1041 Tasting Notes

94

I don’t normally consider chais calming, but this one certainly is. There are lots of cedar and pine notes at the start of the sip followed by spice and then the holy basil. Through the entire sip there is a lovely buttery smoothness that just makes me want to take my time and enjoy each sip. So good.

For some reason this tea reminds me of the holidays. If I were to imagine an ideal Christmas-y tea it would be something awfully close to this. The spice gives the festive note, the cedar and pine goes back to nature, and the holy basil gives a calming feeling that I often desperately want/need at that time of year. Not that I would only drink this tea around the holiday season, but you can bet Santa’s milk and cookies that I’ll have a ready supply of it by then!

Thank you kimquat for sending some of this my way!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Man, I really need to get back on reworking this tea and bringing it back again…

Veronica

Yes! Your chai blends are my favorite. Must…have…more…. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) It’s on the top of the list!

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98

Tea of the morning, and such a good one, too. Chocolate, malt, cherry, vanilla, and a sweetness right at the end… this tea has it all. Love it!

Thanks, Blodeuyn, for sharing this one with me! It’s fabulous! :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Tea of the morning. This tea has such a great mix of flavors. There’s stone fruit, malt, bread, spice (my first thought is very light cinnamon, but now I’m thinking all spice), and honey. I steeped the leaves three times, and each cup was soooo good. I have one teaspoon of this beauty left, but it’s already on my wishlist and is soon to be in my cupboard in a much larger quantity.

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

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96

I’ve decided to make September my sample sipdown month. September Sample Sipdown! It’s fun to say and even more fun to sip. Ha! I’m going to drink exclusively from my samples stash this month to see if I can get it whittled down a bit. I’ve been sent some very generous samples this summer… and spring… and last winter (yikes)… and it’s time to really enjoy them. It’ll also help me plan my fall and Black Friday purchases. ;-)

This is an insanely delicious tea. Lots of biscuity notes today with a good hint of floral and honey. I put two teaspoon into my two-cup teapot and have been sipping on this tea for hours. Every time my pot is empty I fill it back up, and the leaves keep on giving me more yummy goodness. I wish I had better words to describe this tea, but frickin’ delicious will have to suffice.

I still have one teaspoon of this left, so it’s not a sipdown, but it did come from my samples stash.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80
drank Thé des Poètes by Dammann Freres
1041 tasting notes

This tea was too perfume-y for me. I got the apple, lemon, and even a little of the caramel flavor, but the floral perfume note really overshadowed everything else. That said, I did finish my cup, so there’s that.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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88
drank Cream by Adagio Teas
1041 tasting notes

This tea came to me via the lovely Blodeuyn. Thank you!

I’ve been curious about this tea for a while because it is in soooo many fan blends. I was also wondering exactly how Adagio would interpret cream as a flavor. Turns out with about a teaspoon of sugar this tea taste a lot like whipped cream. The base tea was smooth which added to the cream feel. I have to admit that I sipped my way to the bottom of my cup fairly quickly. This is a fun and easy to enjoy tea. I can see myself picking up more of it in the future.

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

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76
drank Angel Falls Mist by Good Life Tea
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This herbal is fruity and tart. Although there are apple and orange pieces in this tisane I can’t pick either of them out. Instead there’s just a generic fruitiness. In fact, once sugar is added it reminds me a of fruit punch which makes me think this would be great iced. This is the sort of drink I think a little girl would love to have at a birthday tea party or a teddy bear picnic.

Thank you Good Life Tea for letting me sample this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

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
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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
1041 tasting notes

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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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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