1027 Tasting Notes

I really like the roasted chestnut flavor of this tea. There is also a sweet note at the end of the sip while the tea is fairly warm, but as the tea cooled the sweet flavor disappeared, and a bitter note took its place. I’m not sure if the water I used was too warm, or if my two and a half minute steep was too long. I have some of my sample left, so I’ll give this another try with slightly cooler water. If I could keep the chestnut flavor and sweetness throughout the cup this would be an easy favorite green of mine.

I’m withholding my rating until I give this another try.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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97
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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This tea has firmly cemented its place in the ‘old friends’ tea category. I first tried it years ago and instantly liked it. It has come and gone from my cupboard over the years, but I’ve never had a bad thing to say about it. It’s consistently delightful with its malt and cocoa notes as well as hints of dry hay and smoke. As much as I love trying new teas (and I do!), I also love having a set of teas that I can always turn to with great results. This is one of them.

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

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84

Thank you Angel of Teavivire for sending me this sample.

I have never had Tai Ping Hou before. I found the long flat leaves pretty, and since they were too big to properly fit in my infuser I steeped them in my french press. The tea has a green bean flavor with a little sweetness. There was a hint of a grassy note, but the flavor was mostly bean. The liquid was thick. In fact, the consistency reminded me of a thin syrup. Overall I thought this was a nice tea. The flavor was clean and crisp, and there was no mineral note or lingering aftertaste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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89

Oh my, this is a lovely tea. It taste has a light cantaloupe flavor and is also creamy. I drank the first steep far too quickly because I was enjoying it so much. The second steep wasn’t quite as sweet and had more of a hay flavor. Both steeps were delicious, but I have to say the first was my favorite.

Another really nice tea from Single Origins Tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65
drank Assam by Chai Diaries
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I believe this is the first time I’ve had a Chai Diaries tea. I’ve been curious about their teas for a while, so I’m excited to finally try one.

The dry leaves are small and broken. They look like a standard Assam. Once steeped the tea has two very strong characteristics: malty notes and astringency. The malt note is nice, but wow! that dryness hard to handle. I added cream and sugar, and that helped quite a bit, but there is still a fair amount of astringency especially at the end of the sip. The tea is pretty smooth, and there is no bitterness. As the tea cools I get a bit of a bread note as well.

Not my favorite, but not a bad tea either.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

This sample came to me from Flyawaybirdie, and I’ve held on to it until I had a day where I could sit down and appreciate it. Today is rainy, cold, and I’m taking it slow and easy. It’s a perfect muti-steep tea sipping day!

The dry leaves are fluffy, soft, and tiny. Little baby tea leaves are so cute! Once steeped there is a pale liquid with a soft melon-like scent. I wasn’t expecting melon, but I like it. The taste is more oat cake than melon although there is a honeydew note as the tea cools. Otherwise, I get oat cake and a bit of a grassy note. The tea is soft, clean, and very pleasant.

The second steep is much like the first, but the melon note is more pronounced. I’m really liking this a lot. It’s like a moment of summer in the middle of winter, and a tasty moment, too! There is still a good amount of oat flavor, but the grassy note is not present. The steep is also slightly creamier than the first steep.

I’ll keep steeping this throughout the day. It’ll be fun to see where this tea takes me.

Thank you, Flyawaybirdie for sharing this with me!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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92
drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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My only set in stone plan for toady is to drink tea. Other things may or may not happen, but there will be tea. For my first tea of the day I chose this because I wanted something that was both fruity and malty. There are a nice apricot and berry flavors as well as a good malt note here, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s sweet with a kind of jammy goodness going on in my cup. I approve!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole

“Other things may or may not happen, but there will be tea.” That sounds like an excellent motto for the year. :)

Tealizzy

Awesome plan!

Mikumofu

Sounds like my plan for today too!

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98

Tea of the morning. This is a tried and true favorite. I love the chocolate and stone fruit notes together. They make me a happy, happy girl. I also love that this resteeps beautifully and holds up well in my travel mug because I have lots to do today and zero desire to step out into the cold. The fact that this is called North Winds is not lost on me…. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

I have had so many cups of this tea over the past week or so. I made pots of it when friends came over. I made cups for myself when I needed a comfort cuppa. I’ve made this fairly weak, and I’ve been distracted and left the leaves steeping for ten minutes or so. No matter what this has been exactly what it claims to be – damn fine.

Everyone I offered this to enjoyed it. Some drank it with milk and sugar, but my favorite way to drink this right now is plain. It’s malty, super duper rich, and has great fruity notes. When I let the tea steep too long I did add some cream because, um, strong.

I am down to my last few servings of this, so an A&D order is imminent. There must always be a tiger in my cupboard.

Nicole

Hm. Maybe in the latter part of the year I need to pick up some of this. I really like it, too.

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drank Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea
1027 tasting notes

Dear Veronica,

The next time you get a fruity tea craving at ten o’clock at night please refrain from drinking a tea with the word ‘jolt’ in its name and the word ‘energizer’ printed in large block letters on the bag (even if that tea is in fact very tasty and full of passion fruit and raspberry notes). While the tea might be delicious, being wide awake at three in the morning is not. Of course, being awake at that hour does give you lots of time to reflect on some of the less than brilliant decisions you’ve made in your life. For example, drinking a tea called Passion Berry JOLT right before bed….

XOXO,
Me

Nicole

Great tasting note. :)

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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.

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64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

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