730 Tasting Notes

95

Tea of the morning. Last week was rough and kind of left me reeling, so I’m taking today to rest and reset. That means today will be full of comfort teas, and I’m looking forward to each cup.

The mint in this tea is so good. It has that crisp, bright, straight-from-the-garden flavor rather than a toothpaste or candy taste. It’s definitely able to hold its own with the lapsang souchong. The combination of smoke and mint is so relaxing – like being wrapped under my favorite blanket and sitting by the fire.

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81
drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I ordered this sample from Red Leaf back in December, but I’m just now getting around to making it. I’ve been curious about the flavored matchas for a while, so I’m excited to finally get to try one!

This was prepared as a cold latte following the directions sent with the tea. It’s ok, but it needs some sweetness. After adding a teaspoon of raw sugar I can say that this is really nice! Definite eggnog flavor. It’s creamy with a strong vanilla custard flavor and a strong nutmeg finish. Wow, I could get used to drinking these.

Now that I understand what all the fuss is about I’m off to see which flavors I want to try next.

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80
drank Cinnamon Roll by Fusion Teas
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Tea of the morning. Still getting cinnamon but no bread or icing notes from this one. It’s tasty, but I wouldn’t call it Cinnamon Roll.

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
730 tasting notes

Needed an afternoon pick-me-up, so I made a big mug of this and am enjoying every sip.

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78

I am planning a tea party for a ladies’ group that I belong to, and one of the sweet ladies there gave me a bag of this tea telling me it is her favorite “company tea” and that she would love to have it served at the party. I told her I adore a good Moroccan Mint, so I’d give it a try and then see about adding it to the tea list. I mean how in the world do I say no to that?

So today after lunch I decided to give this tea a try. It’s a bagged tea which didn’t bother me, but the directions for steeping say to pour boiling water over the bag and allow to steep for five minutes. It’s not in me to pour boiling water over sencha. I can’t see how the tea could be anything but a bitter mess, so I lowered the water temp and steeped it for two minutes. The result? Not bad! It was nice and minty, but I could definitely taste the green tea which was a little vegetal and grassy. For a bagged tea I actually think this is pretty good, and I’m glad I got the chance to try it.

Looks like this will be making an appearance at the party.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Nicole

Yay! A tea party! :)

Veronica

Yeah, I’m looking forward to it. My only concern is there will be almost 30 people there. That’s a lot of tea and and treats!

OMGsrsly

Have fun! :)

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94

Yum. Toasty rice and lots of marshmallow. This was exactly what I need to keep me from snacking all morning.

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84

I was almost out, so I picked up some more of this last night. As soon as my daughter saw me pouring it into a tin she asked if we could have it as our morning tea, so this is my tea of the morning. The blueberry flavor is sooo good, and it’s nice to have a lighter cuppa to start off the day every now and then.

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100

You know that feeling when you meet someone for the first time and you hit it off right away? You have lots and lots to talk about, and even the moments of silence are easy instead of that uncomfortable dead air that leaves you grasping for something to say. Meetings like that, for me at least, are rare and special, and I treasure the handful of people I have met that way. It’s the same way with certain teas. Every once in a while you have a moment when you take the first sip and think, “Oh, this is the ____ (chai, earl grey, milk oolong, etc.) I’ve been looking for”. For me this is that chai.

Probably my favorite thing about this tea is the blend of spices because it is done so well. No one spice drowns out the others, and while the spices have strength and boldness, they don’t mask the smooth, sweet flavor of the tea or the smoke-y note. I also like that the smoke is much more subtle than I was expecting and is used as a way of enhancing the flavor of the spices than just being one other flavor in a chai. That’s not to say that the smoke isn’t there. It definitely is, but it doesn’t over power the tea. I’ve had a few smoke-y chais that ended up tasting like smoke and clove or smoke and cinnamon. Thankfully, that is not this tea. Lastly, the black tea base is good. Really good. There is a sweetness that took me a while to place, but I think it reminds me of wildflower honey. More than anything the overall blend is beautifully done and after two resteeps I can say I adore this tea even more.

So basically this is crazy delicious and I will be drinking insane amounts of it for the foreseeable future because it’s just that good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
caile

Nice!

Sil

awesome :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This review made me smile :)

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96

Wow. This is everything a breakfast tea should be. It’s very malty and rich. There is also a light floral note that is just hinting at something citrus. Then there is the dark, and again rich, cocoa note at the end of the sip with a light touch of smoke.

I could get used to having this in my cup. Also, this tea pairs incredibly well with a veggie omelet. Yum.

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80

Tea of the evening. Sipped on this while watching old Veronica Mars episodes. I love that she’s a kick butt detective and her name’s Veronica. :) Anyway, this was a nice creamy mint vanilla tea. I like the mellow flavors but that it still taste like a dessert tea. One of my favorites from DT.

Tea Sipper

One of the series I’ve been meaning to watch for ages!

VariaTEA

VERONICA MARS OMG! Sorry. I just really like the show and the movie is coming out the day before my birthday and I just realized I wasn’t punctuating but that is mostly because this is one long, excited sentence in my head. Sorry. I REALLY like the show.

Veronica

Ooh, I just looked up the release date of the movie, and it’s a few days after my birthday. Yay for March babies! :)

VariaTEA

Haha! Yay! It is like the world is giving us a birthday gift :)

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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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