884 Tasting Notes

84
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
884 tasting notes

I was thinking about making iced tea with this, but I decided to keep it simple and have it hot. Hot or cold this tea is delicious. A wonderful sweet pineapple flavor with the grassy notes of the green tea fading in and out. I already know this is going to be a summertime staple. It’s light, refreshing and insanely tasty. H&S, ya done good.

Hesper June

I definitely love having this tea around in the summertime for cold brewing. Its great. But, I do love to have it hot too:)

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88

I had some extra time this afternoon to relax with tea, so I thought it would be a good time to try a tea I knew would be good for several steeps. I chose this one because I loved the idea of something lighter and spring-y.

The first steep had strong vegetal flavors and a buttery smoothness that was highly enjoyable. There was a little dryness on the back of my throat, but it was very mild. The second steep had fewer vegetal notes and many more buttery ones. No astringency at all. The third steep was very soft with a light sweetness and something almost floral but not. I enjoyed this steep a lot. The fourth steep brought back a bit of the buttery, smooth notes, but other than that it was fairly weak.

The second and third steeps were my favorites, but I thoroughly enjoyed this tea from start to finish. Thank you Angel and Teavivire for the chance to try this tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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95

Tea of the morning. This is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. It’s wonderfully malty and has rich, dark chocolate notes and a hint of sweetness. The second steep is sweeter than the first with notes of raw honey playing against the chocolate. Delicious.

The generous sample Angel at Teavivire sent me is almost gone. Another one I need to order!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

This is a great morning tea. I finished off my sample from Angel, but my order is on it’s way! Can’t wait!

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78
drank Hazelnut Truffle by Tea Forte
884 tasting notes

From the HHTTB2

This tea is unsweetened dark chocolate and hazelnut. The tea itself smells like a box of chocolates, and each sip very much hazelnut truffle. As the tea cools it does have a fair amount of bitterness, so if I were to have this again I’d make a point of drinking it while it’s very warm.

This tea is making me wish that the Naked Chocolate Cafe in Philadelphia was still open. They had amazing truffles and drinking chocolate!

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

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61

From the HHTTB2

I really wanted to like this tea, but it’s a middle of the road tea for me. The dry leaves are very pretty with a nice amount of rose petals mixed in with the tea leaves. Given the amount of petals in my infuser I was expecting a rather rosy tea, but there was only a faint rose taste. The vanilla flavor was also very faint. The base tea is alright. It’s not bitter or astringent, but there was nothing remarkable about it.

I think I’m going to start looking for other vanilla/rose teas. It sounds like something I would love.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Lavender Earl Grey by Rishi Tea
884 tasting notes

From the HHTTB2

This is a pretty good Earl Grey. There’s lots of bergamot and lots of lavender. The two flavors are well balanced against each other, but they are both so strong that I can’t taste the base tea. I can say there was no bitterness to my cup, and the tea was very smooth. I just wish the tea itself had more of a presence.

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76

From the HHTTB2

Helloooooo, clove! There are lots spices here, but the clove is much stronger than the rest. It does remind me of gingerbread, and I can see how this would be nice to have during the fall and winter months. I can see myself picking up a sample size at some point around the holidays.

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

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50
drank Aztec Sweet Chili by Yogi Tea
884 tasting notes

From the HHTTB2

I actually had this tea last night. They have apparently changed the name from Mexican to Aztec Sweet Chili. My tea bag had the Mexican Sweet Chili label.

This herbal is odd. So very odd. The smell is strongly of licorice and fennel. The initial sip is watery followed by a lot of sweetness from the licorice with the spices – cinnamon, clove, and cardamom – kind of blending in. Right behind the sweetness is a savory punch from the fennel and anise, and then there is the heat from the ginger, pepper, and cayenne. This is all in one sip. The heat builds in the back of the throat with each sip which I liked, and the licorice coated my throat pretty well which made me think this might be good to keep on hand for sick days. It’s a crazy mix of flavors though, and nothing really blends. And I couldn’t get past thinking this is a strange tea.

Not a tea I would purchase, but it was fun to try. I will admit I was laughing while I drank it because it is so not in my wheelhouse.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
sherapop

What is HHTTB2? Sorry if that’s a stupid question. ;-)

Veronica

It’s the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2. I’m just to lazy to write that each time. :)

sherapop

Thanks… it’s a bit cryptic… Lol

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Tea of the morning. I enjoy the malt and cocoa notes in this tea. They’re not super heavy, but they definitely contribute to the rich feel of the tea overall. There is also a bit of spiciness at the back of the sip. It reminds me of all spice I think. It’s not something I’ve tasted before in this tea, but it’s really nice. There’s just a touch of smokiness which is pairing nicely with the all spice note today. Very nice.

Thank you Angel and Teavivre for letting me sample this lovely tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
looseTman

Yum! I agree. When is the next TeaVivre sale?!

Veronica

Not soon enough!

Lariel of Lórien

This is note is making me impatient for my next sampler from Teavivre.

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78
drank Jungle Monkey Chai by Tea Xotics
884 tasting notes

From the HHTTB2

A coconut, banana, chocolate chai that won’t keep me awake all night? I’m there.

This is a nice herbal. I like the robust coconut flavor and the sweetness of the banana. I don’t taste the chocolate at all. I kinda wish it were there even a little. I do like that the rooibos does not have a strong medicinal taste or an overly strong woody note. All in all this is a good herbal. I think my kids would enjoy it even more than I did.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

Were the spices strong?

Veronica

No, they were pretty mild. Coconut was the dominant flavor followed by banana. The spice was kinda hanging out in the background.

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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.

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64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

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