644 Tasting Notes


I have mint on the brain. Yesterday I was at the store and couldn’t resist picking up a chocolate mint plant. While it will be in its own container it will be nestled up against my orange, sweet, and pineapple mints. I’m already looking forward to all of the minty goodness I’ll be eating and drinking this summer!

Since I was thinking about chocolate mint I decided to make myself a cup of this tea. It’s really good. Lots and lots of peppermint followed by a bit of chocolate. I can’t taste the base tea, but I don’t mind since the mint and chocolate flavors are so good.

Josie Jade

I just drank this one too and rated it the same. A little more mintiness and I would’ve given it a 100! :)


Your mint plants sound lovely. I’m hoping to grow some next year once our home extension is done. I’m thinking of growing them in containers so I can keep them under control, but I’m not sure what size container is optimal. What do you use?

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Finishing the last of this sample that I received in a trade from yappychappy (thank you!).

I wanted to try Anti V-Day to see if it was Della Terra’s Candy Cane tea made over for another holiday. By now I guess everyone knows that it is. This is fine with me because I loved Candy Cane, so remakes make me smile. The tea is an excellent mix of mint and vanilla with a good black tea base. Out of all the DT teas I’ve tried this on resteeps the best. Just one more reason to love this tea!

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drank Starry Night by The Tea Place
644 tasting notes

This has become my favorite vanilla tea. It is delicious, and with a little cream and sugar it is a great before bed treat.

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I really like this tea. It’s so rich and flavorful. I love the big pieces of coconut in my brew basket, and I really love that there is no artificial taste but instead a clean, sweet fruit flavor. Plus, the tea itself is really bold and pairs beautifully with the coconut. Love, love, love it!

Miss Starfish

This sounds lovely! Onto the wishlist it goes!

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I was in the mood for a dessert tea, and this one fit the bill. Sweet,creamy, lots of flavor, and much better for me than the carton of ice cream I’m avoiding in the freezer. Sadly, I used the last of my sample. This one will be missed until it can be replaced!


great… i’m spending my august/september tea budget in advance… i just added this one to my shopping list.


This one’s a winner. I think I broke down and placed a Della Terra order right after I posted this review. :)


have you read any of my posts? are you aware that i have imposed a moratorium on tea purchases until august at least??? ARGH! tea smashing budget enabling websites!!!


Oops. :)

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Used my last bit of this today. I’ll be ordering more. It’s a great basic black to have around. Stronger than a lot of teas, but no bitterness or astringency. Perfect way to get myself way to get myself going in the morning.

Today I was doubly thankful for this tea. My daughter had to go back to school because her school chose to end spring break two days early to make up for the days they missed from Hurricane Sandy. Needless to say, my girl was not a happy spirit when she came to the breakfast table this morning. She eased in to her day with a cup of Strawberry Cream. I drank my tea and avoided all conversation while she grumbled about the unfairness of life. Thank heaven her brother, who goes to a different school and is still on spring break, was asleep. By the time I had resteeped my tea she was heading out the door and even managed a polite goodbye before walking to the bus stop. Sometimes twelve-year-olds can be scary little creatures. *shudders * :)


I love working with fifth graders—they’re about my favorite people on the planet. But around spring break time, something snaps as they’re edging toward the magic “12” and they start losing their little minds :) Hang in there!


Thanks. This has been an interesting year. :) Of course when I think back to my junior high years I can’t really blame her. That’s a tough age for any kid.

Tea Sipper

I think Zen is discontinuing this one after their sale, so you might want to order soon! :D


Gah. I am broke until next week, so hopefully it will still be there (fingers crossed!).

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Herbal of the night. Lots of mango flavor, but the passionfruit seems to be missing. Sweet, fruity, juicy. Ah, the passionfruit comes out as the tea cools. Now it’s lots of passionfruit with the mango coming in at the end of the sip. As far as bagged teas go this one isn’t bad.

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drank Ambrosia by Custom-Adagio Teas
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This is one tasty herbal. Lots of peach flavor with strong apricot notes slipping in here and there. The honeybush and vanilla give the tea a creamy flavor so that this is almost a peaches and cream tea, but not quite. There is a slight floral note at the end of the sip that I love. It takes the tea from being another yummy fruity herbal to something special.

Thank you, Lariel for sharing such a generous sample with me! I will enjoy every sip.

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I had a (really good) citrusy IPA earlier, and it’s stuck in my brain. I was getting ready to make myself some lemon jasmine tea when I remembered that I had put this in the refrigerator to cold brew last night. It isn’t citrus, but it is fruity and delicious. Cold brewing makes this almost delicate. It’s soft with the flavors of the green tea, blueberry and mallow flower blending beautifully. The only thing I don’t like is a hint of bitterness I get at the end of the sip. Other than that it’s wonderful.

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My morning cup. This is an ok Ceylon, but it was too light for my first cup of the day. This is more of an afternoon tea.

The tea has a very slight floral taste as well as a note of hay. It was a bit dry on the back of the throat. I was reminded of late summer when everything has been baked by the sun for weeks on end. Dry and crisp but also a little hazy around the edges.

This tea was from the teabox, and while I liked it it’s not a tea I see myself buying. It was nice to try though.

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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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