882 Tasting Notes


I have to admit that I am a bigger fan of the old version of this blend. This version is more minty/smokey where the old version had the mint/lemongrass/tea flavor that I liked so much. This version is also much heavier which wasn’t what I was looking for in this tea.

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Hmm…you sure you have the new version? There’s no lapsang in the new one and the spearmint was halved.


I know it’s the new version. Maybe I contaminated it by keeping the bag of Foxfire Chai next to it?

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Hmm…don’t think so, as the bags are air/smell proof. That’s really interesting though. The old version was 20% lapsang by weight and the rest was a keemun that I discontinued because it was too heavy for the blend. Hmm…who knows?!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I really wanted a vanilla tea, and it turns out that this is the only one I have in my cupboard, so decaf tea at 11 am it is. Regardless of the time of day, this is a great tea. Wonderful vanilla flavor, and a good base tea.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

When it gets back in stock I really need to find some someones who want to split a pound bag of this. I don’t want the sachets and I know from experience that I don’t go through a pound of it before the vanilla is mostly worn out. :)

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drank Scottish Morn by Harney & Sons
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This has a strange almost coffee like flavor today. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s not what I was expecting either. I’m also getting a very strong dry hay smell. Strange.

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Backlogging from last night.

This is a sample from Angel and Teavivre. Thank you!

I can’t believe I don’t have a note for this one because I’m sure I had it before. It’s a beautiful tea both in appearance and taste. The dry leaves are bright green, uniform in size, and fairly flat. Once steeped they retain their beautiful color. Very pretty.

The taste is nutty and vegetal, and it feels silky smooth. As the tea cools the nutty flavor becomes stronger and has a very slight sweetness to it. It’s very nice and easily the best Long Jing I have ever tasted.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Island Blend by Design a Tea
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The sencha base works well with the mango and vanilla flavors. Everything is sweet but not candy-like. It’s light from start to finish but super tasty.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I like this tea best as a cold brew. The mint still has a good amount of strength, but it doesn’t overpower the tea. It’s not the best Moroccan Mint I’ve ever had, but it’s refreshing and easy to sip.


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Hmmmm, this had a decidedly cardboard taste to it. I think I may have over steeped it. I’ll probably lower the water temperature a little and keep a close eye on the clock the next time I make it. Even with the cardboard I could taste the pineapple. Hopefully next time I’ll get a more cake-y flavor out of it, too.

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I have been trying for years to stop drinking diet soda. My success has ranged from a few days to two months, but I always end up reaching for a Coke Zero or Diet Dr. Pepper at some point. I know it’s unhealthy, and I need to stop, but I’ve accepted that just stopping won’t work. I’ll need to replace the diet soda with something else. So, I’m keeping cold brewed teas in my fridge so I can reach for those instead of chemical filled carbonated water when I want something cool to drink.

I really enjoy this tea as a cold brew. The flavor of the green tea is very crisp and clean with a slight grassy flavor. The blueberry is more much more subtle in the cold brew than when it’s steeped in hot water, but it is the perfect amount of fruit next to the base tea.


Maybe Kombucha tea will help? it does have sugar in it… and fizz :)


It still sounds like you’re doing very well. It takes baby steps.


@Indigobloom – I’ve never tried Kombucha. One of my friends makes it, and I have to admit that it scares me. It looks like an alien brain in a jar….

@Fjellrev – Thanks! I don’t beat myself up when I slip up, but I do want to kick this habit. Baby steps all the way. :)


LOL Veronica it scared me at first too. But it helped that my first sample of it was before I actually saw the scoby (the alien looking thing)
Now I’m actually making my own :P

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My Whispering Pines order arrived yesterday which means that this lovely is back in my cup today. The rest of my order is actually a Christmas present, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold out once I had this back in the house. Thankfully I bought a whopping four ounces, so two of those ounces are back in the tin where they belong. The other two will wait under the tree for me. :)

The tea… it’s full of chocolate notes as well as cherry, malt, and honey. Once the tea cools there’s a deeper molasses flavor. There’s also the taste of multigrain bread which is so good when combined with all of the other flavors going on in this cup. The tea is moderately thick, smooth, and not astringent. It resteeps very well with more bread like flavors coming out in the second and third steep. Delicious!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I haven’t tried lots of pumpkin flavored teas this fall, but out of the ones I’ve tried this one has the most pumpkin flavor. It’s really nice with honey and milk.


yesterday, I had the Pumpkin Chai from The Tea Spot, I was really impressed with the pumpkin flavor there. I’ve had a lot of pumpkin chai teas this year and I think that one was the best.

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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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