886 Tasting Notes

96

Well, today went downhill quickly. In fact, I decided rather than bang my head against a wall I’m going to to give myself the day off (something I rarely do). Maybe I’ll post some notes that have been sitting in my queue, or maybe I’ll sit around and read others’ notes. Regardless, there will be much drinking of tea today because tea makes me happy, and life is too damn short to be unhappy over things I can’t control.

Speaking of tea, this tea rocks. It’s all rich dark chocolate with wonderful bready notes and honey at the finish. Yum. The second steep has the same flavors of the first with a slightly stronger biscuity flavor. Again, yum.

Thanks you, Whispering Pines, for adding this sample to my last order. One more tea that I love!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

Sometimes a day off is what’s needed. I could have used one yesterday. I pushed through a bunch of crap, and the only thing that made it bearable was that I had tea with me all day long.

TheTeaFairy

«..and life is too damn short to be unhappy over things I can’t control.»
I totally agree! Have yourself a great tea day :-)

Cheri

I’m working from home today, so I’m enjoying teas that I haven’t brought to work yet. It’s working out well.

TeaBrat

Even though being on disability is stressful, I have to admit I don’t miss working at all..lmao

Veronica

Thanks, everyone. Turns out tea and a nap can turn a day around. :)

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95

Tea of the morning. I had two cups of this. The first was mostly cocoa and malt notes with some rich raisin flavor popping out as the tea cooled. The second cup still had the malty notes, but there was also leather with a sweet honey finish. Both cups were excellent and a great start to the day.

Also, I’m now completely out of Dragon Pearls! Not good!!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

Good stuff…sad sipdown

MzPriss

There are a bunch of them in the UTTB

Veronica

Oooh, I might have to snag a few! Maybe I can make them last until my Teavivre order in July. :)

MzPriss

I think i stuffed the pack of that pretty full

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95

Even though it’s not cold I’ve felt chilled all night. I’m not sure if it’s the weather, ( it’s rainy and dreary here, and it looks like it’s going to stick around for a few days) or if I’m getting sick. Either way this tea is comforting. It’s silky smooth with the mint offering a brightness followed by a bit of richness and depth in the smokey note.

Yeah, I needed this tonight. Good stuff.

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

Hope you don’t get sick, stay warm and drink lots of hot tea :-)

Veronica

Thanks!

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95

The description of this tea says that it’s complex, and I fully agree. Such a lovely tea with layers and layers of flavor. There is a toasty note at the beginning followed by a bright pear flavor. The fruit note is great. Muscatel and fruit flowers can also be tasted.

This tea is a gem from start to finish. I’m a big fan of teas from Nepal, and this one is my new favorite!

Dinosara thank you for introducing me to this tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

oh, I just got the Upton tea catalog and this sure is tempting ;)

Veronica

Want me to send you a sample? I’d love to read someone else’s opinion of it.

TeaBrat

Sure! Let me know if there’s anything you would like in return :)

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82

I’m liking this Earl Grey more and more. The bergamot is there, but it’s not perfumy. The lemon flavor blends so well with the bergamot. Add the creaminess and the vanilla, and this tea is a winner. Really, what’s not to love about a lemon pudding EG?!

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

Yum, lemon pudding! I’ve been hitting the bergamot hard these past couple of days and yet that still sounds delicious. :P

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100

Tea of the morning. This tea is insanely good. Today there is malt followed by a sweetness – kind of a non specific frutiness – and then salted caramel at the finish. So. Very. Yum. After I get my youngest to school I’ll resteep it. One thing I like about this tea is the flavor profile changes ever so slightly from cup to cup, so tasting it is always interesting.

I have been hoarding this tea, but I’m giving myself permission to drink it with the belief that I’ll be able to order more in the near future. Brenden, please tell me that’s true! :)
Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Angrboda

Is this tea related to the Laoshan Black that Verdant has? Or is the name similarity a coincidence?

Veronica

I don’t think they are related though I could be wrong. I believe the Laoshan Village is in the Shandong province and the Ailao Nature Reserve is in the Yunnan province.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Shan means mountain. Laoshan is named after Mount Lao I believe, and Ailaoshan translates to Mount Ailao…the nature preserve is quite perfect for tea production :) http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BAFuwKa5zMo/Um4UtKhvo1I/AAAAAAAAVCM/TfMwMMwWlKo/s1600/yuanyang-terraces-2.jpg

Veronica

Wow, that picture is gorgeous! Visiting China is definitely on my bucket list.

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89
drank Irish Breakfast by Wegmans
886 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. I love the flavors in this one. It is biscuity with lots of malt. The kick of caffeine doesn’t hurt either.

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

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83
drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
886 tasting notes

I went dress shopping with my daughter tonight. After much looking and trying on of all the dresses she bought her first little black dress to wear to a recognition ceremony. We had a great time looking and shopping, but I was in need of tea by the time we got home. I decided to use a tea bag, and this is the first one I grabbed out of my tin. I almost put it back, but then I thought this sounded good. Why not have eggnog tea in June?

With milk and sugar this tea does taste like eggnog. There is a nice pinch of cinnamon that’s pretty tasty. The tea is also very creamy which is nice. I thought the black/green blend would be odd, but it works and carries the eggnog flavors well.

This isn’t something I’ll want a ton of during the summer, but come winter I can see myself drinking many a mug of this one.

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86
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
886 tasting notes

I forgot how tasty this blend is. The almond and cranberry pair together so well, and the base tea H&S chose is a good one. I only had enough leaf for half of a cup, but it was a vey tasty few sips!

This tea will definitely be in my cupboard once autumn rolls around.

Rosehips

This is one of my autumn faves!

Roswell Strange

This is my favourite Harney blend, with Soba Cha a close second :P

Veronica

I haven’t tried Soba Cha yet, but it does sound good. I missed the chance to try Korean Barley Tea when it was in a ttb I participate in a few months ago. I’m still kicking myself.

Cheri

Soba Cha is on my wishlist. I really want to try that one. It just sounds sooo amazing. (I have to admit, this one sounds really good, too.)

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96

Another happy tea. Today this tea is much fruitier than what I remember from previous cups. The flavor is light and edging on sweet. At the end of the sip there is the buttery brothiness that I recall. Such a delicious cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 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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