789 Tasting Notes


This is a nice one. Very floral with something that hints at spice after the sip. There’s also notes of hay and the astringency that’s common with Darjeelings. Mmmmm. AS the tea cools I get more fruit than flowers. A lot of fruit actually. Very sweet and bright.

Thanks OMGsrsly for sending this to me. It’s been on my shopping list for forever, so it’s nice to finally have the chance to try it. It’s delicious! Also, it’s staying on my shopping list because I’m probably going to need more of this sooner rather than later. :)

In other news… I am officially finished with Christmas orders! I put the tag and cleaning instructions on the last two pieces I made, and they are boxed up and about to be shipped out. My Christmas vacation has begun! Yay!!!


go you!

Terri HarpLady

Enjoy your break!
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Yay, vacation time!


Glad you enjoyed it! (YAY VACATION! :) )

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Confession time… I have never been a big fan of maple. I’ve always found it to be jaw clinchingly sweet even it small quantities. Please don’t hate me. Since I’ve never been a maple fan I’ve always avoided maple teas. Big mistake. This is some yummy stuff.

There’s plenty of sweetness from the maple, but compared to maple syrup it’s fairly low key and easy to enjoy. It did throw me off that the base tea doesn’t have a distinct taste. Normally this bugs me, but in this case it works. There was a lovely smoothness to the tea, and no astrigncy or bitterness. I added a little milk which enhanced the smoothness even more. So good.

Thank you, OMGsrsly for sending this tea my way and in such a generous amount that I can enjoy several more cups. I’m going to hide it from the rest of my family so I can keep it all to myself. :)


I actually love this iced with sweetened condensed milk. Or even just milk if you don’t do sugar. :) Glad you gave it a try! The base tea is actually super nice, and blends seamlessly into the maple. IIRC it’s a nilgiri black.

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I like this tea, but I find myself wanting more from it. There is the a light note of pineapple and something else… I’m thinking it’s the mango… which is nice, but it’s almost too subtle. I can’t taste the base tea at all. To be fair, I did a two minute steep which was the shortest recommended time on the package. Next time I’ll start with a three minute steep and go from there. Also, adding sugar to my cup really boosted the fruity flavors, but the base tea still could not be tasted.

I think this one has promise. I ended up sending quite a bit of this out in swaps, but there’s still plenty to play with. I might even try making an iced tea out of it just for fun.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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I was decadent this morning and walked to the bakery for cinnamon rolls before waking my kids up for school. We’ve been eating lots and lots of oatmeal lately, so this was a nice change of pace. My plan was to make a pot of Assam to balance out some of the sweetness from the pastry, but as soon as I saw my little tin of Boston sitting in the cabinet I decided it must be our morning tea. It was perfect. The almond and cranberry in the tea were lovely alongside the sweet rolls. Definitely a nice way to start a Tuesday.


That sounds like an awesome flavour pairing.

Tea Sipper

My plan is to make some blueberry maple oatmeal tomorrow… but those cinnamon rolls sound amazing too. :D


Oooh, I think this tea would be great with blueberry and maple. I bet the flavors would play off of each other beautifully!

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drank Cherry Sencha by Premium Steap
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I probably shouldn’t be drinking caffeinated drinks right now, but this one was calling to me. I’m going to have to try some other Senchas because this one is quickly becoming one of my favorite green teas. It’s so light and clean yet full of flavor. Oh yeah, I like.

Bumping my rating up on this one.

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I went digging through my teas, and this was the tisane that popped out at me. Guess I’m in a lemon kinda mood. The flavor profile is the same: lots of lemon throughout the sip with the ginger slowly building at the back of the throat. Definitely chases the chills away.

This would be really good iced. I hope I remember that when warmer weather makes its return.

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drank Organic Darjeeling by Wegmans
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My morning cup. Nice, easy to sip, and it’s keeping me warm. While this isn’t my favorite Darjeeling I’d never turn down a cup if it was offered. I find this has a lot more floral notes and far fewer toasty ones than other Darjeeling blends making it taste more like a first flush Darjeeling though I doubt it is.

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I haven’t had this one in a while and thought it’d be a nice way to start my Saturday. This is one of the teas that opened my eyes and made me realize there was more out there than Lipton tea bags. Thank you Harney and Sons for that!

I still love that it taste like red hot candies, and I love the way the clove flavor builds as I keep sipping. The last time I bought this I purchase the sachets instead of loose leaf, and while the flavor is still good I do think I like the loose leaf more. With the loose leaf the clove and orange notes are more apparent, or at least that’s what I’m remembering. Bagged tea or loose, I’m happy to have this in my cup.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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Oh man, I needed this. I’ve been going and going all day. It’s nice to finally sit down with some tea and catch up on what everyone else has in their cups.

There is a lot of vanilla in this cup. Way more than usual. This is in no way a complaint. In fact, I’m really liking it. There’s still a good amount of bergamot as well, but it’s definitely vanilla heavy. Regardless, it’s delicious, and I’m hoping it’ll help keep me awake because I still have quite a bit to get accomplished tonight. Eventually. Right now it’s still tea time.

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I think all my other Assams just got downgraded. :)

This tea is everything I was hoping it would be. Rich, strong, and malty but also incredibly smooth. There is some briskness at the end of the sip which is also nice. I can pick up a few fruity notes, but to be honest I’m not trying all that hard. This is so good that I’m just drinking and being happy.

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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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