890 Tasting Notes

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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I haven’t had much luck with white teas, but this one is good. The taste is tea and honeydew, and although I don’t get the yogurt flavor there is a smoothness to the tea that could be considered creamy. Not something I’d order for myself, but it is very nice.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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95

I received this tea in the Tea and Yarn swap over on Ravelry, and I’m so glad I did. This is delicious!

The tea is light with a sweet hay and wood note – I want to say it’s cedar wood, but I don’t think that’s it. The muscatel notes are present from start to finish but are also light. Everything seems to float and blend together with no rough notes or sharp astringency. This is a great afternoon tea.

I’m so glad I can add this one to my cupboard. Good stuff.

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

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drank Summer Fruits by Tavalon Tea
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

It’s an apricot green tea! I love apricots, but finding a good apricot flavor in a tea ain’t easy. Tavalon did a great job with this one. The tea is really juicy, sweet, and taste like a perfectly ripe apricot rather than a jam or jelly. This is a tea that’s begging to be iced, and it’s going on my shopping list so I can do just that.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

Although I have sent the tea box on its way I do have a few more teas to review. I think I have five or six more teas and then I’m done with traveling tea box posts for a while. :)

I love the smell of the dry leaf, but the wet leaf had a smell that made me crinkle my nose. It went from smelling like grapefruit and citrus flowers to something sharp and bitter. I was worried that I had steeped it incorrectly, but thankfully the taste was all grapefruit and fresh grass. I actually had to move the wet leaves away from me so I could enjoy the tea. The tea itself is lovely. The taste is grapefruit, bright fresh grass, and, as the tea cools, slightly floral.

I can see myself enjoying this tea a lot during the summer. It’s light and really refreshing.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Irish Breakfast by Wegmans
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Tea of the morning. I picked up almost three ounces of this the last time I was at the grocery store because I really like dark, malty, biscuity teas when I first wake up. This tea meets all of those requirements and won’t kill my budget. It’s a win win.

If this tea has a downside it’s that I can only resteep it once. After that it is too watery. On the other hand, by the time I’ve had two mugs of this I’m up and moving, so I’m ok with it not being a tea I can steep again and again.

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78

I started feeling sick earlier today, so I’ve been drinking this tea as a way of calming my stomach. So far so good. This is no where near my favorite Moroccan Mint tea, but as a medicinal tea I’d be happy to keep some on hand.

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83

From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I’m guessing this is from Kimlovestea. If I’m wrong let me know!

One of the bags in the tea box is labeled Kim’s Homemade Chai. I immediately put it in the pile of teas I wanted to try because I love the idea of homemade chai. Adding all the spices you love, using a heavy hand with some and a light touch with other… just the thought of it makes me smile. I have promised myself that we if ever finish our kitchen renovation (ugh.) that I will spend some time in my kitchen perfecting my own homemade chai. Until then I’m happy to sample lots of different chais including Kim’s.

The first thing I like about this tea is that the base tea is strong and really tasty. It has a kick, and I’m glad I chose this for my morning tea. It’s not a cinnamon heavy chai. I do get some heat at the back of my throat making me think there is ginger in the mix. Nice. I added some honey and milk to my cup, and now I’m just enjoying. It’s a robust, sweet, spicy chai that is hitting all the right notes this morning.

Well done Kim!!!

gmathis

Always fun when a kitchen-counter blending experiment turns out wonderfully well—makes me feel, well, competent!

Veronica

Same here. Now I just need kitchen counters! :)

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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

Meh. The vanilla in this is nice and strong, but the base tea seems weak which makes the tea seem watery. I could probably play with the parameters and find something that I enjoy, but since I’m already in love with Zen Tea’s EGC I will just stick with that one.

CelebriTEA

Too bad about this one~ The name sounds intoxicating

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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I have wanted to try a Milk Oolong for a while now, so when I saw that this and the unflavored Jin Xuan were in the tea box I was excited.

This is good. Really good. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s a pop of fruitiness followed by cream. The tea feels thick but not heavy, and it’s very smooth and silky. I’m surprised by how sweet this is, but at the same time it’s not too sweet which is good because it allows the buttery notes from the Oolong to be tasted. This was great from start to finish, and that’s just the first steep.

I’m probably condemning myself to a sleepless night, but I want to try several steeps of this and see where the flavors go. And then I have the other Milk Oolong to try. And then there are the 12 or so other teas in the tea box I still want to try. And then there’s….

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96

So I told myself that I’m only allowed to drink teas out of the traveling tea box today because I want to get it in the mail on Friday, and I still have a bunch of teas I’d like to try. I failed. I wanted to sit on my porch and watch the rain, and I wanted a tea that I knew I would enjoy while I was out there. After a quick look through my stash I chose this one. I love the dark chocolate notes, and the mint is really good. It was a lovely relaxing moment in my otherwise chaotic day.

Cheri

I’m in the same boat. I’ve got to get this TTBC out the door so others can try it, but I’m just not quite ready to send it along. (Plus I have to figure out how I’m going to get all this tea back in it!)

Veronica

Getting all of the tea to fit is quite tricky! I ended up drinking down several teas that only had one serving left, and I sampled a bunch of teas, but I didn’t even make a dent in the box. Not sure how I’m going to add more tea to it, but I will find a way! :)

Tea Sipper

Please don’t rush with the box, if you’re still trying teas! I know you’re working on it. :D And you can always take out the teas you loved out of the box (instead of just trying one teaspoon). Sometimes I take a few teaspoons out of a tea that I liked and leave the rest. :D

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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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