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485 Tasting Notes


Thank you Angel of Teavivre for this sample!

I could kick myself for not trying this tea sooner. It is exceptional. The infusion is a beautiful amber color, and it smells slightly bready. At the first sip I taste maltiness followed by a slight sweetness . Yum. Really yum. The tea feels smooth and rich, but it is also light. This tea makes me want to slow down and enjoy everything it has to give. One cup turns into two which turns into the whole pot. I have no regrets. :)

Looks like I’m going to have to make room on my shelf because this tea will become part of my permanent stash.

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drank Very Raspberry by Teajo Teas
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I had this as an iced tea, and it was outstanding. The raspberry in this tea is so well done that it taste like a mix of juice and tea. It was sweet and smooth. Never before have I had an iced tea where the word smooth came to mind! Crisp, yes. Refreshing, sure. But deliciously smooth? Not until today. The funny thing is I’m not usually a huge raspberry fan. I am, however, a fan of this tea.

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drank Moroccan Mint by Teavana
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Mmmmm, I love this tea. Definitely one of my favorites. The smokiness from the gunpowder green tea, the sweetness from the mint, the clean crisp bite at the end of the sip is all wonderful.

I’m almost out of this tea, and I’m seriously considering braving the mall this weekend to pick up some more. If that’s not love (or insanity) I don’t know what is.

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I really like this chai. It is spicy and smooth. The vanilla notes are amazing. All of the spices work incredibly well together. There is no particular spice that dominates the rest. So good.

There were two things that threw me for a loop. First, I couldn’t taste the chocolate. I could see the chocolate pieces in the dry tea, but once it was brewed it was like they never existed. Second, this tea has a strong honey flavor to me. I quickly looked at the other reviews of this tea, and I don’t see notes about a honey taste elsewhere. Now don’t get me wrong I really like this chai and will happily finish off the rest of my tin. I just wish I knew what my taste buds were up to.

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Woke up late. My daughter missed the bus. My cat decided this morning was a good time to play hide-and-seek. Yeah. It was obvious I wouldn’t have time this morning to make a pot of tea, so I looked at my bagged teas and chose this one. Such a good choice. After scraping the ice off my car windows I had a lovely cup of spicy tea waiting for me. Between my Hot Cinnamon Spice and my daughter’s cup of Candy Cane Lane the car smelled divine, and we had a nice talk as I drove her to school. Bad day averted.

Stephanie V

I love this post. Glad your day turned around so quickly and in such a nice way!

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This is such a lovely blend. It taste amazing. I really like the mix of peppermint and spearmint and how it combines so nicely with the holy basil. It’s perfect for when I want an herbal late at night, but I’m not in the mood for something fruity or overly sweet.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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My Harney order arrived today, and while the tins (Boston and Paris) are two of my Christmas gifts, I figure the samples included in the box are fair game. As luck would have it one of the samples is Paris, so I get to try my new tea early and still stay on the nice list!

Sigh… I think I under steeped the tea. It has a slight lemon flavor, but I don’t taste the fruit or caramel at all. I’ve never had this tea before, but given all of the amazing reviews there has to be more to it than this. Looks like I will be waiting on Christmas for this tea after all.

I’m going to hold off on rating this one until I’ve tried it using loose leaf. No sense in giving a poor rating when I’m pretty sure the mistake was mine.

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This is a really good Irish Breakfast tea. It’s simple and steady and just… good. I guess all tea drinkers need one or two basic teas (black, green, or otherwise) that they can turn to time after time. When it comes to strong black tea this is my choice.

I bumped my rating up a bit because I finally wrote out my rating system (although it’s still rather vague) and I feel like this tea could be a mainstay in my pantry for a while.


A true Irish name! :)
Sounds like one I would enjoy!


They have this at my almost local tea shop, Tin Roof Teas. I need to give it a try, especially since my daughter is marrying a young tea lover from Ireland!


I have always wanted to go to Ireland. I told my husband one day I’m going to go there,sit in a pub for hours on end and just listen to the other customers talk. :) Oh, and drink tea, of course.

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drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
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This is my attempt to keep the cold and dreary weather at bay. When everything is getting darker and colder, it’s nice to have a tea on hand that’s bright, crisp, and sweet. I really like the pineapple in here, and I like how the clean taste of the green tea lingers after the sip. Really enjoyable.

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I’m in love with this tea. It is so rich and flavorful! Today I’m getting a creamy note that I don’t usually get. It makes the tea seem more decadent than usual. Not coconut cream pie, but more like an amazing coconut latte (but with no milk!). This works in my favor since I choose this tea in an attempt to keep me away from all of the sugary goodies that are starting to creep into my house. That’s one of those things I love and hate about the holidays….

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- 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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