890 Tasting Notes

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(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

Tea of the morning. I’ve been sipping on this one for hours now. It’s so pleasant and… clean. It steeps into a light liquid – much lighter than I was expecting. The taste is slightly grassy at first with citrus-y notes following and getting stronger in later steeps. The sweetness of this tea took me by surprise, but I have enjoyed it from cup to cup. Even in later steeps as the lemon/citrus flavor becomes more dominant there is still an overall sweetness to the tea. Very refreshing and calming.

MzPriss

This is is one of my very very very favorite teas ever. Ever. For sure my favorite sheng so far. I’m glad you like this.

Veronica

I like it a lot. In fact, I’m still drinking it. I often get bored with a tea and just move on, but this one has managed to keep my attention all morning. Thanks for adding it to the box!

MzPriss

You’re welcome. It’s one of those happy teas.

Garret

Gettin’ down with the Wild Monk. So happy that you enjoyed it!

I brewed some of this for a tea session I did with a local restaurant yesterday. This place is a high-end, gourmet, local sourcing place – the staff there are really into flavors, wines,etc. This was the tea that they found the most interesting steeping after steeping. They were quite enamored with it.

Thanks for writing up your thoughts on it!

Veronica

I would find it difficult to not be enamored by this tea! Noble Mark is the next tea I get to try from your company. Now that I’m getting over my fear of Pu’er I’m loving the experience of trying different ones.

Garret

Oh, I do hope you enjoy the Noble Mark. That has been my first tea of the day for over 2 years. I recommend a full boil with this one. Raw and ripe are two quite different animals. I tend to brew young raw teas starting at 195f and increasing temp as I get into further infusions. But… I also completely dig the full on boil with some young ones, as well. I like to experiment with the raw pu’er a little more as far as steeping temps and times.

If you like where the Noble Mark is going, I look forward to you trying the newest ripe I just had pressed. It won’t be available for a couple months likely, as I am letting the teas dry/acclimate after just being steamed and pressed.

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55

I cold brewed this, and I thought I would love it, but I don’t. Apparently my taste are changing/have changed over time. I have tried several teas lately that I know I would have loved a year or so ago, but now they’re just… meh. That’s not a bad thing. Heaven knows there are a lot of teas I’m enjoying right now, and exploring new teas is too much fun to get too stuck on one set of teas!

Anyway, this tea… the jasmine overpowers both the mint and the green tea. I don’t get a Moroccan Mint flavor in any way. This is jasmine tea from start to finish.

Preparation
Iced

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85
drank Pear Spice by Design a Tea
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Now that I’m almost out of this one I’m starting to like it a lot. Go figure. Tonight’s cup had a very good balance between the pear and the spice. The pear was the main flavor with the cinnamon and nutmeg acting as highlighters to the fruit. Delicious.

I’m still planning on ordering straight pear tea with my next DAT order, but I’m upping my rating on this one because this is a cup of yum.

(previous rating: 74)

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

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79
drank Scottish Morn by Harney & Sons
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This was my morning cup. I picked up several samples from H&S, and I chose this one because I’m a big fan of a good Irish Breakfast tea. The description on Harney’s site said this tea was even more robust than its Irish counterpart, so into my cart it went.

This is in fact a very robust tea. Strong and malty, it has enough of a caffeine kick to get you going on a Monday, but it’s smooth and rich enough to do it in style. It takes milk and sugar very well, and while it isn’t a complicated tea it is absolutely enjoyable.

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

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80

Nice. The peach flavor is fresh and juicy, and the oolong has a thick roasty taste. The combination is very pleasant, and I can see myself drinking this a lot this summer. This is another tea I want to try iced or as a cold brew. I bet this is even better cold than it is hot.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I don’t love this. From the description I thought I would. In fact, I was sure I would, but the chocolate has that strange fake flavor that leaves a funky aftertaste. The hazelnut is nice, but there’s not enough of it for my liking. Oh well. This just isn’t a me kinda tea.

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

Not in love with this one either…

Veronica

I’m really glad I bought a sample instead of a whole tin!

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90
drank SBT: Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
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I’m pretty strict about the amount of caffeine my kids consume after school. They are both natural night owls, so giving them caffeine after noon is just asking for trouble. Since they are almost done with school (they still have a half day on Monday) and the first day of summer is tomorrow I decided to break out the SBT bag and let them choose a flavor. This eventually won out.

This tea does taste a lot like rainbow sherbet! It has a kind of mixed fruity sweetness and a creamy note that gives it a sherbet vibe. Both of my kids loved it immediately, and I have to say their mom downed her glass pretty quickly, too. Looks like this will be a reorder.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec
52teas

This is one of my personal favorites too.

Veronica

This one could give cotton candy (my kids’ favorite iced tea flavor of all time) a run for its money!

Marzipan

Oh good, I picked both with my kickstarter.

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96

Tea break! I was needing something decadent, and this chocolate-y minty goodness fit the bill. Because I was being decadent I added some sugar and cream. The result is a tea that reminds me so much of Thin Mint cookies. There is the dark chocolate note followed by a kick of mint. It’s nice to have a tea that satisfies my sweet tooth enough to keep me away from the junk food that’s lurking in my pantry. ;-)

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

This sounds really good.

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Backlogging.

This was my bedtime tea. Still my favorite decaf tea, and one of my favorite vanilla teas, too.

I loved yesterday’s tribute day. Thank you mj1851 for suggesting it. I thought it was a nice way to honor Mr. Harney. Also, after reading so many lovely tasting notes on H&S teas I’ve yet to try, I ended up placing an order for a bunch of samples. :)

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

I love that you can oder everything as a sample with H&S!

Veronica

My samples showed up today! Plus, they added an iced tea sample and 5 wrapped tea bags. I adore good customer service. :)

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95
drank Kenya Milima by Harney & Sons
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Continuing with the tribute to Mr. Harney (a great idea from mj1851!) I decided this would be perfect with my late lunch. I made a Kenyan dish called Sukuma Wiki (braised collard greens and ground beef). I’m not sure the flavors in the food and the tea pair perfectly, but I like that they’re both from Kenya. :)

The tea is fruity with a tobacco flavor at the finish. As the tea cools there is a bit of a woody flavor – maybe some leather – and a bit of astringency. I like this one a lot. I can see the comparison to Assams, but this is unique enough that I can see myself buying a tin of it and enjoying it as an afternoon tea.

Yum!

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

Never tried collard greens—do they taste spinachy or cabbagey?

Veronica

They’re a bitter green, so more like kale.

gmathis

OK, that does it…I need to expand my leafy green horizons! (I am a very late bloomer when it comes to eating vegetables.)

Veronica

Kale is awesome. I think it’s one of my favorite veggies, and I tend to put it in everything during the winter months (just ask my kids :)) I like the Sukuma Wiki with collard greens because the meat is highly seasoned, and i think the greens help balance out the spice.

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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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