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462 Tasting Notes

100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
462 tasting notes

I think I am going to track how often I drink this tea during a month. It is easily the tea I drink most often, but I’ve only logged it here a few times. Part of me is afraid to face my massive Earl-Grey-tea-drinking addiction, but my curiosity is greater than my fear. Maybe I was a cat in a former life. :)

The tea. As always, wonderful bergamot vanilla-y goodness. I can resteep this tea once and get a good flavor. Not quite as intense as the first cup, but still perfectly enjoyable.

Kasumi no Chajin

I have a massive sencha and genmai addiction :)

Tea Sipper

Yeah, Earl Grey Creams are the type of tea I drink right on schedule. It HAS to be at least once every two weeks. Luckily, I have a variety.

Tea Sipper

Oh, and this one I found to be the creamiest.

Veronica

Yeah, I’m completely hooked on this tea. If it’s ever discontinued I’m in trouble. I’ve tried a few others, but I love the vanilla in this one soooo much.

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85
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
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For some reason I have it stuck in my head that I don’t like black currant, but the truth is it’s delicious. Lots of sweet berry flavor and a good black tea to go with it. Not sure why I have such a mental block about it when I’ve had this tea multiple times and enjoyed each cup.

And now I can confirm that this tea is especially tasty with biscuits and homemade marmalade! :)

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93

We have heat! It feels nice to no longer be a popsicle.

This is such a great tea. The coconut flavor is excellent, and there’s no oily film on the top of my tea. I find many coconut teas have this, and it kinda weirds me out. I also really love the base tea. It’s rich and gives an additional layer of decadence to the tea. Good stuff!

gmathis

Yay. Nice to feel your core temp rising from freezing?

Veronica

Very nice! :)

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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So the repair man came to fix our heater. It took him a couple of hours to get everything fixed (the exhaust motor needed to be replaced). An hour after he left the heat turned off… and won’t turn back on. Can you hear me beating my head against the wall? Someone is supposed to be here tomorrow morning between eight and noon to fix the fix. Thankfully one of my sweet friends brought over a couple of space heaters, so we won’t freeze tonight. Hopefully. I need tea.

I went to make tea and realized my husband had thrown away my brew basket, but since he was having the same crappy day I was I let it go, grabbed my tin of Vanilla Comoro (pyramid tea bags), and made myself a nice big mug. It’s wonderful vanilla comfort in a cup. I added a teaspoon of sugar which highlights the vanilla even more. Ah, good stuff.

Now I’m off to figure out optimum placement of space heaters when we go to bed tonight. Tomorrow will be a better day, right? Right?

gmathis

Few years back, we were without power/heat for more than a week; camped out in one room at night, and I nearly choked from trying to sleep wearing a scarf and stocking hat.

Veronica

Yikes! I’ll avoid the scarf, but I’m going to have to wear some sort of hat because I hate being cold. I think with the space heaters it won’t be too bad. I’m hoping everyone will be comfortable enough in their own room. I’m trying to keep the kids out of my bed because they both flail around in their sleep. It would be like a boxing match with me in the middle!

Miss Starfish

Eep! I hope you dream of lounging on a beach somewhere warm!

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87
drank Masala Chai by Wegmans
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If there was ever a day I needed a good chai, it’s today. Our heater died sometime during the night, so it’s currently 48 degrees in my dining room. Something tells me I’ll be drinking more tea than usual today. At least until the repair man gets here (some time between noon and four).

On to the tea…

I bought this tea on a whim, and I’m so glad I did. It’s amazing. The mix of spices and black tea is wonderful. (side note: When I pulled the container off the shelf I had to use the scoop to mix up the tea because all of the spices had settled to the bottom.) This isn’t a super spicy chai, but it does have a little kick. There’s a bit of warmth in the back of my throat, which is nice. What I really love is that this isn’t a cinnamon heavy chai or a cardamom only chai. The spice blend is very well done, and the tea itself is good. It is strong enough to hold its own with the spices, but it also has a nice smoothness. No bitterness at all.

This is my favorite chai to date. I think I’ll make some on the stove after I take my youngest to school. Anything to help warm up this house!

gmathis

Brrrrr! Take care!

