744 Tasting Notes

78

We had a rainy day here (soooo much better than snow), and I thought a Moroccan mint tea would be perfect for the day. The addition of pepper here is nice, but I still miss the smokiness of the gunpowder green tea. Still, it was a highly enjoyable cup!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
744 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. I like the coconut and lemongrass in this chai. I added a little sugar and some milk to my cup, but next time I think I’ll add honey and possibly some coconut milk. Overall not a bad chai. It’ll be nice for those days when I want something sweet and spicy but a little different from my traditional masala and chocolate chais.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I have been holding on to this oolong for far too long. Oolongs are hit or miss with me, so I’ve let the ones that I have sit in my cupboard unloved until I get in an oolong-y mood. Such a mood struck me tonight, and while it is going to wreak havoc on my sleep it has been a blessing to my taste buds.

This has a beautiful floral note with a nice bit of sweetness. After that there is a roasty note followed by a sharp, but not unpleasant, dryness. I just looked at other tasting notes, and, yes, honeysuckle is what I’m tasting. Wow, this is nice. Sleep be damned. This tea is worth it.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey

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79

I wanted a dessert tea after dinner, and the idea of caramel and marshmallow was too good too pass by. I remembered to overleaf, and I ended up with a nice tea. I added some sugar and milk which upped the creamy dessert factor. Perfect for sipping while catching up on episodes of The Voice. I am totally and completely hooked on that show.

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

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81
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
744 tasting notes

Around noon I started flagging and decided I needed a quick and simple tea. After looking through my tea bags I choose this one. With a little cream and sugar this light, citrus tea takes on a creamsicle flavor that I l-o-v-e. Just what I needed to get me up and going again. This is definitely a simple tea, but it’s also a good one.

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93

…and it’s gone. Actually, I think I can get one more steep out of the leaves in my brew basket, but then I’ll have no more S’mores. :(

I’m going to miss all of the layers of chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow, smoke and honey. This tea is so beautifully unique but also fun. (How could a tea inspired by the classic campfire treat be anything less than fun?) I’ve enjoyed it so much this winter, and chances are I’ll be buying it before we start our camping season in May (right after I get my medical bills paid. Eek! ). Until then I’ll enjoy all of the other Whispering Pines treasures I have in my cupboard.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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96

My before bed tea. I’m already having trouble keeping my eyes open, so I’m guessing I’ll be in dreamland after finishing this cup. In bed before 10… I don’t know if I’m proud of myself or appalled.

This is a great tisane when I want something different from the sweet herbals I normally drink. It’s herbaceous and clean with enough heat from the ginger to keep things interesting. Nice.

I’m almost out of this one, so I’ll have to find a replacement for it pretty soon. Maybe I can find a tea that’ll also help ease my allergies since spring is right around the corner.

TeaBrat

nettles are good for that I hear

Veronica

Thanks! I’ll have to give that a try.

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96
drank 1st Flush Darjeeling by Unknown
744 tasting notes

Sad, sad sipdown. I have enjoyed this little gem of a tea that I received in a swap from Artp. A friend of his brought it back from India, and Artp was kind enough to offer some for trade. This tea has all of the lovely muscatel flavors and a nice astringency that isn’t overpowering. The second steep of this tea has always been my favorite, and today is no exception. The grape-y flavor with and underlying earthiness is good, good, good. Yep, I’m going to miss this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

Such banana goodness! It is fruity and sweet with the coconut adding to the tropical flavor and lending a bit of creaminess. Yum. I have enjoyed every cup of this. I find it impossible to be anything less than cheerful when sipping on this tea. It’s fun and playful, whispering of hot sunny days and bike rides after dinner. After this tasty treat I have just enough leaf left for one more cup. I will not hoard it, I will not hoard it, I will not hoard it….

I will not hoard it, but I will repurchase!

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

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92
drank Ambrosia by Custom-Adagio Teas
744 tasting notes

This was last night’s before bed tea. Yet another tea I “rediscovered” in my swap basket. This is a lovely tisane. The honeybush gives it a creamy taste making it a wonderful peaches and cream tea. The apricot is more noticeable as the tea cools, but I’ll have a hard time think of this as anything other than a great peaches and cream herbal. Thanks again Lariel for this one!

Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 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
- 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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