1049 Tasting Notes

drank Plum by Metropolitan Tea Company
1049 tasting notes

I picked this tea up last weekend while in Cape May, NJ. While exploring the town I discovered Tea By The Sea, an adorable tea shop full of teas from The Metropolitan Tea Company as well as a few other companies. I was really really good and only bought a few teas, but I enjoyed my time in Cape May so much I’m sure I’ll go back, and when I do I’ll stop by this shop and buy more tea. Also, if you ever have the chance to go to Cape May, go! It’s one of the prettiest sea side towns I’ve ever seen, and the people there are very friendly.

On to the tea! This is a nice fruity (not candy) plum tea. The base tea has an earthy flavor but isn’t heavy. I thought I picked up a light mossy note a time or two, but it was hit or miss. The plum note is delicate and slightly sweet with a floral finish. It works well with the base tea, and I really like that the plum flavor is fruity rather than overly sweet or artificial tasting. I did try one cup with sugar, and while it really brought out the plum flavor the floral note was lost. I definitely preferred this plain.

I only bought an ounce of this, so I’ll probably blow through it pretty fast, but I’ll enjoy it!

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Moss, Plums

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

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drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
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I’m home for a few days, and it seems like I brought cooler weather with me. I’ve been sipping on this while prepping dinner as a way of keeping myself warm. The passion fruit and raspberry flavors in this are very nice. It’s sweet and fruity without being candy-like. I’m nearing the bottom of my bag, so I’ll be adding this to my shopping cart the next time I’m at Target. This will be in my iced tea rotation this summer without question.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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This is so tasty. I really like it hot (which is how I’m currently drinking it), but I think my favorite way to have this is iced. When this tea is cold all of the fruit flavors really pop, and the bergamot has a slightly stronger note. Since I’m an Earl Grey fan this is a win in my book.

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

Love this one iced too!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Some mornings I spend far too long looking over my tea stash and deciding what to put in my cup. Other mornings I know exactly what I want, and the only thing between me and happiness is a boiling kettle. This was one of those ‘other’ mornings. I wanted the Queen Catherine now. It’s such a tried and true favorite with its lovely malt, cocoa and hay notes. Plus I get that wonderful smokiness right at the end of the sip. Love, love, love.

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

When you wake up NEEDING a certain tea, you don’t argue. Just get up and make it!

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Tea of the morning. I have really been enjoying this tea lately. In fact, I’ve been enjoying it so much that my bag is almost empty. There are notes of chocolate, stone fruit, bread, caramel, and honey. There’s a light floral note as well that becomes more apparent as the tea cools. Really, really nice for a Saturday when it’s after noon and I’m still in my pj’s. :)

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This tea was a HUGE hit at the tea party I hosted on Saturday. Several of the older ladies commented on it, as did one of the five year old girls. She called it, “the bestest”. A few minutes ago one of my closest friends texted asking for the name of the company that sells this, so I’d definitely serve this at future parties.

After my friend’s text I decided to make a cup of this for myself. It really is a nice twist on Earl Grey. I still think it has a lemon pudding flavor to it, but the bergamot is still there. Yum.

Since I still have over 200g of this I think I’ll tell my friend she can have half the bag. Even though I love it, and I’ll definitely drink it, there’s no way I’m going to get through all of this tea before it starts to lose its lovely flavor.

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drank Moroccan Mint by Teavana
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Tea of the morning. I spent yesterday afternoon priming my dining room for painting, and the fumes wreaked havoc on my poor throat. I thought a nice mint tea might help, and it does. I like the slight smokiness paired with the mint in this blend. It works and works well.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Tea of the morning. The kids had a two hour delayed start for school because everything was a slick sheet of ice this morning. That meant I had time to actually sit down with my tea and really enjoy it. That’s not something that normally happens on a Monday morning!

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Tea of the morning. I actually also drank this tea yesterday while I hosted a tea party for twenty-five ladies. It was a lot of fun, and everyone really enjoyed learning about new teas. There’s already talk of having a garden party this summer which I think would be lovely.

Back to the tea, this is such a staple in my life now. It has delicious notes of chocolate, fruit, and bread. It’s sturdy enough for me to reach for it in the morning, but it’s lovely enough to make me stop what I’m doing and enjoy a quite moment with a really nice tea.

Yep, I’m a fan.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I’m sipping N.W. right now & it is enjoyable.

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drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
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I don’t know what it is about this tea, but I am loving it right now. It has a nice passion fruit flavor and a fair amount of red berry flavor as well. Raspberry seems to be the berry note I pick out most often, but there’s a nice strawberry note, too. The base tea isn’t my favorite as it’s slightly on the astringent side, but other than that it’s really nice.

Maybe it’s because this tea is so summery, or maybe it’s because it’s some tasty stuff, but I’ve been drinking this pretty much everyday this month. This is easily my February favorite.

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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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