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461 Tasting Notes

85

Cold brewed this and have been sipping it sweetened with some simple syrup. The peach flavor is nice, and I even tasted more of the apricot notes this time. The next time I make this I think I’m going to hot brew it and then ice it so that I get more of the woody flavor as well.

I’m enjoying having multiple iced teas in my fridge again. I think I might find some herbals to cold brew, too. Night time iced tea sipping!

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89
drank Irish Breakfast by Wegmans
461 tasting notes

It’s been months since I’ve had this one because I automatically reach for O’Sullivan’s Favourite when I think of Irish Breakfast. That’s a shame because this is a very solid tea. There is a nice maltiness and the flavor of good bread. It is a bit thick reminding me of coffee (a good thing in my opinion). Of course it takes milk and sugar like a dream. A very nice offering overall, and one that should find its way into my teapot far more often.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Leather, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Sounds dreamy! Not sure how far east I’d have to drive (Missouri) before hitting a Wegmans. Isn’t it nice to find a solid, reliable store brand?

Veronica

It is nice having a good store brand! To be honest I feel really spoiled by my grocery store’s tea section. It’s huge! I’ve moved around enough to know I’m really lucky.

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
461 tasting notes

Last tea of the day. I sipped on this while waiting for my daughter to finish the final performance of her school’s spring musical. This year they performed The Secret Garden, and I have to say the kids did an amazing job. Anyway, it was nice to have this always lovely decaf on hand to enjoy while they were breaking down the backdrops and props. It took much longer than I thought it would, but it was great to see them all having fun and working together.

Given how much I like this tea I think I will add Harney and Sons Vanilla Black to my shopping list. I probably won’t place an order with them until the fall, but vanilla tea is good any time of the year! :)

gmathis

V/Comoro is a wonderful blender-inner, too!

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71
drank Passionfruit by Adagio Teas
461 tasting notes

I cold brewed to the remainder of this tea thinking I would like it more cold than I did hot. As a cold brew the perfuminess of the tea is considerably less which is good. There is still a lot of fruit flavor, but its not quite the passion fruit taste I’m looking for. It’s a bit too much like candy with its over the top sweetness. I had no problem finishing my glass, but I don’t think I’ll be reordering this one. I think I’ll give Teajo’s passion fruit tea a try next. I definitely want to find a good one before the weather warms up.

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93
drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
461 tasting notes

Tea of the morning, and it was so good. Bread-y, chocolate-y, malt-y perfection. The second steep was just as good with less of the crusty bread note and more sweetness. This has become my Saturday morning tea because it is such a treat, and I like being able to sit and really enjoy all of the flavors. Also, this pairs exceptionally well with a veggie omelet.

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

Nice, I ought to try it already. My pouch has been sitting around unopened for a while. :)

Veronica

Yes, try it! You can thank me later. ;-)

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80

This tea has been in my cup all week. The soft vanilla mint flavor seemed to bridge the gap between winter and spring. I used the last of my leaves tonight, and of course it was the best cup ever. Sweet and delicious but not overpowering in any way. Perfect for a relaxing night of reading and snuggling with my cat.

This is a tea I’ll happily order next winter.

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

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78

Yesterday I hot brewed this to make iced tea. I let it cool on the table and then chilled it in the fridge. Today I am rewarded with a very nice pitcher of tasty tea. The lavender and Earl Grey are wonderful iced, and the base tea keeps its strength without turning bitter. I added a quarter cup of sugar to the tea while it was still hot which helps to highlight the bergamot and floral notes without making the tea too sweet.

Mmmm, this is good. I’m sure the pitcher will be empty before the weekend is over. We’re actually supposed to have nice weather here tomorrow, so I might get the chance to sit on my porch sipping iced EG and planning my spring garden. Yay!

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78

We had a rainy day here (soooo much better than snow), and I thought a Moroccan mint tea would be perfect for the day. The addition of pepper here is nice, but I still miss the smokiness of the gunpowder green tea. Still, it was a highly enjoyable cup!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
461 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. I like the coconut and lemongrass in this chai. I added a little sugar and some milk to my cup, but next time I think I’ll add honey and possibly some coconut milk. Overall not a bad chai. It’ll be nice for those days when I want something sweet and spicy but a little different from my traditional masala and chocolate chais.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I have been holding on to this oolong for far too long. Oolongs are hit or miss with me, so I’ve let the ones that I have sit in my cupboard unloved until I get in an oolong-y mood. Such a mood struck me tonight, and while it is going to wreak havoc on my sleep it has been a blessing to my taste buds.

This has a beautiful floral note with a nice bit of sweetness. After that there is a roasty note followed by a sharp, but not unpleasant, dryness. I just looked at other tasting notes, and, yes, honeysuckle is what I’m tasting. Wow, this is nice. Sleep be damned. This tea is worth it.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey

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I have always been curious about tea, but I didn’t give in to a full fledged obsession until 2010. I’ve enjoyed every new discovery, and my garden has loved the mini mountain of tea leaves that’s been added to the soil! Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

While drinking tea I enjoy indulging in my other passions which include reading (the classics and mysteries), music, gardening, and crochet. I have a small business called the Leaf Street Thread Company, and I’m excited to have many of my handmade items sold at stores in the Philadelphia area.

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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