’d relax with a lovely mug of this. My past notes on this have raved about the base tea (wonderful!) and the spice blend (spot on!). I don’t have anything new to say. This is one of my happy teas, and drinking it today made me smile.

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92

Tea of the morning. I wanted a no-muss-no-fuss tea today, and this one falls into that category. It’s such a good Assam. Strong, rich and malty, this is an excellent tea to wake up to.

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

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80

Had this one earlier this evening. I sweetened it and added some half and half because I wanted a creamy note to the tea. I still really like the peach and wood note in this tea. I’m not sure I even tasted apricot this time, but that’s ok. This was still yummy,

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Temi Sikkim by Harney & Sons
896 tasting notes

Tea of the morning, and the last of the samples I picked up from H&S. I was curious about this tea since it isn’t technically a Darjeeling but is done, “in a Darjeeling style”. I am also a fan of Nepali teas which have also been compared to Darjeeling, so I though it would be fun to see how this tea compares.

Teim is mellow with a sweet – almost floral – smell. The taste is also sweet with strong honey notes. Delicious! There is a woody flavor that reminds me of Darjeeling as does the moderate amount of astringency at the end of the sip. A floral note is present as the tea cools, and between the honey and floral flavors I’m reminded of the wildflower honey I once bought at a road side farmer’s stand when I was driving through Texas. This is definitely a pleasing cup.

Yes, there are similarities between Sikkim and Darjeeling teas, but this tea is different enough, and unique enough, to warrant me buying a tin at a future date. This will make a really lovely afternoon tea. In fact, I might have it again this afternoon.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole Martin

This is one of my favorites. It’s quite inexpensive compared to Darjeeling so it’s a great alternative for making iced tea.

Veronica

I didn’t even think of iced tea with this one. I bet it’s really good! When I buy a tin of this I’ll have to remember to try it iced.

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88
drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
896 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. This is another sample I picked up from H&S, and it’s a nice one. The Darjeeling is fruity and smooth.It has a brightness to it, and with the lemon and caramel flavors seems like a very summery tea. I taste the lemon before the caramel which I like. The caramel sweetness lingers on the tongue after the sip. Even without adding sugar this tea could be used as a dessert tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

Backlogging form yesterday.

After my success with Eight Candles my daughter wanted to try the same water temp and amount for leaf on this tea. It worked like a charm. She happily drank two mugs of this which used up the rest of the tea in the bag. I thought she would ask for me to reorder it, but she decided that, while she enjoyed this one, she like Fusion Teas Cinnamon Roll more.

I dropped my rating for this one. Previous rating 90.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 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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