1041 Tasting Notes

100

Tea of the morning. I felt like it had been a long time since I’d last had this one, but apparently it’s only been a few weeks. That just reinforces how much I love this tea. Not having it in my cup for almost is month is way too long. To make up for the time we spent apart I’ve already had three cups of this lovely today. I love the baked bread and molasses notes as well as the salted caramel note at the end of the sip. The resteep was a bit more malty and earthy, but the other flavors continued to be present as well. Really, really enjoyable.

This is just a cup of yum.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1041 tasting notes

My life has been crazy hectic (in the best possible way) lately. Even though things are good I’m still feeling a bit frazzled just because I’m so busy. As a remedy, I was determined to carve out a little time for myself tonight to relax, read some of my favorite blogs, and drink some comforting tea. Since I love me some vanilla I made a big mug of this and am enjoying each and every sip. It’s a cup of vanilla deliciousness. Oh yeah, this is exactly what I’ve been wanting.

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Tea of the morning. Still loving this one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaTiff

This tea never disappoints!

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87
drank Tanyang Gongfu by Nannuoshan
1041 tasting notes

Thank you Nannuoshan for this sample!

After reading a brief description of the teas from a card Gabriele included in my samples box I thought this sounded like a nice late morning tea. The dry leaves are thin and wiry and smell like dry hay with a slight cocoa note underneath. The tea steeped to a much lighter color than I was expecting given the four minute steep time, but the results were lovely. There was a nice toasted grain flavor with hints of cocoa slipping in and out as I drank. As the tea cools there was more of a bready note at the front of the sip, which was nice in combination with the other flavors. Even with its lighter color I’d say this is a solid medium bodied tea, and I enjoyed having it in the late morning, but I also think it would be great as an afternoon tea.

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

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90
drank Gong Fu Black by Zhi Tea
1041 tasting notes

For the past few days I’ve taken a break from tea because nothing was tasting right. I even drank several cups of coffee, and I haven’t touched my coffee maker in months and months! Today I was missing my morning tea ritual, so I thought I’d give this tea a chance. (From reading this you’d think I’d stopped drinking tea for months instead of less than a week. I may be addicted, but I’m ok with that.)

This was exactly what I was hoping it would be. It was lovely and full bodied with baked bread and chocolate noted. Absolutely delicious! I’ve already resteeped it once, and I’ll probably get one more steep out of it before the morning is over.

Happy sigh…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Fjellrev

Mmm, nothing like a bready chocolatey black tea.

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88
drank Cream by Adagio Teas
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I made a cup of this to have while playing cards with my kids tonight. I am a big, big fan of the whipped cream flavor of this tea. I added sugar and cream and thoroughly enjoyed this as a dessert tea. It was also my consolation prize since I lost at UNO – much to my children’s delight.

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

I really like this one, too! It’s a great tea for blending, as well. I especially like it with Adagio’s Vanilla or with Chai spices.

ThainofBuckland

This tea hasn’t really impressed me all that much, but maybe I just need to sweeten it. I have the three ounce bag, but I don’t really find myself craving it.

rosebudmelissa

The base isn’t terrific, it has a tendency to go bitter, but I love the flavoring. I actually don’t drink it plain very often though, I usually blend it with something else.

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80

I made a pot of this earlier today. This continues to be one of my favorite vanilla mint teas. I’m not sure what mint DT uses, but it’s a good one. The flavor is very soft and smooth, and it compliments the vanilla in every way. Great afternoon tea.

Nightshifter

Same here. A lot of other mint teas are too strong and overpower everything else.

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92

Tea of the morning. I live in central New Jersey, so I woke up expecting #Blizzard2015 to be outside my door. We received maybe two inches of snow. Two inches. That said, if you live in New England be safe! The storm does look nasty.

The powers that be had already cancelled school, so the kids and I enjoyed a long leisurely breakfast while we planned out our day and laughed at the weathermen. I made a big pot of this tea, and everyone enjoyed it. Even my son, who is not a hot tea drinker, had a cup. It was deliciously malty and thick today with nice fruity note.

Looks like we might head over to the arcade for a while. It won’t be packed and absolutely insane with all of the schools being closed and next to no snow on the ground. Right? Oy. :)

Leah Naomi

I’m not sure where you live but in Bethlehem PA, the total inch count was supposed to be 6-10 inches. Not blizzard, but definitely significant. We got a total of 2-3 inches. Womp.

Veronica

I live just outside of Philly. The initial forecast we received said 24 inches… then 16… 10… 8… and we ended up with 2. :)

Leah Naomi

Haha I used to live in Drexel Hill in Delco and my friends there said the exact same thing :)

Dr Jim

I’m near Boston. We got all the snow that missed you, but it was light and fluffy, so perfect for the snow blower.

Veronica

Sorry you got our snow! At least it wasn’t the super wet and heavy stuff. That’s always a pain (literally!) to shovel. Stay safe!

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72
drank Mixed Berry by Twinings
1041 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. My daughter requested this one, and for simplicity sake I made a whole pot. I accidentally let it steep for five minutes, so I was expecting some bitterness, but thankfully there wasn’t any. There is a light juicy berry flavor – a strawberry, cherry, raspberry mix – and a brisk base tea. Not my usual Monday morning cup, but a decent cup to be sure.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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86

Thank you Angel for sending me this sample.

It used to be that when I thought of Keemums I thought of smoke, but Teavivre introduced me to a world of Keemuns that have no or very, very little smoke. I think it’s pretty well known that I love a good smoky tea, but I’m also intrigued by all of the layers of flavor that are present in Keemuns when the smoky note is absent. This offer by Teavivre is a great example.

The tea starts off with a moderate malty note followed by a light floral note and something hinting at spice. Kind of an all spice flavor, but not quite. Then there are notes of honey with a dark cocoa flavor underneath. Every now and then I’d taste plum, but I didn’t get too many stone fruit flavors. Overall, this was a very nice cup.

The second steep was completely different from the first except for the malt note. I also tasted baked bread and leather. There was much more of an earthy feel to the second cup as opposed to the first. It was much more bracing and what I’ve come to expect from Keemuns. Again, a very nice cup. I can’t even say which steep I preferred more since they were both quite tasty in their own way.

A really nice offer from Teavivre. I’m looking forward to drinking more of this one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 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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