1024 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
1024 tasting notes

Ah, this tea. I love it. I love the balance between the bergamot and the vanilla. I love that the base tea has significant body but is still wonderfully smooth. I love that even without cream this is a very creamy tea. So very good.

I’m running really low on this one (three, maybe four, teaspoons left in the tin), and I’ve been trying to talk myself out of ordering more because I honestly have too much tea. Then, while I was sipping, I realized it’d be silly of me to not order more. This is one of my happy teas. I’ll always drink it, and I’ll always (eventually) see the bottom of my tea tin again.

This one is a keeper.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Oh yeah, you NEED more of this one. :)


Yeah, it would be silly of me to pretend otherwise. :)


Have all of the batches you’ve tried of this one tasted similar?


Yeah, the taste has been really consistent. I read somewhere that it doesn’t age well, but I usually drink it fast enough that that’s not a problem for me.

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Tea of the morning. Having this one again because it’s just that delicious. I’ll admit that I’m sad this is a sipdown, but I’m really glad I got to try it. Once my cupboard is under control I’ll definitely pick up more of this.

September Sipdowns: 17

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

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I either have a the start of a cold, or allergy season came in with a bang. Either way, I’m feeling less than stellar today. Several cups of this have been sipped on to help my throat feel better. I’m wishing i had some honey on hand, but even without it this tea is alright. There’s a bright lemon flavor and a little heat from the ginger in the back of the throat. Yay for sick day teas!

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Tea of the morning. I used four pearls and had a robust cuppa full of bread and malt notes. Definitely worth waking up for. I only have three of these pearls left, so my next cup of this will be a sipdown, but this will be reordered. No doubt this one deserves a spot in my permanent collection.

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Tea of the morning. Oh, but I love this tea. There are so many wonderful flavors and Assam-y notes, but this isn’t an in-your-face Assam. It’s quieter, more dignified in its delivery of the caffeine I need so badly. Delicious.

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

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This tea has quickly become one of my favorite breakfast teas. I love the way it smells while steeping. It reminds me of a morning campfire with its smokey notes but there’s also something a little bright and clean about the fragrance. The taste is chocolate, smoke, sweet with a hit of citrus right at the end. It’s a grand way to start the morning, and as fall weather starts peeking in I’m finding myself enjoying this tea even more.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tropical Snowflake by Design a Tea
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Tea of the morning. I received me Design-a- Tea order a couple of days ago, and they were kind enough to add some samples to my box. This one is coconut rum, and while it probably would have been best to save this for an afternoon tea I’ve been craving coconut lately, so I went ahead and steep it. The rum flavor is pretty strong. It’s fairly equal to the coconut flavor, but because rum is such a strong flavor it seems to dominate at times. As the tea cools a bit the coconut steps to the front more. This I like. The flavors are great. and the base tea is smooth and not astringent. I’m thinking this would be outstanding cold brewed. I’d also be tempted to make a tea cocktail with this one. It has lots of possibilities.

September Sipdowns: 16

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

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This is a fun tea. Love the cantaloupe flavor and the creamy note. I probably should have shared this one with my daughter since cantaloupe is one of her favorite foods, but I was selfish and kept both servings for myself. I regret nothing!

September Sipdowns: 15

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Darjeeling by Whittard of Chelsea
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Tea of the morning. There has been a fair bit of Darjeeling talk over on the discussion boards, and it’s made me want this tea. I continue to love the sweet hay, muscadine, and floral notes found here. I find I can get three steeps out of it before it starts to lose its flavor, and I enjoy each and every one.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cream by Adagio Teas
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I was in desperate need of an afternoon pick-me-up (so tiiiiiired!), so I put the last of this sample into my infuser and settled in for a nice tea break. I added sugar and cream to my cup and ended up with a very whipped creamy tea. It was such a treat and just what I needed to help me get through the end of my work day, the kids’ homework, and all of the back to school forms that keep trickling in each day. Oy.

Thanks again for this one, Blodeuyn. It’s great.

September Sipdowns: 14

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Glad you like it! One of my favorites. :)

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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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