1006 Tasting Notes

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I honestly forgot I had this one in my cupboard. An unopened tin just sitting there waiting for me to notice it. Well, today I did, and I made myself a travel mug of this lovely before heading out the door this morning. I like the caramel paired with the citrus flavors. I also like how it is super flavorful but not super heavy.

Dear Paris,

I’m sorry I ignored you. Please forgive me. I shall not make the same mistake again.

xoxo,
Veronica

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Tea Sipper

Poor poor Paris. :D

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81

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

Tea of the morning. This is a tea to wake you up! Robust and full bodied, it has a steel cut oats flavor that I enjoyed. This could easily take milk and sugar, but it’s really good plain. No astringency or bitterness. Just a simple dark tea to give you a kick in the pants and send you on your way.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Mmm! There’s a grocery store (Whole Foods clone) within occasional driving distance that carries several Ambessa varieties. Wonder if this is one of them…

Cheri

This sounds good.

Veronica

Gmathis- I wish I had a store near me that sold it. All of the tea shops around here are going out of business. :(

Cheri – It’s very nice, and it comes in a tea bag which can be helpful on those mornings when I’m running behind.

gmathis

The store I’m referring to is about an hour south; probably a good thing because it’s too far for me to blow my grocery budget on nothing but tea. Locally, the tea selection is expanding a little (can actually find a few Harney & Sons basics at our Target) but still isn’t as elegant and eclectic as I’d like it to be.

Marzipan

Veronica The Fresh Market has this.

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40

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

This was my before bed tea last night. I’m pretty sure this is the same as Culinary Teas’ Tuscany Pear, but since I wasn’t 100% sure I logged it here.

I wan’t a fan of this one. There was a sour note that didn’t appeal to me, and the rooibos flavor was too strong. Every now and then I’d taste something that reminded me of apple, but I never thought “oh, there’s the pear flavor”.

Guess you can’t win them all!

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

How disappointing.

Veronica

I can see someone who really likes rooibos liking this one. It just wasn’t for me.

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81
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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I was looking at the tea section on reddit, and in one of the post there was much talk about Twinnings Earl Grey and Lady Grey. The more I read the more I wanted a cup of this, sweetened with an added splash of milk. Ah, orange creamsicle goodness. I’m glad I keep this one in my cupboard. It’s simple, but it’s tasty, too.

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

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82
drank Azerçay - Buket by Azerçay
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From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

I have to admit that the steeping instructions on this one scared me. It calls for 2 tsp. of leaves for a 6 oz. cup, 212 degree water, and a steeping time of 7 – 8 minutes. Yikes. Fortunately, Awkward Soul, who added this tea to the box, posted a nice review of it which allowed me to set my fears aside and steep it according to the instructions. The resulting tea is thick and strong, full of malt and raisin notes. There’s also some astringency but not as much as I was expecting and no bitterness. I’ll definitely resteep the leaves later today as I’m sure they have more to give.

I have to say that I love additions like this to tea boxes! Chances are I would never have had the opportunity to try this tea any other way.

Flavors: Malt, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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87

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

Tea of the morning. There was one serving of this left in the ttb, and I’m glad I decided to try it because this is some yummy stuff. There’s a good black currant flavor which, while not super strong, is spot on and very fruity. The same is true for the vanilla flavor. No strange artificial flavor. It’s well balanced with the black currant and the base tea. The base tea is medium bodied with just the tiniest bit of dryness at the back of the throat. I may try resteeping this one later today to see if I can coax one more cup out of the leaves.

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

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67
drank Rooibos Vanilla by Tealux
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From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

This is okay but it’s not my favorite. The vanilla flavor is good, and the tea has a nice creamy feel but the woodsy rooibos flavor is too strong for my liking. I think I’ll stick with Vanilla Comoro for my nighttime vanilla fix.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

Love that Vanilla Comoro!!!! It’s one of my absolute favorite evening teas.

Veronica

It’s one of my favorites, too. It gets bonus points for being sold in tea bag form at Target. The convenience of a tea bag when I’m tired at night can not be underestimated. :)

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82
drank Ankara Apple by Bluebird Tea Co.
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From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

This is an apple flavored chai, and it’s a really fun tea. Lots of flavors going on, but what I love the most is that there’s sage in this tea, and it works really well. I think I’ve only has sage in one or two teas, and both times it just seemed wrong. In this tea, however, it works. The spice blend does overpower the apple flavor at points, but then the apple makes a reappearance in the next sip. A fun little tea. Something I think I’d enjoy as a seasonal tea come late October and into November.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

Meh. The base tea is good, but the plum flavoring taste fake. It actually taste more like a grape flavored Dum Dum lollipop than plum. While this isn’t a winner for me I do think I’m warming up to white teas a bit more.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

I’ve been cold brewing this one. It’s nice that way.

Veronica

That’s a good idea. Is the flavor more plumy as a cold brew?

Cheri

I thought it tasted less fake that way, anyway.

Veronica

The base tea is so good… I’m tempted to snag the rest of this out of the box and try it as a cold brew now!

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83
drank Purple Peach by Steep City Teas
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From the Round 3 Here’s hoping TTB

Everything about this tea is soft… subtle. The peach flavor is consistently present but not in a knock your socks off kind of way. The flavor of the white tea is hay like and has a brightness to it. I didn’t even notice the base tea’s flavor at first, but as the tea cooled a touch it became much more apperent and blended with the peach flavor beautifully.

Glad I got to try this one. I’m not a huge white tea fan, but this one is nicely done.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 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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