694 Tasting Notes


More snow. I am so thoroughly sick of snow that when I received the phone calls at 4:50 this morning saying that the start of school was being delayed for two hours I wanted to pull the covers over my head and weep. Instead I said some not very nice words about the weather and went back to sleep for a few hours.

Now that I’m awake and have the kids up and moving (hopefully) I need something nice and strong to help us get out the door. O’Sullivan’s Favourite it is. Plus it’s St. Patrick’s Day, so I’ll get bonus points from my kids when I point out that they’re drinking an Irish breakfast tea. And I’ll get to enjoy the rich, malty, bready goodness that I have come to adore.

Okay, so it’s not such a horrible start to the day, but I still hate the snow.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tea Sipper

I’m so sick of snooowww too. :/

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Found this sample lingering in the bottom of the basket where I keep swaps and small samples. It’s been there for a year (in a clear plastic bag), so this tea could be past its prime. Still, it sounds yummy, so into the brew basket it goes.

There is a good amount of creamy vanilla flavor here, but there’s not much blueberry. I get little hints of berry as the tea cools, but this is more of a vanilla tea than a blueberry one. I’ll have to go back and look at my original tasting note to see how I felt about this tea when it first went into my swap basket.

Edit: I read my original tasting note for this tea, and my thoughts about it were pretty much the same. At least I’m consistent. :)

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A friend gave me a chai to sample, but I have no idea what company it’s from. It is really sweet with a lot of cinnamon and anise. This normally isn’t my thing, but in this chai it works. With the additional spices and a nice Assam base it is a nice wintery tea. Not something I’d buy for myself, but I’ve enjoyed trying this one.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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.

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

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
694 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

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

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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


Yeah, this one is REAL good!

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
694 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. :)

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

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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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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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.

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

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
694 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

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

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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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