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483 Tasting Notes

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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This is really lovely. The smell and taste is mainly jasmine, but there is a crisp, fresh bite from the green tea that keeps the tea from being only floral. I’ve never had a jasmine tea quite like this, but I’m loving it.

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drank Pu-erh Ginger by Rishi Tea
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Until now I’ve shied away from pu-erhs because I kept reading about some having a fishy smell and/or taste. The idea of a fishy tasting tea was enough to roll my stomach. Then, last night a friend gifted me this tea. I was really tentative about trying it, but now I’m so glad I did. I think this tea mixed with the ginger was just what I needed to step out of my comfort zone.

This is a great winter tea. The pu-erh is earthy and thick (in a good way), and the ginger gives an immediate warmth while leaving a tiny bit of heat in the back of the throat. It’s perfect for chasing away the chills. While I am a huge ginger fan I would like to try a pu-erh on its own. The earthy flavor was intriguing, and I think it would be nice to sit with just that flavor for a while.

So here’s to trying new things and thoughtful gifts from sweet friends. Now I’m off to find my next pu-erh fix. :)


Not all puerh is fishy! If you get one that is, you can usually air it out for a couple of days and get rid of the smell. But lots of puerh teas are earthy, mushrooms, cedar-y, etc. they can be so different! Glad you liked this one.


I’ll have to remember the tip about airing it out if needed because I am definitely going to try more pu-erh. Thanks!


I’ve had LOTS of puerh and only a couple that didn’t taste too good. Regular tea’s have disappointed me more than puerh’s with sour artificial flavors. So the point is, look under the puerh tab at which puerh’s are favorites of the people here on Steepster and try some or ask people who like Puerh (ashmanra, Amy Oh, Indigobloom, mrmopar, or me for instance).

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I haven’t had this one in a while, so the woodsy note caught me off guard at first. The fruit comes at the end of the sip which is lovely, but the initial taste is of bark or fruit wood (also nice!). This is a great morning cup to help chase away the winter blahs.

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Made this tonight and added sugar and milk as an added treat. It was really nice. I still don’t get a lot of caramel, but the tea itself is so good that the subtle caramel flavor works for me.

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drank Ginger Snap by Della Terra Teas
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Rooibos is very hit or miss with me, and this is, unfortunately, a miss. It was too astringent, and while the ginger made an appearance it was overshadowed by the rooibos. I caught hints of sweetness that could be the fruit, but it was only hints. Overall it was just meh.

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I’ve really enjoyed this tea and will be reordering soon. I’ve tried a few other Irish breakfast teas, but this is my favorite so far.

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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My daughter chose our tea this morning. After digging through my stash she decided on this one, but she looked worried that there was so little left. I had to pinky swear that I would buy more before we could sit down and enjoy our tea. I think I may have her hooked. Or rather this tea has her hooked. The strawberry is spot on, and while this definitely taste like a treat it’s not overly sweet or heavy. It’s just good – really, really good.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Well, 2013 has been kicking my butt so far. I was down with the flu for most of last week, but I think I can safely say I’m on the mend. My celebratory cup of tea had to be this Earl Grey. I know I’ve raved about this before, but Zen Tea has done an amazing job of choosing a high quality vanilla and mixing it with the bergamot. Love it.


Yes, this was delicious! The aroma is soooo good.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Merry Christmas, Steepsters!

I’ve been enjoying this tea for much of the day. I’m glad I held off on rating it because this is so much better than the sample I had tried a few weeks ago. The mix of fruit and caramel is delicious. It has a smoothness that took me by surprise (I’m not sure why, but it did.), and had me sipping cup after cup until I realized I’d had far too much caffeine. No matter… it’s the holidays, so I can sleep in late and spend tomorrow trying a new tea… or two… or three….

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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.


New Jersey, USA



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