681 Tasting Notes

85

I took OMGsrsly’s advice and added a little sweetened condensed milk to my tea this morning. Actually, she suggested adding it to iced tea, and I added it to hot tea. Regardless it was a great idea. It absolutely takes this tea to another level. So insanely good. It became a smooth, creamy, maple-y sweet cup of yumminess and easily one of my favorite dessert teas.

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

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
681 tasting notes

It’s been a while since I’ve indulged in a before bed tea. This one is as lovely as always. For such a simple tea it is also sweetly decadent. Love being able to enjoy this and still get some shut eye.

Flavors: Vanilla

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

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95

This is such a rich tea. I am really loving the depth of flavor here. It’s nice and malty with a wonderful dark cocoa flavor. It is a bit dry on the back of my throat, but it is not an overly astringent tea. I’m glad this one found its way back into my cup. I forgot how delicious it is!

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt

Stephanie

Yeah, this one is REAL good!

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
681 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. This is the perfect tea to sip on while getting my oh so grumpy family off to school and work. I guess this is our virtual Monday since yesterday was a snow day, so I should have expected the growling grumps around here. :)

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

I find it hard to not be grumpy myself every day I wake up and see this miserable weather continuing. Even my 8 year old, who normally loves winter and snow, is tired of this long winter. “No more snow!” she tells me… lol Yesterday I woke up to -19C, today -17C. There is a hope on the horizon at the end of this week though… Temps are going up to a zero Celsius!! Yay!

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95

Still loving this one. It’s such a relaxing blend. I like how the lemongrass is used here. Too often lemongrass can overpower all the other flavors in a tea, but in this blend it’s a bright high note that complements the base tea and mint. Yum!

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92

Tea of the morning. Drinking this straight today and loving the bold malty flavor. You’d think I’d stop being amazed at how good this tea is, but I think I still say, “wow” out loud every time I drink it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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93
drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
681 tasting notes

Backlogging from yesterday.

Such a cozy cup. I really like how this tea smells like a nice crusty bread but has lots of cocoa notes and little hints of caramel. It’s like a treat inside a treat.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cocoa

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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93

Hello Steepster peeps. I’ve missed you. I ended up getting a nasty case of pneumonia that culminated in a short stay in the hospital. Not fun. Even after I got home I spent most of my time sleeping and recovering, so it’s nice to feel like I’m back in the land of the living. I’d much rather be here with a nice cup of tea in my hand while reading all of your lovely tea notes.

Speaking of tea, I’m still loving this one. The warm sweetness, the dark chocolate note, the honey is all wonderful. The first cup had lot more graham cracker flavor than I remember from previous cups, but it was really nice. The second steep offered more of a balance and all of the layers that I love so much. This is exactly what I wanted. So good!

Anna

So nice to have you back, and good to hear you’re feeling better!

Veronica

Thanks!

caile

Glad you’re feeling better!!

Kirlika

Pneumonia sucks! It’s great that you’re doing better now, just don’t push yourself too much!

Anna

Someone else had pneumonia… Ysaurella, I think. Plus something like eight of my friends, my dentist, and my friend’s dog.

Veronica

It sucks, and it totally wipes you out. My house is tiny, and I was exhausted walking from my bedroom to the living room.

Anna, I hope all of your friends – and the poor dog!- get better soon. And I hope Ysaurella is ok!!!

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79

When this tea was first introduced I fell in love with it, so I picked up four ounces during the Black Friday sale. Unfortunately, I’m not as crazy about it anymore. Its still nice, but it doesn’t make my eyes roll back in my head the way it used to. Lesson learned, I suppose.

I over leafed slightly and ended up with a marshmallow-y sweet cup. The caramel was there more as the tea cooled, but it does have a bit of an aftertaste. Added some milk just to up the creaminess factor which helped smooth out the rough edges. Like I said, its nice, but its no longer a favorite.

Kamyria

It’s always sad when that happens… I’m in the same boat with couple of teas of mine.

Veronica

It is a bummer. I keep hoping I’ll fall in love with it again, but I think this one might be heading for the swap pile.

Cavocorax

I had already planned to have this tea when I saw your note. And then I had the same experience! I may also have over-leafed, so hopefully that’ll fix it for next time.

Veronica

I feel like I have to over leaf or else it taste watery and weak.

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100

It’s late, and I shouldn’t be drinking caffeine, but I really wanted this. It’s such a great chai, and it makes me happy. And really, who couldn’t do with a little more happy?

Still loving the blend of spices in this one. It’s spicy and sweet, and it’s well balanced against the base tea. Yummy stuff.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I just switched this tea to a higher grade lapsang, adding a smoother base with more honey notes and adding longan fruit notes. You’ll love it!

Veronica

Ooh, I can’t wait to try it! I see a mid-month tea order in my future. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Woot! :) I look forward to it!

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- 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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