896 Tasting Notes

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I’ve been organizing my tea stash for most of the morning and early afternoon. My new goal is to drink each tea I have at least once a month. I stole the idea from Terri because it’s brilliant and will (hopefully) keep me out of my tea rut. After finally getting everything the way I want it I decided to celebrate with a cup of Earl Grey.

This EG is good, but it’s different. There is a strong lemon flavor, and the bergamot is fairly weak. The vanilla is present in the form of a creaminess to the tea, so the result is a tea that taste like lemon pudding. While this was not what I was expecting I am really enjoying my cup. Good lemon teas are hard to find, and this one is very nice. Next time I’m going to add a bit of milk to my cup. I’m thinking that will make this even better. Also, iced! Oooh, I’m going to have fun with this tea.

Thanks Dinosara for introducing me to this one!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dinosara

I’ve been trying to drink my way through every tea in my cupboard once (before repeating) but it’s taken me like 4 months! Too many teas, I guess. :)

Veronica

Eek! Four months of no repeat tea drinking… that is impressive. :)

I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself. I know I’ll drink most of my basic blacks more than once per month because I love them too much and I honestly don’t have a whole lot of them. My two big goals are to drink down all of the little one serving samples I have tucked away in tea boxes and to stop drinking the same teas over and over while the rest of my stash languishes.

Dinosara

Well, I haven’t totally done that, as there are a couple I have drunk more than once. :) But by and large it has been no repeats. It’s taken me that long partly because I’ve taken trips and such with not really any tea drinking. Luckily I have a lot of favorites in my stash because it keeps me happy!

Sil

i’m afraid of how long that would take me…

Veronica

Sil – Maybe you should think in terms of years instead of months. ;)

Sil

hahahaha

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55
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
896 tasting notes

Meh. I’m not getting much out of this one. There is a slight cucumber taste, but it’s really weak.

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87

Nice! This is one of those “bit of” teas. There is a bit of malt, a bit of orange, a bit of crusty bread. I’m also tasting cane syrup. I haven’t had cane syrup on years and years, but I’m loving the dark sweet note in this tea. The combination of all the flavors is delicious. It’s something I can see myself thoroughly enjoying as an afternoon tea.

This one is going on my shopping list.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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100

Tea of the morning. I was having a hard time waking up, so I chose a tea that I knew I would love and would help my poor brain start to function.

I do love this chai. While this was steeping the honey scent was really pronounced. That combined with the smell of the spices was soooo nice. It was like a mini aroma therapy session. And of course the taste was outstanding. Spicy, sweet, bold, smooth. Seriously delicious chai.

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

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76

I’ve been on a massive cleaning spree today. Usually I clean a bit here and there throughout the week and by the weekend everything is (mostly) done. Today, for a reason I can’t even explain I need the whole house to be clean. I guess there are worse problems to have. Anyway, I stopped cleaning to pick up my son from school, and when I got home I realized I was exhausted and was craving a dessert tea. Something decadent that would also give me the boost I needed to get dinner started. Enter DTT’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie.

It has been a while since I’ve had this tea. I used one perfect teaspoon of leaves for a six ounce cup. The result was a wonderfully sweet cup full of vanilla, spice, raisin, and cookie notes. It was exactly what I wanted, and I enjoyed it from start to finish.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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96

I have been sipping on this all day. I didn’t write down my thoughts on the individual steeps, but my overall thought is this is some mighty tasty tea. It’s creamy with the buttery smoothness of a good Oolong. There is also an orchid note that is usually present at the end of the sip, but in one or two steeps it was missing entirely. I do pick up more of the grassy flavor as the tea cools. I really like the grassy/milky combination. Very soothing.

Lariel of Lórien

There was one day I steeped that one until it ran out of flavour.

Veronica

That’s my plan. I think I have a couple more steeps until the leaves are truly spent. I’ve enjoyed having it in my cup all day!

Lariel of Lórien

I tried it with the Strawberry Oolong… it’s even better.

Veronica

Ooh, I need to add that to my order. Thanks!

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75

Tea of the morning. It’s after nine o’clock, and I’m just sitting down to my first cup of tea. I usually have my first cup three hours earlier, so I am yawning and desperately grabbing for tea at the same time. Such is life.

I chose this tea because I wanted a milk and sugar tea. It definitely fits the bill, but I do wish it were a bit more robust. Still, it’s not bad. It’s basically your run-of-the-mill EB. It is doing a fine job of helping me wake up so I can get going on my to-do list.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

I’ve been sipping on this for the past two days, and while I like it I don’t love it. The strawberry flavor is nice, and I get definite chocolate notes, but the vanilla seems to be missing. There is also a strange floral note at the end of the sip that throws me off. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t remind me of Neapolitan ice cream.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec

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95

This was my after dinner tea. We cooked out, and I was loving all the smokey flavors in the food, so I decided to keep it going with this tea. It was also nice to have the mint to help settle my food. When I bought this tea I thought it would be one of my fall/winter teas, but I enjoyed it so much today and can see myself reaching for it at other cook outs and barbecues. I guess a good tea is good any time of year.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89
drank Irish Breakfast by Wegmans
896 tasting notes

Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m sitting at my desk drinking a cup of this malty deliciousness when my son comes in and tells me happy Mother’s Day and that he is so glad he’s my son. It’s going to be a good day. :)

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
- 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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