644 Tasting Notes

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I had plans for NYE, but my family rebelled. That means tonight’s party will now involve Despicable Me 2, popcorn, pajamas, and my family tucked under covers. As much as I love getting dressed up and going out, I have to admit that this sounds like the perfect way to ring in the new year (if we’re even awake at midnight).

This tea is a lot like my plans for this evening, relaxed. The mint and vanilla are as great as always, and the base tea is good. Nothing over the top, but every time I drink it I enjoy.

gmathis

Is the popcorn seriously obvious?

Veronica

The popcorn in the tea doesn’t add any sort of flavor, but there are fully popped pieces mixed in with the tea. I’ve started picking it out just because it makes me think of Genmaicha.

Cavocorax

Despicable Me 2 was pretty cute. We watched it with the toddler but it was mostly for me. :P (Having a kid is a great excuse).

Hope you have a great night!

K S

Sounds like the perfect evening to me except you should have had Ba Na Na with your tea, or a tea that smells like bottom (hehe bottom). Seriously loved the movie. My icon on FB is me in a crocheted minion hat a lady at church gave me. When she gave it to me, I put it on immediately and wen BE Do Be Do Be Do! Saw this the first time with a cinema full of 12 year olds – I was the one with the beard.

Veronica

The movie was good. My whole family enjoyed it. My only moment of concern was when my daughter asked if lipstick tazers could be purchased at the store. The last thing I need is for her to be armed and dangerous! My son has been playing minion videos this morning on YouTube and laughing his head off. Too funny.

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drank Lemon Rose Bud by Fusion Teas
644 tasting notes

This is a lovely oolong.

The dry leaves are pretty. Tightly rolled tea leaves and adorable rose buds. The dry leaves smell strongly of lemon. The floral scent form the rose is there, but it’s barely detectable.

Once infused the floral scent becomes much more prominent. Really nice. The taste is a mix of lemon and floral – not rose necessarily – with an almost buttery flavor from the oolong. I’m not getting any ginger, but to be honest I’m glad. I think the ginger would detract from the tea. It’s so delicate, light, and flavorful.

For the second infusion I added some sugar to my cup, and it tasted just like my great grandmother’s lemonade. She would add rose water to her lemonade right before serving it, and to this day it is the best lemonade I’ve ever had. The sugar heightens both the lemon and rose flavor, but it does hide the flavor of the oolong. Still, as a summertime treat I think this would be spectacular iced.

I’m already wishing I had bought more than a sample size of this one. It’s a keeper.

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
644 tasting notes

Oh yeah, lots of cocoa notes and very very smooth. This tea is nothing short of wonderful. There is also a honey like sweetness at the end of the sip that makes me smile. Even though i’m sitting here thinking chocolate! honey! this is not a sweet tea. Rather it’s a wonderful plain black tea that hints at some things I find incredibly yummy.

This is a tea I can definitely get used to drinking. Thank you OMGsrsly for sending it my way!

OMGsrsly

You’re welcome! :)

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I like minty teas. I like smokey teas. I love this minty smokey tea!

I must admit that the first time I made it I over steeped by two minutes, and the lapsang souchong overwhelmed the mint. The next cup I watched with greater care, and the result was a delightfully minty tea with plenty of smokey notes. The mix of smoke and mint is delicious, and the tea has a very smooth quality that makes me want to continue to sip and enjoy. This is the tea I’ll have in my mug the next time it snows. Sipping on a cup of this while tucked under blankets and watching the snow fall is my idea of winter perfection. (Note that my idea of a perfect winter involves not going outside!)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Glad you’re enjoying this, Veronica! :)

Veronica

It’s great, and the multiple infusions make it that much better. Now I have my eye on the mint chocolate chip sample you sent… :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) I had that one yesterday. It’s one of my absolute favorites! Enjoy! :D

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drank Peppermint Rooibos by Rishi Tea
644 tasting notes

This is a nice mint tisane. Lots of peppermint flavor. The rooibos is there but it’s light. This is wonderful after a day of indulging in too much good food and way too much sugar. Mint is a wonderful thing.

