879 Tasting Notes


Oh, I forgot how good this tea is. It’s smooth and sweet, a little biscuity, and it has great plum and spice notes. There’s a floral (honeysuckle) note as the tea cools which blends nicely with the other flavors. I’m not sure if I tasted plum in this tea before – I’ll have to go check my notes – but my, oh, my is it showing up in force today. That’s a good thing. A good delicious thing.

Thank you Nicole for sending this tea my way! It’s a real treat!!!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Good morning. I decided I need a proper wake up today, so I reached for the Tiger. It’s robust and thick, and today it’s full of raisin and burnt sugar notes as well as malt. Super delicious. I added cream and sugar .

And now I’m going to take my daughter to school because she just missed the bus. Hello, Monday.

Terri HarpLady

I have this & a few other teas from A&D in my desk drawer at work, & I enjoyed a cup of this one with my lunch. :) Happy Monday!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
879 tasting notes

Last tea of the day. I tried to talk myself into having a different tea since I’ve already had this one today, but this tea, a good book, and my bed are exactly what I want right now. I don’t know if there’s anything more comforting than vanilla tea.

Miss Starfish

I whole heartedly agree :)

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drank Winter Magic by TeaGschwendner
879 tasting notes

I received this from Carol Who in the Christmas Card swap. Thank you!

This is a different rooibos blend. There is a sweet fruity note followed by a good amount of cinnamon and then a tartness that makes my jaw tingle. It’s not bad, but it’s not my favorite either.

carol who

I felt the same way :( It is upsetting when you go to a very well regarded tea shop and end up with a few teas that just don’t live up to my expectation. Luckily I didn’t buy a lot and I did get my favorite Earl Grey #69 (lots of it).

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drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
879 tasting notes

Another tea from earlier this evening. I’m liking the fig/cherry flavor more and more. It’s fun and different from most of the teas in my cupboard. It reminds me more of summer than Christmastime, but I’m ok with that.

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
879 tasting notes

I had a cup of this during the party, and I have to say that it pairs very well with Christmas cookies. Especially homemade shortbread. Yum.


I have to agree. Any Earl Grey variation and shortbread cookies are an amazing combination. It’s kind of hard to beat that, in my opinion.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
879 tasting notes

Getting ready to go to a Christmas party, and this seemed like a fitting tea to get me in a festive mood. My tin of this is almost gone, but each cup has been tasty. Cranberry and almond… so good.

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I have to admit that I am a bigger fan of the old version of this blend. This version is more minty/smokey where the old version had the mint/lemongrass/tea flavor that I liked so much. This version is also much heavier which wasn’t what I was looking for in this tea.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hmm…you sure you have the new version? There’s no lapsang in the new one and the spearmint was halved.


I know it’s the new version. Maybe I contaminated it by keeping the bag of Foxfire Chai next to it?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hmm…don’t think so, as the bags are air/smell proof. That’s really interesting though. The old version was 20% lapsang by weight and the rest was a keemun that I discontinued because it was too heavy for the blend. Hmm…who knows?!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
879 tasting notes

I really wanted a vanilla tea, and it turns out that this is the only one I have in my cupboard, so decaf tea at 11 am it is. Regardless of the time of day, this is a great tea. Wonderful vanilla flavor, and a good base tea.

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

When it gets back in stock I really need to find some someones who want to split a pound bag of this. I don’t want the sachets and I know from experience that I don’t go through a pound of it before the vanilla is mostly worn out. :)

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drank Scottish Morn by Harney & Sons
879 tasting notes

This has a strange almost coffee like flavor today. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s not what I was expecting either. I’m also getting a very strong dry hay smell. Strange.

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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.


New Jersey, USA



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