1041 Tasting Notes



This is creamy and sweet with a great coconut flavor. I caught a hint of pastry as the tea cooled, but the coconut was definitely the star of the show. I was on the fence about buying this one, but I’m glad I picked it up because it’ll be a nice tisane to have in my nighttime/ caffeine free tea rotation.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The dark chocolaty notes in this tea is so good, and combined with the mint it’s gooooood. Because I can I added cream and sugar, and I’ve enjoyed every single sip. This tea seems almost too simple on the surface (tea and mint!), but it’s great and a good example of how sometimes the simplest things are the best.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Is this one still being sold?


I don’t see it on the WPT site. :(

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yeah, sadly, as good as this is, it had to go to make room for more unique and thought-out blends. :( still available for special order though! Minimum would be 4oz


Thank goodness! I will happily order 4oz of this. Actually, my husband will… for Christmas… for me… I’ll let him know. :)

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I woke up to a chilly house this morning. For the first time in months I found myself putting on my slippers and grabbing my warmest robe before heading to the kitchen. I decided this would be a good tea to help chase the chills away. I found the cocoa note mixed with the light smokiness really pleasing today. I want to say it’s comforting, but it’s also peppy and invigorating. I guess a good tea can be all of the above. :)

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Yay for robes and slippers! Had our first almost-frost night Friday; I slept so much better in a cooler house. And tea tastes better in the morning, too, doesn’t it?


Absolutely! I’m someone who loves summer, but once cooler weather sets in I remember how nice it is. The really cold weather can stay away though.

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drank Cinnamon Pear by 52teas
1041 tasting notes

What a lovely fall tea! There is a wonderful balance between the pear, the cinnamon, and the base tea. The pear flavor is poached, juicy and sweet. I’m impressed by how well it stands up to the cinnamon, which has a good flavor but no heat. The lack of heat is a good thing. I also like that while the cinnamon is present throughout the sip it never overpowers the other flavors. The base tea is strong, but there’s no bitterness or dryness. It’s really nice , and it carries the pear and cinnamon flavors well.

I’m glad I picked this one up. The next time I have it I may add a little honey to my cup to make it a full blown dessert tea. I’m thinking that will happen sooner rather than later.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

this sounds great! I haven’t tried pear tea yet, but it sounds great, especially with cinnamon… do you recommend any decaf pear-cinnamon tisanes or teas?


If you like rooibos you might want to check out Design-a-Tea. You can choose your base tea (rooibos is the only caffeine free option) and then your flavors. I requested a Pear Spice tea from them that was pretty tasty, but I used their black tea base.

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First tea of the morning. I woke up at four o’clock this morning because my brain decided it need to keep thinking about a couple of big projects I’m working on. If I have to be awake that early I’m going to have really, really good tea in my cup. That would be this tea. So many layers of flavor – malt, chocolate, and cherry as usual, but there was also a deep molasses note today that was super yummy. The second steep didn’t have the molasses note, but the stone fruit note (cherry and plum) was much stronger. Also super yummy. I steeped the leaves a third time, but my daughter asked for tea on her way out the door, so I put the last steep into a travel mug for her since there was no time to make her a cup of her own. If I had to guess I’d say that was also a yummy cup.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I was dreaming about an issue from work. Blah. Not good dreams, either. But I really like this tea.

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drank Very Velvet Oolong by Fusion Teas
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Tea of the morning. I’m not usually a morning oolong person, but today this sounded so good. The tea is smooth and buttery with a light strawberry flavor and a good bit of floral. It’s a lovely tea, and since I can get at least four infusions out of it will see me through most of my morning. This is also a sipdown which is nice!

On a different note how is it the first of October?!? I just got myself settled into September!

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Everything about the way time is passing this year seems weird.


Anlina- So true!

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Adagio Teas
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I was in the mood for an Earl Grey this evening, and I choose this one because there was only one teaspoon of leaves left in the bag, so it can count as a sipdown, too.

The lavender in this tea is nice, but it’s not something I want on a regular basis. I can see myself possibly ordering something like this next spring if I’m in the mood for floral teas, but between now and then I’ll stick to the other EGs in my cupboard.

September Sipdowns: 32

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drank Pear Spice by Design a Tea
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And this one is finished. I really like the pear flavor mixed with the spices. The spice flavors have mellowed so much from when I first purchased it, but I find that to be a good thing because it really lets the pear flavor stand out. It’s a great fall tea, so I’m a little bummed that it’s all gone, but this is definitely a tasty last cup. I added cream and sugar and am enjoying.

This is something I might repurchase at some point in the future, but there are so many tea/flavor possibilities at Design a Tea that I think my next custom creation will be something new to me.

September Sipdowns: 31 (I didn’t log a lot of my sipdowns because Steepster has been so derpy.)

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

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1041 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. Mmmm, I like the deep malt and raisin notes paired with the sweet honey flavor in this tea. There’s also the flavor of good crusty bread. The combination is swoon worthy! It’s always such a treat, and it never disappoints.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Hmm golden monkey!

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Still blissfully in love with this one. It’s a sweet, smokey, spicy chai. So good. Even though I try lots of other chais I keep coming back to this one. I’m liking the longan fruit note more and more. It adds a light note that keeps the tea from being too dark and heavy. Such a great blend. This is another tea I’m guilty of hoarding, but now that autumn is here I’m sure I’ll drink my way through it fairly quickly.

Boiling 3 min, 45 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.


New Jersey, USA



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