1024 Tasting Notes

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This sample was sent to me by Good Life Tea. Thank you!

I am a fan of Earl Grey in most of its forms, so I was excited to try this sample. The scent of the dry leaves is mostly vanilla with the bergamot and a floral scent also being present. The instructions on the packet give a steeping time of 3 to 7 minutes, a huge range for tea. I decided to see what a long steep would do and set my timer for six and a half minutes.

The tea is dark in color but light in body. Given the long steeping time I’m impressed with the lack of bitterness. There is a bit of dryness at the back of the throat, but I don’t find this unpleasant. The bergamot note is most prevalent followed by the floral note and then the vanilla. I do wish the base tea had more body, but I like the flavor of the tea overall. It’s a lighter EGC, but also a nice one.

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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84
drank Darjeeling by Whittard of Chelsea
1024 tasting notes

Darjeeling, this Darjeeling in particular, had been on my mind lately. I’ll go to choose a tea, and this will always be one of the ones I consider, but I’ve been choosing other teas for various reasons. Well, today this one won out, and I’m glad it did. I still pick up on the muscadine flavor which always makes me smile. I think this is a great late summer tea, and I think I’ll be saying yes to it more often.

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

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97
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Backlog.

Last night I was tired and sore from some work I had done around the house. I offhandedly asked my husband if he knew how to make a proper cup of tea. The look on his face was priceless. He’s been a tea drinker far longer than I have, but he uses tea bags, Tetley tea bags to be precise. I guess he thought I impugned his tea honor because he made a beeline for the kitchen and was determined to make my tea. He asked me which tea I wanted and after choosing this one he banished me from the kitchen. The whole thing was really funny. Plus, I was served tea in bed. What’s not awesome about that?

The cup of tea he brought me was wonderful. Slightly smokey with a rich cocoa note. I also really like the strength of the malt note in this tea. It’s strong, but it doesn’t overwhelm the cup. So good! As a bonus, we both had a good laugh over the whole tea making process which made the tea even better. :)

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

Too funny!

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95

Tea of the morning. I don’t have many of these left, so I’ve been hoarding them. Today I was up eariler than usual and thought it was the perfect time to enjoy this tea. There are so many flavors going on in my cup: cocoa, malt, raisin, bread, and a surprising floral note that I’ve never tasted in this tea before. It’s not a strong note, but it was enough to make me wonder. Regardless this is a wonderful little tea, and I’m glad it was my wake up cup today.

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

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95
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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So good. The caramel and honey flavors are wonderful, and then the bread, malt, and raisin notes kick in, and oh, I am in heaven. Such a wonderful tea! I feel like I’m appreciating this one more and more as time goes on. I knew it was good the first time I tried it, but every time I drink it now I’m impressed by the layers of flavor, the chocolate-y smell of the leaves and the silky smooth feel as I sip. Utterly delicious.

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

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96

Tea of the morning. Chocolate-y, baked bread, malty, molasses-y deliciousness. This was such a wonderful way to wake up. I’m sipping on the third steep of these leaves, and each cup is equally good. I’m thinking I need to have this tea in my cupboard always and forever.

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

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65

Before bed tea. This is actually really nice and spicy tonight. I still get apple crisp more than gingerbread, but there’s definitely a ginger-y heat in the back of my throat. The rooibos flavor has also mellowed a bit, or maybe the spice is covering it up. Either way, I’m pleased with the results. A nice, spicy, before bed chai, and a (hopefully) good night’s sleep. Win!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Sweet mercy in the mornin’, this is some good stuff! It’s delicate and lovely with rose and lemon notes giving way to good crusty bread. There’s a sharpness to the finish that is very wine-like, and as the tea cools the muscatel notes come out and blend with the floral and lemon notes in a really beautiful way.

Love, love, love this one.

Bumping my rating up from 99 to 100.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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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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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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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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