1024 Tasting Notes

100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Taking a tea break. Love having a few minutes of calm with one of my favorite teas. I continue to be a fan of the bergamot and vanilla blend in this tea. Yum!

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

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92

A malty, raisin-y, cocoa-y cup of awesome.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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97
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning. This one continues to be as good as ever. There’s depth in the cocoa and malt notes which mingles with a sweet hay-like flavor and the tiny whisper of smoke right at the end. Really, really nice. This is also a tea that resteeps beautifully and has a consistent flavor from one steep to another.

Long live the Queen.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

I am using this to make my first kombucha! I love the Queen!

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84

Backlogging.

This is creamy and sweet with a great coconut flavor. I caught a hint of pastry as the tea cooled, but the coconut was definitely the star of the show. I was on the fence about buying this one, but I’m glad I picked it up because it’ll be a nice tisane to have in my nighttime/ caffeine free tea rotation.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96

The dark chocolaty notes in this tea is so good, and combined with the mint it’s gooooood. Because I can I added cream and sugar, and I’ve enjoyed every single sip. This tea seems almost too simple on the surface (tea and mint!), but it’s great and a good example of how sometimes the simplest things are the best.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TeaTiff

Is this one still being sold?

Veronica

I don’t see it on the WPT site. :(

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yeah, sadly, as good as this is, it had to go to make room for more unique and thought-out blends. :( still available for special order though! Minimum would be 4oz

Veronica

Thank goodness! I will happily order 4oz of this. Actually, my husband will… for Christmas… for me… I’ll let him know. :)

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92

I woke up to a chilly house this morning. For the first time in months I found myself putting on my slippers and grabbing my warmest robe before heading to the kitchen. I decided this would be a good tea to help chase the chills away. I found the cocoa note mixed with the light smokiness really pleasing today. I want to say it’s comforting, but it’s also peppy and invigorating. I guess a good tea can be all of the above. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Yay for robes and slippers! Had our first almost-frost night Friday; I slept so much better in a cooler house. And tea tastes better in the morning, too, doesn’t it?

Veronica

Absolutely! I’m someone who loves summer, but once cooler weather sets in I remember how nice it is. The really cold weather can stay away though.

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88
drank Cinnamon Pear by 52teas
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What a lovely fall tea! There is a wonderful balance between the pear, the cinnamon, and the base tea. The pear flavor is poached, juicy and sweet. I’m impressed by how well it stands up to the cinnamon, which has a good flavor but no heat. The lack of heat is a good thing. I also like that while the cinnamon is present throughout the sip it never overpowers the other flavors. The base tea is strong, but there’s no bitterness or dryness. It’s really nice , and it carries the pear and cinnamon flavors well.

I’m glad I picked this one up. The next time I have it I may add a little honey to my cup to make it a full blown dessert tea. I’m thinking that will happen sooner rather than later.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Michelle

this sounds great! I haven’t tried pear tea yet, but it sounds great, especially with cinnamon… do you recommend any decaf pear-cinnamon tisanes or teas?

Veronica

If you like rooibos you might want to check out Design-a-Tea. You can choose your base tea (rooibos is the only caffeine free option) and then your flavors. I requested a Pear Spice tea from them that was pretty tasty, but I used their black tea base.

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96

First tea of the morning. I woke up at four o’clock this morning because my brain decided it need to keep thinking about a couple of big projects I’m working on. If I have to be awake that early I’m going to have really, really good tea in my cup. That would be this tea. So many layers of flavor – malt, chocolate, and cherry as usual, but there was also a deep molasses note today that was super yummy. The second steep didn’t have the molasses note, but the stone fruit note (cherry and plum) was much stronger. Also super yummy. I steeped the leaves a third time, but my daughter asked for tea on her way out the door, so I put the last steep into a travel mug for her since there was no time to make her a cup of her own. If I had to guess I’d say that was also a yummy cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

I was dreaming about an issue from work. Blah. Not good dreams, either. But I really like this tea.

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90
drank Very Velvet Oolong by Fusion Teas
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Tea of the morning. I’m not usually a morning oolong person, but today this sounded so good. The tea is smooth and buttery with a light strawberry flavor and a good bit of floral. It’s a lovely tea, and since I can get at least four infusions out of it will see me through most of my morning. This is also a sipdown which is nice!

On a different note how is it the first of October?!? I just got myself settled into September!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Anlina

Everything about the way time is passing this year seems weird.

Veronica

Anlina- So true!

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78
drank Earl Grey Lavender by Adagio Teas
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I was in the mood for an Earl Grey this evening, and I choose this one because there was only one teaspoon of leaves left in the bag, so it can count as a sipdown, too.

The lavender in this tea is nice, but it’s not something I want on a regular basis. I can see myself possibly ordering something like this next spring if I’m in the mood for floral teas, but between now and then I’ll stick to the other EGs in my cupboard.

September Sipdowns: 32

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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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