1022 Tasting Notes

84

This has some very nice creamy pumpkin pie notes. There is also a nuttiness from the roobios which I guess could lend a pie crust note, but there are no pastry flavors. That’s ok though. The pumpkin and spice flavors are enough to make me a fan of this one.

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

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100

Goodness, this is an excellent tea. It’s biscuity with deep cocoa notes. There’s also a nuttiness and a smooth, sweet caramel finish. I lowered my water temp to 205° F, and it kept the tea from having any astringency. This is probably the way I’ll prepare this one from now on. It really is delicious. I think I fall in love with this tea a bit more each time I drink it.

I’m bumping my rating up to 100. This is a tea I adore.

(previous rating 98)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
MzPriss

I love this one too

Veronica

I have four teas rated at 100, and three of them are from Whispering Pines. I might be addicted. :)

MzPriss

Yeah, it’s a problem. I have the same problem with Mandala and Verdant too

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This makes me smile :) So happy that you’re all enjoying my stuff! :D

MzPriss

Good stuff.

Marzipan

I need this one!

Veronica

@Brenden – I totally agree with MzPriss, good stuff. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) I’m excited for the good stuff that will be released on July 1st! :)

Veronica

@MzPriss – You and kimquat have me hooked on Mandala. Thank you. ;-)

MzPriss

You are very welcome. It’s good stuff too. And Garret is awesome.

Veronica

Stuff that was out of stock or new stuff? Or both?

MzPriss

Marzipan – you really do. Reeeeely

Veronica

Oh mercy. I made a new deal with myself that I will only make one online order a month. Looks like July will go to Whispering Pines. :)

Marzipan

It was out of stock last time there was a % off code. :(

MzPriss

That’s because it’s so f-ing good

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Truth! I have never sold out of a tea faster than this one!

Veronica

Yeah, I have no doubt there will be a rush on this one again. Too many of us only bought one ounce last time. Won’t make that mistake again! I want to try the Bi Luo Chun, too!

TheTeaFairy

Hehe…that’s why I hoarded on it…muahahaha!!!

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91

(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)

Tea of the morning. I’ve been sipping on this one for hours now. It’s so pleasant and… clean. It steeps into a light liquid – much lighter than I was expecting. The taste is slightly grassy at first with citrus-y notes following and getting stronger in later steeps. The sweetness of this tea took me by surprise, but I have enjoyed it from cup to cup. Even in later steeps as the lemon/citrus flavor becomes more dominant there is still an overall sweetness to the tea. Very refreshing and calming.

MzPriss

This is is one of my very very very favorite teas ever. Ever. For sure my favorite sheng so far. I’m glad you like this.

Veronica

I like it a lot. In fact, I’m still drinking it. I often get bored with a tea and just move on, but this one has managed to keep my attention all morning. Thanks for adding it to the box!

MzPriss

You’re welcome. It’s one of those happy teas.

Garret

Gettin’ down with the Wild Monk. So happy that you enjoyed it!

I brewed some of this for a tea session I did with a local restaurant yesterday. This place is a high-end, gourmet, local sourcing place – the staff there are really into flavors, wines,etc. This was the tea that they found the most interesting steeping after steeping. They were quite enamored with it.

Thanks for writing up your thoughts on it!

Veronica

I would find it difficult to not be enamored by this tea! Noble Mark is the next tea I get to try from your company. Now that I’m getting over my fear of Pu’er I’m loving the experience of trying different ones.

Garret

Oh, I do hope you enjoy the Noble Mark. That has been my first tea of the day for over 2 years. I recommend a full boil with this one. Raw and ripe are two quite different animals. I tend to brew young raw teas starting at 195f and increasing temp as I get into further infusions. But… I also completely dig the full on boil with some young ones, as well. I like to experiment with the raw pu’er a little more as far as steeping temps and times.

If you like where the Noble Mark is going, I look forward to you trying the newest ripe I just had pressed. It won’t be available for a couple months likely, as I am letting the teas dry/acclimate after just being steamed and pressed.

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55

I cold brewed this, and I thought I would love it, but I don’t. Apparently my taste are changing/have changed over time. I have tried several teas lately that I know I would have loved a year or so ago, but now they’re just… meh. That’s not a bad thing. Heaven knows there are a lot of teas I’m enjoying right now, and exploring new teas is too much fun to get too stuck on one set of teas!

Anyway, this tea… the jasmine overpowers both the mint and the green tea. I don’t get a Moroccan Mint flavor in any way. This is jasmine tea from start to finish.

Preparation
Iced

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85
drank Pear Spice by Design a Tea
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Now that I’m almost out of this one I’m starting to like it a lot. Go figure. Tonight’s cup had a very good balance between the pear and the spice. The pear was the main flavor with the cinnamon and nutmeg acting as highlighters to the fruit. Delicious.

I’m still planning on ordering straight pear tea with my next DAT order, but I’m upping my rating on this one because this is a cup of yum.

(previous rating: 74)

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

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79
drank Scottish Morn by Harney & Sons
1022 tasting notes

This was my morning cup. I picked up several samples from H&S, and I chose this one because I’m a big fan of a good Irish Breakfast tea. The description on Harney’s site said this tea was even more robust than its Irish counterpart, so into my cart it went.

This is in fact a very robust tea. Strong and malty, it has enough of a caffeine kick to get you going on a Monday, but it’s smooth and rich enough to do it in style. It takes milk and sugar very well, and while it isn’t a complicated tea it is absolutely enjoyable.

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

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80
drank August Peach Oolong by Fusion Teas
1022 tasting notes

Nice. The peach flavor is fresh and juicy, and the oolong has a thick roasty taste. The combination is very pleasant, and I can see myself drinking this a lot this summer. This is another tea I want to try iced or as a cold brew. I bet this is even better cold than it is hot.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
1022 tasting notes

I don’t love this. From the description I thought I would. In fact, I was sure I would, but the chocolate has that strange fake flavor that leaves a funky aftertaste. The hazelnut is nice, but there’s not enough of it for my liking. Oh well. This just isn’t a me kinda tea.

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

Not in love with this one either…

Veronica

I’m really glad I bought a sample instead of a whole tin!

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90
drank SBT: Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
1022 tasting notes

I’m pretty strict about the amount of caffeine my kids consume after school. They are both natural night owls, so giving them caffeine after noon is just asking for trouble. Since they are almost done with school (they still have a half day on Monday) and the first day of summer is tomorrow I decided to break out the SBT bag and let them choose a flavor. This eventually won out.

This tea does taste a lot like rainbow sherbet! It has a kind of mixed fruity sweetness and a creamy note that gives it a sherbet vibe. Both of my kids loved it immediately, and I have to say their mom downed her glass pretty quickly, too. Looks like this will be a reorder.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec
52teas

This is one of my personal favorites too.

Veronica

This one could give cotton candy (my kids’ favorite iced tea flavor of all time) a run for its money!

Marzipan

Oh good, I picked both with my kickstarter.

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96

Tea break! I was needing something decadent, and this chocolate-y minty goodness fit the bill. Because I was being decadent I added some sugar and cream. The result is a tea that reminds me so much of Thin Mint cookies. There is the dark chocolate note followed by a kick of mint. It’s nice to have a tea that satisfies my sweet tooth enough to keep me away from the junk food that’s lurking in my pantry. ;-)

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

This sounds really good.

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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.

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