789 Tasting Notes

84

Color me impressed. This is really nice. It has a fair amount of malt and sweetness to it. What I really like about it is how smooth and thick it feels. For a tea bag tea this is amazing. It’s also a nice change from the other breakfast teas in my cupboard.

Yet another tea I can see myself getting more of. This one I’d love to have on hand for when I travel.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
789 tasting notes

I went to a bridal shower this afternoon, and now I have an hour or so before I need to take my son to a birthday party at a roller rink (so loud!). Thankfully an hour is more than enough time to enjoy this tea. This is still far and away my favorite EG, and it does an amazing job of giving me the lift I need so I can keep going on these crazy, busy days!

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

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79
drank Cardamon Tea by Ahmad Tea
789 tasting notes

From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I feel like this tea has a lot of potential, but I didn’t manage to tap into it with my first cup. The Ceylon base is nice , smooth, and light. The Cardamon is sweet, but pretty weak. If I try this again I’ll add more leaf to my infuser. Drinking this tea made me want go to my favorite Indian restaurant and sample lots of different spicy food. If only they weren’t closed on Sunday….

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

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90

From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

Backlogging form yesterday.

Yesterday my friends and I were going to celebrate my birthday (my birthday was in March, but yesterday was the first time all seven of us could get together), but instead we received a shock when one of my friends went into labor three weeks early. We postponed my birthday and worked on finishing up the baby’s nursery and knocking a few items off the new mom’s to-do list. It was a fun day that culminated in my friend having her first baby (a girl!) and everyone being healthy and happy. As days go, this one was pretty awesome.

With my awesome day I drank this awesome tea. There was only one serving left in the box, but I steeped and resteeped it so many times. It was delicious. Wonderfully malty with lots of chocolate and sweetness. For a few of the steeps (I don’t remember which ones) there was also some spice right at the end of the sip. I know I steeped the leaves at least five times – probably a few more – and every cup was great. Definitely one of my favorite teas from the tea box so far.

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

Happy belated birthday! And YAY for brand new babies! :)

Veronica

Thank you!

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84

From the HHTTB2

Strong cinnamon notes up front followed by the sweetness of the plum. This is really good, and it’s something I’d love to have in my cupboard during the holiday season.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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84
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
789 tasting notes

I was thinking about making iced tea with this, but I decided to keep it simple and have it hot. Hot or cold this tea is delicious. A wonderful sweet pineapple flavor with the grassy notes of the green tea fading in and out. I already know this is going to be a summertime staple. It’s light, refreshing and insanely tasty. H&S, ya done good.

Hesper June

I definitely love having this tea around in the summertime for cold brewing. Its great. But, I do love to have it hot too:)

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88

I had some extra time this afternoon to relax with tea, so I thought it would be a good time to try a tea I knew would be good for several steeps. I chose this one because I loved the idea of something lighter and spring-y.

The first steep had strong vegetal flavors and a buttery smoothness that was highly enjoyable. There was a little dryness on the back of my throat, but it was very mild. The second steep had fewer vegetal notes and many more buttery ones. No astringency at all. The third steep was very soft with a light sweetness and something almost floral but not. I enjoyed this steep a lot. The fourth steep brought back a bit of the buttery, smooth notes, but other than that it was fairly weak.

The second and third steeps were my favorites, but I thoroughly enjoyed this tea from start to finish. Thank you Angel and Teavivire for the chance to try this tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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95

Tea of the morning. This is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. It’s wonderfully malty and has rich, dark chocolate notes and a hint of sweetness. The second steep is sweeter than the first with notes of raw honey playing against the chocolate. Delicious.

The generous sample Angel at Teavivire sent me is almost gone. Another one I need to order!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

This is a great morning tea. I finished off my sample from Angel, but my order is on it’s way! Can’t wait!

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78
drank Hazelnut Truffle by Tea Forte
789 tasting notes

From the HHTTB2

This tea is unsweetened dark chocolate and hazelnut. The tea itself smells like a box of chocolates, and each sip very much hazelnut truffle. As the tea cools it does have a fair amount of bitterness, so if I were to have this again I’d make a point of drinking it while it’s very warm.

This tea is making me wish that the Naked Chocolate Cafe in Philadelphia was still open. They had amazing truffles and drinking chocolate!

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

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61

From the HHTTB2

I really wanted to like this tea, but it’s a middle of the road tea for me. The dry leaves are very pretty with a nice amount of rose petals mixed in with the tea leaves. Given the amount of petals in my infuser I was expecting a rather rosy tea, but there was only a faint rose taste. The vanilla flavor was also very faint. The base tea is alright. It’s not bitter or astringent, but there was nothing remarkable about it.

I think I’m going to start looking for other vanilla/rose teas. It sounds like something I would love.

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

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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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