1036 Tasting Notes

drank Cream by Adagio Teas
1036 tasting notes

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.

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

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.


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.


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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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.


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

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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.


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.


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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drank Mixed Berry by Twinings
1036 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.

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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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.

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

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I had this tea last night after getting an email from Whispering Pines saying that my order has shipped and is on its way to me. And what did I order? Why 4 ounces of this tea, of course! I was so excited when Brenden said he would sell discontinued blends as long as at least four ounces is purchased (and as long as he has the ingredients). It’s totally worth it to not have to say goodbye to a favorite tea, in my opinion! Especially a tea that taste just like mint chocolate chip and the only ingredients are tea and organic mint. Yay!

P.S. I also bought four ounces of the December blend because it’s also fantastic. Thanks, Brenden, for the awesome customer service.

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Another tea from this morning. I continue to be a fan of the lemony note added to this Earl Grey. Between the lemon and vanilla notes this comes close to being a dessert tea. It reminds me of lemon pudding with a bergamot-y kick. Yum.

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I don’t have access to my computer at the moment, so I’m attempting to catch up on tasting notes via my phone. I ask your forgiveness ahead of time for all of the autocorrect errors I’m sure I’ll miss. :)

This was my morning cup. It was heavy and filled with malt and earthy notes along with some smoke and a touch of sweetness. So basically it was awesome.

I know this was a limited edition tea, but I’m really hoping A&D will reblend it next year. This is an excellent fall/winter tea!


I loved this one! Tippy’s Early Bird is pretty close.


That’s good to know! I don’t think I’ve tried anything from Tippy’s yet, so I’ll have to check them out.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1036 tasting notes

I saw Ost’s tea note on this tea and decided I needed a cup of my own. This is such a nice vanilla cuppa!

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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.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 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.


New Jersey, USA



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