730 Tasting Notes

drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
730 tasting notes

So, I’m thinking this tea was reblended. It’s spicier than I remember. That’s not to say that it’s spicy, but it’s definitely more balanced between the tea, spice, and chocolate than what I previously had. The chocolate in this tea is great. The pieces of chocolate are nice and big, so once the tea has steeped there is no doubt that it’s a chocolate chai.

Bumping my rating up a bit. This was quite a bit better than the last time I had this tea.

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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Made an order to ZenTeaLife for staple teas and this was one of them. Good grief this is some good stuff! Lots of strawberry and creamy vanilla. I love this hot, but as an iced tea it’s perfect for summer. So glad this is back in cupboard!

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drank Italian Almond by Dilmah
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I think this is from the tea box, but I’m not positive. If I received this in a swap from someone, thank you!

This morning I was in a rush to get my son out the door and to camp, but I really needed one more cup of caffeine. I went digging through my tea bags and came up with this. While the tea was hot it was difficult to taste the almond. However, the base tea was excellent. Very smooth and rich. When the tea had a chance to cool a bit the sweet almond flavor arrived in a big way. It became something close to a dessert tea. The taste reminded me of biscotti or pastry. Delicious!

For such a little tea bag this is a big tea. I’m going to have to hunt down more of this one.

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Sipdown (sort of) -

I brewed this for iced tea. I ended up overleafing in an attempt to use up the last of this tea. On top of using too much leaf, I also got distracted and allowed my infuser basket to sit in the water too long. Not surprising, I ended up with a rather bitter cup. This really was a nice tea, so in an attempt to do it justice I’m going to resteep the leaves in a larger container and see if I can make one last glass of iced tea that has all of the peach, apricot, and woodsy flavors I like. So a sipdown, but not.

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drank Starry Night by Art of Tea
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Still one of my favorite vanilla teas. I only use the black tea and save the white tea stars to brew another time. The base tea is nothing amazing, but the vanilla is really good. Since discovering good vanilla teas it’s become difficult for me to have anything (drink or food) with artificial vanilla flavor. It has such a strange aftertaste. Thankfully, this tea has a very natural vanilla flavor. It’s rich and almost creamy.

The next time I make vanilla bean scones I’m thinking of substituting the water with an equal amount of this tea. I’m thinking it’ll add another layer of flavor that could be amazing.

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drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
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Blueberry… I’m always on the hunt for a good blueberry tea. I used to think that I wanted an over the top blueberry flavor, or even blueberry muffin, but I’ve found that I like a good black tea with just enough blueberry flavor to make me smile. That’s what this tea delivers.

I’m not sure what base tea Adaigo uses, but I’m a fan. It’s strong enough to kick me into gear, but it’s not bitter (as long as it’s not over brewed). On top of the tea there is a blueberry flavor that’s all fruit. Not candy or jam. It’s so simple that at first I thought it wasn’t all that special, but before I knew it I was looking at the bottom of my cup and contemplating brewing up another one. It really is everything I want in a blueberry tea, tea and blueberry. :)


I believe they use some sort of Ceylon for the base.



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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I had this one hot and then resteeped it and set it in the fridge to cool. Either way this is delicious. When it’s hot I get more of the caramel and bergamot flavors. As an iced tea, it’s all about the fruit and vanilla. I added a little sugar to my iced tea, and my oh my, I could drink this all day!

Actually, I can’t drink this all day because this is a sipdown. However, I will be ordering more of this when I place my next H&S order. That won’t be until this fall, but that’s ok since this is a tea that’s easy to enjoy year round.

Tea Sipper

Another one I’ll have to try iced!

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This was a very nice EG. The base tea had strength and depth, which I liked. Otherwise this is exactly what it claimed to be – EG and lavender. I was happy that the bergamot was slightly stronger than the lavender. I’ve had a few EGs where flowers were added and the floral note dominated the cup. That’s definitely not what I’m looking for in and Earl Grey. Also, I was surprised to see vanilla and crème flavor on the list of ingredients. They were unnoticeable in my cup, but I think they’d make a nice addition. I did steep the tea for 3 minutes. Next time I think I’ll try a 2 minute steep to see if the vanilla flavor will make an appearance.

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drank Passionfruit by Adagio Teas
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Had this one iced tonight. The floral note disappeared leaving just the passionfruit and a light but brisk base tea. It was soooo good. There’s no doubt that I’ll be drinking the rest of this tea either iced or cold brewed.

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I had my last cup of this yesterday. The rest was sent as part of a swap package, and while I’ll miss this tea, I’m glad someone else is getting to try it. This has easily been my favorite banana tea to date!

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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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