690 Tasting Notes

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drank Adam by Nina's Paris
690 tasting notes

I was expecting a mint tea with a hint of lemon, but this turned out to be a lemon tea with the faintest hint of spearmint. To be fair, this was made from a sample, so it’s entirely possible that a lot of lemon peel ended up in my infuser. That said this was a very nice cuppa. It was very clean and bright with the lemon tasting perfectly natural. This is a tea I’d like to try again and will consider ordering at some point in the future. I’d like to see if the mint, which was such a slight flavor in my cup, is as good as the lemon. If it is then I’d love to have this in my cupboard on a regular basis.

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84
drank Honey Nut Biscotti by Kally Tea
690 tasting notes

Backlogging from yesterday.

First cup of the morning. I’ve been holding on to this sample for a while, but when I was thinking about having a pastry and tea for breakfast I knew it was a perfect time to give this one a try. I chose to be lazy and have tea and toast instead of getting dressed and driving to the bakery. Some Saturdays are meant to be spent doing as little as possible.

Really good. Lots of honey flavor at the front of the sip with the cookie/pastry note coming after. There’s a very slight spiciness – something like cinnamon – that is really pleasant. It doesn’t overwhelm the tea in any way, but it really enhances to the cookie flavor. The honey flavor is strong, and this is a sweet tea. I didn’t see a need to reach for the sugar bowl. This is a definite plus in my book. I love having dessert teas that are satisfying and completely guilt free.

One more tea added to my shopping list. This is a good one.

gmathis

With the appropriate toppings, spread an inch thick, toast definitely qualifies as pastry!

Josie Jade

Glad you liked this one too! :)

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
690 tasting notes

Today I found out that my best friend is moving to another state. I am happy for her and her family,(wonderful job opportunity!) but I’m sad she won’t be within walking distance anymore. Needless to say, I wanted some comfort, and without hesitation I turned to my trusted EGC. Tonight it’s soothing and steady. Just what I need.

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86
drank Vanilla black tea by Zen Tea
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I received this sample with my recent ZenTeaLife order. This is a tea I’ve almost ordered many, many times, so I was happy to be able to try it. Yay for free samples!

Oh, this is good. If you’re someone who likes vanilla tea then give this one a shot. Lots of vanilla bean flavor. Kind of that richer fuller vanilla taste that coats the tongue. High yummy factor. As always, the base tea is a good one. It holds its own with the vanilla. It’s strong but not bitter or astringent. Good grief this is good. I’m thinking this could easily work its way into my normal morning tea rotation.

I still have quite a bit of Starry Night from Art of Tea, so I don’t think I’ll be ordering another vanilla tea too soon, but when I am ready to order it’ll be this one.

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This is a very good blueberry green, but the water temp and timing have to be exact. If the water is too hot or the leaves are allowed to steep for longer than 90 seconds the tea becomes horribly bitter. Brewed properly this is a wonderful tea. Lots of blueberry with a great green tea base. I like how the vegetal flavor of the green tea pairs with the blueberry flavor. I tried it with and without sugar, and I prefer it without because the tea is wonderfully balanced on its own.

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86
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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It’s raining and cool today, so I decided to make myself a cup of this for breakfast. I forgot how much I like the cranberry in this tea. It lends the perfect amount of tartness to the sweet almond flavor. Love this tea!!!

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78
drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
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Another tea from the tea box. I swear I’m almost through my small mountain of samples!!!

Moment of truth, I don’t like sweet potato pie. It’s a texture issue. So I was excited to try this tea because I could enjoy the taste of sweet potato pie without having to eat it. That’s a win, win in my book.

The tea is nice. Rich and earthy with just a hint of sweetness. I thought at first that the sweetness was honey, but now I’m thinking caramel. I’m not getting anything that says pastry. Added a bit of sugar which heightened the sweet potato and caramel flavors. It’s nice, but I think the tea was just as nice without the added sweetness. If I were to have this again I’d drink it straight and just enjoy the deep mix of flavors.

gmathis

To this day, my family makes fun because I can’t stand mashed potatoes—the texture thing. I totally understand what you’re talking about. And bananas. Same reason. (Hmm…sweet potato and banana tea?)

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85
drank Blood Orange by Zen Tea
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I received this as a sample with my last ZenTeaLife order. Blood oranges are one of my favorite fruits. I’m also big fan of citrus flavors in tea, so I have high hopes for this one.

Mmmm. I really like this. Plenty of orange flavor, but not so much that it hides the base tea. I wouldn’t swear that this is blood orange, but it does leave a nice tang on the tongue in much the same way orange juice does. I added some sugar and milk which turned this into a wonderful orange creamsicle treat. So good!

Oh yeah, I’ll definitely enjoy the rest of this sample, and it’s more than possible that I’ll add this to my next ZenTeaLife order. Which will be the next time they have a sale (sssh, don’t tell my husband!).

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97
drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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Sipdown!

I am sad, sad, sad to see this one go. Every cup, from start to finish, was a joy. I signed up to be notified if this tea is ever reblended, so maybe someday it’ll find its way back into my cup. For now, I’m enjoying one more cup of lemony, cake-y, yummy goodness.

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100
drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Another “have to have” tea for me. I tried it iced for the first time, and while it was good I like it more hot. The wonderful bergamot and vanilla flavors become muted when it’s iced. They’re still there, but – blah.

As a hot tea this is easily my favorite EGC, so I’ll save this one for my mug and find a different EG for my iced tea glass.

Kittenna

Yeah, I think I iced (or chilled) an ECG once, and the creaminess just gets so muted. Much tastier warm.

Tea Sipper

Yeah, this will definitely be the EGC I buy when I run out (probably sooner than many other kinds of teas).

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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.

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