1003 Tasting Notes

92

Tea of the morning. I like how bright this tea is. It manages to have a lightness to it while still having body. Maybe it’s the spicy notes or the fact that the malt note never overwhelms the tea. I don’t know, but I do know that this is a nice tea and I’m happy to have it in my cup today.

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

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86
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1003 tasting notes

I made myself a nice big mug of this because it’s the first day of autumn. The cranberry, almond, and vanilla flavors against the base tea are sooo good. This is definitely one of my fall favorites, and I look forward to many cups of this one in the coming months.

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

Oh my, I miss having this one around. I agree that it’s a wonderful fall tea.

Rosehips

One of my fall favorites too! I need to order some, pronto!

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85

I like the mix of elderberry and cinnamon in this tea. It’s warm, comforting, and incredibly soothing. Everything a good herbal tea should be.

Thank you, kimquat, for adding this to our swap! I’ll be picking up more of this once the cold weather rolls in.

September Sipdowns: 22

gmathis

That sounds like something a mountain granny would serve her young’uns, doesn’t it? (off to locate the cinnamon sticks)

Veronica

Ha. It does, gmathis! I can see some little tyke making a funny face while taking the first sip only to realize, hey! this taste pretty good! :)

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95
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning. I’m having trouble motivating myself to get up and moving, and sipping on this lovely tea is just making me want to stay here and enjoy. I really like the crusty bread, honey, and sweet potato flavors in this tea. It’s so good. Good enough that I’m going to have one more cup – maybe two – and then I’ll think of tackling my to-do list.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96

I just had a late lunch with a friend and am trying to ease back into work. This tea is making that much easier by acting as my dessert and afternoon cuppa. The mint is soothing and invigorating, and the Fujian tea has great dark chocolate notes. The combination, along with a little sugar and cream, is nothing short of sublime.

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

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96

Tea of the morning. God bless Brenden and the Whispering Pines Tea Company. They really do make the start (and often middle and end) of my day so much better. I didn’t even realize how much I wanted this tea until the first sip. It’s all chocolate and cherries wrapped it a nice thick tea. Such a nice way to greet a Friday morning!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

I’m glad this is yum for you today :-)

Little known fact: WPT is just me. haha

Also, this tea is getting an upgrade reaaaaaal soon :-)

Veronica

For a one man show you do an amazing job!

… and an upgrade? Can’t wait to see what you have in store!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Why thank you! :-)

Yep, and it’s quite delicious! :D

Lariel of Lórien

Don’t see how you could really upgrade it. ’Tis already my new fave Autumn tea.

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80

Lots of woody and sweet notes in this tea. The muscatel flavor comes out as the tea cools, but it is not a strong flavor, and it is never at the forefront of the tea. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s nice change of pace from some of the other Darjeelings I’ve been drinking lately. There’s also a caramel flavor that threw me for a loop at first, but I’m enjoying it now. It’s so different from the Darjeelings I’m used to drinking, but it’s nice and absolutely enjoyable.

September Sipdowns: 21

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

Ooh, I like this one! Lots of lemon flavor with the holy basil and spices making an appearance towards the end of the sip. I added a little sugar and am really enjoying the sweet/savory combination.

Thank you, Just Organic Teas for sending me this sample. It’s great!

September Sipdowns: 20

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

I really enjoyed the apple flavor in this tea. It was simple and fruity, and it was sweet without being candy-like sweet. This was a fun tea to have in my cupboard, but I’m happy to be able to call this a sipdown.

September Sipdowns: 19

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
1003 tasting notes

Ah, this tea. I love it. I love the balance between the bergamot and the vanilla. I love that the base tea has significant body but is still wonderfully smooth. I love that even without cream this is a very creamy tea. So very good.

I’m running really low on this one (three, maybe four, teaspoons left in the tin), and I’ve been trying to talk myself out of ordering more because I honestly have too much tea. Then, while I was sipping, I realized it’d be silly of me to not order more. This is one of my happy teas. I’ll always drink it, and I’ll always (eventually) see the bottom of my tea tin again.

This one is a keeper.

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

Oh yeah, you NEED more of this one. :)

Veronica

Yeah, it would be silly of me to pretend otherwise. :)

Tea Sipper

Have all of the batches you’ve tried of this one tasted similar?

Veronica

Yeah, the taste has been really consistent. I read somewhere that it doesn’t age well, but I usually drink it fast enough that that’s not a problem for me.

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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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