My sister gave me several different Rishi tea bags, and I’ve been happy with them so far. They’ve been very convenient and great quality. I’m looking forward to giving the rest of them a try.

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This is a nice one. Very floral with something that hints at spice after the sip. There’s also notes of hay and the astringency that’s common with Darjeelings. Mmmmm. AS the tea cools I get more fruit than flowers. A lot of fruit actually. Very sweet and bright.

Thanks OMGsrsly for sending this to me. It’s been on my shopping list for forever, so it’s nice to finally have the chance to try it. It’s delicious! Also, it’s staying on my shopping list because I’m probably going to need more of this sooner rather than later. :)

In other news… I am officially finished with Christmas orders! I put the tag and cleaning instructions on the last two pieces I made, and they are boxed up and about to be shipped out. My Christmas vacation has begun! Yay!!!

Sil

go you!

Terri HarpLady

Enjoy your break!
And photos! Share photos of your work!

Fjellrev

Yay, vacation time!

OMGsrsly

Glad you enjoyed it! (YAY VACATION! :) )

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Confession time… I have never been a big fan of maple. I’ve always found it to be jaw clinchingly sweet even it small quantities. Please don’t hate me. Since I’ve never been a maple fan I’ve always avoided maple teas. Big mistake. This is some yummy stuff.

There’s plenty of sweetness from the maple, but compared to maple syrup it’s fairly low key and easy to enjoy. It did throw me off that the base tea doesn’t have a distinct taste. Normally this bugs me, but in this case it works. There was a lovely smoothness to the tea, and no astrigncy or bitterness. I added a little milk which enhanced the smoothness even more. So good.

Thank you, OMGsrsly for sending this tea my way and in such a generous amount that I can enjoy several more cups. I’m going to hide it from the rest of my family so I can keep it all to myself. :)

OMGsrsly

I actually love this iced with sweetened condensed milk. Or even just milk if you don’t do sugar. :) Glad you gave it a try! The base tea is actually super nice, and blends seamlessly into the maple. IIRC it’s a nilgiri black.

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I like this tea, but I find myself wanting more from it. There is the a light note of pineapple and something else… I’m thinking it’s the mango… which is nice, but it’s almost too subtle. I can’t taste the base tea at all. To be fair, I did a two minute steep which was the shortest recommended time on the package. Next time I’ll start with a three minute steep and go from there. Also, adding sugar to my cup really boosted the fruity flavors, but the base tea still could not be tasted.

I think this one has promise. I ended up sending quite a bit of this out in swaps, but there’s still plenty to play with. I might even try making an iced tea out of it just for fun.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
644 tasting notes

I was decadent this morning and walked to the bakery for cinnamon rolls before waking my kids up for school. We’ve been eating lots and lots of oatmeal lately, so this was a nice change of pace. My plan was to make a pot of Assam to balance out some of the sweetness from the pastry, but as soon as I saw my little tin of Boston sitting in the cabinet I decided it must be our morning tea. It was perfect. The almond and cranberry in the tea were lovely alongside the sweet rolls. Definitely a nice way to start a Tuesday.

Fjellrev

That sounds like an awesome flavour pairing.

Tea Sipper

My plan is to make some blueberry maple oatmeal tomorrow… but those cinnamon rolls sound amazing too. :D

Veronica

Oooh, I think this tea would be great with blueberry and maple. I bet the flavors would play off of each other beautifully!

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drank Cherry Sencha by Premium Steap
644 tasting notes

I probably shouldn’t be drinking caffeinated drinks right now, but this one was calling to me. I’m going to have to try some other Senchas because this one is quickly becoming one of my favorite green teas. It’s so light and clean yet full of flavor. Oh yeah, I like.

Bumping my rating up on this one.

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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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