Veronica

Thanks! I’m currently nestled under my blanket as close to the space heater as I can get with a mug ‘o tea in hand. I don’t plan on moving a whole lot until the repair guy gets here!

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After reading Indigobloom’s latest review of this tea I decided to give it another try. She was right, time does mellow out teas. This tea is much more drinkable than it was the first time I had it. Yay!

I’ve had a box of this tea sitting on my shelf since before I joined Steepster. The first time I had it there was an overwhelming tartness which I now recognize as the hibiscus. I couldn’t get past it, and I’m not sure I even finished the cup. Tonight there was definite berry and vanilla. I wouldn’t recognize the berry as blackberry if it wasn’t printed on the box, but it’s berry nonetheless. The hibiscus comes out as the tea cools, but as long as I drink it while it’s hot then it is a perfectly drinkable tea. It doesn’t make me want to do cartwheels, but I can see myself adding this tea to my evening teas list.

Indigobloom

I found adding a tiny bit of sugar made it loads better!!

gmathis

The Lipton pyramid bag line is generally pretty good.

Veronica

I’ll add some sugar next time. Overall it really was pretty good. I drank two mugs of it, so…:)

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96

A friend told me about a tea house not too far from me (close enough for the occasional visit at least). It’s an adorable little shop called The Tea Place, and after trying several of their teas I can say I will be a regular customer.

This blueberry green is my daughter’s current favorite, and I must agree that it’s really good. The tea is slightly sweet with a mellow blueberry flavor. The taste is of fresh blueberries, not an artificial flavor or blueberry muffins. There is also a grassy note from the green tea which mixes really well with the blueberry. The flavors definitely compliment each other. I do like this tea more when it is hot than as it cools, but that could be because it’s so cold here right now.

Anyway, this is good. Sure to be a pantry staple.

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89
drank Irish Breakfast by Wegmans
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I do not have enough basic black teas in my cupboard. In fact, until I bought this I had no unflavored black tea in my house. That had to be fixed! I’m fortunate to have a grocery store with a good tea selection, so I picked up a couple of ounces of this on my last shopping trip.

This is a good Irish Breakfast. A strong Assam with lots of maltiness. There was a lemon-y note as the tea cooled. I really enjoyed it, and it makes me wonder how the tea would taste cold brewed. I didn’t add milk to my cup, but I’m guessing it would make a nice addition. Overall, a really nice cup, and something I’ll probably reach for on a regular basis as a morning tea.

Ellyn

I really like the wegmans tea selection!! I love being able to scoop my tea into the bulk bags! What is your favorite wegmans loose leaf?

Veronica

I do, too. My favorite so far has been the chocolate chai. So yummy. Next time I think I’m going to pick up the jasmine pearls. What I really love is being able to buy as little as I want, so sampling is easy.

Jude

Hi Veronica – is this their organic version? I was just going to post a rating for that but didn’t want to duplicate if it’s the same tea —

Veronica

Jude – I just checked my label and it doesn’t appear to be organic. I wish it were! I’ll have to ask the next time I’m shopping and see if they’ll start carrying the organic version

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86
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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I am loving this this morning! It’s all amaretto with the tartness of the cranberry coming at the end of the sip. Yum. This is definitely taking the edge off this insanely cold weather we’re having.

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93
drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
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Vanilla and mint, mmmmmmm. This is just what I need this morning. Most holiday teas I try to finish before the end of February, (when my spring fever usually kicks in full force) but this one is so nice that I know I’ll be sad to see it go.

Right now I’m going to curl up on the couch and watch my kitty freak out at the snow we got last night. She keeps running from window to window trying to figure out what is going on. It’s incredibly amusing. :)

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I have always been curious about tea, but I didn’t give in to a full fledged obsession until 2010. I’ve enjoyed every new discovery, and my garden has loved the mini mountain of tea leaves that’s been added to the soil! Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

While drinking tea I enjoy indulging in my other passions which include reading (the classics and mysteries), music, gardening, and crochet. I have a small business called the Leaf Street Thread Company, and I’m excited to have many of my handmade items sold at stores in the Philadelphia area.

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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New Jersey, USA

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