1035 Tasting Notes


I am in need of a comfort cup, and this tea is doing a fine job. The oolong flavor is more pronounced this time, but the blueberry and nutmeg flavors are still present. A few moths ago this would have bothered me, but now I’m really liking that the tea itself takes center stage and the flavors help the oolong shine. I’m sure I’ll resteep this several times over the course of the afternoon.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea of the morning. I have to say this is one of my favorite teas. There’s notes of stone fruit and good crusty bread at first, and then it morphs into a salted caramel flavor at the end of the sip. What’s not to love?

I’m running really low on this one, so a visit to the WPT site will be in order very soon.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea of the morning. I like how bright this tea is. It manages to have a lightness to it while still having body. Maybe it’s the spicy notes or the fact that the malt note never overwhelms the tea. I don’t know, but I do know that this is a nice tea and I’m happy to have it in my cup today.

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

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1035 tasting notes

I made myself a nice big mug of this because it’s the first day of autumn. The cranberry, almond, and vanilla flavors against the base tea are sooo good. This is definitely one of my fall favorites, and I look forward to many cups of this one in the coming months.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Oh my, I miss having this one around. I agree that it’s a wonderful fall tea.


One of my fall favorites too! I need to order some, pronto!

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I like the mix of elderberry and cinnamon in this tea. It’s warm, comforting, and incredibly soothing. Everything a good herbal tea should be.

Thank you, kimquat, for adding this to our swap! I’ll be picking up more of this once the cold weather rolls in.

September Sipdowns: 22


That sounds like something a mountain granny would serve her young’uns, doesn’t it? (off to locate the cinnamon sticks)


Ha. It does, gmathis! I can see some little tyke making a funny face while taking the first sip only to realize, hey! this taste pretty good! :)

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning. I’m having trouble motivating myself to get up and moving, and sipping on this lovely tea is just making me want to stay here and enjoy. I really like the crusty bread, honey, and sweet potato flavors in this tea. It’s so good. Good enough that I’m going to have one more cup – maybe two – and then I’ll think of tackling my to-do list.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I just had a late lunch with a friend and am trying to ease back into work. This tea is making that much easier by acting as my dessert and afternoon cuppa. The mint is soothing and invigorating, and the Fujian tea has great dark chocolate notes. The combination, along with a little sugar and cream, is nothing short of sublime.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea of the morning. God bless Brenden and the Whispering Pines Tea Company. They really do make the start (and often middle and end) of my day so much better. I didn’t even realize how much I wanted this tea until the first sip. It’s all chocolate and cherries wrapped it a nice thick tea. Such a nice way to greet a Friday morning!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

I’m glad this is yum for you today :-)

Little known fact: WPT is just me. haha

Also, this tea is getting an upgrade reaaaaaal soon :-)


For a one man show you do an amazing job!

… and an upgrade? Can’t wait to see what you have in store!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Why thank you! :-)

Yep, and it’s quite delicious! :D

Lariel of Lórien

Don’t see how you could really upgrade it. ’Tis already my new fave Autumn tea.

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Lots of woody and sweet notes in this tea. The muscatel flavor comes out as the tea cools, but it is not a strong flavor, and it is never at the forefront of the tea. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s nice change of pace from some of the other Darjeelings I’ve been drinking lately. There’s also a caramel flavor that threw me for a loop at first, but I’m enjoying it now. It’s so different from the Darjeelings I’m used to drinking, but it’s nice and absolutely enjoyable.

September Sipdowns: 21

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Ooh, I like this one! Lots of lemon flavor with the holy basil and spices making an appearance towards the end of the sip. I added a little sugar and am really enjoying the sweet/savory combination.

Thank you, Just Organic Teas for sending me this sample. It’s great!

September Sipdowns: 20

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 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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